Science and Health, With Key to the Scriptures

Author: Mary Baker Eddy

Chapter XII - Christian Science Practice

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

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

A gospel narrative

362:1 IT is related in the seventh chapter of Luke’s Gospel
that Jesus was once the honored guest of a certain 362:3 Pharisee, by name Simon, though he was quite unlike
Simon the disciple. While they were at meat, an unusual
incident occurred, as if to interrupt the scene 362:6 of Oriental festivity. A "strange woman"
came in. Heedless of the fact that she was debarred from
such a place and such society, especially under the stern 362:9 rules of rabbinical law, as positively as if she were a Hin-
doo pariah intruding upon the household of a high-caste
Brahman, this woman (Mary Magdalene, as she has 362:12 since been called) approached Jesus. According to the
custom of those days, he reclined on a couch with his
head towards the table and his bare feet away from it. 362:15 It was therefore easy for the Magdalen to come behind 363:1 the couch and reach his feet. She bore an alabaster jar
containing costly and fragrant oil, - sandal oil perhaps, 363:3 which is in such common use in the East. Breaking
the sealed jar, she perfumed Jesus’ feet with the oil,
wiping them with her long hair, which hung loosely 363:6 about her shoulders, as was customary with women of her

Parable of the creditor

Did Jesus spurn the woman? Did he repel her adora- 363:9 tion? No! He regarded her compassionately. Nor was
this all. Knowing what those around him
were saying in their hearts, especially his host, 363:12 - that they were wondering why, being a prophet, the
exalted guest did not at once detect the woman’s immoral
status and bid her depart, - knowing this, Jesus rebuked 363:15 them with a short story or parable. He described two
debtors, one for a large sum and one for a smaller, who
were released from their obligations by their common 363:18 creditor. "Which of them will love him most?" was the
Master’s question to Simon the Pharisee; and Simon re-
plied, "He to whom he forgave most." Jesus approved 363:21 the answer, and so brought home the lesson to all, follow-
ing it with that remarkable declaration to the woman,
"Thy sins are forgiven."

Divine insight

363:24 Why did he thus summarize her debt to divine Love?
Had she repented and reformed, and did his insight
detect this unspoken moral uprising? She 363:27 bathed his feet with her tears before she
anointed them with the oil. In the absence of other
proofs, was her grief sufficient evidence to warrant the 363:30 expectation of her repentance, reformation, and growth
in wisdom? Certainly there was encouragement in the
mere fact that she was showing her affection for a man 364:1 of undoubted goodness and purity, who has since been
rightfully regarded as the best man that ever trod this 364:3 planet. Her reverence was unfeigned, and it was mani-
fested towards one who was soon, though they knew it
not, to lay down his mortal existence in behalf of all 364:6 sinners, that through his word and works they might be
redeemed from sensuality and sin.

Penitence or hospitality

Which was the higher tribute to such ineffable affec- 364:9 tion, the hospitality of the Pharisee or the contrition of
the Magdalen? This query Jesus answered
by rebuking self-righteousness and declaring 364:12 the absolution of the penitent. He even said that this
poor woman had done what his rich entertainer had neg-
lected to do, - wash and anoint his guest’s feet, a special 364:15 sign of Oriental courtesy.

Here is suggested a solemn question, a question indi-
cated by one of the needs of this age. Do Christian 364:18 Scientists seek Truth as Simon sought the Saviour, through
material conservatism and for personal homage? Jesus
told Simon that such seekers as he gave small reward 364:21 in return for the spiritual purgation which came through
the Messiah. If Christian Scientists are like Simon,
then it must be said of them also that they /love/ 364:24 little.

Genuine repentance

On the other hand, do they show their regard for
Truth, or Christ, by their genuine repentance, by their 364:27 broken hearts, expressed by meekness and
human affection, as did this woman? If
so, then it may be said of them, as Jesus said of the 364:30 unwelcome visitor, that they indeed love much, because
much is forgiven them.

Compassion requisite

Did the careless doctor, the nurse, the cook, and the 365:1 brusque business visitor sympathetically know the thorns
they plant in the pillow of the sick and the heavenly 365:3 homesick looking away from earth, - Oh, did
they know! - this knowledge would do much
more towards healing the sick and preparing their helpers 365:6 for the "midnight call," than all cries of "Lord, Lord!"
The benign thought of Jesus, finding utterance in such
words as "Take no thought for your life," would heal 365:9 the sick, and so enable them to rise above the supposed
necessity for physical thought-taking and doctoring;
but if the unselfish affections be lacking, and common 365:12 sense and common humanity are disregarded, what men-
tal quality remains, with which to evoke healing from
the outstretched arm of righteousness?

Speedy healing

365:15 If the Scientist reaches his patient through divine
Love, the healing work will be accomplished at one
visit, and the disease will vanish into its native 365:18 nothingness like dew before the morning sun-
shine. If the Scientist has enough Christly affection to
win his own pardon, and such commendation as the Mag- 365:21 dalen gained from Jesus, then he is Christian enough to
practise scientifically and deal with his patients compas-
sionately; and the result will correspond with the spiritual 365:24 intent.

Truth desecrated

If hypocrisy, stolidity, inhumanity, or vice finds its
way into the chambers of disease through the would-be 365:27 healer, it would, if it were possible, convert
into a den of thieves the temple of the Holy
Ghost, - the patient’s spiritual power to resuscitate him- 365:30 self. The unchristian practitioner is not giving to mind
or body the joy and strength of Truth. The poor suf-
fering heart needs its rightful nutriment, such as peace, 366:1 patience in tribulation, and a priceless sense of the dear
Father’s loving-kindness.

Moral evils to be cast out

366:3 In order to cure his patient, the metaphysician
must first cast moral evils out of himself and thus
attain the spiritual freedom which will en- 366:6 able him to cast physical evils out of his
patient; but heal he cannot, while his own spiritual
barrenness debars him from giving drink to the thirsty 366:9 and hinders him from reaching his patient’s thought, -
yea, while mental penury chills his faith and under-

The true physician

366:12 The physician who lacks sympathy for his fellow-
being is deficient in human affection, and we have the
apostolic warrant for asking: "He that loveth 366:15 not his brother whom he hath seen, how can
he love God whom he hath not seen?" Not having this
spiritual affection, the physician lacks faith in the divine 366:18 Mind and has not that recognition of infinite Love which
alone confers the healing power. Such so-called Scien-
tists will strain out gnats, while they swallow the camels 366:21 of bigoted pedantry.

Source of calmness

The physician must also watch, lest he be over-
whelmed by a sense of the odiousness of sin and by the 366:24 unveiling of sin in his own thoughts. The
sick are terrified by their sick beliefs, and
sinners should be affrighted by their sinful beliefs; but 366:27 the Christian Scientist will be calm in the presence of
both sin and disease, knowing, as he does, that Life is
God and God is All.

Genuine healing

366:30 If we would open their prison doors for the sick, we
must first learn to bind up the broken-hearted. If we
would heal by the Spirit, we must not hide the talent 367:1 of spiritual healing under the napkin of its form, nor
bury the /morale /of Christian Science in the grave-clothes 367:3 of its letter. The tender word and Christian
encouragement of an invalid, pitiful patience
with his fears and the removal of them, are better than 367:6 hecatombs of gushing theories, stereotyped borrowed
speeches, and the doling of arguments, which are but so
many parodies on legitimate Christian Science, aflame 367:9 with divine Love.

Gratitude and humility

This is what is meant by seeking Truth, Christ, not
"for the loaves and fishes," nor, like the Pharisee, with 367:12 the arrogance of rank and display of scholar-
ship, but like Mary Magdalene, from the sum-
mit of devout consecration, with the oil of gladness and 367:15 the perfume of /gratitude/, with tears of repentance and
with those hairs all numbered by the Father.

The salt of the earth

A Christian Scientist occupies the place at this period 367:18 of which Jesus spoke to his disciples, when he said: "Ye
are the salt of the earth." "Ye are the light
of the world. A city that is set on an hill can- 367:21 not be hid." Let us watch, work, and pray that this salt
lose not its saltness, and that this light be not hid, but
radiate and glow into noontide glory.

367:24 The infinite Truth of the Christ-cure has come to this
age through a "still, small voice," through silent utter-
ances and divine anointing which quicken and increase 367:27 the beneficial effects of Christianity. I long to see the
consummation of my hope, namely, the student’s higher
attainments in this line of light.

Real and counterfeit

367:30 Because Truth is infinite, error should be known as
nothing. Because Truth is omnipotent in goodness,
error, Truth’s opposite, has no might. Evil is but the 368:1 counterpoise of nothingness. The greatest wrong is
but a supposititious opposite of the highest right. The 368:3 confidence inspired by Science lies in the fact
that Truth is real and error is unreal. Error
is a coward before Truth. Divine Science insists that 368:6 time will prove all this. Both truth and error have come
nearer than ever before to the apprehension of mortals,
and truth will become still clearer as error is self- 368:9 destroyed.

Results of faith in Truth

Against the fatal beliefs that error is as real as Truth,
that evil is equal in power to good if not superior, and that 368:12 discord is as normal as harmony, even the hope
of freedom from the bondage of sickness and
sin has little inspiration to nerve endeavor. When we 368:15 come to have more faith in the truth of being than we have
in error, more faith in Spirit than in matter, more faith
in living than in dying, more faith in God than in man, 368:18 then no material suppositions can prevent us from healing
the sick and destroying error.

Life independent of matter

That Life is not contingent on bodily conditions is 368:21 proved, when we learn that life and man survive this
body. Neither evil, disease, nor death can be
spiritual, and the material belief in them dis- 368:24 appears in the ratio of one’s spiritual growth. Because
matter has no consciousness or Ego, it cannot act; its
conditions are illusions, and these false conditions are the 368:27 source of all seeming sickness. Admit the existence of
matter, and you admit that mortality (and therefore dis-
ease) has a foundation in fact. Deny the existence of
matter, and you can destroy the belief in material con-
ditions. When fear disappears, the foundation of disease
is gone. Once let the mental physician believe in the 369:1 reality of matter, and he is liable to admit also the reality
of all discordant conditions, and this hinders his de- 369:3 stroying them. Thus he is unfitted for the successful
treatment of disease.

Man’s entity

In proportion as matter loses to human sense all en- 369:6 tity as man, in that proportion does man become its
master. He enters into a diviner sense of the
facts, and comprehends the theology of Jesus 369:9 as demonstrated in healing the sick, raising the dead,
and walking over the wave. All these deeds manifested
Jesus’ control over the belief that matter is substance, 369:12 that it can be the arbiter of life or the constructor of any
form of existence.

The Christ treatment

We never read that Luke or Paul made a reality of 369:15 disease in order to discover some means of healing it.
Jesus never asked if disease were acute or
chronic, and he never recommended atten- 369:18 tion to laws of health, never give drugs, never prayed
to know if God were willing that a man should live. He
understood man, whose life is God, to be immortal, and 369:21 knew that man has not two lives, one to be destroyed and
the other to be made indestructible.

Matter not medicine

The prophylactic and therapeutic (that is, the prevent- 369:24 ive and curative) arts belong emphatically to Christian
Science, as would be readily seen, if psychology,
or the Science of Spirit, God, was understood. 369:27 Unscientific methods are finding their dead level. Lim-
ited to matter by their own law, what have they of the
advantages of Mind and immortality?

No healing in sin

369:30 No man is physically healed in wilful error or by it,
any more than he is morally saved in or by sin. It is
error even to murmur or to be angry over sin. To be 370:1 every whit whole, man must be better spiritually as well
as physically. To be immortal, we must forsake the 370:3 mortal sense of things, turn from the lie of false
belief to Truth, and gather the facts of being
from the divine Mind. The body improves under the 370:6 same regimen which spiritualizes the thought; and if
health is not made manifest under this regimen, this
proves that fear is governing the body. This is the law 370:9 of cause and effect, or like producing like.

Like curing like

Homoeopathy furnishes the evidence to the senses, that
symptoms, which might be produced by a certain drug, 370:12 are removed by using the same drug which
might cause the symptoms. This confirms
my theory that faith in the drug is the sole factor in the 370:15 cure. The effect, which mortal mind produces through
one belief, it removes through an opposite belief, but it
uses the same medicine in both cases. 370:18 The moral and spiritual facts of health, whispered
into thought, produce very direct and marked effects on
the body. A physical diagnosis of disease - since mor- 370:21 tal mind must be the cause of disease - tends to induce

Transient potency of drugs

According to both medical testimony and individual 370:24 experience, a drug may eventually lose its supposed power
and do no more for the patient. Hygienic
treatment also loses its efficacy. Quackery 370:27 likewise fails at length to inspire the credulity
of the sick, and then they cease to improve. These les-
sons are useful. They should naturally and genuinely 370:30 change our basis from sensation to Christian Science,
from error to Truth, from matter to Spirit.

Diagnosis of matter

Physicians examine the pulse, tongue, lungs, to dis- 371:1 cover the condition of matter, when in fact all is
Mind. The body is the substratum of mortal mind, 371:3 and this so-called mind must finally yield
to the mandate of immortal Mind.

Ghost-stories inducing fear

Disquisitions on disease have a mental effect similar 371:6 to that produced on children by telling ghost-stories in
the dark. By those uninstructed in Christian
Science, nothing is really understood of material 371:9 existence. Mortals are believed to be here without their
consent and to be removed as involuntarily, not knowing
why nor when. As frightened children look everywhere 371:12 for the imaginary ghost, so sick humanity sees danger in
every direction, and looks for relief in all ways except the
right one. Darkness induces fear. The adult, in bond- 371:15 age to his beliefs, no more comprehends his real being
than does the child; and the adult must be taken out of
his darkness, before he can get rid of the illusive suffer- 371:18 ings which throng the gloaming. The way in divine
Science is the only way out of this condition.

Mind imparts purity, health, and beauty

I would not transform the infant at once into a 371:21 man, nor would I keep the suckling a lifelong babe.
No impossible thing do I ask when urging
the claims of Christian Science; but because 371:24 this teaching is in advance of the age, we
should not deny our need of its spiritual unfoldment.
Mankind will improve through Science and Christi- 371:27 anity. The necessity for uplifting the race is father to
the fact that Mind can do it; for Mind can impart
purity instead of impurity, strength instead of weak- 371:30 ness, and health instead of disease. Truth is an altera-
tive in the entire system, and can make it "every whit

Brain not intelligent

372:1 Remember, brain is not mind. Matter cannot be sick,
and Mind is immortal. The mortal body is only an erro- 372:3 neous mortal belief of mind in matter. What
you call matter was originally error in solu-
tion, elementary mortal mind, - likened by Milton to 372:6 "chaos and old night." One theory about this mortal
mind is, that its sensations can reproduce man, can form
blood, flesh, and bones. The Science of being, in which 372:9 all is divine Mind, or God and His idea, would be clearer
in this age, but for the belief that matter is the medium
of man, or that man can enter his own embodied thought, 372:12 bind himself with his own beliefs, and then call his bonds
material and name them divine law.

