Physiology - 165
Physiology is one of the apples from "the
tree of knowledge." Evil declared that eating this fruit would open man's
eyes and make him as a god. Instead of so doing, it closed the eyes of mortals
to man's God-given dominion over the earth.
To measure intellectual capacity by the size of
the brain and strength by the exercise of muscle, is to subjugate
intelligence, to make mind mortal, and to place this so-called mind at the
mercy of material organization and non-intelligent matter.
Obedience to the so-called physical laws of
health has not checked sickness. Diseases have multiplied, since man-made
material theories took the place of spiritual truth.
of sickness 165
You say that indigestion, fatigue,
sleeplessness, cause distressed stomachs and aching heads. Then you consult
your brain in order to remember what has hurt you, when your remedy lies in
forgetting the whole thing; for matter has no sensation of its own, and the
human mind is all that can produce pain.
As a man thinketh, so is he. Mind is all that
feels, acts, or impedes action. Ignorant of this, or shrinking from its
implied responsibility, the healing effort is made on the wrong side, and thus
the conscious control over the body is lost.
pagan and medical 166
The Mohammedan believes in a pilgrimage to
Mecca for the salvation of his soul. The popular doctor believes in his
prescription, and the pharmacist believes in the power of his drugs to save a
man's life. The Mohammedan's belief is a religious delusion; the doctor's and
pharmacist's is a medical mistake.
from reliance on spirituality 166
The erring human mind is inharmonious in
itself. From it arises the inharmonious body. To ignore God as of little use
in sickness is a mistake. Instead of thrusting Him aside in times of bodily
trouble, and waiting for the hour of strength in which to acknowledge Him, we
should learn that He can do all things for us in sickness as in health.
Failing to recover health through adherence to
physiology and hygiene, the despairing invalid often drops them, and in his
extremity and only as a last resort, turns to God. The invalid's faith in the
divine Mind is less than in drugs, air, and exercise, or he would have
resorted to Mind first. The balance of power is conceded to be with matter by
most of the medical systems; but when Mind at last asserts its mastery over
sin, disease, and death, then is man found to be harmonious and immortal.
Should we implore a corporeal God to heal the
sick out of His personal volition, or should we understand the infinite divine
Principle which heals? If we rise no higher than blind faith, the Science of
healing is not attained, and Soul-existence, in the place of sense-existence,
is not comprehended. We apprehend Life in divine Science only as we live above
corporeal sense and correct it. Our proportionate admission of the claims of
good or of evil determines the harmony of our existence, - our health, our
longevity, and our Christianity.
We cannot serve two masters nor perceive divine
Science with the material senses. Drugs and hygiene cannot successfully usurp
the place and power of the divine source of all health and perfection. If God
made man both good and evil, man must remain thus. What can improve God's
work? Again, an error in the premise must appear in the conclusion. To have
one God and avail yourself of the power of Spirit, you must love God
The "flesh lusteth against the
Spirit." The flesh and Spirit can no more unite in action, than good can
coincide with evil. It is not wise to take a halting and half-way position or
to expect to work equally with Spirit and matter, Truth and error. There is
but one way - namely, God and His idea - which leads to spiritual being. The
scientific government of the body must be attained through the divine Mind. It
is impossible to gain control over the body in any other way. On this
fundamental point, timid conservatism is absolutely inadmissible. Only through
radical reliance on Truth can scientific healing power be realized.
Substituting good words for a good life, fair
seeming for straightforward character, is a poor shift for the weak and
worldly, who think the standard of Christian Science too high for them.
on the wrong side 168
If the scales are evenly adjusted, the removal
of a single weight from either scale gives preponderance to the opposite.
Whatever influence you cast on the side of matter, you take away from Mind,
which would otherwise outweigh all else. Your belief militates against your
health, when it ought to be enlisted on the side of health. When sick
(according to belief) you rush after drugs, search out the material so-called
laws of health, and depend upon them to heal you, though you have already
brought yourself into the slough of disease through just this false belief.
divine authority 168
Because man-made systems insist that man
becomes sick and useless, suffers and dies, all in consonance with the laws of
God, are we to believe it? Are we to believe an authority which denies God's
spiritual command relating to perfection, - an authority which Jesus proved to
be false? He did the will of the Father. He healed sickness in defiance of
what is called material law, but in accordance with God's law, the law of
I have discerned disease in the human mind, and
recognized the patient's fear of it, months before the so-called disease made
its appearance in the body. Disease being a belief, a latent illusion of
mortal mind, the sensation would not appear if the error of belief was met and
destroyed by truth.
Here let a word be noticed which will be better
understood hereafter, - chemicalization.
By chemicalization I mean the process which mortal mind and body undergo in
the change of belief from a material to a spiritual basis.
Whenever an aggravation of symptoms has
occurred through mental chemicalization, I have seen the mental signs,
assuring me that danger was over, before the patient felt the change; and I
have said to the patient, "You are healed," - sometimes to his
discomfiture, when he was incredulous. But it always came about as I had
I name these facts to show that disease has a
mental, mortal origin, - that faith in rules of health or in drugs begets and
fosters disease by attracting the mind to the subject of sickness, by exciting
fear of disease, and by dosing the body in order to avoid it. The faith
reposed in these things should find stronger supports and a higher home. If we
understood the control of Mind over body, we should put no faith in material
only healer 169
Science not only reveals the origin of all
disease as mental, but it also declares that all disease is cured by divine
Mind. There can be no healing except by this Mind, however much we trust a
drug or any other means towards which human faith or endeavor is directed. It
is mortal mind, not matter, which brings to the sick whatever good they may
seem to receive from materiality. But the sick are never really healed except
by means of the divine power. Only the action of Truth, Life, and Love can
Whatever teaches man to have other laws and to
acknowledge other powers than the divine Mind, is anti-Christian. The good
that a poisonous drug seems to do is evil, for it robs man of reliance on God,
omnipotent Mind, and according to belief, poisons the human system. Truth is
not the basis of theogony. Modes of matter form neither a moral nor a
spiritual system. The discord which calls for material methods is the result
of the exercise of faith in material modes, - faith in matter instead of in
Did Jesus understand the economy of man less
than Graham or Cutter? Christian ideas certainly present what human theories
exclude - the Principle of man's harmony. The text, "Whosoever liveth and
believeth in me shall never die," not only contradicts human systems, but
points to the self-sustaining and eternal Truth.
