And when they shall say unto you,
Seek unto them that have familiar spirits,
And unto wizards that peep and that mutter;
Should not a people seek unto their God? -
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep
my saying, he shall never see death. Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know
that thou hast a devil. - John.
The infinite one Spirit 70
Mortal existence is an enigma. Every day is a
mystery. The testimony of the corporeal senses cannot inform us what is real and
what is delusive, but the revelations of Christian Science unlock the treasures
of Truth. Whatever is false or sinful can never enter the atmosphere of Spirit.
There is but one Spirit. Man is never God, but spiritual man, made in God's
likeness, reflects God. In this scientific reflection the Ego and the Father are
inseparable. The supposition that corporeal beings are spirits, or that there
are good and evil spirits, is a mistake.
Real and unreal identity 70
The divine Mind maintains all identities, from a
blade of grass to a star, as distinct and eternal. The questions are: What are
God's identities? What is Soul? Does life or soul exist in the thing formed?
Nothing is real and eternal, - nothing is Spirit,
- but God and His idea. Evil has no reality. It is neither person, place, nor
thing, but is simply a belief, an illusion of material sense.
The identity, or idea, of all reality continues
forever; but Spirit, or the divine Principle of all, is not in
Spirit's formations. Soul is synonymous with Spirit, God, the creative,
governing, infinite Principle outside of finite form, which forms only reflect.
Close your eyes, and you may dream that you see a
flower, - that you touch and smell it. Thus you learn that the flower is a
product of the so-called mind, a formation of thought rather than of matter.
Close your eyes again, and you may see landscapes, men, and women. Thus you
learn that these also are images, which mortal mind holds and evolves and which
simulate mind, life, and intelligence. From dreams also you learn that neither
mortal mind nor matter is the image or likeness of God, and that immortal Mind
is not in matter.
Found wanting 71
When the Science of Mind is understood,
spiritualism will be found mainly erroneous, having no scientific basis nor
origin, no proof nor power outside of human testimony. It is the offspring of
the physical senses. There is no sensuality in Spirit. I never could believe in
The basis and structure of spiritualism are alike
material and physical. Its spirits are so many corporealities, limited and
finite in character and quality. Spiritualism therefore presupposes Spirit,
which is ever infinite, to be a corporeal being, a finite form, - a theory
contrary to Christian Science.
There is but one spiritual existence, - the Life
of which corporeal sense can take no cognizance. The divine Principle of man
speaks through immortal sense. If a material body-in other words, mortal,
material sense-were permeated by Spirit, that body would disappear to mortal
sense, would be deathless. A condition precedent to communion with Spirit is the
gain of spiritual life.
Spirits obsolete 72
So-called spirits are but
corporeal communicators. As light destroys darkness and in the place of darkness
all is light, so (in absolute Science) Soul, or God, is the only truth-giver to
man. Truth destroys mortality, and brings to light immortality. Mortal belief
(the material sense of life) and immortal Truth (the spiritual sense) are the
tares and the wheat, which are not united by progress, but separated.
Perfection is not expressed through imperfection.
Spirit is not made manifest through matter, the antipode of Spirit. Error is not
a convenient sieve through which truth can be strained.
Scientific phenomena 72
God, good, being ever present, it follows in
divine logic that evil, the suppositional opposite of good, is never present. In
Science, individual good derived from God, the infinite All-in-all, may flow
from the departed to mortals; but evil is neither communicable nor scientific. A
sinning, earthly mortal is not the reality of Life nor the medium through which
truth passes to earth. The joy of intercourse becomes the jest of sin, when evil
and suffering are communicable. Not personal intercommunion but divine law is
the communicator of truth, health, and harmony to earth and humanity. As readily
can you mingle fire and frost as Spirit and matter. In either case, one does not
support the other.
Spiritualism calls one person, living in this
world, material, but another, who has died to-day a sinner and
supposedly will return to earth to-morrow, it terms a spirit.
The fact is that neither the one nor the other is infinite Spirit, for Spirit is
God, and man is His likeness.
One government 73
The belief that one man, as spirit, can control
another man, as matter, upsets both the individuality and the Science of man,
for man is image. God controls man, and God is the only Spirit. Any other
control or attraction of so-called spirit is a mortal belief, which ought to be
known by its fruit, - the repetition of evil.
If Spirit, or God, communed with mortals or
controlled them through electricity or any other form of matter, the divine
order and the Science of omnipotent, omnipresent Spirit would be destroyed.
Incorrect theories 73
The belief that material bodies return to dust,
hereafter to rise up as spiritual bodies with material sensations and desires,
is incorrect. Equally incorrect is the belief that spirit is confined in a
finite, material body, from which it is freed by death, and that, when it is
freed from the material body, spirit retains the sensations belonging to that
No mediumship 73
It is a grave mistake to suppose that matter is
any part of the reality of intelligent existence, or that Spirit and matter,
intelligence and non-intelligence, can commune together. This error Science will
destroy. The sensual cannot be made the mouthpiece of the spiritual, nor can the
finite become the channel of the infinite. There is no communication between
so-called material existence and spiritual life which is not subject to death.
