Infinite supply and peace of Mind
In the financial services industry, the phrase “peace of mind” is used frequently. Most people view peace of mind as a goal—a state of human consciousness completely free of worry. It is usually believed to be the result of a favorable alignment of material circumstances, over which we may or may not have control. In the investment world, peace of mind is usually a promise of what can be delivered by a low-risk investment portfolio.
But as I looked at the phrase recently, it struck me that my definition is quite different from the norm. I’ve always read it as “peace of Mind.” Capitalizing the word Mind makes all the difference, for as Mary Baker Eddy explains in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mind is a synonym for God. Rather than see peace of mind as an elusive goal to be achieved through material means, I see peace of Mind as the natural law of God, which brings about all good and meets every need.
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When we start with an infinite God who is All-in-all—the only creator of the universe, filling all space and consciousness—there simply is no room for anything else and no place where good can be lacking. God, as Mrs. Eddy defines Him in the Glossary of Science and Health, is “the great I am ; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence” (p. 587).
Given the oneness of God, there can be no element of Mind in conflict with itself. Therefore all is peaceful, harmonious, complete—and must be fully provided for. This is the natural state of the spiritual universe, in which we are all included and cared for.
There can be no element of Mind in conflict with itself.
Christ Jesus addressed this issue directly in the Sermon on the Mount when he said: “Take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:31–33).
So before we contemplate the value of our assets or the prospects for our future supply, it’s important to turn to God first and pray to understand His nature, to gain a clearer sense of divine Love’s constant, unchanging power to provide for us. Understanding the allness of Mind brings the peace that is our birthright as the children of God. Our only job is to know this truth and allow Mind to guide us in all our actions.
Several years ago, in the middle of the Great Recession, my family was in a state of financial stress. We had unwillingly gone from a two-income household down to one income, and our expenses were increasing as the result of our growing family. I had just changed jobs within my company, and while my compensation had improved, it was not enough to make up for the loss of our other income source. Then, unexpectedly, the entire senior management team for my company resigned. It was unclear whether my job would continue, or if it did, whether I’d be able to provide the same level of service to my clients without the executives in place. Either scenario could severely hurt my income.
As I drove to work the next day, worry filled my thought. I began reviewing several worst-case scenarios and how to handle them, when I felt an overwhelming sense of powerlessness. That made me stop in my tracks. I immediately realized I was, indeed, powerless to change my circumstances, but that was just fine, because God is the only true power.
I knew God’s love for me is unlimited and permanent. God had always cared for me and provided for every need throughout my entire life. There was no reason to doubt He’d care for me tomorrow. The mental suggestion that God was suddenly absent was a lie that had no power over my family or me. God’s control of the entire situation was very clear in my consciousness, and I was at peace.
The mental suggestion that God was suddenly absent was a lie.
Later that day at work, my supervisor came to my office to give me a significant bonus check and let me know I had the firm’s support. She said the transition of the management team would likely make the coming year difficult, but I had nothing to worry about. The size of the bonus check was more than enough to cover the shortfall in my family’s income for that year and provide the financial stability we needed during the employment transition period. I was very grateful for the financial support, but even more grateful for the quickness of the adjustment in my human situation, giving evidence of the spiritual truth revealed to me just hours before.
If we invest thought in understanding and gaining the peace of Mind, there is nothing that can shake our trust in God’s continuing supply. Our well-being is assured—today, tomorrow, and forever—because God, Mind, has already created us perfect and complete.
Mrs. Eddy states: “We cannot deny that Life is self-sustained, and we should never deny the everlasting harmony of Soul, simply because, to the mortal senses, there is seeming discord. It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony” (Science and Health, p. 390).
Whether your goal today is managing your portfolio, your household needs, or your business, take time first to invest in prayer, in affirming and seeking to understand divine Mind’s abundant supply and wise direction. See that your goal of harmony is already a reality, and walk confidently forward to witness what God has already done.
The Bible gives this promise that what we have from God always has been and always will be: “I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been” (Ecclesiastes 3:14, 15).