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

Chapter III - Questions and Answers
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and has no power underived from its creator.  It is possible,
and it is man's duty, so to throw the weight of his
thoughts and acts on the side of Truth, that he be ever
found in the scale with his creator; not weighing
equally with Him, but comprehending at every point, in
divine Science, the full significance of what the apostle
meant by the declaration, "The Spirit itself beareth witness
with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and
if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with
Christ."  In Science, man represents his divine Principle,
- the Life and Love that are God, - even as the
idea of sound, in tones, represents harmony; but thought
has not yet wholly attained unto the Science of being,
wherein man is perfect even as the Father, his divine
Principle, is perfect.


   How can I believe that there is no such thing as matter,
when I weigh over two hundred pounds and carry about
this weight daily?

   By learning that matter is but manifest mortal mind.
You entertain an adipose belief of yourself as substance;
whereas, substance means more than matter: it is the
glory and permanence of Spirit:  it is that which is
hoped for but unseen, that which the material senses
cannot take in.  Have you never been so preoccupied in
thought when moving your body, that you did this without
consciousness of its weight?  If never in your waking
hours, you have been in your night-dreams; and these
tend to elucidate your day-dream, or the mythical nature
of matter, and the possibilities of mind when let loose
from its own beliefs.  In sleep, a sense of the body accompanies
thought with less impediment than when
awake, which is the truer sense of being.  In Science,
body is the servant of Mind, not its master: Mind is
supreme.  Science reverses the evidence of material
sense with the spiritual sense that God, Spirit, is the only
substance; and that man, His image and likeness, is
spiritual, not material.  This great Truth does not destroy
but substantiates man's identity, - together with
his immortality and preexistence, or his spiritual coexistence
with his Maker.  That which has a beginning
must have an ending.

   What should one conclude as to Professor Carpenter's
exhibitions of mesmerism?

   That largely depends upon what one accepts as either
useful or true.  I have no knowledge of mesmerism,


practically or theoretically, save as I measure its demonstrations
as a false belief, and avoid all that works ill.  If
mesmerism has the power attributed to it by the gentleman
referred to, it should neither be taught nor practised,
but should be conscientiously condemned.  One thing
is quite apparent; namely, that its so-called power is
despotic, and Mr. Carpenter deserves praise for his public
exposure of it.  If such be its power, I am opposed to it,
as to every form of error, - whether of ignorance or
fanaticism, prompted by money-making or malice.  It
is enough for me to know that animal magnetism is neither
of God nor Science.
   It is alleged that at one of his recent lectures in Boston
Mr. Carpenter made a man drunk on water, and
then informed his audience that he could produce the
effect of alcohol, or of any drug, on the human system,
through the action of mind alone.  This honest declaration
as to the animus of animal magnetism and the possible
purpose to which it can be devoted, has, we trust,
been made in season to open the eyes of the people to the
hidden nature of some tragic events and sudden deaths

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