Opposing conditions 74
To be on communicable terms with Spirit, persons
must be free from organic bodies; and their return to a material condition,
after having once left it, would be as impossible as would be the restoration to
its original condition of the acorn, already absorbed into a sprout which has
risen above the soil. The seed which has germinated has a new form and state of
existence. When here or hereafter the belief of life in matter is extinct, the
error which has held the belief dissolves with the belief, and never returns to
the old condition. No correspondence nor communion can exist between persons in
such opposite dreams as the belief of having died and left a material body and
the belief of still living in an organic, material body.
Bridgeless division 74
The caterpillar, transformed into a beautiful
insect, is no longer a worm, nor does the insect return to fraternize with or
control the worm. Such a backward transformation is impossible in Science.
Darkness and light, infancy and manhood, sickness and health, are opposites, -
different beliefs, which never blend. Who will say that infancy can utter the
ideas of manhood, that darkness can represent light, that we are in Europe when
we are in the opposite hemisphere? There is no bridge across the gulf which
divides two such opposite conditions as the spiritual, or incorporeal, and the
physical, or corporeal.
In Christian Science there is never a retrograde
step, never a return to positions outgrown. The so-called dead and living cannot
commune together, for they are in separate states of existence, or
Unscientific investiture 75
This simple truth lays bare the mistaken
assumption that man dies as matter but comes to life as spirit. The so-called
dead, in order to reappear to those still in the existence cognized by the
physical senses, would need to be tangible and material, - to have a material
investiture, - or the material senses could take no cognizance of the so-called
Spiritualism would transfer men from the
spiritual sense of existence back into its material sense. This gross
materialism is scientifically impossible, since to infinite Spirit there can be
Raising the dead 75
Jesus said of Lazarus: "Our friend Lazarus
sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep." Jesus restored
Lazarus by the understanding that Lazarus had never died, not by an admission
that his body had died and then lived again. Had Jesus believed that Lazarus had
lived or died in his body, the Master would have stood on the same plane of
belief as those who buried the body, and he could not have resuscitated it.
When you can waken yourself or others out of the
belief that all must die, you can then exercise Jesus' spiritual power to
reproduce the presence of those who have thought they died, - but not otherwise.
Vision of the dying 75
There is one possible moment, when those living
on the earth and those called dead, can commune together, and that is the moment
previous to the transition, - the moment when the link between their opposite
beliefs is being sundered. In the vestibule through which we pass from one dream
to another dream, or when we awake from earth's sleep to the grand verities of
Life, the departing may hear the glad welcome of those who have gone before. The
ones departing may whisper this vision, name the face that smiles on them and
the hand which beckons them, as one at Niagara, with eyes open only to that
wonder, forgets all else and breathes aloud his rapture.
Real Life is God 76
When being is understood, Life will be recognized
as neither material nor finite, but as infinite, - as God, universal good; and
the belief that life, or mind, was ever in a finite form, or good in evil, will
be destroyed. Then it will be understood that Spirit never entered matter and
was therefore never raised from matter. When advanced to spiritual being and the
understanding of God, man can no longer commune with matter; neither can he
return to it, any more than a tree can return to its seed. Neither will man seem
to be corporeal, but he will be an individual consciousness, characterized by
the divine Spirit as idea, not matter.
Suffering, sinning, dying beliefs are unreal.
When divine Science is universally understood, they will have no power over man,
for man is immortal and lives by divine authority.
Immaterial pleasure 76
The sinless joy, - the perfect harmony and
immortality of Life, possessing unlimited divine beauty and goodness without a
single bodily pleasure or pain, - constitutes the only veritable, indestructible
man, whose being is spiritual. This state of existence is scientific and intact,
- a perfection discernible only by those who have the final understanding of
Christ in divine Science. Death can never hasten this state of existence, for
death must be overcome, not submitted to, before immortality appears.
The recognition of Spirit and of infinity comes
not suddenly here or hereafter. The pious Polycarp said: "I cannot turn at
once from good to evil." Neither do other mortals accomplish the change
from error to truth at a single bound.
Second death 77
Existence continues to be a belief of corporeal
sense until the Science of being is reached. Error brings its own
self-destruction both here and hereafter, for mortal mind creates its own
physical conditions. Death will occur on the next plane of existence as on this,
until the spiritual understanding of Life is reached. Then, and not until then,
will it be demonstrated that "the second death hath no power."