Veritable success

When man demonstrates Christian Science absolutely, 372:15 he will be perfect. He can neither sin, suffer, be subject
to matter, nor disobey the law of God. There-
fore he will be as the angels in heaven. Chris- 372:18 tian Science and Christianity are one. How, then, in
Christianity any more than in Christian Science, can we
believe in the reality and power of both Truth and error, 372:21 Spirit and matter, and hope to succeed with contraries?
Matter is not self-sustaining. Its false supports fail one
after another. Matter succeeds for a period only by 372:24 falsely parading in the vestments of law.

Recognition of benefits

"Whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also
deny before my Father which is in heaven." In Chris- 372:27 tian Science, a denial of Truth is fatal, while
a just acknowledgment of Truth and of what
it has done for us is an effectual help. If pride, super- 372:30 stition, or any error prevents the honest recognition of
benefits received, this will be a hindrance to the recovery
of the sick and the success of the student.

Disease far more docile than iniquity

373:1 If we are Christians on all moral questions, but are in
darkness as to the physical exemption which Christian- 373:3 ity includes, then we must have more faith
in God on this subject and be more alive to
His promises. It is easier to cure the most 373:6 malignant disease than it is to cure sin. The author has
raised up the dying, partly because they were willing to
be restored, while she has struggled long, and perhaps in 373:9 vain, to lift a student out of a chronic sin. Under all
modes of pathological treatment, the sick recover more
rapidly from disease than does the sinner from his sin. 373:12 Healing is easier than teaching, if the teaching is faithfully

Love frees from fear

The fear of disease and the love of sin are the sources 373:15 of man’s enslavement. "The fear of the Lord
is the beginning of wisdom," but the Scriptures
also declare, through the exalted thought of John, that 373:18 "perfect Love casteth out fear."

The fear occasioned by ignorance can be cured; but
to remove the effects of fear produced by sin, you must 373:21 rise above both fear and sin. Disease is expressed not
so much by the lips as in the functions of the body. Es-
tablish the scientific sense of health, and you relieve the 373:24 oppressed organ. The inflammation, decomposition, or
deposit will abate, and the disabled organ will resume its
healthy functions.

Mind circulates blood

373:27 When the blood rushes madly through the veins or
languidly creeps along its frozen channels, we call these
conditions disease. This is a misconception. 373:30 Mortal mind is producing the propulsion or the
languor, and we prove this to be so when by mental means
the circulation is changed, and returns to that standard 374:1 which mortal mind has decided upon as essential for
health. Anodynes, counter-irritants, and depletion never 374:3 reduce inflammation scientifically, but the truth of being,
whispered into the ear of mortal mind, will bring relief.

Mind can destroy all ills

Hatred and its effects on the body are removed by 374:6 Love. Because mortal mind seems to be conscious, the
sick say: "How can my mind cause a disease
I never thought of and knew nothing about, 374:9 until it appeared on my body?" The author has an-
swered this question in her explanation of disease as origi-
nating in human belief before it is consciously apparent 374:12 on the body, which is in fact the objective state of mortal
mind, though it is called matter. This mortal blindness
and its sharp consequences show our need of divine meta- 374:15 physics. Through immortal Mind, or Truth, we can
destroy all ills which proceed from mortal mind.

Ignorance of the cause or approach of disease is no 374:18 argument against the mental origin of disease. You con-
fess to ignorance of the future and incapacity to preserve
your own existence, and this belief helps rather than 374:21 hinders disease. Such a state of mind induces sickness.
It is like walking in darkness on the edge of a precipice.
You cannot forget the belief of danger, and your steps 374:24 are less firm because of your fear, and ignorance of mental
cause and effect.

Temperature is mental

Heat and cold are products of mortal mind. The body, 374:27 when bereft of mortal mind, at first cools, and after-
wards it is resolved into its primitive mortal
elements. Nothing that lives ever dies, and 374:30 /vice versa/. Mortal mind produces animal heat, and then
expels it through the abandonment of a belief, or in-
creases it to the point of self-destruction. Hence it is 375:1 mortal mind, not matter, which says, "I die." Heat
would pass from the body as painlessly as gas dissipates 375:3 into the air when it evaporates but for the belief that in-
flammation and pain must accompany the separation of
heat from the body.

Science /versus /hypnotism

375:6 Chills and heat are often the form in which fever mani-
fests itself. Change the mental state, and the chills and
fever disappear. The old-school physician 375:9 proves this when his patient says, " I am better,"
but the patient believes that matter, not mind,
has helped him. The Christian Scientist demonstrates 375:12 that divine Mind heals, while the hypnotist dispossesses
the patient of his individuality in order to control him.
No person is benefited by yielding his mentality to any 375:15 mental despotism or malpractice. All unscientific mental
practice is erroneous and powerless, and should be under-
stood and so rendered fruitless. The genuine Christian 375:18 Scientist is adding to his patient’s mental and moral power,
and is increasing his patient’s spirituality while restoring
him physically through divine Love.

Cure for palsy

375:21 Palsy is a belief that matter governs mortals, and can
paralyze the body, making certain portions of
it motionless. Destroy the belief, show mortal 375:24 mind that muscles have no power to be lost, for Mind is
supreme, and you cure the palsy.

Latent fear diagnosed

Consumptive patients always show great hopeful- 375:27 ness and courage, even when they are supposed to be in
hopeless danger. This state of mind seems
anomalous except to the expert in Christian 375:30 Science. This mental state is not understood, simply
because it is a stage of fear so excessive that it amounts
to fortitude. The belief in consumption presents to mor- 376:1 tal thought a hopeless state, an image more terrifying than
that of most other diseases. The patient turns involun- 376:3 tarily from the contemplation of it, but though unacknowl-
edged, the latent fear and the despair of recovery remain
in thought.

Insidious concepts

376:6 Just so is it with the greatest sin. It is the most subtle,
and does its work almost self-deceived. The diseases
deemed dangerous sometimes come from the 376:9 most hidden, undefined, and insidious beliefs.
The pallid invalid, whom you declare to be wasting away
with consumption of the blood, should be told that blood 376:12 never gave life and can never take it away, - that Life is
Spirit, and that there is more life and immortality in one
good motive and act, than in all the blood which ever 376:15 flowed through mortal veins and simulated a corporeal
sense of life.

Remedy for fever

If the body is material, it cannot, for that very reason, 376:18 suffer with a fever. Because the so-called material body
is a mental concept and governed by mortal
mind, it manifests only what that so-called 376:21 mind expresses. Therefore the efficient remedy is to
destroy the patient’s false belief by both silently and au-
dibly arguing the true facts in regard to harmonious 376:24 being, - representing man as healthy instead of diseased,
and showing that it is impossible for matter to suffer, to
feel pain or heat, to be thirsty or sick. Destroy fear, 376:27 and you end fever. Some people, mistaught as to Mind-
science, inquire when it will be safe to check a fever.
Know that in Science you cannot check a fever after ad- 376:30 mitting that it must have its course. To fear and admit
the power of disease, is to paralyze mental and scientific

377:1 If your patient believes in taking cold, mentally con-
vince him that matter cannot take cold, and that thought 377:3 governs this liability. If grief causes suffering, convince
the sufferer that affliction is often the source of joy, and
that he should rejoice always in ever-present Love.

Climate harmless

377:6 Invalids flee to tropical climates in order to save their
lives, but they come back no better than when they went
away. Then is the time to cure them through 377:9 Christian Science, and prove that they can
be healthy in all climates, when their fear of climate is

Mind governs body

377:12 Through different states of mind, the body becomes
suddenly weak or abnormally strong, showing mortal
mind to be the producer of strength or weak- 377:15 ness. A sudden joy or grief has caused what
is termed instantaneous death. Because a belief origi-
nates unseen, the mental state should be continually 377:18 watched that it may not produce blindly its bad effects.
The author never knew a patient who did not recover
when the belief of the disease had gone. Remove the 377:21 leading error or governing fear of this lower so-called mind,
and you remove the cause of all disease as well as the mor-
bid or excited action of any organ. You also remove in 377:24 this way what are termed organic diseases as readily as
functional difficulties.

The cause of all so-called disease is mental, a mortal 377:27 fear, a mistaken belief or conviction of the necessity and
power of ill-health; also a fear that Mind is helpless to
defend the life of man and incompetent to control it. With- 377:30 out this ignorant human belief, any circumstance is of it-
self powerless to produce suffering. It is latent belief in
disease, as well as the fear of disease, which associates sick- 378:1 ness with certain circumstances and causes the two to
appear conjoined, even as poetry and music are repro- 378:3 duced in union by human memory. Disease has no in-
telligence. Unwittingly you sentence yourself to suffer.
The understanding of this will enable you to commute this 378:6 self-sentence, and meet every circumstance with truth.
Disease is less than mind, and Mind can control it.

Latent power

Without the so-called human mind, there can be no 378:9 inflammatory nor torpid action of the system. Remove
the error, and you destroy its effects. By
looking a tiger fearlessly in the eye, Sir Charles 378:12 Napier sent it cowering back into the jungle. An ani-
mal may infuriate another by looking it in the eye, and
both will fight for nothing. A man’s gaze, fastened 378:15 fearlessly on a ferocious beast, often causes the beast to
retreat in terror. This latter occurrence represents the
power of Truth over error, - the might of intelligence 378:18 exercised over mortal beliefs to destroy them; whereas
hypnotism and hygienic drilling and drugging, adopted
to cure matter, is represented by two material erroneous 378:21 bases.

Disease powerless

Disease is not an intelligence to dispute the empire of
Mind or to dethrone Mind and take the government into 378:24 its own hands. Sickness is not a God-given,
nor a self-constituted material power, which
copes astutely with Mind and finally conquers it. God 378:27 never endowed matter with power to disable Life or to
chill harmony with a long and cold night of discord.
Such a power, without the divine permission, is incon- 378:30 ceivable; and if such a power could be divinely directed,
it would manifest less wisdom than we usually find dis-
played in human governments.

Jurisdiction of Mind

379:1 If disease can attack and control the body without
the consent of mortals, sin can do the same, for both 379:3 are errors, announced as partners in the be-
ginning. The Christian Scientist finds only
effects, where the ordinary physician looks for causes. 379:6 The real jurisdiction of the world is in Mind, controlling
every effect and recognizing all causation as vested in
divine Mind.

Power of imagination

379:9 A felon, on whom certain English students experi-
mented, fancied himself bleeding to death, and died be-
cause of that belief, when only a stream of 379:12 warm water was trickling over his arm. Had
he known his sense of bleeding was an illusion, he would
have risen above the false belief. Let the despairing in- 379:15 valid, inspecting the hue of her blood on a cambric hand-
kerchief, think of the experiment of those Oxford boys,
who caused the death of a man, when not a drop of his 379:18 blood was shed. Then let her learn the opposite state-
ment of life as taught in Christian Science, and she will
understand that she is not dying on account of the state of 379:21 her blood, but is suffering from her belief that blood is
destroying her life. The so-called vital current does not
affect the invalid’s health, but her belief produces the 379:24 very results she dreads.

Fevers the effect of fear

Fevers are errors of various types. The quickened
pulse, coated tongue, febrile heat, dry skin, pain in the 379:27 head and limbs, are pictures drawn on the
body by a mortal mind. The images, held in
this disturbed mind, frighten conscious thought. Unless 379:30 the fever-picture, drawn by millions of mortals and im-
aged on the body through the belief that mind is in matter
and discord is as real as harmony, is destroyed through 380:1 Science, it may rest at length on some receptive thought,
and become a fever case, which ends in a belief called 380:3 death, which belief must be finally conquered by eternal
Life. Truth is always the victor. Sickness and sin fall
by their own weight. Truth is the rock of ages, the head- 380:6 stone of the corner, "but on whomsoever it shall fall, it
will grind him to powder."

Misdirected contention

Contending for the evidence or indulging the demands 380:9 of sin, disease, or death, we virtually contend against
the control of Mind over body, and deny the
power of Mind to heal. This false method 380:12 is as though the defendant should argue for the plaintiff
in favor of a decision which the defendant knows will
be turned against himself.

Benefits of metaphysics

380:15 The physical effects of fear illustrate its illusion. Gaz-
ing at a chained lion, crouched for a spring, should not
terrify a man. The body is affected only with 380:18 the belief of disease produced by a so-called
mind ignorant of the truth which chains disease. Noth-
ing but the power of Truth can prevent the fear of 380:21 error, and prove man’s dominion over error.

A higher discovery

Many years ago the author made a spiritual discov-
ery, the scientific evidence of which has accumulated to 380:24 prove that the divine Mind produces in man
health, harmony, and immortality. Gradu-
ally this evidence will gather momentum and clearness, 380:27 until it reaches its culmination of scientific statement and
proof. Nothing is more disheartening than to believe
that there is a power opposite to God, or good, and that 380:30 God endows this opposing power with strength to be used
against Himself, against Life, health, harmony.

Ignorance of our rights

Every law of matter or the body, supposed to govern 381:1 man, is rendered null and void by the law of Life, God.
Ignorant of our God-given rights, we submit to unjust 381:3 decrees, and the bias of education enforces
this slavery. Be no more willing to suffer the
illusion that you are sick or that some disease is develop- 381:6 ing in the system, than you are to yield to a sinful temp-
tation on the ground that sin has its necessities.

No laws of matter

When infringing some supposed law, you say that 381:9 there is danger. This fear is the danger and induces the
physical effects. We cannot in reality suffer
from breaking anything except a moral or 381:12 spiritual law. The so-called laws of mortal belief are
destroyed by the understanding that Soul is immortal,
and that mortal mind cannot legislate the times, periods, 381:15 and types of disease, with which mortals die. God is the
lawmaker, but He is not the author of barbarous codes.
In infinite Life and Love there is no sickness, sin, nor 381:18 death, and the Scriptures declare that we live, move, and
have our being in the infinite God.

God-given dominion

Think less of the enactments of mortal mind, and you 381:21 will sooner grasp man’s God-given dominion. You must
understand your way out of human theories
relating to health, or you will never believe 381:24 that you are quite free from some ailment. The har-
mony and immortality of man will never be reached
without the understanding that Mind is not in matter. 381:27 Let us banish sickness as an outlaw, and abide by the
rule of perpetual harmony, - God’s law. It is man’s
moral right to annul an unjust sentence, a sentence never 381:30 inflicted by divine authority.

Begin rightly

Christ Jesus overruled the error which would impose
penalties for transgressions of the physical laws of 382:1 health; he annulled supposed laws of matter, opposed
to the harmonies of Spirit, lacking divine au- 382:3 thority and having only human approval for
their sanction.

Hygiene excessive

If half the attention given to hygiene were given to the 382:6 study of Christian Science and to the spiritualization of
thought, this alone would usher in the millen-
inium. Constant bathing and rubbing to alter 382:9 the secretions or to remove unhealthy exhalations from
the cuticle receive a useful rebuke from Jesus’ precept,
"Take no thought . . . for the body." We must beware 382:12 of making clean merely the outside of the platter.

