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         Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what
         ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body,
         what ye shall put on.
         Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

         He sent His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their

1      PHYSIOLOGY is one of the apples from “the tree
         of knowledge.” Evil declared that eating this fruit
3      would open man’s eyes and make him as a god. Instead
         of so doing, it closed the eyes of mortals to man’s God-
         given dominion over the earth.

Man not structural

6      To measure intellectual capacity by the size of the
         brain and strength by the exercise of muscle, is to
         subjugate intelligence, to make mind mor-
9      tal, and to place this so-called mind at the
         mercy of material organization and non-intelligent

12    Obedience to the so-called physical laws of health has
         not checked sickness. Diseases have multiplied, since
         man-made material theories took the place of spiritual
15    truth.

Causes of sickness

         You say that indigestion, fatigue, sleeplessness, cause
         distressed stomachs and aching heads. Then
18    you consult your brain in order to remember
         what has hurt you, when your remedy lies in forgetting

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1      the whole thing; for matter has no sensation of its own,
         and the human mind is all that can produce pain.

3      As a man thinketh, so is he. Mind is all that feels,
         acts, or impedes action. Ignorant of this, or shrinking
         from its implied responsibility, the healing effort is made
6      on the wrong side, and thus the conscious control over the
         body is lost.

Delusions pagan and medical

         The Mohammedan believes in a pilgrimage to Mecca
9      for the salvation of his soul. The popular doctor believes
         in his prescription, and the pharmacist believes
         in the power of his drugs to save a man’s
12    life. The Mohammedan’s belief is a religious
         delusion; the doctor’s and pharmacist’s is a medical

Health from reliance on spirituality

15    The erring human mind is inharmonious in itself.
         From it arises the inharmonious body. To ignore
         God as of little use in sickness is a mistake.
18    Instead of thrusting Him aside in times of
         bodily trouble, and waiting for the hour of
         strength in which to acknowledge Him, we should learn
21    that He can do all things for us in sickness as in

         Failing to recover health through adherence to physi-
24    ology and hygiene, the despairing invalid often drops
         them, and in his extremity and only as a last resort, turns
         to God. The invalid’s faith in the divine Mind is less
27    than in drugs, air, and exercise, or he would have resorted
         to Mind first. The balance of power is conceded to be
         with matter by most of the medical systems; but when
30    Mind at last asserts its mastery over sin, disease, and
         death, then is man found to be harmonious and

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1      Should we implore a corporeal God to heal the sick
         out of His personal volition, or should we understand the
3      infinite divine Principle which heals? If we rise no higher
         than blind faith, the Science of healing is not attained, and
         Soul-existence, in the place of sense-existence, is not com-
6      prehended. We apprehend Life in divine Science only
         as we live above corporeal sense and correct it. Our pro-
         portionate admission of the claims of good or of evil de-
9      termines the harmony of our existence, — our health, our
         longevity, and our Christianity.

The two masters

         We cannot serve two masters nor perceive divine Sci-
12    ence with the material senses. Drugs and hygiene cannot
         successfully usurp the place and power of the
         divine source of all health and perfection. If
15    God made man both good and evil, man must remain
         thus. What can improve God’s work? Again, an error
         in the premise must appear in the conclusion. To have
18    one God and avail yourself of the power of Spirit, you
         must love God supremely.

Half-way success

         The “flesh lusteth against the Spirit.” The flesh and
21    Spirit can no more unite in action, than good can coin-
         cide with evil. It is not wise to take a halt-
         ing and half-way position or to expect to work
24    equally with Spirit and matter, Truth and error. There,
         is but one way — namely, God and His idea — which
         leads to spiritual being. The scientific government of the
27    body must be attained through the divine Mind. It is im-
         possible to gain control over the body in any other way.
         On this fundamental point, timid conservatism is abso-
30    lutely inadmissible. Only through radical reliance on
         Truth can scientific healing power be realized.

         Substituting good words for a good life, fair seeming

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1      for straightforward character, is a poor shift for the weak
         and worldly, who think the standard of Christian Science
3      too high for them.

Belief on the wrong side

         If the scales are evenly adjusted, the removal of a single
         weight from either scale gives preponderance to the oppo-
6      site. Whatever influence you cast on the side
         of matter, you take away from Mind, which
         would otherwise outweigh all else. Your belief militates
9      against your health, when it ought to be enlisted on the
         side of health. When sick (according to belief) you rush
         after drugs, search out the material so-called laws of
12    health, and depend upon them to heal you, though you
         have already brought yourself into the slough of disease
         through just this false belief.

The divine authority

15    Because man-made systems insist that man becomes
         sick and useless, suffers and dies, all in consonance with
         the laws of God, are we to believe it? Are
18    we to believe an authority which denies God’s
         spiritual command relating to perfection, — an authority
         which Jesus proved to be false? He did the will of the
21    Father. He healed sickness in defiance of what is called
         material law, but in accordance with God’s law, the law
         of Mind.

Disease foreseen

24    I have discerned disease in the human mind, and rec-
         ognized the patient’s fear of it, months before the so-called
         disease made its appearance in the body. Dis-
27    ease being a belief, a latent illusion of mortal
         mind, the sensation would not appear if the error of belief
         was met and destroyed by truth.

Changed mentality

30    Here let a word be noticed which will be
         better understood hereafter, — chemicalization.
         By chemicalization I mean the process which mortal

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1      mind and body undergo in the change of belief from a
         material to a spiritual basis.

Scientific foresight

3      Whenever an aggravation of symptoms has occurred
         through mental chemicalization, I have seen the mental
         signs, assuring me that danger was over, before
6      the patient felt the change; and I have said
         to the patient, “You are healed,” — sometimes to his dis-
         comfiture, when he was incredulous. But it always came
9      about as I had foretold.

         I name these facts to show that disease has a mental,
         mortal origin, — that faith in rules of health or in drugs
12    begets and fosters disease by attracting the mind to the
         subject of sickness, by exciting fear of disease, and by dos-
         ing the body in order to avoid it. The faith reposed in
15    these things should find stronger supports and a higher
         home. If we understood the control of Mind over body,
         we should put no faith in material means.

