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Chapter 12 — Christian Science Practice

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         Why art thou cast down, O my soul [sense]?
         And why art thou disquieted within me?
         Hope thou in God; for I shall yet praise Him,
         Who is the health of my countenance and my God.
— PSALMS.

         And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name
         shall they cast out devils: they shall speak with new tongues;
         they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly
         thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the
         sick, and they shall recover.
— JESUS.

A gospel narrative

1      IT is related in the seventh chapter of Luke’s Gospel
         that Jesus was once the honored guest of a certain
3      Pharisee, by name Simon, though he was quite unlike
         Simon the disciple. While they were at meat, an unusual
         incident occurred, as if to interrupt the scene
6      of Oriental festivity. A “strange woman”
         came in. Heedless of the fact that she was debarred from
         such a place and such society, especially under the stern
9      rules of rabbinical law, as positively as if she were a Hin-
         doo pariah intruding upon the household of a high-caste
         Brahman, this woman (Mary Magdalene, as she has
12    since been called) approached Jesus. According to the
         custom of those days, he reclined on a couch with his
         head towards the table and his bare feet away from it.
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1      the couch and reach his feet. She bore an alabaster jar
         containing costly and fragrant oil, — sandal oil perhaps,
3      which is in such common use in the East. Breaking
         the sealed jar, she perfumed Jesus’ feet with the oil,
         wiping them with her long hair, which hung loosely
6      about her shoulders, as was customary with women of her
         grade.

Parable of the creditor

         Did Jesus spurn the woman? Did he repel her adora-
9      tion? No! He regarded her compassionately. Nor was
         this all. Knowing what those around him
         were saying in their hearts, especially his host,
12    – that they were wondering why, being a prophet, the
         exalted guest did not at once detect the woman’s immoral
         status and bid her depart, — knowing this, Jesus rebuked
15    them with a short story or parable. He described two
         debtors, one for a large sum and one for a smaller, who
         were released from their obligations by their common
18    creditor. “Which of them will love him most?” was the
         Master’s question to Simon the Pharisee; and Simon re-
         plied, “He to whom he forgave most.” Jesus approved
21    the answer, and so brought home the lesson to all, follow-
         ing it with that remarkable declaration to the woman,
         “Thy sins are forgiven.”

Divine insight

24    Why did he thus summarize her debt to divine Love?
         Had she repented and reformed, and did his insight
         detect this unspoken moral uprising? She
27    bathed his feet with her tears before she
         anointed them with the oil. In the absence of other
         proofs, was her grief sufficient evidence to warrant the
30    expectation of her repentance, reformation, and growth
         in wisdom? Certainly there was encouragement in the
         mere fact that she was showing her affection for a man


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1      of undoubted goodness and purity, who has since been
         rightfully regarded as the best man that ever trod this
3      planet. Her reverence was unfeigned, and it was mani-
         fested towards one who was soon, though they knew it
         not, to lay down his mortal existence in behalf of all
6      sinners, that through his word and works they might be
         redeemed from sensuality and sin.

Penitence or hospitality

         Which was the higher tribute to such ineffable affec-
9      tion, the hospitality of the Pharisee or the contrition of
         the Magdalen? This query Jesus answered
         by rebuking self-righteousness and declaring
12    the absolution of the penitent. He even said that this
         poor woman had done what his rich entertainer had neg-
         lected to do, — wash and anoint his guest’s feet, a special
15    sign of Oriental courtesy.

         Here is suggested a solemn question, a question indi-
         cated by one of the needs of this age. Do Christian
18    Scientists seek Truth as Simon sought the Saviour, through
         material conservatism and for personal homage? Jesus
         told Simon that such seekers as he gave small reward
21    in return for the spiritual purgation which came through
         the Messiah. If Christian Scientists are like Simon,
         then it must be said of them also that they love
24    little.

Genuine repentance

         On the other hand, do they show their regard for
         Truth, or Christ, by their genuine repentance, by their
27    broken hearts, expressed by meekness and
         human affection, as did this woman? If
         so, then it may be said of them, as Jesus said of the
30    unwelcome visitor, that they indeed love much, because
         much is forgiven them.

Compassion requisite

         Did the careless doctor, the nurse, the cook, and the


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1      brusque business visitor sympathetically know the thorns
         they plant in the pillow of the sick and the heavenly
3      homesick looking away from earth, — Oh, did
         they know! — this knowledge would do much
         more towards healing the sick and preparing their helpers
6      for the “midnight call,” than all cries of “Lord, Lord!”
         The benign thought of Jesus, finding utterance in such
         words as “Take no thought for your life,” would heal
9      the sick, and so enable them to rise above the supposed
         necessity for physical thought-taking and doctoring;
         but if the unselfish affections be lacking, and common
12    sense and common humanity are disregarded, what men-
         tal quality remains, with which to evoke healing from
         the outstretched arm of righteousness?

Speedy healing

15    If the Scientist reaches his patient through divine
         Love, the healing work will be accomplished at one
         visit, and the disease will vanish into its native
18    nothingness like dew before the morning sun-
         shine. If the Scientist has enough Christly affection to
         win his own pardon, and such commendation as the Mag-
21    dalen gained from Jesus, then he is Christian enough to
         practise scientifically and deal with his patients compas-
         sionately; and the result will correspond with the spiritual
24    intent.

Truth desecrated

         If hypocrisy, stolidity, inhumanity, or vice finds its
         way into the chambers of disease through the would-be
27    healer, it would, if it were possible, convert
         into a den of thieves the temple of the Holy
         Ghost, — the patient’s spiritual power to resuscitate him-
30    self. The unchristian practitioner is not giving to mind
         or body the joy and strength of Truth. The poor suf-
         fering heart needs its rightful nutriment, such as peace,


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1      patience in tribulation, and a priceless sense of the dear
         Father’s loving-kindness.

Moral evils to be cast out

3      In order to cure his patient, the metaphysician
         must first cast moral evils out of himself and thus
         attain the spiritual freedom which will en-
6      able him to cast physical evils out of his
         patient; but heal he cannot, while his own spiritual
         barrenness debars him from giving drink to the thirsty
9      and hinders him from reaching his patient’s thought, –
         yea, while mental penury chills his faith and under-
         standing.

The true physician

12    The physician who lacks sympathy for his fellow-
         being is deficient in human affection, and we have the
         apostolic warrant for asking: “He that loveth
15    not his brother whom he hath seen, how can
         he love God whom he hath not seen?” Not having this
         spiritual affection, the physician lacks faith in the divine
18    Mind and has not that recognition of infinite Love which
         alone confers the healing power. Such so-called Scien-
         tists will strain out gnats, while they swallow the camels
21    of bigoted pedantry.

Source of calmness

         The physician must also watch, lest he be over-
         whelmed by a sense of the odiousness of sin and by the
24    unveiling of sin in his own thoughts. The
         sick are terrified by their sick beliefs, and
         sinners should be affrighted by their sinful beliefs; but
27    the Christian Scientist will be calm in the presence of
         both sin and disease, knowing, as he does, that Life is
         God and God is All.

Genuine healing

30    If we would open their prison doors for the sick, we
         must first learn to bind up the broken-hearted. If we
         would heal by the Spirit, we must not hide the talent


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1      of spiritual healing under the napkin of its form, nor
         bury the morale of Christian Science in the grave-clothes
3      of its letter. The tender word and Christian
         encouragement of an invalid, pitiful patience
         with his fears and the removal of them, are better than
6      hecatombs of gushing theories, stereotyped borrowed
         speeches, and the doling of arguments, which are but so
         many parodies on legitimate Christian Science, aflame
9      with divine Love.

Gratitude and humility

         This is what is meant by seeking Truth, Christ, not
         “for the loaves and fishes,” nor, like the Pharisee, with
12    the arrogance of rank and display of scholar-
         ship, but like Mary Magdalene, from the sum-
         mit of devout consecration, with the oil of gladness and
15    the perfume of gratitude, with tears of repentance and
         with those hairs all numbered by the Father.

The salt of the earth

         A Christian Scientist occupies the place at this period
18    of which Jesus spoke to his disciples, when he said: “Ye
         are the salt of the earth.” “Ye are the light
         of the world. A city that is set on an hill can-
21    not be hid.” Let us watch, work, and pray that this salt
         lose not its saltness, and that this light be not hid, but
         radiate and glow into noontide glory.

24    The infinite Truth of the Christ-cure has come to this
         age through a “still, small voice,” through silent utter-
         ances and divine anointing which quicken and increase
27    the beneficial effects of Christianity. I long to see the
         consummation of my hope, namely, the student’s higher
         attainments in this line of light.

Real and counterfeit

30    Because Truth is infinite, error should be known as
         nothing. Because Truth is omnipotent in goodness,
         error, Truth’s opposite, has no might. Evil is but the


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1      counterpoise of nothingness. The greatest wrong is
         but a supposititious opposite of the highest right. The
3      confidence inspired by Science lies in the fact
         that Truth is real and error is unreal. Error
         is a coward before Truth. Divine Science insists that
6      time will prove all this. Both truth and error have come
         nearer than ever before to the apprehension of mortals,
         and truth will become still clearer as error is self-
9      destroyed.

Results of faith in Truth

         Against the fatal beliefs that error is as real as Truth,
         that evil is equal in power to good if not superior, and that
12    discord is as normal as harmony, even the hope
         of freedom from the bondage of sickness and
         sin has little inspiration to nerve endeavor. When we
15    come to have more faith in the truth of being than we have
         in error, more faith in Spirit than in matter, more faith
         in living than in dying, more faith in God than in man,
18    then no material suppositions can prevent us from healing
         the sick and destroying error.

Life independent of matter

         That Life is not contingent on bodily conditions is
21    proved, when we learn that life and man survive this
         body. Neither evil, disease, nor death can be
         spiritual, and the material belief in them dis-
24    appears in the ratio of one’s spiritual growth. Because
         matter has no consciousness or Ego, it cannot act; its
         conditions are illusions, and these false conditions are the
27    source of all seeming sickness. Admit the existence of
         matter, and you admit that mortality (and therefore dis-
         ease) has a foundation in fact. Deny the existence of
         matter, and you can destroy the belief in material con-
         ditions. When fear disappears, the foundation of disease
         is gone. Once let the mental physician believe in the


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1      reality of matter, and he is liable to admit also the reality
         of all discordant conditions, and this hinders his de-
3      stroying them. Thus he is unfitted for the successful
         treatment of disease.

Man’s entity

         In proportion as matter loses to human sense all en-
6      tity as man, in that proportion does man become its
         master. He enters into a diviner sense of the
         facts, and comprehends the theology of Jesus
9      as demonstrated in healing the sick, raising the dead,
         and walking over the wave. All these deeds manifested
         Jesus’ control over the belief that matter is substance,
12    that it can be the arbiter of life or the constructor of any
         form of existence.

The Christ treatment

         We never read that Luke or Paul made a reality of
15    disease in order to discover some means of healing it.
         Jesus never asked if disease were acute or
         chronic, and he never recommended atten-
18    tion to laws of health, never give drugs, never prayed
         to know if God were willing that a man should live. He
         understood man, whose life is God, to be immortal, and
21    knew that man has not two lives, one to be destroyed and
         the other to be made indestructible.

Matter not medicine

         The prophylactic and therapeutic (that is, the prevent-
24    ive and curative) arts belong emphatically to Christian
         Science, as would be readily seen, if psychology,
         or the Science of Spirit, God, was understood.
27    Unscientific methods are finding their dead level. Lim-
         ited to matter by their own law, what have they of the
         advantages of Mind and immortality?

No healing in sin

30    No man is physically healed in wilful error or by it,
         any more than he is morally saved in or by sin. It is
         error even to murmur or to be angry over sin. To be


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1      every whit whole, man must be better spiritually as well
         as physically. To be immortal, we must forsake the
3      mortal sense of things, turn from the lie of false
         belief to Truth, and gather the facts of being
         from the divine Mind. The body improves under the
6      same regimen which spiritualizes the thought; and if
         health is not made manifest under this regimen, this
         proves that fear is governing the body. This is the law
9      of cause and effect, or like producing like.

Like curing like

         Homoeopathy furnishes the evidence to the senses, that
         symptoms, which might be produced by a certain drug,
12    are removed by using the same drug which
         might cause the symptoms. This confirms
         my theory that faith in the drug is the sole factor in the
15    cure. The effect, which mortal mind produces through
         one belief, it removes through an opposite belief, but it
         uses the same medicine in both cases.
18    The moral and spiritual facts of health, whispered
         into thought, produce very direct and marked effects on
         the body. A physical diagnosis of disease — since mor-
21    tal mind must be the cause of disease — tends to induce
         disease.

Transient potency of drugs

         According to both medical testimony and individual
24    experience, a drug may eventually lose its supposed power
         and do no more for the patient. Hygienic
         treatment also loses its efficacy. Quackery
27    likewise fails at length to inspire the credulity
         of the sick, and then they cease to improve. These les-
         sons are useful. They should naturally and genuinely
30    change our basis from sensation to Christian Science,
         from error to Truth, from matter to Spirit.

Diagnosis of matter

         Physicians examine the pulse, tongue, lungs, to dis-


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1      cover the condition of matter, when in fact all is
         Mind. The body is the substratum of mortal mind,
3      and this so-called mind must finally yield
         to the mandate of immortal Mind.

Ghost-stories inducing fear

         Disquisitions on disease have a mental effect similar
6      to that produced on children by telling ghost-stories in
         the dark. By those uninstructed in Christian
         Science, nothing is really understood of material
9      existence. Mortals are believed to be here without their
         consent and to be removed as involuntarily, not knowing
         why nor when. As frightened children look everywhere
12    for the imaginary ghost, so sick humanity sees danger in
         every direction, and looks for relief in all ways except the
         right one. Darkness induces fear. The adult, in bond-
15    age to his beliefs, no more comprehends his real being
         than does the child; and the adult must be taken out of
         his darkness, before he can get rid of the illusive suffer-
18    ings which throng the gloaming. The way in divine
         Science is the only way out of this condition.

Mind imparts purity, health, and beauty

         I would not transform the infant at once into a
21    man, nor would I keep the suckling a lifelong babe.
         No impossible thing do I ask when urging
         the claims of Christian Science; but because
24    this teaching is in advance of the age, we
         should not deny our need of its spiritual unfoldment.
         Mankind will improve through Science and Christi-
27    anity. The necessity for uplifting the race is father to
         the fact that Mind can do it; for Mind can impart
         purity instead of impurity, strength instead of weak-
30    ness, and health instead of disease. Truth is an altera-
         tive in the entire system, and can make it “every whit
         whole.”


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Brain not intelligent

1      Remember, brain is not mind. Matter cannot be sick,
         and Mind is immortal. The mortal body is only an erro-
3      neous mortal belief of mind in matter. What
         you call matter was originally error in solu-
         tion, elementary mortal mind, — likened by Milton to
6      “chaos and old night.” One theory about this mortal
         mind is, that its sensations can reproduce man, can form
         blood, flesh, and bones. The Science of being, in which
9      all is divine Mind, or God and His idea, would be clearer
         in this age, but for the belief that matter is the medium
         of man, or that man can enter his own embodied thought,
12    bind himself with his own beliefs, and then call his bonds
         material and name them divine law.

