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Chapter 8 — Footsteps of Truth

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         Remember, Lord, the reproach of Thy servants; how I do bear in
         my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people; wherewith Thine
         enemies have reproached, O Lord; wherewith they have reproached
         the footsteps of Thine anointed.

Practical preaching

1      THE best sermon ever preached is Truth practised
         and demonstrated by the destruction of sin, sickness,
3      and death. Knowing this and knowing too
         that one affection would be supreme in us and
         take the lead in our lives, Jesus said, “No man can serve
6      two masters.”

         We cannot build safely on false foundations. Truth
         makes a new creature, in whom old things pass away
9      and “all things are become new.” Passions, selfishness,
         false appetites, hatred, fear, all sensuality, yield to spirit-
         uality, and the superabundance of being is on the side
12    of God, good.

The uses of truth

         We cannot fill vessels already full. They must first be
         emptied. Let us disrobe error. Then, when
15    the winds of God blow, we shall not hug our
         tatters close about us.

         The way to extract error from mortal mind is to pour
18    in truth through flood-tides of Love. Christian perfec-
         tion is won on no other basis.

         Grafting holiness upon unholiness, supposing that sin

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1      can be forgiven when it is not forsaken, is as foolish as
         straining out gnats and swallowing camels.
3      The scientific unity which exists between God and man
         must be wrought out in life-practice, and God’s will must
         be universally done.

Divine study

6      If men would bring to bear upon the study of the
         Science of Mind half the faith they bestow upon the so-
         called pains and pleasures of material sense,
9      they would not go on from bad to worse,
         until disciplined by the prison and the scaffold; but
         the whole human family would be redeemed through
12    the merits of Christ, — through the perception and ac-
         ceptance of Truth. For this glorious result Christian
         Science lights the torch of spiritual understanding.

Harmonious life-work

15    Outside of this Science all is mutable; but immortal
         man, in accord with the divine Principle of His being,
         God, neither sins, suffers, nor dies. The days
18    of our pilgrimage will multiply instead of di-
         minish, when God’s kingdom comes on earth; for the
         true way leads to life instead of to death, and earthly
21    experience discloses the finity of error and the infinite
         capacities of Truth, in which God gives man dominion
         over all the earth.

Belief and practice

24    Our beliefs about a Supreme Being contradict the
         practice growing out of them. Error abounds where
         Truth should “much more abound.” We

27    admit that God has almighty power, is “a
         very present help in trouble;” and yet we rely on a drug
         or hypnotism to heal disease, as if senseless matter or err-
30    ing mortal mind had more power than omnipotent Spirit.

Sure reward of righteousness

         Common opinion admits that a man may take cold in
         the act of doing good, and that this cold may produce

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1      fatal pulmonary disease; as though evil could overbear
         the law of Love, and check the reward for do-
3      ing good. In the Science of Christianity, Mind
         — omnipotence — has all-power, assigns sure
         rewards to righteousness, and shows that matter can
6      neither heal nor make sick, create nor destroy.

Our belief and understanding

         If God were understood instead of being merely be-
         lieved, this understanding would establish health. The
9      accusation of the rabbis, “He made himself
         the Son of God,” was really the justification
         of Jesus, for to the Christian the only true
12    spirit is Godlike. This thought incites to a more exalted
         worship and self-abnegation. Spiritual perception brings
         out the possibilities of being, destroys reliance on aught
15    but God, and so makes man the image of his Maker in
         deed and in truth.

Suicide and sin

         We are prone to believe either in more than one Su-
18    preme Ruler or in some power less than God. We im-
         agine that Mind can be imprisoned in a sensuous body.
         When the material body has gone to ruin, when evil has
21    overtaxed the belief of life in matter and destroyed it,
         then mortals believe that the deathless Principle, or
         Soul, escapes from matter and lives on; but this is not
24    true. Death is not a stepping-stone to life, immortality,
         and bliss. The so-called sinner is a suicide.
         Sin kills the sinner and will continue to kill
27    him so long as he sins. The foam and fury of illegiti-
         mate living and of fearful and doleful dying should
         disappear on the shore of time; then the waves of sin,
30    sorrow, and death beat in vain.

         God, divine good, does not kill a man in order to give
         him eternal Life, for God alone is man’s life. God is at

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1      once the centre and circumference of being. It is evil
         that dies; good dies not.

Spirit the only intelligence and substance

3      All forms of error support the false conclusions that
         there is more than one Life; that material history is as
         real and living as spiritual history; that mortal
6      error is as conclusively mental as immortal
         Truth; and that there are two separate, an-
         tagonistic entities and beings, two powers, — namely,
9      Spirit and matter, — resulting in a third person (mortal
         man) who carries out the delusions of sin, sickness, and

12    The first power is admitted to be good, an intelligence or
         Mind called God. The so-called second power, evil, is the
         unlikeness of good. It cannot therefore be mind, though
15    so called. The third power, mortal man, is a supposed
         mixture of the first and second antagonistic powers, in-
         telligence and non-intelligence, of Spirit and matter.

Unscientific theories

18    Such theories are evidently erroneous. They can never
         stand the test of Science. Judging them by their fruits,
         they are corrupt. When will the ages under-
21    stand the Ego, and realize only one God, one
         Mind or intelligence?

         False and self-assertive theories have given sinners the
24    notion that they can create what God cannot, — namely,
         sinful mortals in God’s image, thus usurping the name
         without the nature of the image or reflection of divine
27    Mind; but in Science it can never be said that man
         has a mind of his own, distinct from God, the all

30    The belief that God lives in matter is pantheistic. The
         error, which says that Soul is in body, Mind is in matter,
         and good is in evil, must unsay it and cease from such

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1      utterances; else God will continue to be hidden from hu-
         manity, and mortals will sin without knowing that they
3      are sinning, will lean on matter instead of Spirit, stumble
         with lameness, drop with drunkenness, consume with dis-
         case, — all because of their blindness, their false sense
6      concerning God and man.

Creation perfect

         When will the error of believing that there is life in
         matter, and that sin, sickness, and death are creations of
9      God, be unmasked? When will it be under-
         stood that matter has neither intelligence, life,
         nor sensation, and that the opposite belief is the prolific
12    source of all suffering? God created all through Mind,
         and made all perfect and eternal. Where then is the
         necessity for recreation or procreation?

Perceiving the divine image

15    Befogged in error (the error of believing that matter
         can be intelligent for good or evil), we can catch clear
         glimpses of God only as the mists disperse,
18    or as they melt into such thinness that we per-
         ceive the divine image in some word or deed
         which indicates the true idea, — the supremacy and real-
21    ity of good, the nothingness and unreality of evil.

Redemption from selfishness

         When we realize that there is one Mind, the divine law
         of loving our neighbor as ourselves is unfolded;
24    whereas a belief in many ruling minds hinders
         man’s normal drift towards the one Mind, one
         God, and leads human thought into opposite channels
27    where selfishness reigns.

         Selfishness tips the beam of human existence towards
         the side of error, not towards Truth. Denial of the one-
30    ness of Mind throws our weight into the scale, not of
         Spirit, God, good, but of matter.

         When we fully understand our relation to the Divine,

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1      we can have no other Mind but His, — no other Love,
         wisdom, or Truth, no other sense of Life, and no con-
3      sciousness of the existence of matter or error.

Will-power unrighteous

         The power of the human will should be exercised only
         in subordination to Truth; else it will misguide the judg-
6      ment and free the lower propensities. It is the
         province of spiritual sense to govern man.
         Material, erring, human thought acts injuriously both
9      upon the body and through it.

         Will-power is capable of all evil. It can never heal
         the sick, for it is the prayer of the unrighteous; while
12    the exercise of the sentiments — hope, faith, love — is the
         prayer of the righteous. This prayer, governed by Science
         instead of the senses, heals the sick.

15    In the scientific relation of God to man, we find that
         whatever blesses one blesses all, as Jesus showed with
         the loaves and the fishes, — Spirit, not matter, being the
18    source of supply.

Birth and death unreal

         Does God send sickness, giving the mother her child
         for the brief space of a few years and then taking it away
21    by death? Is God creating anew what He
         has already created? The Scriptures are defi-
         nite on this point, declaring that His work was finished,
24    nothing is new to God, and that it was good.

         Can there be any birth or death for man, the spiritual
         image and likeness of God? Instead of God sending
27    sickness and death, He destroys them, and brings to light
         immortality. Omnipotent and infinite Mind made all
         and includes all. This Mind does not make mistakes
30    and subsequently correct them. God does not cause man
         to sin, to be sick, or to die.

No evil in Spirit

         There are evil beliefs, often called evil spirits; but

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1      these evils are not Spirit, for there is no evil in Spirit.
         Because God is Spirit, evil becomes more apparent and
3      obnoxious proportionately as we advance spir-
         itually, until it disappears from our lives.
         This fact proves our position, for every scientific state-
6      ment in Christianity has its proof. Error of statement
         leads to error in action.

Subordination of evil

         God is not the creator of an evil mind. Indeed, evil
9      is not Mind. We must learn that evil is the awful decep-
         tion and unreality of existence. Evil is not
         supreme; good is not helpless; nor are the
12    so-called laws of matter primary, and the law of Spirit
         secondary. Without this lesson, we lose sight of the per-
         fect Father, or the divine Principle of man.

Evident impossibilities

15    Body is not first and Soul last, nor is evil mightier than
         good. The Science of being repudiates self-
         evident impossibilities, such as the amalgama-
18    tion of Truth and error in cause or effect. Science sepa-
         rates the tares and wheat in time of harvest.

One primal cause

         There is but one primal cause. Therefore there can
21    be no effect from any other cause, and there can be no
         reality in aught which does not proceed from
         this great and only cause. Sin, sickness, dis-
24    ease, and death belong not to the Science of being. They
         are the errors, which presuppose the absence of Truth,
         Life, or Love.

