From Mary Baker Eddy, Her Spiritual Footsteps by Gilbert Carpenter
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Universal Right Thinking
At one time, Mrs. Eddy told of a “woman who was ill, who used to watch for Mrs. Eddy’s carriage to pass; finally the woman said Mrs. Eddy had healed her by just riding past the house.” Apart from the fact that this incident illustrates the blessing of the impersonal loving described in the previous chapter, why did Mrs. Eddy speak of this to her students? Does it not sound like faith-cure or superstition?
If you possessed the power to create rain, you could put it into operation in two definite ways, one being a local shower and the other, country wide. If the local shower should illustrate the treatment in Christian Science that is confined to an individual patient, then if the practitioner should extend his consciousness to the recognition of his ability to do impersonal and universal work for the whole world, and to reflect the power of God to all mankind, that would cause a shower of spiritual blessings to fall on every receptive thought.
Through love for humanity, our Leader definitely and daily did much impersonal and universal work. Her whole thought was a sense of spiritual giving. At one time, I asked her what she considered the most profound statement, that was included in the textbook, Science and Health. She at once asked me to answer my own question. I replied by quoting from page 518, “Blessed is that man who seeth his brother’s need and supplieth it, seeking his own in another’s good.” She agreed that this was the most profound statement in her book. It corresponds to I Corinthians 10:24, “Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.”
The nearer the Christian Scientist assimilates his thought to God, the more power he has to accomplish universal good through universal right thinking. Such a healing, as this one that Mrs. Eddy told, was the result of such impersonal work, just as the woman was healed by touching the hem of the Master’s garment, or coming in contact with his impersonal radiation of good.