Veritable success

         When man demonstrates Christian Science absolutely,
15    he will be perfect. He can neither sin, suffer, be subject
         to matter, nor disobey the law of God. There-
         fore he will be as the angels in heaven. Chris-
18    tian Science and Christianity are one. How, then, in
         Christianity any more than in Christian Science, can we
         believe in the reality and power of both Truth and error,
21    Spirit and matter, and hope to succeed with contraries?
         Matter is not self-sustaining. Its false supports fail one
         after another. Matter succeeds for a period only by
24    falsely parading in the vestments of law.

Recognition of benefits

         “Whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also
         deny before my Father which is in heaven.” In Chris-
27    tian Science, a denial of Truth is fatal, while
         a just acknowledgment of Truth and of what
         it has done for us is an effectual help. If pride, super-
30    stition, or any error prevents the honest recognition of
         benefits received, this will be a hindrance to the recovery
         of the sick and the success of the student.


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Disease far more docile than iniquity

1      If we are Christians on all moral questions, but are in
         darkness as to the physical exemption which Christian-
3      ity includes, then we must have more faith
         in God on this subject and be more alive to
         His promises. It is easier to cure the most
6      malignant disease than it is to cure sin. The author has
         raised up the dying, partly because they were willing to
         be restored, while she has struggled long, and perhaps in
9      vain, to lift a student out of a chronic sin. Under all
         modes of pathological treatment, the sick recover more
         rapidly from disease than does the sinner from his sin.
12    Healing is easier than teaching, if the teaching is faithfully
         done.

Love frees from fear

         The fear of disease and the love of sin are the sources
15    of man’s enslavement. “The fear of the Lord
         is the beginning of wisdom,” but the Scriptures
         also declare, through the exalted thought of John, that
18    “perfect Love casteth out fear.”

         The fear occasioned by ignorance can be cured; but
         to remove the effects of fear produced by sin, you must
21    rise above both fear and sin. Disease is expressed not
         so much by the lips as in the functions of the body. Es-
         tablish the scientific sense of health, and you relieve the
24    oppressed organ. The inflammation, decomposition, or
         deposit will abate, and the disabled organ will resume its
         healthy functions.

Mind circulates blood

27    When the blood rushes madly through the veins or
         languidly creeps along its frozen channels, we call these
         conditions disease. This is a misconception.
30    Mortal mind is producing the propulsion or the
         languor, and we prove this to be so when by mental means
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1      which mortal mind has decided upon as essential for
         health. Anodynes, counter-irritants, and depletion never
3      reduce inflammation scientifically, but the truth of being,
         whispered into the ear of mortal mind, will bring relief.

Mind can destroy all ills

         Hatred and its effects on the body are removed by
6      Love. Because mortal mind seems to be conscious, the
         sick say: “How can my mind cause a disease
         I never thought of and knew nothing about,
9      until it appeared on my body?” The author has an-
         swered this question in her explanation of disease as origi-
         nating in human belief before it is consciously apparent
12    on the body, which is in fact the objective state of mortal
         mind, though it is called matter. This mortal blindness
         and its sharp consequences show our need of divine meta-
15    physics. Through immortal Mind, or Truth, we can
         destroy all ills which proceed from mortal mind.

         Ignorance of the cause or approach of disease is no
18    argument against the mental origin of disease. You con-
         fess to ignorance of the future and incapacity to preserve
         your own existence, and this belief helps rather than
21    hinders disease. Such a state of mind induces sickness.
         It is like walking in darkness on the edge of a precipice.
         You cannot forget the belief of danger, and your steps
24    are less firm because of your fear, and ignorance of mental
         cause and effect.

Temperature is mental

         Heat and cold are products of mortal mind. The body,
27    when bereft of mortal mind, at first cools, and after-
         wards it is resolved into its primitive mortal
         elements. Nothing that lives ever dies, and
30    vice versa. Mortal mind produces animal heat, and then
         expels it through the abandonment of a belief, or in-
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1      mortal mind, not matter, which says, “I die.” Heat
         would pass from the body as painlessly as gas dissipates
3      into the air when it evaporates but for the belief that in-
         flammation and pain must accompany the separation of
         heat from the body.

Science versus hypnotism

6      Chills and heat are often the form in which fever mani-
         fests itself. Change the mental state, and the chills and
         fever disappear. The old-school physician
9      proves this when his patient says, ” I am better,”
         but the patient believes that matter, not mind,
         has helped him. The Christian Scientist demonstrates
12    that divine Mind heals, while the hypnotist dispossesses
         the patient of his individuality in order to control him.
         No person is benefited by yielding his mentality to any
15    mental despotism or malpractice. All unscientific mental
         practice is erroneous and powerless, and should be under-
         stood and so rendered fruitless. The genuine Christian
18    Scientist is adding to his patient’s mental and moral power,
         and is increasing his patient’s spirituality while restoring
         him physically through divine Love.

Cure for palsy

21    Palsy is a belief that matter governs mortals, and can
         paralyze the body, making certain portions of
         it motionless. Destroy the belief, show mortal
24    mind that muscles have no power to be lost, for Mind is
         supreme, and you cure the palsy.

Latent fear diagnosed

         Consumptive patients always show great hopeful-
27    ness and courage, even when they are supposed to be in
         hopeless danger. This state of mind seems
         anomalous except to the expert in Christian
30    Science. This mental state is not understood, simply
         because it is a stage of fear so excessive that it amounts
         to fortitude. The belief in consumption presents to mor-


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1      tal thought a hopeless state, an image more terrifying than
         that of most other diseases. The patient turns involun-
3      tarily from the contemplation of it, but though unacknowl-
         edged, the latent fear and the despair of recovery remain
         in thought.

Insidious concepts

6      Just so is it with the greatest sin. It is the most subtle,
         and does its work almost self-deceived. The diseases
         deemed dangerous sometimes come from the
9      most hidden, undefined, and insidious beliefs.
         The pallid invalid, whom you declare to be wasting away
         with consumption of the blood, should be told that blood
12    never gave life and can never take it away, — that Life is
         Spirit, and that there is more life and immortality in one
         good motive and act, than in all the blood which ever
15    flowed through mortal veins and simulated a corporeal
         sense of life.

Remedy for fever

         If the body is material, it cannot, for that very reason,
18    suffer with a fever. Because the so-called material body
         is a mental concept and governed by mortal
         mind, it manifests only what that so-called
21    mind expresses. Therefore the efficient remedy is to
         destroy the patient’s false belief by both silently and au-
         dibly arguing the true facts in regard to harmonious
24    being, — representing man as healthy instead of diseased,
         and showing that it is impossible for matter to suffer, to
         feel pain or heat, to be thirsty or sick. Destroy fear,
27    and you end fever. Some people, mistaught as to Mind-
         science, inquire when it will be safe to check a fever.
         Know that in Science you cannot check a fever after ad-
30    mitting that it must have its course. To fear and admit
         the power of disease, is to paralyze mental and scientific
         demonstration.


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1      If your patient believes in taking cold, mentally con-
         vince him that matter cannot take cold, and that thought
3      governs this liability. If grief causes suffering, convince
         the sufferer that affliction is often the source of joy, and
         that he should rejoice always in ever-present Love.

Climate harmless

6      Invalids flee to tropical climates in order to save their
         lives, but they come back no better than when they went
         away. Then is the time to cure them through
9      Christian Science, and prove that they can
         be healthy in all climates, when their fear of climate is
         exterminated.

Mind governs body

12    Through different states of mind, the body becomes
         suddenly weak or abnormally strong, showing mortal
         mind to be the producer of strength or weak-
15    ness. A sudden joy or grief has caused what
         is termed instantaneous death. Because a belief origi-
         nates unseen, the mental state should be continually
18    watched that it may not produce blindly its bad effects.
         The author never knew a patient who did not recover
         when the belief of the disease had gone. Remove the
21    leading error or governing fear of this lower so-called mind,
         and you remove the cause of all disease as well as the mor-
         bid or excited action of any organ. You also remove in
24    this way what are termed organic diseases as readily as
         functional difficulties.

         The cause of all so-called disease is mental, a mortal
27    fear, a mistaken belief or conviction of the necessity and
         power of ill-health; also a fear that Mind is helpless to
         defend the life of man and incompetent to control it. With-
30    out this ignorant human belief, any circumstance is of it-
         self powerless to produce suffering. It is latent belief in
         disease, as well as the fear of disease, which associates sick-


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1      ness with certain circumstances and causes the two to
         appear conjoined, even as poetry and music are repro-
3      duced in union by human memory. Disease has no in-
         telligence. Unwittingly you sentence yourself to suffer.
         The understanding of this will enable you to commute this
6      self-sentence, and meet every circumstance with truth.
         Disease is less than mind, and Mind can control it.

Latent power

         Without the so-called human mind, there can be no
9      inflammatory nor torpid action of the system. Remove
         the error, and you destroy its effects. By
         looking a tiger fearlessly in the eye, Sir Charles
12    Napier sent it cowering back into the jungle. An ani-
         mal may infuriate another by looking it in the eye, and
         both will fight for nothing. A man’s gaze, fastened
15    fearlessly on a ferocious beast, often causes the beast to
         retreat in terror. This latter occurrence represents the
         power of Truth over error, — the might of intelligence
18    exercised over mortal beliefs to destroy them; whereas
         hypnotism and hygienic drilling and drugging, adopted
         to cure matter, is represented by two material erroneous
21    bases.

Disease powerless

         Disease is not an intelligence to dispute the empire of
         Mind or to dethrone Mind and take the government into
24    its own hands. Sickness is not a God-given,
         nor a self-constituted material power, which
         copes astutely with Mind and finally conquers it. God
27    never endowed matter with power to disable Life or to
         chill harmony with a long and cold night of discord.
         Such a power, without the divine permission, is incon-
30    ceivable; and if such a power could be divinely directed,
         it would manifest less wisdom than we usually find dis-
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Jurisdiction of Mind

1      If disease can attack and control the body without
         the consent of mortals, sin can do the same, for both
3      are errors, announced as partners in the be-
         ginning. The Christian Scientist finds only
         effects, where the ordinary physician looks for causes.
6      The real jurisdiction of the world is in Mind, controlling
         every effect and recognizing all causation as vested in
         divine Mind.

Power of imagination

9      A felon, on whom certain English students experi-
         mented, fancied himself bleeding to death, and died be-
         cause of that belief, when only a stream of
12    warm water was trickling over his arm. Had
         he known his sense of bleeding was an illusion, he would
         have risen above the false belief. Let the despairing in-
15    valid, inspecting the hue of her blood on a cambric hand-
         kerchief, think of the experiment of those Oxford boys,
         who caused the death of a man, when not a drop of his
18    blood was shed. Then let her learn the opposite state-
         ment of life as taught in Christian Science, and she will
         understand that she is not dying on account of the state of
21    her blood, but is suffering from her belief that blood is
         destroying her life. The so-called vital current does not
         affect the invalid’s health, but her belief produces the
24    very results she dreads.

Fevers the effect of fear

         Fevers are errors of various types. The quickened
         pulse, coated tongue, febrile heat, dry skin, pain in the
27    head and limbs, are pictures drawn on the
         body by a mortal mind. The images, held in
         this disturbed mind, frighten conscious thought. Unless
30    the fever-picture, drawn by millions of mortals and im-
         aged on the body through the belief that mind is in matter
         and discord is as real as harmony, is destroyed through


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1      Science, it may rest at length on some receptive thought,
         and become a fever case, which ends in a belief called
3      death, which belief must be finally conquered by eternal
         Life. Truth is always the victor. Sickness and sin fall
         by their own weight. Truth is the rock of ages, the head-
6      stone of the corner, “but on whomsoever it shall fall, it
         will grind him to powder.”

Misdirected contention

         Contending for the evidence or indulging the demands
9      of sin, disease, or death, we virtually contend against
         the control of Mind over body, and deny the
         power of Mind to heal. This false method
12    is as though the defendant should argue for the plaintiff
         in favor of a decision which the defendant knows will
         be turned against himself.

Benefits of metaphysics

15    The physical effects of fear illustrate its illusion. Gaz-
         ing at a chained lion, crouched for a spring, should not
         terrify a man. The body is affected only with
18    the belief of disease produced by a so-called
         mind ignorant of the truth which chains disease. Noth-
         ing but the power of Truth can prevent the fear of
21    error, and prove man’s dominion over error.

A higher discovery

         Many years ago the author made a spiritual discov-
         ery, the scientific evidence of which has accumulated to
24    prove that the divine Mind produces in man
         health, harmony, and immortality. Gradu-
         ally this evidence will gather momentum and clearness,
27    until it reaches its culmination of scientific statement and
         proof. Nothing is more disheartening than to believe
         that there is a power opposite to God, or good, and that
30    God endows this opposing power with strength to be used
         against Himself, against Life, health, harmony.

Ignorance of our rights

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1      man, is rendered null and void by the law of Life, God.
         Ignorant of our God-given rights, we submit to unjust
3      decrees, and the bias of education enforces
         this slavery. Be no more willing to suffer the
         illusion that you are sick or that some disease is develop-
6      ing in the system, than you are to yield to a sinful temp-
         tation on the ground that sin has its necessities.

No laws of matter

         When infringing some supposed law, you say that
9      there is danger. This fear is the danger and induces the
         physical effects. We cannot in reality suffer
         from breaking anything except a moral or
12    spiritual law. The so-called laws of mortal belief are
         destroyed by the understanding that Soul is immortal,
         and that mortal mind cannot legislate the times, periods,
15    and types of disease, with which mortals die. God is the
         lawmaker, but He is not the author of barbarous codes.
         In infinite Life and Love there is no sickness, sin, nor
18    death, and the Scriptures declare that we live, move, and
         have our being in the infinite God.

God-given dominion

         Think less of the enactments of mortal mind, and you
21    will sooner grasp man’s God-given dominion. You must
         understand your way out of human theories
         relating to health, or you will never believe
24    that you are quite free from some ailment. The har-
         mony and immortality of man will never be reached
         without the understanding that Mind is not in matter.
27    Let us banish sickness as an outlaw, and abide by the
         rule of perpetual harmony, — God’s law. It is man’s
         moral right to annul an unjust sentence, a sentence never
30    inflicted by divine authority.

Begin rightly

         Christ Jesus overruled the error which would impose
         penalties for transgressions of the physical laws of


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1      health; he annulled supposed laws of matter, opposed
         to the harmonies of Spirit, lacking divine au-
3      thority and having only human approval for
         their sanction.

Hygiene excessive

         If half the attention given to hygiene were given to the
6      study of Christian Science and to the spiritualization of
         thought, this alone would usher in the millen-
         inium. Constant bathing and rubbing to alter
9      the secretions or to remove unhealthy exhalations from
         the cuticle receive a useful rebuke from Jesus’ precept,
         “Take no thought . . . for the body.” We must beware
12    of making clean merely the outside of the platter.

Blissful ignorance

         He, who is ignorant of what is termed hygienic law, is
         more receptive of spiritual power and of faith in one
15    God, than is the devotee of supposed hygienic
         law, who comes to teach the so-called igno-
         rant one. Must we not then consider the so-called law
18    of matter a canon “more honored in the breach than
         the observance”? A patient thoroughly booked in medi-
         cal theories is more difficult to heal through Mind than
21    one who is not. This verifies the saying of our Master:
         “Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a
         little child, shall in no wise enter therein.”