27    The spiritual reality is the scientific fact in all things.
         The spiritual fact, repeated in the action of man and the
         whole universe, is harmonious and is the ideal of Truth.
30    Spiritual facts are not inverted; the opposite discord,
         which bears no resemblance to spirituality, is not real.
         The only evidence of this inversion is obtained from

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1      suppositional error, which affords no proof of God,
         Spirit, or of the spiritual creation. Material sense de-
3      fines all things materially, and has a finite sense of the

Seemingly independent authority

         The Scriptures say, “In Him we live, and move, and
6      have our being.” What then is this seeming power, in-
         dependent of God, which causes disease and
         cures it? What is it but an error of belief, –
9      a law of mortal mind, wrong in every sense,
         embracing sin, sickness, and death? It is the very anti-
         pode of immortal Mind, of Truth, and of spiritual law.
12    It is not in accordance with the goodness of God’s char-
         acter that He should make man sick, then leave man to
         heal himself; it is absurd to suppose that matter can both
15    cause and cure disease, or that Spirit, God, produces
         disease and leaves the remedy to matter.

         John Young of Edinburgh writes: “God is the father
18    of mind, and of nothing else.” Such an utterance is
         “the voice of one crying in the wilderness” of human
         beliefs and preparing the way of Science. Let us learn
21    of the real and eternal, and prepare for the reign of
         Spirit, the kingdom of heaven, — the reign and rule of
         universal harmony, which cannot be lost nor remain
24    forever unseen.

Sickness as only thought

         Mind, not matter, is causation. A material body
         only expresses a material and mortal mind. A mortal
27    man possesses this body, and he makes it
         harmonious or discordant according to the
         images of thought impressed upon it. You embrace
30    your body in your thought, and you should delineate
         upon it thoughts of health, not of sickness. You should
         banish all thoughts of disease and sin and of other beliefs

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1      included in matter. Man, being immortal, has a perfect
         indestructible life. It is the mortal belief which makes
3      the body discordant and diseased in proportion as igno-
         rance, fear, or human will governs mortals.

Allness of Truth

         Mind, supreme over all its formations and governing
6      them all, is the central sun of its own systems of ideas,
         the life and light of all its own vast creation;
         and man is tributary to divine Mind. The
9      material and mortal body or mind is not the man.

         The world would collapse without Mind, without the in-
         telligence which holds the winds in its grasp. Neither
12    philosophy nor skepticism can hinder the march of the
         Science which reveals the supremacy of Mind. The im-
         manent sense of Mind-power enhances the glory of Mind.
15    Nearness, not distance, lends enchantment to this view.

Spiritual translation

         The compounded minerals or aggregated substances
         composing the earth, the relations which constituent
18    masses hold to each other, the magnitudes,
         distances, and revolutions of the celestial
         bodies, are of no real importance, when we remember
21    that they all must give place to the spiritual fact by the
         translation of man and the universe back into Spirit. In
         proportion as this is done, man and the universe will be
24    found harmonious and eternal.

         Material substances or mundane formations, astro-
         nomical calculations, and all the paraphernalia of specu-
27    lative theories, based on the hypothesis of material law
         or life and intelligence resident in matter, will ulti-
         mately vanish, swallowed up in the infinite calculus of
30    Spirit.

         Spiritual sense is a conscious, constant capacity to un-
         derstand God. It shows the superiority of faith by works

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1      over faith in words. Its ideas are expressed only in “new
         tongues;” and these are interpreted by the translation of
3      the spiritual original into the language which human
         thought can comprehend.

Jesus’ disregard of matter

         The Principle and proof of Christianity are discerned
6      by spiritual sense. They are set forth in Jesus’ demon-
         strations, which show — by his healing the
         sick, casting out evils, and destroying death,
9      “the last enemy that shall be destroyed,” –
         his disregard of matter and its so-called laws.

         Knowing that Soul and its attributes were forever
         manifested through man, the Master healed the sick,
         gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, feet to the
         lame, thus bringing to light the scientific action of the
15    divine Mind on human minds and bodies and giving
         a better understanding of Soul and salvation. Jesus
         healed sickness and sin by one and the same metaphysical
18    process.

Mind not mortal

         The expression mortal mind is really a solecism, for
         Mind is immortal, and Truth pierces the error of mortality
21    as a sunbeam penetrates the cloud. Because,
         in obedience to the immutable law of Spirit,
         this so-called mind is self-destructive, I name it mortal.
24    Error soweth the wind and reapeth the whirlwind.

Matter mindless

         What is termed matter, being unintelligent, cannot say,
         “I suffer, I die, I am sick, or I am well.” It is the so-
27    called mortal mind which voices this and ap-
         pears to itself to make good its claim. To
         mortal sense, sin and suffering are real, but immortal
30    sense includes no evil nor pestilence. Because immortal
         sense has no error of sense, it has no sense of error; there
         fore it is without a destructive element.

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1      If brain, nerves, stomach, are intelligent, — if they talk
         to us, tell us their condition, and report how they feel, –
3      then Spirit and matter, Truth and error, commingle
         and produce sickness and health, good and evil, life and
         death; and who shall say whether Truth or error is the
6      greater?

Matter sensationless

         The sensations of the body must either be the sensa-
         tions of a so-called mortal mind or of matter. Nerves
9      are not mind. Is it not provable that Mind is
         not mortal and that matter has no sensation?
         Is it not equally true that matter does not appear in the
12    spiritual understanding of being?

         The sensation of sickness and the impulse to sin seem
         to obtain in mortal mind. When a tear starts, does not
15    this so-called mind produce the effect seen in the lachry-
         mal gland? Without mortal mind, the tear could not
         appear; and this action shows the nature of all so-called
18    material cause and effect.

         It should no longer be said in Israel that “the fathers
         have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set
21    on edge.” Sympathy with error should disappear. The
         transfer of the thoughts of one erring mind to another,
         Science renders impossible.

Nerves painless

24    If it is true that nerves have sensation, that matter has
         intelligence, that the material organism causes the eyes to
         see and the ears to hear, then, when the body
27    is dematerialized, these faculties must be lost,
         for their immortality is not in Spirit; whereas the fact
         is that only through dematerialization and spiritualiza-
30    tion of thought can these faculties be conceived of as

         Nerves are not the source of pain or pleasure. We

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1      suffer or enjoy in our dreams, but this pain or pleasure
         is not communicated through a nerve. A tooth which has
3      been extracted sometimes aches again in belief, and the
         pain seems to be in its old place. A limb which has been
         amputated has continued in belief to pain the owner. If
6      the sensation of pain in the limb can return, can be pro-
         longed, why cannot the limb reappear?

         Why need pain, rather than pleasure, come to this mor-
9      tal sense? Because the memory of pain is more vivid
         than the memory of pleasure. I have seen an unwitting
         attempt to scratch the end of a finger which had been cut
12    off for months. When the nerve is gone, which we say
         was the occasion of pain, and the pain still remains, it
         proves sensation to be in the mortal mind, not in matter.
15    Reverse the process; take away this so-called mind instead
         of a piece of the flesh, and the nerves have no sensation.

Human falsities

         Mortals have a modus of their own, undirected and un-
18    sustained by God. They produce a rose through seed and
         soil, and bring the rose into contact with the
         olfactory nerves that they may smell it. In
21    legerdemain and credulous frenzy, mortals believe that
         unseen spirits produce the flowers. God alone makes
         and clothes the lilies of the field, and this He does by
24    means of Mind, not matter.

No miracles in Mind-methods

         Because all the methods of Mind are not understood,
         we say the lips or hands must move in order to convey
27    thought, that the undulations of the air convey
         sound, and possibly that other methods involve
         so-called miracles. The realities of being, its
30    normal action, and the origin of all things are unseen to
         mortal sense; whereas the unreal and imitative move-
         ments of mortal belief, which would reverse the immortal

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1      modus and action, are styled the real. Whoever con-
         tradicts this mortal mind supposition of reality is called
3      a deceiver, or is said to be deceived. Of a man it has
         been said, “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he;” hence
         as a man spiritually understandeth, so is he in truth.

Good indefinable

6      Mortal mind conceives of something as either liquid
         or solid, and then classifies it materially. Immortal and
         spiritual facts exist apart from this mortal and
9      material conception. God, good, is self-exist-
         ent and self-expressed, though indefinable as a whole.
         Every step towards goodness is a departure from materi-
12    ality, and is a tendency towards God, Spirit. Material
         theories partially paralyze this attraction towards infinite
         and eternal good by an opposite attraction towards the
15    finite, temporary, and discordant.

         Sound is a mental impression made on mortal belief.
         The ear does not really hear. Divine Science reveals
18    sound as communicated through the senses of Soul –
         through spiritual understanding.

Music, rhythm of head and heart

         Mozart experienced more than he expressed. The
21    rapture of his grandest symphonies was never heard. He
         was a musician beyond what the world knew.
         This was even more strikingly true of Beet-
24    hoven, who was so long hopelessly deaf. Men-
         tal melodies and strains of sweetest music supersede con-
         scious sound. Music is the rhythm of head and heart.
27    Mortal mind is the harp of many strings, discoursing
         either discord or harmony according as the hand, which
         sweeps over it, is human or divine.
30    Before human knowledge dipped to its depths into a
         false sense of things, — into belief in material origins
         which discard the one Mind and true source of being, –

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1      it is possible that the impressions from Truth were as
         distinct as sound, and that they came as sound to the
3      primitive prophets. If the medium of hearing is wholly
         spiritual, it is normal and indestructible.

         If Enoch’s perception had been confined to the evidence
6      before his material senses, he could never have “walked
         with God,” nor been guided into the demonstration of
         life eternal.

Adam and the senses

9      Adam, represented in the Scriptures as formed from
         dust, is an object-lesson for the human mind. The mate-
         rial senses, like Adam, originate in matter and
12    return to dust, — are proved non-intelligent.
         They go out as they came in, for they are still the error,
         not the truth of being. When it is learned that the spirit-
15    ual sense, and not the material, conveys the impressions
         of Mind to man, then being will be understood and found
         to be harmonious.