A dream vanishing 77
The period required for this dream of material
life, embracing its so-called pleasures and pains, to vanish from consciousness,
"knoweth no man . . . neither the Son, but the Father." This period
will be of longer or shorter duration according to the tenacity of error. Of
what advantage, then, would it be to us, or to the departed, to prolong the
material state and so prolong the illusion either of a soul inert or of a
sinning, suffering sense, - a so-called mind fettered to matter.
Progress and purgatory 77
Even if communications from spirits to mortal
consciousness were possible, such communications would grow beautifully less
with every advanced stage of existence. The departed would gradually rise above
ignorance and materiality, and Spiritualists would outgrow their beliefs in
material spiritualism. Spiritism consigns the so-called dead to a state
resembling that of blighted buds, - to a wretched purgatory, where the chances
of the departed for improvement narrow into nothing and they return to their old
standpoints of matter.
Unnatural deflections 78
The decaying flower, the blighted bud, the
gnarled oak, the ferocious beast, - like the discords of disease, sin, and
death, - are unnatural. They are the falsities of sense, the changing
deflections of mortal mind; they are not the eternal realities of Mind.
Absurd oracles 78
How unreasonable is the belief that we are
wearing out life and hastening to death, and that at the same time we are
communing with immortality! If the departed are in rapport with mortality, or
matter, they are not spiritual, but must still be mortal, sinning, suffering,
and dying. Then why look to them - even were communication possible - for proofs
of immortality, and accept them as oracles? Communications gathered from
ignorance are pernicious in tendency.
Spiritualism with its material accompaniments
would destroy the supremacy of Spirit. If Spirit pervades all space, it needs no
material method for the transmission of messages. Spirit needs no wires nor
electricity in order to be omnipresent.
Spirit intangible 78
Spirit is not materially tangible. How then can
it communicate with man through electric, material effects? How can the majesty
and omnipotence of Spirit be lost? God is not in the medley where matter cares
for matter, where spiritism makes many gods, and hypnotism and electricity are
claimed to be the agents of God's government.
Spirit blesses man, but man cannot "tell
whence it cometh." By it the sick are healed, the sorrowing are comforted,
and the sinning are reformed. These are the effects of one universal God, the
invisible good dwelling in eternal Science.
Thought regarding death 79
The act of describing disease - its symptoms,
locality, and fatality - is not scientific. Warning people against death is an
error that tends to frighten into death those who are ignorant of Life as God.
Thousands of instances could be cited of health restored by changing the
patient's thoughts regarding death.
Fallacious hypotheses 79
A scientific mental method is more sanitary than
the use of drugs, and such a mental method produces permanent health. Science
must go over the whole ground, and dig up every seed of error's sowing.
Spiritualism relies upon human beliefs and hypotheses. Christian Science removes
these beliefs and hypotheses through the higher understanding of God, for
Christian Science, resting on divine Principle, not on material personalities,
in its revelation of immortality, introduces the harmony of being.
Jesus cast out evil spirits, or false beliefs.
The Apostle Paul bade men have the Mind that was in the Christ. Jesus did his
own work by the one Spirit. He said: "My Father worketh hitherto, and I
work." He never described disease, so far as can be learned from the
Gospels, but he healed disease.
Mistaken methods 79
The unscientific practitioner says: "You are
ill. Your brain is overtaxed, and you must rest. Your body is weak, and it must
be strengthened. You have nervous prostration, and must be treated for it."
Science objects to all this, contending for the rights of intelligence and
asserting that Mind controls body and brain.
Divine strength 79
Mind-science teaches that mortals need "not
be weary in well doing." It dissipates fatigue in doing good. Giving does
not impoverish us in the service of our Maker, neither does withholding enrich
us. We have strength in proportion to our apprehension of the truth, and our
strength is not lessened by giving utterance to truth. A cup of coffee or tea is
not the equal of truth, whether for the inspiration of a sermon or for the
support of bodily endurance.
A denial of immortality 80
A communication purporting to come from the late
Theodore Parker reads as follows: "There never was, and there never will
be, an immortal spirit." Yet the very periodical containing this sentence
repeats weekly the assertion that spirit-communications are our only proofs of
Mysticism unscientific 80
I entertain no doubt of the humanity and
philanthropy of many Spiritualists, but I cannot coincide with their views. It
is mysticism which gives spiritualism its force. Science dispels mystery and
explains extraordinary phenomena; but Science never removes phenomena from the
domain of reason into the realm of mysticism.
Physical falsities 80
It should not seem mysterious that mind, without
the aid of hands, can move a table, when we already know that it is mind-power
which moves both table and hand. Even planchette - the French toy which years
ago pleased so many people - attested the control of mortal mind over its
substratum, called matter.
It is mortal mind which convulses its substratum,
matter. These movements arise from the volition of human belief, but they are
neither scientific nor rational. Mortal mind produces table-tipping as certainly
as table-setting, and believes that this wonder emanates from spirits and
electricity. This belief rests on the common conviction that mind and matter
cooperate both visibly and invisibly, hence that matter is intelligent.