24    One whom I rescued from seeming spiritual oblivion,
         in which the senses had engulfed him, wrote to me: “I
         should have died, but for the glorious Principle you teach,
27    – supporting the power of Mind over the body and show-
         ing me the nothingness of the so-called pleasures and pains
         of sense. The treatises I had read and the medicines I
30    had taken only abandoned me to more hopeless suffering
         and despair. Adherence to hygiene was useless. Mortal
         mind needed to be set right. The ailment was not bodily,


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1      but mental, and I was cured when I learned my way in
         Christian Science.”

A clean mind and body

3      We need a clean body and a clean mind, — a body
         rendered pure by Mind as well as washed by water.
         One says: “I take good care of my body.”
6      To do this, the pure and exalting influence of
         the divine Mind on the body is requisite, and the Christian
         Scientist takes the best care of his body when he leaves
9      it most out of his thought, and, like the Apostle Paul, is
         “willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be pres-
         ent with the Lord.”

12    A hint may be taken from the emigrant, whose filth
         does not affect his happiness, because mind and body
         rest on the same basis. To the mind equally gross, dirt
15    gives no uneasiness. It is the native element of such a
         mind, which is symbolized, and not chafed, by its sur-
         roundings; but impurity and uncleanliness, which do
18    not trouble the gross, could not be borne by the refined.
         This shows that the mind must be clean to keep the body
         in proper condition.

Beliefs illusive

21    The tobacco-user, eating or smoking poison for half a
         century, sometimes tells you that the weed preserves
         his health, but does this make it so? Does his
24    assertion prove the use of tobacco to be a salu-
         brious habit, and man to be the better for it? Such in-
         stances only prove the illusive physical effect of a false
27    belief, confirming the Scriptural conclusion concerning a
         man, “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

         The movement-cure — pinching and pounding the poor
30    body, to make it sensibly well when it ought to be in-
         sensibly so — is another medical mistake, resulting from
         the common notion that health depends on inert matter


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1      instead of on Mind. Can matter, or what is termed
         matter, either feel or act without mind?

Corporeal penalties

3      We should relieve our minds from the depressing thought
         that we have transgressed a material law and must of
         necessity pay the penalty. Let us reassure
6      ourselves with the law of Love. God never
         punishes man for doing right, for honest labor, or for
         deeds of kindness, though they expose him to fatigue,
9      cold, heat, contagion. If man seems to incur the penalty
         through matter, this is but a belief of mortal mind, not
         an enactment of wisdom, and man has only to enter his
12    protest against this belief in order to annul it. Through
         this action of thought and its results upon the body, the
         student will prove to himself, by small beginnings, the
15    grand verities of Christian Science.

Not matter, but Mind

         If exposure to a draught of air while in a state of
         perspiration is followed by chills, dry cough, influenza,
18    congestive symptoms in the lungs, or hints of
         inflammatory rheumatism, your Mind-remedy
         is safe and sure. If you are a Christian Scientist, such
21    symptoms are not apt to follow exposure; but if you
         believe in laws of matter and their fatal effects when
         transgressed, you are not fit to conduct your own case or
24    to destroy the bad effects of your belief. When the fear
         subsides and the conviction abides that you have broken
         no law, neither rheumatism, consumption, nor any other
27    disease will ever result from exposure to the weather. In
         Science this is an established fact which all the evidence
         before the senses can never overrule.

Benefit of philanthropy

30    Sickness, sin, and death must at length quail before
         the divine rights of intelligence, and then the power
         of Mind over the entire functions and organs of the


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1      human system will be acknowledged. It is proverbial
         that Florence Nightingale and other philanthropists en-
3      gaged in humane labors have been able to
         undergo without sinking fatigues and expo-
         sures which ordinary people could not endure. The ex-
6      planation lies in the support which they derived from
         the divine law, rising above the human. The spiritual
         demand, quelling the material, supplies energy and en-
9      durance surpassing all other aids, and forestalls the
         penalty which our beliefs would attach to our best
         deeds. Let us remember that the eternal law of right,
12    though it can never annul the law which makes sin its
         own executioner, exempts man from all penalties but
         those due for wrong-doing.

Honest toil has no penalty

15    Constant toil, deprivations, exposures, and all untow-
         ard conditions, if without sin, can be experienced with-
         out suffering. Whatever it is your duty to do,
18    you can do without harm to yourself. If you
         sprain the muscles or wound the flesh, your
         remedy is at hand. Mind decides whether or not the
21    flesh shall be discolored, painful, swollen, and inflamed.

Our sleep and food

         You say that you have not slept well or have overeaten.
         You are a law unto yourself. Saying this and believing
24    it, you will suffer in proportion to your belief
         and fear. Your sufferings are not the penalty
         for having broken a law of matter, for it is a law of mortal
27    mind which you have disobeyed. You say or think, be-
         cause you have partaken of salt fish, that you must be
         thirsty, and you are thirsty accordingly, while the oppo-
30    site belief would produce the opposite result.

Doubtful evidence

         Any supposed information, coming from the body or
         from inert matter as if either were intelligent, is an illu-


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1      sion of mortal mind, — one of its dreams. Realize that
         the evidence of the senses is not to be accepted
3      in the case of sickness, any more than it is in
         the case of sin.

Climate and belief

         Expose the body to certain temperatures, and belief
6      says that you may catch cold and have catarrh; but no
         such result occurs without mind to demand
         it and produce it. So long as mortals declare
9      that certain states of the atmosphere produce catarrh,
         fever, rheumatism, or consumption, those effects will
         follow, — not because of the climate, but on account of
12    the belief. The author has in too many instances healed
         disease through the action of Truth on the minds of mor-
         tals, and the corresponding effects of Truth on the body,
15    not to know that this is so.

Erroneous despatch

         A blundering despatch, mistakenly announcing the
         death of a friend, occasions the same grief that the friend’s
18    real death would bring. You think that your
         anguish is occasioned by your loss. Another
         despatch, correcting the mistake, heals your grief, and
21    you learn that your suffering was merely the result of
         your belief. Thus it is with all sorrow, sickness, and
         death. You will learn at length that there is no cause
24    for grief, and divine wisdom will then be understood.
         Error, not Truth, produces all the suffering on earth.

Mourning causeless

         If a Christian Scientist had said, while you were labor-
27    ing under the influence of the belief of grief, “Your sor-
         row is without cause,” you would not have
         understood him, although the correctness of
30    the assertion might afterwards be proved to you. So,
         when our friends pass from our sight and we lament,
         that lamentation is needless and causeless. We shall


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1      perceive this to be true when we grow into the under-
         standing of Life, and know that there is no death.

Mind heals brain-disease

3      Because mortal mind is kept active, must it pay the
         penalty in a softened brain? Who dares to say that actual
         Mind can be overworked? When we reach
6      our limits of mental endurance, we conclude
         that intellectual labor has been carried sufficiently far;
         but when we realize that immortal Mind is ever active,
9      and that spiritual energies can neither wear out nor can
         so-called material law trespass upon God-given powers
         and resources, we are able to rest in Truth, refreshed by
12    the assurances of immortality, opposed to mortality.

Right never punishable

         Our thinkers do not die early because they faithfully
         perform the natural functions of being. If printers and
15    authors have the shortest span of earthly ex-
         istence, it is not because they occupy the most
         important posts and perform the most vital functions in
18    society. That man does not pay the severest penalty
         who does the most good. By adhering to the realities of
         eternal existence, — instead of reading disquisitions on
21    the inconsistent supposition that death comes in obedience
         to the law of life, and that God punishes man for doing
         good, — one cannot suffer as the result of any labor of
24    love, but grows stronger because of it. It is a law of so-
         called mortal mind, misnamed matter, which causes all
         things discordant.

Christian history

27    The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs
         of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed
         on man by his heavenly Father, omnipotent
30    Mind, who gives man faith and understanding
         whereby to defend himself, not only from temptation, but
         from bodily suffering.


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1      The Christian martyrs were prophets of Christian
         Science. Through the uplifting and consecrating power
3      of divine Truth, they obtained a victory over the corpo-
         real senses, a victory which Science alone can explain.
         Stolidity, which is a resisting state of mortal mind, suffers
6      less, only because it knows less of material law.

         The Apostle John testified to the divine basis of Chris-
         tian Science, when dire inflictions failed to destroy his
9      body. Idolaters, believing in more than one mind, had
         “gods many,” and thought that they could kill the body
         with matter, independently of mind.

Sustenance spiritual

12    Admit the common hypothesis that food is the nutri-
         ment of life, and the follows the necessity for another
         admission in the opposite direction, — that
15    food has power to destroy Life, God, through
         a deficiency or an excess, a quality or a quantity. This
         is a specimen of the ambiguous nature of all material
18    health-theories. They are self-contradictory and self-de-
         structive, constituting a “kingdom divided against itself,”
         which is “brought to desolation.” If food was prepared
21    by Jesus for his disciples, it cannot destroy life.

God sustains man

         The fact is, food does not affect the absolute Life of
         man, and this becomes self-evident, when we learn that
24    God is our Life. Because sin and sickness are
         not qualities of Soul, or Life, we have hope in
         immortality; but it would be foolish to venture beyond
27    our present understanding, foolish to stop eating until
         we gain perfection and a clear comprehension of the living
         Spirit. In that perfect day of understanding, we shall
30    neither eat to live nor live to eat.

Diet and digestion

         If mortals think that food disturbs the harmonious
         functions of mind and body, either the food or this thought


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1      must be dispensed with, for the penalty is coupled with
         the belief. Which shall it be? If this decision be left
3      to Christian Science, it will be given in behalf
         of the control of Mind over this belief and every
         erroneous belief, or material condition. The less we
6      know or think about hygiene, the less we are predisposed
         to sickness. Recollect that it is not the nerves, not mat-
         ter, but mortal mind, which reports food as undigested.
9      Matter does not inform you of bodily derangements; it
         is supposed to do so. This pseudo-mental testimony can
         be destroyed only by the better results of Mind’s oppo-
12    site evidence.

Scripture rebukes

         Our dietetic theories first admit that food sustains the
         life of man, and then discuss the certainty that food can
15    kill man. This false reasoning is rebuked in
         Scripture by the metaphors about the fount
         and stream, the tree and its fruit, and the kingdom di-
18    vided against itself. If God has, as prevalent theories
         maintain, instituted laws that food shall support human
         life, He cannot annul these regulations by an opposite
21    law that food shall be inimical to existence.

Ancient confusion

         Materialists contradict their own statements. Their
         belief in material laws and in penalties for their infrac-
24    tion is the ancient error that there is fraternity
         between pain and pleasure, good and evil, God
         and Satan. This belief totters to its falling before the
27    battle-axe of Science.

         A case of convulsions, produced by indigestion, came
         under my observation. In her belief the woman had
30    chronic liver-complaint, and was then suffering from a
         complication of symptoms connected with this belief. I
         cured her in a few minutes. One instant she spoke de-


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1      spairingly of herself. The next minute she said, “My
         food is all digested, and I should like something more
3      to eat.”

Ultimate harmony

         We cannot deny that Life is self-sustained, and we
         should never deny the everlasting harmony of Soul, sim-
6      ply because, to the mortal senses, there is seem-
         ing discord. It is our ignorance of God, the
         divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and
9      the right understanding of Him restores harmony. Truth
         will at length compel us all to exchange the pleasures and
         pains of sense for the joys of Soul.

Unnecessary prostration

12    When the first symptoms of disease appear, dispute the
         testimony of the material senses with divine Science. Let
         your higher sense of justice destroy the false
15    process of mortal opinions which you name
         law, and then you will not be confined to a sick-room nor
         laid upon a bed of suffering in payment of the last far-
18    thing, the last penalty demanded by error. “Agree with
         thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with
         him.” Suffer no claim of sin or of sickness to grow upon
21    the thought. Dismiss it with an abiding conviction that
         it is illegitimate, because you know that God is no more
         the author of sickness than He is of sin. You have no
24    law of His to support the necessity either of sin or sick-
         ness, but you have divine authority for denying that neces-
         sity and healing the sick.

Treatment of disease

27    “Agree to disagree” with approaching symptoms of
         chronic or acute disease, whether it is cancer, consump-
         tion, or smallpox. Meet the incipient stages
30    of disease with as powerful mental opposi-
         tion as a legislator would employ to defeat the passage of
         an inhuman law. Rise in the conscious strength of the


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1      spirit of Truth to overthrow the plea of mortal mind,
         alias matter, arrayed against the supremacy of Spirit.
3      Blot out the images of mortal thought and its beliefs in
         sickness and sin. Then, when thou art delivered to the
         judgment of Truth, Christ, the judge will say, “Thou
6      art whole!”

Righteous rebellion

         Instead of blind and calm submission to the incipient
         or advanced stages of disease, rise in rebellion against
9      them. Banish the belief that you can possi-
         bly entertain a single intruding pain which can-
         not be ruled out by the might of Mind, and in this way
12    you can prevent the development of pain in the body.
         No law of God hinders this result. It is error to suffer
         for aught but your own sins. Christ, or Truth, will de-
15    stroy all other supposed suffering, and real suffering for
         your own sins will cease in proportion as the sin ceases.

Contradict error

         Justice is the moral signification of law. Injustice de-
18    clares the absence of law. When the body is supposed
         to say, “I am sick,” never plead guilty. Since
         matter cannot talk, it must be mortal mind
21    which speaks; therefore meet the intimation with a pro-
         test. If you say, “I am sick,” you plead guilty. Then
         your adversary will deliver you to the judge (mortal
24    mind), and the judge will sentence you. Disease has
         no intelligence to declare itself something and announce
         its name. Mortal mind alone sentences itself. Therefore
27    make your own terms with sickness, and be just to yourself
         and to others.

Sin to be overcome

         Mentally contradict every complaint from the body,
30    and rise to the true consciousness of Life as
         Love, — as all that is pure, and bearing the
         fruits of Spirit. Fear is the fountain of sickness,


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1      and you master fear and sin through divine Mind; hence
         it is through divine Mind that you overcome disease.
3      Only while fear or sin remains can it bring forth death.
         To cure a bodily ailment, every broken moral law should
         be taken into account and the error be rebuked. Fear,
6      which is an element of all disease, must be cast out to
         readjust the balance for God. Casting out evil and fear
         enables truth to outweigh error. The only course is to
9      take antagonistic grounds against all that is opposed to
         the health, holiness, and harmony of man, God’s image.

Illusions about nerves

         The physical affirmation of disease should always be
12    met with the mental negation. Whatever benefit is pro-
         duced on the body, must be expressed men-
         tally, and thought should be held fast to this
15    ideal. If you believe in inflamed and weak nerves, you
         are liable to an attack from that source. You will call it
         neuralgia, but we call it a belief. If you think that con-
18    sumption is hereditary in your family, you are liable to
         the development of that thought in the form of what is
         termed pulmonary disease, unless Science shows you
21    otherwise. If you decide that climate or atmosphere is
         unhealthy, it will be so to you. Your decisions will mas-
         ter you, whichever direction they take.