Mind the only healer

18    Science not only reveals the origin of all disease as
         mental, but it also declares that all disease is cured by
         divine Mind. There can be no healing ex-
21    cept by this Mind, however much we trust
         a drug or any other means towards which human faith
         or endeavor is directed. It is mortal mind, not mat-
24    ter, which brings to the sick whatever good they may
         seem to receive from materiality. But the sick are never
         really healed except by means of the divine power.
27    Only the action of Truth, Life, and Love can give

Modes of matter

         Whatever teaches man to have other laws and to
30    acknowledge other powers than the divine
         Mind, is anti-Christian. The good that a
         poisonous drug seems to do is evil, for it robs man of

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1      reliance on God, omnipotent Mind, and according to be-
         lief, poisons the human system. Truth is not the basis of
3      theogony. Modes of matter form neither a moral nor a
         spiritual system. The discord which calls for material
         methods is the result of the exercise of faith in material
6      modes, — faith in matter instead of in Spirit.

Physiology unscientific

         Did Jesus understand the economy of man less than
         Graham or Cutter? Christian ideas certainly present
9      what human theories exclude — the Principle
         of man’s harmony. The text, “Whosoever
         liveth and believeth in me shall never die,” not only con-
12    tradicts human systems, but points to the self-sustaining
         and eternal Truth.

         The demands of Truth are spiritual, and reach the
15    body through Mind. The best interpreter of man’s needs
         said: “Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat,
         or what ye shall drink.”

18    If there are material laws which prevent disease, what
         then causes it? Not divine law, for Jesus healed the
         sick and cast out error, always in opposition, never in
21    obedience, to physics.

Causation considered

         Spiritual causation is the one question to be considered,
         for more than all others spiritual causation relates to
24    human progress. The age seems ready to
         approach this subject, to ponder somewhat
         the supremacy of Spirit, and at least to touch the hem
27    of Truth’s garment.

         The description of man as purely physical, or as both
         material and spiritual, — but in either case dependent
30    upon his physical organization, — is the Pandora box,
         from which all ills have gone forth, especially despair.
         Matter, which takes divine power into its own hands and

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1      claims to be a creator, is a fiction, in which paganism and
         lust are so sanctioned by society that mankind has caught
3      their moral contagion.

Paradise regained

         Through discernment of the spiritual opposite of ma-
         teriality, even the way through Christ, Truth, man will
6      reopen with the key of divine Science the gates
         of Paradise which human beliefs have closed,
         and will find himself unfallen, upright, pure, and free,
9      not needing to consult almanacs for the probabilities either
         of his life or of the weather, not needing to study brain-
         ology to learn how much of a man he is.

A closed question

12    Mind’s control over the universe, including man, is
         no longer an open question, but is demonstrable Science.
         Jesus illustrated the divine Principle and the
15    power of immortal Mind by healing sickness
         and sin and destroying the foundations of death.

Matter versus Spirit

         Mistaking his origin and nature, man believes himself to
18    be combined matter and Spirit. He believes that Spirit
         is sifted through matter, carried on a nerve, ex-
         posed to ejection by the operation of matter.
21    The intellectual, the moral, the spiritual, — yea, the image
         of infinite Mind, — subject to non-intelligence!

         No more sympathy exists between the flesh and Spirit
24    than between Belial and Christ.

         The so-called laws of matter are nothing but false be-
         liefs that intelligence and life are present where Mind
27    is not. These false beliefs are the procuring cause of all
         sin and disease. The opposite truth, that intelligence and
         life are spiritual, never material, destroys sin, sickness,
30    and death.

         The fundamental error lies in the supposition that man
         is a material outgrowth and that the cognizance of good

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1      or evil, which he has through the bodily senses, con-
         stitutes his happiness or misery.

Godless Evolution

3      Theorizing about man’s development from mushrooms
         to monkeys and from monkeys into men
         amounts to nothing in the right direction and
6      very much in the wrong.

         Materialism grades the human species as rising from
         matter upward. How then is the material species main-
9      tained, if man passes through what we call death and
         death is the Rubicon of spirituality? Spirit can form
         no real link in this supposed chain of material being.
12    But divine Science reveals the eternal chain of existence
         as uninterrupted and wholly spiritual; yet this can be
         realized only as the false sense of being disappears.

Degrees of development

15    If man was first a material being, he must have passed
         through all the forms of matter in order to become man.
         If the material body is man, he is a portion of
18    matter, or dust. On the contrary, man is the
         image and likeness of Spirit; and the belief that there is
         Soul in sense or Life in matter obtains in mortals, alias
21    mortal mind, to which the apostle refers when he says
         that we must “put off the old man.”

Identity not lost

         What is man? Brain, heart, blood, bones, etc., the
24    material structure? If the real man is in the material
         body, you take away a portion of the man when
         you amputate a limb; the surgeon destroys
27    manhood, and worms annihilate it. But the loss of a limb
         or injury to a tissue is sometimes the quickener of manli-
         ness; and the unfortunate cripple may present more no-
30    bility than the statuesque athlete, — teaching us by his
         very deprivations, that “a man’s a man, for a’ that.”

When man is man

         When we admit that matter (heart, blood, brain, acting

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1      through the five physical senses) constitutes man, we fail
         to see how anatomy can distinguish between
3      humanity and the brute, or determine when
         man is really man and has progressed farther than his
         animal progenitors.


6      When the supposition, that Spirit is within what it
         creates and the potter is subject to the clay,
         is individualized, Truth is reduced to the level
9      of error, and the sensible is required to be made manifest
         through the insensible.

         What is termed matter manifests nothing but a material
12    mentality. Neither the substance nor the manifestation
         of Spirit is obtainable through matter. Spirit is positive.
         Matter is Spirit’s contrary, the absence of Spirit. For
15    positive Spirit to pass through a negative condition
         would be Spirit’s destruction.

Man not structural

         Anatomy declares man to be structural. Physiology
18    continues this explanation, measuring human
         strength by bones and sinews, and human life
         by material law. Man is spiritual, individual, and eter-
21    nal; material structure is mortal.
         Phrenology makes man knavish or honest according to
         the development of the cranium; but anatomy, physiology,
24    phrenology, do not define the image of God, the real im-
         mortal man.

         Human reason and religion come slowly to the recogni-
27    tion of spiritual facts, and so continue to call upon
         matter to remove the error which the human mind alone
         has created.

30    The idols of civilization are far more fatal to health
         and longevity than are the idols of barbarism. The idols
         of civilization call into action less faith than Buddhism

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1      in a supreme governing intelligence. The Esquimaux
         restore health by incantations as consciously as do civi-
3      lized practitioners by their more studied methods.

         Is civilization only a higher form of idolatry, that
         man should bow down to a flesh-brush, to flannels, to
6      baths, diet, exercise, and air? Nothing save divine
         power is capable of doing so much for man as he can
         do for himself.

