The Way

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2      The present stage of progress in Christian Science pre-
         sents two opposite aspects,—a full-orbed promise, and
         a gaunt want. The need, however, is not of the letter,
5      but the spirit.

         Less teaching and good healing is to-day the acme of
         “well done;” a healing that is not guesswork,—chronic
         recovery ebbing and flowing,—but instantaneous cure.
         This absolute demonstration of Science must be revived.
10    To consummate this desideratum, mortal mind must pass
         through three stages of growth.

         First, self-knowledge. The physician must know him-
         self and understand the mental state of his patient. Error
         found out is two-thirds destroyed, and the last third
15    pierces itself, for the remainder only stimulates and gives
         scope to higher demonstration. To strike out right and
         left against the mist, never clears the vision; but to lift
         your head above it, is a sovereign panacea. Mental dark-
         ness is senseless error, neither intelligence nor power, and
20    its victim is responsible for its supposititious presence.
         “Cast the beam out of thine own eye.” Learn what in
         thine own mentality is unlike “the anointed,” and cast
         it out; then thou wilt discern the error in thy patient’s
         mind that makes his body sick, and remove it, and rest
25    like the dove from the deluge.

         “Physician, heal thyself.” Let no clouds of sin gather
         and fall in mist and showers from thine own mental
         atmosphere. Hold thy gaze to the light, and the iris of
         faith, more beautiful than the rainbow seen from my
30    window at the close of a balmy autumnal day, will span
         thy heavens of thought.

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1      A radiant sunset, beautiful as blessings when they take
         their flight, dilates and kindles into rest. Thus will a
         life corrected illumine its own atmosphere with spiritual
         glow and understanding.

5      The pent-up elements of mortal mind need no terrible
         detonation to free them. Envy, rivalry, hate need no
         temporary indulgence that they be destroyed through
         suffering; they should be stifled from lack of air and

10    My students, with cultured intellects, chastened affec-
         tions, and costly hopes, give promise of grand careers.
         But they must remember that the seedtime is passed,
         the harvest hour has come; and songs should ascend
         from the mount of revelation, sweeter than the sound of
15    vintage bells.

         The seed of Christian Science, which when sown was
         “the least of all seeds,” has sprung up, borne fruit, and
         the birds of the air, the uplifted desires of the human
         heart, have lodged in its branches. Now let my faithful
20    students carry the fruit of this tree into the rock-ribbed
         nests of the raven’s callow brood.

         The second stage of mental development is humility.
         This virtue triumphs over the flesh; it is the genius of
         Christian Science. One can never go up, until one has
25    gone down in his own esteem. Humility is lens and
         prism to the understanding of Mind-healing; it must be
         had to understand our textbook; it is indispensable to
         personal growth, and points out the chart of its divine
         Principle and rule of practice.

30    Cherish humility, “watch,” and “pray without ceasing,”
         or you will miss the way of Truth and Love. Humility
         is no busybody: it has no moments for trafficking

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1      in other people’s business, no place for envy, no time for
         idle words, vain amusements, and all the et cetera of the
         ways and means of personal sense.

         Let Christian Scientists minister to the sick; the school-
5      room is the dernier ressort. Let them seek the lost sheep
         who, having strayed from the true fold, have lost their
         great Shepherd and yearn to find living pastures and
         rest beside still waters. These long for the Christlike-
         ness that is above the present status of religion and be-
10    yond the walks of common life, quite on the verge of
         heaven. Without the cross and healing, Christianity has
         no central emblem, no history.

         The seeds of Truth fall by the wayside, on artless
         listeners. They fall on stony ground and shallow soil.
15    The fowls of the air pick them up. Much of what has
         been sown has withered away, but what remaineth has
         fallen into the good and honest hearts and is bearing

         The third stage of mental growth is manifested in love,
20    the greatest of all stages and states of being; love that
         is irrespective of self, rank, or following. For some time
         it has been clear to my thought that those students of
         Christian Science whose Christian characters and lives
         recommend them, should receive full fellowship from us,
25    no matter who has taught them. If they have been taught
         wrongly, they are not morally responsible for this, and
         need special help. They are as lambs that have sought
         the true fold and the great Shepherd, and strayed inno-
         cently; hence we should be ready and glad to help them
30    and point the way.

         Divine Love is the substance of Christian Science, the
         basis of its demonstration, yea, its foundation and super-

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1      structure. Love impels good works. Love is greatly
         needed, and must be had to mark the way in divine

         The student who heals by teaching and teaches by
5      healing, will graduate under divine honors, which are
         the only appropriate seals for Christian Science. State
         honors perish, and their gain is loss to the Christian
         Scientist. They include for him at present naught but
         tardy justice, hounded footsteps, false laurels. God
10    alone is his help, his shield and great reward. He that
         seeketh aught besides God, loseth in Life, Truth, and
         Love. All men shall be satisfied when they “awake in
         His likeness,” and they never should be until then. Hu-
         man pride is human weakness. Self-knowledge, humility,
15    and love are divine strength. Christ’s vestures are put
         on only when mortals are “washed in the blood of the
         Lamb;” we must walk in the way which Jesus marked
         out, if we would reach the heaven-crowned summit of
         Christian Science.

20    Be it understood that I do not require Christian Sci-
         entists to stop teaching, to dissolve their organizations,
         or to desist from organizing churches and associations.

         The Massachusetts Metaphysical College, the first
         and only College for teaching Christian Science Mind-
25    healing, after accomplishing the greatest work of the
         ages, and at the pinnacle of prosperity, is closed. Let
         Scientists who have grown to self-sacrifice do their
         present work, awaiting, with staff in hand, God’s

30    When students have fulfilled all the good ends of
         organization, and are convinced that by leaving the
         material forms thereof a higher spiritual unity is won,

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1      then is the time to follow the example of the Alma Mater.
         Material organization is requisite in the beginning; but
         when it has done its work, the purely Christly method
         of teaching and preaching must be adopted. On the same
5      principle, you continue the mental argument in the prac-
         tice of Christian healing until you can cure without it
         instantaneously, and through Spirit alone.

         St. Paul says: “When I was a child, I spake as a
         child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but
10    when I became a man, I put away childish things. For
         now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to
         face.” Growth is restricted by forcing humanity out of
         the proper channels for development, or by holding it in

15    For Jesus to walk the water was scientific, insomuch
         as he was able to do this; but it is neither wisdom nor
         Science for poor humanity to step upon the Atlantic until
         we can walk on the water.

         Peter’s impetuosity was rebuked. He had to learn
20    from experience; so have we. The methods of our
         Master were in advance of the period in which he per-
         sonally appeared; but his example was right, and is
         available at the right time. The way is absolute divine
         Science: walk ye in it; but remember that Science is
25    demonstrated by degrees, and our demonstration rises
         only as we rise in the scale of being.

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