Guarding the door

24    Reverse the case. Stand porter at the door of thought.
         Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in
         bodily results, you will control yourself har-
27    moniously. When the condition is present
         which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise,
         heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office
30    as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears.
         Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the
         body cannot suffer from them. The issues of pain or


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1      pleasure must come through mind, and like a watchman
         forsaking his post, we admit the intruding belief, forget-
3      ting that through divine help we can forbid this entrance.

The strength of Spirit

         The body seems to be self-acting, only because mortal
         mind is ignorant of itself, of its own actions, and of their
6      results, — ignorant that the predisposing, re-
         mote, and exciting cause of all bad effects is a
         law of so-called mortal mind, not of matter. Mind is the
9      master of the corporeal senses, and can conquer sickness,
         sin, and death. Exercise this God-given authority. Take
         possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action.
12    Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike
         good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing
         can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on
15    man.

No pain in matter

         Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind
         governs, and that in Science man reflects God’s govern-
18    ment. Have no fear that matter can ache,
         swell, and be inflamed as the result of a law
         of any kind, when it is self-evident that matter can have
21    no pain nor inflammation. Your body would suffer no
         more from tension or wounds than the trunk of a tree
         which you gash or the electric wire which you stretch,
24    were it not for mortal mind.

         When Jesus declares that “the light of the body is the
         eye,” he certainly means that light depends upon Mind,
27    not upon the complex humors, lenses, muscles, the iris
         and pupil, constituting the visual organism.

No real disease

         Man is never sick, for Mind is not sick and matter
30    cannot be. A false belief is both the tempter
         and the tempted, the sin and the sinner, the
         disease and its cause. It is well to be calm in sickness;


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1      to be hopeful is still better; but to understand that sick-
         ness is not real and that Truth can destroy its seeming
3      reality, is best of all, for this understanding is the uni-
         versal and perfect remedy.

Recuperation mental

         By conceding power to discord, a large majority of
6      doctors depress mental energy, which is the only real
         recuperative power. Knowledge that we
         can accomplish the good we hope for, stimu-
9      lates the system to act in the direction which Mind points
         out. The admission that any bodily condition is beyond
         the control of Mind disarms man, prevents him from
12    helping himself, and enthrones matter through error. To
         those struggling with sickness, such admissions are dis-
         couraging, — as much so as would be the advice to a man
15    who is down in the world, that he should not try to rise
         above his difficulties.

         Experience has proved to the author the fallacy of
18    material systems in general, — that their theories are
         sometimes pernicious, and that their denials are better
         than their affirmations. Will you bid a man let evils
21    overcome him, assuring him that all misfortunes are from
         God, against whom mortals should not contend? Will
         you tell the sick that their condition is hopeless, unless it
24    can be aided by a drug or climate? Are material means
         the only refuge from fatal chances? Is there no divine
         permission to conquer discord of every kind with harmony,
27    with Truth and Love?

Arguing wrongly

         We should remember that Life is God, and that God
         is omnipotent. Not understanding Christian
30    Science, the sick usually have little faith in
         it till they feel its beneficent influence. This shows
         that faith is not the healer in such cases. The sick


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1      unconsciously argue for suffering, instead of against it.
         They admit its reality, whereas they should deny it.
3      They should plead in opposition to the testimony of the
         deceitful senses, and maintain man’s immortality and
         eternal likeness to God.

Divine authority

6      Like the great Exemplar, the healer should speak to
         disease as one having authority over it, leaving Soul to
         master the false evidences of the corporeal
9      senses and to assert its claims over mortal-
         ity and disease. The same Principle cures both sin and
         sickness. When divine Science overcomes faith in a car-
12    nal mind, and faith in God destroys all faith in sin and in
         material methods of healing, then sin, disease, and death
         will disappear.

Aids in sickness

15    Prayers, in which God is not asked to heal but is be-
         sought to take the patient to Himself, do not benefit the
         sick. An ill-tempered, complaining, or deceit-
18    ful person should not be a nurse. The nurse
         should be cheerful, orderly, punctual, patient, full of
         faith, — receptive to Truth and Love.

Mental quackery

21    It is mental quackery to make disease a reality — to
         hold it as something seen and felt — and then to attempt
         its cure through Mind. It is no less erroneous
24    to believe in the real existence of a tumor, a
         cancer, or decayed lungs, while you argue against their
         reality, than it is for your patient to feel these ills in
27    physical belief. Mental practice, which holds disease
         as a reality, fastens disease on the patient, and it may
         appear in a more alarming form.

Effacing images of disease

30    The knowledge that brain-lobes cannot kill a man nor
         affect the functions of mind would prevent the brain from
         becoming diseased, though a moral offence is indeed the


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1      worst of diseases. One should never hold in mind
         the thought of disease, but should efface from
3      thought all forms and types of disease, both for
         one’s own sake and for that of the patient.

Avoid talking disease

         Avoid talking illness to the patient. Make no unne-
6      cessary inquiries relative to feelings or disease. Never
         startle with a discouraging remark about re-
         covery, nor draw attention to certain symp-
9      toms as unfavorable, avoid speaking aloud the name of
         the disease. Never say beforehand how much you have
         to contend with in a case, nor encourage in the patient’s
12    thought the expectation of growing worse before a crisis
         is passed.

False testimony refuted

         The refutation of the testimony of material sense is
15    not a difficult task in view of the conceded falsity of this
         testimony. The refutation becomes arduous,
         not because the testimony of sin or disease is
18    true, but solely on account of the tenacity of belief in its
         truth, due to the force of education and the overwhelm-
         ing weight of opinions on the wrong side, — all teaching
21    that the body suffers, as if matter could have sensation.

Healthful explanation

         At the right time explain to the sick the power which
         their beliefs exercise over their bodies. Give them divine
24    and wholesome understanding, with which to
         combat their erroneous sense, and so efface the
         images of sickness from mortal mind. Keep distinctly in
27    thought that man is the offspring of God, not of man;
         that man is spiritual, not material; that Soul is Spirit,
         outside of matter, never in it, never giving the body life
30    and sensation. It breaks the dream of disease to under-
         stand that sickness is formed by the human mind, not by
         matter nor by the divine Mind.


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Misleading methods

1      By not perceiving vital metaphysical points, not seeing
         how mortal mind affects the body, — acting beneficially
3      or injuriously on the health, as well as on the
         morals and the happiness of mortals, — we are
         misled in our conclusions and methods. We throw the
6      mental influence on the wrong side, thereby actually in-
         juring those whom we mean to bless.

Remedy for accidents

         Suffering is no less a mental condition than is enjoy-
9      ment. You cause bodily sufferings and increase them
         by admitting their reality and continuance,
         as directly as you enhance your joys by be-
12    lieving them to be real and continuous. When an ac-
         cident happens, you think or exclaim, “I am hurt!”
         Your thought is more powerful than your words, more
15    powerful than the accident itself, to make the injury
         real.

         Now reverse the process. Declare that you are not hurt
18    and understand the reason why, and you will find the
         ensuing good effects to be in exact proportion to your
         disbelief in physics, and your fidelity to divine meta-
21    physics, confidence in God as All, which the Scriptures
         declare Him to be.

Independent mentality

         To heal the sick, one must be familiar with the great
24    verities of being. Mortals are no more material in their
         waking hours than when they act, walk, see,
         hear, enjoy, or suffer in dreams. We can
27    never treat mortal mind and matter separately, because
         they combine as one. Give up the belief that mind
         is, even temporarily, compressed within the skull, and
30    you will quickly become more manly or womanly. You
         will understand yourself and your Maker better than
         before.


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Naming maladies

1      Sometimes Jesus called a disease by name, as when he
         said to the epileptic boy, “Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I
3      charge thee, come out of him, and enter no
         more into him.” It is added that “the spirit
         [error] cried, and rent him sore and came out of him, and
6      he was as one dead,” — clear evidence that the malady
         was not material. These instances show the concessions
         which Jesus was willing to make to the popular ignorance
9      of spiritual Life-laws. Often he gave no name to the
         distemper he cured. To the synagogue ruler’s daughter,
         whom they called dead but of whom he said, “she is not
12    dead, but sleepeth,” he simply said, “Damsel, I say unto
         thee, arise!” To the sufferer with the withered hand
         he said, “Stretch forth thine hand,” and it “was restored
15    whole, like as the other.”

The action of faith

         Homoeopathic remedies, sometimes not containing a
         particle of medicine, are known to relieve the symptoms
18    of disease. What produces the change? It is
         the faith of the doctor and the patient, which
         reduces self-inflicted sufferings and produces a new effect
21    upon the body. In like manner destroy the illusion of
         pleasure in intoxication, and the desire for strong drink
         is gone. Appetite and disease reside in mortal mind, not
24    in matter.

         So also faith, cooperating with a belief in the healing
         effects of time and medication, will soothe fear and change
27    the belief of disease to a belief of health. Even a blind
         faith removes bodily ailments for a season, but hypnotism
         changes such ills into new and more difficult forms of dis-
30    ease. The Science of Mind must come to the rescue,
         to work a radical cure. Then we understand the process.
         The great fact remains that evil is not mind. Evil has


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1      no power, no intelligence, for God is good, and therefore
         good is infinite, is All.

Corporeal combinations

3      You say that certain material combinations produce
         disease; but if the material body causes disease, can
         matter cure what matter has caused? Mortal
6      mind prescribes the drug, and administers it.
         Mortal mind plans the exercise, and puts the body through
         certain motions. No gastric gas accumulates, not a se-
9      cretion nor combination can operate, apart from the
         action of mortal thought, alias mortal mind.

Automatic mechanism

         So-called mortal mind sends its despatches over its
12    body, but this so-called mind is both the service and
         message of this telegraphy. Nerves are un-
         able to talk, and matter can return no an-
15    swer to immortal Mind. If Mind is the only actor, how
         can mechanism be automatic? Mortal mind perpetuates
         its own thought. It constructs a machine, manages it,
18    and then calls it material. A mill at work or the action
         of a water-wheel is but a derivative from, and continua-
         tion of, the primitive mortal mind. Without this force
21    the body is devoid of action, and this deadness shows
         that so-called mortal life is mortal mind, not matter.

Mental strength

         Scientifically speaking, there is no mortal mind out of
24    which to make material beliefs, springing from illusion.
         This misnamed mind is not an entity. It is
         only a false sense of matter, since matter is not
27    sensible. The one Mind, God, contains no mortal opin-
         ions. All that is real is included in this immortal Mind.

Confirmation in a parable

         Our Master asked: “How can one enter into a strong
30    man’s house and spoil his goods, except he first
         bind the strong man?” In other words: How
         can I heal the body, without beginning with so-called


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1      mortal mind, which directly controls the body? When
         disease is once destroyed in this so-called mind, the fear
3      of disease is gone, and therefore the disease is thor-
         oughly cured. Mortal mind is “the strong man,” which
         must be held in subjection before its influence upon health
6      and morals can be removed. This error conquered, we
         can despoil “the strong man” of his goods, — namely, of
         sin and disease.

Eradicate error from thought

9      Mortals obtain the harmony of health, only as they
         forsake discord, acknowledge the supremacy of divine
         Mind, and abandon their material beliefs.
12    Eradicate the image of disease from the per-
         turbed thought before it has taken tangible
         shape in conscious thought, alias the body, and you pre-
15    vent the development of disease. This task becomes easy,
         if you understand that every disease is an error, and has
         no character nor type, except what mortal mind assigns to
18    it. By lifting thought above error, or disease, and con-
         tending persistently for truth, you destroy error.

Mortal mind controlled

         When we remove disease by addressing the disturbed
21    mind, giving no heed to the body, we prove that thought
         alone creates the suffering. Mortal mind
         rules all that is mortal. We see in the body
24    the images of this mind, even as in optics we see painted
         on the retina the image which becomes visible to the
         senses. The action of so-called mortal mind must be
27    destroyed by the divine Mind to bring out the harmony
         of being. Without divine control there is discord, mani-
         fest as sin, sickness, and death.

Mortal mind not a healer

30    The Scriptures plainly declare the baneful influence of
         sinful thought on the body. Even our Master felt this.
         It is recorded that in certain localities he did not many


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1      mighty works “because of their unbelief” in Truth. Any
         human error is its own enemy, and works against itself;
3      it does nothing in the right direction and much
         in the wrong. If so-called mind is cherishing
         evil passions and malicious purposes, it is not a healer,
6      but it engenders disease and death.

Effect of opposites

         If faith in the truth of being, which you impart men-
         tally while destroying error, causes chemicalization (as
9      when an alkali is destroying an acid), it is be-
         cause the truth of being must transform the
         error to the end of producing a higher manifestation.
12    This fermentation should not aggravate the disease, but
         should be as painless to man as to a fluid, since matter
         has no sensation and mortal mind only feels and sees
15    materially.

         What I term chemicalization is the upheaval produced
         when immortal Truth is destroying erroneous mortal be-
18    lief. Mental chemicalization brings sin and sickness to
         the surface, forcing impurities to pass away, as is the case
         with a fermenting fluid.

Medicine and brain

21    The only effect produced by medicine is dependent upon
         mental action. If the mind were parted from the body,
         could you produce any effect upon the brain
24    or body by applying the drug to either? Would
         the drug remove paralysis, affect organization, or restore
         will and action to cerebrum and cerebellum?

Skilful surgery

27    Until the advancing age admits the efficacy and suprem-
         acy of Mind, it is better for Christian Scientists to leave
         surgery and the adjustment of broken bones
30    and dislocations to the fingers of a surgeon,
         while the mental healer confines himself chiefly to mental
         reconstruction and to the prevention of inflammation.


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1      Christian Science is always the most skilful surgeon, but
         surgery is the branch of its healing which will be last
3      acknowledged. However, it is but just to say that the
         author has already in her possession well-authenticated
         records of the cure, by herself and her students through
6      mental surgery alone, of broken bones, dislocated joints,
         and spinal vertebrae.

Indestructible life of man

         The time approaches when mortal mind will forsake
9      its corporeal, structural, and material basis, when im-
         mortal Mind and its formations will be appre-
         hended in Science, and material beliefs will
12    not interfere with spiritual facts. Man is indestructible
         and eternal. Sometime it will be learned that mortal
         mind constructs the mortal body with this mind’s own
15    mortal materials. In Science, no breakage nor dislocation
         can really occur. You say that accidents, injuries, and
         disease kill man, but this is not true. The life of man is
18    Mind. The material body manifests only what mortal
         mind believes, whether it be a broken bone, disease, or sin.

The evil of mesmerism

         We say that one human mind can influence another and
21    in this way affect the body, but we rarely remember that
         we govern our own bodies. The error, mes-
         merism — or hypnotism, to use the recent term
24    – illustrates the fact just stated. The operator would
         make his subjects believe that they cannot act voluntarily
         and handle themselves as they should do. If they yield
27    to this influence, it is because their belief is not better
         instructed by spiritual understanding. Hence the proof
         that hypnotism is not scientific; Science cannot produce
30    both disorder and order. The involuntary pleasure or
         pain of the person under hypnotic control is proved to be
         a belief without a real cause.