Blissful ignorance

He, who is ignorant of what is termed hygienic law, is
more receptive of spiritual power and of faith in one 382:15 God, than is the devotee of supposed hygienic
law, who comes to teach the so-called igno-
rant one. Must we not then consider the so-called law 382:18 of matter a canon "more honored in the breach than
the observance"? A patient thoroughly booked in medi-
cal theories is more difficult to heal through Mind than 382:21 one who is not. This verifies the saying of our Master:
"Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a
little child, shall in no wise enter therein."

382:24 One whom I rescued from seeming spiritual oblivion,
in which the senses had engulfed him, wrote to me: "I
should have died, but for the glorious Principle you teach, 382:27 - supporting the power of Mind over the body and show-
ing me the nothingness of the so-called pleasures and pains
of sense. The treatises I had read and the medicines I 382:30 had taken only abandoned me to more hopeless suffering
and despair. Adherence to hygiene was useless. Mortal
mind needed to be set right. The ailment was not bodily, 383:1 but mental, and I was cured when I learned my way in
Christian Science."

A clean mind and body

383:3 We need a clean body and a clean mind, - a body
rendered pure by Mind as well as washed by water.
One says: "I take good care of my body." 383:6 To do this, the pure and exalting influence of
the divine Mind on the body is requisite, and the Christian
Scientist takes the best care of his body when he leaves 383:9 it most out of his thought, and, like the Apostle Paul, is
"willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be pres-
ent with the Lord."

383:12 A hint may be taken from the emigrant, whose filth
does not affect his happiness, because mind and body
rest on the same basis. To the mind equally gross, dirt 383:15 gives no uneasiness. It is the native element of such a
mind, which is symbolized, and not chafed, by its sur-
roundings; but impurity and uncleanliness, which do 383:18 not trouble the gross, could not be borne by the refined.
This shows that the mind must be clean to keep the body
in proper condition.

Beliefs illusive

383:21 The tobacco-user, eating or smoking poison for half a
century, sometimes tells you that the weed preserves
his health, but does this make it so? Does his 383:24 assertion prove the use of tobacco to be a salu-
brious habit, and man to be the better for it? Such in-
stances only prove the illusive physical effect of a false 383:27 belief, confirming the Scriptural conclusion concerning a
man, "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he."

The movement-cure - pinching and pounding the poor 383:30 body, to make it sensibly well when it ought to be in-
sensibly so - is another medical mistake, resulting from
the common notion that health depends on inert matter 384:1 instead of on Mind. Can matter, or what is termed
matter, either feel or act without mind?

Corporeal penalties

384:3 We should relieve our minds from the depressing thought
that we have transgressed a material law and must of
necessity pay the penalty. Let us reassure 384:6 ourselves with the law of Love. God never
punishes man for doing right, for honest labor, or for
deeds of kindness, though they expose him to fatigue, 384:9 cold, heat, contagion. If man seems to incur the penalty
through matter, this is but a belief of mortal mind, not
an enactment of wisdom, and man has only to enter his 384:12 protest against this belief in order to annul it. Through
this action of thought and its results upon the body, the
student will prove to himself, by small beginnings, the 384:15 grand verities of Christian Science.

Not matter, but Mind

If exposure to a draught of air while in a state of
perspiration is followed by chills, dry cough, influenza, 384:18 congestive symptoms in the lungs, or hints of
inflammatory rheumatism, your Mind-remedy
is safe and sure. If you are a Christian Scientist, such 384:21 symptoms are not apt to follow exposure; but if you
believe in laws of matter and their fatal effects when
transgressed, you are not fit to conduct your own case or 384:24 to destroy the bad effects of your belief. When the fear
subsides and the conviction abides that you have broken
no law, neither rheumatism, consumption, nor any other 384:27 disease will ever result from exposure to the weather. In
Science this is an established fact which all the evidence
before the senses can never overrule.

Benefit of philanthropy

384:30 Sickness, sin, and death must at length quail before
the divine rights of intelligence, and then the power
of Mind over the entire functions and organs of the 385:1 human system will be acknowledged. It is proverbial
that Florence Nightingale and other philanthropists en- 385:3 gaged in humane labors have been able to
undergo without sinking fatigues and expo-
sures which ordinary people could not endure. The ex- 385:6 planation lies in the support which they derived from
the divine law, rising above the human. The spiritual
demand, quelling the material, supplies energy and en- 385:9 durance surpassing all other aids, and forestalls the
penalty which our beliefs would attach to our best
deeds. Let us remember that the eternal law of right, 385:12 though it can never annul the law which makes sin its
own executioner, exempts man from all penalties but
those due for wrong-doing.

Honest toil has no penalty

385:15 Constant toil, deprivations, exposures, and all untow-
ard conditions, /if without sin/, can be experienced with-
out suffering. Whatever it is your duty to do, 385:18 you can do without harm to yourself. If you
sprain the muscles or wound the flesh, your
remedy is at hand. Mind decides whether or not the 385:21 flesh shall be discolored, painful, swollen, and inflamed.

Our sleep and food

You say that you have not slept well or have overeaten.
You are a law unto yourself. Saying this and believing 385:24 it, you will suffer in proportion to your belief
and fear. Your sufferings are not the penalty
for having broken a law of matter, for it is a law of mortal 385:27 mind which you have disobeyed. You say or think, be-
cause you have partaken of salt fish, that you must be
thirsty, and you are thirsty accordingly, while the oppo- 385:30 site belief would produce the opposite result.

Doubtful evidence

Any supposed information, coming from the body or
from inert matter as if either were intelligent, is an illu- 386:1 sion of mortal mind, - one of its dreams. Realize that
the evidence of the senses is not to be accepted 386:3 in the case of sickness, any more than it is in
the case of sin.

Climate and belief

Expose the body to certain temperatures, and belief 386:6 says that you may catch cold and have catarrh; but no
such result occurs without mind to demand
it and produce it. So long as mortals declare 386:9 that certain states of the atmosphere produce catarrh,
fever, rheumatism, or consumption, those effects will
follow, - not because of the climate, but on account of 386:12 the belief. The author has in too many instances healed
disease through the action of Truth on the minds of mor-
tals, and the corresponding effects of Truth on the body, 386:15 not to know that this is so.

Erroneous despatch

A blundering despatch, mistakenly announcing the
death of a friend, occasions the same grief that the friend’s 386:18 real death would bring. You think that your
anguish is occasioned by your loss. Another
despatch, correcting the mistake, heals your grief, and 386:21 you learn that your suffering was merely the result of
your belief. Thus it is with all sorrow, sickness, and
death. You will learn at length that there is no cause 386:24 for grief, and divine wisdom will then be understood.
Error, not Truth, produces all the suffering on earth.

Mourning causeless

If a Christian Scientist had said, while you were labor- 386:27 ing under the influence of the belief of grief, "Your sor-
row is without cause," you would not have
understood him, although the correctness of 386:30 the assertion might afterwards be proved to you. So,
when our friends pass from our sight and we lament,
that lamentation is needless and causeless. We shall 387:1 perceive this to be true when we grow into the under-
standing of Life, and know that there is no death.

Mind heals brain-disease

387:3 Because mortal mind is kept active, must it pay the
penalty in a softened brain? Who dares to say that actual
Mind can be overworked? When we reach 387:6 our limits of mental endurance, we conclude
that intellectual labor has been carried sufficiently far;
but when we realize that immortal Mind is ever active, 387:9 and that spiritual energies can neither wear out nor can
so-called material law trespass upon God-given powers
and resources, we are able to rest in Truth, refreshed by 387:12 the assurances of immortality, opposed to mortality.

Right never punishable

Our thinkers do not die early because they faithfully
perform the natural functions of being. If printers and 387:15 authors have the shortest span of earthly ex-
istence, it is not because they occupy the most
important posts and perform the most vital functions in 387:18 society. That man does not pay the severest penalty
who does the most good. By adhering to the realities of
eternal existence, - instead of reading disquisitions on 387:21 the inconsistent supposition that death comes in obedience
to the law of life, and that God punishes man for doing
good, - one cannot suffer as the result of any labor of 387:24 love, but grows stronger because of it. It is a law of so-
called mortal mind, misnamed matter, which causes all
things discordant.

Christian history

387:27 The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs
of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed
on man by his heavenly Father, omnipotent 387:30 Mind, who gives man faith and understanding
whereby to defend himself, not only from temptation, but
from bodily suffering.

388:1 The Christian martyrs were prophets of Christian
Science. Through the uplifting and consecrating power 388:3 of divine Truth, they obtained a victory over the corpo-
real senses, a victory which Science alone can explain.
Stolidity, which is a resisting state of mortal mind, suffers 388:6 less, only because it knows less of material law.

The Apostle John testified to the divine basis of Chris-
tian Science, when dire inflictions failed to destroy his 388:9 body. Idolaters, believing in more than one mind, had
"gods many," and thought that they could kill the body
with matter, independently of mind.

Sustenance spiritual

388:12 Admit the common hypothesis that food is the nutri-
ment of life, and the follows the necessity for another
admission in the opposite direction, - that 388:15 food has power to destroy Life, God, through
a deficiency or an excess, a quality or a quantity. This
is a specimen of the ambiguous nature of all material 388:18 health-theories. They are self-contradictory and self-de-
structive, constituting a "kingdom divided against itself,"
which is "brought to desolation." If food was prepared 388:21 by Jesus for his disciples, it cannot destroy life.

God sustains man

The fact is, food does not affect the absolute Life of
man, and this becomes self-evident, when we learn that 388:24 God is our Life. Because sin and sickness are
not qualities of Soul, or Life, we have hope in
immortality; but it would be foolish to venture beyond 388:27 our present understanding, foolish to stop eating until
we gain perfection and a clear comprehension of the living
Spirit. In that perfect day of understanding, we shall 388:30 neither eat to live nor live to eat.

Diet and digestion

If mortals think that food disturbs the harmonious
functions of mind and body, either the food or this thought 389:1 must be dispensed with, for the penalty is coupled with
the belief. Which shall it be? If this decision be left 389:3 to Christian Science, it will be given in behalf
of the control of Mind over this belief and every
erroneous belief, or material condition. The less we 389:6 know or think about hygiene, the less we are predisposed
to sickness. Recollect that it is not the nerves, not mat-
ter, but mortal mind, which reports food as undigested. 389:9 Matter does not inform you of bodily derangements; it
is supposed to do so. This pseudo-mental testimony can
be destroyed only by the better results of Mind’s oppo- 389:12 site evidence.

Scripture rebukes

Our dietetic theories first admit that food sustains the
life of man, and then discuss the certainty that food can 389:15 kill man. This false reasoning is rebuked in
Scripture by the metaphors about the fount
and stream, the tree and its fruit, and the kingdom di- 389:18 vided against itself. If God has, as prevalent theories
maintain, instituted laws that food shall support human
life, He cannot annul these regulations by an opposite 389:21 law that food shall be inimical to existence.

Ancient confusion

Materialists contradict their own statements. Their
belief in material laws and in penalties for their infrac- 389:24 tion is the ancient error that there is fraternity
between pain and pleasure, good and evil, God
and Satan. This belief totters to its falling before the 389:27 battle-axe of Science.

A case of convulsions, produced by indigestion, came
under my observation. In her belief the woman had 389:30 chronic liver-complaint, and was then suffering from a
complication of symptoms connected with this belief. I
cured her in a few minutes. One instant she spoke de- 390:1 spairingly of herself. The next minute she said, "My
food is all digested, and I should like something more 390:3 to eat."

Ultimate harmony

We cannot deny that Life is self-sustained, and we
should never deny the everlasting harmony of Soul, sim- 390:6 ply because, to the mortal senses, there is seem-
ing discord. It is our ignorance of God, the
divine Principle, which produces apparent discord, and 390:9 the right understanding of Him restores harmony. Truth
will at length compel us all to exchange the pleasures and
pains of sense for the joys of Soul.

Unnecessary prostration

390:12 When the first symptoms of disease appear, dispute the
testimony of the material senses with divine Science. Let
your higher sense of justice destroy the false 390:15 process of mortal opinions which you name
law, and then you will not be confined to a sick-room nor
laid upon a bed of suffering in payment of the last far- 390:18 thing, the last penalty demanded by error. "Agree with
thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with
him." Suffer no claim of sin or of sickness to grow upon 390:21 the thought. Dismiss it with an abiding conviction that
it is illegitimate, because you know that God is no more
the author of sickness than He is of sin. You have no 390:24 law of His to support the necessity either of sin or sick-
ness, but you have divine authority for denying that neces-
sity and healing the sick.

Treatment of disease

390:27 "Agree to disagree" with approaching symptoms of
chronic or acute disease, whether it is cancer, consump-
tion, or smallpox. Meet the incipient stages 390:30 of disease with as powerful mental opposi-
tion as a legislator would employ to defeat the passage of
an inhuman law. Rise in the conscious strength of the 391:1 spirit of Truth to overthrow the plea of mortal mind,
/alias/ matter, arrayed against the supremacy of Spirit. 391:3 Blot out the images of mortal thought and its beliefs in
sickness and sin. Then, when thou art delivered to the
judgment of Truth, Christ, the judge will say, "Thou 391:6 art whole!"

Righteous rebellion

Instead of blind and calm submission to the incipient
or advanced stages of disease, rise in rebellion against 391:9 them. Banish the belief that you can possi-
bly entertain a single intruding pain which can-
not be ruled out by the might of Mind, and in this way 391:12 you can prevent the development of pain in the body.
No law of God hinders this result. It is error to suffer
for aught but your own sins. Christ, or Truth, will de- 391:15 stroy all other supposed suffering, and real suffering for
your own sins will cease in proportion as the sin ceases.

Contradict error

Justice is the moral signification of law. Injustice de- 391:18 clares the absence of law. When the body is supposed
to say, "I am sick," never plead guilty. Since
matter cannot talk, it must be mortal mind 391:21 which speaks; therefore meet the intimation with a pro-
test. If you say, "I am sick," you plead guilty. Then
your adversary will deliver you to the judge (mortal 391:24 mind), and the judge will sentence you. Disease has
no intelligence to declare itself something and announce
its name. Mortal mind alone sentences itself. Therefore 391:27 make your own terms with sickness, and be just to yourself
and to others.

Sin to be overcome

Mentally contradict every complaint from the body, 391:30 and rise to the true consciousness of Life as
Love, - as all that is pure, and bearing the
fruits of Spirit. Fear is the fountain of sickness, 392:1 and you master fear and sin through divine Mind; hence
it is through divine Mind that you overcome disease. 392:3 Only while fear or sin remains can it bring forth death.
To cure a bodily ailment, every broken moral law should
be taken into account and the error be rebuked. Fear, 392:6 which is an element of all disease, must be cast out to
readjust the balance for God. Casting out evil and fear
enables truth to outweigh error. The only course is to 392:9 take antagonistic grounds against all that is opposed to
the health, holiness, and harmony of man, God’s image.

