Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

True Self-Discovery

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

True Self-Discovery

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Having spent many years as a performer, I found early on that complete focus on oneself to develop a talent might very well be essential in learning proper technique. But this only took me so far. I later learned that perfecting a talent wasn't a result of focusing on my personality. It was a result of focusing on self- discovery in and of the divine.

Preoccupation with the "self" - self-interests, circumstances, and emotions - leave little time and thought to discover our true identity and worth from God, the infinite creator. But it is by this spiritual discovery that we are able to express more of ourselves than we might have thought possible.

As a musician, the more I appreciated God as the infinite Spirit that creates our identity as spiritual, the more I could see the limitless goodness and individuality that God gives each of us. I saw that self-absorption stifles inspiration; but selflessness enables us to express our talents from the divine, inexhaustible resource - the one Ego, God.

Ego, understood as not a human quality or action but as the divine and infinite individuality, is God, the only intelligence. Acknowledging the divine Ego denies vanity - the egotism that boasts we are better or more talented than others. As Moses understood, God is the "I AM THAT I AM" (Exodus 3:14). This recognition of the one "I," or Mind, brings freedom to everything we do, as we move from self-absorption into discerning individuality as the expression of divine Soul.

Explaining the limitation of self-absorption, Mary Baker Eddy wrote in her textbook on Christian Science: "Absorbed in material selfhood we discern and reflect but faintly the substance of Life or Mind" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. 91).

A psalm of David turns us away from being absorbed in a material view of identity and gives us this inspired view of man as created by God: "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him? …

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