Practical preaching 201
The best sermon ever preached is Truth
practiced and demonstrated by the destruction of sin, sickness, and death.
Knowing this and knowing too that one affection would be supreme in us and
take the lead in our lives, Jesus said, "No man can serve two
We cannot build safely on false foundations.
Truth makes a new creature, in whom old things pass away and "all things
are become new." Passions, selfishness, false appetites, hatred, fear,
all sensuality, yield to spirituality, and the superabundance of being is on
the side of God, good.
of truth 201
We cannot fill vessels already full. They must
first be emptied. Let us disrobe error. Then, when the winds of God blow, we
shall not hug our tatters close about us.
The way to extract error from mortal mind is to
pour in truth through flood-tides of Love. Christian perfection is won on no
Grafting holiness upon unholiness, supposing
that sin can be forgiven when it is not forsaken, is as foolish as straining
out gnats and swallowing camels.
The scientific unity which exists between God
and man must be wrought out in life-practice, and God's will must be
If men would bring to bear upon the study of
the Science of Mind half the faith they bestow upon the so-called pains and
pleasures of material sense, they would not go on from bad to worse, until
disciplined by the prison and the scaffold; but the whole human family would
be redeemed through the merits of Christ, - through the perception and
acceptance of Truth. For this glorious result Christian Science lights the
torch of spiritual understanding.
Outside of this Science all is mutable; but
immortal man, in accord with the divine Principle of his being, God, neither
sins, suffers, nor dies. The days of our pilgrimage will multiply instead of
diminish, when God's kingdom comes on earth; for the true way leads to Life
instead of to death, and earthly experience discloses the finity of error and
the infinite capacities of Truth, in which God gives man dominion over all the
and practice 202
Our beliefs about a Supreme Being contradict
the practice growing out of them. Error abounds where Truth should "much
more abound." We admit that God has almighty power, is "a very
present help in trouble;" and yet we rely on a drug or hypnotism to heal
disease, as if senseless matter or erring mortal mind had more power than
reward of righteousness 202
Common opinion admits that a man may take cold
in the act of doing good, and that this cold may produce fatal pulmonary
disease; as though evil could overbear the law of Love, and check the reward
for doing good. In the Science of Christianity, Mind - omnipotence - has
all-power, assigns sure rewards to righteousness, and shows that matter can
neither heal nor make sick, create nor destroy.
belief and understanding 203
If God were understood instead of being merely
believed, this understanding would establish health. The accusation of the
rabbis, "He made himself the Son of God," was really the
justification of Jesus, for to the Christian the only true spirit is Godlike.
This thought incites to a more exalted worship and self-abnegation. Spiritual
perception brings out the possibilities of being, destroys reliance on aught
but God, and so makes man the image of his Maker in deed and in truth.
and sin 203
We are prone to believe either in more than one
Supreme Ruler or in some power less than God. We imagine that Mind can be
imprisoned in a sensuous body. When the material body has gone to ruin, when
evil has overtaxed the belief of life in matter and destroyed it, then mortals
believe that the deathless Principle, or Soul, escapes from matter and lives
on; but this is not true. Death is not a stepping-stone to Life, immortality,
and bliss. The so-called sinner is a suicide. Sin kills the sinner and will
continue to kill him so long as he sins. The foam and fury of illegitimate
living and of fearful and doleful dying should disappear on the shore of time;
then the waves of sin, sorrow, and death beat in vain.
God, divine good, does not kill a man in order
to give him eternal Life, for God alone is man's life. God is at once the
centre and circumference of being. It is evil that dies; good dies not.
the only intelligence and substance 204
All forms of error support the false
conclusions that there is more than one Life; that material history is as real
and living as spiritual history; that mortal error is as conclusively mental
as immortal Truth; and that there are two separate, antagonistic entities and
beings, two powers, - namely, Spirit and matter, - resulting in a third person
(mortal man) who carries out the delusions of sin, sickness, and death.
The first power is admitted to be good, an
intelligence or Mind called God. The so-called second power, evil, is the
unlikeness of good. It cannot therefore be mind, though so called. The third
power, mortal man, is a supposed mixture of the first and second antagonistic
powers, intelligence and non-intelligence, of Spirit and matter.
Such theories are evidently erroneous. They can
never stand the test of Science. Judging them by their fruits, they are
corrupt. When will the ages understand the Ego, and realize only one God, one
Mind or intelligence?
False and self-assertive theories have given
sinners the notion that they can create what God cannot, - namely, sinful
mortals in God's image, thus usurping the name without the nature of the image
or reflection of divine Mind; but in Science it can never be said that man has
a mind of his own, distinct from God, the all
The belief that God lives in matter is
pantheistic. The error, which says that Soul is in body, Mind is in matter,
and good is in evil, must unsay it and cease from such utterances; else God
will continue to be hidden from humanity, and mortals will sin without knowing
that they are sinning, will lean on matter instead of Spirit, stumble with
lameness, drop with drunkenness, consume with disease, - all because of their
blindness, their false sense concerning God and man.
When will the error of believing that there is
life in matter, and that sin, sickness, and death are creations of God, be
unmasked? When will it be understood that matter has neither intelligence,
life, nor sensation, and that the opposite belief is the prolific source of
all suffering? God created all through Mind, and made all perfect and eternal.
Where then is the necessity for recreation or procreation?
the divine image 205
Befogged in error (the error of believing that
matter can be intelligent for good or evil), we can catch clear glimpses of
God only as the mists disperse, or as they melt into such thinness that we
perceive the divine image in some word or deed which indicates the true idea,
- the supremacy and reality of good, the nothingness and unreality of evil.
from selfishness 205
When we realize that there is one Mind, the
divine law of loving our neighbor as ourselves is unfolded; whereas a belief
in many ruling minds hinders man's normal drift towards the one Mind, one God,
and leads human thought into opposite channels where selfishness reigns.
Selfishness tips the beam of human existence
towards the side of error, not towards Truth. Denial of the oneness of Mind
throws our weight into the scale, not of Spirit, God, good, but of matter.
When we fully understand our relation to the
Divine, we can have no other Mind but His, - no other Love, wisdom, or Truth,
no other sense of Life, and no consciousness of the existence of matter or
The power of the human will should be exercised
only in subordination to Truth; else it will misguide the judgment and free
the lower propensities. It is the province of spiritual sense to govern man.
Material, erring, human thought acts injuriously both upon the body and
Will-power is capable of all evil. It can never
heal the sick, for it is the prayer of the unrighteous; while the exercise of
the sentiments - hope, faith, love - is the prayer of the righteous. This
prayer, governed by Science instead of the senses, heals the sick.
In the scientific relation of God to man, we
find that whatever blesses one blesses all, as Jesus showed with the loaves
and the fishes, - Spirit, not matter, being the source of supply.
and death unreal 206
Does God send sickness, giving the mother her
child for the brief space of a few years and then taking it away by death? Is
God creating anew what He has already created? The Scriptures are definite on
this point, declaring that His work was finished,
nothing is new to God, and that it was good.
Can there be any birth or death for man, the
spiritual image and likeness of God? Instead of God sending sickness and
death, He destroys them, and brings to light immortality. Omnipotent and
infinite Mind made all and includes all. This Mind does not make mistakes and
subsequently correct them. God does not cause man to sin, to be sick, or to
in Spirit 206
There are evil beliefs, often called evil
spirits; but these evils are not Spirit, for there is no evil in Spirit.
Because God is Spirit, evil becomes more apparent and obnoxious
proportionately as we advance spiritually, until it disappears from our lives.
This fact proves our position, for every scientific statement in Christianity
has its proof. Error of statement leads to error in action.
of evil 207
God is not the creator of an evil mind. Indeed,
evil is not Mind. We must learn that evil is the awful deception and unreality
of existence. Evil is not supreme; good is not helpless; nor are the so-called
laws of matter primary, and the law of Spirit secondary. Without this lesson,
we lose sight of the perfect Father, or the divine Principle of man.
Body is not first and Soul last, nor is evil
mightier than good. The Science of being repudiates self-evident
impossibilities, such as the amalgamation of Truth and error in cause or
effect. Science separates the tares and wheat in time of harvest.
primal cause 207
There is but one primal cause. Therefore there
can be no effect from any other cause, and there can be no reality in aught
which does not proceed from this great and only cause. Sin, sickness, disease,
and death belong not to the Science of being. They are the errors, which
presuppose the absence of Truth, Life, or Love.
The spiritual reality is the scientific fact in
all things. The spiritual fact, repeated in the action of man and the whole
universe, is harmonious and is the ideal of Truth. Spiritual facts are not
inverted; the opposite discord, which bears no resemblance to spirituality, is
not real. The only evidence of this inversion is obtained from suppositional
error, which affords no proof of God, Spirit, or of the spiritual creation.