Rise of thought

9      The footsteps of thought, rising above material stand-
         points, are slow, and portend a long night to the traveller;
         but the angels of His presence — the spiritual
12    intuitions that tell us when “the night is far
         spent, the day is at hand” — are our guardians in the
         gloom. Whoever opens the way in Christian Science is
15    a pilgrim and stranger, marking out the path for gen-
         erations yet unborn.

         The thunder of Sinai and the Sermon on the Mount
18    are pursuing and will overtake the ages, rebuking in
         their course all error and proclaiming the kingdom of
         heaven on earth. Truth is revealed. It needs only to
21    be practised.

Medical errors

         Mortal belief is all that enables a drug to cure mortal
         ailments. Anatomy admits that mind is somewhere in
24    man, though out of sight. Then, if an indi-
         vidual is sick, why treat the body alone and
         administer a dose of despair to the mind? Why declare
27    that the body is diseased, and picture this disease to the
         mind, rolling it under the tongue as a sweet morsel and
         holding it before the thought of both physician and pa-
30    tient? We should understand that the cause of disease
         obtains in the mortal human mind, and its cure comes
         from the immortal divine Mind. We should prevent the

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1      images of disease from taking form in thought, and we
         should efface the outlines of disease already formulated in
3      the minds of mortals.

Novel Diseases

         When there are fewer prescriptions, and less thought is
         given to sanitary subjects, there will be better
6      constitutions and less disease. In old times
         who ever heard of dyspepsia, cerebro-spinal meningitis,
         hay-fever, and rose-cold?

9      What an abuse of natural beauty to say that a rose,
         the smile of God, can produce suffering! The joy of its
         presence, its beauty and fragrance, should uplift the
12    thought, and dissuade any sense of fear or fever. It is
         profane to fancy that the perfume of clover and the breath
         of new-mown hay can cause glandular inflammation,
15    sneezing, and nasal pangs.

No ancestral dyspepsia

         If a random thought, calling itself dyspepsia, had
         tried to tyrannize over our forefathers, it would have
18    been routed by their independence and in-
         dustry. Then people had less time for self-
         ishness, coddling, and sickly after-dinner talk. The ex-
21    act amount of food the stomach could digest was not
         discussed according to Cutter nor referred to sanitary
         laws. A man’s belief in those days was not so severe
24    upon the gastric juices. Beaumont’s “Medical Experi-
         ments” did not govern the digestion.

Pulmonary misbeliefs

         Damp atmosphere and freezing snow empurpled the
27    plump cheeks of our ancestors, but they never indulged
         in the refinement of inflamed bronchial tubes.
         They were as innocent as Adam, before he ate
30    the fruit of false knowledge, of the existence of tubercles
         and troches, lungs and lozenges.

Our modern Eves

         “Where ignorance is bliss, ’tis folly to be wise,” says

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1      the English poet, and there is truth in his sentiment. The
         action of mortal mind on the body was not so injurious
3      before inquisitive modern Eves took up the
         study of medical works and unmanly Adams
         attributed their own downfall and the fate of their off-
6      spring to the weakness of their wives.

         The primitive custom of taking no thought about
         food left the stomach and bowels free to act in obedi-
9      ence to nature, and gave the gospel a chance to be seen
         in its glorious effects upon the body. A ghastly array of
         diseases was not paraded before the imagination. There
12    were fewer books on digestion and more “sermons in
         stones, and good in everything.” When the mechanism
         of the human mind gives place to the divine Mind, self-
15    ishness and sin, disease and death, will lose their

         Human fear of miasma would load with disease the
18    air of Eden, and weigh down mankind with superimposed
         and conjectural evils. Mortal mind is the worst foe of
         the body, while divine Mind is its best friend.

Diseases not to be classified

21    Should all cases of organic disease be treated by a
         regular practitioner, and the Christian Scientist try
         truth only in cases of hysteria, hypochon-
24    dria, and hallucination? One disease is no
         more real than another. All disease is the
         result of education, and disease can carry its ill-effects
27    no farther than mortal mind maps out the way. The
         human mind, not matter, is supposed to feel, suffer, en-
         joy. Hence decided types of acute disease are quite as
30    ready to yield to Truth as the less distinct type and chronic
         form of disease. Truth handles the most malignant con-
         tagion with perfect assurance.

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One basis for all sickness

1      Human mind produces what is termed organic dis-
         ease as certainly as it produces hysteria, and it must re-
3      linquish all its errors, sicknesses, and sins.
         I have demonstrated this beyond all cavil.
         The evidence of divine Mind’s healing power and abso-
6      lute control is to me as certain as the evidence of my own

Mental and physical oneness

         Mortal mind and body are one. Neither exists without
9      the other, and both must be destroyed by immortal Mind.
         Matter, or body, is but a false concept of mor-
         tal mind. This so-called mind builds its own
12    superstructure, of which the material body is
         the grosser portion; but from first to last, the body is a
         sensuous, human concept.

The effect of names

15    In the Scriptural allegory of the material creation,
         Adam or error, which represents the erroneous theory
         of life and intelligence in matter, had the
18    naming of all that was material. These names
         indicated matter’s properties, qualities, and forms. But
         a lie, the opposite of Truth, cannot name the qualities and
21    effects of what is termed matter, and create the so-called
         laws of the flesh, nor can a lie hold the preponderance
         of power in any direction against God, Spirit and
24    Truth.

Poison defined mentally

         If a dose of poison is swallowed through mistake, and
         the patient dies even though physician and
27    patient are expecting favorable results, does
         human belief, you ask, cause this death? Even
         so, and as directly as if the poison had been intentionally
30    taken.

         In such cases a few persons believe the potion swal-
         lowed by the patient to be harmless, but the vast ma-

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1      jority of mankind, though they know nothing of this par-
         ticular case and this special person, believe the arsenic,
3      the strychnine, or whatever the drug used, to be poi-
         sonous, for it is set down as a poison by mortal mind.
         Consequently, the result is controlled by the majority of
6      opinions, not by the infinitesimal minority of opinions in
         the sick-chamber.

         Heredity is not a law. The remote cause or belief
9      of disease is not dangerous because of its priority and
         the connection of past mortal thoughts with present.
         The predisposing cause and the exciting cause are
12    mental.

         Perhaps an adult has a deformity produced prior to his
         birth by the fright of his mother. When wrested from
15    human belief and based on Science or the divine Mind, to
         which all things are possible, that chronic case is not
         difficult to cure.

Animal magnetism destroyed

18    Mortal mind, acting from the basis of sensation in
         matter, is animal magnetism; but this so-called mind,
         from which comes all evil, contradicts itself,
21    and must finally yield to the eternal Truth, or
         the divine Mind, expressed in Science. In pro-
         portion to our understanding of Christian Science, we are
24    freed from the belief of heredity, of mind in matter or ani-
         mal magnetism; and we disarm sin of its imaginary power
         in proportion to our spiritual understanding of the status
27    of immortal being.

