From Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy
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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.
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
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-
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
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,
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.