Material sense defines all things materially, and has a finite sense of the
independent authority 208
The Scriptures say, "In Him we live, and
move, and have our being." What then is this seeming power, independent
of God, which causes disease and cures it? What is it but an error of belief,
- a law of mortal mind, wrong in every sense, embracing sin, sickness, and
death? It is the very antipode of immortal Mind, of Truth, and of spiritual
law. It is not in accordance with the goodness of God's character that He
should make man sick, then leave man to heal himself; it is absurd to suppose
that matter can both cause and cure disease, or that Spirit, God, produces
disease and leaves the remedy to matter.
John Young of Edinburgh writes: "God is
the father of mind, and of nothing else." Such an utterance is "the
voice of one crying in the wilderness" of human beliefs and preparing the
way of Science. Let us learn of the real and eternal, and prepare for the
reign of Spirit, the kingdom of heaven, - the reign and rule of universal
harmony, which cannot be lost nor remain forever unseen.
as only thought 208
Mind, not matter, is causation. A material body
only expresses a material and mortal mind. A mortal man possesses this body,
and he makes it harmonious or discordant according to the images of thought
impressed upon it. You embrace your body in your thought, and you should
delineate upon it thoughts of health, not of sickness. You should banish all
thoughts of disease and sin and of other beliefs included in matter. Man,
being immortal, has a perfect indestructible life. It is the mortal belief
which makes the body discordant and diseased in proportion as ignorance, fear,
or human will governs mortals.
of Truth 209
Mind, supreme over all its formations and
governing them all, is the central sun of its own systems of ideas, the life
and light of all its own vast creation; and man is tributary to divine Mind.
The material and mortal body or mind is not the man.
The world would collapse without Mind, without
the intelligence which holds the winds in its grasp. Neither philosophy nor
skepticism can hinder the march of the Science which reveals the supremacy of
Mind. The immanent sense of Mind-power enhances the glory of Mind. Nearness,
not distance, lends enchantment to this view.
The compounded minerals or aggregated
substances composing the earth, the relations which constituent masses hold to
each other, the magnitudes, distances, and revolutions of the celestial
bodies, are of no real importance, when we remember that they all must give
place to the spiritual fact by the translation of man and the universe back
into Spirit. In proportion as this is done, man and the universe will be found
harmonious and eternal.
Material substances or mundane formations,
astronomical calculations, and all the paraphernalia of speculative theories,
based on the hypothesis of material law or life and intelligence resident in
matter, will ultimately vanish, swallowed up in the infinite calculus of
Spiritual sense is a conscious, constant
capacity to understand God. It shows the superiority of faith by works over
faith in words. Its ideas are expressed only in "new tongues;" and
these are interpreted by the translation of the spiritual original into the
language which human thought can comprehend.
disregard of matter 210
The Principle and proof of Christianity are
discerned by spiritual sense. They are set forth in Jesus' demonstrations,
which show - by his healing the sick, casting out evils, and destroying death,
"the last enemy that shall be destroyed," - his disregard of matter
and its so-called laws.
Knowing that Soul and its attributes were
forever manifested through man, the Master healed the sick, gave sight to the
blind, hearing to the deaf, feet to the lame, thus bringing to light the
scientific action of the divine Mind on human minds and bodies and giving a
better understanding of Soul and salvation. Jesus healed sickness and sin by
one and the same metaphysical process.
The expression mortal
mind is really a solecism, for Mind is immortal, and Truth
pierces the error of mortality as a sunbeam penetrates the cloud. Because, in
obedience to the immutable law of Spirit, this so-called mind is
self-destructive, I name it mortal. Error soweth the wind and reapeth the
What is termed matter, being unintelligent,
cannot say, "I suffer, I die, I am sick, or I am well." It is the
so-called mortal mind which voices this and appears to itself to make good its
claim. To mortal sense, sin and suffering are real, but immortal sense
includes no evil nor pestilence. Because immortal sense has no error of sense,
it has no sense of error; therefore it is without a destructive element.
If brain, nerves, stomach, are intelligent, -
if they talk to us, tell us their condition, and report how they feel, - then
Spirit and matter, Truth and error, commingle and produce sickness and health,
good and evil, life and death; and who shall say whether Truth or error is the
The sensations of the body must either be the
sensations of a so-called mortal mind or of matter. Nerves are not mind. Is it
not provable that Mind is not mortal
and that matter has no sensation? Is it not equally true that matter does not
appear in the spiritual understanding of being?
The sensation of sickness and the impulse to
sin seem to obtain in mortal mind. When a tear starts, does not this so-called
mind produce the effect seen in the lachrymal gland? Without mortal mind, the
tear could not appear; and this action shows the nature of all so-called
material cause and effect.
It should no longer be said in Israel that
"the fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on
edge." Sympathy with error should disappear. The transfer of the thoughts
of one erring mind to another, Science renders impossible.
If it is true that nerves have sensation, that
matter has intelligence, that the material organism causes the eyes to see and
the ears to hear, then, when the body is dematerialized, these faculties must
be lost, for their immortality is not in Spirit; whereas the fact is that only
through dematerialization and spiritualization of thought can these faculties
be conceived of as immortal.
Nerves are not the source of pain or pleasure.
We suffer or enjoy in our dreams, but this pain or pleasure is not
communicated through a nerve. A tooth which has been extracted sometimes aches
again in belief, and the pain seems to be in its old place. A limb which has
been amputated has continued in belief to pain the owner. If the sensation of
pain in the limb can return, can be prolonged, why cannot the limb reappear?
Why need pain, rather than pleasure, come to
this mortal sense? Because the memory of pain is more vivid than the memory of
pleasure. I have seen an unwitting attempt to scratch the end of a finger
which had been cut off for months. When the nerve is gone, which we say was
the occasion of pain, and the pain still remains, it proves sensation to be in
the mortal mind, not in matter. Reverse the process; take away this so-called
mind instead of a piece of the flesh, and the nerves have no sensation.
Mortals have a modus of their own, undirected
and unsustained by God. They produce a rose through seed and soil, and bring
the rose into contact with the olfactory nerves that they may smell it. In
legerdemain and credulous frenzy, mortals believe that unseen spirits produce
the flowers. God alone makes and clothes the lilies of the field, and this He
does by means of Mind, not matter.
miracles in Mind-methods 212
Because all the methods of Mind are not
understood, we say the lips or hands must move in order to convey thought,
that the undulations of the air convey sound, and possibly that other methods
involve so-called miracles. The realities of being, its normal action, and the
origin of all things are unseen to mortal sense; whereas the unreal and
imitative movements of mortal belief, which would reverse the immortal modus
and action, are styled the real. Whoever contradicts this mortal mind
supposition of reality is called a deceiver, or is said to be deceived. Of a
man it has been said, "As he thinketh in his heart, so is he;" hence
as a man spiritually understandeth,
so is he in truth.
Mortal mind conceives of something as either
liquid or solid, and then classifies it materially. Immortal and spiritual
facts exist apart from this mortal and material conception. God, good, is
self-existent and self-expressed, though indefinable as a whole. Every step
towards goodness is a departure from materiality, and is a tendency towards
God, Spirit. Material theories partially paralyze this attraction towards
infinite and eternal good by an opposite attraction towards the finite,
temporary, and discordant.
Sound is a mental impression made on mortal
belief. The ear does not really hear. Divine Science reveals sound as
communicated through the senses of Soul- through spiritual understanding.
rhythm of head and heart 213
Mozart experienced more than he expressed. The
rapture of his grandest symphonies was never heard. He was a musician beyond
what the world knew. This was even more strikingly true of Beethoven, who was
so long hopelessly deaf. Mental melodies and strains of sweetest music
supersede conscious sound. Music is the rhythm of head and heart. Mortal mind
is the harp of many strings, discoursing either discord or harmony according
as the hand, which sweeps over it, is human or divine.
Before human knowledge dipped to its depths
into a false sense of things, - into belief in material origins which discard
the one Mind and true source of being, - it is possible that the impressions
from Truth were as distinct as sound, and that they came as sound to the
primitive prophets. If the medium of hearing is wholly spiritual, it is normal
If Enoch's perception had been confined to the
evidence before his material senses, he could never have "walked with
God," nor been guided into the demonstration of life eternal.
the senses 214
Adam, represented in the Scriptures as formed
from dust, is an object-lesson for the human mind. The material senses, like
Adam, originate in matter and return to dust, - are proved non-intelligent.
They go out as they came in, for they are still the error, not the truth of
being. When it is learned that the spiritual sense, and not the material,
conveys the impressions of Mind to man, then being will be understood and
found to be harmonious.