Idolatrous illusions

18    We bow down to matter, and entertain finite thoughts
         of God like the pagan idolater. Mortals are inclined to
         fear and to obey what they consider a material
21    body more than they do a spiritual God. All
         material knowledge, like the original “tree of knowledge,”
         multiplies their pains, for mortal illusions would rob God,
24    slay man, and meanwhile would spread their table with
         cannibal tidbits and give thanks.

The senses of Soul

         How transient a sense is mortal sight, when a wound on
27    the retina may end the power of light and lens! But the
         real sight or sense is not lost. Neither age nor
         accident can interfere with the senses of Soul,
30    and there are no other real senses. It is evident that the
         body as matter has no sensation of its own, and there is no
         oblivion for Soul and its faculties. Spirit’s senses are with-

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1      out pain, and they are forever at peace. Nothing can hide
         from them the harmony of all things and the might and
3      permanence of Truth.

Real being never lost

         If Spirit, Soul, could sin or be lost, then being and im-
         mortality would be lost, together with all the faculties of
6      Mind; but being cannot be lost while God ex-
         ists. Soul and matter are at variance from the
         very necessity of their opposite natures. Mortals are
9      unacquainted with the reality of existence, because matter
         and mortality do not reflect the facts of Spirit.

         Spiritual vision is not subordinate to geometric alti-
12    tudes. Whatever is governed by God, is never for an
         instant deprived of the light and might of intelligence
         and Life.

Light and darkness

15    We are sometimes led to believe that darkness is as real
         as light; but Science affirms darkness to be only a mortal
         sense of the absence of light, at the coming of
18    which darkness loses the appearance of reality.
         So sin and sorrow, disease and death, are the suppositional
         absence of Life, God, and flee as phantoms of error before
21    truth and love.

         With its divine proof, Science reverses the evidence of
         material sense. Every quality and condition of mortality
24    is lost, swallowed up in immortality. Mortal man is the
         antipode of immortal man in origin, in existence, and in his
         relation to God.

Faith of Socrates

27    Because he understood the superiority and immor-
         tality of good, Socrates feared not the hemlock poison.
         Even the faith of his philosophy spurned phys-
30    ical timidity. Having sought man’s spiritual
         state, he recognized the immortality of man. The igno-
         rance and malice of the age would have killed the vener-

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1      able philosopher because of his faith in Soul and his in-
         difference to the body.

The serpent of error

3      Who shall say that man is alive to-day, but may be dead
         to-morrow? What has touched Life, God, to such
         strange issues? Here theories cease, and Sci-
6      ence unveils the mystery and solves the prob-
         lem of man. Error bites the heel of truth, but cannot kill
         truth. Truth bruises the head of error — destroys error.
9      Spirituality lays open siege to materialism. On which
         side are we fighting?

Servants and masters

         The understanding that the Ego is Mind, and that
12    there is but one Mind or intelligence, begins at once to
         destroy the errors of mortal sense and to supply
         the truth of immortal sense. This understand-
15    ing makes the body harmonious; it makes the nerves,
         bones, brain, etc., servants, instead of masters. If man
         is governed by the law of divine Mind, his body is in sub-
18    mission to everlasting Life and Truth and Love. The
         great mistake of mortals is to suppose that man, God’s
         image and likeness, is both matter and Spirit, both good
21    and evil.

         If the decision were left to the corporeal senses, evil
         would appear to be the master of good, and sickness to
24    be the rule of existence, while health would seem the
         exception, death the inevitable, and life a paradox. Paul
         asked: “What concord hath Christ with Belial?” (2 Cor-
27    inthians vi. 15.)

Personal identity

         When you say, “Man’s body is material,” I say with
         Paul: Be “willing rather to be absent from the body,
30    and to be present with the Lord.” Give up
         your material belief of mind in matter, and
         have but one Mind, even God; for this Mind forms its

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1      own likeness. The loss of man’s identity through the
         understanding which Science confers is impossible; and
3      the notion of such a possibility is more absurd than to
         conclude that individual musical tones are lost in the
         origin of harmony.

Paul’s experience

6      Medical schools may inform us that the healing work
         of Christian Science and Paul’s peculiar Christian con-
         version and experience, — which prove Mind
9      to be scientifically distinct from matter, — are
         indications of unnatural mental and bodily conditions,
         even of catalepsy and hysteria; yet if we turn to the Scrip-
12    tures, what do we read? Why, this: “If a man keep my
         saying, he shall never see death!” and “Henceforth know
         we no man after the flesh!”

Fatigue is mental

15    That scientific methods are superior to others, is
         seen by their effects. When you have once conquered
         a diseased condition of the body through
18    Mind, that condition never recurs, and you
         have won a point in Science. When mentality gives
         rest to the body, the next toil will fatigue you less, for
21    you are working out the problem of being in divine meta-
         physics; and in proportion as you understand the con-
         trol which Mind has over so-called matter, you will be
24    able to demonstrate this control. The scientific and
         permanent remedy for fatigue is to learn the power of
         Mind over the body or any illusion of physical weariness,
27    and so destroy this illusion, for matter cannot be weary
         and heavy-laden.

         You say, “Toil fatigues me.” But what is this me!
30    Is it muscle or mind? Which is tired and so speaks?
         Without mind, could the muscles be tired? Do the
         muscles talk, or do you talk for them? Matter is non-

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1      intelligent. Mortal mind does the false talking, and that
         which affirms weariness, made that weariness.

Mind never weary

3      You do not say a wheel is fatigued; and yet the body
         is as material as the wheel. If it were not for what the
         human mind says of the body, the body, like
6      the inanimate wheel, would never be weary.
         The consciousness of Truth rests us more than hours of
         repose in unconsciousness.

Coalition of sin and sickness

9      The body is supposed to say, “I am ill.” The reports
         of sickness may form a coalition with the reports of sin,
         and say, “I am malice, lust, appetite, envy,
12    hate.” What renders both sin and sickness
         difficult of cure is, that the human mind is the
         sinner, disinclined to self-correction, and believing that
15    the body can be sick independently of mortal mind and
         that the divine Mind has no jurisdiction over the body.

Sickness akin to sin

         Why pray for the recovery of the sick, if you are with-
18    out faith in God’s willingness and ability to heal them?
         If you do believe in God, why do you sub-
         stitute drugs for the Almighty’s power, and
21    employ means which lead only into material ways of
         obtaining help, instead of turning in time of need to
         God, divine Love, who is an ever-present help?

24    Treat a belief in sickness as you would sin, with sudden
         dismissal. Resist the temptation to believe in matter as
         intelligent, as having sensation or power.

27    The Scriptures say, “They that wait upon the Lord
         . . . shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk,
         and not faint.” The meaning of that passage is not
30    perverted by applying it literally to moments of fatigue,
         for the moral and physical are as one in their results.
         When we wake to the truth of being, all disease,

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1      pain, weakness, weariness, sorrow, sin, death, will be
         unknown, and the mortal dream will forever cease. My
3      method of treating fatigue applies to all bodily ailments,
         since Mind should be, and is, supreme, absolute, and

Affirmation and result

6      In mathematics, we do not multiply when we should
         subtract, and then say the product is correct. No more
         can we say in Science that muscles give strength,
9      that nerves give pain or pleasure, or that matter
         governs, and then expect that the result will be harmony.
         Not muscles, nerves, nor bones, but mortal mind makes
12    the whole body “sick, and the whole heart faint;” whereas
         divine Mind heals.

         When this is understood, we shall never affirm concern-
15    ing the body what we do not wish to have manifested. We
         shall not call the body weak, if we would have it strong;
         for the belief in feebleness must obtain in the human
18    mind before it can be made manifest on the body, and
         the destruction of the belief will be the removal of its
         effects. Science includes no rule of discord, but governs
21    harmoniously. “The wish,” says the poet, “is ever father
         to the thought.”

Scientific beginning

         We may hear a sweet melody, and yet misunderstand
24    the science that governs it. Those who are healed
         through metaphysical Science, not compre-
         hending the Principle of the cure, may misun-
27    derstand it, and impute their recovery to change of air or
         diet, not rendering to God the honor due to Him alone.
         Entire immunity from the belief in sin, suffering, and
30    death may not be reached at this period, but we may look
         for an abatement of these evils; and this scientific begin-
         ning is in the right direction.

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Hygiene ineffectual

1      We hear it said: ” I exercise daily in the open air. I
         take cold baths, in order to overcome a predisposition to
3      take cold; and yet I have continual colds,
         catarrh, and cough.” Such admissions ought
         to open people’s eyes to the inefficacy of material hygiene,
6      and induce sufferers to look in other directions for cause
         and cure.

         Instinct is better than misguided reason, as even na-
9      ture declares. The violet lifts her blue eye to greet the
         early spring. The leaves clap their hands as nature’s
         untired worshippers. The snowbird sings and soars
12    amid the blasts; he has no catarrh from wet feet, and
         procures a summer residence with more ease than a na-
         bob. The atmosphere of the earth, kinder than the at-
15    mosphere of mortal mind, leaves catarrh to the latter.
         Colds, coughs, and contagion are engendered solely by
         human theories.

The reflex phenomena

18    Mortal mind produces its own phenomena, and then
         charges them to something else, — like a kitten
         glancing into the mirror at itself and thinking
21    it sees another kitten.

         A clergyman once adopted a diet of bread and water
         to increase his spirituality. Finding his health failing,
24    he gave up his abstinence, and advised others never to
         try dietetics for growth in grace.

Volition far-reaching

         The belief that either fasting or feasting makes men
27    better morally or physically is one of the fruits of “the
         tree of the knowledge of good and evil,” con-
         cerning which God said, “Thou shalt not eat
30    of it.” Mortal mind forms all conditions of the mortal
         body, and controls the stomach, bones, lungs, heart, blood,
         etc., as directly as the volition or will moves the mind.

