Am I fulfilling my duty to myself?

My First Patient-Me

The importance of dealing comprehensively with our own problems before we can adequately help others is pointed out by Mrs. Eddy in Science and Health. She writes, "If you are yourself lost in the belief and fear of disease or sin, and if, knowing the remedy, you fail to use the energies of Mind in your own behalf, you can exercise little or no power for others' help." Science and Health, p. 455; And in Miscellaneous Writings she points out, "Our own vision must be clear to open the eyes of others, else the blind will lead the blind and both shall fall." Mis., p. 211;

An experienced Christian Scientist once helped me to see the value of taking sufficient time every day to gain a clear understanding of my own present, perfect, spiritual identity. I soon recognized that before I could successfully heal myself and others, I had to do this work on a regular basis.

Whether our practice of Christian Science is private or public, we each have ourselves as our first patient. As the practitioner on our own case, we need to make sure we are maintaining and protecting the spiritual sense of ourselves and our work.

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