         Ignorant of the methods and the basis of metaphysical
         healing, you may attempt to unite with it hypnotism,
30    spiritualism, electricity; but none of these methods can
         be mingled with metaphysical healing.

         Whoever reaches the understanding of Christian Science

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1      in its proper signification will perform the sudden cures
         of which it is capable; but this can be done only by
3      taking up the cross and following Christ in the daily

Absent patients

         Science can heal the sick, who are absent from their
6      healers, as well as those present, since space is no ob-
         stacle to Mind. Immortal Mind heals what eye
         hath not seen; but the spiritual capacity to ap-
9      prehend thought and to heal by the Truth-power, is won
         only as man is found, not in self-righteousness, but re-
         flecting the divine nature.

Horses mistaught

12    Every medical method has its advocates. The prefer-
         ence of mortal mind for a certain method creates a demand
         for that method, and the body then seems to re-
15    quire such treatment. You can even educate a
         healthy horse so far in physiology that he will take cold
         without his blanket, whereas the wild animal, left to his
18    instincts, sniffs the wind with delight. The epizoötic is
         a humanly evolved ailment, which a wild horse might
         never have.

Medical works objectionable

21    Treatises on anatomy, physiology, and health, sustained
         by what is termed material law, are the pro-
         moters of sickness and disease. It should not
24    be proverbial, that so long as you read medical works you
         will be sick.

         The sedulous matron — studying her Jahr with homoe-
27    opathic pellet and powder in hand, ready to put you
         into a sweat, to move the bowels, or to produce sleep –
         is unwittingly sowing the seeds of reliance on matter,
30    and her household may erelong reap the effect of this

         Descriptions of disease given by physicians and adver-

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1      tisements of quackery are both prolific sources of sickness.
         As mortal mind is the husbandman of error, it should be
3      taught to do the body no harm and to uproot its false

The invalid’s outlook

         The patient sufferer tries to be satisfied when he sees
6      his would-be healers busy, and his faith in their efforts is
         somewhat helpful to them and to himself; but
         in Science one must understand the resusci-
9      tating law of Life. This is the seed within itself bearing
         fruit after its kind, spoken of in Genesis.

         Physicians should not deport themselves as if Mind
12    were non-existent, nor take the ground that all causation
         is matter, instead of Mind. Ignorant that the human
         mind governs the body, its phenomenon, the invalid may
15    unwittingly add more fear to the mental reservoir already
         overflowing with that emotion.

Wrong and right way

         Doctors should not implant disease in the thoughts of
18    their patients, as they so frequently do, by declaring dis-
         ease to be a fixed fact, even before they go to
         work to eradicate the disease through the ma-
21    terial faith which they inspire. Instead of furnishing
         thought with fear, they should try to correct this turbulent
         element of mortal mind by the influence of divine Love
24    which casteth out fear.

         When man is governed by God, the ever-present
         Mind who understands all things, man knows that with
27    God all things are possible. The only way to this
         living Truth, which heals the sick, is found in the Science
         of divine Mind as taught and demonstrated by Christ
30    Jesus.

The important decision

         To reduce inflammation, dissolve a tumor, or cure or-
         ganic disease, I have found divine Truth more potent than

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1      all lower remedies. And why not, since Mind, God, is
         the source and condition of all existence? Before decid-
3      ing that the body, matter, is disordered, one
         should ask, “Who art thou that repliest to
         Spirit? Can matter speak for itself, or does
6      it hold the issues of life?” Matter, which can neither
         suffer nor enjoy, has no partnership with pain and pleas-
         ure, but mortal belief has such a partnership.

Manipulation unscientific

9      When you manipulate patients, you trust in electricity
         and magnetism more than in Truth; and for
         that reason, you employ matter rather than
12    Mind. You weaken or destroy your power when you re-
         sort to any except spiritual means.

         It is foolish to declare that you manipulate patients but
15    that you lay no stress on manipulation. If this be so, why
         manipulate? In reality you manipulate because you are
         ignorant of the baneful effects of magnetism, or are not
18    sufficiently spiritual to depend on Spirit. In either case
         you must improve your mental condition till you finally
         attain the understanding of Christian Science.

Not words but deeds

21    If you are too material to love the Science of Mind and
         are satisfied with good words instead of effects, if you
         adhere to error and are afraid to trust Truth,
24    the question then recurs, “Adam, where art
         thou?” It is unnecessary to resort to aught besides
         Mind in order to satisfy the sick that you are doing some-
27    thing for them, for if they are cured, they generally know
         it and are satisfied.

         “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
30    If you have more faith in drugs than in Truth, this faith
         will incline you to the side of matter and error. Any
         hypnotic power you may exercise will diminish your

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1      ability to become a Scientist, and vice versa. The act
         of healing the sick through divine Mind alone, of casting
3      out error with Truth, shows your position as a Christian

Physiology or Spirit

         The demands of God appeal to thought only; but the
6      claims of mortality, and what are termed laws of nature,
         appertain to matter. Which, then, are we to
         accept as legitimate and capable of producing
9      the highest human good? We cannot obey both physi-
         ology and Spirit, for one absolutely destroys the other,
         and one or the other must be supreme in the affections.
12    It is impossible to work from two standpoints. If we
         attempt it, we shall presently “hold to the one,
         and despise the other.”

15    The hypotheses of mortals are antagonistic to Science
         and cannot mix with it. This is clear to those, who heal
         the sick on the basis of Science.

No material law

18    Mind’s government of the body must supersede the so-
         called laws of matter. Obedience to material law pre-
         vents full obedience to spiritual law, — the law
21    which overcomes material conditions and puts
         matter under the feet of Mind. Mortals entreat the di-
         vine Mind to heal the sick, and forthwith shut out the aid
24    of Mind by using material means, thus working against
         themselves and their prayers and denying man’s God-
         given ability to demonstrate Mind’s sacred power. Pleas
27    for drugs and laws of health come from some sad incident,
         or else from ignorance of Christian Science and its tran-
         scendent power.

30    To admit that sickness is a condition over which God
         has no control, is to presuppose that omnipotent power
         is powerless on some occasions. The law of Christ, or

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1      Truth, makes all things possible to Spirit; but the so-
         called laws of matter would render Spirit of no avail, and
3      demand obedience to materialistic codes, thus departing
         from the basis of one God, one lawmaker. To suppose
         that God constitutes laws of inharmony is a mistake; dis-
6      cords have no support from nature or divine law, however
         much is said to the contrary.