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Starvation and dyspepsia

1      I knew a person who when quite a child adopted the
         Graham system to cure dyspepsia. For many years, he
3      ate only bread and vegetables, and drank noth-
         ing but water. His dyspepsia increasing, he
         decided that his diet should be more rigid, and
6      thereafter he partook of but one meal in twenty-four
         hours, this meal consisting of only a thin slice of bread
         without water. His physician also recommended that
9      he should not wet his parched throat until three hours
         after eating. He passed many weary years in hunger
         and weakness, almost in starvation, and finally made up
12    his mind to die, having exhausted the skill of the doctors,
         who kindly informed him that death was indeed his only
         alternative. At this point Christian Science saved him,
15    and he is now in perfect health without a vestige of the
         old complaint.

         He learned that suffering and disease were the self-
18    imposed beliefs of mortals, and not the facts of being;
         that God never decreed disease, — never ordained a law
         that fasting should be a means of health. Hence semi-
21    starvation is not acceptable to wisdom, and it is equally
         far from Science, in which being is sustained by God, Mind.
         These truths, opening his eyes, relieved his stomach, and
24    he ate without suffering, “giving God thanks;” but he
         never enjoyed his food as he had imagined he would
         when, still the slave of matter, he thought of the flesh-
27    pots of Egypt, feeling childhood’s hunger and undisci-
         plined by self-denial and divine Science.

Mind and stomach

         This new-born understanding, that neither food nor
30    the stomach, without the consent of mortal
         mind, can make one suffer, brings with it an-
         other lesson, — that gluttony is a sensual illusion, and

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1      that this phantasm of mortal mind disappears as we better
         apprehend our spiritual existence and ascend the ladder
3      of life.

         This person learned that food affects the body only
         as mortal mind has its material methods of working, one
6      of which is to believe that proper food supplies nutriment
         and strength to the human system. He learned also that
         mortal mind makes a mortal body, whereas Truth re-
9      generates this fleshly mind and feeds thought with the
         bread of Life.

         Food had less power to help or to hurt him after he
12    had availed himself of the fact that Mind governs man,
         and he also had less faith in the so-called pleasures and
         pains of matter. Taking less thought about what he
15    should eat or drink, consulting the stomach less about
         the economy of living and God more, he recovered
         strength and flesh rapidly. For many years he had
18    been kept alive, as was believed, only by the strictest ad-
         herence to hygiene and drugs, and yet he continued ill
         all the while. Now he dropped drugs and material
21    hygiene, and was well.

         He learned that a dyspeptic was very far from being
         the image and likeness of God, — far from having “do-
24    minion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the
         air, and over the cattle,” if eating a bit of animal flesh
         could overpower him. He finally concluded that God
27    never made a dyspeptic, while fear, hygiene, physiology,
         and physics had made him one, contrary to His commands.

Life only in Spirit

         In seeking a cure for dyspepsia consult matter not at
30    all, and eat what is set before you, “asking
         no question for conscience sake.” We must
         destroy the false belief that life and intelligence are in

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1      matter, and plant ourselves upon what is pure and per-
         fect. Paul said, “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not
3      fulfil the lust of the flesh.” Sooner or later we shall learn
         that the fetters of man’s finite capacity are forged by the
         illusion that he lives in body instead of in Soul, in matter
6      instead of in Spirit.

Soul greater than body

         Matter does not express Spirit. God is infinite omni-
         present Spirit. If Spirit is all and is everywhere, what
9      and where is matter? Remember that truth
         is greater than error, and we cannot put the
         greater into the less. Soul is Spirit, and Spirit is greater
12    than body. If Spirit were once within the body, Spirit
         would be finite, and therefore could not be Spirit.

The question of the ages

         The question, “What is Truth,” convulses the world.
15    Many are ready to meet this inquiry with the assurance
         which comes of understanding; but more are
         blinded by their old illusions, and try to “give
18    it pause.” “If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into
         the ditch.”

         The efforts of error to answer this question by some
21    ology are vain. Spiritual rationality and free thought ac-
         company approaching Science, and cannot be put down.
         They will emancipate humanity, and supplant unscientific
24    means and so-called laws.

Heralds of Science

         Peals that should startle the slumbering thought from
         its erroneous dream are partially unheeded; but the last
27    trump has not sounded, or this would not be
         so. Marvels, calamities, and sin will much
         more abound as truth urges upon mortals its resisted
30    claims; but the awful daring of sin destroys sin, and
         foreshadows the triumph of truth. God will over-
         turn, until “He come whose right it is.” Longevity

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1      is increasing and the power of sin diminishing, for the,
         world feels the alterative effect of truth through every
3      pore.

         As the crude footprints of the past disappear from the
         dissolving paths of the present, we shall better understand
6      the Science which governs these changes, and shall plant
         our feet on firmer ground. Every sensuous pleasure or
         pain is self-destroyed through suffering. There should
9      be painless progress, attended by life and peace instead
         of discord and death.

Sectarianism and opposition

         In the record of nineteen centuries, there are sects
12    many but not enough Christianity. Centuries ago re-
         ligionists were ready to hail an anthropomor-
         phic God, and array His vicegerent with pomp
15    and splendor; but this was not the manner
         of truth’s appearing. Of old the cross was truth’s cen-
         tral sign, and it is to-day. The modern lash is less
18    material than the Roman scourge, but it is equally as
         cutting. Cold disdain, stubborn resistance, opposition
         from church, state laws, and the press, are still the har-
21    bingers of truth’s full-orbed appearing.

         A higher and more practical Christianity, demonstrat-
         ing justice and meeting the needs of mortals in sickness
24    and in health, stands at the door of this age, knocking
         for admission. Will you open or close the door upon this
         angel visitant, who cometh in the quiet of meekness, as he
27    came of old to the patriarch at noonday?

Mental emancipation

         Truth brings the elements of liberty. On its banner
         is the Soul-inspired motto, “Slavery is abolished.” The
30    power of God brings deliverance to the cap-
         tive. No power can withstand divine Love.
         What is this supposed power, which opposes itself to God?

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1      Whence cometh it? What is it that binds man with iron
         shackles to sin, sickness, and death? Whatever enslaves
3      man is opposed to the divine government. Truth makes
         man free.

Truth’s ordeal

         You may know when first Truth leads by the few-
6      ness and faithfulness of its followers. Thus it is that
         the march of time bears onward freedom’s
         banner. The powers of this world will fight,
9      and will command their sentinels not to let truth pass
         the guard until it subscribes to their systems; but Science,
         heeding not the pointed bayonet, marches on. There is
12    always some tumult, but there is a rallying to truth’s

Immortal sentences

         The history of our country, like all history, illustrates
15    the might of Mind, and shows human power to be propor-
         tionate to its embodiment of right thinking. A
         few immortal sentences, breathing the omnipo-
18    tence of divine justice, have been potent to break despotic
         fetters and abolish the whipping-post and slave market;
         but oppression neither went down in blood, nor did the
21    breath of freedom come from the cannon’s mouth. Love
         is the liberator.

Slavery abolished

         Legally to abolish unpaid servitude in the United
24    States was hard; but the abolition of mental slavery is
         a more difficult task. The despotic tenden-
         cies, inherent in mortal mind and always ger-
27    minating in new forms of tyranny, must be rooted out
         through the action of the divine Mind.

         Men and women of all climes and races are still in
30    bondage to material sense, ignorant how to obtain their
         freedom. The rights of man were vindicated in a single
         section and on the lowest plane of human life, when Afri-

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1      can slavery was abolished in our land. That was only
         prophetic of further steps towards the banishment of a
3      world-wide slavery, found on higher planes of existence
         and under more subtle and depraving forms.

Liberty’s crusade

         The voice of God in behalf of the African slave was
6      still echoing in our land, when the voice of the herald of
         this new crusade sounded the keynote of uni-
         versal freedom, asking a fuller acknowledg-
9      ment of the rights of man as a Son of God, demanding
         that the fetters of sin, sickness, and death be stricken
         from the human mind and that its freedom be won, not
12    through human warfare, not with bayonet and blood, but
         through Christ’s divine Science.

Cramping systems

         God has built a higher platform of human rights, and
15    He has built it on diviner claims. These claims are not
         made through code or creed, but in demonstra-
         tion of “on earth peace, good-will toward men.”
18    Human codes, scholastic theology, material medicine and
         hygiene, fetter faith and spiritual understanding. Divine
         Science rends asunder these fetters, and man’s birthright
21    of sole allegiance to his Maker asserts itself.

         I saw before me the sick, wearing out years of servi-
         tude to an unreal master in the belief that the body gov-
24    erned them, rather than Mind.

House of bondage

         The lame, the deaf, the dumb, the blind, the sick, the
         sensual, the sinner, I wished to save from the slavery of
27    their own beliefs and from the educational
         systems of the Pharaohs, who to-day, as of
         yore, hold the children of Israel in bondage. I saw be-
30    fore me the awful conflict, the Red Sea and the wilder-
         ness; but I pressed on through faith in God, trusting
         Truth, the strong deliverer, to guide me into the land

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1      of Christian Science, where fetters fall and the rights of
         man are fully known and acknowledged.

Higher law ends bondage

3      I saw that the law of mortal belief included all error,
         and that, even as oppressive laws are disputed and mor-
         tals are taught their right to freedom, so the
6      claims of the enslaving senses must be de-
         nied and superseded. The law of the divine Mind must
         end human bondage, or mortals will continue unaware
9      of man’s inalienable rights and in subjection to hope-
         less slavery, because some public teachers permit
         an ignorance of divine power, — an ignorance that
12    is the foundation of continued bondage and of human

Native freedom

         Discerning the rights of man, we cannot fail to fore-
15    see the doom of all oppression. Slavery is not the legiti-
         mate state of man. God made man free.
         Paul said, “I was free born.” All men should
18    be free. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is lib-
         erty.” Love and Truth make free, but evil and error
         lead into captivity.

Standard of liberty

21    Christian Science raises the standard of liberty and
         cries: “Follow me! Escape from the bondage of sick-
         ness, sin, and death!” Jesus marked out the
24    way. Citizens of the world, accept the “glori-
         ous liberty of the children of God,” and be free! This
         is your divine right. The illusion of material sense, not
27    divine law, has bound you, entangled your free limbs,
         crippled your capacities, enfeebled your body, and de-
         faced the tablet of your being.