We bow down to matter, and entertain finite
thoughts of God like the pagan idolater. Mortals are inclined to fear and to
obey what they consider a material body more than they do a spiritual God. All
material knowledge, like the original "tree of knowledge,"
multiplies their pains, for mortal illusions would rob God, slay man, and
meanwhile would spread their table with cannibal tidbits and give thanks.
senses of Soul 214
How transient a sense is mortal sight, when a
wound on the retina may end the power of light and lens! But the real sight or
sense is not lost. Neither age nor accident can interfere with the senses of
Soul, and there are no other real senses. It is evident that the body as
matter has no sensation of its own, and there is no oblivion for Soul and its
faculties. Spirit's senses are without pain, and they are forever at peace.
Nothing can hide from them the harmony of all things and the might and
permanence of Truth.
being never lost 215
If Spirit, Soul, could sin or be lost, then
being and immortality would be lost, together with all the faculties of Mind;
but being cannot be lost while God exists. Soul and matter are at variance
from the very necessity of their opposite natures. Mortals are unacquainted
with the reality of existence, because matter and mortality do not reflect the
facts of Spirit.
Spiritual vision is not subordinate to
geometric altitudes. Whatever is governed by God, is never for an instant
deprived of the light and might of intelligence and Life.
and darkness 215
We are sometimes led to believe that darkness
is as real as light; but Science affirms darkness to be only a mortal sense of
the absence of light, at the coming of which darkness loses the appearance of
reality. So sin and sorrow, disease and death, are the suppositional absence
of Life, God, and flee as phantoms of error before truth and love.
With its divine proof, Science reverses the
evidence of material sense. Every quality and condition of mortality is lost,
swallowed up in immortality. Mortal man is the antipode of immortal man in
origin, in existence, and in his relation to God.
Because he understood the superiority and
immortality of good, Socrates feared not the hemlock poison. Even the faith of
his philosophy spurned physical timidity. Having sought man's spiritual state,
he recognized the immortality of man. The ignorance and malice of the age
would have killed the venerable philosopher because of his faith in Soul and
his indifference to the body.
serpent of error 216
Who shall say that man is alive to-day, but may
be dead to-morrow? What has touched Life, God, to such strange issues? Here
theories cease, and Science unveils the mystery and solves the problem of man.
Error bites the heel of truth, but cannot kill truth. Truth bruises the head
of error - destroys error. Spirituality lays open siege to materialism. On
which side are we fighting?
and masters 216
The understanding that the Ego is Mind, and
that there is but one Mind or intelligence, begins at once to destroy the
errors of mortal sense and to supply the truth of immortal sense. This
understanding makes the body harmonious; it makes the nerves, bones, brain,
etc., servants, instead of masters. If man is governed by the law of divine
Mind, his body is in submission to everlasting Life and Truth and Love. The
great mistake of mortals is to suppose that man, God's image and likeness, is
both matter and Spirit, both good and evil.
If the decision were left to the corporeal
senses, evil would appear to be the master of good, and sickness to be the
rule of existence, while health would seem the exception, death the
inevitable, and life a paradox. Paul asked: "What concord hath Christ
with Belial?" (2 Corinthians vi. 15.)
When you say, "Man's body is
material," I say with Paul: Be "willing rather to be absent from the
body, and to be present with the Lord." Give up your material belief of
mind in matter, and have but one Mind, even God; for this Mind forms its own
likeness. The loss of man's identity through the understanding which Science
confers is impossible; and the notion of such a possibility is more absurd
than to conclude that individual musical tones are lost in the origin of
Medical schools may inform us that the healing
work of Christian Science and Paul's peculiar Christian conversion and
experience, - which prove Mind to be scientifically distinct from matter, -
are indications of unnatural mental and bodily conditions, even of catalepsy
and hysteria; yet if we turn to the Scriptures, what do we read? Why, this:
"If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death!" and
"Henceforth know we no man after the flesh!"
is mental 217
That scientific methods are superior to others,
is seen by their effects. When you have once conquered a diseased condition of
the body through Mind, that condition never recurs, and you have won a point
in Science. When mentality gives rest to the body, the next toil will fatigue
you less, for you are working out the problem of being in divine metaphysics;
and in proportion as you understand the control which Mind has over so-called
matter, you will be able to demonstrate this control. The scientific and
permanent remedy for fatigue is to learn the power of Mind over the body or
any illusion of physical weariness, and so destroy this illusion, for matter
cannot be weary and heavy-laden.
You say, "Toil fatigues me." But what
is this me? Is it
muscle or mind? Which is tired and so speaks? Without mind, could the muscles
be tired? Do the muscles talk, or do you talk for them? Matter is
non-intelligent. Mortal mind does the false talking, and that which affirms
weariness, made that weariness.
never weary 218
You do not say a wheel is fatigued; and yet the
body is as material as the wheel. If it were not for what the human mind says
of the body, the body, like the inanimate wheel, would never be weary. The
consciousness of Truth rests us more than hours of repose in unconsciousness.
of sin and sickness 218
The body is supposed to say, "I am
ill." The reports of sickness may form a coalition with the reports of
sin, and say, "I am malice, lust, appetite, envy, hate." What
renders both sin and sickness difficult of cure is, that the human mind is the
sinner, disinclined to self-correction, and believing that the body can be
sick independently of mortal mind and that the divine Mind has no jurisdiction
over the body.
akin to sin 218
Why pray for the recovery of the sick, if you
are without faith in God's willingness and ability to heal them? If you do
believe in God, why do you substitute drugs for the Almighty's power, and
employ means which lead only into material ways of obtaining help, instead of
turning in time of need to God, divine Love, who is an ever-present help?
Treat a belief in sickness as you would sin,
with sudden dismissal. Resist the temptation to believe in matter as
intelligent, as having sensation or power.
The Scriptures say, "They that wait upon
the Lord . . . shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not
faint." The meaning of that passage is not perverted by applying it
literally to moments of fatigue, for the moral and physical are as one in
their results. When we wake to the truth of being, all disease, pain,
weakness, weariness, sorrow, sin, death, will be unknown, and the mortal dream
will forever cease. My method of treating fatigue applies to all bodily
ailments, since Mind should be, and is, supreme, absolute, and final.
and result 219
In mathematics, we do not multiply when we
should subtract, and then say the product is correct. No more can we say in
Science that muscles give strength, that nerves give pain or pleasure, or that
matter governs, and then expect that the result will be harmony. Not muscles,
nerves, nor bones, but mortal mind makes the whole body "sick, and the
whole heart faint;" whereas divine Mind heals.
When this is understood, we shall never affirm
concerning the body what we do not wish to have manifested. We shall not call
the body weak, if we would have it strong; for the belief in feebleness must
obtain in the human mind before it can be made manifest on the body, and the
destruction of the belief will be the removal of its effects. Science includes
no rule of discord, but governs harmoniously. "The wish," says the
poet, "is ever father to the thought."
We may hear a sweet melody, and yet
misunderstand the science that governs it. Those who are healed through
metaphysical Science, not comprehending the Principle of the cure, may
misunderstand it, and impute their recovery to change of air or diet, not
rendering to God the honor due to Him alone. Entire immunity from the belief
in sin, suffering, and death may not be reached at this period, but we may
look for an abatement of these evils; and this scientific beginning is in the
We hear it said: "I exercise daily in the
open air. I take cold baths, in order to overcome a predisposition to take
cold; and yet I have continual colds, catarrh, and cough." Such
admissions ought to open people's eyes to the inefficacy of material hygiene,
and induce sufferers to look in other directions for cause and cure.
Instinct is better than misguided reason, as
even nature declares. The violet lifts her blue eye to greet the early spring.
The leaves clap their hands as nature's untired worshippers. The snowbird
sings and soars amid the blasts; he has no catarrh from wet feet, and procures
a summer residence with more ease than a nabob. The atmosphere of the earth,
kinder than the atmosphere of mortal mind, leaves catarrh to the latter.
Colds, coughs, and contagion are engendered solely by human theories.
reflex phenomena 220
Mortal mind produces its own phenomena, and
then charges them to something else, - like a kitten glancing into the mirror
at itself and thinking it sees another kitten.
A clergyman once adopted a diet of bread and
water to increase his spirituality. Finding his health failing, he gave up his
abstinence, and advised others never to try dietetics for growth in grace.
The belief that either fasting or feasting
makes men better morally or physically is one of the fruits of "the tree
of the knowledge of good and evil," concerning which God said, "Thou
shalt not eat of it." Mortal mind forms all conditions of the mortal
body, and controls the stomach, bones, lungs, heart, blood, etc., as directly
as the volition or will moves the hand.
and dyspepsia 221
I knew a person who when quite a child adopted
the Graham system to cure dyspepsia. For many years, he ate only bread and
vegetables, and drank nothing but water. His dyspepsia increasing, he decided
that his diet should be more rigid, and thereafter he partook of but one meal
in twenty-four hours, this meal consisting of only a thin slice of bread
without water. His physician also recommended that he should not wet his
parched throat until three hours after eating. He passed many weary years in
hunger and weakness, almost in starvation, and finally made up his mind to
die, having exhausted the skill of the doctors, who kindly informed him that
death was indeed his only alternative. At this point Christian Science saved
him, and he is now in perfect health without a vestige of the old complaint.