Poor postmortem evidence 81
There is not so much evidence to prove
intercommunication between the so-called dead and the living, as there is to
show the sick that matter suffers and has sensation; yet this latter evidence is
destroyed by Mind-science. If Spiritualists understood the Science of being,
their belief in mediumship would vanish.
No proof of immortality 81
At the very best and on its own theories,
spiritualism can only prove that certain individuals have a continued existence
after death and maintain their affiliation with mortal flesh; but this fact
affords no certainty of everlasting life. A man's assertion that he is immortal
no more proves him to be so, than the opposite assertion, that he is mortal,
would prove immortality a lie. Nor is the case improved when alleged spirits
teach immortality. Life, Love, Truth, is the only proof of immortality.
Mind's manifestations immortal
Man in the likeness of God as revealed in Science
cannot help being immortal. Though the grass seemeth to wither and the flower to
fade, they reappear. Erase the figures which express number, silence the tones
of music, give to the worms the body called man, and yet the producing,
governing, divine Principle lives on, - in the case of man as truly as in the
case of numbers and of music, - despite the so-called laws of matter, which
define man as mortal. Though the inharmony resulting from material sense hides
the harmony of Science, inharmony cannot destroy the divine Principle of
Science. In Science, man's immortality depends upon that of God, good, and
follows as a necessary consequence of the immortality of good.
Reading thoughts 81
That somebody, somewhere, must have known the
deceased person, supposed to be the communicator, is evident, and it is as easy
to read distant thoughts as near. We think of an absent friend as easily as we
do of one present. It is no more difficult to read the absent mind than it is to
read the present. Chaucer wrote centuries ago, yet we still read his thought in
his verse. What is classic study, but discernment of the minds of Homer and
Virgil, of whose personal existence we may be in doubt?
Impossible intercommunion 82
If spiritual life has been won by the departed,
they cannot return to material existence, because different states of
consciousness are involved, and one person cannot exist in two different states
of consciousness at the same time. In sleep we do not communicate with the
dreamer by our side despite his physical proximity, because both of us are
either unconscious or are wandering in our dreams through different mazes of
In like manner it would follow, even if our
departed friends were near us and were in as conscious a state of existence as
before the change we call death, that their state of consciousness must be
different from ours. We are not in their state, nor are they in the mental realm
in which we dwell. Communion between them and ourselves would be prevented by
this difference. The mental states are so unlike, that intercommunion is as
impossible as it would be between a mole and a human being. Different dreams and
different awakenings betoken a differing consciousness. When wandering in
Australia, do we look for help to the Esquimaux in their snow huts?
In a world of sin and sensuality hastening to a
greater development of power, it is wise earnestly to consider whether it is the
human mind or the divine Mind which is influencing one. What the prophets of
Jehovah did, the worshippers of Baal failed to do; yet artifice and delusion
claimed that they could equal the work of wisdom.
Science only can explain the incredible good and
evil elements now coming to the surface. Mortals must find refuge in Truth in
order to escape the error of these latter days. Nothing is more antagonistic to
Christian Science than a blind belief without understanding, for such a belief
hides Truth and builds on error.
Natural wonders 83
Miracles are impossible in Science, and here
Science takes issue with popular religions. The scientific manifestation of
power is from the divine nature and is not supernatural, since Science is an
explication of nature. The belief that the universe, including man, is governed
in general by material laws, but that occasionally Spirit sets aside these laws,
- this belief belittles omnipotent wisdom, and gives to matter the precedence
Conflicting standpoints 83
It is contrary to Christian Science to suppose
that life is either material or organically spiritual. Between Christian Science
and all forms of superstition a great gulf is fixed, as impassable as that
between Dives and Lazarus. There is mortal mind-reading and immortal
Mind-reading. The latter is a revelation of divine purpose through spiritual
understanding, by which man gains the divine Principle and explanation of all
things. Mortal mind-reading and immortal Mind-reading are distinctly opposite
standpoints, from which cause and effect are interpreted. The act of reading
mortal mind investigates and touches only human beliefs. Science is immortal and
coordinate neither with the premises nor with the conclusions of mortal beliefs.
Scientific foreseeing 84
The ancient prophets gained their foresight from
a spiritual, incorporeal standpoint, not by foreshadowing evil and mistaking
fact for fiction, - predicting the future from a groundwork of corporeality and
human belief. When sufficiently advanced in Science to be in harmony with the
truth of being, men become seers and prophets involuntarily, controlled not by
demons, spirits, or demigods, but by the one Spirit. It is the prerogative of
the ever-present, divine Mind, and of thought which is in rapport with this
Mind, to know the past, the present, and the future.