         Can the agriculturist, according to belief, produce a
9      crop without sowing the seed and awaiting its germina-
         tion according to the laws of nature? The answer is no,
         and yet the Scriptures inform us that sin, or error, first
12    caused the condemnation of man to till the ground, and
         indicate that obedience to God will remove this necessity.
         Truth never made error necessary, nor devised a law to
15    perpetuate error.

Laws of nature spiritual

         The supposed laws which result in weariness and dis-
         ease are not His laws, for the legitimate and only possible
18    action of Truth is the production of harmony.
         Laws of nature are laws of Spirit; but mortals
         commonly recognize as law that which hides the power of
21    Spirit. Divine Mind rightly demands man’s entire obe-
         dience, affection, and strength. No reservation is made
         for any lesser loyalty. Obedience to Truth gives man
24    power and strength. Submission to error superinduces
         loss of power.

Belief and understanding

         Truth casts out all evils and materialistic methods
27    with the actual spiritual law, — the law which gives
         sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, voice
         to the dumb, feet to the lame. If Christian
30    Science dishonors human belief, it honors spir-
         itual understanding; and the one Mind only is entitled to

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1      The so-called laws of health are simply laws of mortal
         belief. The premises being erroneous, the conclusions
3      are wrong. Truth makes no laws to regulate sickness,
         sin, and death, for these are unknown to Truth and should
         not be recognized as reality.

6      Belief produces the results of belief, and the penal-
         ties it affixes last so long as the belief and are insepara-
         ble from it. The remedy consists in probing the trouble
9      to the bottom, in finding and casting out by denial the
         error of belief which produces a mortal disorder, never
         honoring erroneous belief with the title of law nor yield-
12    ing obedience to it. Truth, Life, and Love are the only
         legitimate and eternal demands on man, and they are
         spiritual lawgivers, enforcing obedience through divine
15    statutes.

Laws of human belief

         Controlled by the divine intelligence, man is harmoni-
         ous and eternal. Whatever is governed by a false belief
18    is discordant and mortal. We say man suffers
         from the effects of cold, heat, fatigue. This
         is human belief, not the truth of being, for matter cannot
21    suffer. Mortal mind alone suffers, — not because a law
         of matter has been transgressed, but because a law of this
         so-called mind has been disobeyed. I have demonstrated
24    this as a rule of divine Science by destroying the delusion
         of suffering from what is termed a fatally broken physical

27    A woman, whom I cured of consumption, always
         breathed with great difficulty when the wind was from
         the east. I sat silently by her side a few moments. Her
30    breath came gently. The inspirations were deep and nat-
         ural. I then requested her to look at the weather-vane.
         She looked and saw that it pointed due east. The wind

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1      had not changed, but her thought of it had and so her diffi-
         culty in breathing had gone. The wind had not produced
3      the difficulty. My metaphysical treatment changed the
         action of her belief on the lungs, and she never suffered
         again from east winds, but was restored to health.

A so-called mind-cure

6      No system of hygiene but Christian Science is purely
         mental. Before this book was published, other books
         were in circulation, which discussed “mental
9      medicine” and “mind-cure,” operating through
         the power of the earth’s magnetic currents to regulate life
         and health. Such theories and such systems of so-called
12    mind-cure, which have sprung up, are as material as the
         prevailing systems of medicine. They have their birth
         in mortal mind, which puts forth a human conception
15    in the name of Science to match the divine Science of im-
         mortal Mind, even as the necromancers of Egypt strove
         to emulate the wonders wrought by Moses. Such theories
18    have no relationship to Christian Science, which rests on
         the conception of God as the only Life, substance, and
         intelligence, and excludes the human mind as a spiritual
21    factor in the healing work.

Jesus and hypnotism

         Jesus cast out evil and healed the sick, not only with-
         out drugs, but without hypnotism, which is
24    the reverse of ethical and pathological Truth-

         Erroneous mental practice may seem for a time to bene-
27    fit the sick, but the recovery is not permanent. This is
         because erroneous methods act on and through the ma-
         terial stratum of the human mind, called brain, which is
30    but a mortal consolidation of material mentality and its
         suppositional activities.

False stimulus

         A patient under the influence of mortal mind is healed

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1      only by removing the influence on him of this mind, by
         emptying his thought of the false stimulus
3      and reaction of will-power and filling it with
         the divine energies of Truth.

         Christian Science destroys material beliefs through the
6      understanding of Spirit, and the thoroughness of this work
         determines health. Erring human mind-forces can work
         only evil under whatever name or pretence they are em-
9      ployed; for Spirit and matter, good and evil, light and
         darkness, cannot mingle.

Evil negative and self-destructive

         Evil is a negation, because it is the absence of truth.
12    It is nothing, because it is the absence of something. It
         is unreal, because it presupposes the absence
         of God, the omnipotent and omnipresent.
15    Every mortal must learn that there is neither
         power nor reality in evil.

         Evil is self-assertive. It says: “I am a real entity, over-
18    mastering good.” This falsehood should strip evil of all
         pretensions. The only power of evil is to destroy itself. It
         can never destroy one iota of good. Every attempt of evil
21    to destroy good is a failure, and only aids in peremptorily
         punishing the evil-doer. If we concede the same reality to
         discord as to harmony, discord has as lasting a claim upon
24    us as has harmony. If evil is as real as good, evil is also as
         immortal. If death is as real as Life, immortality is a myth.
         If pain is as real as the absence of pain, both must be im-
27    mortal; and if so, harmony cannot be the law of being.

Ignorant idolatry

         Mortal mind is ignorant of self, or it could never be
         self-deceived. If mortal mind knew how to be better, it
30    would be better. Since it must believe in some-
         thing besides itself, it enthrones matter as deity.
         The human mind has been an idolater from the beginning,

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1      having other gods and believing in more than the one

3      As mortals do not comprehend even mortal existence,
         how ignorant must they be of the all-knowing Mind and
         of His creations.

6      Here you may see how so-called material sense creates
         its own forms of thought, gives them material names, and
         then worships and fears them. With pagan blindness,
9      it attributes to some material god or medicine an ability
         beyond itself. The beliefs of the human mind rob and
         enslave it, and then impute this result to another illusive
12    personification, named Satan.

Action of mortal mind

         The valves of the heart, opening and closing for the pas-
         sage of the blood, obey the mandate of mor-
15    tal mind as directly as does the hand, ad-
         mittedly moved by the will. Anatomy allows the mental
         cause of the latter action, but not of the former.

