Do you ever give others negative power over your thinking?
For instance, “My co-worker makes me mad every time she messes up.” Oops. Have you ever stopped and realized that you are giving power to that worker to make you mad when they mess up?
Or, “I’m afraid of what my boss is going to think.”
It’s healthy to value what your boss has to say, but there’s no spiritual law that dictates you have to fear his opinion and let dread of it make you miserable in the meantime. He is not in control of your thinking. You are. And you can choose to stay spiritually minded and enlightened!
Mary Baker Eddy wisely wrote in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,
“You will learn that in Christian Science the first duty is to obey God, to have one Mind, and to love another as yourself” (p. 496).
This is a joyful duty to fulfill!
And on the same page,
“You will also learn that in Science there is no transfer of evil suggestions from one mortal to another, for there is but one Mind, and this ever-present omnipotent Mind is reflected by man and governs the entire universe.”
There is one Mind in this universe that fills the receptive consciousness with truth and love. As we honor the one Mind, realize its presence and reflect its spiritual mindedness, we resist negative control. Other people’s beliefs and opinions will not take over our thinking and put us into a downward mental spiral. Spiritual mindedness resists this error and protects us from it.
So, you’re never helpless with God. You don’t have to get mad. You don’t have to get depressed. You don’t have to feel weak. Other people should never be a god unto you. In truth, they are reflections of the one Mind that can only share goodness with you. Accept the goodness, and reject anything less. Only give power to God to influence your thinking.