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Wrong-doer should suffer

1      So the sick through their beliefs have induced their own
         diseased conditions. The great difference between vol-
3      untary and involuntary mesmerism is that vol-
         untary mesmerism is induced consciously and
         should and does cause the perpetrator to suffer, while self-
6      mesmerism is induced unconsciously and by his mistake
         a man is often instructed. In the first instance it is under-
         stood that the difficulty is a mental illusion, while in the
9      second it is believed that the misfortune is a material effect.
         The human mind is employed to remove the illusion in
         one case, but matter is appealed to in the other. In real-
12    ity, both have their origin in the human mind, and can be
         healed only by the divine Mind.

Error’s power imaginary

         You command the situation if you understand that
15    mortal existence is a state of self-deception and not the
         truth of being. Mortal mind is constantly
         producing on mortal body the results of false
18    opinions; and it will continue to do so, until mortal
         error is deprived of its imaginary powers by Truth,
         which sweeps away the gossamer web of mortal illusion.
21    The most Christian state is one of rectitude and spir-
         itual understanding, and this is best adapted for heal-
         ing the sick. Never conjure up some new discovery from
24    dark forebodings regarding disease and then acquaint
         your patient with it.

Disease-production

         The mortal so-called mind produces all that is unlike
27    the immortal Mind. The human mind determines the
         nature of a case, and the practitioner improves
         or injures the case in proportion to the truth
30    or error which influences his conclusions. The mental
         conception and development of disease are not under-
         stood by the patient, but the physician should be familiar


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1      with mental action and its effect in order to judge the case
         according to Christian Science.

Appetites to be abandoned

3      If a man is an inebriate, a slave to tobacco, or the special
         servant of any one of the myriad forms of sin, meet and
         destroy these errors with the truth of being, –
6      by exhibiting to the wrong-doer the suffering
         which his submission to such habits brings, and by con-
         vincing him that there is no real pleasure in false appe-
9      tites. A corrupt mind is manifested in a corrupt body.
         Lust, malice, and all sorts of evil are diseased beliefs, and
         you can destroy them only by destroying the wicked
12    motives which produce them. If the evil is over in the
         repentant mortal mind, while its effects still remain on the
         individual, you can remove this disorder as God’s law is
15    fulfilled and reformation cancels the crime. The healthy
         sinner is the hardened sinner.

Temperance reform

         The temperance reform, felt all over our land, results
18    from metaphysical healing, which cuts down every tree
         that brings not forth good fruit. This con-
         viction, that there is no real pleasure in sin,
21    is one of the most important points in the theology of
         Christian Science. Arouse the sinner to this new and
         true view of sin, show him that sin confers no pleasure,
24    and this knowledge strengthens his moral courage and
         increases his ability to master evil and to love good.

Sin or fear the root of sickness

         Healing the sick and reforming the sinner are one and
27    the same thing in Christian Science. Both cures require
         the same method and are inseparable in Truth.
         Hatred, envy, dishonesty, fear, and so forth,
30    make a man sick, and neither material medi-
         cine nor Mind can help him permanently, even in body,
         unless it makes him better mentally, and so delivers him


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1      from his destroyers. The basic error is mortal mind.
         Hatred inflames the brutal propensities. The indulgence
3      of evil motives and aims makes any man, who is above the
         lowest type of manhood, a hopeless sufferer.

Mental conspirators

         Christian Science commands man to master the pro-
6      pensities, — to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness,
         to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with
         charity, and to overcome deceit with hon-
9      esty. Choke these errors in their early stages, if you
         would not cherish an army of conspirators against
         health, happiness, and success. They will deliver you
12    to the judge, the arbiter of truth against error. The
         judge will deliver you to justice, and the sentence of
         the moral law will be executed upon mortal mind and
15    body. Both will be manacled until the last farthing
         is paid, — until you have balanced your account with
         God. “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also
18    reap.” The good man finally can overcome his fear of
         sin. This is sin’s necessity, — to destroy itself. Im-
         mortal man demonstrates the government of God, good,
21    in which is no power to sin.

Cumulative repentence

         It were better to be exposed to every plague on earth
         than to endure the cumulative effects of a guilty con-
24    science. The abiding consciousness of wrong-
         doing tends to destroy the ability to do right.
         If sin is not regretted and is not lessening, then it is
27    hastening on to physical and moral doom. You are con-
         quered by the moral penalties you incur and the ills they
         bring. The pains of sinful sense are less harmful than its
30    pleasures. Belief in material suffering causes mortals to
         retreat from their error, to flee from body to Spirit, and
         to appeal to divine sources outside of themselves.


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The leaves of healing

1      The Bible contains the recipe for all healing. “The
         leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”
3      Sin and sickness are both healed by the same
         Principle. The tree is typical of man’s divine
         Principle, which is equal to every emergency, offering
6      full salvation from sin, sickness, and death. Sin will
         submit to Christian Science when, in place of modes and
         forms, the power of God is understood and demonstrated
9      in the healing of mortals, both mind and body. “Per-
         fect Love casteth out fear.”

Sickness will abate

         The Science of being unveils the errors of sense, and
12    spiritual perception, aided by Science, reaches Truth.
         Then error disappears. Sin and sickness will
         abate and seem less real as we approach the
15    scientific period, in which mortal sense is subdued and
         all that is unlike the true likeness disappears. The moral
         man has no fear that he will commit a murder, and he
18    should be as fearless on the question of disease.

Resist to the end

         Resist evil — error of every sort — and it will flee from
         you. Error is opposed to Life. We can, and ultimately
21    shall, so rise as to avail ourselves in every direc-
         tion of the supremacy of Truth over error, Life
         over death, and good over evil, and this growth will go
24    on until we arrive at the fulness of God’s idea, and no
         more fear that we shall be sick and die. Inharmony of
         any kind involves weakness and suffering, — a loss of
27    control over the body.

Morbid cravings

         The depraved appetite for alcoholic drinks, tobacco,
         tea, coffee, opium, is destroyed only by Mind’s mastery
30    of the body. This normal control is gained
         through divine strength and understanding.
         There is no enjoyment in getting drunk, in becoming a


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1      fool or an object of loathing; but there is a very sharp
         remembrance of it, a suffering inconceivably terrible to
3      man’s self-respect. Puffing the obnoxious fumes of to-
         bacco, or chewing a leaf naturally attractive to no crea-
         ture except a loathsome worm, is at least disgusting.

Universal panacea

6      Man’s enslavement to the most relentless masters –
         passion, selfishness, envy, hatred, and revenge — is con-
         quered only by a mighty struggle. Every
9      hour of delay makes the struggle more severe.
         If man is not victorious over the passions, they crush
         out happiness, health, and manhood. Here Christian
12    Science is the sovereign panacea, giving strength to the
         weakness of mortal mind, — strength from the immortal
         and omnipotent Mind, — and lifting humanity above
15    itself into purer desires, even into spiritual power and
         good-will to man.

         Let the slave of wrong desire learn the lessons of Chris-
18    tian Science, and he will get the better of that desire
         and ascend a degree in the scale of health, happiness,
         and existence.

Immortal memory

21    If delusion says, “I have lost my memory,” contra-
         dict it. No faculty of Mind is lost. In Science, all
         being is eternal, spiritual, perfect, harmoni-
24    ous in every action. Let the perfect model be
         present in your thoughts instead of its demoralized op-
         posite. This spiritualization of thought lets in the light,
27    and brings the divine Mind, Life not death, into your
         consciousness.

Sin a form of insanity

         There are many species of insanity. All sin is insan-
30    ity in different degrees. Sin is spared from
         this classification, only because its method of
         madness is in consonance with common mortal belief.


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1      Every sort of sickness is error, — that is, sickness is
         loss of harmony. This view is not altered by the fact
3      that sin is worse than sickness, and sickness is not ac-
         knowledged nor discovered to be error by many who are
         sick.

6      There is a universal insanity of so-called health, which
         mistakes fable for fact throughout the entire round of the
         material senses, but this general craze cannot, in a scien-
9      tific diagnosis, shield the individual case from the special
         name of insanity. Those unfortunate people who are
         committed to insane asylums are only so many distinctly
12    defined instances of the baneful effects of illusion on mor-
         tal minds and bodies.

Drugs and brain-lobes

         The supposition that we can correct insanity by the use
15    of purgatives and narcotics is in itself a mild species of
         insanity. Can drugs go of their own accord
         to the brain and destroy the so-called inflam-
18    mation of disordered functions, thus reaching mortal
         mind through matter? Drugs do not affect a corpse, and
         Truth does not distribute drugs through the blood, and
21    from them derive a supposed effect on intelligence and sen-
         timent. A dislocation of the tarsal joint would produce
         insanity as perceptibly as would congestion of the brain,
24    were it not that mortal mind thinks that the tarsal joint is
         less intimately connected with the mind than is the brain.
         Reverse the belief, and the results would be perceptibly
27    different.

Matter and animate error

         The unconscious thought in the corporeal substra-
         tum of brain produces no effect, and that condition of
30    the body which we call sensation in matter
         is unreal. Mortal mind is ignorant of it-
         self, — ignorant of the errors it includes and of their


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1      effects. Intelligent matter is an impossibility. You
         may say: “But if disease obtains in matter, why do
3      you insist that disease is formed by mortal mind and
         not by matter?” Mortal mind and body combine as
         one, and the nearer matter approaches its final state-
6      ment, — animate error called nerves, brain, mind, — the
         more prolific it is likely to become in sin and disease-
         beliefs.

Dictation of error

9      Unconscious mortal mind — alias matter, brain — can-
         not dictate terms to consciousness nor say, “I am sick.”
         The belief, that the unconscious substratum
12    of mortal mind, termed the body, suffers and
         reports disease independently of this so-called conscious
         mind, is the error which prevents mortals from knowing
15    how to govern their bodies.

So-called superiority

         The so-called conscious mortal mind is believed to be
         superior to its unconscious substratum, matter, and
18    the stronger never yields to the weaker, ex-
         cept through fear or choice. The animate
         should be governed by God alone. The real man is
21    spiritual and immortal, but the mortal and imperfect
         so-called “children of men” are counterfeits from the
         beginning, to be laid aside for the pure reality. This
24    mortal is put off, and the new man or real man is put
         on, in proportion as mortals realize the Science of man
         and seek the true model.

Death no benefactor

27    We have no right to say that life depends on matter
         now, but will not depend on it after death. We cannot
         spend our days here in ignorance of the Science
30    of Life, and expect to find beyond the grave
         a reward for this ignorance. Death will not make us
         harmonious and immortal as a recompense for ignorance.


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1      If here we give no heed to Christian Science, which is
         spiritual and eternal, we shall not be ready for spiritual
3      Life hereafter.

Life eternal and present

         “This is life eternal,” says Jesus, — is, not shall be;
         and then he defines everlasting life as a present knowledge
6      of his Father and of himself, — the knowledge
         of Love, Truth, and Life. “This is life eter-
         nal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and
9      Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.” The Scriptures
         say, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every
         word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God,” show-
12    ing that Truth is the actual life of man; but mankind
         objects to making this teaching practical.

Love casteth out fear

         Every trial of our faith in God makes us stronger.
15    The more difficult seems the material condition to be
         overcome by Spirit, the stronger should be our
         faith and the purer our love. The Apostle
18    John says: “There is no fear in Love, but perfect Love
         casteth out fear. . . . He that feareth is not made per-
         fect in Love.” Here is a definite and inspired proclama-
21    tion of Christian Science.



         MENTAL TREATMENT ILLUSTRATED


Be not afraid

         The Science of mental practice is susceptible of no
24    misuse. Selfishness does not appear in the practice of
         Truth or Christian Science. If mental prac-
         tice is abused or is used in any way except to
27    promote right thinking and doing, the power to heal
         mentally will diminish, until the practitioner’s healing
         ability is wholly lost. Christian scientific practice be-
30    gins with Christ’s keynote of harmony, “Be not afraid!”


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1      Said Job: “The thing which I greatly feared is come
         upon me.”

Naming diseases

3      My first discovery in the student’s practice was this:
         If the student silently called the disease by name, when
         he argued against it, as a general rule the body
6      would respond more quickly, — just as a per-
         son replies more readily when his name is spoken; but
         this was because the student was not perfectly attuned to
9      divine Science, and needed the arguments of truth for
         reminders. If Spirit or the power of divine Love bear
         witness to the truth, this is the ultimatum, the scientific
12    way, and the healing is instantaneous.

Evils cast out

         It is recorded that once Jesus asked the name of a dis-
         ease, — a disease which moderns would call dementia.
15    The demon, or evil, replied that his name was
         Legion. Thereupon Jesus cast out the evil,
         and the insane man was changed and straightway be-
18    came whole. The Scripture seems to import that Jesus
         caused the evil to be self-seen and so destroyed.

Fear as the foundation

         The procuring cause and foundation of all sickness is
21    fear, ignorance, or sin. Disease is always induced by a
         false sense mentally entertained, not destroyed.
         Disease is an image of thought externalized.
24    The mental state is called a material state. Whatever
         is cherished in mortal mind as the physical condition is
         imaged forth on the body.

Unspoken pleading

27    Always begin your treatment by allaying the fear
         of patients. Silently reassure them as to their exemp-
         tion from disease and danger. Watch the re-
30    sult of this simple rule of Christian Science,
         and you will find that it alleviates the symptoms of every
         disease. If you succeed in wholly removing the fear,


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1      your patient is healed. The great fact that God lovingly
         governs all, never punishing aught but sin, is your stand-
3      point, from which to advance and destroy the human fear
         of sickness. Mentally and silently plead the case scien-
         tifically for Truth. You may vary the arguments to meet
6      the peculiar or general symptoms of the case you treat,
         but be thoroughly persuaded in your own mind concern-
         ing the truth which you think or speak, and you will be
9      the victor.

Eloquent silence

         You may call the disease by name when you mentally
         deny it; but by naming it audibly, you are liable under
12    some circumstances to impress it upon the
         thought. The power of Christian Science and
         divine Love is omnipotent. It is indeed adequate to un-
15    clasp the hold and to destroy disease, sin, and death.

Insistence requisite

         To prevent disease or to cure it, the power of Truth,
         of divine Spirit, must break the dream of the material
18    senses. To heal by argument, find the type
         of the ailment, get its name, and array your
         mental plea against the physical. Argue at first men-
21    tally, not audibly, that the patient has no disease, and
         conform the argument so as to destroy the evidence of
         disease. Mentally insist that harmony is the fact, and
24    that sickness is a temporal dream. Realize the presence
         of health and the fact of harmonious being, until the
         body corresponds with the normal conditions of health
27    and harmony.

The cure of infants

         If the case is that of a young child or an infant, it needs
         to be met mainly through the parent’s thought, silently
30    or audibly on the aforesaid basis of Christian
         Science. The Scientist knows that there can
         be no hereditary disease, since matter is not intelligent


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1      and cannot transmit good or evil intelligence to man, and
         God, the only Mind, does not produce pain in matter.
3      The act of yielding one’s thoughts to the undue contem-
         plation of physical wants or conditions induces those very
         conditions. A single requirement, beyond what is neces-
6      sary to meet the simplest needs of the babe is harmful.
         Mind regulates the condition of the stomach, bowels, and
         food, the temperature of children and of men, and matter
9      does not. The wise or unwise views of parents and other
         persons on these subjects produce good or bad effects on
         the health of children.