Illusions about nerves

The physical affirmation of disease should always be 392:12 met with the mental negation. Whatever benefit is pro-
duced on the body, must be expressed men-
tally, and thought should be held fast to this 392:15 ideal. If you believe in inflamed and weak nerves, you
are liable to an attack from that source. You will call it
neuralgia, but we call it a belief. If you think that con- 392:18 sumption is hereditary in your family, you are liable to
the development of that thought in the form of what is
termed pulmonary disease, unless Science shows you 392:21 otherwise. If you decide that climate or atmosphere is
unhealthy, it will be so to you. Your decisions will mas-
ter you, whichever direction they take.

Guarding the door

392:24 Reverse the case. Stand porter at the door of thought.
Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in
bodily results, you will control yourself har- 392:27 moniously. When the condition is present
which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise,
heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office 392:30 as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears.
Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the
body cannot suffer from them. The issues of pain or 393:1 pleasure must come through mind, and like a watchman
forsaking his post, we admit the intruding belief, forget- 393:3 ting that through divine help we can forbid this entrance.

The strength of Spirit

The body seems to be self-acting, only because mortal
mind is ignorant of itself, of its own actions, and of their 393:6 results, - ignorant that the predisposing, re-
mote, and exciting cause of all bad effects is a
law of so-called mortal mind, not of matter. Mind is the 393:9 master of the corporeal senses, and can conquer sickness,
sin, and death. Exercise this God-given authority. Take
possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action. 393:12 Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike
good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing
can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on 393:15 man.

No pain in matter

Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind
governs, and that in Science man reflects God’s govern- 393:18 ment. Have no fear that matter can ache,
swell, and be inflamed as the result of a law
of any kind, when it is self-evident that matter can have 393:21 no pain nor inflammation. Your body would suffer no
more from tension or wounds than the trunk of a tree
which you gash or the electric wire which you stretch, 393:24 were it not for mortal mind.

When Jesus declares that "the light of the body is the
eye," he certainly means that light depends upon Mind, 393:27 not upon the complex humors, lenses, muscles, the iris
and pupil, constituting the visual organism.

No real disease

Man is never sick, for Mind is not sick and matter 393:30 cannot be. A false belief is both the tempter
and the tempted, the sin and the sinner, the
disease and its cause. It is well to be calm in sickness; 394:1 to be hopeful is still better; but to understand that sick-
ness is not real and that Truth can destroy its seeming 394:3 reality, is best of all, for this understanding is the uni-
versal and perfect remedy.

Recuperation mental

By conceding power to discord, a large majority of 394:6 doctors depress mental energy, which is the only real
recuperative power. Knowledge that we
can accomplish the good we hope for, stimu- 394:9 lates the system to act in the direction which Mind points
out. The admission that any bodily condition is beyond
the control of Mind disarms man, prevents him from 394:12 helping himself, and enthrones matter through error. To
those struggling with sickness, such admissions are dis-
couraging, - as much so as would be the advice to a man 394:15 who is down in the world, that he should not try to rise
above his difficulties.

Experience has proved to the author the fallacy of 394:18 material systems in general, - that their theories are
sometimes pernicious, and that their denials are better
than their affirmations. Will you bid a man let evils 394:21 overcome him, assuring him that all misfortunes are from
God, against whom mortals should not contend? Will
you tell the sick that their condition is hopeless, unless it 394:24 can be aided by a drug or climate? Are material means
the only refuge from fatal chances? Is there no divine
permission to conquer discord of every kind with harmony, 394:27 with Truth and Love?

Arguing wrongly

We should remember that Life is God, and that God
is omnipotent. Not understanding Christian 394:30 Science, the sick usually have little faith in
it till they feel its beneficent influence. This shows
that faith is not the healer in such cases. The sick 395:1 unconsciously argue for suffering, instead of against it.
They admit its reality, whereas they should deny it. 395:3 They should plead in opposition to the testimony of the
deceitful senses, and maintain man’s immortality and
eternal likeness to God.

Divine authority

395:6 Like the great Exemplar, the healer should speak to
disease as one having authority over it, leaving Soul to
master the false evidences of the corporeal 395:9 senses and to assert its claims over mortal-
ity and disease. The same Principle cures both sin and
sickness. When divine Science overcomes faith in a car- 395:12 nal mind, and faith in God destroys all faith in sin and in
material methods of healing, then sin, disease, and death
will disappear.

Aids in sickness

395:15 Prayers, in which God is not asked to heal but is be-
sought to take the patient to Himself, do not benefit the
sick. An ill-tempered, complaining, or deceit- 395:18 ful person should not be a nurse. The nurse
should be cheerful, orderly, punctual, patient, full of
faith, - receptive to Truth and Love.

Mental quackery

395:21 It is mental quackery to make disease a reality - to
hold it as something seen and felt - and then to attempt
its cure through Mind. It is no less erroneous 395:24 to believe in the real existence of a tumor, a
cancer, or decayed lungs, while you argue against their
reality, than it is for your patient to feel these ills in 395:27 physical belief. Mental practice, which holds disease
as a reality, fastens disease on the patient, and it may
appear in a more alarming form.

Effacing images of disease

395:30 The knowledge that brain-lobes cannot kill a man nor
affect the functions of mind would prevent the brain from
becoming diseased, though a moral offence is indeed the 396:1 worst of diseases. One should never hold in mind
the thought of disease, but should efface from 396:3 thought all forms and types of disease, both for
one’s own sake and for that of the patient.

Avoid talking disease

Avoid talking illness to the patient. Make no unne- 396:6 cessary inquiries relative to feelings or disease. Never
startle with a discouraging remark about re-
covery, nor draw attention to certain symp- 396:9 toms as unfavorable, avoid speaking aloud the name of
the disease. Never say beforehand how much you have
to contend with in a case, nor encourage in the patient’s 396:12 thought the expectation of growing worse before a crisis
is passed.

False testimony refuted

The refutation of the testimony of material sense is 396:15 not a difficult task in view of the conceded falsity of this
testimony. The refutation becomes arduous,
not because the testimony of sin or disease is 396:18 true, but solely on account of the tenacity of belief in its
truth, due to the force of education and the overwhelm-
ing weight of opinions on the wrong side, - all teaching 396:21 that the body suffers, as if matter could have sensation.

Healthful explanation

At the right time explain to the sick the power which
their beliefs exercise over their bodies. Give them divine 396:24 and wholesome understanding, with which to
combat their erroneous sense, and so efface the
images of sickness from mortal mind. Keep distinctly in 396:27 thought that man is the offspring of God, not of man;
that man is spiritual, not material; that Soul is Spirit,
outside of matter, never in it, never giving the body life 396:30 and sensation. It breaks the dream of disease to under-
stand that sickness is formed by the human mind, not by
matter nor by the divine Mind.

Misleading methods

397:1 By not perceiving vital metaphysical points, not seeing
how mortal mind affects the body, - acting beneficially 397:3 or injuriously on the health, as well as on the
morals and the happiness of mortals, - we are
misled in our conclusions and methods. We throw the 397:6 mental influence on the wrong side, thereby actually in-
juring those whom we mean to bless.

Remedy for accidents

Suffering is no less a mental condition than is enjoy- 397:9 ment. You cause bodily sufferings and increase them
by admitting their reality and continuance,
as directly as you enhance your joys by be- 397:12 lieving them to be real and continuous. When an ac-
cident happens, you think or exclaim, "I am hurt!"
Your thought is more powerful than your words, more 397:15 powerful than the accident itself, to make the injury

Now reverse the process. Declare that you are not hurt 397:18 and understand the reason why, and you will find the
ensuing good effects to be in exact proportion to your
disbelief in physics, and your fidelity to divine meta- 397:21 physics, confidence in God as All, which the Scriptures
declare Him to be.

Independent mentality

To heal the sick, one must be familiar with the great 397:24 verities of being. Mortals are no more material in their
waking hours than when they act, walk, see,
hear, enjoy, or suffer in dreams. We can 397:27 never treat mortal mind and matter separately, because
they combine as one. Give up the belief that mind
is, even temporarily, compressed within the skull, and 397:30 you will quickly become more manly or womanly. You
will understand yourself and your Maker better than

Naming maladies

398:1 Sometimes Jesus called a disease by name, as when he
said to the epileptic boy, "Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I 398:3 charge thee, come out of him, and enter no
more into him." It is added that "the spirit
[error] cried, and rent him sore and came out of him, and 398:6 he was as one dead," - clear evidence that the malady
was not material. These instances show the concessions
which Jesus was willing to make to the popular ignorance 398:9 of spiritual Life-laws. Often he gave no name to the
distemper he cured. To the synagogue ruler’s daughter,
whom they called dead but of whom he said, "she is not 398:12 dead, but sleepeth," he simply said, "Damsel, I say unto
thee, arise!" To the sufferer with the withered hand
he said, "Stretch forth thine hand," and it "was restored 398:15 whole, like as the other."

The action of faith

Homoeopathic remedies, sometimes not containing a
particle of medicine, are known to relieve the symptoms 398:18 of disease. What produces the change? It is
the faith of the doctor and the patient, which
reduces self-inflicted sufferings and produces a new effect 398:21 upon the body. In like manner destroy the illusion of
pleasure in intoxication, and the desire for strong drink
is gone. Appetite and disease reside in mortal mind, not 398:24 in matter.

So also faith, cooperating with a belief in the healing
effects of time and medication, will soothe fear and change 398:27 the belief of disease to a belief of health. Even a blind
faith removes bodily ailments for a season, but hypnotism
changes such ills into new and more difficult forms of dis- 398:30 ease. The Science of Mind must come to the rescue,
to work a radical cure. Then we understand the process.
The great fact remains that evil is not mind. Evil has 399:1 no power, no intelligence, for God is good, and therefore
good is infinite, is All.

Corporeal combinations

399:3 You say that certain material combinations produce
disease; but if the material body causes disease, can
matter cure what matter has caused? Mortal 399:6 mind prescribes the drug, and administers it.
Mortal mind plans the exercise, and puts the body through
certain motions. No gastric gas accumulates, not a se- 399:9 cretion nor combination can operate, apart from the
action of mortal thought, /alias /mortal mind.

Automatic mechanism

So-called mortal mind sends its despatches over its 399:12 body, but this so-called mind is both the service and
message of this telegraphy. Nerves are un-
able to talk, and matter can return no an- 399:15 swer to immortal Mind. If Mind is the only actor, how
can mechanism be automatic? Mortal mind perpetuates
its own thought. It constructs a machine, manages it, 399:18 and then calls it material. A mill at work or the action
of a water-wheel is but a derivative from, and continua-
tion of, the primitive mortal mind. Without this force 399:21 the body is devoid of action, and this deadness shows
that so-called mortal life is mortal mind, not matter.

Mental strength

Scientifically speaking, there is no mortal mind out of 399:24 which to make material beliefs, springing from illusion.
This misnamed mind is not an entity. It is
only a false sense of matter, since matter is not 399:27 sensible. The one Mind, God, contains no mortal opin-
ions. All that is real is included in this immortal Mind.

Confirmation in a parable

Our Master asked: "How can one enter into a strong 399:30 man’s house and spoil his goods, except he first
bind the strong man?" In other words: How
can I heal the body, without beginning with so-called 400:1 mortal mind, which directly controls the body? When
disease is once destroyed in this so-called mind, the fear 400:3 of disease is gone, and therefore the disease is thor-
oughly cured. Mortal mind is "the strong man," which
must be held in subjection before its influence upon health 400:6 and morals can be removed. This error conquered, we
can despoil "the strong man" of his goods, - namely, of
sin and disease.

Eradicate error from thought

400:9 Mortals obtain the harmony of health, only as they
forsake discord, acknowledge the supremacy of divine
Mind, and abandon their material beliefs. 400:12 Eradicate the image of disease from the per-
turbed thought before it has taken tangible
shape in conscious thought, /alias/ the body, and you pre- 400:15 vent the development of disease. This task becomes easy,
if you understand that every disease is an error, and has
no character nor type, except what mortal mind assigns to 400:18 it. By lifting thought above error, or disease, and con-
tending persistently for truth, you destroy error.

Mortal mind controlled

When we remove disease by addressing the disturbed 400:21 mind, giving no heed to the body, we prove that thought
alone creates the suffering. Mortal mind
rules all that is mortal. We see in the body 400:24 the images of this mind, even as in optics we see painted
on the retina the image which becomes visible to the
senses. The action of so-called mortal mind must be 400:27 destroyed by the divine Mind to bring out the harmony
of being. Without divine control there is discord, mani-
fest as sin, sickness, and death.

Mortal mind not a healer

400:30 The Scriptures plainly declare the baneful influence of
sinful thought on the body. Even our Master felt this.
It is recorded that in certain localities he did not many 401:1 mighty works "because of their unbelief" in Truth. Any
human error is its own enemy, and works against itself; 401:3 it does nothing in the right direction and much
in the wrong. If so-called mind is cherishing
evil passions and malicious purposes, it is not a healer, 401:6 but it engenders disease and death.

Effect of opposites

If faith in the truth of being, which you impart men-
tally while destroying error, causes chemicalization (as 401:9 when an alkali is destroying an acid), it is be-
cause the truth of being must transform the
error to the end of producing a higher manifestation. 401:12 This fermentation should not aggravate the disease, but
should be as painless to man as to a fluid, since matter
has no sensation and mortal mind only feels and sees 401:15 materially.

What I term /chemicalization/ is the upheaval produced
when immortal Truth is destroying erroneous mortal be- 401:18 lief. Mental chemicalization brings sin and sickness to
the surface, forcing impurities to pass away, as is the case
with a fermenting fluid.

Medicine and brain

401:21 The only effect produced by medicine is dependent upon
mental action. If the mind were parted from the body,
could you produce any effect upon the brain 401:24 or body by applying the drug to either? Would
the drug remove paralysis, affect organization, or restore
will and action to cerebrum and cerebellum?

Skilful surgery

401:27 Until the advancing age admits the efficacy and suprem-
acy of Mind, it is better for Christian Scientists to leave
surgery and the adjustment of broken bones 401:30 and dislocations to the fingers of a surgeon,
while the mental healer confines himself chiefly to mental
reconstruction and to the prevention of inflammation. 402:1 Christian Science is always the most skilful surgeon, but
surgery is the branch of its healing which will be last 402:3 acknowledged. However, it is but just to say that the
author has already in her possession well-authenticated
records of the cure, by herself and her students through 402:6 mental surgery alone, of broken bones, dislocated joints,
and spinal vertebrae.

Indestructible life of man

The time approaches when mortal mind will forsake 402:9 its corporeal, structural, and material basis, when im-
mortal Mind and its formations will be appre-
hended in Science, and material beliefs will 402:12 not interfere with spiritual facts. Man is indestructible
and eternal. Sometime it will be learned that mortal
mind constructs the mortal body with this mind’s own 402:15 mortal materials. In Science, no breakage nor dislocation
can really occur. You say that accidents, injuries, and
disease kill man, but this is not true. The life of man is 402:18 Mind. The material body manifests only what mortal
mind believes, whether it be a broken bone, disease, or sin.