The demands of Truth are spiritual, and reach
the body through Mind. The best interpreter of man's needs said: "Take no
thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink."
If there are material laws which prevent
disease, what then causes it? Not divine law, for Jesus healed the sick and
cast out error, always in opposition, never in obedience, to physics.
Spiritual causation is the one question to be
considered, for more than all others spiritual causation relates to human
progress. The age seems ready to approach this subject, to ponder somewhat the
supremacy of Spirit, and at least to touch the hem of Truth's garment.
The description of man as purely physical, or
as both material and spiritual, - but in either case dependent upon his
physical organization, - is the Pandora box, from which all ills have gone
forth, especially despair. Matter, which takes divine power into its own hands
and claims to be a creator, is a fiction, in which paganism and lust are so
sanctioned by society that mankind has caught their moral contagion.
Through discernment of the spiritual opposite
of materiality, even the way through Christ, Truth, man will reopen with the
key of divine Science the gates of Paradise which human beliefs have closed,
and will find himself unfallen, upright, pure, and free, not needing to
consult almanacs for the probabilities either of his life or of the weather,
not needing to study brainology to learn how much of a man he is.
Mind's control over the universe, including
man, is no longer an open question, but is demonstrable Science. Jesus
illustrated the divine Principle and the power of immortal Mind by healing
sickness and sin and destroying the foundations of death.
^versus^ Spirit 171
Mistaking his origin and nature, man believes
himself to be combined matter and Spirit. He believes that Spirit is sifted
through matter, carried on a nerve, exposed to ejection by the operation of
matter. The intellectual, the moral, the spiritual, - yea, the image of
infinite Mind, - subject to non-intelligence!
No more sympathy exists between the flesh and
Spirit than between Belial and Christ.
The so-called laws of matter are nothing but
false beliefs that intelligence and life are present where Mind is not. These
false beliefs are the procuring cause of all sin and disease. The opposite
truth, that intelligence and life are spiritual, never material, destroys sin,
sickness, and death.
The fundamental error lies in the supposition
that man is a material outgrowth and that the cognizance of good or evil,
which he has through the bodily senses, constitutes his happiness or misery.
Theorizing about man's development from
mushrooms to monkeys and from monkeys into men amounts to nothing in the right
direction and very much in the wrong.
Materialism grades the human species as rising
from matter upward. How then is the material species maintained, if man passes
through what we call death and death is the Rubicon of spirituality? Spirit
can form no real link in this supposed chain of material being. But divine
Science reveals the eternal chain of existence as uninterrupted and wholly
spiritual; yet this can be realized only as the false sense of being
of development 172
If man was first a material being, he must have
passed through all the forms of matter in order to become man. If the material
body is man, he is a portion of matter, or dust. On the contrary, man is the
image and likeness of Spirit; and the belief that there is Soul in sense or
Life in matter obtains in mortals, alias
mortal mind, to which the apostle refers when he says that we must "put
off the old man."
not lost 172
What is man? Brain, heart, blood, bones, etc.,
the material structure? If the real man is in the material body, you take away
a portion of the man when you amputate a limb; the surgeon destroys manhood,
and worms annihilate it. But the loss of a limb or injury to a tissue is
sometimes the quickener of manliness; and the unfortunate cripple may present
more nobility than the statuesque athlete, - teaching us by his very
deprivations, that "a man's a man, for a' that."
is man 172
When we admit that matter (heart, blood, brain,
acting through the five physical senses) constitutes man, we fail to see how
anatomy can distinguish between humanity and the brute, or determine when man
is really man and has
progressed farther than his animal progenitors.
When the supposition, that Spirit is within
what it creates and the potter is subject to the clay, is individualized,
Truth is reduced to the level of error, and the sensible is required to be
made manifest through the insensible.
What is termed matter manifests nothing but a
material mentality. Neither the substance nor the manifestation of Spirit is
obtainable through matter. Spirit is positive. Matter is Spirit's contrary,
the absence of Spirit. For positive Spirit to pass through a negative
condition would be Spirit's destruction.
Anatomy declares man to be structural.
Physiology continues this explanation, measuring human strength by bones and
sinews, and human life by material law. Man is spiritual, individual, and
eternal; material structure is mortal.
Phrenology makes man knavish or honest
according to the development of the cranium; but anatomy, physiology,
phrenology, do not define the image of God, the real immortal man.
Human reason and religion come slowly to the
recognition of spiritual facts, and so continue to call upon matter to remove
the error which the human mind alone has created.
The idols of civilization are far more fatal to
health and longevity than are the idols of barbarism. The idols of
civilization call into action less faith than Buddhism in a supreme governing
intelligence. The Esquimaux restore health by incantations as consciously as
do civilized practitioners by their more studied methods.
Is civilization only a higher form of idolatry,
that man should bow down to a flesh-brush, to flannels, to baths, diet,
exercise, and air? Nothing save divine power is capable of doing so much for
man as he can do for himself.
The footsteps of thought, rising above material
standpoints, are slow, and portend a long night to the traveller; but the
angels of His presence - the spiritual intuitions that tell us when "the
night is far spent, the day is at hand" - are our guardians in the gloom.
Whoever opens the way in Christian Science is a pilgrim and stranger, marking
out the path for generations yet unborn.