He learned that suffering and disease were the
self-imposed beliefs of mortals, and not the facts of being; that God never
decreed disease, - never ordained a law that fasting should be a means of
health. Hence semi-starvation is not acceptable to wisdom, and it is equally
far from Science, in which being is sustained by God, Mind. These truths,
opening his eyes, relieved his stomach, and he ate without suffering,
"giving God thanks;" but he never enjoyed his food as he had
imagined he would when, still the slave of matter, he thought of the fleshpots
of Egypt, feeling childhood's hunger and undisciplined by self-denial and
This new-born understanding, that neither food
nor the stomach, without the consent of mortal mind, can make one suffer,
brings with it another lesson, - that gluttony is a sensual illusion, and that
this phantasm of mortal mind disappears as we better apprehend our spiritual
existence and ascend the ladder of life.
This person learned that food affects the body
only as mortal mind has its material methods of working, one of which is to
believe that proper food supplies nutriment and strength to the human system.
He learned also that mortal mind makes a mortal body, whereas Truth
regenerates this fleshly mind and feeds thought with the bread of Life.
Food had less power to help or to hurt him
after he had availed himself of the fact that Mind governs man, and he also
had less faith in the so-called pleasures and pains of matter. Taking less
thought about what he should eat or drink, consulting the stomach less about
the economy of living and God more, he recovered strength and flesh rapidly.
For many years he had been kept alive, as was believed, only by the strictest
adherence to hygiene and drugs, and yet he continued ill all the while. Now he
dropped drugs and material hygiene, and was well.
He learned that a dyspeptic was very far from
being the image and likeness of God, - far from having "dominion over the
fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle," if
eating a bit of animal flesh could overpower him. He finally concluded that
God never made a dyspeptic, while fear, hygiene, physiology, and physics had
made him one, contrary to His commands.
only in Spirit 222
In seeking a cure for dyspepsia consult matter
not at all, and eat what is set before you, "asking no question for
conscience sake." We must destroy the false belief that life and
intelligence are in matter, and plant ourselves upon what is pure and perfect.
Paul said, "Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the
flesh." Sooner or later we shall learn that the fetters of man's finite
capacity are forged by the illusion that he lives in body instead of in Soul,
in matter instead of in Spirit.
greater than body 223
Matter does not express Spirit. God is infinite
omnipresent Spirit. If Spirit is all
and is everywhere, what and where is matter? Remember that truth is greater
than error, and we cannot put the greater into the less. Soul is Spirit, and
Spirit is greater than body. If Spirit were once within the body, Spirit would
be finite, and therefore could not be Spirit.
question of the ages 223
The question, "What is Truth,"
convulses the world. Many are ready to meet this inquiry with the assurance
which comes of understanding; but more are blinded by their old illusions, and
try to "give it pause." "If the blind lead the blind, both
shall fall into the ditch."
The efforts of error to answer this question by
some ology are vain.
Spiritual rationality and free thought accompany approaching Science, and
cannot be put down. They will emancipate humanity, and supplant unscientific
means and so-called laws.
of Science 223
Peals that should startle the slumbering
thought from its erroneous dream are partially unheeded; but the last trump
has not sounded, or this would not be so. Marvels, calamities, and sin will
much more abound as truth urges upon mortals its resisted claims; but the
awful daring of sin destroys sin, and foreshadows the triumph of truth. God
will overturn, until "He come whose right it is." Longevity is
increasing and the power of sin diminishing, for the world feels the
alterative effect of truth through every pore.
As the crude footprints of the past disappear
from the dissolving paths of the present, we shall better understand the
Science which governs these changes, and shall plant our feet on firmer
ground. Every sensuous pleasure or pain is self-destroyed through suffering.
There should be painless progress, attended by life and peace instead of
discord and death.
and opposition 224
In the record of nineteen centuries, there are
sects many but not enough Christianity. Centuries ago religionists were ready
to hail an anthropomorphic God, and array His vicegerent with pomp and
splendor; but this was not the manner of truth's appearing. Of old the cross
was truth's central sign, and it is to-day. The modern lash is less material
than the Roman scourge, but it is equally as cutting. Cold disdain, stubborn
resistance, opposition from church, state laws, and the press, are still the
harbingers of truth's full-orbed appearing.
A higher and more practical Christianity,
demonstrating justice and meeting the needs of mortals in sickness and in
health, stands at the door of this age, knocking for admission. Will you open
or close the door upon this angel visitant, who cometh in the quiet of
meekness, as he came of old to the patriarch at noonday?
Truth brings the elements of liberty. On its
banner is the Soul-inspired motto, "Slavery is abolished." The power
of God brings deliverance to the captive. No power can withstand divine Love.
What is this supposed power, which opposes itself to God? Whence cometh it?
What is it that binds man with iron shackles to sin, sickness, and death?
Whatever enslaves man is opposed to the divine government. Truth makes man
You may know when first Truth leads by the
fewness and faithfulness of its followers. Thus it is that the march of time
bears onward freedom's banner. The powers of this world will fight, and will
command their sentinels not to let truth pass the guard until it subscribes to
their systems; but Science, heeding not the pointed bayonet, marches on. There
is always some tumult, but there is a rallying to truth's standard.
The history of our country, like all history,
illustrates the might of Mind, and shows human power to be proportionate to
its embodiment of right thinking. A few immortal sentences, breathing the
omnipotence of divine justice, have been potent to break despotic fetters and
abolish the whipping-post and slave market; but oppression neither went down
in blood, nor did the breath of freedom come from the cannon's mouth. Love is
Legally to abolish unpaid servitude in the
United States was hard; but the abolition of mental slavery is a more
difficult task. The despotic tendencies, inherent in mortal mind and always
germinating in new forms of tyranny, must be rooted out through the action of
the divine Mind.
Men and women of all climes and races are still
in bondage to material sense, ignorant how to obtain their freedom. The rights
of man were vindicated in a single section and on the lowest plane of human
life, when African slavery was abolished in our land. That was only prophetic
of further steps towards the banishment of a world-wide slavery, found on
higher planes of existence and under more subtle and depraving forms.
The voice of God in behalf of the African slave
was still echoing in our land, when the voice of the herald of this new
crusade sounded the keynote of universal freedom, asking a fuller
acknowledgment of the rights of man as a Son of God, demanding that the
fetters of sin, sickness, and death be stricken from the human mind and that
its freedom be won, not through human warfare, not with bayonet and blood, but
through Christ's divine Science.
God has built a higher platform of human
rights, and He has built it on diviner claims. These claims are not made
through code or creed, but in demonstration of "on earth peace, good-will
toward men." Human codes, scholastic theology, material medicine and
hygiene, fetter faith and spiritual understanding. Divine Science rends
asunder these fetters, and man's birthright of sole allegiance to his Maker
I saw before me the sick, wearing out years of
servitude to an unreal master in the belief that the body governed them,
rather than Mind.
The lame, the deaf, the dumb, the blind, the
sick, the sensual, the sinner, I wished to save from the slavery of their own
beliefs and from the educational systems of the Pharaohs, who to-day, as of
yore, hold the children of Israel in bondage. I saw before me the awful
conflict, the Red Sea and the wilderness; but I pressed on through faith in
God, trusting Truth, the strong deliverer, to guide me into the land of
Christian Science, where fetters fall and the rights of man are fully known
law ends bondage 227
I saw that the law of mortal belief included
all error, and that, even as oppressive laws are disputed and mortals are
taught their right to freedom, so the claims of the enslaving senses must be
denied and superseded. The law of the divine Mind must end human bondage, or
mortals will continue unaware of man's inalienable rights and in subjection to
hopeless slavery, because some public teachers permit an ignorance of divine
power, - an ignorance that is the foundation of continued bondage and of human
Discerning the rights of man, we cannot fail to
foresee the doom of all oppression. Slavery is not the legitimate state of
man. God made man free. Paul said, "I was free born." All men should
be free. "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." Love
and Truth make free, but evil and error lead into captivity.
of liberty 227
Christian Science raises the standard of
liberty and cries: "Follow me! Escape from the bondage of sickness, sin,
and death!" Jesus marked out the way. Citizens of the world, accept the
"glorious liberty of the children of God," and be free! This is your
divine right. The illusion of material sense, not divine law, has bound you,
entangled your free limbs, crippled your capacities, enfeebled your body, and
defaced the tablet of your being.