The evil of mesmerism

We say that one human mind can influence another and 402:21 in this way affect the body, but we rarely remember that
we govern our own bodies. The error, mes-
merism - or hypnotism, to use the recent term 402:24 - illustrates the fact just stated. The operator would
make his subjects believe that they cannot act voluntarily
and handle themselves as they should do. If they yield 402:27 to this influence, it is because their belief is not better
instructed by spiritual understanding. Hence the proof
that hypnotism is not scientific; Science cannot produce 402:30 both disorder and order. The involuntary pleasure or
pain of the person under hypnotic control is proved to be
a belief without a real cause.

Wrong-doer should suffer

403:1 So the sick through their beliefs have induced their own
diseased conditions. The great difference between vol- 403:3 untary and involuntary mesmerism is that vol-
untary mesmerism is induced consciously and
should and does cause the perpetrator to suffer, while self- 403:6 mesmerism is induced unconsciously and by his mistake
a man is often instructed. In the first instance it is under-
stood that the difficulty is a mental illusion, while in the 403:9 second it is believed that the misfortune is a material effect.
The human mind is employed to remove the illusion in
one case, but matter is appealed to in the other. In real- 403:12 ity, both have their origin in the human mind, and can be
healed only by the divine Mind.

Error’s power imaginary

You command the situation if you understand that 403:15 mortal existence is a state of self-deception and not the
truth of being. Mortal mind is constantly
producing on mortal body the results of false 403:18 opinions; and it will continue to do so, until mortal
error is deprived of its imaginary powers by Truth,
which sweeps away the gossamer web of mortal illusion. 403:21 The most Christian state is one of rectitude and spir-
itual understanding, and this is best adapted for heal-
ing the sick. Never conjure up some new discovery from 403:24 dark forebodings regarding disease and then acquaint
your patient with it.


The mortal so-called mind produces all that is unlike 403:27 the immortal Mind. The human mind determines the
nature of a case, and the practitioner improves
or injures the case in proportion to the truth 403:30 or error which influences his conclusions. The mental
conception and development of disease are not under-
stood by the patient, but the physician should be familiar 404:1 with mental action and its effect in order to judge the case
according to Christian Science.

Appetites to be abandoned

404:3 If a man is an inebriate, a slave to tobacco, or the special
servant of any one of the myriad forms of sin, meet and
destroy these errors with the truth of being, - 404:6 by exhibiting to the wrong-doer the suffering
which his submission to such habits brings, and by con-
vincing him that there is no real pleasure in false appe- 404:9 tites. A corrupt mind is manifested in a corrupt body.
Lust, malice, and all sorts of evil are diseased beliefs, and
you can destroy them only by destroying the wicked 404:12 motives which produce them. If the evil is over in the
repentant mortal mind, while its effects still remain on the
individual, you can remove this disorder as God’s law is 404:15 fulfilled and reformation cancels the crime. The healthy
sinner is the hardened sinner.

Temperance reform

The temperance reform, felt all over our land, results 404:18 from metaphysical healing, which cuts down every tree
that brings not forth good fruit. This con-
viction, that there is no real pleasure in sin, 404:21 is one of the most important points in the theology of
Christian Science. Arouse the sinner to this new and
true view of sin, show him that sin confers no pleasure, 404:24 and this knowledge strengthens his moral courage and
increases his ability to master evil and to love good.

Sin or fear the root of sickness

Healing the sick and reforming the sinner are one and 404:27 the same thing in Christian Science. Both cures require
the same method and are inseparable in Truth.
Hatred, envy, dishonesty, fear, and so forth, 404:30 make a man sick, and neither material medi-
cine nor Mind can help him permanently, even in body,
unless it makes him better mentally, and so delivers him 405:1 from his destroyers. The basic error is mortal mind.
Hatred inflames the brutal propensities. The indulgence 405:3 of evil motives and aims makes any man, who is above the
lowest type of manhood, a hopeless sufferer.

Mental conspirators

Christian Science commands man to master the pro- 405:6 pensities, - to hold hatred in abeyance with kindness,
to conquer lust with chastity, revenge with
charity, and to overcome deceit with hon- 405:9 esty. Choke these errors in their early stages, if you
would not cherish an army of conspirators against
health, happiness, and success. They will deliver you 405:12 to the judge, the arbiter of truth against error. The
judge will deliver you to justice, and the sentence of
the moral law will be executed upon mortal mind and 405:15 body. Both will be manacled until the last farthing
is paid, - until you have balanced your account with
God. "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also 405:18 reap." The good man finally can overcome his fear of
sin. This is sin’s necessity, - to destroy itself. Im-
mortal man demonstrates the government of God, good, 405:21 in which is no power to sin.

Cumulative repentence

It were better to be exposed to every plague on earth
than to endure the cumulative effects of a guilty con- 405:24 science. The abiding consciousness of wrong-
doing tends to destroy the ability to do right.
If sin is not regretted and is not lessening, then it is 405:27 hastening on to physical and moral doom. You are con-
quered by the moral penalties you incur and the ills they
bring. The pains of sinful sense are less harmful than its 405:30 pleasures. Belief in material suffering causes mortals to
retreat from their error, to flee from body to Spirit, and
to appeal to divine sources outside of themselves.

The leaves of healing

406:1 The Bible contains the recipe for all healing. "The
leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." 406:3 Sin and sickness are both healed by the same
Principle. The tree is typical of man’s divine
Principle, which is equal to every emergency, offering 406:6 full salvation from sin, sickness, and death. Sin will
submit to Christian Science when, in place of modes and
forms, the power of God is understood and demonstrated 406:9 in the healing of mortals, both mind and body. "Per-
fect Love casteth out fear."

Sickness will abate

The Science of being unveils the errors of sense, and 406:12 spiritual perception, aided by Science, reaches Truth.
Then error disappears. Sin and sickness will
abate and seem less real as we approach the 406:15 scientific period, in which mortal sense is subdued and
all that is unlike the true likeness disappears. The moral
man has no fear that he will commit a murder, and he 406:18 should be as fearless on the question of disease.

Resist to the end

Resist evil - error of every sort - and it will flee from
you. Error is opposed to Life. We can, and ultimately 406:21 shall, so rise as to avail ourselves in every direc-
tion of the supremacy of Truth over error, Life
over death, and good over evil, and this growth will go 406:24 on until we arrive at the fulness of God’s idea, and no
more fear that we shall be sick and die. Inharmony of
any kind involves weakness and suffering, - a loss of 406:27 control over the body.

Morbid cravings

The depraved appetite for alcoholic drinks, tobacco,
tea, coffee, opium, is destroyed only by Mind’s mastery 406:30 of the body. This normal control is gained
through divine strength and understanding.
There is no enjoyment in getting drunk, in becoming a 407:1 fool or an object of loathing; but there is a very sharp
remembrance of it, a suffering inconceivably terrible to 407:3 man’s self-respect. Puffing the obnoxious fumes of to-
bacco, or chewing a leaf naturally attractive to no crea-
ture except a loathsome worm, is at least disgusting.

Universal panacea

407:6 Man’s enslavement to the most relentless masters -
passion, selfishness, envy, hatred, and revenge - is con-
quered only by a mighty struggle. Every 407:9 hour of delay makes the struggle more severe.
If man is not victorious over the passions, they crush
out happiness, health, and manhood. Here Christian 407:12 Science is the sovereign panacea, giving strength to the
weakness of mortal mind, - strength from the immortal
and omnipotent Mind, - and lifting humanity above 407:15 itself into purer desires, even into spiritual power and
good-will to man.

Let the slave of wrong desire learn the lessons of Chris- 407:18 tian Science, and he will get the better of that desire
and ascend a degree in the scale of health, happiness,
and existence.

Immortal memory

407:21 If delusion says, "I have lost my memory," contra-
dict it. No faculty of Mind is lost. In Science, all
being is eternal, spiritual, perfect, harmoni- 407:24 ous in every action. Let the perfect model be
present in your thoughts instead of its demoralized op-
posite. This spiritualization of thought lets in the light, 407:27 and brings the divine Mind, Life not death, into your

Sin a form of insanity

There are many species of insanity. All sin is insan- 407:30 ity in different degrees. Sin is spared from
this classification, only because its method of
madness is in consonance with common mortal belief. 408:1 Every sort of sickness is error, - that is, sickness is
loss of harmony. This view is not altered by the fact 408:3 that sin is worse than sickness, and sickness is not ac-
knowledged nor discovered to be error by many who are

408:6 There is a universal insanity of so-called health, which
mistakes fable for fact throughout the entire round of the
material senses, but this general craze cannot, in a scien- 408:9 tific diagnosis, shield the individual case from the special
name of insanity. Those unfortunate people who are
committed to insane asylums are only so many distinctly 408:12 defined instances of the baneful effects of illusion on mor-
tal minds and bodies.

Drugs and brain-lobes

The supposition that we can correct insanity by the use 408:15 of purgatives and narcotics is in itself a mild species of
insanity. Can drugs go of their own accord
to the brain and destroy the so-called inflam- 408:18 mation of disordered functions, thus reaching mortal
mind through matter? Drugs do not affect a corpse, and
Truth does not distribute drugs through the blood, and 408:21 from them derive a supposed effect on intelligence and sen-
timent. A dislocation of the tarsal joint would produce
insanity as perceptibly as would congestion of the brain, 408:24 were it not that mortal mind thinks that the tarsal joint is
less intimately connected with the mind than is the brain.
Reverse the belief, and the results would be perceptibly 408:27 different.

Matter and animate error

The unconscious thought in the corporeal substra-
tum of brain produces no effect, and that condition of 408:30 the body which we call sensation in matter
is unreal. Mortal mind is ignorant of it-
self, - ignorant of the errors it includes and of their 409:1 effects. Intelligent matter is an impossibility. You
may say: "But if disease obtains in matter, why do 409:3 you insist that disease is formed by mortal mind and
not by matter?" /Mortal mind /and body combine as
one, and the nearer matter approaches its final state- 409:6 ment, - animate error called nerves, brain, mind, - the
more prolific it is likely to become in sin and disease-

Dictation of error

409:9 Unconscious mortal mind - /alias /matter, brain - can-
not dictate terms to consciousness nor say, "I am sick."
The belief, that the unconscious substratum 409:12 of mortal mind, termed the body, suffers and
reports disease independently of this so-called conscious
mind, is the error which prevents mortals from knowing 409:15 how to govern their bodies.

So-called superiority

The so-called conscious mortal mind is believed to be
superior to its unconscious substratum, matter, and 409:18 the stronger never yields to the weaker, ex-
cept through fear or choice. The animate
should be governed by God alone. The real man is 409:21 spiritual and immortal, but the mortal and imperfect
so-called "children of men" are counterfeits from the
beginning, to be laid aside for the pure reality. This 409:24 mortal is put off, and the new man or real man is put
on, in proportion as mortals realize the Science of man
and seek the true model.

Death no benefactor

409:27 We have no right to say that life depends on matter
now, but will not depend on it after death. We cannot
spend our days here in ignorance of the Science 409:30 of Life, and expect to find beyond the grave
a reward for this ignorance. Death will not make us
harmonious and immortal as a recompense for ignorance. 410:1 If here we give no heed to Christian Science, which is
spiritual and eternal, we shall not be ready for spiritual 410:3 Life hereafter.

Life eternal and present

"This is life eternal," says Jesus, - /is/, not /shall be/;
and then he defines everlasting life as a present knowledge 410:6 of his Father and of himself, - the knowledge
of Love, Truth, and Life. "This is life eter-
nal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and 410:9 Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent." The Scriptures
say, "Man shall not live by bread /alone/, but by every
word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God," show- 410:12 ing that Truth is the actual life of man; but mankind
objects to making this teaching practical.

Love casteth out fear

Every trial of our faith in God makes us stronger. 410:15 The more difficult seems the material condition to be
overcome by Spirit, the stronger should be our
faith and the purer our love. The Apostle 410:18 John says: "There is no fear in Love, but perfect Love
casteth out fear. . . . He that feareth is not made per-
fect in Love." Here is a definite and inspired proclama- 410:21 tion of Christian Science.


Be not afraid

The Science of mental practice is susceptible of no 410:24 misuse. Selfishness does not appear in the practice of
Truth or Christian Science. If mental prac-
tice is abused or is used in any way except to 410:27 promote right thinking and doing, the power to heal
mentally will diminish, until the practitioner’s healing
ability is wholly lost. Christian scientific practice be- 410:30 gins with Christ’s keynote of harmony, "Be not afraid!" 411:1 Said Job: "The thing which I greatly feared is come
upon me."

Naming diseases

411:3 My first discovery in the student’s practice was this:
If the student silently called the disease by name, when
he argued against it, as a general rule the body 411:6 would respond more quickly, - just as a per-
son replies more readily when his name is spoken; but
this was because the student was not perfectly attuned to 411:9 divine Science, and needed the arguments of truth for
reminders. If Spirit or the power of divine Love bear
witness to the truth, this is the ultimatum, the scientific 411:12 way, and the healing is instantaneous.

Evils cast out

It is recorded that once Jesus asked the name of a dis-
ease, - a disease which moderns would call /dementia/. 411:15 The demon, or evil, replied that his name was
Legion. Thereupon Jesus cast out the evil,
and the insane man was changed and straightway be- 411:18 came whole. The Scripture seems to import that Jesus
caused the evil to be self-seen and so destroyed.

Fear as the foundation

The procuring cause and foundation of all sickness is 411:21 fear, ignorance, or sin. Disease is always induced by a
false sense mentally entertained, not destroyed.
Disease is an image of thought externalized. 411:24 The mental state is called a material state. Whatever
is cherished in mortal mind as the physical condition is
imaged forth on the body.

Unspoken pleading

411:27 Always begin your treatment by allaying the fear
of patients. Silently reassure them as to their exemp-
tion from disease and danger. Watch the re- 411:30 sult of this simple rule of Christian Science,
and you will find that it alleviates the symptoms of every
disease. If you succeed in wholly removing the fear, 412:1 your patient is healed. The great fact that God lovingly
governs all, never punishing aught but sin, is your stand- 412:3 point, from which to advance and destroy the human fear
of sickness. Mentally and silently plead the case scien-
tifically for Truth. You may vary the arguments to meet 412:6 the peculiar or general symptoms of the case you treat,
but be thoroughly persuaded in your own mind concern-
ing the truth which you think or speak, and you will be 412:9 the victor.

Eloquent silence

You may call the disease by name when you mentally
deny it; but by naming it audibly, you are liable under 412:12 some circumstances to impress it upon the
thought. The power of Christian Science and
divine Love is omnipotent. It is indeed adequate to un- 412:15 clasp the hold and to destroy disease, sin, and death.

Insistence requisite

To prevent disease or to cure it, the power of Truth,
of divine Spirit, must break the dream of the material 412:18 senses. To heal by argument, find the type
of the ailment, get its name, and array your
mental plea against the physical. Argue at first men- 412:21 tally, not audibly, that the patient has no disease, and
conform the argument so as to destroy the evidence of
disease. Mentally insist that harmony is the fact, and 412:24 that sickness is a temporal dream. Realize the presence
of health and the fact of harmonious being, until the
body corresponds with the normal conditions of health 412:27 and harmony.

