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The key within
The day I locked my keys in the car I thought a lot about keys. Not the kind of keys with which you get into cars and houses but the key to the harmony that prevailed that day. Why didn't I feel the slightest bit agitated or embarrassed? What enabled me to carry on productively with my work, assured that I would find easy access to my car before it was time to return home? And, finally, what made the parking attendant, who so adroitly opened the car for me later in the day, refuse a tip and tell me to "put it in the church collection"?
It was a feeling that things would work out well. It was intuition, faith, insight—capacities not supported by the material senses. Spiritual sense! That was the key to my happy day—to calm and joyful thoughts and delightful results. That key had opened my thought to harmony and closed it upon the judgment of a merely material sense of the situation—an estimate that, if heeded, could have aroused frustration and spoiled my day.
As the day progressed, the keys locked inside the car became symbolic of a fundamental fact: The key to the solution of every conceivable problem lies within consciousness, and that key is spiritual sense.
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The key within
BARBARA M. VINING
Fear is nothing to be afraid of
MARGARET C. ROBINSON
Bigger problems—greater joy
CARL J. WELZ
When all else has failed
CATHRYN TOOHEY ADAMS
Anybody perfect? Yes, God's man!
The Comforter—Christ over crisis
SHEILA P. GEIER
No lack of self-worth
Expanding our patience
RUTH H. POYSER
Being an audience for Truth
GEOFFREY J. BARRATT
The lure of purity
BEULAH M. ROEGGE
A Love story
Kristin Marion Helmore
In 1973 I was confronted with severe pain in one...
VERONICA A. RAGATZ
One afternoon while riding my bicycle, I was struck by a car...
HELEN W. DOEMLING with contributions from MARGO DOEMLING
In 1910 my mother's sister was under medical treatment for a...
GLADYS E. SCHULZE with contributions from LORENA SCHULZE BALLARD
LETTERS TO THE PRESS
with contributions from DAVID W. BARTON, R. ROSS COLLINS, A. W. PHINNEY