“At present mortals progress slowly for fear of being thought ridiculous. They are slaves to fashion, pride, and sense.” (Science and Health, page 68)
We seek progress and freedom. We hope to make an impact and to live satisfying lives. This is certainly our right and God’s intention.
But we may feel less than free and progressive when we become slaves to the temptations of material sense and the world’s idea of what success looks like. A preoccupation with what we look like to others, how on trend we are, how we compare to others and meet or beat their standards, is going to slow us down.
We may be timid about being ourselves, about remaining true to our higher spiritual insights and understanding. We may indeed be afraid of being thought ridiculous to others because we refuse to be slaves to some arbitrary ideal of the moment. We may be afraid that if we truly radiate the love in our heart, we will be seen as naïve or weak or deluded.
But if we truly seek to move forward in life—to be successful and also feel that integrity of being that is truly satisfying—we have to stop buying what the world is offering and begin to receive and live the Truth. We can surely enjoy life even more when we aren’t slaves but the free and authentic children of the Almighty God!
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