18    We say, “My hand hath done it.” What is this my but
         mortal mind, the cause of all materialistic action? All
         voluntary, as well as miscalled involuntary, action of the
21    mortal body is governed by this so-called mind, not by
         matter. There is no involuntary action. The divine Mind
         includes all action and volition, and man in Science is gov-
24    erned by this Mind. The human mind tries to classify
         action as voluntary and involuntary, and suffers from the

Death and the body

27    If you take away this erring mind, the mortal material
         body loses all appearance of life or action, and this so-
         called mind then calls itself dead; but the hu-
30    man mind still holds in belief a body, through
         which it acts and which appears to the human mind to
         live, — a body like the one it had before death. This body

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1      is put off only as the mortal, erring mind yields to God,
         immortal Mind, and man is found in His image.

Embryonic sinful thoughts

3      What is termed disease does not exist. It is neither
         mind nor matter. The belief of sin, which has grown
         terrible in strength and influence, is an uncon-
6      scious error in the beginning, — an embryonic
         thought without motive; but afterwards it
         governs the so-called man. Passion, depraved appetites,
9      dishonesty, envy, hatred, revenge ripen into action, only to
         pass from shame and woe to their final punishment.

Disease a dream

         Mortal existence is a dream of pain and pleasure in
12    matter, a dream of sin, sickness, and death; and it is like
         the dream we have in sleep, in which every one
         recognizes his condition to be wholly a state of
15    mind. In both the waking, and the sleeping dream, the
         dreamer thinks that his body is material and the suffering
         is in that body.

18    The smile of the sleeper indicates the sensation pro-
         duced physically by the pleasure of a dream. In the
         same way pain and pleasure, sickness and care, are
21    traced upon mortals by unmistakable signs.

         Sickness is a growth of error, springing from mortal
         ignorance or fear. Error rehearses error. What causes
24    disease cannot cure it. The soil of disease is mortal
         mind, and you have an abundant or scanty crop of disease,
         according to the seedlings of fear. Sin and the fear of
27    disease must be uprooted and cast out.

Sense yields to understanding

         When darkness comes over the earth, the physical
         senses have no immediate evidence of a sun.
30    The human eye knows not where the orb of
         day is, nor if it exists. Astronomy gives the
         desired information regarding the sun. The human or

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1      material senses yield to the authority of this science, and
         they are willing to leave with astronomy the explanation of
3      the sun’s influence over the earth. If the eyes see no sun
         for a week, we still believe that there is solar light and
         heat. Science (in this instance named natural) raises
6      the human thought above the cruder theories of the
         human mind, and casts out a fear.

         In like manner mortals should no more deny the power
9      of Christian Science to establish harmony and to explain
         the effect of mortal mind on the body, though the cause
         be unseen, than they should deny the existence of the sun-
12    light when the orb of day disappears, or doubt that the sun
         will reappear. The sins of others should not make good
         men suffer.

Ascending the scale

15    We call the body material; but it is as truly mortal
         mind, according to its degree, as is the material brain
         which is supposed to furnish the evidence
18    of all mortal thought or things. The human
         mortal mind, by an inevitable perversion, makes all
         things start from the lowest instead of from the highest
21    mortal thought. The reverse is the case with all the
         formations of the immortal divine Mind. They proceed
         from the divine source; and so, in tracing them, we con-
24    stantly ascend in infinite being.

Human reproduction

         From mortal mind comes the reproduction of the
         species, — first the belief of inanimate, and then of ani-
27    mate matter. According to mortal thought,
         the development of embryonic mortal mind
         commences in the lower, basal portion of the brain, and
30    goes on in an ascending scale by evolution, keeping always
         in the direct line of matter, for matter is the subjective
         condition of mortal mind.

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1      Next we have the formation of so-called embryonic
         mortal mind, afterwards mortal men or mortals, — all this
3      while matter is a belief, ignorant of itself, ignorant of what
         it is supposed to produce. The mortal says that an inani-
         mate unconscious seedling is producing mortals, both body
6      and mind; and yet neither a mortal mind nor the immortal
         Mind is found in brain or elsewhere in matter or in mortals.

Human stature

         This embryonic and materialistic human belief called
9      mortal man in turn fills itself with thoughts
         of pain and pleasure, of life and death, and
         arranges itself into five so-called senses, which presently
12    measure mind by the size of a brain and the bulk of a
         body, called man.

Human frailty

         Human birth, growth, maturity, and decay are as the
15    grass springing from the soil with beautiful green blades,
         afterwards to wither and return to its native
         nothingness. This mortal seeming is temporal;
18    it never merges into immortal being, but finally disap-
         pears, and immortal man, spiritual and eternal, is found
         to be the real man.
21    The Hebrew bard, swayed by mortal thoughts, thus
         swept his lyre with saddening strains on human existence:

                  As for man, his days are as grass:
24             As a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
                  For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone;
                  And the place thereof shall know it no more.

27    When hope rose higher in the human heart, he sang:

                  As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness:
                  I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness.
                  .    .    .    .    .
30             For with Thee is the fountain of life;
                  In Thy light shall we see light.

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1      The brain can give no idea of God’s man. It can take
         no cognizance of Mind. Matter is not the organ of infi-
3      nite Mind.

         As mortals give up the delusion that there is more than
         one Mind, more than one God, man in God’s likeness will
6      appear, and this eternal man will include in that likeness
         no material element.

The immortal birth

         As a material, theoretical life-basis is found to be a
9      misapprehension of existence, the spiritual and divine
         Principle of man dawns upon human thought,
         and leads it to “where the young child was,”
12    — even to the birth of a new-old idea, to the spiritual
         sense of being and of what Life includes. This the whole
         earth will be transformed by Truth on its pinions of light,
15    chasing away the darkness of error.

Spiritual freedom

         The human thought must free itself from self-imposed
         materiality and bondage. It should no longer
18    ask of the head, heart, or lungs: What are
         man’s prospects for life? Mind is not helpless. Intelli-
         gence is not mute before non-intelligence.

21    By its own volition, not a blade of grass springs up, not
         a spray buds within the vale, not a leaf unfolds its fair
         outlines, not a flower starts from its cloistered cell.

24    The Science of being reveals man and immortality as
         based on Spirit. Physical sense defines mortal man as
         based on matter, and from this premise infers the mor-
27    tality of the body.

No physical affinity

         The illusive senses may fancy affinities with their op-
         posites; but in Christian Science, Truth never mingles
30    with error. Mind has no affinity with matter,
         and therefore Truth is able to cast out the ills
         of the flesh. Mind, God, sends forth the aroma of Spirit,

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1      the atmosphere of intelligence. The belief that a pulpy
         substance under the skull is mind is a mockery of intelli-
3      gence, a mimicry of Mind.