If God had instituted material laws to govern
man, disobedience to which would have made man ill, Jesus would not have
disregarded those laws by healing in direct opposition to them and in defiance
of all material conditions.
fleshly heredity 228
The transmission of disease or of certain
idiosyncrasies of mortal mind would be impossible if this great fact of being
were learned, - namely, that nothing inharmonious can enter being, for Life is
God. Heredity is a prolific subject for mortal belief to pin theories upon;
but if we learn that nothing is real but the right, we shall have no dangerous
inheritances, and fleshly ills will disappear.
The enslavement of man is not legitimate. It
will cease when man enters into his heritage of freedom, his God-given
dominion over the material senses. Mortals will some day assert their freedom
in the name of Almighty God. Then they will control their own bodies through
the understanding of divine Science. Dropping their present beliefs, they will
recognize harmony as the spiritual reality and discord as the material
If we follow the command of our Master,
"Take no thought for your life," we shall never depend on bodily
conditions, structure, or economy, but we shall be masters of the body,
dictate its terms, and form and control it with Truth.
pride humbled 228
There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence
has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God. The
humble Nazarene overthrew the supposition that sin, sickness, and death have
power. He proved them powerless. It should have humbled the pride of the
priests, when they saw the demonstration of Christianity excel the influence
of their dead faith and ceremonies.
If Mind is not the master of sin, sickness, and
death, they are immortal, for it is already proved that matter has not
destroyed them, but is their basis and support.
of opposites 229
We should hesitate to say that Jehovah sins or
suffers; but if sin and suffering are realities of being, whence did they
emanate? God made all that was made, and Mind signifies God, - infinity, not
finity. Not far removed from infidelity is the belief which unites such
opposites as sickness and health, holiness and unholiness, calls both the
offspring of spirit, and at the same time admits that Spirit is God, -
virtually declaring Him good in one instance and evil in another.
By universal consent, mortal belief has
constituted itself a law to bind mortals to sickness, sin, and death. This
customary belief is misnamed material law, and the individual who upholds it
is mistaken in theory and in practice. The so-called law of mortal mind,
conjectural and speculative, is made void by the law of immortal Mind, and
false law should be trampled under foot.
from mortal mind 229
If God causes man to be sick, sickness must be
good, and its opposite, health, must be evil, for all that He makes is good
and will stand forever. If the transgression of God's law produces sickness,
it is right to be sick; and we cannot if we would, and should not if we could,
annul the decrees of wisdom. It is the transgression of a belief of mortal
mind, not of a law of matter nor of divine Mind, which causes the belief of
sickness. The remedy is Truth, not matter, - the truth that disease is unreal.
If sickness is real, it belongs to immortality;
if true, it is a part of Truth. Would you attempt with drugs, or without, to
destroy a quality or condition of Truth? But if sickness and sin are
illusions, the awakening from this mortal dream, or illusion, will bring us
into health, holiness, and immortality. This awakening is the forever coming
of Christ, the advanced appearing of Truth, which casts out error and heals
the sick. This is the salvation which comes through God, the divine Principle,
Love, as demonstrated by Jesus.
never inconsistent 230
It would be contrary to our highest ideas of
God to suppose Him capable of first arranging law and causation so as to bring
about certain evil results, and then punishing the helpless victims of His
volition for doing what they could not avoid doing. Good is not, cannot be,
the author of experimental sins. God, good, can no more produce sickness than
goodness can cause evil and health occasion disease.
Does wisdom make blunders which must afterwards
be rectified by man? Does a law of God produce sickness, and can man put that
law under his feet by healing sickness? According to Holy Writ, the sick are
never really healed by drugs, hygiene, or any material method. These merely
evade the question. They are soothing syrups to put children to sleep, satisfy
mortal belief, and quiet fear.
We think that we are healed when a disease
disappears, though it is liable to reappear; but we are never thoroughly
healed until the liability to be ill is removed. So-called mortal mind or the
mind of mortals being the remote, predisposing, and the exciting cause of all
suffering, the cause of disease must be obliterated through Christ in divine
Science, or the so-called physical senses will get the victory.
of all evil 231
Unless an ill is rightly met and fairly
overcome by Truth, the ill is never conquered. If God destroys not sin,
sickness, and death, they are not destroyed in the mind of mortals, but seem
to this so-called mind to be immortal. What God cannot do, man need not
attempt. If God heals not the sick, they are not healed, for no lesser power
equals the infinite All-power; but God, Truth, Life, Love, does heal the sick
through the prayer of the righteous.
If God makes sin, if good produces evil, if
truth results in error, then Science and Christianity are helpless; but there
are no antagonistic powers nor laws, spiritual or material, creating and
governing man through perpetual warfare. God is not the author of mortal
discords. Therefore we accept the conclusion that discords have only a
fabulous existence, are mortal beliefs which divine Truth and Love destroy.
to sickness and sin 231
To hold yourself superior to sin, because God
made you superior to it and governs man, is true wisdom. To fear sin is to
misunderstand the power of Love and the divine Science of being in man's
relation to God, - to doubt His government and distrust His omnipotent care.
To hold yourself superior to sickness and death is equally wise, and is in
accordance with divine Science. To fear them is impossible, when you fully
apprehend God and know that they are no part of His creation.
Man, governed by his Maker, having no other
Mind, - planted on the Evangelist's statement that "all things were made
by Him [the Word of God]; and without Him was not anything made that was
made," - can triumph over sin, sickness, and death.
of divine power 232
Many theories relative to God and man neither
make man harmonious nor God lovable. The beliefs we commonly entertain about
happiness and life afford no scatheless and permanent evidence of either.
Security for the claims of harmonious and eternal being is found only in
Scripture informs us that "with God all
things are possible," - all good is possible to Spirit; but our prevalent
theories practically deny this, and make healing possible only through matter.
These theories must be untrue, for the Scripture is true. Christianity is not
false, but religions which contradict its Principle are false.
In our age Christianity is again demonstrating
the power of divine Principle, as it did over nineteen hundred years ago, by
healing the sick and triumphing over death. Jesus never taught that drugs,
food, air, and exercise could make a man healthy, or that they could destroy
human life; nor did he illustrate these errors by his practice. He referred
man's harmony to Mind, not to matter, and never tried to make of none effect
the sentence of God, which sealed God's condemnation of sin, sickness, and
In the sacred sanctuary of Truth are voices of
solemn import, but we heed them not. It is only when the so-called pleasures
and pains of sense pass away in our lives, that we find unquestionable signs
of the burial of error and the resurrection to spiritual life.
and proof 232
There is neither place nor opportunity in
Science for error of any sort. Every day makes its demands upon us for higher
proofs rather than professions of Christian power. These proofs consist solely
in the destruction of sin, sickness, and death by the power of Spirit, as
Jesus destroyed them. This is an element of progress, and progress is the law
of God, whose law demands of us only what we can certainly fulfil.
gained slowly 233
In the midst of imperfection, perfection is
seen and acknowledged only by degrees. The ages must slowly work up to
perfection. How long it must be before we arrive at the demonstration of
scientific being, no man knoweth, - not even "the Son but the
Father;" but the false claim of error continues its delusions until the
goal of goodness is assiduously earned and won.
Already the shadow of His right hand rests upon
the hour. Ye who can discern the face of the sky, - the sign material, - how
much more should ye discern the sign mental, and compass the destruction of
sin and sickness by overcoming the thoughts which produce them, and by
understanding the spiritual idea which corrects and destroys them. To reveal
this truth was our Master's mission to all mankind, including the hearts which
of truth 233
When numbers have been divided according to a
fixed rule, the quotient is not more unquestionable than the scientific tests
I have made of the effects of truth upon the sick. The counter fact relative
to any disease is required to cure it. The utterance of truth is designed to
rebuke and destroy error. Why should truth not be efficient in sickness, which
is solely the result of inharmony?
Spiritual draughts heal, while material lotions
interfere with truth, even as ritualism and creed hamper spirituality. If we
trust matter, we distrust Spirit.
of comfort 234
Whatever inspires with wisdom, Truth, or Love -
be it song, sermon, or Science - blesses the human family with crumbs of
comfort from Christ's table, feeding the hungry and giving living waters to
to health and good 234
We should become more familiar with good than
with evil, and guard against false beliefs as watchfully as we bar our doors
against the approach of thieves and murderers. We should love our enemies and
help them on the basis of the Golden Rule; but avoid casting pearls before
those who trample them under foot, thereby robbing both themselves and others.
the mind 234
If mortals would keep proper ward over mortal
mind, the brood of evils which infest it would be cleared out. We must begin
with this so-called mind and empty it of sin and sickness, or sin and sickness
will never cease. The present codes of human systems disappoint the weary
searcher after a divine theology, adequate to the right education of human
Sin and disease must be thought before they can
be manifested. You must control evil thoughts in the first instance, or they
will control you in the second. Jesus declared that to look with desire on
forbidden objects was to break a moral precept. He laid great stress on the
action of the human mind, unseen to the senses.