Acquaintance with the Science of being enables us
to commune more largely with the divine Mind, to foresee and foretell events
which concern the universal welfare, to be divinely inspired, - yea, to reach
the range of fetterless Mind.
The Mind unbounded 84
To understand that Mind is infinite, not bounded
by corporeality, not dependent upon the ear and eye for sound or sight nor upon
muscles and bones for locomotion, is a step towards the Mind-science by which we
discern man's nature and existence. This true conception of being destroys the
belief of spiritualism at its very inception, for without the concession of
material personalities called spirits, spiritualism has no basis upon which to
Scientific foreknowing 84
All we correctly know of Spirit comes from God,
divine Principle, and is learned through Christ and Christian Science. If this
Science has been thoroughly learned and properly digested, we can know the truth
more accurately than the astronomer can read the stars or calculate an eclipse.
This Mind-reading is the opposite of clairvoyance. It is the illumination of the
spiritual understanding which demonstrates the capacity of Soul, not of material
sense. This Soul-sense comes to the human mind when the latter yields to the
Value of intuition 85
Such intuitions reveal whatever constitutes and
perpetuates harmony, enabling one to do good, but not evil. You will reach the
perfect Science of healing when you are able to read the human mind after this
manner and discern the error you would destroy. The Samaritan woman said:
"Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the
It is recorded that Jesus, as he once journeyed
with his students, "knew their thoughts," - read them scientifically.
In like manner he discerned disease and healed the sick. After the same method,
events of great moment were foretold by the Hebrew prophets. Our Master rebuked
the lack of this power when he said: "O ye hypocrites! ye can discern the
face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?"
Hypocrisy condemned 85
Both Jew and Gentile may have had acute corporeal
senses, but mortals need spiritual sense. Jesus knew the generation to be wicked
and adulterous, seeking the material more than the spiritual. His thrusts at
materialism were sharp, but needed. He never spared hypocrisy the sternest
condemnation. He said: "These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the
other undone." The great Teacher knew both cause and effect, knew that
truth communicates itself but never imparts error.
Mental contact 86
Jesus once asked, "Who touched me?"
Supposing this inquiry to be occasioned by physical contact alone, his disciples
answered, "The multitude throng thee." Jesus knew, as others did not,
that it was not matter, but mortal mind, whose touch called for aid. Repeating
his inquiry, he was answered by the faith of a sick woman. His quick
apprehension of this mental call illustrated his spirituality. The disciples'
misconception of it uncovered their materiality. Jesus possessed more spiritual
susceptibility than the disciples. Opposites come from contrary directions, and
produce unlike results.
Images of thought 86
Mortals evolve images of thought. These may
appear to the ignorant to be apparitions; but they are mysterious only because
it is unusual to see thoughts, though we can always feel their influence.
Haunted houses, ghostly voices, unusual noises, and apparitions brought out in
dark seances either involve feats by tricksters, or they are images and sounds
evolved involuntarily by mortal mind. Seeing is no less a quality of physical
sense than feeling. Then why is it more difficult to see a thought than to feel
one? Education alone determines the difference. In reality there is none.
Phenomena explained 86
Portraits, landscape-paintings, fac-similes of
penmanship, peculiarities of expression, recollected sentences, can all be taken
from pictorial thought and memory as readily as from objects cognizable by the
senses. Mortal mind sees what it believes as certainly as it believes what it
sees. It feels, hears, and sees its own thoughts. Pictures are mentally formed
before the artist can convey them to canvas. So is it with all material
conceptions. Mind-readers perceive these pictures of thought. They copy or
reproduce them, even when they are lost to the memory of the mind in which they
Mental environment 87
It is needless for the thought or for the person
holding the transferred picture to be individually and consciously present.
Though individuals have passed away, their mental environment remains to be
discerned, described, and transmitted. Though bodies are leagues apart and their
associations forgotten, their associations float in the general atmosphere of
Second sight 87
The Scotch call such vision "second
sight," when really it is first sight instead of second, for it presents
primal facts to mortal mind. Science enables one to read the human mind, but not
as a clairvoyant. It enables one to heal through Mind, but not as a mesmerist.
Buried secrets 87
The mine knows naught of the emeralds within its
rocks; the sea is ignorant of the gems within its caverns, of the corals, of its
sharp reefs, of the tall ships that float on its bosom, or of the bodies which
lie buried in its sands: yet these are all there. Do not suppose that any mental
concept is gone because you do not think of it. The true concept is never lost.
The strong impressions produced on mortal mind by friendship or by any intense
feeling are lasting, and mind-readers can perceive and reproduce these
Recollected friends 87
Memory may reproduce voices long ago silent. We
have but to close the eyes, and forms rise before us, which are thousands of
miles away or altogether gone from physical sight and sense, and this not in
dreamy sleep. In our day-dreams we can recall that for which the poet Tennyson
expressed the heart's desire, -
the touch of a vanished hand,
And the sound of a voice that is still.