The thunder of Sinai and the Sermon on the
Mount are pursuing and will overtake the ages, rebuking in their course all
error and proclaiming the kingdom of heaven on earth. Truth is revealed. It
needs only to be practised.
Mortal belief is all that enables a drug to
cure mortal ailments. Anatomy admits that mind is somewhere in man, though out
of sight. Then, if an individual is sick, why treat the body alone and
administer a dose of despair to the mind? Why declare that the body is
diseased, and picture this disease to the mind, rolling it under the tongue as
a sweet morsel and holding it before the thought of both physician and
patient? We should understand that the cause of disease obtains in the mortal
human mind, and its cure comes from the immortal divine Mind. We should
prevent the images of disease from taking form in thought, and we should
efface the outlines of disease already formulated in the minds of mortals.
When there are fewer prescriptions, and less
thought is given to sanitary subjects, there will be better constitutions and
less disease. In old times who ever heard of dyspepsia, cerebro-spinal
meningitis, hay-fever, and rose-cold?
What an abuse of natural beauty to say that a
rose, the smile of God, can produce suffering! The joy of its presence, its
beauty and fragrance, should uplift the thought, and dissuade any sense of
fear or fever. It is profane to fancy that the perfume of clover and the
breath of new-mown hay can cause glandular inflammation, sneezing, and nasal
ancestral dyspepsia 175
If a random thought, calling itself dyspepsia,
had tried to tyrannize over our forefathers, it would have been routed by
their independence and industry. Then people had less time for selfishness,
coddling, and sickly after-dinner talk. The exact amount of food the stomach
could digest was not discussed according to Cutter nor referred to sanitary
laws. A man's belief in those days was not so severe upon the gastric juices.
Beaumont's "Medical Experiments" "did not govern the digestion.
Damp atmosphere and freezing snow empurpled the
plump cheeks of our ancestors, but they never indulged in the refinement of
inflamed bronchial tubes. They were as innocent as Adam, before he ate the
fruit of false knowledge, of the existence of tubercles and troches, lungs and
modern Eves 175
"Where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to
be wise," says the English poet, and there is truth in his sentiment. The
action of mortal mind on the body was not so injurious before inquisitive
modern Eves took up the study of medical works and unmanly Adams attributed
their own downfall and the fate of their offspring to the weakness of their
The primitive custom of taking no thought about
food left the stomach and bowels free to act in obedience to nature, and gave
the gospel a chance to be seen in its glorious effects upon the body. A
ghastly array of diseases was not paraded before the imagination. There were
fewer books on digestion and more "sermons in stones, and good in
everything." When the mechanism of the human mind gives place to the
divine Mind, selfishness and sin, disease and death, will lose their foothold.
Human fear of miasma would load with disease
the air of Eden, and weigh down mankind with superimposed and conjectural
evils. Mortal mind is the worst foe of the body, while divine Mind is its best
not to be classified 176
Should all cases of organic disease be treated
by a regular practitioner, and the Christian Scientist try truth only in cases
of hysteria, hypochondria, and hallucination? One disease is no more real than
another. All disease is the result of education, and disease can carry its
ill-effects no farther than mortal mind maps out the way. The human mind, not
matter, is supposed to feel, suffer, enjoy. Hence decided types of acute
disease are quite as ready to yield to Truth as the less distinct type and
chronic form of disease. Truth handles the most malignant contagion with
basis for all sickness 177
Human mind produces what is termed organic
disease as certainly as it produces hysteria, and it must relinquish all its
errors, sicknesses, and sins. I have demonstrated this beyond all cavil. The
evidence of divine Mind's healing power and absolute control is to me as
certain as the evidence of my own existence.
and physical oneness 177
Mortal mind and body are one. Neither exists
without the other, and both must be destroyed by immortal Mind. Matter, or
body, is but a false concept of mortal mind. This so-called mind builds its
own superstructure, of which the material body is the grosser portion; but
from first to last, the body is a sensuous, human concept.
effect of names 177
In the Scriptural allegory of the material
creation, Adam or error, which represents the erroneous theory of life and
intelligence in matter, had the naming of all that was material. These names
indicated matter's properties, qualities, and forms. But a lie, the opposite
of Truth, cannot name the qualities and effects of what is termed matter, and
create the so-called laws of the flesh, nor can a lie hold the preponderance
of power in any direction against God, Spirit and Truth.
defined mentally 177
If a dose of poison is swallowed through
mistake, and the patient dies even though physician and patient are expecting
favorable results, does human belief, you ask, cause this death? Even so, and
as directly as if the poison had been intentionally taken.
In such cases a few persons believe the potion
swallowed by the patient to be harmless, but the vast majority of mankind,
though they know nothing of this particular case and this special person,
believe the arsenic, the strychnine, or whatever the drug used, to be
poisonous, for it is set down as a poison by mortal mind. Consequently, the
result is controlled by the majority of opinions, not by the infinitesimal
minority of opinions in the sick-chamber.
Heredity is not a law. The remote cause or
belief of disease is not dangerous because of its priority and the connection
of past mortal thoughts with present. The predisposing cause and the exciting
cause are mental.
Perhaps an adult has a deformity produced prior
to his birth by the fright of his mother. When wrested from human belief and
based on Science or the divine Mind, to which all things are possible, that
chronic case is not difficult to cure.
magnetism destroyed 178
Mortal mind, acting from the basis of sensation
in matter, is animal magnetism; but this so-called mind, from which comes all
evil, contradicts itself, and must finally yield to the eternal Truth, or the
divine Mind, expressed in Science. In proportion to our understanding of
Christian Science, we are freed from the belief of heredity, of mind in matter
or animal magnetism; and we disarm sin of its imaginary power in proportion to
our spiritual understanding of the status of immortal being. Ignorant of the
methods and the basis of metaphysical healing, you may attempt to unite with
it hypnotism, spiritualism, electricity; but none of these methods can be
mingled with metaphysical healing.