The cure of infants

If the case is that of a young child or an infant, it needs
to be met mainly through the parent’s thought, silently 412:30 or audibly on the aforesaid basis of Christian
Science. The Scientist knows that there can
be no hereditary disease, since matter is not intelligent 413:1 and cannot transmit good or evil intelligence to man, and
God, the only Mind, does not produce pain in matter. 413:3 The act of yielding one’s thoughts to the undue contem-
plation of physical wants or conditions induces those very
conditions. A single requirement, beyond what is neces- 413:6 sary to meet the simplest needs of the babe is harmful.
Mind regulates the condition of the stomach, bowels, and
food, the temperature of children and of men, and matter 413:9 does not. The wise or unwise views of parents and other
persons on these subjects produce good or bad effects on
the health of children.

Ablutions for cleanliness

413:12 The daily ablutions of an infant are no more natural
nor necessary than would be the process of taking a fish
out of water every day and covering it with dirt 413:15 in order to make it thrive more vigorously in its
own element. "Cleanliness is next to godliness," but
washing should be only for the purpose of keeping the 413:18 body clean, and this can be effected without scrubbing the
whole surface daily. Water is not the natural habitat of
humanity. I insist on bodily cleanliness within and with- 413:21 out. I am not patient with a speck of dirt; but in caring
for an infant one need not wash his little body all over each
day in order to keep it sweet as the new-blown flower.

Juvenile ailments

413:24 Giving drugs to infants, noticing every symptom of
flatulency, and constantly directing the mind to such
signs, - that mind being laden with illusions 413:27 about disease, health-laws, and death, - these
actions convey mental images to children’s budding
thoughts, and often stamp them there, making it probable 413:30 at any time that such ills may be reproduced in the very
ailments feared. A child may have worms, if you say so,
or any other malady, timorously held in the beliefs con- 414:1 cerning his body. Thus are laid the foundations of the
belief in disease and death, and thus are children educated 414:3 into discord.

Cure of insanity

The treatment of insanity is especially interesting.
However obstinate the case, it yields more readily than 414:6 do most diseases to the salutary action of
truth, which counteracts error. The argu-
ments to be used in curing insanity are the same as in 414:9 other diseases: namely, the impossibility that matter,
brain, can control or derange mind, can suffer or cause
suffering; also the fact that truth and love will establish 414:12 a healthy state, guide and govern mortal mind or the
thought of the patient, and destroy all error, whether it is
called dementia, hatred, or any other discord.

414:15 To fix truth steadfastly in your patients’ thoughts, ex-
plain Christian Science to them, but not too soon, - not
until your patients are prepared for the explanation, - 414:18 lest you array the sick against their own interests by troub-
ling and perplexing their thought. The Christian Scien-
tist’s argument rests on the Christianly scientific basis of 414:21 being. The Scripture declares, "The Lord He is God
[good]; there is none else beside Him." Even so, harmony
is universal, and discord is unreal. Christian Science de- 414:24 clares that Mind is substance, also that matter neither
feels, suffers, nor enjoys. Hold these points strongly in
view. Keep in mind the verity of being, - that man is 414:27 the image and likeness of God, in whom all being is
painless and permanent. Remember that man’s perfec-
tion is real and unimpeachable, whereas imperfection is 414:30 blameworthy, unreal, and is not brought about by divine

Matter is not inflamed

Matter cannot be inflamed. Inflammation is fear, an 415:1 excited state of mortals which is not normal. Immor-
tal Mind is the only cause; therefore disease is neither a 415:3 cause nor an effect. Mind in every case is the
eternal God, good. Sin, disease, and death
have no foundations in Truth. Inflamation as a mor- 415:6 tal belief quickens or impedes the action of the system,
because thought moves quickly or slowly, leaps or halts
when it contemplates unpleasant things, or when the in- 415:9 dividual looks upon some object which he dreads. In-
flammation never appears in a part which mortal thought
does not reach. That is why opiates relieve inflammation. 415:12 They quiet the thought by inducing stupefaction and by
resorting to matter instead of to Mind. Opiates do not
remove the pain in any scientific sense. They only ren- 415:15 der mortal mind temporarily less fearful, till it can master
an erroneous belief.

Truth calms the thought

Note how thought makes the face pallid. It either re- 415:18 tards the circulation or quickens it, causing a pale or
flushed cheek. In the same way thought in-
creases or diminishes the secretions, the action 415:21 of the lungs, of the bowels, and of the heart. The mus-
cles, moving quickly or slowly and impelled or palsied by
thought, represent the action of all the organs of the hu- 415:24 man system, including brain and viscera. To remove
the error producing disorder, you must calm and instruct
mortal mind with immortal Truth.

Effects of etherization

415:27 Etherization will apparently cause the body to dis-
appear. Before the thoughts are fully at rest, the limbs
will vanish from consciousness. Indeed, the 415:30 whole frame will sink from sight along with
surrounding objects, leaving the pain standing forth as
distinctly as a mountain-peak, as if it were a separate 416:1 bodily member. At last the agony also vanishes. This
process shows the pain to be in the mind, for the inflam- 416:3 mation is not suppressed; and the belief of pain will
presently return, unless the mental image occasioning
the pain be removed by recognizing the truth of being.

Sedatives valueless

416:6 A hypodermic injection of morphine is administered
to a patient, and in twenty minutes the sufferer is qui-
etly asleep. To him there is no longer any 416:9 pain. Yet any physician - allopathic, homoe-
opathic, botanic, eclectic - will tell you that the trouble-
some material cause is unremoved, and that when the 416:12 soporific influence of the opium is exhausted, the pa-
tient will find himself in the same pain, unless the belief
which occasions the pain has meanwhile been changed. 416:15 Where is the pain while the patient sleeps?

The so-called physical ego

The material body, which you call /me/, is mortal mind,
and this mind is material in sensation, even as the body, 416:18 which has originated from this material sense
and been developed according to it, is mate-
rial. This materialism of parent and child is only in 416:21 mortal mind, as the dead body proves; for when the
mortal has resigned his body to dust, the body is no
longer the parent, even in appearance.

Evil thought depletes

416:24 The sick know nothing of the mental process by
which they are depleted, and next to nothing of the
metaphysical method by which they can be 416:27 healed. If they ask about their disease, tell
them only what is best for them to know. Assure them
that they think too much about their ailments, and 416:30 have already heard too much on that subject. Turn
their thoughts away from their bodies to higher ob-
jects. Teach them that their being is sustained by 417:1 Spirit, not by matter, and that they find health, peace,
and harmony in God, divine Love.

Helpful encouragement

417:3 Give sick people credit for sometimes knowing more
than their doctors. Always support their trust in the
power of Mind to sustain the body. Never 417:6 tell the sick that they have more courage
than strength. Tell them rather, that their strength
is in proportion to their courage. If you make the sick 417:9 realize this great truism, there will be no reaction from
over-exertion or from excited conditions. Maintain
the facts of Christian Science, - that Spirit is God, and 417:12 therefore cannot be sick; that what is termed matter
cannot be sick; that all causation is Mind, acting
through spiritual law. Then hold your ground with 417:15 the unshaken understanding of Truth and Love, and
you will win. When you silence the witness against your
plea, you destroy the evidence, for the disease disap- 417:18 pears. The evidence before the corporeal senses is not
the Science of immortal man.

Disease to be made unreal

To the Christian Science healer, sickness is a dream 417:21 from which the patient needs to be awakened. Dis-
ease should not appear real to the physician,
since it is demonstrable that the way to 417:24 cure the patient is to make disease unreal to him. To
do this, the physician must understand the unreality
of disease in Science.

417:27 Explain audibly to your patients, as soon as they can
bear it, the complete control which Mind holds over the
body. Show them how mortal mind seems to induce 417:30 disease by certain fears and false conclusions, and how
divine Mind can cure by opposite thoughts. Give your
patients an underlying understanding to support them 418:1 and to shield them from the baneful effects of their own
conclusions. Show them that the conquest over sickness, 418:3 as well as over sin, depends on mentally destroying all
belief in material pleasure or pain.

Christian pleading

Stick to the truth of being in contradistinction to the 418:6 error that life, substance, or intelligence can be in matter.
Plead with an honest conviction of truth and
a clear perception of the unchanging, unerr- 418:9 ing, and certain effect of divine Science. Then, if your
fidelity is half equal to the truth of your plea, you will
heal the sick.

Truthful arguments

418:12 It must be clear to you that sickness is no more
the reality of being than is sin. This mortal dream
of sickness, sin, and death should cease 418:15 through Christian Science. Then one dis-
ease would be as readily destroyed as another. What-
ever the belief is, if arguments are used to destroy it, 418:18 the belief must be repudiated, and the negation must ex-
tend to the supposed disease and to whatever decides its
type and symptoms. Truth is affirmative, and confers 418:21 harmony. All metaphysical logic is inspired by this sim-
ple rule of Truth, which governs all reality. By the
truthful arguments you employ, and especially by the 418:24 spirit of Truth and Love which you entertain, you will
heal the sick.

Morality required

Include moral as well as physical belief in your efforts 418:27 to destroy error. Cast out all manner of evil. "Preach
the gospel to every creature." Speak the
truth to every form of error. Tumors, ulcers, 418:30 tubercles, inflammation, pain, deformed joints, are wak-
ing dream-shadows, dark images of mortal thought, which
flee before the light of Truth.

419:1 A moral question may hinder the recovery of the sick.
Lurking error, lust, envy, revenge, malice, or hate will 419:3 perpetuate or even create the belief in disease. Errors
of all sorts tend in this direction. Your true course is
to destroy the foe, and leave the field to God, Life, Truth, 419:6 and Love, remembering that God and His ideas alone
are real and harmonious.

Relapse unnecessary

If your patient from any cause suffers a relapse, meet 419:9 the cause mentally and courageously, knowing that
there can be no reaction in Truth. Neither
disease itself, sin, nor fear has the power to 419:12 cause disease or a relapse. Disease has no intelligence
with which to move itself about or to change itself from
one form to another. If disease moves, mind, not mat- 419:15 ter, moves it; therefore be sure that you move it off.
Meet every adverse circumstance as its master. Ob-
serve mind instead of body, lest aught unfit for develop- 419:18 ment enter thought. Think less of material conditions
and more of spiritual.

Conquer beliefs and fears

Mind produces all action. If the action proceeds from 419:21 Truth, from immortal Mind, there is harmony; but mor-
tal mind is liable to any phase of belief. A
relapse cannot in reality occur in mortals or 419:24 so-called mortal minds, for there is but one
Mind, one God. Never fear the mental malpractitioner,
the mental assassin, who, in attempting to rule mankind, 419:27 tramples upon the divine Principle of metaphysics, for God
is the only power. To succeed in healing, you must con-
quer your own fears as well as those of your patients, and 419:30 rise into higher and holier consciousness.

True government of man

If it is found necessary to treat against relapse, know
that disease or its symptoms cannot change forms, nor 420:1 go from one part to another, for Truth destroys disease.
There is no metastasis, no stoppage of harmonious 420:3 action, no paralysis. Truth not error, Love
not hate, Spirit not matter, governs man. If
students do not readily heal themselves, they should 420:6 early call an experienced Christian Scientist to aid
them. If they are unwilling to do this for themselves,
they need only to know that error cannot produce this 420:9 unnatural reluctance.

Positive reassurance

Instruct the sick that they are not helpless victims,
for if they will only accept Truth, they can resist disease 420:12 and ward it off, as positively as they can the
temptation to sin. This fact of Christian Sci-
ence should be explained to invalids when they are in a 420:15 fit mood to receive it, - when they will not array them-
selves against it, but are ready to become receptive to the
new idea. The fact that Truth overcomes both disease 420:18 and sin reassures depressed hope. It imparts a healthy
stimulus to the body, and regulates the system. It in-
creases or diminishes the action, as the case may require, 420:21 better than any drug, alterative, or tonic.

Proper stimulus

Mind is the natural stimulus of the body, but erro-
neous belief, taken at its best, is not promotive of health 420:24 or happiness. Tell the sick that they can
meet disease fearlessly, if they only realize
that divine Love gives them all power over every physical 420:27 action and condition.

Awaken the patient

If it becomes necessary to startle mortal mind to break
its dream of suffering, vehemently tell your patient that 420:30 he must awake. Turn his gaze from the false
evidence of the senses to the harmonious facts
of Soul and immortal being. Tell him that he suffers 421:1 only as the insane suffer, from false beliefs. The only
difference is, that insanity implies belief in a diseased 421:3 brain, while physical ailments (so-called) arise from the
belief that other portions of the body are deranged. De-
rangement, or /disarrangement/, is a word which conveys 421:6 the true definition of all human belief in ill-health, or dis-
turbed harmony. Should you thus startle mortal mind
in order to remove its beliefs, afterwards make known 421:9 to the patient your motive for this shock, showing him
that it was to facilitate recovery.

How to treat a crisis

If a crisis occurs in your treatment, you must treat 421:12 the patient less for the disease and more for the mental
disturbance or fermentation, and subdue the
symptoms by removing the belief that this 421:15 chemicalization produces pain or disease. Insist vehe-
mently on the great fact which covers the whole ground,
that God, Spirit, is all, and that there is none beside 421:18 Him. There is /no disease/. When the supposed suffer-
ing is gone from mortal mind, there can be no pain; and
when the fear is destroyed, the inflammation will sub- 421:21 side. Calm the excitement sometimes induced by chemi-
calization, which is the alterative effect produced by
Truth upon error, and sometimes explain the symptoms 421:24 and their cause to the patient.

No perversion of Mind-science

It is no more Christianly scientific to see disease than
it is to experience it. If you would destroy the sense 421:27 of disease, you should not build it up by
wishing to see the forms it assumes or by
employing a single material application for 421:30 its relief. The perversion of Mind-science is like as-
serting that the products of eight multiplied by five, and
of seven by ten, are both forty, and that their combined 422:1 sum is fifty, and then calling the process mathematics.
Wiser than his persecutors, Jesus said: "If I by Beelze- 422:3 bub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them

Effect of this book

If the reader of this book observes a great stir through- 422:6 out his whole system, and certain moral and physical
symptoms seem aggravated, these indications
are favorable. Continue to read, and the book 422:9 will become the physician, allaying the tremor which
Truth often brings to error when destroying it.

Disease neutralized

Patients, unfamiliar with the cause of this commotion 422:12 and ignorant that it is a favorable omen, may be alarmed.
If such be the case, explain to them the law
of this action. As when an acid and alkali 422:15 meet and bring out a third quality, so mental and moral
chemistry changes the material base of thought, giving
more spirituality to consciousness and causing it to depend 422:18 less on material evidence. These changes which go on
in mortal mind serve to reconstruct the body. Thus
Christian Science, by the alchemy of Spirit, destroys sin 422:21 and death.

