“Carnal beliefs…make man an involuntary hypocrite,–producing evil when he would create good, forming deformity when he would outline grace and beauty, injuring those whom he would bless.” (Science and Health, page 263)
The mortal mind, that negative mind that draws on mere appearances and limits, is not our friend. Its carnal beliefs, locked into personal perceptions based in physical sense testimony and matter as cause and effect, will make us into hypocrites.
Following this mind’s encouragement, we will unknowingly be entirely untrue to ourselves. We will be what we are not—limited, weary, weak, fearful, ashamed, uncomfortable, unhappy. The carnal mind talks us into what goes against our true nature, and we are unwitting hypocrites, presenting some false picture to ourselves and the world that isn’t us at all.
The immortal Mind, on the other hand, will lead us into Truth, into a natural sense of being just who we were made to be, full of promise and goodness and joy. Relying on the spiritual senses and God’s word about His flawless creation—you and me—we are able to recognize ourselves and be honest with ourselves and to the world. We are no longer merely playing the part of a limited mortal, but being our true selves—graceful, beautiful, full of life, goodness, and joy.
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