30    If God had instituted material laws to govern man,
         disobedience to which would have made man ill, Jesus
         would not have disregarded those laws by healing in

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1      direct opposition to them and in defiance of all material

No fleshly heredity

3      The transmission of disease or of certain idiosyncra-
         sies of mortal mind would be impossible if this great fact
         of being were learned, — namely, that nothing
6      inharmonious can enter being, for Life is God.
         Heredity is a prolific subject for mortal belief to pin the-
         ories upon; but if we learn that nothing is real but the
9      right, we shall have no dangerous inheritances, and fleshly
         ills will disappear.

God-given dominion

         The enslavement of man is not legitimate. It will
12    cease when man enters into his heritage of freedom, his
         God-given dominion over the material senses.
         Mortals will some day assert their freedom in
15    the name of Almighty God. Then they will control their
         own bodies through the understanding of divine Science.
         Dropping their present beliefs, they will recognize har-
18    mony as the spiritual reality and discord as the material

         If we follow the command of our Master, “Take no
21    thought for your life,” we shall never depend on bodily
         conditions, structure, or economy, but we shall be masters
         of the body, dictate its terms, and form and control it with
24    Truth.

Priestly pride humbled

         There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has
         all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dis-
27    honor God. The humble Nazarene overthrew
         the supposition that sin, sickness, and death
         have power. He proved them powerless. It should have
30    humbled the pride of the priests, when they saw the dem-
         onstration of Christianity excel the influence of their dead
         faith and ceremonies.

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1      If Mind is not the master of sin, sickness, and death,
         they are immortal, for it is already proved that mat-
3      ter has not destroyed them, but is their basis and

No union of opposites

         We should hesitate to say that Jehovah sins or suffers;
6      but if sin and suffering are realities of being, whence did
         they emanate? God made all that was made,
         and Mind signifies God, — infinity, not finity.
9      Not far removed from infidelity is the belief which
         unites such opposites as sickness and health, holiness
         and unholiness, calls both the offspring of spirit, and
12    at the same time admits that Spirit is God, — vir-
         tually declaring Him good in one instance and evil in

Self-constituted law

15    By universal consent, mortal belief has constituted
         itself a law to bind mortals to sickness, sin, and death.
         This customary belief is misnamed material
18    law, and the individual who upholds it is mis-
         taken in theory and in practice. The so-called law of
         mortal mind, conjectural and speculative, is made void
21    by the law of immortal Mind, and false law should be
         trampled under foot.

Sickness from mortal mind

         If God causes man to be sick, sickness must be good,
24    and its opposite, health, must be evil, for all that He
         makes is good and will stand forever. If the
         transgression of God’s law produces sickness, it
27    is right to be sick; and we cannot if we would, and should
         not if we could, annul the decrees of wisdom. It is the
         transgression of a belief of mortal mind, not of a law of
30    matter nor of divine Mind, which causes the belief of sick-
         ness. The remedy is Truth, not matter, — the truth that
         disease is unreal.

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1      If sickness is real, it belongs to immortality; if true,
         it is a part of Truth. Would you attempt with drugs,
3      or without, to destroy a quality or condition of Truth?
         But if sickness and sin are illusions, the awakening from
         this mortal dream, or illusion, will bring us into health,
6      holiness, and immortality. This awakening is the for-
         ever coming of Christ, the advanced appearing of Truth,
         which casts out error and heals the sick. This is the sal-
9      vation which comes through God, the divine Principle,
         Love, as demonstrated by Jesus.

God never inconsistent

         It would be contrary to our highest ideas of God to
12    suppose Him capable of first arranging law and causation
         so as to bring about certain evil results, and
         then punishing the helpless victims of His vo-
15    lition for doing what they could not avoid doing. Good
         is not, cannot be, the author of experimental sins. God,
         good, can no more produce sickness than goodness can
18    cause evil and health occasion disease.

Mental narcotics

         Does wisdom make blunders which must afterwards
         be rectified by man? Does a law of God produce sick-
21    ness, and can man put that law under his feet
         by healing sickness? According to Holy Writ,
         the sick are never really healed by drugs, hygiene, or any
24    material method. These merely evade the question.
         They are soothing syrups to put children to sleep, satisfy
         mortal belief, and quiet fear.

The true healing

27    We think that we are healed when a disease disap-
         pears, though it is liable to reappear; but we are never
         thoroughly healed until the liability to be
30    ill is removed. So-called mortal mind or the
         mind of mortals being the remote, predisposing, and
         the exciting cause of all suffering, the cause of disease

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1      must be obliterated through Christ in divine Science, or
         the so-called physical senses will get the victory.

Destruction of all evil

3      Unless an ill is rightly met and fairly overcome by
         Truth, the ill is never conquered. If God destroys not
         sin, sickness, and death, they are not de-
6      stroyed in the mind of mortals, but seem to
         this so-called mind to be immortal. What God cannot
         do, man need not attempt. If God heals not the sick,
9      they are not healed, for no lesser power equals the infinite
         All-power; but God, Truth, Life, Love, does heal the
         sick through the prayer of the righteous.

12    If God makes sin, if good produces evil, if truth results
         in error, then Science and Christianity are helpless; but
         there are no antagonistic powers nor laws, spiritual or
15    material, creating and governing man through perpetual
         warfare. God is not the author of mortal discords.
         Therefore we accept the conclusion that discords have
18    only a fabulous existence, are mortal beliefs which divine
         Truth and Love destroy.

Superiority to sickness and sin

         To hold yourself superior to sin, because God made
21    you superior to it and governs man, is true wisdom. To
         fear sin is to misunderstand the power of Love
         and the divine Science of being in man’s rela-
24    tion to God, — to doubt His government and
         distrust His omnipotent care. To hold yourself superior
         to sickness and death is equally wise, and is in accordance
27    with divine Science. To fear them is impossible, when
         you fully apprehend God and know that they are no part
         of His creation.

30    Man, governed by his Maker, having no other Mind, –
         planted on the Evangelist’s statement that “all things
         were made by Him [the Word of God]; and without

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1      Him was not anything made that was made,” — can
         triumph over sin, sickness, and death.

Denials of divine power

3      Many theories relative to God and man neither make
         man harmonious nor God lovable. The beliefs we com-
         monly entertain about happiness and life
6      afford no scatheless and permanent evidence
         of either. Security for the claims of harmonious and
         eternal being is found only in divine Science.

9      Scripture informs us that “with God all things are
         possible,” — all good is possible to Spirit; but our prev-
         alent theories practically deny this, and make healing
12    possible only through matter. These theories must be
         untrue, for the Scripture is true. Christianity is not
         false, but religions which contradict its Principle are
15    false.

         In our age Christianity is again demonstrating the
         power of divine Principle, as it did over nineteen hun-
18    dred years ago, by healing the sick and triumphing over
         death. Jesus never taught that drugs, food, air, and ex-
         ercise could make a man healthy, or that they could de-
21    stroy human life; nor did he illustrate these errors by his
         practice. He referred man’s harmony to Mind, not to
         matter, and never tried to make of none effect the sen-
24    tence of God, which sealed God’s condemnation of sin,
         sickness, and death.

Signs following

         In the sacred sanctuary of Truth are voices of sol-
27    emn import, but we heed them not. It is only when the
         so-called pleasures and pains of sense pass
         away in our lives, that we find unquestion-
30    able signs of the burial of error and the resurrection to
         spiritual life.

Profession and proof

         There is neither place nor opportunity in Science for error

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1      of any sort. Every day makes its demands upon us for
         higher proofs rather than professions of Christian power.
3      These proofs consist solely in the destruction
         of sin, sickness, and death by the power of
         Spirit, as Jesus destroyed them. This is an element of
6      progress, and progress is the law of God, whose law de-
         mands of us only what we can certainly fulfil.

Perfection gained slowly

         In the midst of imperfection, perfection is seen and
9      acknowledged only by degrees. The ages must slowly
         work up to perfection. How long it must be
         before we arrive at the demonstration of scien-
12    tific being, no man knoweth, — not even “the
         Son but the Father;” but the false claim of error con-
         tinues its delusions until the goal of goodness is assidu-
15    ously earned and won.

Christ’s mission

         Already the shadow of His right hand rests upon the
         hour. Ye who can discern the face of the sky, — the
18    sign material, — how much more should ye
         discern the sign mental, and compass the de-
         struction of sin and sickness by overcoming the thoughts
21    which produce them, and by understanding the spiritual
         idea which corrects and destroys them. To reveal this
         truth was our Master’s mission to all mankind, including
24    the hearts which rejected him.

Efficacy of truth

         When numbers have been divided according to a fixed
         rule, the quotient is not more unquestionable than the
27    scientific tests I have made of the effects of
         truth upon the sick. The counter fact rela-
         tive to any disease is required to cure it. The utterance
30    of truth is designed to rebuke and destroy error. Why
         should truth not be efficient in sickness, which is solely
         the result of inharmony?

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1      Spiritual draughts heal, while material lotions interfere
         with truth, even as ritualism and creed hamper spirit-
3      uality. If we trust matter, we distrust Spirit.

Crumbs of comfort

         Whatever inspires with wisdom, Truth, or Love — be
         it song, sermon, or Science — blesses the human family
6      with crumbs of comfort from Christ’s table
         feeding the hungry and giving living waters to
         the thirsty.

Hospitality to health and good

9      We should become more familiar with good than with
         evil, and guard against false beliefs as watchfully as we
         bar our doors against the approach of thieves
12    and murderers. We should love our enemies
         and help them on the basis of the Golden
         Rule; but avoid casting pearls before those who trample
15    them under foot, thereby robbing both themselves and

Cleansing the mind

         If mortals would keep proper ward over mortal mind,
18    the brood of evils which infest it would be cleared out.
         We must begin with this so-called mind and
         empty it of sin and sickness, or sin and sick-
21    ness will never cease. The present codes of human
         systems disappoint the weary searcher after a divine
         theology, adequate to the right education of human
24    thought.