The mind may even be cognizant of a present flavor and odor, when no viand
touches the palate and no scent salutes the nostrils.
How are veritable ideas to be distinguished from
illusions? By learning the origin of each. Ideas are emanations from the divine
Mind. Thoughts, proceeding from the brain or from matter, are offshoots of
mortal mind; they are mortal material beliefs. Ideas are spiritual, harmonious,
and eternal. Beliefs proceed from the so-called material senses, which at one
time are supposed to be substance-matter and at another are called spirits.
To love one's neighbor as one's self, is a divine
idea; but this idea can never be seen, felt, nor understood through the physical
senses. Excite the organ of veneration or religious faith, and the individual
manifests profound adoration. Excite the opposite development, and he
blasphemes. These effects, however, do not proceed from Christianity, nor are
they spiritual phenomena, for both arise from mortal belief.
Eloquence re-echoes the strains of Truth and
Love. It is due to inspiration rather than to erudition. It shows the
possibilities derived from divine Mind, though it is said to be a gift whose
endowment is obtained from books or received from the impulsion of departed
spirits. When eloquence proceeds from the belief that a departed spirit is
speaking, who can tell what the unaided medium is incapable of knowing or
uttering? This phenomenon only shows that the beliefs of mortal mind are loosed.
Forgetting her ignorance in the belief that another mind is speaking through
her, the devotee may become unwontedly eloquent. Having more faith in others
than in herself, and believing that somebody else possesses her tongue and mind,
she talks freely.
Destroy her belief in outside aid, and her
eloquence disappears. The former limits of her belief return. She says, "I
am incapable of words that glow, for I am uneducated." This familiar
instance reaffirms the Scriptural word concerning a man, "As he thinketh in
his heart, so is he." If one believes that he cannot be an orator without
study or a superinduced condition, the body responds to this belief, and the
tongue grows mute which before was eloquent.
Scientific improvisation 89
Mind is not necessarily dependent upon
educational processes. It possesses of itself all beauty and poetry, and the
power of expressing them. Spirit, God, is heard when the senses are silent. We
are all capable of more than we do. The influence or action of Soul confers a
freedom, which explains the phenomena of improvisation and the fervor of
Divine origination 89
Matter is neither intelligent nor creative. The
tree is not the author of itself. Sound is not the originator of music, and man
is not the father of man. Cain very naturally concluded that if life was in the
body, and man gave it, man had the right to take it away. This incident shows
that the belief of life in matter was "a murderer from the beginning."
If seed is necessary to produce wheat, and wheat
to produce flour, or if one animal can originate another, how then can we
account for their primal origin? How were the loaves and fishes multiplied on
the shores of Galilee, - and that, too, without meal or monad from which loaf or
fish could come?
Mind is substance 90
The earth's orbit and the imaginary line called
the equator are not substance. The earth's motion and position are sustained by
Mind alone. Divest yourself of the thought that there can be substance in
matter, and the movements and transitions now possible for mortal mind will be
found to be equally possible for the body. Then being will be recognized as
spiritual, and death will be obsolete, though now some insist that death is the
necessary prelude to immortality.
Mortal delusions 90
In dreams we fly to Europe and meet a far-off
friend. The looker-on sees the body in bed, but the supposed inhabitant of that
body carries it through the air and over the ocean. This shows the possibilities
of thought. Opium and hashish eaters mentally travel far and work wonders, yet
their bodies stay in one place. This shows what mortal mentality and knowledge
Scientific finalities 90
The admission to one's self that man is God's own
likeness sets man free to master the infinite idea. This conviction shuts the
door on death, and opens it wide towards immortality. The understanding and
recognition of Spirit must finally come, and we may as well improve our time in
solving the mysteries of being through an apprehension of divine Principle. At
present we know not what man is, but we certainly shall know this when man
The Revelator tells us of "a new heaven and
a new earth." Have you ever pictured this heaven and earth, inhabited by
beings under the control of supreme wisdom?
Let us rid ourselves of the belief that man is
separated from God, and obey only the divine Principle, Life and Love. Here is
the great point of departure for all true spiritual growth.
Man's genuine being 91
It is difficult for the sinner to accept divine
Science, because Science exposes his nothingness; but the sooner error is
reduced to its native nothingness, the sooner man's great reality will appear
and his genuine being will be understood. The destruction of error is by no
means the destruction of Truth or Life, but is the acknowledgment of them.
Absorbed in material selfhood we discern and
reflect but faintly the substance of Life or Mind. The denial of material
selfhood aids the discernment of man's spiritual and eternal individuality, and
destroys the erroneous knowledge gained from matter or through what are termed
the material senses.
Erroneous postulates 91
Certain erroneous postulates should be here
considered in order that the spiritual facts may be better apprehended.
