"My feelings are not hurt!"

Mrs. Eddy gives this instruction to the student of Christian Science who has been hurt physically: "Declare that you are not hurt and understand the reason why, and you will find the ensuing good effects to be in exact proportion to your disbelief in physics, and your fidelity to divine metaphysics, confidence in God as All, which the Scriptures declare Him to be." Science and Health, p. 397; This instruction need not be limited to healing a hurt body. A student can follow the same procedure when he has been insulted, slighted, or ungratefully treated. He can declare, "My feelings are not hurt!" and "understand the reason why." He will find that the hurt feelings will fade away just as does pain, in proportion to his "disbelief in physics" and his "fidelity to divine metaphysics."

Christian Science teaches that matter and material situations have no more reality in everyday life than they have in a dream. When one is dreaming about an evil experience at night, matter may appear very real. But once awake one realizes that the material situation was not real and that the evil never happened. In the same way he can know that evil human experiences are only daydreams. He can rejoice that in reality the evil never happened. He can know that all that is really present is God's expression of Himself. Through his faithful realization of this spiritual fact, all feelings of hurt, offense, displeasure, resentment disappear.

Christian Science reveals man as God's spiritual expression, His reflection. God could never feel hurt, for He is conscious only of the perfection of His creation. Therefore spiritual man, the real man, could never have his feelings hurt; he can express only what he is reflecting. To human sense, however, man appears to be a mortal expressing qualities other than God's. It appears he can hurt others or be hurt by them. The Christian Scientist refuses to identify himself with this unreal, human dream. Rather, the Scientist identifies himself as the expression of God and in so doing wipes out the belief of hurt feelings.

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April 8, 1967

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