         Sin and disease must be thought before they can be
         manifested. You must control evil thoughts in the first
27    instance, or they will control you in the second. Jesus
         declared that to look with desire on forbidden objects was
         to break a moral precept. He laid great stress on the
30    action of the human mind, unseen to the senses.

         Evil thoughts and aims reach no farther and do no more
         harm than one’s belief permits. Evil thoughts, lusts, and

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1      malicious purposes cannot go forth, like wandering pollen,
         from one human mind to another, finding unsuspected
3      lodgment, if virtue and truth build a strong defence.
         Better suffer a doctor infected with smallpox to attend
         you than to be treated mentally by one who does not obey
6      the requirements of divine Science.

Teachers’ functions

         The teachers of schools and the readers in churches
         should be selected with as direct reference to their
9      morals as to their learning or their correct
         reading. Nurseries of character should be
         strongly garrisoned with virtue. School-examinations are
12    one-sided; it is not so much academic education, as a
         moral and spiritual culture, which lifts one higher. The
         pure and uplifting thoughts of the teacher, constantly
15    imparted to pupils, will reach higher than the heavens of
         astronomy; while the debased and unscrupulous mind,
         though adorned with gems of scholarly attainment, will
18    degrade the characters it should inform and elevate.

Physicians’ privilege

         Physicians, whom the sick employ in their helplessness,
         should be models of virtue. They should be wise spir-
21    itual guides to health and hope. To the trem-
         blers on the brink of death, who understand
         not the divine Truth which is Life and perpetuates being,
24    physicians should be able to teach it. Then when the soul
         is willing and the flesh weak, the patient’s feet may be
         planted on the rock Christ Jesus, the true idea of spiritual
27    power.

Clergymen’s duty

         Clergymen, occupying the watchtowers of the world,
         should uplift the standard of Truth. They should so raise
30    their hearers spiritually, that their listeners
         will love to grapple with a new, right idea
         and broaden their concepts. Love of Christianity, rather

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1      than love of popularity, should stimulate clerical labor
         and progress. Truth should emanate from the pulpit,
3      but never be strangled there. A special privilege is vested
         in the ministry. How shall it be used? Sacredly, in the
         interests of humanity, not of sect.

6      Is it not professional reputation and emolument rather
         than the dignity of God’s laws, which many leaders seek?
         Do not inferior motives induce the infuriated attacks on
9      individuals, who reiterate Christ’s teachings in support
         of his proof by example that the divine Mind heals sick-
         ness as well as sin?

A mother’s responsibility

12    A mother is the strongest educator, either for or
         against crime. Her thoughts form the embryo of an-
         other mortal mind, and unconsciously mould
15    it, either after a model odious to herself or
         through divine influence, “according to the pattern
         showed to thee in the mount.” Hence the importance
18    of Christian Science, from which we learn of the one
         Mind and of the availability of good as the remedy for
         every woe.

Children’s tractability

21    Children should obey their parents; insubordination
         is an evil, blighting the buddings of self-government.
         Parents should teach their children at the
24    earliest possible period the truths of health
         and holiness. Children are more tractable than adults,
         and learn more readily to love the simple verities that will
27    make them happy and good.

         Jesus loved little children because of their freedom
         from wrong and their receptiveness of right. While
30    age is halting between two opinions or battling with
         false beliefs, youth makes easy and rapid strides towards

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1      A little girl, who had occasionally listened to my ex-
         planations, badly wounded her finger. She seemed not
3      to notice it. On being questioned about it she answered
         ingenuously, “There is no sensation in matter.” Bound-
         ing off with laughing eyes, she presently added, “Mamma,
6      my finger is not a bit sore.”

Soil and seed

         It might have been months or years before her parents
         would have laid aside their drugs, or reached the mental
9      height their little daughter so naturally at-
         tained. The more stubborn beliefs and theo-
         ries of parents often choke the good seed in the minds of
12    themselves and their offspring. Superstition, like “the
         fowls of the air,” snatches away the good seed before it
         has sprouted.

Teaching children

15    Children should be taught the Truth-cure, Christian
         Science, among their first lessons, and kept from discuss-
         ing or entertaining theories or thoughts about
18    sickness. To prevent the experience of error
         and its sufferings, keep out of the minds of your children
         either sinful or diseased thoughts. The latter should
21    be excluded on the same principle as the former. This
         makes Christian Science early available.

Deluded invalids

         Some invalids are unwilling to know the facts or to
24    hear about the fallacy of matter and its supposed laws.
         They devote themselves a little longer to their
         material gods, cling to a belief in the life and
27    intelligence of matter, and expect this error to do more
         for them than they are willing to admit the only living and
         true God can do. Impatient at your explanation, unwill-
30    ing to investigate the Science of Mind which would rid
         them of their complaints, they hug false beliefs and suffer
         the delusive consequences.

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Patient waiting

1      Motives and acts are not rightly valued before they are
         understood. It is well to wait till those whom you would
3      benefit are ready for the blessing, for Science
         is working changes in personal character as
         well as in the material universe.
6      To obey the Scriptural command, “Come out from
         among them, and be ye separate,” is to incur society’s
         frown; but this frown, more than flatteries, enables one
9      to be Christian. Losing her crucifix, the Roman Catholic
         girl said, “I have nothing left but Christ.” “If God be
         for us, who can be against us?”

Unimproved opportunities

12    To fall away from Truth in times of persecution, shows
         that we never understood Truth. From out the bridal
         chamber of wisdom there will come the warn-
15    ing, “I know you not.” Unimproved op-
         portunities will rebuke us when we attempt to claim the
         benefits of an experience we have not made our own, try
18    to reap the harvest we have not sown, and wish to enter
         unlawfully into the labors of others. Truth often remains
         unsought, until we seek this remedy for human woe be-
21    cause we suffer severely from error.

         Attempts to conciliate society and so gain dominion over
         mankind, arise from worldly weakness. He who leaves
24    all for Christ forsakes popularity and gains Christianity.

Society and intolerance

         Society is a foolish juror, listening only to one side of
         the case. Justice often comes too late to secure a verdict.
27    People with mental work before them have
         no time for gossip about false law or testimony.
         To reconstruct timid justice and place the fact above the
30    falsehood, is the work of time.

         The cross is the central emblem of history. It is the
         lodestar in the demonstration of Christian healing, — the

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1      demonstration by which sin and sickness are destroyed.
         The sects, which endured the lash of their predecessors,
3      in their turn lay it upon those who are in advance of

Right views of humanity

         Take away wealth, fame, and social organizations,
6      which weigh not one jot in the balance of God, and we
         get clearer views of Principle. Break up
         cliques, level wealth with honesty, let worth
9      be judged according to wisdom, and we get better views
         of humanity.

         The wicked man is not the ruler of his upright
12    neighbor. Let it be understood that success in error is
         defeat in Truth. The watchword of Christian Science
         is Scriptural: “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the
15    unrighteous man his thoughts.”

Standpoint revealed

         To ascertain our progress, we must learn where our
         affections are placed and whom we acknowledge and
18    obey as God. If divine Love is becoming
         nearer, dearer, and more real to us, matter is
         then submitting to Spirit. The objects we pursue and
21    the spirit we manifest reveal our standpoint, and show
         what we are winning.

Antagonistic sources

         Mortal mind is the acknowledged seat of human mo-
24    tives. It forms material concepts and produces every
         discordant action of the body. If action pro-
         ceeds from the divine Mind, action is harmo-
27    nious. If it comes from erring mortal mind, it is discord-
         ant and ends in sin, sickness, death. Those two opposite
         sources never mingle in fount or stream. The perfect
30    Mind sends forth perfection, for God is Mind. Imper-
         fect mortal mind sends forth its own resemblances, of
         which the wise man said, “All is vanity.”

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Some lessons from nature

1      Nature voices natural, spiritual law and divine Love,
         but human belief misinterprets nature. Arctic regions,
3      sunny tropics, giant hills, winged winds,
         mighty billows, verdant vales, festive flowers,
         and glorious heavens, — all point to Mind, the spiritual
6      intelligence they reflect. The floral apostles are hiero-
         glyphs of Deity. Suns and planets teach grand lessons.
         The stars make night beautiful, and the leaflet turns nat-
9      urally towards the light.

Perpetual motions

         In the order of Science, in which the Principle is above
         what it reflects, all is one grand concord. Change this
12    statement, suppose Mind to be governed by
         matter or Soul in body, and you lose the key-
         note of being, and there is continual discord. Mind is
15    perpetual motion. Its symbol is the sphere. The rota-
         tions and revolutions of the universe of Mind go on

Progress demanded

18    Mortals move onward towards good or evil as time
         glides on. If mortals are not progressive, past failures
         will be repeated until all wrong work is ef-
21    faced or rectified. If at present satisfied with
         wrong-doing, we must learn to loathe it. If at present
         content with idleness, we must become dissatisfied with
24    it. Remember that mankind must sooner or later, either
         by suffering or by Science, be convinced of the error that
         is to be overcome.

27    In trying to undo the errors of sense one must pay fully
         and fairly the utmost farthing, until all error is finally
         brought into subjection to Truth. The divine method
30    of paying sin’s wages involves unwinding one’s snarls
         and learning from experience how to divide between sense
         and Soul.

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1      “Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth.” He, who
         knows God’s will or the demands of divine Science and
3      obeys them, incurs the hostility of envy; and he who
         refuses obedience to God, is chastened by Love.

The doom of sin

         Sensual treasures are laid up “where moth and rust
6      doth corrupt.” Mortality is their doom. Sin breaks in
         upon them, and carries off their fleeting joys.
         The sensualist’s affections are as imaginary,
9      whimsical, and unreal as his pleasures. Falsehood, envy,
         hypocrisy, malice, hate, revenge, and so forth, steal away
         the treasures of Truth. Stripped of its coverings, what
12    a mocking spectacle is sin!

Spirit transforms

         The Bible teaches transformation of the body by the
         renewal of Spirit. Take away the spiritual signification
15    of Scripture, and that compilation can do no
         more for mortals than can moonbeams to melt
         a river of ice. The error of the ages is preaching without
18    practice.

