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

MENTAL PRACTICE
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MENTAL PRACTICE



   It is admitted that mortals think wickedly and act
wickedly:  it is beginning to be seen by thinkers, that
mortals think also after a sickly fashion.  In common
parlance, one person feels sick, another feels wicked.  A
third person knows that if he would remove this feeling
in either case, in the one he must change his patient's
consciousness of dis-ease and suffering to a consciousness
of ease and loss of suffering; while in the other he must
change the patient's sense of sinning at ease to a sense of
discomfort in sin and peace in goodness.
   This is Christian Science:  that mortal mind makes
sick, and immortal Mind makes well; that mortal mind
makes sinners, while immortal Mind makes saints; that
a state of health is but a state of consciousness made manifest
on the body, and vice versa; that while one person
feels wickedly and acts wickedly, another knows that if
he can change this evil sense and consciousness to a good
sense, or conscious goodness, the fruits of goodness will
follow, and he has reformed the sinner.

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   Now, demonstrate this rule, which obtains in every
line of mental healing, and you will find that a good rule
works one way, and a false rule the opposite way.
   Let us suppose that there is a sick person whom another
would heal mentally.  The healer begins by mental
argument.  He mentally says, "You are well, and you
know it;" and he supports this silent mental force by
audible explanation, attestation, and precedent.  His
mental and oral arguments aim to refute the sick man's
thoughts, words, and actions, in certain directions, and
turn them into channels of Truth.  He persists in this
course until the patient's mind yields, and the harmonious
thought has the full control over this mind on the point
at issue.  The end is attained, and the patient says and
feels, "I am well, and I know it."
   This mental practitioner has changed his patient's
consciousness from sickness to health.  The patient's
mental state is now the diametrical opposite of what it
was when the mental practitioner undertook to transform
it, and he is improved morally and physically.
   That this mental method has power and bears fruit,
is patent both to the conscientious Christian Scientist and
the observer.  Both should understand with equal clearness,
that if this mental process and power be reversed,
and people believe that a man is sick and knows it, and
speak of him as being sick, put it into the minds of others
that he is sick, publish it in the newspapers that he is
failing, and persist in this action of mind over mind, it
follows that he will believe that he is sick, - and Jesus
said it would be according to the woman's belief; but if
with the certainty of Science he knows that an error of
belief has not the power of Truth, and cannot, does

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not, produce the slightest effect, it has no power over
him.  Thus a mental malpractitioner may lose his
power to harm by a false mental argument; for it
gives one opportunity to handle the error, and when
mastering it one gains in the rules of metaphysics, and
thereby learns more of its divine Principle.  Error produces
physical sufferings, and these sufferings show
the fundamental Principle of Christian Science; namely,
that error and sickness are one, and Truth is their
remedy.
   The evil-doer can do little at removing the effect of sin
on himself, unless he believes that sin has produced the
effect and knows he is a sinner; or, knowing that he is a

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