Whoever reaches the
understanding of Christian Science in its proper signification will perform
the sudden cures of which it is capable; but this can be done only by taking
up the cross and following Christ in the daily life.
can heal the sick, who are absent from their healers, as well as those
present, since space is no obstacle to Mind. Immortal Mind heals what eye hath
not seen; but the spiritual capacity to apprehend thought and to heal by the
Truth-power, is won only as man is found, not in self-righteousness, but
reflecting the divine nature.
Every medical method has its advocates. The
preference of mortal mind for a certain method creates a demand for that
method, and the body then seems to require such treatment. You can even
educate a healthy horse so far in physiology that he will take cold without
his blanket, whereas the wild animal, left to his instincts, sniffs the wind
with delight. The epizootic is a humanly evolved ailment, which a wild horse
might never have.
Treatises on anatomy, physiology, and health,
sustained by what is termed material law, are the promoters of sickness and
disease. It should not be proverbial, that so long as you read medical works
you will be sick. The sedulous matron - studying her Jahr with homoeopathic
pellet and powder in hand, ready to put you into a sweat, to move the bowels,
or to produce sleep - is unwittingly sowing the seeds of reliance on matter,
and her household may erelong reap the effect of this mistake. Descriptions of
disease given by physicians and advertisements of quackery are both prolific
sources of sickness. As mortal mind is the husbandman of error, it should be
taught to do the body no harm and to uproot its false sowing.
The patient sufferer tries to be satisfied when
he sees his would-be healers busy, and his faith in their efforts is somewhat
helpful to them and to himself; but in Science one must understand the
resuscitating law of Life. This is the seed within itself bearing fruit after
its kind, spoken of in Genesis. Physicians should not deport themselves as if
Mind were non-existent, nor take the ground that all causation is matter,
instead of Mind. Ignorant that the human mind governs the body, its
phenomenon, the invalid may unwittingly add more fear to the mental reservoir
already overflowing with that emotion.
and right way
Doctors should not implant disease in the
thoughts of their patients, as they so frequently do, by declaring disease to
be a fixed fact, even before they go to work to eradicate the disease through
the material faith which they inspire. Instead of furnishing thought with
fear, they should try to correct this turbulent element of mortal mind by the
influence of divine Love which casteth out fear.
When man is governed by God, the ever-present
Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are
possible. The only way to this living Truth, which heals the sick, is found in
the Science of divine Mind as taught and demonstrated by Christ Jesus.
To reduce inflammation, dissolve a tumor, or
cure organic disease, I have found divine Truth more potent than all lower
remedies. And why not, since Mind, God, is the source and condition of all
existence? Before deciding that the body, matter, is disordered, one should
ask, "Who art thou that repliest to Spirit? Can matter speak for itself,
or does it hold the issues of life?" Matter, which can neither suffer nor
enjoy, has no partnership with pain and pleasure, but mortal belief has such a
When you manipulate patients, you trust in
electricity and magnetism more than in Truth; and for that reason, you employ
matter rather than Mind. You weaken or destroy your power when you resort to
any except spiritual means.
It is foolish to declare that you manipulate
patients but that you lay no stress on manipulation. If this be so, why
manipulate? In reality you manipulate because you are ignorant of the baneful
effects of magnetism, or are not sufficiently spiritual to depend on Spirit.
In either case you must improve your mental condition till you finally attain
the understanding of Christian Science.
words but deeds 181
If you are too material to love the Science of
Mind and are satisfied with good words instead of effects, if you adhere to
error and are afraid to trust Truth, the question then recurs, "Adam,
where art thou?" It is unnecessary to resort to aught besides Mind in
order to satisfy the sick that you are doing something for them, for if they
are cured, they generally know it and are satisfied.
"Where your treasure is, there will your
heart be also." If you have more faith in drugs than in Truth, this faith
will incline you to the side of matter and error. Any hypnotic power you may
exercise will diminish your ability to become a Scientist, and vice
versa. The act of healing the sick through divine Mind alone,
of casting out error with Truth, shows your position as a Christian Scientist.
or Spirit 182
The demands of God appeal to thought only; but
the claims of mortality, and what are termed laws of nature, appertain to
matter. Which, then, are we to accept as legitimate and capable of producing
the highest human good? We cannot obey both physiology and Spirit, for one
absolutely destroys the other, and one or the other must be supreme in the
affections. It is impossible to work from two standpoints. If we attempt it,
we shall presently "hold to the one, and despise the other."
The hypotheses of mortals are antagonistic to
Science and cannot mix with it. This is clear to those who heal the sick on
the basis of Science.
material law 182
Mind's government of the body must supersede
the so-called laws of matter. Obedience to material law prevents full
obedience to spiritual law, - the law which overcomes material conditions and
puts matter under the feet of Mind. Mortals entreat the divine Mind to heal
the sick, and forthwith shut out the aid of Mind by using material means, thus
working against themselves and their prayers and denying man's God-given
ability to demonstrate Mind's sacred power. Pleas for drugs and laws of health
come from some sad incident, or else from ignorance of Christian Science and
its transcendent power.
To admit that sickness is a condition over
which God has no control, is to presuppose that omnipotent power is powerless
on some occasions. The law of Christ, or Truth, makes all things possible to
Spirit; but the so-called laws of matter would render Spirit of no avail, and
demand obedience to materialistic codes, thus departing from the basis of one
God, one lawmaker. To suppose that God constitutes laws of inharmony is a
mistake; discords have no support from nature or divine law, however much is
said to the contrary.
