The Art of Spiritual Self-defense

People, especially young ones, don't want to stay at home every evening after school or work. They want to be able to move around freely if they wish—to visit friends, go to the movies, take a walk. And this is their right. We should all be able to go harmlessly on our way without fear of being harmed—and we can if we learn the art of spiritual self-defense and truly practice it.

Spiritual self-defense doesn't take physical strength, but it does take moral stamina. It bears no resemblance to the currently popular arts of judo, karate, and kung fu, though it should be learned and practiced with just as much dedication and seriousness—even more! It is based on the understanding and practice of the divine law of universal good—the law revealed through Christian Science—in which God's creation is known to reflect the qualities of love and to be governed by infinite Principle in perfect harmony.

December 6, 1975

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