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Are You Synthetic?

For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.

— Luke 12:2

If we think we can guide our brother aright, while our own feet still walk in darkness, we are mistaken … Can we teach a lesson we have not learned? … to suppose so is hypocrisy …

— The Science of Mind, page 435

Are You Synthetic?

In one of Aesop’s fables, the gods were discussing whether it was possible for a living being to change its nature, so for an experiment they turned a cat into a maiden and gave her to a young man for a bride. At the wedding feast, Jupiter commented, “See how becomingly she behaves. Who could tell that yesterday she was but a cat?”

“Just a moment,” replied Venus as she let loose a mouse in the room. In a trice, the maiden jumped up from her seat and tried to pounce upon it. “Ah, you see,” said Venus. “Nature will out.”

No matter how you try to cover up with fancy clothes, fancy phrases, fancy possessions and honors, the inside part of you “will out.” Emerson put it like this, “What you are thunders so loudly in my ears, I cannot hear what you say.”

You have to get back to “The-Thing-Itself” … you have to find this “Thing” that is your own true nature. One sure method is by quieting your mind and going within. Then, it is not necessary to impress anyone, or do anything. It is only necessary to “be still and know that I am God.” As a next step, you speak from your real heart and notice how quickly your relationships improve. Refrain from taking the mote out of your brother’s eye, and just concentrate on taking the log out of your own.

Today I allow the “real” me to be expressed.

I give up all fear which might make me behave

in ways other than my own “true” nature.

I quiet my mind.

I set aside at least ten minutes this day for

listening while I consciously think of nothing at all.

I have the courage to live from my own true heart.

And, as Drs. Michael and Rickie Beckwith state so eloquently,

“I am real. I am magnificent. I am Light. I am Love.”


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