Truth is natural—and it heals

Walking along the beach and watching the combers break just offshore, we're not at all surprised when a few moments later the water comes lapping over the sand and curls around our toes. That's what is supposed to happen. But what if the waves stopped in midcourse, turned around, and broke in the opposite direction? Now, that might be surprising. It just wouldn't be natural. Waves don't usually act in such an unusual manner!

When we observe a regularity to certain events, we come to accept that as normal and natural. Yet we can sometimes be deceived by appearances. As long as our view of reality is confined to belief in a world controlled entirely by material cause and effect—where life and intelligence are presumed to be contained in matter—we're liable to accept as natural some things that are actually false and that would work against our harmony, our health, and a productive purpose in life.

For example, does dishonesty seem to be as active and, in some cases, as effective a force as honesty? Does poverty seem to have as much (or more) reality as abundance? Does sickness seem to be just as much a part of life as health? Does evil sometimes seem to be as powerful as good?

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Being at peace with ourselves
June 2, 1986

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