DON'T TAKE YOURSELF TOO SERIOUSLY

At one period a student of Christian Science who had received healing again and again of disease, sorrow, lack, and inharmonious human relationships, found herself facing many problems. Material arguments seemed to come thick and fast. Through much study and great effort, enlightenment would come and some progress in overcoming would be evidenced, but joyous, complete freedom, such as she had known in her early dependence upon Christian Science, was not experienced.

One day as she strove earnestly to gain further inspiration, the thought came. You take yourself too seriously. Since the thought recurred, she felt that it must have a message for her, and its meaning began to unfold. The "self" that she had been taking too seriously was in reality not her "self" at all. She had been so serious in her effort to get the erroneous thinking out of her consciousness that she had come to believe that error is. Now she saw clearly that error was not then, never had been, and never would be in true consciousness and that consequently she could, in reality, be conscious only of good; and that her actual substance was in her reflection of God, the All-in-all. As she refused to take the counterfeit "self" seriously by firmly rejecting its claims from her thinking, glorious freedom became evidenced in all the avenues of her daily experience.

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