Miscellaneous Writings (1883-1896) by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

CHAPTER I - Introductory
page 6

line of thought or action.  Drugs, inert matter, never are
needed to aid spiritual power.  Hygiene, manipulation,
and mesmerism are not Mind's medicine.  The Principle
of all cure is God, unerring and immortal Mind.
We have learned that the erring or mortal thought holds
in itself all sin, sickness, and death, and imparts these
states to the body; while the supreme and perfect Mind,
as seen in the truth of being, antidotes and destroys these
material elements of sin and death.
   Because God is supreme and omnipotent, materia
medica, hygiene, and animal magnetism are impotent;
and their only supposed efficacy is in apparently deluding
reason, denying revelation, and dethroning Deity.
The tendency of mental healing is to uplift mankind; but
this method perverted, is "Satan let loose."  Hence the
deep demand for the Science of psychology to meet sin,
and uncover it; thus to annihilate hallucination.


   Thought imbued with purity, Truth, and Love, instructed
in the Science of metaphysical healing, is the
most potent and desirable remedial agent on the earth.
At this period there is a marked tendency of mortal
mind to plant mental healing on the basis of hypnotism,
calling this method "mental science."  All Science is
Christian Science; the Science of the Mind that is God,
and of the universe as His idea, and their relation to each
other.  Its only power to heal is its power to do good,
not evil.

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