Poise Precludes Pressure

Many individuals, feeling caught in the fast pace of modern living with its pressure and strain, long for a sense of poise, for peace of mind and an inner calm. Some are asking: Is there any possible way to escape pressure and find our poise in a world where almost everything is moving so swiftly and changing so constantly? Within the teachings of Christian Science these seekers for peace and poise may find comforting assurance.

Science explains that quietude, calmness, and poise derive from understanding that man reflects one Mind, the Mind that is God. This Mind is forever at peace. It is unchanging, unchangeable, steady, clear, and undisturbed. The Bible says of God, "He is in one mind, and who can turn him?" Job 23:13; The peaceful nature of Mind is reflected in the calmness and serenity of man's true spiritual consciousness. In Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes: "As astronomy reverses the human perception of the movement of the solar system, so Christian Science reverses the seeming relation of Soul and body and makes body tributary to Mind. Thus it is with man, who is but the humble servant of the restful Mind, though it seems otherwise to finite sense." Science and Health, pp. 119, 120;

Finite sense spells pressure from the outset. Finite sense would enslave men in time and bind them with matter. It would restrict their capabilities and limit their lifework. But this false sense and its pressure cannot disturb one who identifies himself with the one restful Mind, for within this true self-identification he finds his God-derived poise. This poise is strength. It is a radiant, vibrant power that enables one to remain undisturbed and unshaken by the world's jarring commotions. He can go forth in his daily activities with equanimity.

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Active Reflection
August 10, 1968

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