Bone-healing by surgery

Let us suppose two parallel cases of bone-disease, both
similarly produced and attended by the same symptoms. 422:24 A surgeon is employed in one case, and a
Christian Scientist in the other. The sur-
geon, holding that matter forms its own conditions and 422:27 renders them fatal at certain points, entertains fears and
doubts as to the ultimate outcome of the injury. Not
holding the reins of government in his own hands, he 422:30 believes that something stronger than Mind - namely,
matter - governs the case. His treatment is therefore
tentative. This mental state invites defeat. The belief 423:1 that he has met his master in matter and may not be
able to mend the bone, increases his fear; yet this belief 423:3 should not be communicated to the patient, either ver-
bally or otherwise, for this fear greatly diminishes the
tendency towards a favorable result. Remember that the 423:6 unexpressed belief oftentimes affects a sensitive patient
more strongly than the expressed thought.

Scientific corrective

The Christian Scientist, understanding scientifically 423:9 that all is Mind, commences with mental causation, the
truth of being, to destroy the error. This cor-
rective is an alterative, reaching to every part 423:12 of the human system. According to Scripture, it searches
"the joints and marrow," and it restores the harmony of

Coping with difficulties

423:15 The matter-physician deals with matter as both his foe
and his remedy. He regards the ailment as weakened or
strengthened according to the evidence which 423:18 matter presents. The metaphysician, making
Mind his basis of operation irrespective of matter and
regarding the truth and harmony of being as superior to 423:21 error and discord, has rendered himself strong, instead
of weak, to cope with the case; and he proportionately
strengthens his patient with the stimulus of courage and 423:24 conscious power. Both Science and consciousness are
now at work in the economy of being according to the law
of Mind, which ultimately asserts its absolute supremacy.

Formation from thought

423:27 Ossification or any abnormal condition or derange-
ment of the body is as directly the action of mortal
mind as is dementia or insanity. Bones have 423:30 only the substance of thought which forms
them. They are only phenomena of the mind of mor-
tals. The so-called substance of bone is formed first 424:1 by the parent’s mind, through self-division. Soon the
child becomes a separate, individualized mortal mind, 424:3 which takes possession of itself and its own thoughts of

Accidents unknown to God

Accidents are unknown to God, or immortal Mind, 424:6 and we must leave the mortal basis of belief
and unite with the one Mind, in order to
change the notion of chance to the proper sense 424:9 of God’s unerring direction and thus bring out harmony.

Opposing mentality

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

424:12 In medical practice objections would be raised if one
doctor should administer a drug to counteract the work-
ing of a remedy prescribed by another doctor. 424:15 It is equally important in metaphysical prac-
tice that the /minds /which surround your patient should
not act against your influence by continually expressing 424:18 such opinions as may alarm or discourage, - either by
giving antagonistic advice or through unspoken thoughts
resting on your patient. While it is certain that the 424:21 divine Mind can remove any obstacle, still you need the
ear of your auditor. It is not more difficult to make your-
self heard mentally while others are thinking about your 424:24 patients or conversing with them, if you understand
Christian Science - the oneness and the allness of divine
Love; but it is well to be alone with God and the sick 424:27 when treating disease.

Mind removes scrofula

To prevent or to cure scrofula and other so-called he-
reditary diseases, you must destroy the belief in these ills 424:30 and the faith in the possibility of their trans-
mission. The patient may tell you that he
has a humor in the blood, a scrofulous diathesis. His 425:1 parents or some of his progenitors farther back have so
believed. Mortal mind, not matter, induces this con- 425:3 clusion and its results. You will have humors, just so
long as you believe them to be safety-valves or to be

Nothing to consume

425:6 If the case to be mentally treated is consumption, take
up the leading points included (according to belief) in
this disease. Show that it is not inherited; 425:9 that inflammation, tubercles, hemorrhage, and
decomposition are beliefs, images of mortal thought su-
perimposed upon the body; that they are not the truth 425:12 of man; that they should be treated as error and put out
of thought. Then these ills will disappear.

The lungs re-formed

If the body is diseased, this is but one of the beliefs of 425:15 mortal mind. Mortal man will be less mortal, when he
learns that matter never sustained existence
and can never destroy God, who is man’s Life. 425:18 When this is understood, mankind will be more spiritual
and know that there is nothing to consume, since Spirit,
God, is All-in-all. What if the belief is consumption? 425:21 God is more to a man than his belief, and the less we ac-
knowledge matter or its laws, the more immortality we
possess. Consciousness constructs a better body when 425:24 faith in matter has been conquered. Correct material
belief by spiritual understanding, and Spirit will form
you anew. You will never fear again except to offend 425:27 God, and you will never believe that heart or any por-
tion of the body can destroy you.

Soundness maintained

If you have sound and capacious lungs and want 425:30 them to remain so, be always ready with the
mental protest against the opposite belief in
heredity. Discard all notions about lungs, tubercles, in- 426:1 herited consumption, or disease arising from any cir-
cumstance, and you will find that mortal mind, when 426:3 instructed by Truth, yields to divine power, which steers
the body into health.

Our footsteps heavenward

The discoverer of Christian Science finds the path less 426:6 difficult when she has the high goal always before her
thoughts, than when she counts her footsteps
in endeavoring to reach it. When the desti- 426:9 nation is desirable, expectation speeds our progress. The
struggle for Truth makes one strong instead of weak,
resting instead of wearying one. If the belief in death 426:12 were obliterated, and the understanding obtained that
there is no death, this would be a "tree of life," known
by its fruits. Man should renew his energies and en- 426:15 deavors, and see the folly of hypocrisy, while also learn-
ing the necessity of working out his own salvation. When
it is learned that disease cannot destroy life, and that 426:18 mortals are not saved from sin or sickness by death, this
understanding will quicken into newness of life. It will
master either a desire to die or a dread of the grave, 426:21 and thus destroy the great fear that besets mortal

Christian standard

The relinquishment of all faith in death and also of 426:24 the fear of its sting would raise the standard of health
and morals far beyond its present elevation,
and would enable us to hold the banner of 426:27 Christianity aloft with unflinching faith in God, in Life
eternal. Sin brought death, and death will disappear
with the disappearance of sin. Man is immortal, and 426:30 the body cannot die, because matter has no life to sur-
render. The human concepts named matter, death, dis-
ease, sickness, and sin are all that can be destroyed.

Life not contingent on matter

427:1 If it is true that man lives, this fact can never change
in Science to the opposite belief that man dies. Life is 427:3 the law of Soul, even the law of the spirit of
Truth, and Soul is never without its represent-
ative. Man’s individual being can no more 427:6 die nor disappear in unconsciousness than can Soul, for
both are immortal. If man believes in death now, he
must disbelieve in it when learning that there is no reality 427:9 in death, since the truth of being is deathless. The be-
lief that existence is contingent on matter must be met
and mastered by Science, before Life can be understood 427:12 and harmony obtained.

Mortality vanquished

Death is but another phase of the dream that exist-
ence can be material. Nothing can interfere with the 427:15 harmony of being nor end the existence of
man in Science. Man is the same after as
before a bone is broken or the body guillotined. If man 427:18 is never to overcome death, why do the Scriptures say,
"The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death"? The
tenor of the Word shows that we shall obtain the victory 427:21 over death in proportion as we overcome sin. The great
difficulty lies in ignorance of what God is. God, Life,
Truth, and Love make man undying. Immortal Mind, 427:24 governing all, must be acknowledged as supreme in the
physical realm, so-called, as well as in the spiritual.

No death nor inaction

Called to the bed of death, what material remedy has 427:27 man when all such remedies have failed? Spirit is his
last resort, but it should have been his first
and only resort. The dream of death must 427:30 be mastered by Mind here or hereafter. Thought
will waken from its own material declaration, "I am
dead," to catch this trumpet-word of Truth, "There 428:1 is no death, no inaction, diseased action, overaction, nor

Vision opening

428:3 Life is real, and death is the illusion. A demonstra-
tion of the facts of Soul in Jesus’ way resolves the dark
visions of material sense into harmony and 428:6 immortality. Man’s privilege at this supreme
moment is to prove the words of our Master: "If a man
keep my saying, he shall never see death." To divest 428:9 thought of false trusts and material evidences in order
that the spiritual facts of being may appear, - this is
the great attainment by means of which we shall sweep 428:12 away the false and give place to the true. Thus we may
establish in truth the temple, or body, "whose builder
and maker is God."

Intelligent consecration

428:15 We should consecrate existence, not "to the unknown
God" whom we "ignorantly worship," but to the eternal
builder, the everlasting Father, to the Life 428:18 which mortal sense cannot impair nor mortal
belief destroy. We must realize the ability of mental
might to offset human misconceptions and to replace them 428:21 with the life which is spiritual, not material.

The present immortality

The great spiritual fact must be brought out that man
/is/, not /shall be/, perfect and immortal. We must hold 428:24 forever the consciousness of existence, and
sooner or later, through Christ and Christian
Science, we must master sin and death. The evidence 428:27 of man’s immortality will become more apparent, as ma-
terial beliefs are given up and the immortal facts of being
are admitted.

Careful guidance

428:30 The author has healed hopeless organic disease, and
raised the dying to life and health through the under-
standing of God as the only Life. It is a sin to believe 429:1 that aught can overpower omnipotent and eternal Life,
and this Life must be brought to light by the understand- 429:3 ing that there is no death, as well as by other
graces of Spirit. We must begin, however,
with the more simple demonstrations of control, and 429:6 the sooner we begin the better. The final demonstration
takes time for its accomplishment. When walking, we
are guided by the eye. We look before our feet, and if 429:9 we are wise, we look beyond a single step in the line of
spiritual advancement.

Clay replying to the potter

The corpse, deserted by thought, is cold and decays, 429:12 but it never suffers. Science declares that man is sub-
ject to Mind. Mortal mind affirms that mind
is subordinate to the body, that the body is 429:15 dying, that it must be buried and decomposed
into dust; but mortal mind’s affirmation is not true.
Mortals waken from the dream of death with bodies un- 429:18 seen by those who think that they bury the body.

Continuity of existence

If man did not exist before the material organization
began, he could not exist after the body is disintegrated. 429:21 If we live after death and are immortal, we
must have lived before birth, for if Life ever
had any beginning, it must also have an ending, even ac- 429:24 cording to the calculations of natural science. Do you
believe this? No! Do you understand it? No! This
is why you doubt the statement and do not demonstrate 429:27 the facts it involves. We must have faith in all the say-
ings of our Master, though they are not included in the
teachings of the schools, and are not understood gener- 429:30 ally by our ethical instructors.

Life all-inclusive

Jesus said (John viii. 51), "If a man keep my saying,
he shall never see death." That statement is not con- 430:1 fined to spiritual life, but includes all the phenomena of
existence. Jesus demonstrated this, healing the dying 430:3 and raising the dead. Mortal mind must part
with error, must put off itself with its deeds,
and immortal manhood, the Christ ideal, will appear. 430:6 Faith should enlarge its borders and strengthen its base
by resting upon Spirit instead of matter. When man
gives up his belief in death, he will advance more rapidly 430:9 towards God, Life, and Love. Belief in sickness and
death, as certainly as belief in sin, tends to shut out the
true sense of Life and health. When will mankind wake 430:12 to this great fact in Science?

I here present to my readers an allegory illustrative
of the law of divine Mind and of the supposed laws of mat- 430:15 ter and hygiene, an allegory in which the plea of Christian
Science heals the sick.

A mental court case

Suppose a mental case to be on trial, as cases are tried 430:18 in court. A man is charged with having committed liver-
complaint. The patient feels ill, ruminates,
and the trial commences. Personal Sense is 430:21 the plaintiff. Mortal Man is the defendant. False Belief
is the attorney for Personal Sense. Mortal Minds, Ma-
teria Medica, Anatomy, Physiology, Hypnotism, Envy, 430:24 Greed and Ingratitude, constitute the jury. The court-
room is filled with interested spectators, and Judge
Medicine is on the bench. 430:27 The evidence for the prosecution being called for, a
witness testifies thus: -

I represent Health-laws. I was present on certain nights 430:30 when the prisoner, or patient, watched with a sick friend.
Although I have the superintendence of human affairs, I
was personally abused on those occasions. I was told that 431:1 I must remain silent until called for at this trial, when I
would be allowed to testify in the case. Notwithstanding 431:3 my rules to the contrary, the prisoner watched with the sick
every night in the week. When the sick mortal was thirsty,
the prisoner gave him drink. During all this time the pris- 431:6 oner attended to his daily labors, partaking of food at ir-
regular intervals, sometimes going to sleep immediately
after a heavy meal. At last he committed liver-complaint, 431:9 which I considered criminal, inasmuch as this offence is
deemed punishable with death. Therefore I arrested Mor-
tal Man in behalf of the state (namely, the body) and cast 431:12 him into prison.

At the time of the arrest the prisoner summoned Physi-
ology, Materia Medica, and Hypnotism to prevent his pun- 431:15 ishment. The struggle on their part was long. Materia
Medica held out the longest, but at length all these assist-
ants resigned to me, Health-laws, and I succeeded in get- 431:18 ting Mortal Man into close confinement until I should
release him.

The next witness is called:-

431:21 I am Coated Tongue. I am covered with a foul fur,
placed on me the night of the liver-attack. Morbid Secre-
tion hypnotized the prisoner and took control of his mind, 431:24 making him despondent.

Another witness takes the stand and testifies:-

I am Sallow Skin. I have been dry, hot, and chilled by 431:27 turns since the night of the liver-attack. I have lost my
healthy hue and become unsightly, although nothing on my
part has occasioned this change. I practise daily ablutions 431:30 and perform my functions as usual, but I am robbed of my
good looks.

432:1 The next witness testifies: -

I am Nerve, the State Commissioner for Mortal Man. 432:3 I am intimately acquainted with the plaintiff, Personal
Sense, and know him to be truthful and upright, whereas
Mortal Man, the prisoner at the bar, is capable of false- 432:6 hood. I was witness to the crime of liver-complaint. I
knew the prisoner would commit it, for I convey messages
from my residence in matter, alias brain, to body.

432:9 Another witness is called for by the Court of Error
and says: -

I am Mortality, Governor of the Province of Body, in 432:12 which Mortal Man resides. In this province there is a stat-
ute regarding disease, - namely, that he upon whose per-
son disease is found shall be treated as a criminal and 432:15 punished with death.

The Judge asks if by doing good to his neighbor, it is
possible for man to become diseased, transgress the laws, 432:18 and merit punishment, and Governor Mortality replies in
the affirmative.

Another witness takes the stand and testifies: -

432:21 I am Death. I was called for, shortly after the report of
the crime, by the officer of the Board of Health, who pro-
tested that the prisoner had abused him, and that my pres- 432:24 ence was required to confirm his testimony. One of the
prisoner’s friends, Materia Medica, was present when I
arrived, endeavoring to assist the prisoner to escape from 432:27 the hands of justice, /alias /nature’s so-called law; but my
appearance with a message from the Board of Health
changed the purpose of Materia Medica, and he decided at 432:30 once that the prisoner should die.