Can the agriculturist, according to belief,
produce a crop without sowing the seed and awaiting its germination according
to the laws of nature? The answer is no, and yet the Scriptures inform us that
sin, or error, first caused the condemnation of man to till the ground, and
indicate that obedience to God will remove this necessity. Truth never made
error necessary, nor devised a law to perpetuate error.
nature spiritual 183
The supposed laws which result in weariness and
disease are not His laws, for the legitimate and only possible action of Truth
is the production of harmony. Laws of nature are laws of Spirit; but mortals
commonly recognize as law that which hides the power of Spirit. Divine Mind
rightly demands man's entire obedience, affection, and strength. No
reservation is made for any lesser loyalty. Obedience to Truth gives man power
and strength. Submission to error superinduces loss of power.
and understanding 183
Truth casts out all evils and materialistic
methods with the actual spiritual law, - the law which gives sight to the
blind, hearing to the deaf, voice to the dumb, feet to the lame. If Christian
Science dishonors human belief, it honors spiritual understanding; and the one
Mind only is entitled to honor.
The so-called laws of health are simply laws of
mortal belief. The premises being erroneous, the conclusions are wrong. Truth
makes no laws to regulate sickness, sin, and death, for these are unknown to
Truth and should not be recognized as reality.
Belief produces the results of belief, and the
penalties it affixes last so long as the belief and are inseparable from it.
The remedy consists in probing the trouble to the bottom, in finding and
casting out by denial the error of belief which produces a mortal disorder,
never honoring erroneous belief with the title of law nor yielding obedience
to it. Truth, Life, and Love are the only legitimate and eternal demands on
man, and they are spiritual lawgivers, enforcing obedience through divine
human belief 184
Controlled by the divine intelligence, man is
harmonious and eternal. Whatever is governed by a false belief is discordant
and mortal. We say man suffers from the effects of cold, heat, fatigue. This
is human belief, not the truth of being, for matter cannot suffer. Mortal mind
alone suffers, - not because a law of matter has been transgressed, but
because a law of this so-called mind has been disobeyed. I have demonstrated
this as a rule of divine Science by destroying the delusion of suffering from
what is termed a fatally broken physical law.
A woman, whom I cured of consumption, always
breathed with great difficulty when the wind was from the east. I sat silently
by her side a few moments. Her breath came gently. The inspirations were deep
and natural. I then requested her to look at the weather-vane. She looked and
saw that it pointed due east. The wind had not changed, but her thought of it
had and so her difficulty in breathing had gone. The wind had not produced the
difficulty. My metaphysical treatment changed the action of her belief on the
lungs, and she never suffered again from east winds, but was restored to
so-called mind-cure 185
No system of hygiene but Christian Science is
purely mental. Before this book was published, other books were in
circulation, which discussed "mental medicine" and
"mind-cure," operating through the power of the earth's magnetic
currents to regulate life and health. Such theories and such systems of
so-called mind-cure, which have sprung up, are as material as the prevailing
systems of medicine. They have their birth in mortal mind, which puts forth a
human conception in the name of Science to match the divine Science of
immortal Mind, even as the necromancers of Egypt strove to emulate the wonders
wrought by Moses. Such theories have no relationship to Christian Science,
which rests on the conception of God as the only Life, substance, and
intelligence, and excludes the human mind as a spiritual factor in the healing
and hypnotism 185
Jesus cast out evil and healed the sick, not
only without drugs, but without hypnotism, which is the reverse of ethical and
Erroneous mental practice may seem for a time
to benefit the sick, but the recovery is not permanent. This is because
erroneous methods act on and through the material stratum of the human mind,
called brain, which is but a mortal consolidation of material mentality and
its suppositional activities.
A patient under the influence of mortal mind is
healed only by removing the influence on him of this mind, by emptying his
thought of the false stimulus and reaction of will-power and filling it with
the divine energies of Truth.
Christian Science destroys material beliefs
through the understanding of Spirit, and the thoroughness of this work
determines health. Erring human mind-forces can work only evil under whatever
name or pretence they are employed; for Spirit and matter, good and evil,
light and darkness, cannot mingle.
negative and self-destructive 186
Evil is a negation, because it is the absence
of truth. It is nothing, because it is the absence of something. It is unreal,
because it presupposes the absence of God, the omnipotent and omnipresent.
Every mortal must learn that there is neither power nor reality in evil.
Evil is self-assertive. It says: "I am a
real entity, overmastering good." This falsehood should strip evil of all
pretensions. The only power of evil is to destroy itself. It can never destroy
one iota of good. Every attempt of evil to destroy good is a failure, and only
aids in peremptorily punishing the evil-doer. If we concede the same reality
to discord as to harmony, discord has as lasting a claim upon us as has
harmony. If evil is as real as good, evil is also as immortal. If death is as
real as Life, immortality is a myth. If pain is as real as the absence of
pain, both must be immortal; and if so, harmony cannot be the law of being.
Mortal mind is ignorant of self, or it could
never be self-deceived. If mortal mind knew how to be better, it would be
better. Since it must believe in something besides itself, it enthrones matter
as deity. The human mind has been an idolater from the beginning, having other
gods and believing in more than the one Mind.
As mortals do not comprehend even mortal
existence, how ignorant must they be of the all-knowing Mind and of His
Here you may see how so-called material sense
creates its own forms of thought, gives them material names, and then worships
and fears them. With pagan blindness, it attributes to some material god or
medicine an ability beyond itself. The beliefs of the human mind rob and
enslave it, and then impute this result to another illusive personification,
of mortal mind 187
The valves of the heart, opening and closing
for the passage of the blood, obey the mandate of mortal mind as directly as
does the hand, admittedly moved by the will. Anatomy allows the mental cause
of the latter action, but not of the former.
We say, "My hand hath done it." What
is this my but mortal
mind, the cause of all materialistic action? All voluntary, as well as
action of the mortal body is governed by this so-called mind, not by matter.