Evil thoughts and aims reach no farther and do
no more harm than one's belief permits. Evil thoughts, lusts, and malicious
purposes cannot go forth, like wandering pollen, from one human mind to
another, finding unsuspected lodgment, if virtue and truth build a strong
defence. Better suffer a doctor infected with smallpox to attend you than to
be treated mentally by one who does not obey the requirements of divine
The teachers of schools and the readers in
churches should be selected with as direct reference to their morals as to
their learning or their correct reading. Nurseries of character should be
strongly garrisoned with virtue. School-examinations are one-sided; it is not
so much academic education, as a moral and spiritual culture, which lifts one
higher. The pure and uplifting thoughts of the teacher, constantly imparted to
pupils, will reach higher than the heavens of astronomy; while the debased and
unscrupulous mind, though adorned with gems of scholarly attainment, will
degrade the characters it should inform and elevate.
Physicians, whom the sick employ in their
helplessness, should be models of virtue. They should be wise spiritual guides
to health and hope. To the tremblers on the brink of death, who understand not
the divine Truth which is Life and perpetuates being, physicians should be
able to teach it. Then when the soul is willing and the flesh weak, the
patient's feet may be planted on the rock Christ Jesus, the true idea of
Clergymen, occupying the watchtowers of the
world, should uplift the standard of Truth. They should so raise their hearers
spiritually, that their listeners will love to grapple with a new, right idea
and broaden their concepts. Love of Christianity, rather than love of
popularity, should stimulate clerical labor and progress. Truth should emanate
from the pulpit, but never be strangled there. A special privilege is vested
in the ministry. How shall it be used? Sacredly, in the interests of humanity,
not of sect.
Is it not professional reputation and emolument
rather than the dignity of God's laws, which many leaders seek? Do not
inferior motives induce the infuriated attacks on individuals, who reiterate
Christ's teachings in support of his proof by example that the divine Mind
heals sickness as well as sin?
mother's responsibility 236
A mother is the strongest educator, either for
or against crime. Her thoughts form the embryo of another mortal mind, and
unconsciously mould it, either after a model odious to herself or through
divine influence, "according to the pattern showed to thee in the
mount." Hence the importance of Christian Science, from which we learn of
the one Mind and of the availability of good as the remedy for every woe.
Children should obey their parents;
insubordination is an evil, blighting the buddings of self-government. Parents
should teach their children at the earliest possible period the truths of
health and holiness. Children are more tractable than adults, and learn more
readily to love the simple verities that will make them happy and good.
Jesus loved little children because of their
freedom from wrong and their receptiveness of right. While age is halting
between two opinions or battling with false beliefs, youth makes easy and
rapid strides towards Truth.
A little girl, who had occasionally listened to
my explanations, badly wounded her finger. She seemed not to notice it. On
being questioned about it she answered ingenuously, "There is no
sensation in matter." Bounding off with laughing eyes, she presently
added, "Mamma, my finger is not a bit sore."
It might have been months or years before her
parents would have laid aside their drugs, or reached the mental height their
little daughter so naturally attained. The more stubborn beliefs and theories
of parents often choke the good seed in the minds of themselves and their
offspring. Superstition, like "the fowls of the air," snatches away
the good seed before it has sprouted.
Children should be taught the Truth-cure,
Christian Science, among their first lessons, and kept from discussing or
entertaining theories or thoughts about sickness. To prevent the experience of
error and its sufferings, keep out of the minds of your children either sinful
or diseased thoughts. The latter should be excluded on the same principle as
the former. This makes Christian Science early available.
Some invalids are unwilling to know the facts
or to hear about the fallacy of matter and its supposed laws. They devote
themselves a little longer to their material gods, cling to a belief in the
life and intelligence of matter, and expect this error to do more for them
than they are willing to admit the only living and true God can do. Impatient
at your explanation, unwilling to investigate the Science of Mind which would
rid them of their complaints, they hug false beliefs and suffer the delusive
Motives and acts are not rightly valued before
they are understood. It is well to wait till those whom you would benefit are
ready for the blessing, for Science is working changes in personal character
as well as in the material universe.
To obey the Scriptural command, "Come out
from among them, and be ye separate," is to incur society's frown; but
this frown, more than flatteries, enables one to be Christian. Losing her
crucifix, the Roman Catholic girl said, "I have nothing left but
Christ." "If God be for us, who can be against us?"
To fall away from Truth in times of
persecution, shows that we never understood Truth. From out the bridal chamber
of wisdom there will come the warning, "I know you not." Unimproved
opportunities will rebuke us when we attempt to claim the benefits of an
experience we have not made our own, try to reap the harvest we have not sown,
and wish to enter unlawfully into the labors of others. Truth often remains
unsought, until we seek this remedy for human woe because we suffer severely
Attempts to conciliate society and so gain
dominion over mankind, arise from worldly weakness. He who leaves all for
Christ forsakes popularity and gains Christianity.
and intolerance 238
Society is a foolish juror, listening only to
one side of the case. Justice often comes too late to secure a verdict. People
with mental work before them have no time for gossip about false law or
testimony. To reconstruct timid justice and place the fact above the
falsehood, is the work of time.
The cross is the central emblem of history. It
is the lodestar in the demonstration of Christian healing, - the demonstration
by which sin and sickness are destroyed. The sects, which endured the lash of
their predecessors, in their turn lay it upon those who are in advance of
views of humanity 239
Take away wealth, fame, and social
organizations, which weigh not one jot in the balance of God, and we get
clearer views of Principle. Break up cliques, level wealth with honesty, let
worth be judged according to wisdom, and we get better views of humanity.
The wicked man is not the ruler of his upright
neighbor. Let it be understood that success in error is defeat in Truth. The
watchword of Christian Science is Scriptural: "Let the wicked forsake his
way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts."
To ascertain our progress, we must learn where
our affections are placed and whom we acknowledge and obey as God. If divine
Love is becoming nearer, dearer, and more real to us, matter is then
submitting to Spirit. The objects we pursue and the spirit we manifest reveal
our standpoint, and show what we are winning.
Mortal mind is the acknowledged seat of human
motives. It forms material concepts and produces every discordant action of
the body. If action proceeds from the divine Mind, action is harmonious. If it
comes from erring mortal mind, it is discordant and ends in sin, sickness,
death. Those two opposite sources never mingle in fount or stream. The perfect
Mind sends forth perfection, for God is Mind. Imperfect mortal mind sends
forth its own resemblances, of which the wise man said, "All is
lessons from nature 240
Nature voices natural, spiritual law and divine
Love, but human belief misinterprets nature. Arctic regions, sunny tropics,
giant hills, winged winds, mighty billows, verdant vales, festive flowers, and
glorious heavens, - all point to Mind, the spiritual intelligence they
reflect. The floral apostles are hieroglyphs of Deity. Suns and planets teach
grand lessons. The stars make night beautiful, and the leaflet turns naturally
towards the light.
In the order of Science, in which the Principle
is above what it reflects, all is one grand concord. Change this statement,
suppose Mind to be governed by matter or Soul in body, and you lose the
keynote of being, and there is continual discord. Mind is perpetual motion.
Its symbol is the sphere. The rotations and revolutions of the universe of
Mind go on eternally.
Mortals move onward towards good or evil as
time glides on. If mortals are not progressive, past failures will be repeated
until all wrong work is effaced or rectified. If at present satisfied with
wrong-doing, we must learn to loathe it. If at present content with idleness,
we must become dissatisfied with it. Remember that mankind must sooner or
later, either by suffering or by Science, be convinced of the error that is to
In trying to undo the errors of sense one must
pay fully and fairly the utmost farthing, until all error is finally brought
into subjection to Truth. The divine method of paying sin's wages involves
unwinding one's snarls, and learning from experience how to divide between
sense and Soul.
"Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth."
He, who knows God's will or the demands of divine Science and obeys them,
incurs the hostility of envy; and he who refuses obedience to God, is
chastened by Love.
of sin 241
Sensual treasures are laid up "where moth
and rust doth corrupt." Mortality is their doom. Sin breaks in upon them,
and carries off their fleeting joys. The sensualist's affections are as
imaginary, whimsical, and unreal as his pleasures. Falsehood, envy, hypocrisy,
malice, hate, revenge, and so forth, steal away the treasures of Truth.
Stripped of its coverings, what a mocking spectacle is sin!
The Bible teaches transformation of the body by
the renewal of Spirit. Take away the spiritual signification of Scripture, and
that compilation can do no more for mortals than can moonbeams to melt a river
of ice. The error of the ages is preaching without practice.
The substance of all devotion is the reflection
and demonstration of divine Love, healing sickness and destroying sin. Our
Master said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments."
