It’s a question I’ve been frequently asked, “Why don’t you drink alcohol?”
For me, the issue comes down to clarity of mind, the ability to exercise total dominion over my thinking and to never be controlled by an outside influence.
I have no experience drinking, because I’ve never drank alcohol. However, I observe the effect it has on people who drink. What I’ve noticed is that they lose their individuality. They become someone else. Under its influence, they say things they would not ordinarily say and do things they would not do if they were thinking clearly. Depending upon the amount of alcohol consumed, the effect can be very subtle, and other times ugly and embarrassing. And if over-consumed, the effects can be utterly devastating, ruining people’s lives for decades.
In my study of Christian Science, I’ve learned that the highest state of mind is to be reflecting the presence of the one divine Mind. When you are at-one with divine Mind, you have dominion over your thought, the body and your experience. You can stop disease from getting into the body by keeping it out of your thought. You can eradicate the temptation to get sick, for instance to catch a flu, a cold or other contagious disease by consciously defending your spiritual right to stay healthy. You can do a better job of keeping harmony in your relationships with others by taking full responsibility for your every thought and not letting impatience, anger, resentment or ill-will take over. To reflect the clarity, poise, grace and dominion of the one Mind is to put yourself into the best position possible for staying happy and healthy.
To reflect the full integrity of the one Mind, though, we can’t be under the influence of alcohol. Alcohol manifests the belief of another mind at work in our lives. It’s a belief that a matter substance, called alcohol, can control our thinking, for either good or bad, pleasure or pain. It puts matter over mind, and the effect is a loss of conscious control over mind and body.
The question begs an answer, if one is willing to turn the influence of their thinking over to alcohol, might they not be as easily tempted to turn it over to suggestions of disease, lack or other suffering?
I do not judge my neighbor who drinks. That is their choice. I love them the same as I would anyone else. I look for the child of God in everyone. But I personally have chosen not to drink alcohol because I have such huge respect for thinking clearly and to not have my thought manipulated by external factors that would make me feel like I’m out of control. I want to feel God in control, because that always leads to a good effect in my life and makes it easier to ward off temptations that can lead to unwanted suffering.
I find that I’m a much better healer when I’m feeling God’s absolute control in my life. And it seems wise to keep alcohol out of my life to allow this close relationship I feel with God to thrive and prosper.
I have never felt—ever—like I was missing out on something good by not drinking alcohol. I have found all my good in God, and it is wonderful!