There is no involuntary action. The divine Mind includes all action and
volition, and man in Science is governed by this Mind. The human mind tries to
classify action as voluntary and involuntary, and suffers from the attempt.
and the body 187
If you take away this erring mind, the mortal
material body loses all appearance of life or action, and this so-called mind
then calls itself dead; but the human mind still holds in belief a body,
through which it acts and which appears to the human mind to live, - a body
like the one it had before death. This body is put off only as the mortal,
erring mind yields to God, immortal Mind, and man is found in His image.
sinful thoughts 188
What is termed disease does not exist. It is
neither mind nor matter. The belief of sin, which has grown terrible in
strength and influence, is an unconscious error in the beginning, - an
embryonic thought without motive; but afterwards it governs the so-called man.
Passion, depraved appetites, dishonesty, envy, hatred, revenge ripen into
action, only to pass from shame and woe to their final punishment.
a dream 188
Mortal existence is a dream of pain and
pleasure in matter, a dream of sin, sickness, and death; and it is like the
dream we have in sleep, in which every one recognizes his condition to be
wholly a state of mind. In both the waking and the sleeping dream, the dreamer
thinks that his body is material and the suffering is in that body.
The smile of the sleeper indicates the
sensation produced physically by the pleasure of a dream. In the same way pain
and pleasure, sickness and care, are traced upon mortals by unmistakable
Sickness is a growth of error, springing from
mortal ignorance or fear. Error rehearses error. What causes disease cannot
cure it. The soil of disease is mortal mind, and you have an abundant or
scanty crop of disease, according to the seedlings of fear. Sin and the fear
of disease must be uprooted and cast out.
yields to understanding 188
When darkness comes over the earth, the
physical senses have no immediate evidence of a sun. The human eye knows not
where the orb of day is, nor if it exists. Astronomy gives the desired
information regarding the sun. The human or material senses yield to the
authority of this science, and they are willing to leave with astronomy the
explanation of the sun's influence over the earth. If the eyes see no sun for
a week, we still believe that there is solar light and heat. Science (in this
instance named natural) raises the human thought above the cruder theories of
the human mind, and casts out a fear.
In like manner mortals should no more deny the
power of Christian Science to establish harmony and to explain the effect of
mortal mind on the body, though the cause be unseen, than they should deny the
existence of the sunlight when the orb of day disappears, or doubt that the
sun will reappear. The sins of others should not make good men suffer.
We call the body material; but it is as truly
mortal mind, according to its degree, as is the material brain which is
supposed to furnish the evidence of all mortal thought or things. The human
mortal mind, by an inevitable perversion, makes all things start from the
lowest instead of from the highest mortal thought. The reverse is the case
with all the formations of the immortal divine Mind. They proceed from the
divine source; and so, in tracing them, we constantly ascend in infinite
From mortal mind comes the reproduction of the
species, - first the belief of inanimate, and then of animate matter.
According to mortal thought, the development of embryonic mortal mind
commences in the lower, basal portion of the brain, and goes on in an
ascending scale by evolution, keeping always in the direct line of matter, for
matter is the subjective condition of mortal mind.
Next we have the formation of so-called
embryonic mortal mind, afterwards mortal men or mortals, - all this while
matter is a belief, ignorant of itself, ignorant of what it is supposed to
produce. The mortal says that an inanimate unconscious seedling is producing
mortals, both body and mind; and yet neither a mortal mind nor the immortal
Mind is found in brain or elsewhere in matter or in mortals.
This embryonic and materialistic human belief
called mortal man in turn fills itself with thoughts of pain and pleasure, of
life and death, and arranges itself into five so-called senses, which
presently measure mind by the size of a brain and the bulk of a body, called
Human birth, growth, maturity, and decay are as
the grass springing from the soil with beautiful green blades, afterwards to
wither and return to its native nothingness. This mortal seeming is temporal;
it never merges into immortal being, but finally disappears, and immortal man,
spiritual and eternal, is found to be the real man.
The Hebrew bard, swayed by mortal thoughts,
thus swept his lyre with saddening strains on human existence:
As for man, his days are as grass:
As a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone;
And the place thereof shall know it no more.
When hope rose higher in the human heart, he
As for me, I will behold Thy face in
I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy
likeness. . . .
For with Thee is the fountain of life;
In Thy light shall we see light.
The brain can give no idea of God's man. It can
take no cognizance of Mind. Matter is not the organ of infinite Mind.
As mortals give up the delusion that there is
more than one Mind, more than one God, man in God's likeness will appear, and
this eternal man will include in that likeness no material element.
immortal birth 191
As a material, theoretical life-basis is found
to be a misapprehension of existence, the spiritual and divine Principle of
man dawns upon human thought, and leads it to "where the young child
was," - even to the birth of a new-old idea, to the spiritual sense of
being and of what Life includes. Thus the whole earth will be transformed by
Truth on its pinions of light, chasing away the darkness of error.
The human thought must free itself from
self-imposed materiality and bondage. It should no longer ask of the head,
heart, or lungs: What are man's prospects for life? Mind is not helpless.
Intelligence is not mute before non-intelligence.
By its own volition, not a blade of grass
springs up, not a spray buds within the vale, not a leaf unfolds its fair
outlines, not a flower starts from its cloistered cell.
The Science of being reveals man and
immortality as based on Spirit. Physical sense defines mortal man as based on
matter, and from this premise infers the mortality of the body.
physical affinity 191
The illusive senses may fancy affinities with
their opposites; but in Christian Science, Truth never mingles with error.
Mind has no affinity with matter, and therefore Truth is able to cast out the
ills of the flesh. Mind, God, sends forth the aroma of Spirit, the atmosphere
of intelligence. The belief that a pulpy substance under the skull is mind is
a mockery of intelligence, a mimicry of Mind.