         The substance of all devotion is the reflection and
         demonstration of divine Love, healing sickness and
21    destroying sin. Our Master said, “If ye love me, keep
         my commandments.”

         One’s aim, a point beyond faith, should be to find the
24    footsteps of Truth, the way to health and holiness. We
         should strive to reach the Horeb height where God is re-
         vealed; and the corner-stone of all spiritual building is
27    purity. The baptism of Spirit, washing the body of all
         the impurities of flesh, signifies that the pure in heart
         see God and are approaching spiritual Life and its
30    demonstration.

Spiritual baptism

         It is “easier for a camel to go through the eye of a
         needle,” than for sinful beliefs to enter the kingdom of

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1      heaven, eternal harmony. Through repentance, spiritual
         baptism, and regeneration, mortals put off their material
3      beliefs and false individuality. It is only a
         question of time when “they shall all know
         Me [God], from the least of them unto the greatest.”
6      Denial of the claims of matter is a great step towards
         the joys of Spirit, towards human freedom and the final
         triumph over the body.

The one only way

9      There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and Christ
         in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no
         other reality — to have no other conscious-
12    ness of life — than good, God and His reflec-
         tion, and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure
         of the senses.

15    Self-love is more opaque than a solid body. In pa-
         tient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dis-
         solve with the universal solvent of Love the adamant
18    of error, — self-will, self-justification, and self-love, –
         which wars against spirituality and is the law of sin
         and death.

Divided vestments

21    The vesture of Life is Truth. According to the Bible,
         the facts of being are commonly misconstrued, for it is
         written: “They parted my raiment among
24    them, and for my vesture they did cast lots.”
         The divine Science of man is woven into one web of
         consistency without seam or rent. Mere speculation or
27    superstition appropriates no part of the divine vesture,
         while inspiration restores every part of the Christly gar-
         ment of righteousness.

30    The finger-posts of divine Science show the way our
         Master trod, and require of Christians the proof which
         he gave, instead of mere profession. We may hide

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1      spiritual ignorance from the world, but we can never
         succeed in the Science and demonstration of spiritual
3      good through ignorance or hypocrisy.

Ancient and modern miracles

         The divine Love, which made harmless the poisonous
         viper, which delivered men from the boiling oil, from
6      the fiery furnace, from the jaws of the lion,
         can heal the sick in every age and triumph
         over sin and death. It crowned the demon-
9      strations of Jesus with unsurpassed power and love. But
         the same “Mind . . . which was also in Christ Jesus”
         must always accompany the letter of Science in order to
12    confirm and repeat the ancient demonstrations of prophets
         and apostles. That those wonders are not more com-
         monly repeated to-day, arises not so much from lack of
15    desire as from lack of spiritual growth.

Mental telegraphy

         The clay cannot reply to the potter. The head, heart,
         lungs, and limbs do not inform us that they are dizzy,
18    diseased, consumptive, or lame. If this in-
         formation is conveyed, mortal mind conveys
         it. Neither immortal and unerring Mind nor matter,
21    the inanimate substratum of mortal mind, can carry
         on such telegraphy; for God is “of purer eyes than
         to behold evil,” and matter has neither intelligence nor
24    sensation.

Annihilation of error

         Truth has no consciousness of error. Love has no
         sense of hatred. Life has no partnership
27    with death. Truth, Life, and Love are a law
         of annihilation to everything unlike themselves, because
         they declare nothing except God.

Deformity and perfection

30    Sickness, sin, and death are not the fruits of Life.
         They are inharmonies which Truth destroys. Perfection
         does not animate imperfection. Inasmuch as God is

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1      good and the fount of all being, He does not produce
         moral or physical deformity; therefore such deformity is
3      not real, but is illusion, the mirage of error.
         Divine Science reveals these grand facts. On
         their basis Jesus demonstrated Life, never
6      fearing nor obeying error in any form.

         If we were to derive all our conceptions of man from
         what is seen between the cradle and the grave, happi-
9      ness and goodness would have no abiding-place in man,
         and the worms would rob him of the flesh; but Paul
         writes: “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath
12    made me free from the law of sin and death.”

Man never less than man

         Man undergoing birth, maturity, and decay is like the
         beasts and vegetables, — subject to laws of decay. If
15    man were dust in his earliest stage of exist-
         ence, we might admit the hypothesis that he
         returns eventually to his primitive condition;
18    but man was never more nor less than man.

         If man flickers out in death or springs from matter into
         being, there must be an instant when God is without His
21    entire manifestation, — when there is no full reflection
         of the infinite Mind.

Man not evolved

         Man in Science is neither young nor old. He has
24    neither birth nor death. He is not a beast, a vegetable,
         nor a migratory mind. He does not pass from
         matter to Mind, from the mortal to the im-
27    mortal, from evil to good, or from good to evil. Such
         admissions cast us headlong into darkness and dogma.
         Even Shakespeare’s poetry pictures age as infancy, as
30    helplessness and decadence, instead of assigning to man
         the everlasting grandeur and immortality of development,
         power, and prestige.

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1      The error of thinking that we are growing old, and the
         benefits of destroying that illusion, are illustrated in a
3      sketch from the history of an English woman, published
         in the London medical magazine called The Lancet.

Perpetual youth

         Disappointed in love in her early years, she became
6      insane and lost all account of time. Believing that she
         was still living in the same hour which parted
         her from her lover, taking no note of years,
9      she stood daily before the window watching for her
         lover’s coming. In this mental state she remained young.
         Having no consciousness of time, she literally grew no
12    older. Some American travellers saw her when she was
         seventy-four, and supposed her to be a young woman.
         She had no care-lined face, no wrinkles nor gray hair, but
15    youth sat gently on cheek and brow. Asked to guess her
         age, those unacquainted with her history conjectured that
         she must be under twenty.

18    This instance of youth preserved furnishes a useful
         hint, upon which a Franklin might work with more cer-
         tainty than when he coaxed the enamoured lightning
21    from the clouds. Years had not made her old, because
         she had taken no cognizance of passing time nor thought
         of herself as growing old. The bodily results of her belief
24    that she was young manifested the influence of such a be-
         lief. She could not age while believing herself young, for
         the mental state governed the physical.

27    Impossibilities never occur. One instance like the
         foregoing proves it possible to be young at seventy-four;
         and the primary of that illustration makes it plain that
30    decrepitude is not according to law, nor is it a necessity of
         nature, but an illusion.

Man reflects God

         The infinite never began nor will it ever end. Mind

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1      and its formations can never be annihilated. Man is not
         a pendulum, swinging between evil and good, joy and
3      sorrow, sickness and health, life and death.
         Life and its faculties are not measured by
         calendars. The perfect and immortal are the eternal
6      likeness of their Maker. Man is by no means a material
         germ rising from the imperfect and endeavoring to reach
         Spirit above his origin. The stream rises no higher than
9      its source.

         The measurement of life by solar years robs youth and
         gives ugliness to age. The radiant sun of virtue and truth
12    coexists with being. Manhood is its eternal noon, un-
         dimmed by a declining sun. As the physical and mate-
         rial, the transient sense of beauty fades, the radiance of
15    Spirit should dawn upon the enraptured sense with bright
         and imperishable glories.

Undesirable records

         Never record ages. Chronological data are no part
18    of the vast forever. Time-tables of birth and death are
         so many conspiracies against manhood and
         womanhood. Except for the error of meas-
21    uring and limiting all that is good and beautiful, man
         would enjoy more than threescore years and ten and
         still maintain his vigor, freshness, and promise. Man,
24    governed by immortal Mind, is always beautiful and
         grand. Each succeeding year unfolds wisdom, beauty,
         and holiness.

True life eternal

27    Life is eternal. We should find this out, and begin the
         demonstration thereof. Life and goodness are immortal.
         Let us then shape our views of existence into
30    loveliness, freshness, and continuity, rather
         than into age and blight.

         Acute and chronic beliefs reproduce their own types.

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1      The acute belief of physical life comes on at a remote
         period, and is not so disastrous as the chronic belief.

Eyes and teeth renewed

3      I have seen age regain two of the elements it had lost,
         sight and teeth. A woman of eighty-five, whom I knew,
         had a return of sight. Another woman at
6      ninety had new teeth, incisors, cuspids, bi-
         cuspids, and one molar. One man at sixty
         had retained his full set of upper and lower teeth without
9      a decaying cavity.

Eternal beauty

         Beauty, as well as truth, is eternal; but the beauty
         of material things passes away, fading and fleeting as
12    mortal belief. Custom, education, and fashion
         form the transient standards of mortals. Im-
         mortality, exempt from age or decay, has a glory of its
15    own, — the radiance of Soul. Immortal men and women
         are models of spiritual sense, drawn by perfect Mind
         and reflecting those higher conceptions of loveliness
18    which transcend all material sense.

The divine loveliness

         Comeliness and grace are independent of matter. Be-
         ing possesses its qualities before they are perceived hu-
21    manly. Beauty is a thing of life, which
         dwells forever in the eternal Mind and re-
         flects the charms of His goodness in expression, form,
24    outline, and color. It is Love which paints the petal
         with myriad hues, glances in the warm sunbeam, arches
         the cloud with the bow of beauty, blazons the night with
27    starry gems, and covers earth with loveliness.

         The embellishments of the person are poor substitutes
         for the charms of being, shining resplendent and eternal
30    over age and decay.

         The recipe for beauty is to have less illusion and
         more Soul, to retreat from the belief of pain or pleasure

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1      in the body into the unchanging calm and glorious free-
         dom of spiritual harmony.

Love’s endowment

3      Love never loses sight of loveliness. Its halo rests upon
         its object. One marvels that a friend can ever seem less
         than beautiful. Men and women of riper
6      years and larger lessons ought to ripen into
         health and immortality, instead of lapsing into darkness
         or gloom. Immortal Mind feeds the body with supernal
9      freshness and fairness, supplying it with beautiful images
         of thought and destroying the woes of sense which each
         day brings to a nearer tomb.