The first erroneous postulate of belief is, that
substance, life, and intelligence are something apart from God.
The second erroneous postulate is, that man is
both mental and material.
The third erroneous postulate is, that mind is
both evil and good; whereas the real Mind cannot be evil nor the medium of evil,
for Mind is God.
The fourth erroneous postulate is, that matter is
intelligent, and that man has a material body which is part of himself.
The fifth erroneous postulate is, that matter
holds in itself the issues of life and death, - that matter is not only capable
of experiencing pleasure and pain, but also capable of imparting these
sensations. From the illusion implied in this last postulate arises the
decomposition of mortal bodies in what is termed death.
Mind is not an entity within the cranium with the
power of sinning now and forever.
Knowledge of good and evil 92
In old Scriptural pictures we see a serpent
coiled around the tree of knowledge and speaking to Adam and Eve. This
represents the serpent in the act of commending to our first parents the
knowledge of good and evil, a knowledge gained from matter, or evil, instead of
from Spirit. The portrayal is still graphically accurate, for the common
conception of mortal man - a burlesque of God's man - is an outgrowth of human
knowledge or sensuality, a mere offshoot of material sense.
Opposing power 92
Uncover error, and it turns the lie upon you.
Until the fact concerning error - namely, its nothingness - appears, the moral
demand will not be met, and the ability to make nothing of error will be
wanting. We should blush to call that real which is only a mistake. The
foundation of evil is laid on a belief in something besides God. This belief
tends to support two opposite powers, instead of urging the claims of Truth
alone. The mistake of thinking that error can be real, when it is merely the
absence of truth, leads to belief in the superiority of error.
The age's privilege 92
Do you say the time has not yet come in which to
recognize Soul as substantial and able to control the body? Remember Jesus, who
nearly nineteen centuries ago demonstrated the power of Spirit and said,
"He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also," and
who also said, "But the hour cometh, and now is, when the
true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth."
"Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now
is the day of salvation," said Paul.
Logic and revelation 93
Divine logic and revelation coincide. If we
believe otherwise, we may be sure that either our logic is at fault or that we
have misinterpreted revelation. Good never causes evil, nor creates aught that
can cause evil.
Good does not create a mind susceptible of
causing evil, for evil is the opposing error and not the truth of creation.
Destructive electricity is not the offspring of infinite good. Whatever
contradicts the real nature of the divine Esse, though human
faith may clothe it with angelic vestments, is without foundation.
Derivatives of spirit 93
The belief that Spirit is finite as well as
infinite has darkened all history. In Christian Science, Spirit, as a proper
noun, is the name of the Supreme Being. It means quantity and quality, and
applies exclusively to God. The modifying derivatives of the word spirit
refer only to quality, not to God. Man is spiritual. He is not God, Spirit. If
man were Spirit, then men would be spirits, gods. Finite spirit would be mortal,
and this is the error embodied in the belief that the infinite can be contained
in the finite. This belief tends to becloud our apprehension of the kingdom of
heaven and of the reign of harmony in the Science of being.
Scientific man 94
Jesus taught but one God, one Spirit, who makes
man in the image and likeness of Himself, - of Spirit, not of matter. Man
reflects infinite Truth, Life, and Love. The nature of man, thus understood,
includes all that is implied by the terms "image" and
"likeness" as used in Scripture. The truly Christian and scientific
statement of personality and of the relation of man to God, with the
demonstration which accompanied it, incensed the rabbis, and they said:
"Crucify him, crucify him . . . by our law he ought to die, because he made
himself the Son of God."
The eastern empires and nations owe their false
government to the misconceptions of Deity there prevalent. Tyranny, intolerance,
and bloodshed, wherever found, arise from the belief that the infinite is formed
after the pattern of mortal personality, passion, and impulse.
Ingratitude and denial 94
The progress of truth confirms its claims, and
our Master confirmed his words by his works. His healing-power evoked denial,
ingratitude, and betrayal, arising from sensuality. Of the ten lepers whom Jesus
healed, but one returned to give God thanks, - that is, to acknowledge the
divine Principle which had healed him.
Spiritual insight 94
Our Master easily read the thoughts of mankind,
and this insight better enabled him to direct those thoughts aright; but what
would be said at this period of an infidel blasphemer who should hint that Jesus
used his incisive power injuriously? Our Master read mortal mind on a scientific
basis, that of the omnipresence of Mind. An approximation of this discernment
indicates spiritual growth and union with the infinite capacities of the one
Mind. Jesus could injure no one by his Mind-reading. The effect of his Mind was
always to heal and to save, and this is the only genuine Science of reading
mortal mind. His holy motives and aims were traduced by the sinners of that
period, as they would be to-day if Jesus were personally present. Paul said,
"To be spiritually minded is life." We approach God, or Life, in
proportion to our spirituality, our fidelity to Truth and Love; and in that
ratio we know all human need and are able to discern the thought of the sick and
the sinning for the purpose of healing them. Error of any kind cannot hide from
the law of God.
