Stilling Abnormal Hunger

In today's society of high living standards and abundantly stocked supermarkets temptations to overeat can be exceptionally aggressive. Yet many students of Christian Science have found that they can overcome these suggestions. Inspired, consistent acknowledgment of man's spiritual selfhood as the likeness of God is effective in bringing true satisfaction, since this likeness must ever be complete and at peace.

The fact that man is the joyful, perfect child of God is richly satisfying to the consciousness that accepts it. Joy in the realization of this fact is not fleeting but lasting, and it exists independent of any material circumstance.

As we establish through prayer our fullness and completeness in God, we find that gluttony cannot force its way into our thoughts or experience. In speaking of the truths of Christian Science that healed an individual who had long suffered from stomach trouble, Mrs. Eddy writes the following: "This new-born understanding, that neither food nor the stomach, without the consent of mortal mind, can make one suffer, brings with it another lesson,—that gluttony is a sensual illusion, and that this phantasm of mortal mind disappears as we better apprehend our spiritual existence and ascend the ladder of life." Science and Health, pp. 221, 222;

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Healing the Community
January 31, 1970

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