Mental sculpture

12    The sculptor turns from the marble to his model in
         order to perfect his conception. We are all sculptors,
         working at various forms, moulding and chisel-
15    ing thought. What is the model before mortal
         mind? Is it imperfection, joy, sorrow, sin, suffering?
         Have you accepted the mortal model? Are you repro-
18    ducing it? Then you are haunted in your work by vicious
         sculptors and hideous forms. Do you not hear from all
         mankind of the imperfect model? The world is holding
21    it before your gaze continually. The result is that you
         are liable to follow those lower patterns, limit your life-
         work, and adopt into your experience the angular outline
24    and deformity of matter models.

Perfect models

         To remedy this, we must first turn our gaze in the right
         direction, and then walk that way. We must form perfect
27    models in thought and look at them continually,
         or we shall never carve them out in grand and
         noble lives. Let unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice,
30    health, holiness, love — the kingdom of heaven — reign
         within us, and sin, disease, and death will diminish until
         they finally disappear.

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1      Let us accept Science, relinquish all theories based on
         sense-testimony, give up imperfect models and illusive
3      ideals; and so let us have one God, one Mind, and that
         one perfect, producing His own models of excellence.

Renewed selfhood

         Let the “male and female” of God’s creating appear.
6      Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into
         newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor
         material power as able to destroy. Let us re-
9      joice that we are subject to the divine “powers that be.”
         Such is the true Science of being. Any other theory of
         Life, or God, is delusive and mythological.

12    Mind is not the author of matter, and the creator of
         ideas is not the creator of illusions. Either there is no
         omnipotence, or omnipotence is the only power. God is
15    the infinite, and infinity never began, will never end, and
         includes nothing unlike God. Whence then is soulless

Illusive dreams

18    Life is, like Christ, “the same yesterday, and to-day,
         and forever.” Organization and time have nothing to do
         with Life. You say, “I dreamed last night.”
21    What a mistake is that! The I is Spirit. God
         never slumbers, and His likeness never dreams. Mortals
         are the Adam dreamers.

24    Sleep and apath are phases of the dream that life, sub-
         stance, and intelligence are material. The mortal night-
         dream is sometimes nearer the fact of being than are the
27    thoughts of mortals when awake. The night-dream has
         less matter as its accompaniment. It throws off some
         material fetters. It falls short of the skies, but makes its
30    mundane flights quite ethereal.

Philosophical blunders

         Man is the reflection of Soul. He is the direct oppo-
         site of material sensation, and there is but one Ego. We

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1      run into error when we divide Soul into souls, multiply
         Mind into minds and suppose error to be mind, then mind
3      to be in matter and matter to be a lawgiver,
         unintelligence to act like intelligence, and mor-
         tality to be the matrix of immortality.

Spirit the one Ego

6      Mortal existence is a dream; mortal existence has no
         real entity, but saith “It is I.” Spirit is the Ego which
         never dreams, but understands all things;
9      which never errs, and is ever conscious; which
         never believes, but knows; which is never born and
         never dies. Spiritual man is the likeness of this Ego.
12    Man is not God, but like a ray of light which comes from
         the sun, man, the outcome of God, reflects God.

Mortal existence a dream

         Mortal body and mind are one, and that one is called
15    man; but a mortal is not man, for man is immortal. A
         mortal may be weary or pained, enjoy or suffer,
         according to the dream he entertains in sleep.
18    When that dream vanishes, the mortal finds himself
         experiencing none of these dream-sensations. To the
         observer, the body lies listless, undisturbed, and sensa-
21    tionless, and the mind seems to be absent.

         Now I ask, Is there any more reality in the waking
         dream of mortal existence than in the sleeping dream?
24    There cannot be, since whatever appears to be a mortal
         man is a mortal dream. Take away the mortal mind,
         and matter has no more sense as a man than it has as
27    a tree. But the spiritual, real man is immortal.

         Upon this stage of existence goes on the dance of mortal
         mind. Mortal thoughts chase one another like snowflakes,
30    and drift to the ground. Science reveals Life as not being
         at the mercy of death, nor will Science admit that happi-
         ness is ever the sport of circumstance.

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Error self-destroyed

1      Error is not real, hence it is not more imperative
         as it hastens towards self-destruction. The so-called
3      belief of mortal mind apparent as an abscess
         should not grow more painful before it suppu-
         rates neither should a fever become more severe before
6      it ends.

Illusion of death

         Fright is so great at certain stages of mortal belief
         as to drive belief into new paths. In the illusion of
9      death, mortals wake to the knowledge of two
         facts: (1) that they are not dead; (2) that
         they have but passed the portals of a new belief. Truth
12    works out the nothingness of error in just these ways.
         Sickness, as well as sin, is an error that Christ, Truth,
         alone can destroy.

Mortal mind’s disappearance

15    We must learn how mankind govern the body, –
         whether through faith in hygiene, in drugs, or in will-
         power. We should learn whether they govern
18    the body through a belief in the necessity of
         sickness and death, sin and pardon, or govern
         it from the higher understanding that the divine Mind
21    makes perfect, acts upon the so-called human mind
         through truth, leads the human mind to relinquish all
         error, to find the divine Mind to be the only Mind,
24    and the healer of sin, disease, death. This process of
         higher spiritual understanding improves mankind until
         error disappears, and nothing is left which deserves to
27    perish or to be punished.

Spiritual ignorance

         Ignorance, like intentional wrong, is not Science.
         Ignorance must be seen and corrected before we can at-
30    tain harmony. Inharmonious beliefs, which
         rob Mind, calling it matter, and deify their
         own notions, imprison themselves in what they create.

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1      They are at war with Science, and as our Master said,
         “If a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom
3      cannot stand.”

         Human ignorance of Mind and of the recuperative
         energies of Truth occasions the only skepticism regard-
6      ing the pathology and theology of Christian Science.

Eternal man recognized

         When false human beliefs learn even a little of their
         own falsity, they begin to disappear. A knowledge of
9      error and of its operations must precede that
         understanding of Truth which destroys error,
         until the entire mortal, material error finally disappears,
12    and the eternal verity, man created by and of Spirit,
         is understood and recognized as the true likeness of his

15    The false evidence of material sense contrasts strikingly
         with the testimony of Spirit. Material sense lifts its voice
         with the arrogance of reality and says:

Testimony of sense

18    I am wholly dishonest, and no man knoweth it. I can
         cheat, lie, commit adultery, rob, murder, and I elude
         detection by smooth-tongued villainy. Ani-
21    mal in propensity, deceitful in sentiment,
         fraudulent in purpose, I mean to make my short span
         of life one gala day. What a nice thing is sin! How
24    sin succeeds, where the good purpose waits! The world
         is my kingdom. I am enthroned in the gorgeousness
         of matter. But a touch, an accident, the law of God,
27    may at any moment annihilate my peace, for all my
         fancied joys are fatal. Like bursting lava, I expand but
         to my own despair, and shine with the resplendency of
30    consuming fire.

Testimony of Soul

Spirit, bearing opposite testimony, saith:

         I am Spirit. Man, whose senses are spiritual, is my

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1      likeness. He reflects the infinite understanding, for I am
         Infinity. The beauty of holiness, the perfection of being,
3      imperishable glory, — all are Mine, for I am
         God. I give immortality to man, for I am
         Truth. I include and impart all bliss, for I am Love.
6      I give life, without beginning and without end, for I am
         Life. I am supreme and give all, for I am Mind. I am
         the substance of all, because I AM THAT I AM.

Heaven-bestowed prerogative

9      I hope, dear reader, I am leading you into the under-
         standing of your divine rights, your heaven-bestowed har-
         mony, — that, as you read, you see there is no
12    cause (outside of erring, mortal, material sense
         which is not power) able to make you sick or
         sinful; and I hope that you are conquering this false sense.
15    Knowing the falsity of so-called material sense, you can
         assert your prerogative to overcome the belief in sin, dis-
         ease, or death.

Right endeavor possible

18    If you believe in and practise wrong knowingly, you
         can at once change your course and do right. Matter can
         make no opposition to right endeavors against
21    sin or sickness, for matter is inert, mindless.
         Also, if you believe yourself diseased, you can
         alter this wrong belief and action without hindrance from
24    the body.

         Do not believe in any supposed necessity for sin, dis-
         ease, or death, knowing (as you ought to know) that God
27    never requires obedience to a so-called material law, for
         no such law exists. The belief in sin and death is de-
         stroyed by the law of God, which is the law of Life in-
30    stead of death, of harmony instead of discord, of Spirit
         instead of the flesh.

Patience and final perfection

         The divine demand, “Be ye therefore perfect,” is sci-

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1      entific, and the human footsteps leading to perfection are
         indispensable. Individuals are consistent who, watching
3      and praying, can “run, and not be weary; . . .
         walk, and not faint,” who gain good rapidly
         and hold their position, or attain slowly and
6      yield not to discouragement. God requires perfection,
         but not until the battle between Spirit and flesh is fought
         and the victory won. To stop eating, drinking, or being
9      clothed materially before the spiritual facts of existence
         are gained step by step, is not legitimate. When we wait
         patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, He directs
12    our path. Imperfect mortals grasp the ultimate of spir-
         itual perfection slowly; but to begin aright and to con-
         tinue the strife of demonstrating the great problem of
15    being, is doing much.

         During the sensual ages, absolute Christian Science
         may not be achieved prior to the change called death,
18    for we have not the power to demonstrate what we do
         not understand. But the human self must be evangel-
         ized. This task God demands us to accept lovingly
21    to-day, and to abandon so fast as practical the material,
         and to work out the spiritual which determines the out-
         ward and actual.

24    If you venture upon the quiet surface of error and are
         in sympathy with error, what is there to disturb the waters?
         What is there to strip off error’s disguise?

The cross and crown

27    If you launch your bark upon the ever-agitated but
         healthful waters of truth, you will encounter storms.
         Your good will be evil spoken of. This is the
30    cross. Take it up and bear it, for through it
         you win and wear the crown. Pilgrim on earth, thy home
         is heaven; stranger, thou art the guest of God.

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