DEFINITIONS OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE
As I have given you only an epitome of the Principle,
so I can give you here nothing but an outline of the practice.
Be honest, be true to thyself, and true to others;
then it follows thou wilt be strong in God, the eternal
good. Heal through Truth and Love; there is no other
In all moral revolutions, from a lower to a higher condition
of thought and action, Truth is in the minority and
error has the majority. It is not otherwise in the field
of Mind-healing. The man who calls himself a Christian
Scientist, yet is false to God and man, is also uttering
falsehood about good. This falsity shuts against him the
Truth and the Principle of Science, but opens a way
whereby, through will-power, sense may say the unchristian
practitioner can heal; but Science shows that he makes
morally worse the invalid whom he is supposed to cure.
By this I mean that mortal mind should not be falsely
impregnated. If by such lower means the health is seemingly
restored, the restoration is not lasting, and the patient
is liable to a relapse, - "The last state of that man is
worse than the first."
The teacher of Mind-healing who is not a Christian,
in the highest sense, is constantly sowing the seeds of
discord and disease. Even the truth he speaks is more
or less blended with error; and this error will spring up
in the mind of his pupil. The pupil's imperfect knowledge
will lead to weakness in practice, and he will be a
poor practitioner, if not a malpractitioner.
The basis of malpractice is in erring human will, and
this will is an outcome of what I call mortal mind, - a
false and temporal sense of Truth, Life, and Love. To
heal, in Christian Science, is to base your practice on
immortal Mind, the divine Principle of man's being; and
this requires a preparation of the heart and an answer
of the lips from the Lord.
The Science of healing is the Truth of healing. If
one is untruthful, his mental state weighs against his
healing power; and similar effects come from pride,
envy, lust, and all fleshly vices.
The spiritual power of a scientific, right thought, without
a direct effort, an audible or even a mental argument,
has oftentimes healed inveterate diseases.
The thoughts of the practitioner should be imbued with
a clear conviction of the omnipotence and omnipresence
of God; that He is All, and that there can be none beside
Him; that God is good, and the producer only of good;
and hence, that whatever militates against health, harmony,
or holiness, is an unjust usurper of the throne of
the controller of all mankind. Note this, that if you have
power in error, you forfeit the power that Truth bestows,
and its salutary influence on yourself and others.
You must feel and know that God alone governs man;
that His government is harmonious; that He is too pure
to behold iniquity, and divides His power with nothing
evil or material; that material laws are only human beliefs,
which govern mortals wrongfully. These beliefs arise
from the subjective states of thought, producing the beliefs
of a mortal material universe, - so-called, and of
material disease and mortality. Mortal ills are but errors
of thought, - diseases of mortal mind, and not of matter;
for matter cannot feel, see, or report pain or disease.
Disease is a thing of thought manifested on the body;
and fear is the procurator of the thought which causes
sickness and suffering. Remove this fear by the true
sense that God is Love, - and that Love punishes nothing
but sin, - and the patient can then look up to the loving