Can I help how I feel?

FEELINGS play a large role in human behavior and well-being. Researchers have drawn parallels between emotional feelings and bodily health. Yet feelings may at times seem beyond control. If fear is producing a prejudice, depression holding back progress, or a sense of injustice prompting hurt or a desire for revenge, you may acknowledge that you ought to eliminate such impulses. Still you may think, "But I can't help how I feel."

To heal rather than merely control such feelings requires recognizing Soul, God, as the one true source of feelings. The power of such acknowledgment is illustrated in this comment about Christ Jesus in Science and Health: "Knowing that Soul and its attributes were forever manifested through man, the Master healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, feet to the lame, thus bringing to light the scientific action of the divine Mind on human minds and bodies and giving a better understanding of Soul and salvation" (p.210).

In next week's SENTINEL
August 18, 1997

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