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Mary Baker Eddy
 Discover and Healer

by Rolf A. F. Witzsche


Mary Baker Eddy. She wrote about her early experiences, following her discovery:

Through four successive years I healed, preached, and taught in a general way, refusing to take any pay for my services and living on a small annuity.

At one time I was called to speak before the Lyceum Club, at Westerly, Rhode Island.  On my arrival my hostess told me that her next-door neighbor was dying. I asked permission to see her.  It was granted, and with my hostess I went to the invalid's house.

The physicians had given up the case and retired.  I had stood by her side about fifteen minutes when the sick woman rose from her bed, dressed herself, and was well. Afterwards they showed me the clothes already prepared for her burial; and told me that her physicians had said the diseased condition was caused by an injury received from a surgical operation at the birth of her last babe, and that it was impossible for her to be delivered of another child.  It is sufficient to add her babe was safely born, and weighed twelve pounds.  The mother afterwards wrote to me, "I never before suffered so little in childbirth."

This scientific demonstration so stirred the doctors and clergy that they had my notices for a second lecture pulled down, and refused me a hearing in their halls and churches. This circumstance is cited simply to show the opposition which Christian Science encountered a quarter-century ago, as contrasted with its present welcome into the sick-room.

Many were the desperate cases I instantly healed, "without money and without price," and in most instances without even an acknowledgment of the benefit.

Retrospection and Introspection (1891) p. 40

   After my discovery of Christian Science, I healed consumption in its last stages, a case which the M.D.'s, by verdict of the stethoscope and the schools, declared incurable because the lungs were mostly consumed.  I healed malignant diphtheria and carious bones that could be dented by the finger, saving the limbs when the surgeon's instruments were lying on the table ready for their amputation.  I have healed at one visit a cancer that had eaten the flesh of the neck and exposed the jugular vein so that it stood out like a cord.  I have physically restored sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, speech to the dumb, and have made the lame walk.

   About the year 1869, I was wired to attend the patient of a distinguished M.D., the late Dr. Davis of Manchester, N. H.  The patient was pronounced dying of pneumonia, and was breathing at intervals in agony.  Her physician, who stood by her bedside, declared that she could not live. On seeing her immediately restored by me without material aid, he asked earnestly if I had a work describing my system of healing.  When answered in the negative, he urged me immediately to write a book which should explain to the world my curative system of metaphysics. In the ranks of the M.D.'s are noble men and women, and I love them; but they must refrain from persecuting and misrepresenting a system of medicine which from personal experience I have proved to be more certain and curative in functional and organic diseases than any material method.  I admonish Christian Scientists either to speak charitably of all mankind or to keep silent, for love fulfils divine law and without this proof of love mental practice were profitless.

   The list of cases healed by me could be made to include hopeless organic diseases of almost every kind.  I name those mentioned above simply to show the folly of believing that the immutable laws of omnipotent Mind have not power over and above matter in every mode and form, and the folly of the cognate declaration that Christian Science is limited to imaginary diseases!  On the contrary, Christian Science has healed cases that I assert it would have been impossible for the surgeon or materia medica to cure.

(Miscellany - Ch. 1, To the Christian World, p.105) 

The book that the doctor suggested should be written, was likely already in the making by her at the time. It became the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, that was first published in 1875. It may have caused more healing in individual lives than any other book ever published. It was constantly up dated by her with several hundred having been published in the 35 years of this process of constant development till her death in 1910. And even now, a hundred years later, the development continues in the form of a process of scientific and spiritual discovery that the book was designed to be a part of, for which it is just beginning to be recognized, and this only faintly.


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