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To be 'at home'

From the April 2014 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Originally written in German, this article appeared in the July 2013 German, French, Portuguese, and Spanish editions of The Herald of Christian Science.

Throughout all ages, a home has been one of the most important human needs. Its function has always been to provide protection and a sense of comfort.

The discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, who had to move and find a new home many times in her life, once said: “Home is not a place but a power. We find home when we arrive at the full understanding of God. Home! Think of it! Where sense has no claims and Soul satisfies” (Irving C. Tomlinson, Twelve Years with Mary Baker Eddy, p. 156; Amplified Edition, p. 211).

This shows that a true sense of “home” is actually our individual state of consciousness, and it becomes increasingly happy as we understand more about God. From this perspective, it does not matter whether we live by ourselves or with others. Rather, what is important are our thoughts and attitudes, because they are essentially our companions and make up our mental home.

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