Ablutions for cleanliness

12    The daily ablutions of an infant are no more natural
         nor necessary than would be the process of taking a fish
         out of water every day and covering it with dirt
15    in order to make it thrive more vigorously in its
         own element. “Cleanliness is next to godliness,” but
         washing should be only for the purpose of keeping the
18    body clean, and this can be effected without scrubbing the
         whole surface daily. Water is not the natural habitat of
         humanity. I insist on bodily cleanliness within and with-
21    out. I am not patient with a speck of dirt; but in caring
         for an infant one need not wash his little body all over each
         day in order to keep it sweet as the new-blown flower.

Juvenile ailments

24    Giving drugs to infants, noticing every symptom of
         flatulency, and constantly directing the mind to such
         signs, — that mind being laden with illusions
27    about disease, health-laws, and death, — these
         actions convey mental images to children’s budding
         thoughts, and often stamp them there, making it probable
30    at any time that such ills may be reproduced in the very
         ailments feared. A child may have worms, if you say so,
         or any other malady, timorously held in the beliefs con-


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1      cerning his body. Thus are laid the foundations of the
         belief in disease and death, and thus are children educated
3      into discord.

Cure of insanity

         The treatment of insanity is especially interesting.
         However obstinate the case, it yields more readily than
6      do most diseases to the salutary action of
         truth, which counteracts error. The argu-
         ments to be used in curing insanity are the same as in
9      other diseases: namely, the impossibility that matter,
         brain, can control or derange mind, can suffer or cause
         suffering; also the fact that truth and love will establish
12    a healthy state, guide and govern mortal mind or the
         thought of the patient, and destroy all error, whether it is
         called dementia, hatred, or any other discord.

15    To fix truth steadfastly in your patients’ thoughts, ex-
         plain Christian Science to them, but not too soon, — not
         until your patients are prepared for the explanation, –
18    lest you array the sick against their own interests by troub-
         ling and perplexing their thought. The Christian Scien-
         tist’s argument rests on the Christianly scientific basis of
21    being. The Scripture declares, “The Lord He is God
         [good]; there is none else beside Him.” Even so, harmony
         is universal, and discord is unreal. Christian Science de-
24    clares that Mind is substance, also that matter neither
         feels, suffers, nor enjoys. Hold these points strongly in
         view. Keep in mind the verity of being, — that man is
27    the image and likeness of God, in whom all being is
         painless and permanent. Remember that man’s perfec-
         tion is real and unimpeachable, whereas imperfection is
30    blameworthy, unreal, and is not brought about by divine
         Love.

Matter is not inflamed

         Matter cannot be inflamed. Inflammation is fear, an


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1      excited state of mortals which is not normal. Immor-
         tal Mind is the only cause; therefore disease is neither a
3      cause nor an effect. Mind in every case is the
         eternal God, good. Sin, disease, and death
         have no foundations in Truth. Inflamation as a mor-
6      tal belief quickens or impedes the action of the system,
         because thought moves quickly or slowly, leaps or halts
         when it contemplates unpleasant things, or when the in-
9      dividual looks upon some object which he dreads. In-
         flammation never appears in a part which mortal thought
         does not reach. That is why opiates relieve inflammation.
12    They quiet the thought by inducing stupefaction and by
         resorting to matter instead of to Mind. Opiates do not
         remove the pain in any scientific sense. They only ren-
15    der mortal mind temporarily less fearful, till it can master
         an erroneous belief.

Truth calms the thought

         Note how thought makes the face pallid. It either re-
18    tards the circulation or quickens it, causing a pale or
         flushed cheek. In the same way thought in-
         creases or diminishes the secretions, the action
21    of the lungs, of the bowels, and of the heart. The mus-
         cles, moving quickly or slowly and impelled or palsied by
         thought, represent the action of all the organs of the hu-
24    man system, including brain and viscera. To remove
         the error producing disorder, you must calm and instruct
         mortal mind with immortal Truth.

Effects of etherization

27    Etherization will apparently cause the body to dis-
         appear. Before the thoughts are fully at rest, the limbs
         will vanish from consciousness. Indeed, the
30    whole frame will sink from sight along with
         surrounding objects, leaving the pain standing forth as
         distinctly as a mountain-peak, as if it were a separate


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1      bodily member. At last the agony also vanishes. This
         process shows the pain to be in the mind, for the inflam-
3      mation is not suppressed; and the belief of pain will
         presently return, unless the mental image occasioning
         the pain be removed by recognizing the truth of being.

Sedatives valueless

6      A hypodermic injection of morphine is administered
         to a patient, and in twenty minutes the sufferer is qui-
         etly asleep. To him there is no longer any
9      pain. Yet any physician — allopathic, homoe-
         opathic, botanic, eclectic — will tell you that the trouble-
         some material cause is unremoved, and that when the
12    soporific influence of the opium is exhausted, the pa-
         tient will find himself in the same pain, unless the belief
         which occasions the pain has meanwhile been changed.
15    Where is the pain while the patient sleeps?

The so-called physical ego

         The material body, which you call me, is mortal mind,
         and this mind is material in sensation, even as the body,
18    which has originated from this material sense
         and been developed according to it, is mate-
         rial. This materialism of parent and child is only in
21    mortal mind, as the dead body proves; for when the
         mortal has resigned his body to dust, the body is no
         longer the parent, even in appearance.

Evil thought depletes

24    The sick know nothing of the mental process by
         which they are depleted, and next to nothing of the
         metaphysical method by which they can be
27    healed. If they ask about their disease, tell
         them only what is best for them to know. Assure them
         that they think too much about their ailments, and
30    have already heard too much on that subject. Turn
         their thoughts away from their bodies to higher ob-
         jects. Teach them that their being is sustained by


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1      Spirit, not by matter, and that they find health, peace,
         and harmony in God, divine Love.

Helpful encouragement

3      Give sick people credit for sometimes knowing more
         than their doctors. Always support their trust in the
         power of Mind to sustain the body. Never
6      tell the sick that they have more courage
         than strength. Tell them rather, that their strength
         is in proportion to their courage. If you make the sick
9      realize this great truism, there will be no reaction from
         over-exertion or from excited conditions. Maintain
         the facts of Christian Science, — that Spirit is God, and
12    therefore cannot be sick; that what is termed matter
         cannot be sick; that all causation is Mind, acting
         through spiritual law. Then hold your ground with
15    the unshaken understanding of Truth and Love, and
         you will win. When you silence the witness against your
         plea, you destroy the evidence, for the disease disap-
18    pears. The evidence before the corporeal senses is not
         the Science of immortal man.

Disease to be made unreal

         To the Christian Science healer, sickness is a dream
21    from which the patient needs to be awakened. Dis-
         ease should not appear real to the physician,
         since it is demonstrable that the way to
24    cure the patient is to make disease unreal to him. To
         do this, the physician must understand the unreality
         of disease in Science.

27    Explain audibly to your patients, as soon as they can
         bear it, the complete control which Mind holds over the
         body. Show them how mortal mind seems to induce
30    disease by certain fears and false conclusions, and how
         divine Mind can cure by opposite thoughts. Give your
         patients an underlying understanding to support them


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1      and to shield them from the baneful effects of their own
         conclusions. Show them that the conquest over sickness,
3      as well as over sin, depends on mentally destroying all
         belief in material pleasure or pain.

Christian pleading

         Stick to the truth of being in contradistinction to the
6      error that life, substance, or intelligence can be in matter.
         Plead with an honest conviction of truth and
         a clear perception of the unchanging, unerr-
9      ing, and certain effect of divine Science. Then, if your
         fidelity is half equal to the truth of your plea, you will
         heal the sick.

Truthful arguments

12    It must be clear to you that sickness is no more
         the reality of being than is sin. This mortal dream
         of sickness, sin, and death should cease
15    through Christian Science. Then one dis-
         ease would be as readily destroyed as another. What-
         ever the belief is, if arguments are used to destroy it,
18    the belief must be repudiated, and the negation must ex-
         tend to the supposed disease and to whatever decides its
         type and symptoms. Truth is affirmative, and confers
21    harmony. All metaphysical logic is inspired by this sim-
         ple rule of Truth, which governs all reality. By the
         truthful arguments you employ, and especially by the
24    spirit of Truth and Love which you entertain, you will
         heal the sick.

Morality required

         Include moral as well as physical belief in your efforts
27    to destroy error. Cast out all manner of evil. “Preach
         the gospel to every creature.” Speak the
         truth to every form of error. Tumors, ulcers,
30    tubercles, inflammation, pain, deformed joints, are wak-
         ing dream-shadows, dark images of mortal thought, which
         flee before the light of Truth.


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1      A moral question may hinder the recovery of the sick.
         Lurking error, lust, envy, revenge, malice, or hate will
3      perpetuate or even create the belief in disease. Errors
         of all sorts tend in this direction. Your true course is
         to destroy the foe, and leave the field to God, Life, Truth,
6      and Love, remembering that God and His ideas alone
         are real and harmonious.

Relapse unnecessary

         If your patient from any cause suffers a relapse, meet
9      the cause mentally and courageously, knowing that
         there can be no reaction in Truth. Neither
         disease itself, sin, nor fear has the power to
12    cause disease or a relapse. Disease has no intelligence
         with which to move itself about or to change itself from
         one form to another. If disease moves, mind, not mat-
15    ter, moves it; therefore be sure that you move it off.
         Meet every adverse circumstance as its master. Ob-
         serve mind instead of body, lest aught unfit for develop-
18    ment enter thought. Think less of material conditions
         and more of spiritual.

Conquer beliefs and fears

         Mind produces all action. If the action proceeds from
21    Truth, from immortal Mind, there is harmony; but mor-
         tal mind is liable to any phase of belief. A
         relapse cannot in reality occur in mortals or
24    so-called mortal minds, for there is but one
         Mind, one God. Never fear the mental malpractitioner,
         the mental assassin, who, in attempting to rule mankind,
27    tramples upon the divine Principle of metaphysics, for God
         is the only power. To succeed in healing, you must con-
         quer your own fears as well as those of your patients, and
30    rise into higher and holier consciousness.

True government of man

         If it is found necessary to treat against relapse, know
         that disease or its symptoms cannot change forms, nor


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1      go from one part to another, for Truth destroys disease.
         There is no metastasis, no stoppage of harmonious
3      action, no paralysis. Truth not error, Love
         not hate, Spirit not matter, governs man. If
         students do not readily heal themselves, they should
6      early call an experienced Christian Scientist to aid
         them. If they are unwilling to do this for themselves,
         they need only to know that error cannot produce this
9      unnatural reluctance.

Positive reassurance

         Instruct the sick that they are not helpless victims,
         for if they will only accept Truth, they can resist disease
12    and ward it off, as positively as they can the
         temptation to sin. This fact of Christian Sci-
         ence should be explained to invalids when they are in a
15    fit mood to receive it, — when they will not array them-
         selves against it, but are ready to become receptive to the
         new idea. The fact that Truth overcomes both disease
18    and sin reassures depressed hope. It imparts a healthy
         stimulus to the body, and regulates the system. It in-
         creases or diminishes the action, as the case may require,
21    better than any drug, alterative, or tonic.

Proper stimulus

         Mind is the natural stimulus of the body, but erro-
         neous belief, taken at its best, is not promotive of health
24    or happiness. Tell the sick that they can
         meet disease fearlessly, if they only realize
         that divine Love gives them all power over every physical
27    action and condition.

Awaken the patient

         If it becomes necessary to startle mortal mind to break
         its dream of suffering, vehemently tell your patient that
30    he must awake. Turn his gaze from the false
         evidence of the senses to the harmonious facts
         of Soul and immortal being. Tell him that he suffers


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1      only as the insane suffer, from false beliefs. The only
         difference is, that insanity implies belief in a diseased
3      brain, while physical ailments (so-called) arise from the
         belief that other portions of the body are deranged. De-
         rangement, or disarrangement, is a word which conveys
6      the true definition of all human belief in ill-health, or dis-
         turbed harmony. Should you thus startle mortal mind
         in order to remove its beliefs, afterwards make known
9      to the patient your motive for this shock, showing him
         that it was to facilitate recovery.

How to treat a crisis

         If a crisis occurs in your treatment, you must treat
12    the patient less for the disease and more for the mental
         disturbance or fermentation, and subdue the
         symptoms by removing the belief that this
15    chemicalization produces pain or disease. Insist vehe-
         mently on the great fact which covers the whole ground,
         that God, Spirit, is all, and that there is none beside
18    Him. There is no disease. When the supposed suffer-
         ing is gone from mortal mind, there can be no pain; and
         when the fear is destroyed, the inflammation will sub-
21    side. Calm the excitement sometimes induced by chemi-
         calization, which is the alterative effect produced by
         Truth upon error, and sometimes explain the symptoms
24    and their cause to the patient.

No perversion of Mind-science

         It is no more Christianly scientific to see disease than
         it is to experience it. If you would destroy the sense
27    of disease, you should not build it up by
         wishing to see the forms it assumes or by
         employing a single material application for
30    its relief. The perversion of Mind-science is like as-
         serting that the products of eight multiplied by five, and
         of seven by ten, are both forty, and that their combined


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1      sum is fifty, and then calling the process mathematics.
         Wiser than his persecutors, Jesus said: “If I by Beelze-
3      bub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them
         out?”

Effect of this book

         If the reader of this book observes a great stir through-
6      out his whole system, and certain moral and physical
         symptoms seem aggravated, these indications
         are favorable. Continue to read, and the book
9      will become the physician, allaying the tremor which
         Truth often brings to error when destroying it.

Disease neutralized

         Patients, unfamiliar with the cause of this commotion
12    and ignorant that it is a favorable omen, may be alarmed.
         If such be the case, explain to them the law
         of this action. As when an acid and alkali
15    meet and bring out a third quality, so mental and moral
         chemistry changes the material base of thought, giving
         more spirituality to consciousness and causing it to depend
18    less on material evidence. These changes which go on
         in mortal mind serve to reconstruct the body. Thus
         Christian Science, by the alchemy of Spirit, destroys sin
21    and death.

Bone-healing by surgery

         Let us suppose two parallel cases of bone-disease, both
         similarly produced and attended by the same symptoms.
24    A surgeon is employed in one case, and a
         Christian Scientist in the other. The sur-
         geon, holding that matter forms its own conditions and
27    renders them fatal at certain points, entertains fears and
         doubts as to the ultimate outcome of the injury. Not
         holding the reins of government in his own hands, he
30    believes that something stronger than Mind — namely,
         matter — governs the case. His treatment is therefore
         tentative. This mental state invites defeat. The belief


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1      that he has met his master in matter and may not be
         able to mend the bone, increases his fear; yet this belief
3      should not be communicated to the patient, either ver-
         bally or otherwise, for this fear greatly diminishes the
         tendency towards a favorable result. Remember that the
6      unexpressed belief oftentimes affects a sensitive patient
         more strongly than the expressed thought.

Scientific corrective

         The Christian Scientist, understanding scientifically
9      that all is Mind, commences with mental causation, the
         truth of being, to destroy the error. This cor-
         rective is an alterative, reaching to every part
12    of the human system. According to Scripture, it searches
         “the joints and marrow,” and it restores the harmony of
         man.