One's aim, a point beyond faith, should be to
find the footsteps of Truth, the way to health and holiness. We should strive
to reach the Horeb height where God is revealed; and the corner-stone of all
spiritual building is purity. The baptism of Spirit, washing the body of all
the impurities of flesh, signifies that the pure in heart see God and are
approaching spiritual Life and its demonstration.
It is "easier for a camel to go through
the eye of a needle," than for sinful beliefs to enter the kingdom of
heaven, eternal harmony. Through repentance, spiritual baptism, and
regeneration, mortals put off their material beliefs and false individuality.
It is only a question of time when "they shall all know Me [God], from
the least of them unto the greatest." Denial of the claims of matter is a
great step towards the joys of Spirit, towards human freedom and the final
triumph over the body.
only way 242
There is but one way to heaven, harmony, and
Christ in divine Science shows us this way. It is to know no other reality -
to have no other consciousness of life - than good, God and His reflection,
and to rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses.
Self-love is more opaque than a solid body. In
patient obedience to a patient God, let us labor to dissolve with the
universal solvent of Love the adamant of error, - self-will,
self-justification, and self-love, - which wars against spirituality and is
the law of sin and death.
The vesture of Life is Truth. According to the
Bible, the facts of being are commonly misconstrued, for it is written:
"They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast
lots." The divine Science of man is woven into one web of consistency
without seam or rent. Mere speculation or superstition appropriates no part of
the divine vesture, while inspiration restores every part of the Christly
garment of righteousness.
The finger-posts of divine Science show the way
our Master trod, and require of Christians the proof which he gave, instead of
mere profession. We may hide spiritual ignorance from the world, but we can
never succeed in the Science and demonstration of spiritual good through
ignorance or hypocrisy.
and modern miracles 243
The divine Love, which made harmless the
poisonous viper, which delivered men from the boiling oil, from the fiery
furnace, from the jaws of the lion, can heal the sick in every age and triumph
over sin and death. It crowned the demonstrations of Jesus with unsurpassed
power and love. But the same "Mind . . . which was also in Christ
Jesus" must always accompany the letter of Science in order to confirm
and repeat the ancient demonstrations of prophets and apostles. That those
wonders are not more commonly repeated to-day, arises not so much from lack of
desire as from lack of spiritual growth.
The clay cannot reply to the potter. The head,
heart, lungs, and limbs do not inform us that they are dizzy, diseased,
consumptive, or lame. If this information is conveyed, mortal mind conveys it.
Neither immortal and unerring Mind nor matter, the inanimate substratum of
mortal mind, can carry on such telegraphy; for God is "of purer eyes than
to behold evil," and matter has neither intelligence nor sensation.
of error 243
Truth has no consciousness of error. Love has
no sense of hatred. Life has no partnership with death. Truth, Life, and Love
are a law of annihilation to everything unlike themselves, because they
declare nothing except God.
and perfection 243
Sickness, sin, and death are not the fruits of
Life. They are inharmonies which Truth destroys. Perfection does not animate
imperfection. Inasmuch as God is good and the fount of all being, He does not
produce moral or physical deformity; therefore such deformity is not real, but
is illusion, the mirage of error. Divine Science reveals these grand facts. On
their basis Jesus demonstrated Life, never fearing nor obeying error in any
If we were to derive all our conceptions of man
from what is seen between the cradle and the grave, happiness and goodness
would have no abiding-place in man, and the worms would rob him of the flesh;
but Paul writes: "The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made
me free from the law of sin and death."
never less than man 244
Man undergoing birth, maturity, and decay is
like the beasts and vegetables, - subject to laws of decay. If man were dust
in his earliest stage of existence, we might admit the hypothesis that he
returns eventually to his primitive condition; but man was never more nor less
If man flickers out in death or springs from
matter into being, there must be an instant when God is without His entire
manifestation, - when there is no full reflection of the infinite Mind.
Man in Science is neither young nor old. He has
neither birth nor death. He is not a beast, a vegetable, nor a migratory mind.
He does not pass from matter to Mind, from the mortal to the immortal, from
evil to good, or from good to evil. Such admissions cast us headlong into
darkness and dogma. Even Shakespeare's poetry pictures age as infancy, as
helplessness and decadence, instead of assigning to man the everlasting
grandeur and immortality of development, power, and prestige.
The error of thinking that we are growing old,
and the benefits of destroying that illusion, are illustrated in a sketch from
the history of an English woman, published in the London medical magazine
called The Lancet.
Disappointed in love in her early years, she
became insane and lost all account of time. Believing that she was still
living in the same hour which parted her from her lover, taking no note of
years, she stood daily before the window watching for her lover's coming. In
this mental state she remained young. Having no consciousness of time, she
literally grew no older. Some American travellers saw her when she was
seventy-four, and supposed her to be a young woman. She had no care-lined
face, no wrinkles nor gray hair, but youth sat gently on cheek and brow. Asked
to guess her age, those unacquainted with her history conjectured that she
must be under twenty.
This instance of youth preserved furnishes a
useful hint, upon which a Franklin might work with more certainty than when he
coaxed the enamoured lightning from the clouds. Years had not made her old,
because she had taken no cognizance of passing time nor thought of herself as
growing old. The bodily results of her belief that she was young manifested
the influence of such a belief. She could not age while believing herself
young, for the mental state governed the physical.
Impossibilities never occur. One instance like
the foregoing proves it possible to be young at seventy-four; and the primary
of that illustration makes it plain that decrepitude is not according to law,
nor is it a necessity of nature, but an illusion.
reflects God 245
The infinite never began nor will it ever end.
Mind and its formations can never be annihilated. Man is not a pendulum,
swinging between evil and good, joy and sorrow, sickness and health, life and
death. Life and its faculties are not measured by calendars. The perfect and
immortal are the eternal likeness of their Maker. Man is by no means a
material germ rising from the imperfect and endeavoring to reach Spirit above
his origin. The stream rises no higher than its source.
The measurement of life by solar years robs
youth and gives ugliness to age. The radiant sun of virtue and truth coexists
with being. Manhood is its eternal noon, undimmed by a declining sun. As the
physical and material, the transient sense of beauty fades, the radiance of
Spirit should dawn upon the enraptured sense with bright and imperishable
Never record ages. Chronological data are no
part of the vast forever. Time-tables of birth and death are so many
conspiracies against manhood and womanhood. Except for the error of measuring
and limiting all that is good and beautiful, man would enjoy more than
threescore years and ten and still maintain his vigor, freshness, and promise.
Man, governed by immortal Mind, is always beautiful and grand. Each succeeding
year unfolds wisdom, beauty, and holiness.
life eternal 246
Life is eternal. We should find this out, and
begin the demonstration thereof. Life and goodness are immortal. Let us then
shape our views of existence into loveliness, freshness, and continuity,
rather than into age and blight.
Acute and chronic beliefs reproduce their own
types. The acute belief of physical life comes on at a remote period, and is
not so disastrous as the chronic belief.
teeth renewed 247
I have seen age regain two of the elements it
had lost, sight and teeth. A woman of eighty-five, whom I knew, had a return
of sight. Another woman at ninety had new teeth, incisors, cuspids, bicuspids,
and one molar. One man at sixty had retained his full set of upper and lower
teeth without a decaying cavity.
Beauty, as well as truth, is eternal; but the
beauty of material things passes away, fading and fleeting as mortal belief.
Custom, education, and fashion form the transient standards of mortals.
Immortality, exempt from age or decay, has a glory of its own, - the radiance
of Soul. Immortal men and women are models of spiritual sense, drawn by
perfect Mind and reflecting those higher conceptions of loveliness which
transcend all material sense.
divine loveliness 247
Comeliness and grace are independent of matter.
Being possesses its qualities before they are perceived humanly. Beauty is a
thing of life, which dwells forever in the eternal Mind and reflects the
charms of His goodness in expression, form, outline, and color. It is Love
which paints the petal with myriad hues, glances in the warm sunbeam, arches
the cloud with the bow of beauty, blazons the night with starry gems, and
covers earth with loveliness.
The embellishments of the person are poor
substitutes for the charms of being, shining resplendent and eternal over age
The recipe for beauty is to have less illusion
and more Soul, to retreat from the belief of pain or pleasure in the body into
the unchanging calm and glorious freedom of spiritual harmony.
Love never loses sight of loveliness. Its halo
rests upon its object. One marvels that a friend can ever seem less than
beautiful. Men and women of riper years and larger lessons ought to ripen into
health and immortality, instead of lapsing into darkness or gloom. Immortal
Mind feeds the body with supernal freshness and fairness, supplying it with
beautiful images of thought and destroying the woes of sense which each day
brings to a nearer tomb.
The sculptor turns from the marble to his model
in order to perfect his conception. We are all sculptors, working at various
forms, moulding and chiseling thought. What is the model before mortal mind?