Judge Medicine charges the jury

433:1 The testimony for the plaintiff, Personal Sense, being
closed, Judge Medicine arises, and with great solemnity 433:3 addresses the jury of Mortal Minds. He an-
alyzes the offence, reviews the testimony, and
explains the law relating to liver-complaint. 433:6 His conclusion is, that laws of nature render disease
homicidal. In compliance with a stern duty, his Honor,
Judge Medicine, urges the jury not to allow their judg- 433:9 ment to be warped by the irrational, unchristian sugges-
tions of Christian Science. The jury must regard in such
cases only the evidence of Personal Sense against Mortal 433:12 Man.

As the Judge proceeds, the prisoner grows restless. His
sallow face blanches with fear, and a look of despair and 433:15 death settles upon it. The case is given to the jury. A
brief consultation ensues, and the jury returns a verdict
of "Guilty of liver-complaint in the first degree."

Mortal Man sentenced

433:18 Judge Medicine then proceeds to pronounce the solemn
sentence of death upon the prisoner. Because he has
loved his neighbor as himself, Mortal Man has 433:21 been guilty of benevolence in the first degree,
and this has led him into the commission of the second
crime, liver-complaint, which material laws condemn as 433:24 homicide. For this crime Mortal Man is sentenced to
be tortured until he is dead. "May God have mercy on
your soul," is the Judge’s solemn peroration.

433:27 The prisoner is then remanded to his cell (sick-bed),
and Scholastic Theology is sent for to prepare the fright-
ened sense of Life, God, - which sense must be immortal, 433:30 - for /death/.

Appeal to a higher tribunal

Ah! but Christ, Truth, the spirit of Life and the
friend of Mortal Man, can open wide those prison doors 434:1 and set the captive free. Swift on the wings of divine
Love, there comes a despatch: "Delay the execution; 434:3 the prisoner is not guilty." Consternation fills
the prison-yard. Some exclaim, "It is con-
trary to law and justice." Others say, 434:6 "The law of Christ supersedes /our/ laws; let us follow

Counsel for defence

After much debate and opposition, permission is ob- 434:9 tained for a trial in the Court of Spirit, where Christian
Science is allowed to appear as counsel for
the unfortunate prisoner. Witnesses, judges 434:12 and jurors, who were at the previous Court of Error,
are now summoned to appear before the bar of Justice
and eternal Truth.

434:15 When the case for Mortal Man /versus/ Personal Sense
is opened, Mortal Man’s counsel regards the prisoner
with the utmost tenderness. The counsel’s earnest, 434:18 solemn eyes, kindling with hope and triumph, look up-
ward. Then Christian Science turns suddenly to the
supreme tribunal, and opens the argument for the 434:21 defence: -

The prisoner at the bar has been unjustly sentenced.
His trial was a tragedy, and is morally illegal. Mortal 434:24 Man has had no proper counsel in the case. All the test-
mony has been on the side of Personal Sense, and we shall
unearth this foul conspiracy against the liberty and life of 434:27 Man. The only valid testimony in the case shows the
alleged crime never to have been committed. The pris-
oner is not proved "worthy of death, or of bonds."

434:30 Your Honor, the lower court has sentenced Mortal Man
to die, but God made Man immortal and amenable to
Spirit only. Denying justice to the body, that court com- 435:1 mended man’s immortal Spirit to heavenly mercy, - Spirit
which is God Himself and Man’s only lawgiver! Who or 435:3 what has sinned? Has the body or has Mortal Mind
committed a criminal deed? Counsellor False Belief has
argued that the body should die, while Reverend Theology 435:6 would console conscious Mortal Mind, which alone is capa-
ble of sin and suffering. The body committed no offence.
Mortal Man, in obedience to higher law, helped his fellow- 435:9 man, an act which should result in good to himself as well
as to others.

The law of our Supreme Court decrees that whosoever 435:12 /sinneth/ shall die; but good deeds are immortal, bringing
joy instead of grief, pleasure instead of pain, and life
instead of death. If liver-complaint was committed by 435:15 trampling on Laws of Health, this was a good deed, for the
agent of those laws is an outlaw, a destroyer of Mortal
Man’s liberty and rights. Laws of Health should be sen- 435:18 tenced to die.

Watching beside the couch of pain in the exercise of a
love that "is the fulfilling of the law," - doing "unto 435:21 others as ye would that they should do unto you," - this
is no infringement of law, for no demand, human or divine,
renders it just to punish a man for acting justly. If mor- 435:24 tals sin, our Supreme Judge in equity decides what penalty
is due for the sin, and Mortal Man can suffer only for his
sin. For naught else can he be punished, according to the 435:27 law of Spirit, God.

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

436:1 The principal witness (the officer of the Health-laws)
deposed that he was an eye-witness to the good deeds for 436:3 which Mortal Man is under sentence of death. After be-
traying him into the hands of your law, the Health-agent
disappeared, to reappear however at the trial as a witness 436:6 against Mortal Man and in the interest of Personal Sense,
a murderer. Your Supreme Court must find the pris-
oner on the night of the alleged offence to have been acting 436:9 within the limits of the divine law, and in obedience
thereto. Upon this statute hangs all the law and testimony.
Giving a cup of cold water in Christ’s name, is a Christian 436:12 service. Laying down his life for a good deed, Mortal Man
should find it again. Such acts bear their own justifica-
tion, and are under the protection of the Most High.

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

One of the principal witnesses, Nerve, testified that he 437:1 was a ruler of Body, in which province Mortal Man resides.
He also testified that he was on intimate terms with the 437:3 plaintiff, and knew Personal Sense to be truthful; that he
knew Man, and that Man was made in the image of God,
but was a criminal. This is a foul aspersion on man’s 437:6 Maker. It blots the fair escutcheon of omnipotence. It in-
dicates malice aforethought, a determination to condemn
Man in the interest of Personal Sense. At the bar of Truth, 437:9 in the presence of divine Justice, before the Judge of our
higher tribunal, the Supreme Court of Spirit, and before
its jurors, the Spiritual Senses, I proclaim this witness, 437:12 Nerve, to be destitute of intelligence and truth and to be
a false witness.

Man self-destroyed; the testimony of matter respected; 437:15 Spirit not allowed a hearing; Soul a criminal though
recommended to mercy; the helpless innocent body tor-
tured, - these are the terrible records of your Court of 437:18 Error, and I ask that the Supreme Court of Spirit reverse
this decision.

Here the opposing counsel, False Belief, called Chris- 437:21 tian Science to order for contempt of court. Various
notables - Materia Medica, Anatomy, Physiology, Scho-
lastic Theology, and Jurisprudence - rose to the ques- 437:24 tion of expelling Christian Science from the bar, for such
high-handed illegality. They declared that Christian Sci-
ence was overthrowing the judicial proceedings of a regu- 437:27 larly constituted court.

But Judge Justice of the Supreme Court of Spirit over-
ruled their motions on the ground that unjust usages 437:30 were not allowed at the bar of Truth, which ranks above
the lower Court of Error.

The attorney, Christian Science, then read from the 437:33 supreme statute-book, the Bible, certain extracts on the 438:1 Rights of Man, remarking, that the Bible was better au-
thority than Blackstone: -

438:3 Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and
let them have dominion.

Behold, I give unto you power . . . over all the power 438:6 of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

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

Then Christian Science proved the witness, Nerve, to 438:9 be a perjurer. Instead of being a ruler in the Province
of Body, in which Mortal Man was reported to reside,
Nerve was an insubordinate citizen, putting in false 438:12 claims to office and bearing false witness against Man.
Turning suddenly to Personal Sense, by this time silent,
Christian Science continued: -

438:15 I ask your arrest in the name of Almighty God on three
distinct charges of crime, to wit: perjury, treason, and con-
spiracy against the rights and life of man.

438:18 Then Christian Science continued:

Another witness, equally inadequate, said that on the
night of the crime a garment of foul fur was spread over 438:21 him by Morbid Secretion, while the facts in the case show
that this fur is a foreign substance, imported by False Be-
lief, the attorney for Personal Sense, who is in partnership 438:24 with Error and smuggles Error’s goods into market with-
out the inspection of Soul’s government officers. When
the Court of Truth summoned Furred Tongue for examina- 438:27 tion, he disappeared and was never heard of more.

Morbid Secretion is not an importer or dealer in fur, but
we have heard Materia Medica explain how this fur is 438:30 manufactured, and we know Morbid Secretion to be on
friendly terms with the firm of Personal Sense, Error, & 439:1 Co., receiving pay from them and introducing their goods
into the market. Also, be it known that False Belief, the 439:3 counsel for the plaintiff, Personal Sense, is a buyer for this
firm. He manufactures for it, keeps a furnishing store,
and advertises largely for his employers.

439:6 Death testified that he was absent from the Province of
Body, when a message came from False Belief, command-
ing him to take part in the homicide. At this request 439:9 Death repaired to the spot where the liver-complaint was
in process, frightening away Materia Medica, who was then
manacling the prisoner in the attempt to save him. True, 439:12 Materia Medica was a misguided participant in the misdeed
for which the Health-officer had Mortal Man in custody,
though Mortal Man was innocent.

439:15 Christian Science turned from the abashed witnesses,
his words flashing as lightning in the perturbed faces
of these worthies, Scholastic Theology, Materia Medica, 439:18 Physiology, the blind Hypnotism, and the masked Per-
sonal Sense, and said: -

God will smite you, O whited walls, for injuring in your 439:21 ignorance the unfortunate Mortal Man who sought your
aid in his struggles against liver-complaint and Death.
You came to his rescue, only to fasten upon him an offence 439:24 of which he was innocent. You aided and abetted Fear
and Health-laws. You betrayed Mortal Man, meanwhile
declaring Disease to be God’s servant and the righteous 439:27 executor of His laws. Our higher statutes declare you all,
witnesses, jurors, and judges, to be offenders, awaiting the
sentence which General Progress and Divine Love will 439:30 pronounce.

We send our best detectives to whatever locality is re-
ported to be haunted by Disease, but on visiting the spot, 439:33 they learn that Disease was never there, for he could not 440:1 possibly elude their search. Your Material Court of Errors,
when it condemned Mortal Man on the ground of hygienic 440:3 disobedience, was manipulated by the oleaginous machina-
tions of the counsel, False Belief, whom Truth arraigns
before the supreme bar of Spirit to answer for his crime. 440:6 Morbid Secretion is taught how to make sleep befool reason
before sacrificing mortals to their false gods.

Mortal Minds were deceived by your attorney, False Be- 440:9 lief, and were influenced to give a verdict delivering Mortal
Man to Death. Good deeds are transformed into crimes,
to which you attach penalties; but no warping of justice 440:12 can render disobedience to the so-called laws of Matter
disobedience to God, or an act of homicide. Even penal
law holds homicide, under stress of circumstances, to be 440:15 justifiable. Now what greater justification can any deed
have, than that it is for the good of one’s neighbor? Where-
fore, then, in the name of outraged justice, do you sentence 440:18 Mortal Man for ministering to the wants of his fellow-man
in obedience to divine law? You cannot trample upon the
decree of the Supreme Bench. Mortal Man has his appeal 440:21 to Spirit, God, who sentences only for sin.

The false and unjust beliefs of your human mental legis-
lators compel them to enact wicked laws of sickness and so 440:24 forth, and then render obedience to these laws punishable
as crime. In the presence of the Supreme Lawgiver, stand-
ing at the bar of Truth, and in accordance with the divine 440:27 statutes, I repudiate the false testimony of Personal. Sense.
I ask that he be forbidden to enter against Mortal Man
any more suits to be tried at the Court of Material Error. 440:30 I appeal to the just and equitable decisions of divine Spirit
to restore to Mortal Man the rights of which he has been

Charge of the Chief Justice

440:33 Here the counsel for the defence closed, and the Chief
Justice of the Supreme Court, with benign and imposing 441:1 presence, comprehending and defining all law and evi-
dence, explained from his statute-book, the 441:3 Bible, that any so-called law, which under-
takes to punish aught but sin, is null and void.

He also decided that the plaintiff, Personal Sense, be 441:6 not permitted to enter any suits at the bar of Soul, but
be enjoined to keep perpetual silence, and in case of
temptation, to give heavy bonds for good behavior. He 441:9 concluded his charge thus: -

The plea of False Belief we deem unworthy of a hearing.
Let what False Belief utters, now and forever, fall into 441:12 oblivion, "unknelled, uncoffined, and unknown." Accord-
ing to our statute, Material Law is a liar who cannot bear
witness against Mortal Man, neither can Fear arrest Mortal 441:15 Man nor can Disease cast him into prison. Our law refuses
to recognize Man as sick or dying, but holds him to be for-
ever in the image and likeness of his Maker. Reversing the 441:18 testimony of Personal Sense and the decrees of the Court of
Error in favor of Matter, Spirit decides in favor of Man
and against Matter. We further recommend that Materia 441:21 Medica adopt Christian Science and that Health-laws,
Mesmerism, Hypnotism, Oriental Witchcraft, and Esoteric
Magic be publicly executed at the hands of our sheriff, 441:24 Progress.

The Supreme Bench decides in favor of intelligence, that
no law outside of divine Mind can punish or reward Mortal 441:27 Man. Your personal jurors in the Court of Error are
myths. Your attorney, False Belief, is an impostor, per-
suading Mortal Minds to return a verdict contrary to law 441:30 and gospel. The plaintiff, Personal Sense, is recorded in
our Book of books as a liar. Our great Teacher of mental
jurisprudence speaks of him also as "a murderer from the 441:33 beginning." We have no trials for sickness before the tri- 442:1 bunal of divine Spirit. There, Man is adjudged innocent
of transgressing physical laws, because there are no such 442:3 laws. Our statute is spiritual, our Government is divine.
"Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?"

Divine verdict

The Jury of Spiritual Senses agreed at once upon a 442:6 verdict, and there resounded throughout the vast audience-
chamber of Spirit the cry, Not guilty. Then
the prisoner rose up regenerated, strong, free. 442:9 We noticed, as he shook hands with his counsel, Chris-
tian Science, that all sallowness and debility had dis-
appeared. His form was erect and commanding, his 442:12 countenance beaming with health and happiness. Divine
Love had cast out fear. Mortal Man, no longer sick
and in prison, walked forth, his feet "beautiful upon the 442:15 mountains," as of one "that bringeth good tidings."

Christ the great physician

Neither animal magnetism nor hypnotism enters into
the practice of Christian Science, in which truth cannot 442:18 be reversed, but the reverse of error is true.
An improved belief cannot retrograde. When
Christ changes a belief of sin or of sickness into 442:21 a better belief, then belief melts into spiritual understand-
ing, and sin, disease, and death disappear. Christ, Truth,
gives mortals temporary food and clothing until the ma- 442:24 terial, transformed with the ideal, disappears, and man
is clothed and fed spiritually. St. Paul says, "Work
out your own salvation with fear and trembling:" Jesus 442:27 said, "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good
pleasure to give you the kingdom." This truth is
Christian Science.

442:30 Christian Scientists, be a law to yourselves that mental
malpractice cannot harm you either when asleep or when


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Chicago: Mary Baker Eddy, "Chapter XII - Christian Science Practice," Science and Health, With Key to the Scriptures, trans. Müller, F. Max (Friedrich Max), 1823-1900 in Science and Health, With Key to the Scriptures Original Sources, accessed March 30, 2023,

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