Coping with difficulties

15    The matter-physician deals with matter as both his foe
         and his remedy. He regards the ailment as weakened or
         strengthened according to the evidence which
18    matter presents. The metaphysician, making
         Mind his basis of operation irrespective of matter and
         regarding the truth and harmony of being as superior to
21    error and discord, has rendered himself strong, instead
         of weak, to cope with the case; and he proportionately
         strengthens his patient with the stimulus of courage and
24    conscious power. Both Science and consciousness are
         now at work in the economy of being according to the law
         of Mind, which ultimately asserts its absolute supremacy.

Formation from thought

27    Ossification or any abnormal condition or derange-
         ment of the body is as directly the action of mortal
         mind as is dementia or insanity. Bones have
30    only the substance of thought which forms
         them. They are only phenomena of the mind of mor-
         tals. The so-called substance of bone is formed first


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1      by the parent’s mind, through self-division. Soon the
         child becomes a separate, individualized mortal mind,
3      which takes possession of itself and its own thoughts of
         bones.

Accidents unknown to God

         Accidents are unknown to God, or immortal Mind,
6      and we must leave the mortal basis of belief
         and unite with the one Mind, in order to
         change the notion of chance to the proper sense
9      of God’s unerring direction and thus bring out harmony.

Opposing mentality

         Under divine Providence there can be no accidents,
         since there is no room for imperfection in perfection.

12    In medical practice objections would be raised if one
         doctor should administer a drug to counteract the work-
         ing of a remedy prescribed by another doctor.
15    It is equally important in metaphysical prac-
         tice that the minds which surround your patient should
         not act against your influence by continually expressing
18    such opinions as may alarm or discourage, — either by
         giving antagonistic advice or through unspoken thoughts
         resting on your patient. While it is certain that the
21    divine Mind can remove any obstacle, still you need the
         ear of your auditor. It is not more difficult to make your-
         self heard mentally while others are thinking about your
24    patients or conversing with them, if you understand
         Christian Science — the oneness and the allness of divine
         Love; but it is well to be alone with God and the sick
27    when treating disease.

Mind removes scrofula

         To prevent or to cure scrofula and other so-called he-
         reditary diseases, you must destroy the belief in these ills
30    and the faith in the possibility of their trans-
         mission. The patient may tell you that he
         has a humor in the blood, a scrofulous diathesis. His


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1      parents or some of his progenitors farther back have so
         believed. Mortal mind, not matter, induces this con-
3      clusion and its results. You will have humors, just so
         long as you believe them to be safety-valves or to be
         ineradicable.

Nothing to consume

6      If the case to be mentally treated is consumption, take
         up the leading points included (according to belief) in
         this disease. Show that it is not inherited;
9      that inflammation, tubercles, hemorrhage, and
         decomposition are beliefs, images of mortal thought su-
         perimposed upon the body; that they are not the truth
12    of man; that they should be treated as error and put out
         of thought. Then these ills will disappear.

The lungs re-formed

         If the body is diseased, this is but one of the beliefs of
15    mortal mind. Mortal man will be less mortal, when he
         learns that matter never sustained existence
         and can never destroy God, who is man’s Life.
18    When this is understood, mankind will be more spiritual
         and know that there is nothing to consume, since Spirit,
         God, is All-in-all. What if the belief is consumption?
21    God is more to a man than his belief, and the less we ac-
         knowledge matter or its laws, the more immortality we
         possess. Consciousness constructs a better body when
24    faith in matter has been conquered. Correct material
         belief by spiritual understanding, and Spirit will form
         you anew. You will never fear again except to offend
27    God, and you will never believe that heart or any por-
         tion of the body can destroy you.

Soundness maintained

         If you have sound and capacious lungs and want
30    them to remain so, be always ready with the
         mental protest against the opposite belief in
         heredity. Discard all notions about lungs, tubercles, in-


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1      herited consumption, or disease arising from any cir-
         cumstance, and you will find that mortal mind, when
3      instructed by Truth, yields to divine power, which steers
         the body into health.

Our footsteps heavenward

         The discoverer of Christian Science finds the path less
6      difficult when she has the high goal always before her
         thoughts, than when she counts her footsteps
         in endeavoring to reach it. When the desti-
9      nation is desirable, expectation speeds our progress. The
         struggle for Truth makes one strong instead of weak,
         resting instead of wearying one. If the belief in death
12    were obliterated, and the understanding obtained that
         there is no death, this would be a “tree of life,” known
         by its fruits. Man should renew his energies and en-
15    deavors, and see the folly of hypocrisy, while also learn-
         ing the necessity of working out his own salvation. When
         it is learned that disease cannot destroy life, and that
18    mortals are not saved from sin or sickness by death, this
         understanding will quicken into newness of life. It will
         master either a desire to die or a dread of the grave,
21    and thus destroy the great fear that besets mortal
         existence.

Christian standard

         The relinquishment of all faith in death and also of
24    the fear of its sting would raise the standard of health
         and morals far beyond its present elevation,
         and would enable us to hold the banner of
27    Christianity aloft with unflinching faith in God, in Life
         eternal. Sin brought death, and death will disappear
         with the disappearance of sin. Man is immortal, and
30    the body cannot die, because matter has no life to sur-
         render. The human concepts named matter, death, dis-
         ease, sickness, and sin are all that can be destroyed.


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Life not contingent on matter

1      If it is true that man lives, this fact can never change
         in Science to the opposite belief that man dies. Life is
3      the law of Soul, even the law of the spirit of
         Truth, and Soul is never without its represent-
         ative. Man’s individual being can no more
6      die nor disappear in unconsciousness than can Soul, for
         both are immortal. If man believes in death now, he
         must disbelieve in it when learning that there is no reality
9      in death, since the truth of being is deathless. The be-
         lief that existence is contingent on matter must be met
         and mastered by Science, before Life can be understood
12    and harmony obtained.

Mortality vanquished

         Death is but another phase of the dream that exist-
         ence can be material. Nothing can interfere with the
15    harmony of being nor end the existence of
         man in Science. Man is the same after as
         before a bone is broken or the body guillotined. If man
18    is never to overcome death, why do the Scriptures say,
         “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death”? The
         tenor of the Word shows that we shall obtain the victory
21    over death in proportion as we overcome sin. The great
         difficulty lies in ignorance of what God is. God, Life,
         Truth, and Love make man undying. Immortal Mind,
24    governing all, must be acknowledged as supreme in the
         physical realm, so-called, as well as in the spiritual.

No death nor inaction

         Called to the bed of death, what material remedy has
27    man when all such remedies have failed? Spirit is his
         last resort, but it should have been his first
         and only resort. The dream of death must
30    be mastered by Mind here or hereafter. Thought
         will waken from its own material declaration, “I am
         dead,” to catch this trumpet-word of Truth, “There


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1      is no death, no inaction, diseased action, overaction, nor
         reaction.”

Vision opening

3      Life is real, and death is the illusion. A demonstra-
         tion of the facts of Soul in Jesus’ way resolves the dark
         visions of material sense into harmony and
6      immortality. Man’s privilege at this supreme
         moment is to prove the words of our Master: “If a man
         keep my saying, he shall never see death.” To divest
9      thought of false trusts and material evidences in order
         that the spiritual facts of being may appear, — this is
         the great attainment by means of which we shall sweep
12    away the false and give place to the true. Thus we may
         establish in truth the temple, or body, “whose builder
         and maker is God.”

Intelligent consecration

15    We should consecrate existence, not “to the unknown
         God” whom we “ignorantly worship,” but to the eternal
         builder, the everlasting Father, to the Life
18    which mortal sense cannot impair nor mortal
         belief destroy. We must realize the ability of mental
         might to offset human misconceptions and to replace them
21    with the life which is spiritual, not material.

The present immortality

         The great spiritual fact must be brought out that man
         is, not shall be, perfect and immortal. We must hold
24    forever the consciousness of existence, and
         sooner or later, through Christ and Christian
         Science, we must master sin and death. The evidence
27    of man’s immortality will become more apparent, as ma-
         terial beliefs are given up and the immortal facts of being
         are admitted.

Careful guidance

30    The author has healed hopeless organic disease, and
         raised the dying to life and health through the under-
         standing of God as the only Life. It is a sin to believe


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1      that aught can overpower omnipotent and eternal Life,
         and this Life must be brought to light by the understand-
3      ing that there is no death, as well as by other
         graces of Spirit. We must begin, however,
         with the more simple demonstrations of control, and
6      the sooner we begin the better. The final demonstration
         takes time for its accomplishment. When walking, we
         are guided by the eye. We look before our feet, and if
9      we are wise, we look beyond a single step in the line of
         spiritual advancement.

Clay replying to the potter

         The corpse, deserted by thought, is cold and decays,
12    but it never suffers. Science declares that man is sub-
         ject to Mind. Mortal mind affirms that mind
         is subordinate to the body, that the body is
15    dying, that it must be buried and decomposed
         into dust; but mortal mind’s affirmation is not true.
         Mortals waken from the dream of death with bodies un-
18    seen by those who think that they bury the body.

Continuity of existence

         If man did not exist before the material organization
         began, he could not exist after the body is disintegrated.
21    If we live after death and are immortal, we
         must have lived before birth, for if Life ever
         had any beginning, it must also have an ending, even ac-
24    cording to the calculations of natural science. Do you
         believe this? No! Do you understand it? No! This
         is why you doubt the statement and do not demonstrate
27    the facts it involves. We must have faith in all the say-
         ings of our Master, though they are not included in the
         teachings of the schools, and are not understood gener-
30    ally by our ethical instructors.

Life all-inclusive

         Jesus said (John viii. 51), “If a man keep my saying,
         he shall never see death.” That statement is not con-


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1      fined to spiritual life, but includes all the phenomena of
         existence. Jesus demonstrated this, healing the dying
3      and raising the dead. Mortal mind must part
         with error, must put off itself with its deeds,
         and immortal manhood, the Christ ideal, will appear.
6      Faith should enlarge its borders and strengthen its base
         by resting upon Spirit instead of matter. When man
         gives up his belief in death, he will advance more rapidly
9      towards God, Life, and Love. Belief in sickness and
         death, as certainly as belief in sin, tends to shut out the
         true sense of Life and health. When will mankind wake
12    to this great fact in Science?

         I here present to my readers an allegory illustrative
         of the law of divine Mind and of the supposed laws of mat-
15    ter and hygiene, an allegory in which the plea of Christian
         Science heals the sick.

A mental court case

         Suppose a mental case to be on trial, as cases are tried
18    in court. A man is charged with having committed liver-
         complaint. The patient feels ill, ruminates,
         and the trial commences. Personal Sense is
21    the plaintiff. Mortal Man is the defendant. False Belief
         is the attorney for Personal Sense. Mortal Minds, Ma-
         teria Medica, Anatomy, Physiology, Hypnotism, Envy,
24    Greed and Ingratitude, constitute the jury. The court-
         room is filled with interested spectators, and Judge
         Medicine is on the bench.
27    The evidence for the prosecution being called for, a
         witness testifies thus: –

         I represent Health-laws. I was present on certain nights
30    when the prisoner, or patient, watched with a sick friend.
         Although I have the superintendence of human affairs, I
         was personally abused on those occasions. I was told that


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1      I must remain silent until called for at this trial, when I
         would be allowed to testify in the case. Notwithstanding
3      my rules to the contrary, the prisoner watched with the sick
         every night in the week. When the sick mortal was thirsty,
         the prisoner gave him drink. During all this time the pris-
6      oner attended to his daily labors, partaking of food at ir-
         regular intervals, sometimes going to sleep immediately
         after a heavy meal. At last he committed liver-complaint,
9      which I considered criminal, inasmuch as this offence is
         deemed punishable with death. Therefore I arrested Mor-
         tal Man in behalf of the state (namely, the body) and cast
12    him into prison.

         At the time of the arrest the prisoner summoned Physi-
         ology, Materia Medica, and Hypnotism to prevent his pun-
15    ishment. The struggle on their part was long. Materia
         Medica held out the longest, but at length all these assist-
         ants resigned to me, Health-laws, and I succeeded in get-
18    ting Mortal Man into close confinement until I should
         release him.

The next witness is called:-

21    I am Coated Tongue. I am covered with a foul fur,
         placed on me the night of the liver-attack. Morbid Secre-
         tion hypnotized the prisoner and took control of his mind,
24    making him despondent.

Another witness takes the stand and testifies:-

         I am Sallow Skin. I have been dry, hot, and chilled by
27    turns since the night of the liver-attack. I have lost my
         healthy hue and become unsightly, although nothing on my
         part has occasioned this change. I practise daily ablutions
30    and perform my functions as usual, but I am robbed of my
         good looks.


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1      The next witness testifies: –

         I am Nerve, the State Commissioner for Mortal Man.
3      I am intimately acquainted with the plaintiff, Personal
         Sense, and know him to be truthful and upright, whereas
         Mortal Man, the prisoner at the bar, is capable of false-
6      hood. I was witness to the crime of liver-complaint. I
         knew the prisoner would commit it, for I convey messages
         from my residence in matter, alias brain, to body.

9      Another witness is called for by the Court of Error
         and says: –

         I am Mortality, Governor of the Province of Body, in
12    which Mortal Man resides. In this province there is a stat-
         ute regarding disease, — namely, that he upon whose per-
         son disease is found shall be treated as a criminal and
15    punished with death.

         The Judge asks if by doing good to his neighbor, it is
         possible for man to become diseased, transgress the laws,
18    and merit punishment, and Governor Mortality replies in
         the affirmative.

Another witness takes the stand and testifies: –

21    I am Death. I was called for, shortly after the report of
         the crime, by the officer of the Board of Health, who pro-
         tested that the prisoner had abused him, and that my pres-
24    ence was required to confirm his testimony. One of the
         prisoner’s friends, Materia Medica, was present when I
         arrived, endeavoring to assist the prisoner to escape from
27    the hands of justice, alias nature’s so-called law; but my
         appearance with a message from the Board of Health
         changed the purpose of Materia Medica, and he decided at
30    once that the prisoner should die.


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Judge Medicine charges the jury

1      The testimony for the plaintiff, Personal Sense, being
         closed, Judge Medicine arises, and with great solemnity
3      addresses the jury of Mortal Minds. He an-
         alyzes the offence, reviews the testimony, and
         explains the law relating to liver-complaint.
6      His conclusion is, that laws of nature render disease
         homicidal. In compliance with a stern duty, his Honor,
         Judge Medicine, urges the jury not to allow their judg-
9      ment to be warped by the irrational, unchristian sugges-
         tions of Christian Science. The jury must regard in such
         cases only the evidence of Personal Sense against Mortal
12    Man.

         As the Judge proceeds, the prisoner grows restless. His
         sallow face blanches with fear, and a look of despair and
15    death settles upon it. The case is given to the jury. A
         brief consultation ensues, and the jury returns a verdict
         of “Guilty of liver-complaint in the first degree.”

Mortal Man sentenced

18    Judge Medicine then proceeds to pronounce the solemn
         sentence of death upon the prisoner. Because he has
         loved his neighbor as himself, Mortal Man has
21    been guilty of benevolence in the first degree,
         and this has led him into the commission of the second
         crime, liver-complaint, which material laws condemn as
24    homicide. For this crime Mortal Man is sentenced to
         be tortured until he is dead. “May God have mercy on
         your soul,” is the Judge’s solemn peroration.

