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

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   The present stage of progress in Christian Science presents
two opposite aspects, - a full-orbed promise, and
a gaunt want.  The need, however, is not of the letter,
but the spirit.
   Less teaching and good healing is to-day the acme of
"well done;" a healing that is not guesswork, - chronic
recovery ebbing and flowing, - but instantaneous cure.
This absolute demonstration of Science must be revived.
To consummate this desideratum, mortal mind must pass
through three stages of growth.
   First, self-knowledge.  The physician must know himself
and understand the mental state of his patient.  Error
found out is two-thirds destroyed, and the last third
pierces itself, for the remainder only stimulates and gives
scope to higher demonstration.  To strike out right and
left against the mist, never clears the vision; but to lift
your head above it, is a sovereign panacea.  Mental darkness
is senseless error, neither intelligence nor power, and
its victim is responsible for its supposititious presence.
"Cast the beam out of thine own eye."  Learn what in
thine own mentality is unlike "the anointed," and cast
it out; then thou wilt discern the error in thy patient's
mind that makes his body sick, and remove it, and rest
like the dove from the deluge.
   "Physician, heal thyself."  Let no clouds of sin gather
and fall in mist and showers from thine own mental
atmosphere.  Hold thy gaze to the light, and the iris of
faith, more beautiful than the rainbow seen from my
window at the close of a balmy autumnal day, will span
thy heavens of thought.

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   A radiant sunset, beautiful as blessings when they take
their flight, dilates and kindles into rest.  Thus will a
life corrected illumine its own atmosphere with spiritual
glow and understanding.
   The pent-up elements of mortal mind need no terrible
detonation to free them.  Envy, rivalry, hate need no
temporary indulgence that they be destroyed through
suffering; they should be stifled from lack of air and
   My students, with cultured intellects, chastened affections,
and costly hopes, give promise of grand careers.
But they must remember that the seedtime is passed,
the harvest hour has come; and songs should ascend
from the mount of revelation, sweeter than the sound of
vintage bells.
   The seed of Christian Science, which when sown was
"the least of all seeds," has sprung up, borne fruit, and
the birds of the air, the uplifted desires of the human
heart, have lodged in its branches.  Now let my faithful
students carry the fruit of this tree into the rock-ribbed
nests of the raven's callow brood.
   The second stage of mental development is humility.
This virtue triumphs over the flesh; it is the genius of
Christian Science.  One can never go up, until one has
gone down in his own esteem.  Humility is lens and
prism to the understanding of Mind-healing; it must be
had to understand our textbook; it is indispensable to
personal growth, and points out the chart of its divine
Principle and rule of practice.
   Cherish humility, "watch," and "pray without ceasing,"
or you will miss the way of Truth and Love.  Humility
is no busybody:  it has no moments for trafficking

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in other people's business, no place for envy, no time for
idle words, vain amusements, and all the et cetera of the
ways and means of personal sense.
   Let Christian Scientists minister to the sick; the schoolroom
is the dernier ressort.  Let them seek the lost sheep

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