Is it imperfection, joy, sorrow, sin, suffering? Have you accepted the mortal
model? Are you reproducing it? Then you are haunted in your work by vicious
sculptors and hideous forms. Do you not hear from all mankind of the imperfect
model? The world is holding it before your gaze continually. The result is
that you are liable to follow those lower patterns, limit your lifework, and
adopt into your experience the angular outline and deformity of matter models.
To remedy this, we must first turn our gaze in
the right direction, and then walk that way. We must form perfect models in
thought and look at them continually, or we shall never carve them out in
grand and noble lives. Let unselfishness, goodness, mercy, justice, health,
holiness, love - the kingdom of heaven - reign within us, and sin, disease,
and death will diminish until they finally disappear.
Let us accept Science, relinquish all theories
based on sense-testimony, give up imperfect models and illusive ideals; and so
let us have one God, one Mind, and that one perfect, producing His own models
Let the "male and female" of God's
creating appear. Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into
newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to
destroy. Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine "powers that
be." Such is the true Science of being. Any other theory of Life, or God,
is delusive and mythological.
Mind is not the author of matter, and the
creator of ideas is not the creator of illusions. Either there is no
omnipotence, or omnipotence is the only power. God is the infinite, and
infinity never began, will never end, and includes nothing unlike God. Whence
then is soulless matter?
Life is, like Christ, "the same yesterday,
and to-day, and forever." Organization and time have nothing to do with
Life. You say, "I dreamed last night." What a mistake is that! The I
is Spirit. God never slumbers, and His likeness never dreams. Mortals are the
Sleep and apathy are phases of the dream that
life, substance, and intelligence are material. The mortal night-dream is
sometimes nearer the fact of being than are the thoughts of mortals when
awake. The night-dream has less matter as its accompaniment. It throws off
some material fetters. It falls short of the skies, but makes its mundane
flights quite ethereal.
Man is the reflection of Soul. He is the direct
opposite of material sensation, and there is but one Ego. We run into error
when we divide Soul into souls, multiply Mind into minds and suppose error to
be mind, then mind to be in matter and matter to be a lawgiver, unintelligence
to act like intelligence, and mortality to be the matrix of immortality.
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Mortal existence is a dream; mortal existence
has no real entity, but saith "It is I." Spirit is the Ego which
never dreams, but understands all things; which never errs, and is ever
conscious; which never believes, but knows; which is never born and never
dies. Spiritual man is the likeness of this Ego. Man is not God, but like a
ray of light which comes from the sun, man, the outcome of God, reflects God.
existence a dream 250
Mortal body and mind are one, and that one is
called man; but a mortal is not man, for man is immortal. A mortal may be
weary or pained, enjoy or suffer, according to the dream he entertains in
sleep. When that dream vanishes, the mortal finds himself experiencing none of
these dream-sensations. To the observer, the body lies listless, undisturbed,
and sensationless, and the mind seems to be absent.
Now I ask, Is there any more reality in the
waking dream of mortal existence than in the sleeping dream? There cannot be,
since whatever appears to be a mortal man is a mortal dream. Take away the
mortal mind, and matter has no more sense as a man than it has as a tree. But
the spiritual, real man is immortal.
Upon this stage of existence goes on the dance
of mortal mind. Mortal thoughts chase one another like snowflakes, and drift
to the ground. Science reveals Life as not being at the mercy of death, nor
will Science admit that happiness is ever the sport of circumstance.
Error is not real, hence it is not more
imperative as it hastens towards self-destruction. The so-called belief of
mortal mind apparent as an abscess should not grow more painful before it
suppurates, neither should a fever become more severe before it ends.
of death 251
Fright is so great at certain stages of mortal
belief as to drive belief into new paths. In the illusion of death, mortals
wake to the knowledge of two facts: (1) that they are not dead; (2) that they
have but passed the portals of a new belief. Truth works out the nothingness
of error in just these ways. Sickness, as well as sin, is an error that
Christ, Truth, alone can destroy.
mind's disappearance 251
We must learn how mankind govern the body, -
whether through faith in hygiene, in drugs, or in willpower. We should learn
whether they govern the body through a belief in the necessity of sickness and
death, sin and pardon, or govern it from the higher understanding that the
divine Mind makes perfect, acts upon the so-called human mind through truth,
leads the human mind to relinquish all error, to find the divine Mind to be
the only Mind, and the healer of sin, disease, death. This process of higher
spiritual understanding improves mankind until error disappears, and nothing
is left which deserves to perish or to be punished.
Ignorance, like intentional wrong, is not
Science. Ignorance must be seen and corrected before we can attain harmony.
Inharmonious beliefs, which rob Mind, calling it matter, and deify their own
notions, imprison themselves in what they create. They are at war with
Science, and as our Master said, "If a kingdom be divided against itself,
that kingdom cannot stand."
Human ignorance of Mind and of the recuperative
energies of Truth occasions the only skepticism regarding the pathology and
theology of Christian Science.
man recognized 252
When false human beliefs learn even a little of
their own falsity, they begin to disappear. A knowledge of error and of its
operations must precede that understanding of Truth which destroys error,
until the entire mortal, material error finally disappears, and the eternal
verity, man created by and of Spirit, is understood and recognized as the true
likeness of his Maker.
The false evidence of material sense contrasts
strikingly with the testimony of Spirit. Material sense lifts its voice with
the arrogance of reality and says:
of sense 252
I am wholly dishonest, and no man knoweth it. I
can cheat, lie, commit adultery, rob, murder, and I elude detection by
smooth-tongued villainy. Animal in propensity, deceitful in sentiment,
fraudulent in purpose, I mean to make my short span of life one gala day. What
a nice thing is sin! How sin succeeds, where the good purpose waits! The world
is my kingdom. I am enthroned in the gorgeousness of matter. But a touch, an
accident, the law of God, may at any moment annihilate my peace, for all my
fancied joys are fatal. Like bursting lava, I expand but to my own despair,
and shine with the resplendency of consuming fire.
Spirit, bearing opposite testimony, saith:
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I am Spirit. Man, whose senses are spiritual,
is my likeness. He reflects the infinite understanding, for I am Infinity. The
beauty of holiness, the perfection of being, imperishable glory, - all are
Mine, for I am God. I give immortality to man, for I am Truth. I include and
impart all bliss, for I am Love. I give life, without beginning and without
end, for I am Life. I am supreme and give all, for I am Mind. I am the
substance of all, because I AM THAT I AM.
I hope, dear reader, I am leading you into the
understanding of your divine rights, your heaven-bestowed harmony, - that, as
you read, you see there is no cause (outside of erring, mortal, material sense
which is not power) able to make you sick or sinful; and I hope that you are
conquering this false sense. Knowing the falsity of so-called material sense,
you can assert your prerogative to overcome the belief in sin, disease, or
endeavor possible 253
If you believe in and practise wrong knowingly,
you can at once change your course and do right. Matter can make no opposition
to right endeavors against sin or sickness, for matter is inert, mindless.
Also, if you believe yourself diseased, you can alter this wrong belief and
action without hindrance from the body.
Do not believe in any supposed necessity for
sin, disease, or death, knowing (as you ought to know) that God never requires
obedience to a so-called material law, for no such law exists. The belief in
sin and death is destroyed by the law of God, which is the law of Life instead
of death, of harmony instead of discord, of Spirit instead of the flesh.
and final perfection 253
The divine demand, "Be ye therefore
perfect," is scientific, and the human footsteps leading to perfection
are indispensable. Individuals are consistent who, watching and praying, can
"run, and not be weary; . . . walk, and not faint," who gain good
rapidly and hold their position, or attain slowly and yield not to
discouragement. God requires perfection, but not until the battle between
Spirit and flesh is fought and the victory won. To stop eating, drinking, or
being clothed materially before the spiritual facts of existence are gained
step by step, is not legitimate. When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth
righteously, He directs our path. Imperfect mortals grasp the ultimate of
spiritual perfection slowly; but to begin
aright and to continue the strife of demonstrating the great problem of being,
is doing much.
During the sensual ages, absolute Christian
Science may not be achieved prior to the change called death, for we have not
the power to demonstrate what we do not understand. But the human self must be
evangelized. This task God demands us to accept lovingly to-day, and to
abandon so fast as practical the material, and to work out the spiritual which
determines the outward and actual.
If you venture upon the quiet surface of error
and are in sympathy with error, what is there to disturb the waters? What is
there to strip off error's disguise?
cross and crown 254
If you launch your bark upon the ever-agitated
but healthful waters of truth, you will encounter storms. Your good will be
evil spoken of. This is the cross. Take it up and bear it, for through it you
win and wear the crown. Pilgrim on earth, thy home is heaven; stranger, thou
art the guest of God.