We are Christian Scientists, only as we quit
our reliance upon that which is false and grasp the true. We are not Christian
Scientists until we leave all for Christ. Human opinions are not spiritual.
They come from the hearing of the ear, from corporeality instead of from
Principle, and from the mortal instead of from the immortal. Spirit is not
separate from God. Spirit is
power a blind force 192
Erring power is a material belief, a blind
miscalled force, the offspring of will and not of wisdom, of the mortal mind
and not of the immortal. It is the headlong cataract, the devouring flame, the
tempest's breath. It is lightning and hurricane, all that is selfish, wicked,
dishonest, and impure.
real power 192
Moral and spiritual might belong to Spirit, who
holds the "wind in His fists;" and this teaching accords with
Science and harmony. In Science, you can have no power opposed to God, and the
physical senses must give up their false testimony. Your influence for good
depends upon the weight you throw into the right scale. The good you do and
embody gives you the only power obtainable. Evil is not power. It is a mockery
of strength, which erelong betrays its weakness and falls, never to rise.
We walk in the footsteps of Truth and Love by
following the example of our Master in the understanding of divine
metaphysics. Christianity is the basis of true healing. Whatever holds human
thought in line with unselfed love, receives directly the divine power.
cures hip-disease 192
I was called to visit Mr. Clark in Lynn, who
had been confined to his bed six months with hip-disease, caused by a fall
upon a wooden spike when quite a boy. On entering the house I met his
physician, who said that the patient was dying. The physician had just probed
the ulcer on the hip, and said the bone was carious for several inches. He
even showed me the probe, which had on it the evidence of this condition of
the bone. The doctor went out. Mr. Clark lay with his eyes fixed and
sightless. The dew of death was on his brow. I went to his bedside. In a few
moments his face changed; its death-pallor gave place to a natural hue. The
eyelids closed gently and the breathing became natural; he was asleep. In
about ten minutes he opened his eyes and said: "I feel like a new man. My
suffering is all gone." It was between three and four o'clock in the
afternoon when this took place.
I told him to rise, dress himself, and take
supper with his family. He did so. The next day I saw him in the yard. Since
then I have not seen him, but am informed that he went to work in two weeks.
The discharge from the sore stopped, and the sore was healed. The diseased
condition had continued there ever since the injury was received in boyhood.
Since his recovery I have been informed that
his physician claims to have cured him, and that his mother has been
threatened with incarceration in an insane asylum for saying: "It was
none other than God and that woman who healed him." I cannot attest the
truth of that report, but what I saw and did for that man, and what his
physician said of the case, occurred just as I have narrated.
It has been demonstrated to me that Life is God
and that the might of omnipotent Spirit shares not its strength with matter or
with human will. Reviewing this brief experience, I cannot fail to discern the
coincidence of the spiritual idea of man with the divine Mind.
of belief 194
A change in human belief changes all the
physical symptoms, and determines a case for better or for worse. When one's
false belief is corrected, Truth sends a report of health over the body.
Destruction of the auditory nerve and paralysis
of the optic nerve are not necessary to ensure deafness and blindness; for if
mortal mind says, "I am deaf and blind," it will be so without an
injured nerve. Every theory opposed to this fact (as I learned in metaphysics)
would presuppose man, who is immortal in spiritual understanding, a mortal in
The authentic history of Kaspar Hauser is a
useful hint as to the frailty and inadequacy of mortal mind. It proves beyond
a doubt that education constitutes this so-called mind, and that, in turn,
mortal mind manifests itself in the body by the false sense it imparts.
Incarcerated in a dungeon, where neither sight nor sound could reach him, at
the age of seventeen Kaspar was still a mental infant, crying and chattering
with no more intelligence than a babe, and realizing Tennyson's description:
An infant crying in the night,
An infant crying for the light,
And with no language but a cry.
His case proves material sense to be but a
belief formed by education alone. The light which affords us joy gave him a
belief of intense pain. His eyes were inflamed by the light. After the
babbling boy had been taught to speak a few words, he asked to be taken back
to his dungeon, and said that he should never be happy elsewhere. Outside of
dismal darkness and cold silence he found no peace. Every sound convulsed him
with anguish. All that he ate, except his black crust, produced violent
retchings. All that gives pleasure to our educated senses gave him pain
through those very senses, trained in an opposite direction.
The point for each one to decide is, whether it
is mortal mind or immortal Mind that is causative. We should forsake the basis
of matter for metaphysical Science and its divine Principle.
Whatever furnishes the semblance of an idea
governed by its Principle, furnishes food for thought. Through astronomy,
natural history, chemistry, music, mathematics, thought passes naturally from
effect back to cause.
Academics of the right sort are requisite.
Observation, invention, study, and original thought are expansive and should
promote the growth of mortal mind out of itself, out of all that is mortal.
It is the tangled barbarisms of learning which
we deplore, - the mere dogma, the speculative theory, the nauseous fiction.
Novels, remarkable only for their exaggerated pictures, impossible ideals, and
specimens of depravity, fill our young readers with wrong tastes and
sentiments. Literary commercialism is lowering the intellectual standard to
accommodate the purse and to meet a frivolous demand for amusement instead of
for improvement. Incorrect views lower the standard of truth.
If materialistic knowledge is power, it is not
wisdom. It is but a blind force. Man has "sought out many
inventions," "but he has not yet found it true that knowledge can
save him from the dire effects of knowledge. The power of mortal mind over its
own body is little understood.
destroyed through suffering 196
Better the suffering which awakens mortal mind
from its fleshly dream, than the false pleasures which tend to perpetuate this
dream. Sin alone brings death, for sin is the only element of destruction.
