"...tired of falling into traps..."?
Choosing the Right Food for Thought
"To a mouse," points out Wendell Johnson, "cheese is cheese. That is why mouse traps are effective." Of course, the cheese is cheese, but if the mouse recognized it as bait, he wouldn't be so eager to bite. The bait, no matter how appetizing, is the quick and easy route to the trap.
What is the bait that leads to the trap of disease and ill health? It is whatever lures our unwatchful thought into nibbling at a morsel of pride, indulging in a tidbit of revenge, harboring a scrap of malice. Feeding thought with unhealthy crumbs of envy, ingratitude, criticism, selfishness, and self-righteousness leads to uncomfortable traps of loneliness, uselessness, sickness, and disease. However, the sickness that appears to trap us is no more real than the thoughts that would claim to produce it. We learn this through Christian Science, which shows us that in reality God is the only Mind. Reasoning from this premise, we can heal physical ills along with the sick thoughts that seem to be their source.
For those tired of falling into traps just because the lure seems so appealing, Christian Science supplies a positive answer. It shows us how to recognize the difference between false attraction and enduring substance. It enables us to discriminate between the unreal and the real. It does this by revealing what God is. As we begin to understand what God is and discern man's relationship to Him, we find it easier to discipline ourselves to reject false attractions.
God and man coexist and are one in being. God is always source, or cause, and man is forever effect. Mrs. Eddy uses various terms, such as "Principle and idea" and "God and His reflection," to describe this divine relationship.
Through our perception of true being we can learn to recognize the tasty "cheese" that would trap us. If we find it appealing to munch on self-justification because someone has wronged or insulted us, we're being lured by the cheese. If we see ourselves as martyrs, as suffering mortals ruminating on past errors, we need to turn our backs on this trap. "Mortals are egotists," Mrs. Eddy writes. "They believe themselves to be independent workers, personal authors, and even privileged originators of something which Deity would not or could not create." Science and Health, p. 263;
Christ Jesus didn't accept a fictitious mortal selfhood. He wasn't lured into believing that he or anyone else was an independent mortal caught in an endless maze of mortal troubles and temptations. His emphatic reply to the tempter was, "Get thee behind me, Satan."Luke 4:8; His healing of the palsied man showed that he cured sickness and sin on the same basis.See Matt. 9:2-7; Mrs. Eddy writes of Jesus' healing ability: "He healed disease as he healed sin; but he treated them both, not as in or of matter, but as mortal beliefs to be exterminated. Physical and mental healing were one and the same with this master Metaphysician."No and Yes, p. 31;
Saul of Tarsus, who was persecuting Christians, was struck blind. Ananias, a Christian, was impelled by the Christ to enlighten and heal him. Ananias could have thought to even the score with Saul, who was later called Paul. He could have eaten the bait of self-justification. Instead, he was obedient. He forgave and healed him and thus played a vital role in launching Paul in his new career.See Acts 9: 1—18 .
Think again of the mouse and his cheese. The mouse is very wary and alert to danger, so why does he go for the cheese? Isn't it because the cheese appeals to the senses? It's as though the mouse said to himself, "Anything that smells as good as that cheese can't be all bad." Though it's often not too difficult to avoid obvious danger, we may be fooled by matter's promise of satisfaction through the physical senses.
Through Christian Science we find the way to resist the vacuous promise that something evil can be good or that mingling of good and evil brings happiness. Such a belief is spiritual barrenness and spiritual barrenness is never rewarding or satisfying. The earnest searcher for truth soon discovers it is God, Principle, Love, that enriches his life; that divine good is the only good there is; that it brings wholeness and bountiful satisfaction.
The only real attraction is divine Mind itself, and man is secure and satisfied within that Mind. God's love, embracing His creation, nourishes, sustains, satisfies. God and man are inseparable; their relationship is intact, impregnable. In the wholeness of spiritual being there is nothing to mislead or lure man out of the presence of good into a supposititious snare of evil and disease. No element of false attraction can exist within boundless Love.