Being at peace with ourselves

How often we're told that before we can have world peace we must have peace at home. If we think of home in its broadest connotations, we'll see that "at home" can be taken to mean our own mental dwelling place—where our thoughts reside. Most people have some altruistic desire to help others, and yet their mental home or consciousness isn't peaceful enough so that they are able to help mankind in the way they might wish.

Christian Science is a wonderful help in resolving the mental conflicts that seem to rage within the hearts and minds of so many people. It makes clear that we're actually not mixed-up human beings struggling with good and bad desires that seem to reside in our thinking, but the individual expression of God, the infinite good that is the true substance of man and the universe.

Being at peace with ourselves requires coming into agreement with what we truly are as God's man, the peaceful manifestation, or idea, of divine Truth and Love. Mental struggles are not so much an indication of particular personal conflicts as they are evidence of our broad, basic need for a better understanding of what we are meant to be as God's expression. The Bible points toward our true selfhood in the prophet's words "Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he." Isa. 43:10.

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The way things really are
June 2, 1986

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