"Fear him which is able to destroy both
soul and body in hell," said Jesus. A careful study of this text shows
that here the word soul
means a false sense or material consciousness. The command was a warning to
beware, not of Rome, Satan, nor of God, but of sin. Sickness, sin, and death
are not concomitants of Life or Truth. No law supports them. They have no
relation to God wherewith to establish their power. Sin makes its own hell,
and goodness its own heaven.
shoals avoided 196
Such books as will rule disease out of mortal
mind, - and so efface the images and thoughts of disease, instead of
impressing them with forcible descriptions and medical details, - will help to
abate sickness and to destroy it.
Many a hopeless case of disease is induced by a
single post mortem
examination, - not from infection nor from contact with material virus, but
from the fear of the disease and from the image brought before the mind; it is
a mental state, which is afterwards outlined on the body.
caused by the press 196
The press unwittingly sends forth many sorrows
and diseases among the human family. It does this by giving names to diseases
and by printing long descriptions which mirror images of disease distinctly in
thought. A new name for an ailment affects people like a Parisian name for a
novel garment. Every one hastens to get it. A minutely described disease costs
many a man his earthly days of comfort. What a price for human knowledge! But
the price does not exceed the original cost. God said of the tree of
knowledge, which bears the fruit of sin, disease, and death, "In the day
that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
standard for mortals 197
The less that is said of physical structure and
laws, and the more that is thought and said about moral and spiritual law, the
higher will be the standard of living and the farther mortals will be removed
from imbecility or disease.
We should master fear, instead of cultivating
it. It was the ignorance of our forefathers in the departments of knowledge
now broadcast in the earth, that made them hardier than our trained
physiologists, more honest than our sleek politicians.
We are told that the simple food our
forefathers ate helped to make them healthy, but that is a mistake. Their diet
would not cure dyspepsia at this period. With rules of health in the head and
the most digestible food in the stomach, there would still be dyspeptics. Many
of the effeminate constitutions of our time will never grow robust until
individual opinions improve and mortal belief loses some portion of its error.
done by physicians 197
The doctor's mind reaches that of his patient.
The doctor should suppress his fear of disease, else his belief in its reality
and fatality will harm his patients even more than his calomel and morphine,
for the higher stratum of mortal mind has in belief more power to harm man
than the substratum, matter. A patient hears the doctor's verdict as a
criminal hears his death-sentence. The patient may seem calm under it, but he
is not. His fortitude may sustain him, but his fear, which has already
developed the disease that is gaining the mastery, is increased by the
The materialistic doctor, though humane, is an
artist who outlines his thought relative to disease, and then fills in his
delineations with sketches from textbooks. It is better to prevent disease
from forming in mortal mind afterwards to appear on the body; but to do this
requires attention. The thought of disease is formed before one sees a doctor
and before the doctor undertakes to dispel it by a counter-irritant, - perhaps
by a blister, by the application of caustic or croton oil, or by a surgical
operation. Again, giving another direction to faith, the physician prescribes
drugs, until the elasticity of mortal thought haply causes a vigorous reaction
upon itself, and reproduces a picture of healthy and harmonious formations.
A patient's belief is more or less moulded and
formed by his doctor's belief in the case, even though the doctor says nothing
to support his theory. His thoughts and his patient's commingle, and the
stronger thoughts rule the weaker. Hence the importance that doctors be
over matter 198
Because the muscles of the blacksmith's arm are
strongly developed, it does not follow that exercise has produced this result
or that a less used arm must be weak. If matter were the cause of action, and
if muscles, without volition of mortal mind, could lift the hammer and strike
the anvil, it might be thought true that hammering would enlarge the muscles.
The trip-hammer is not increased in size by exercise. Why not, since muscles
are as material as wood and iron? Because nobody believes that mind is
producing such a result on the hammer.
Muscles are not self-acting. If mind does not
move them, they are motionless. Hence the great fact that Mind alone enlarges
and empowers man through its mandate, - by reason of its demand for and supply
of power. Not because of muscular exercise, but by reason of the blacksmith's
faith in exercise, his arm becomes stronger.
fear subdued 199
Mortals develop their own bodies or make them
sick, according as they influence them through mortal mind. To know whether
this development is produced consciously or unconsciously, is of less
importance than a knowledge of the fact. The feats of the gymnast prove that
latent mental fears are subdued by him. The devotion of thought to an honest
achievement makes the achievement possible. Exceptions only confirm this rule,
proving that failure is occasioned by a too feeble faith.
Had Blondin believed it impossible to walk the
rope over Niagara's abyss of waters, he could never have done it. His belief
that he could do it gave his thought-forces, called muscles, their flexibility
and power which the unscientific might attribute to a lubricating oil. His
fear must have disappeared before his power of putting resolve into action
and Moses 199
When Homer sang of the Grecian gods, Olympus
was dark, but through his verse the gods became alive in a nation's belief.
Pagan worship began with muscularity, but the law of Sinai lifted thought into
the song of David. Moses advanced a nation to the worship of God in Spirit
instead of matter, and illustrated the grand human capacities of being
bestowed by immortal Mind.
not man 200
Whoever is incompetent to explain Soul would be
wise not to undertake the explanation of body. Life is, always has been, and
ever will be independent of matter; for Life is God, and man is the idea of
God, not formed materially but spiritually, and not subject to decay and dust.
The Psalmist said: "Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of
Thy hands. Thou hast put all things under his feet."
The great truth in the Science of being, that
the real man was, is, and ever shall be perfect, is incontrovertible; for if
man is the image, reflection, of God, he is neither inverted nor subverted,
but upright and Godlike.
The suppositional antipode of divine infinite
Spirit is the so-called human soul or spirit, in other words the five senses,
- the flesh that warreth against Spirit. These so-called material senses must
yield to the infinite Spirit, named God.
St. Paul said: "For I determined not to
know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified." (I Cor.
ii. 2.) Christian Science says: I am determined not to know anything among
you, save Jesus Christ, and him glorified.