Unity of Good, by Mary Baker Eddy
Books by Mary Baker Eddy

Seedtime and Harvest
page 357


Seedtime and Harvest




   Let another query now be considered, which gives
much trouble to many earnest thinkers before Science
answers it.

   Is anything real of which the physical senses are cognizant?

   Everything is as real as you make it, and no more so.
What you see, hear, feel, is a mode of consciousness, and
can have no other reality than the sense you entertain
of it.
   It is dangerous to rest upon the evidence of the senses,
for this evidence is not absolute, and therefore not real,
in our sense of the word.  All that is beautiful and good
in your individual consciousness is permanent.  That
which is not so is illusive and fading.  My insistence upon
a proper understanding of the unreality of matter and
evil arises from their deleterious effects, physical, moral,
and intellectual, upon the race.
   All forms of error are uprooted in Science, on the same
basis whereby sickness is healed, - namely, by the establishment,
through reason, revelation, and Science, of
the nothingness of every claim of error, even the doctrine
of heredity and other physical causes.  You demonstrate
the process of Science, and it proves my view

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conclusively, that mortal mind is the cause of all disease.
Destroy the mental sense of the disease, and the disease
itself disappears.  Destroy the sense of sin, and sin itself
disappears.
   Material and sensual consciousness are mortal.  Hence
they must, some time and in some way, be reckoned
unreal.  That time has partially come, or my words would
not have been spoken.  Jesus has made the way plain,
- so plain that all are without excuse who walk not in
it; but this way is not the path of physical science, human
philosophy, or mystic psychology.
   The talent and genius of the centuries have wrongly
reckoned.  They have not based upon revelation their
arguments and conclusions as to the source and resources
of being, - its combinations, phenomena, and outcome,
- but have built instead upon the sand of human reason.
They have not accepted the simple teaching and life of
Jesus as the only true solution of the perplexing problem
of human existence.
   Sometimes it is said, by those who fail to understand
me, that I monopolize; and this is said because ideas
akin to mine have been held by a few spiritual thinkers
in all ages.  So they have, but in a far different
form.  Healing has gone on continually; yet healing, as
I teach it, has not been practised since the days of
Christ.
   What is the cardinal point of the difference in my metaphysical
system?  This:  that by knowing the unreality of

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disease, sin, and death, you demonstrate the allness of God.
This difference wholly separates my system from all others.
The reality of these so-called existences I deny, because
they are not to be found in God, and this system is built
on Him as the sole cause.  It would be difficult to name
any previous teachers, save Jesus and his apostles, who
have thus taught.
   If there be any monopoly in my teaching, it lies in this
utter reliance upon the one God, to whom belong all
things.
   Life is God, or Spirit, the supersensible eternal.  The
universe and man are the spiritual phenomena of this one
infinite Mind.  Spiritual phenomena never converge toward
aught but infinite Deity.  Their gradations are spiritual
and divine; they cannot collapse, or lapse into their opposites,

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