Overcoming Tension

No one needs to be tense. Tension is the carnal or mortal mind indulging itself. We overcome tension as we recognize what it is and refuse to join mortal mind's activity of mentally repeating its false thoughts and sensations. We have authority to do this, to reject mortal mind's suggestion. It is the authority of Truth.

Truth is God, good, and God is All-in-all. All that is real in God's universe rests harmoniously in effortless action. In this action there is no distance between what is desirable and what is already accomplished. We read in Ecclesiastes (3:15), "That which is to be hath already been."

As we engage in human labors, we often find conditions quite contrary to the spiritual ideal. Things which ought to have been done may not have been begun, and pressures sometimes seem overwhelming. But a sense of tension serves no constructive purpose. It is but mortal mind's attempt to disrupt and destroy, and it can be dispensed with. Recognizing ourselves as the ideas of Mind that we really are, we can denounce the suggestion of tension as a lie and recognize our God-given ability to complete every task harmoniously.

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From the Treasurer of The Mother Church
August 3, 1963

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