Being Ourselves

When home discipline became too much for a little six-year-old friend of mine, he decided to run away. He went slowly down the long road, turned, and, rushing back at full speed, announced: "I think I'll stay. It's sort of cozy round here."

In today's chaotic, problem-ridden world, not only the child but the scholar, housewife, and business executive all have moments when they openly rebel against discipline and long to break from the rules and regulations that seem restrictive. Perhaps they long to leave home or change their job or even their country. Over and over again the phrase is repeated, "I need to go somewhere where I can be myself." But where is our true self? Do we really expect to find it by running away from our present environment, turning our backs on people we dislike, or trying to avoid the codes of behavior that govern society?

Christian Science, which is in accord with the Bible, teaches us that we find our true selves as we look away from the human presentation of man and seek the spiritual concept. This does not indicate that man is divided into two states of being, one human and one spiritual, or divided into two states of being, one human and one spiritual. Man, created in God's image and likeness, was never in matter. Mortal man's material concept of himself is his own state of consciousness manifested. A nineteenth century poet it thus:

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A Talk with Father
November 23, 1968

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