         We are Christian Scientists, only as we quit our reliance
         upon that which is false and grasp the true. We are not
6      Christian Scientists until we leave all for Christ. Human
         opinions are not spiritual. They come from the hearing
         of the ear, from corporeality instead of from Principle,
9      and from the mortal instead of from the immortal. Spirit
         is not separate from God. Spirit is God.

Human power a blind force

         Erring power is a material belief, a blind miscalled force,
12    the offspring of will and not of wisdom, of the mortal mind
         and not of the immortal. It is the headlong
         cataract, the devouring flame, the tempest’s
15    breath. It is lightning and hurricane, all that is selfish,
         wicked, dishonest, and impure.

The one real power

         Moral and spiritual might belong to Spirit, who holds
18    the “wind in His fists;” and this teaching accords with
         Science and harmony. In Science, you can
         have no power opposed to God, and the physi-
21    cal senses must give up their false testimony. Your in-
         fluence for good depends upon the weight you throw into
         the right scale. The good you do and embody gives you
24    the only power obtainable. Evil is not power. It is a
         mockery of strength, which erelong betrays its weakness
         and falls, never to rise.

27    We walk in the footsteps of Truth and Love by follow-
         ing the example of our Master in the understanding of
         divine metaphysics. Christianity is the basis of true heal-
30    ing. Whatever holds human thought in line with unselfed
         love, receives directly the divine power.

Mind cures hip-disease

         I was called to visit Mr. Clark in Lynn, who had been

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1      confined to his bed six months with hip-disease, caused by
         a fall upon a wooden spike when quite a boy. On enter-
3      ing the house I met his physician, who said that
         the patient was dying. The physician had just
         probed the ulcer on the hip, and said the bone was carious
6      for several inches. He even showed me the probe, which
         had on it the evidence of this condition of the bone. The
         doctor went out. Mr. Clark lay with his eyes fixed and
9      sightless. The dew of death was on his brow. I went to
         his bedside. In a few moments his face changed; its
         death-pallor gave place to a natural hue. The eyelids
12    closed gently and the breathing became natural; he was
         asleep. In about ten minutes he opened his eyes and
         said: “I feel like a new man. My suffering is all gone.”
15    It was between three and four o’clock in the afternoon
         when this took place.

         I told him to rise, dress himself, and take supper with
18    his family. He did so. The next day I saw him in the
         yard. Since then I have not seen him, but am informed
         that he went to work in two weeks. The discharge from
21    the sore stopped, and the sore was healed. The diseased
         condition had continued there ever since the injury was
         received in boyhood.
24    Since his recovery I have been informed that his physi-
         cian claims to have cured him, and that his mother has
         been threatened with incarceration in an insane asylum
27    for saying: “It was none other than God and that woman
         who healed him.” I cannot attest the truth of that
         report, but what I saw and did for that man, and what
30    his physician said of the case, occurred just as I have

         It has been demonstrated to me that Life is God

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1      and that the might of omnipotent Spirit shares not its
         strength with matter or with human will. Review-
3      ing this brief experience, I cannot fail to discern the
         coincidence of the spiritual idea of man with the divine

Change of belief

6      A change in human belief changes all the physical symp-
         toms, and determines a case for better or for
         worse. When one’s false belief is corrected,
9      Truth sends a report of health over the body.

         Destruction of the auditory nerve and paralysis of the
         optic nerve are not necessary to ensure deafness and blind-
12    ness; for if mortal mind says, “I am deaf and blind,” it
         will be so without an injured nerve. Every theory op-
         posed to this fact (as I learned in metaphysics) would
15    presuppose man, who is immortal in spiritual under-
         standing, a mortal in material belief.

Power of habit

         The authentic history of Kaspar Hauser is a useful hint
18    as to the frailty and inadequacy of mortal mind. It
         proves beyond a doubt that education consti-
         tutes this so-called mind, and that, in turn,
21    mortal mind manifests itself in the body by the false
         sense it imparts. Incarcerated in a dungeon, where
         neither sight nor sound could reach him, at the age of
24    seventeen Kaspar was still a mental infant, crying and
         chattering with no more intelligence than a babe, and
         realizing Tennyson’s description:

27    An infant crying in the night,
              An infant crying for the light,
              And with no language but a cry.

30    His case proves material sense to be but a belief formed
         by education alone. The light which affords us joy gave

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1      him a belief of intense pain. His eyes were inflamed by
         the light. After the babbling boy had been taught to
3      speak a few words, he asked to be taken back to his dun-
         geon, and said that he should never be happy elsewhere.
         Outside of dismal darkness and cold silence he found no
6      peace. Every sound convulsed him with anguish. All
         that he ate, except his black crust, produced violent
         retchings. All that gives pleasure to our educated senses
9      gave him pain through those very senses, trained in an
         opposite direction.

Useful knowledge

         The point for each one to decide is, whether it is mortal
12    mind or immortal Mind that is causative. We
         should forsake the basis of matter for meta-
         physical Science and its divine Principle.

15    Whatever furnishes the semblance of an idea governed
         by its Principle, furnishes food for thought. Through as-
         tronomy, natural history, chemistry, music, mathematics,
18    thought passes naturally from effect back to cause.

         Academics of the right sort are requisite. Observa-
         tion, invention, study, and original thought are expansive
21    and should promote the growth of mortal mind out of it-
         self, out of all that is mortal.

         It is the tangled barbarisms of learning which we
24    deplore, — the mere dogma, the speculative theory, the
         nauseous fiction. Novels, remarkable only for their
         exaggerated pictures, impossible ideals, and specimens
27    of depravity, fill our young readers with wrong tastes
         and sentiments. Literary commercialism is lowering the
         intellectual standard to accommodate the purse and to
30    meet a frivolous demand for amusement instead of for
         improvement. Incorrect views lower the standard of

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1      If materialistic knowledge is power, it is not wisdom.
         It is but a blind force. Man has “sought out many inven-
3      tions,” but he has not yet found it true that knowledge can
         save him from the dire effects of knowledge. The power
         of mortal mind over its own body is little understood.

Sin destroyed through suffering

6      Better the suffering which awakens mortal mind from
         its fleshly dream, than the false pleasures
         which tend to perpetuate this dream. Sin
9      alone brings death, for sin is the only element
         of destruction.