27    The prisoner is then remanded to his cell (sick-bed),
         and Scholastic Theology is sent for to prepare the fright-
         ened sense of Life, God, — which sense must be immortal,
30    – for death.

Appeal to a higher tribunal

         Ah! but Christ, Truth, the spirit of Life and the
         friend of Mortal Man, can open wide those prison doors


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1      and set the captive free. Swift on the wings of divine
         Love, there comes a despatch: “Delay the execution;
3      the prisoner is not guilty.” Consternation fills
         the prison-yard. Some exclaim, “It is con-
         trary to law and justice.” Others say,
6      “The law of Christ supersedes our laws; let us follow
         Christ.”

Counsel for defence

         After much debate and opposition, permission is ob-
9      tained for a trial in the Court of Spirit, where Christian
         Science is allowed to appear as counsel for
         the unfortunate prisoner. Witnesses, judges
12    and jurors, who were at the previous Court of Error,
         are now summoned to appear before the bar of Justice
         and eternal Truth.

15    When the case for Mortal Man versus Personal Sense
         is opened, Mortal Man’s counsel regards the prisoner
         with the utmost tenderness. The counsel’s earnest,
18    solemn eyes, kindling with hope and triumph, look up-
         ward. Then Christian Science turns suddenly to the
         supreme tribunal, and opens the argument for the
21    defence: –

         The prisoner at the bar has been unjustly sentenced.
         His trial was a tragedy, and is morally illegal. Mortal
24    Man has had no proper counsel in the case. All the test-
         mony has been on the side of Personal Sense, and we shall
         unearth this foul conspiracy against the liberty and life of
27    Man. The only valid testimony in the case shows the
         alleged crime never to have been committed. The pris-
         oner is not proved “worthy of death, or of bonds.”

30    Your Honor, the lower court has sentenced Mortal Man
         to die, but God made Man immortal and amenable to
         Spirit only. Denying justice to the body, that court com-


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1      mended man’s immortal Spirit to heavenly mercy, — Spirit
         which is God Himself and Man’s only lawgiver! Who or
3      what has sinned? Has the body or has Mortal Mind
         committed a criminal deed? Counsellor False Belief has
         argued that the body should die, while Reverend Theology
6      would console conscious Mortal Mind, which alone is capa-
         ble of sin and suffering. The body committed no offence.
         Mortal Man, in obedience to higher law, helped his fellow-
9      man, an act which should result in good to himself as well
         as to others.

         The law of our Supreme Court decrees that whosoever
12    sinneth shall die; but good deeds are immortal, bringing
         joy instead of grief, pleasure instead of pain, and life
         instead of death. If liver-complaint was committed by
15    trampling on Laws of Health, this was a good deed, for the
         agent of those laws is an outlaw, a destroyer of Mortal
         Man’s liberty and rights. Laws of Health should be sen-
18    tenced to die.

         Watching beside the couch of pain in the exercise of a
         love that “is the fulfilling of the law,” — doing “unto
21    others as ye would that they should do unto you,” — this
         is no infringement of law, for no demand, human or divine,
         renders it just to punish a man for acting justly. If mor-
24    tals sin, our Supreme Judge in equity decides what penalty
         is due for the sin, and Mortal Man can suffer only for his
         sin. For naught else can he be punished, according to the
27    law of Spirit, God.

         Then what jurisdiction had his Honor, Judge Medicine,
         in this case? To him I might say, in Bible language, “Sit-
30    test thou to judge . . . after the law, and commandest . . .
         to be smitten contrary to the law?” The only jurisdiction
         to which the prisoner can submit is that of Truth, Life, and
435:33Love. If they condemn him not, neither shall Judge Medi-
         cine condemn him; and I ask that the prisoner be restored
         to the liberty of which he has been unjustly deprived.


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1      The principal witness (the officer of the Health-laws)
         deposed that he was an eye-witness to the good deeds for
3      which Mortal Man is under sentence of death. After be-
         traying him into the hands of your law, the Health-agent
         disappeared, to reappear however at the trial as a witness
6      against Mortal Man and in the interest of Personal Sense,
         a murderer. Your Supreme Court must find the pris-
         oner on the night of the alleged offence to have been acting
9      within the limits of the divine law, and in obedience
         thereto. Upon this statute hangs all the law and testimony.
         Giving a cup of cold water in Christ’s name, is a Christian
12    service. Laying down his life for a good deed, Mortal Man
         should find it again. Such acts bear their own justifica-
         tion, and are under the protection of the Most High.

15    Prior to the night of his arrest, the prisoner summoned
         two professed friends, Materia Medica and Physiology, to
         prevent his committing liver-complaint, and thus save him
18    from arrest. But they brought with them Fear, the sheriff,
         to precipitate the result which they were called to prevent.
         It was Fear who handcuffed Mortal Man and would now
21    punish him. You have left Mortal Man no alternative.
         He must obey your law, fear its consequences, and be pun-
         ished for his fear. His friends struggled hard to rescue the
24    prisoner from the penalty they considered justly due, but
         they were compelled to let him be taken into custody, tried,
         and condemned. Thereupon Judge Medicine sat in judg-
27    ment on the case, and substantially charged the jury, twelve
         Mortal Minds, to find the prisoner guilty. His Honor sen-
         tenced Mortal Man to die for the very deeds which the di-
30    vine law compels man to commit. Thus the Court of Error
         construed obedience to the law of divine Love as disobedi-
         ence to the law of Life. Claiming to protect Mortal Man
436:33in right-doing, that court pronounced a sentence of death
         for doing right.

         One of the principal witnesses, Nerve, testified that he


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1      was a ruler of Body, in which province Mortal Man resides.
         He also testified that he was on intimate terms with the
3      plaintiff, and knew Personal Sense to be truthful; that he
         knew Man, and that Man was made in the image of God,
         but was a criminal. This is a foul aspersion on man’s
6      Maker. It blots the fair escutcheon of omnipotence. It in-
         dicates malice aforethought, a determination to condemn
         Man in the interest of Personal Sense. At the bar of Truth,
9      in the presence of divine Justice, before the Judge of our
         higher tribunal, the Supreme Court of Spirit, and before
         its jurors, the Spiritual Senses, I proclaim this witness,
12    Nerve, to be destitute of intelligence and truth and to be
         a false witness.

         Man self-destroyed; the testimony of matter respected;
15    Spirit not allowed a hearing; Soul a criminal though
         recommended to mercy; the helpless innocent body tor-
         tured, — these are the terrible records of your Court of
18    Error, and I ask that the Supreme Court of Spirit reverse
         this decision.

         Here the opposing counsel, False Belief, called Chris-
21    tian Science to order for contempt of court. Various
         notables — Materia Medica, Anatomy, Physiology, Scho-
         lastic Theology, and Jurisprudence — rose to the ques-
24    tion of expelling Christian Science from the bar, for such
         high-handed illegality. They declared that Christian Sci-
         ence was overthrowing the judicial proceedings of a regu-
27    larly constituted court.

         But Judge Justice of the Supreme Court of Spirit over-
         ruled their motions on the ground that unjust usages
30    were not allowed at the bar of Truth, which ranks above
         the lower Court of Error.

         The attorney, Christian Science, then read from the
437:33supreme statute-book, the Bible, certain extracts on the


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1      Rights of Man, remarking, that the Bible was better au-
         thority than Blackstone: –

3      Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and
         let them have dominion.

         Behold, I give unto you power . . . over all the power
6      of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

         Then Christian Science proved the witness, Nerve, to
9      be a perjurer. Instead of being a ruler in the Province
         of Body, in which Mortal Man was reported to reside,
         Nerve was an insubordinate citizen, putting in false
12    claims to office and bearing false witness against Man.
         Turning suddenly to Personal Sense, by this time silent,
         Christian Science continued: –

15    I ask your arrest in the name of Almighty God on three
         distinct charges of crime, to wit: perjury, treason, and con-
         spiracy against the rights and life of man.

18    Then Christian Science continued:

         Another witness, equally inadequate, said that on the
         night of the crime a garment of foul fur was spread over
21    him by Morbid Secretion, while the facts in the case show
         that this fur is a foreign substance, imported by False Be-
         lief, the attorney for Personal Sense, who is in partnership
24    with Error and smuggles Error’s goods into market with-
         out the inspection of Soul’s government officers. When
         the Court of Truth summoned Furred Tongue for examina-
27    tion, he disappeared and was never heard of more.

         Morbid Secretion is not an importer or dealer in fur, but
         we have heard Materia Medica explain how this fur is
30    manufactured, and we know Morbid Secretion to be on
         friendly terms with the firm of Personal Sense, Error, &


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1      Co., receiving pay from them and introducing their goods
         into the market. Also, be it known that False Belief, the
3      counsel for the plaintiff, Personal Sense, is a buyer for this
         firm. He manufactures for it, keeps a furnishing store,
         and advertises largely for his employers.

6      Death testified that he was absent from the Province of
         Body, when a message came from False Belief, command-
         ing him to take part in the homicide. At this request
9      Death repaired to the spot where the liver-complaint was
         in process, frightening away Materia Medica, who was then
         manacling the prisoner in the attempt to save him. True,
12    Materia Medica was a misguided participant in the misdeed
         for which the Health-officer had Mortal Man in custody,
         though Mortal Man was innocent.

15    Christian Science turned from the abashed witnesses,
         his words flashing as lightning in the perturbed faces
         of these worthies, Scholastic Theology, Materia Medica,
18    Physiology, the blind Hypnotism, and the masked Per-
         sonal Sense, and said: –

         God will smite you, O whited walls, for injuring in your
21    ignorance the unfortunate Mortal Man who sought your
         aid in his struggles against liver-complaint and Death.
         You came to his rescue, only to fasten upon him an offence
24    of which he was innocent. You aided and abetted Fear
         and Health-laws. You betrayed Mortal Man, meanwhile
         declaring Disease to be God’s servant and the righteous
27    executor of His laws. Our higher statutes declare you all,
         witnesses, jurors, and judges, to be offenders, awaiting the
         sentence which General Progress and Divine Love will
30    pronounce.

         We send our best detectives to whatever locality is re-
         ported to be haunted by Disease, but on visiting the spot,
439:33they learn that Disease was never there, for he could not


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1      possibly elude their search. Your Material Court of Errors,
         when it condemned Mortal Man on the ground of hygienic
3      disobedience, was manipulated by the oleaginous machina-
         tions of the counsel, False Belief, whom Truth arraigns
         before the supreme bar of Spirit to answer for his crime.
6      Morbid Secretion is taught how to make sleep befool reason
         before sacrificing mortals to their false gods.

         Mortal Minds were deceived by your attorney, False Be-
9      lief, and were influenced to give a verdict delivering Mortal
         Man to Death. Good deeds are transformed into crimes,
         to which you attach penalties; but no warping of justice
12    can render disobedience to the so-called laws of Matter
         disobedience to God, or an act of homicide. Even penal
         law holds homicide, under stress of circumstances, to be
15    justifiable. Now what greater justification can any deed
         have, than that it is for the good of one’s neighbor? Where-
         fore, then, in the name of outraged justice, do you sentence
18    Mortal Man for ministering to the wants of his fellow-man
         in obedience to divine law? You cannot trample upon the
         decree of the Supreme Bench. Mortal Man has his appeal
21    to Spirit, God, who sentences only for sin.

         The false and unjust beliefs of your human mental legis-
         lators compel them to enact wicked laws of sickness and so
24    forth, and then render obedience to these laws punishable
         as crime. In the presence of the Supreme Lawgiver, stand-
         ing at the bar of Truth, and in accordance with the divine
27    statutes, I repudiate the false testimony of Personal. Sense.
         I ask that he be forbidden to enter against Mortal Man
         any more suits to be tried at the Court of Material Error.
30    I appeal to the just and equitable decisions of divine Spirit
         to restore to Mortal Man the rights of which he has been
         deprived.

Charge of the Chief Justice

440:33Here the counsel for the defence closed, and the Chief
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1      presence, comprehending and defining all law and evi-
         dence, explained from his statute-book, the
3      Bible, that any so-called law, which under-
         takes to punish aught but sin, is null and void.

         He also decided that the plaintiff, Personal Sense, be
6      not permitted to enter any suits at the bar of Soul, but
         be enjoined to keep perpetual silence, and in case of
         temptation, to give heavy bonds for good behavior. He
9      concluded his charge thus: –

         The plea of False Belief we deem unworthy of a hearing.
         Let what False Belief utters, now and forever, fall into
12    oblivion, “unknelled, uncoffined, and unknown.” Accord-
         ing to our statute, Material Law is a liar who cannot bear
         witness against Mortal Man, neither can Fear arrest Mortal
15    Man nor can Disease cast him into prison. Our law refuses
         to recognize Man as sick or dying, but holds him to be for-
         ever in the image and likeness of his Maker. Reversing the
18    testimony of Personal Sense and the decrees of the Court of
         Error in favor of Matter, Spirit decides in favor of Man
         and against Matter. We further recommend that Materia
21    Medica adopt Christian Science and that Health-laws,
         Mesmerism, Hypnotism, Oriental Witchcraft, and Esoteric
         Magic be publicly executed at the hands of our sheriff,
24    Progress.

         The Supreme Bench decides in favor of intelligence, that
         no law outside of divine Mind can punish or reward Mortal
27    Man. Your personal jurors in the Court of Error are
         myths. Your attorney, False Belief, is an impostor, per-
         suading Mortal Minds to return a verdict contrary to law
30    and gospel. The plaintiff, Personal Sense, is recorded in
         our Book of books as a liar. Our great Teacher of mental
         jurisprudence speaks of him also as “a murderer from the
33    beginning.” We have no trials for sickness before the tri-


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1      bunal of divine Spirit. There, Man is adjudged innocent
         of transgressing physical laws, because there are no such
3      laws. Our statute is spiritual, our Government is divine.
         “Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

Divine verdict

         The Jury of Spiritual Senses agreed at once upon a
6      verdict, and there resounded throughout the vast audience-
         chamber of Spirit the cry, Not guilty. Then
         the prisoner rose up regenerated, strong, free.
9      We noticed, as he shook hands with his counsel, Chris-
         tian Science, that all sallowness and debility had dis-
         appeared. His form was erect and commanding, his
12    countenance beaming with health and happiness. Divine
         Love had cast out fear. Mortal Man, no longer sick
         and in prison, walked forth, his feet “beautiful upon the
15    mountains,” as of one “that bringeth good tidings.”

Christ the great physician

         Neither animal magnetism nor hypnotism enters into
         the practice of Christian Science, in which truth cannot
18    be reversed, but the reverse of error is true.
         An improved belief cannot retrograde. When
         Christ changes a belief of sin or of sickness into
21    a better belief, then belief melts into spiritual understand-
         ing, and sin, disease, and death disappear. Christ, Truth,
         gives mortals temporary food and clothing until the ma-
24    terial, transformed with the ideal, disappears, and man
         is clothed and fed spiritually. St. Paul says, “Work
         out your own salvation with fear and trembling:” Jesus
27    said, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good
         pleasure to give you the kingdom.” This truth is
         Christian Science.

30    Christian Scientists, be a law to yourselves that mental
         malpractice cannot harm you either when asleep or when
         awake.




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