         “Fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body
12    in hell,” said Jesus. A careful study of this text shows
         that here the word soul means a false sense or material
         consciousness. The command was a warning to beware,
15    not of Rome, Satan, nor of God, but of sin. Sickness,
         sin, and death are not concomitants of Life or Truth.
         No law supports them. They have no relation to God
18    wherewith to establish their power. Sin makes its own
         hell, and goodness its own heaven.

Dangerous shoals avoided

         Such books as will rule disease out of mortal mind, –
21    and so efface the images and thoughts of dis-
         ease, instead of impressing them with forcible
         descriptions and medical details, — will help
24    to abate sickness and to destroy it.

         Many a hopeless case of disease is induced by a single
         post mortem examination, — not from infection nor from
27    contact with material virus, but from the fear of the
         disease and from the image brought before the mind; it
         is a mental state, which is afterwards outlined on the
30    body.

Pangs caused by the press

         The press unwittingly sends forth many sorrows and
         diseases among the human family. It does this by giv-

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1      ing names to diseases and by printing long descriptions
         which mirror images of disease distinctly in thought. A
3      new name for an ailment affects people like a
         Parisian name for a novel garment. Every one
         hastens to get it. A minutely described dis-
6      ease costs many a man his earthly days of comfort. What
         a price for human knowledge! But the price does not ex-
         ceed the original cost. God said of the tree of knowledge,
9      which bears the fruit of sin, disease, and death, “In the
         day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

Higher standard for mortals

         The less that is said of physical structure and laws, and
12    the more that is thought and said about moral
         and spiritual law, the higher will be the stand-
         ard of living and the farther mortals will be re-
15    moved from imbecility or disease.

         We should master fear, instead of cultivating it. It
         was the ignorance of our forefathers in the departments
18    of knowledge now broadcast in the earth, that made them
         hardier than our trained physiologists, more honest than
         our sleek politicians.

Diet and dyspepsia

21    We are told that the simple food our forefathers ate
         helped to make them healthy, but that is a mistake.
         Their diet would not cure dyspepsia at this
24    period. With rules of health in the head
         and the most digestible food in the stomach, there would
         still be dyspeptics. Many of the effeminate constitutions
27    of our time will never grow robust until individual opin-
         ions improve and immortal belief loses some portion of its

Harm done by physicians

30    The doctor’s mind reaches that of his patient. The
         doctor should suppress his fear of disease, else his belief
         in its reality and fatality will harm his patients even more

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1      than his calomel and morphine, for the higher stratum of
         mortal mind has in belief more power to harm man than
3      the substratum, matter. A patient hears the
         doctor’s verdict as a criminal hears his death-
         sentence. The patient may seem calm under it, but he is
6      not. His fortitude may sustain him, but his fear, which
         has already developed the disease that is gaining the
         mastery, is increased by the physician’s words.

Disease depicted

9      The materialistic doctor, though humane, is an art-
         ist who outlines his thought relative to disease, and then
         fills in his delineations with sketches from text-
12    books. It is better to prevent disease from
         forming in mortal mind afterwards to appear on the
         body; but to do this requires attention. The thought of
15    disease is formed before one sees a doctor and before
         the doctor undertakes to dispel it by a counter-irritant,
         — perhaps by a blister, by the application of caustic or
18    croton oil, or by a surgical operation. Again, giving an-
         other direction to faith, the physician prescribes drugs,
         until the elasticity of mortal thought haply causes a
21    vigorous reaction upon itself, and reproduces a picture
         of healthy and harmonious formations.

         A patient’s belief is more or less moulded and formed
24    by his doctor’s belief in the case, even though the doctor
         says nothing to support his theory. His thoughts and his
         patient’s commingle, and the stronger thoughts rule the
27    weaker. Hence the importance that doctors be Christian

Mind over matter

         Because the muscles of the blacksmith’s arm are
30    strongly developed, it does not follow that
         exercise has produced this result or that a
         less used arm must be weak. If matter were the cause

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1      of action, and if muscles, without volition of mortal
         mind, could lift the hammer and strike the anvil, it
3      might be thought true that hammering would enlarge
         the muscles. The trip-hammer is not increased in size
         by exercise. Why not, since muscles are as material as
6      wood and iron? Because nobody believes that mind is
         producing such a result on the hammer.

         Muscles are not self-acting. If mind does not move
9      them, they are motionless. Hence the great fact that
         Mind alone enlarges and empowers man through its
         mandate, — by reason of its demand for and supply of
12    power. Not because of muscular exercise, but by rea-
         son of the blacksmith’s faith in exercise, his arm becomes

Latent fear subdued

15    Mortals develop their own bodies or make them sick,
         according as they influence them through mortal mind.
         To know whether this development is produced
18    consciously or unconsciously, is of less impor-
         tance than a knowledge of the fact. The feats of the gym-
         nast prove that latent mental fears are subdued by him.
21    The devotion of thought to an honest achievement makes
         the achievement possible. Exceptions only confirm this
         rule, proving that failure is occasioned by a too feeble
24    faith.

         Had Blondin believed it impossible to walk the rope
         over Niagara’s abyss of waters, he could never have
27    done it. His belief that he could do it gave his thought-
         forces, called muscles, their flexibility and power which
         the unscientific might attribute to a lubricating oil. His
30    fear must have disappeared before his power of putting
         resolve into action could appear.

Homer and Moses

         When Homer sang of the Grecian gods, Olympus was

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1      dark, but through his verse the gods became alive in a
         nation’s belief. Pagan worship began with muscularity,
3      but the law of Sinai lifted thought into the
         song of David. Moses advanced a nation to
         the worship of God in Spirit instead of matter, and il-
6      lustrated the grand human capacities of being bestowed
         by immortal Mind.

A mortal not man

         Whoever is incompetent to explain Soul would be wise
9      not to undertake the explanation of body. Life is, always
         has been, and ever will be independent of
         matter; for life is God, and man is the idea
12    of God, not formed materially but spiritually, and not
         subject to decay and dust. The Psalmist said: “Thou
         madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy
15    hands. Thou hast put all things under his feet.”

         The great truth in the Science of being, that the real
         man was, is, and ever shall be perfect, is incontrovertible;
18    for if man is the image, reflection, of God, he is neither
         inverted nor subverted, but upright and Godlike.

         The suppositional antipode of divine infinite Spirit
21    is the so-called human soul or spirit, in other words
         the five senses, — the flesh that warreth against Spirit.
         These so called material senses must yield to the infinite
24    Spirit, named God.

         St. Paul said: “For I determined not to know any-
         thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”
27    (I Cor. ii. 2.) Christian Science says: I am determined
         not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and
         him glorified.

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