Whoever reaches this point of moral culture and
goodness cannot injure others, and must do them good. The greater or lesser
ability of a Christian Scientist to discern thought scientifically, depends upon
his genuine spirituality. This kind of mind-reading is not clairvoyance, but it
is important to success in healing, and is one of the special characteristics
Christ's reappearance 95
We welcome the increase of knowledge and the end
of error, because even human invention must have its day, and we want that day
to be succeeded by Christian Science, by divine reality. Midnight foretells the
dawn. Led by a solitary star amid the darkness, the Magi of old foretold the
Messiahship of Truth. Is the wise man of to-day believed, when he beholds the
light which heralds Christ's eternal dawn and describes its effulgence?
Spiritual awakening 95
Lulled by stupefying illusions, the world is
asleep in the cradle of infancy, dreaming away the hours. Material sense does
not unfold the facts of existence; but spiritual sense lifts human consciousness
into eternal Truth. Humanity advances slowly out of sinning sense into spiritual
understanding; unwillingness to learn all things rightly, binds Christendom with
The darkest hours of all 96
Love will finally mark the hour of harmony, and
spiritualization will follow, for Love is Spirit. Before error is wholly
destroyed, there will be interruptions of the general material routine. Earth
will become dreary and desolate, but summer and winter, seedtime and harvest
(though in changed forms), will continue unto the end, - until the final
spiritualization of all things. "The darkest hour precedes the dawn."
Arena of contest 96
This material world is even now becoming the
arena for conflicting forces. On one side there will be discord and dismay; on
the other side there will be Science and peace. The breaking up of material
beliefs may seem to be famine and pestilence, want and woe, sin, sickness, and
death, which assume new phases until their nothingness appears. These
disturbances will continue until the end of error, when all discord will be
swallowed up in spiritual Truth.
Mortal error will vanish in a moral
chemicalization. This mental fermentation has begun, and will continue until all
errors of belief yield to understanding. Belief is changeable, but spiritual
understanding is changeless.
Millennial glory 96
As this consummation draws nearer, he who has
shaped his course in accordance with divine Science will endure to the end. As
material knowledge diminishes and spiritual understanding increases, real
objects will be apprehended mentally instead of materially.
During this final conflict, wicked minds will
endeavor to find means by which to accomplish more evil; but those who discern
Christian Science will hold crime in check. They will aid in the ejection of
error. They will maintain law and order, and cheerfully await the certainty of
Dangerous resemblances 97
In reality, the more closely error simulates
truth and so-called matter resembles its essence, mortal mind, the more impotent
error becomes as a belief. According to human belief, the lightning is fierce
and the electric current swift, yet in Christian Science the flight of one and
the blow of the other will become harmless. The more destructive matter becomes,
the more its nothingness will appear, until matter reaches its mortal zenith in
illusion and forever disappears. The nearer a false belief approaches truth
without passing the boundary where, having been destroyed by divine Love, it
ceases to be even an illusion, the riper it becomes for destruction. The more
material the belief, the more obvious its error, until divine Spirit, supreme in
its domain, dominates all matter, and man is found in the likeness of Spirit,
his original being.
The broadest facts array the most falsities
against themselves, for they bring error from under cover. It requires courage
to utter truth; for the higher Truth lifts her voice, the louder will error
scream, until its inarticulate sound is forever silenced in oblivion.
"He uttered His voice, the earth
melted." This Scripture indicates that all matter will disappear before the
supremacy of Spirit.
Christianity still rejected 97
Christianity is again demonstrating the Life that
is Truth, and the Truth that is Life, by the apostolic work of casting out error
and healing the sick. Earth has no repayment for the persecutions which attend a
new step in Christianity; but the spiritual recompense of the persecuted is
assured in the elevation of existence above mortal discord and in the gift of
Spiritual foreshadowings 98
The prophet of to-day beholds in the mental
horizon the signs of these times, the reappearance of the Christianity which
heals the sick and destroys error, and no other sign shall be given. Body cannot
be saved except through Mind. The Science of Christianity is misinterpreted by a
material age, for it is the healing influence of Spirit (not spirits)
which the material senses cannot comprehend, - which can only be spiritually
discerned. Creeds, doctrines, and human hypotheses do not express Christian
Science; much less can they demonstrate it.
Revelation of Science 98
Beyond the frail premises of human beliefs, above
the loosening grasp of creeds, the demonstration of Christian Mind-healing
stands a revealed and practical Science. It is imperious throughout all ages as
Christ's revelation of Truth, of Life, and of Love, which remains inviolate for
every man to understand and to practise.
Science as foreign to all religion
For centuries - yea, always - natural science has
not been considered a part of any religion, Christianity not excepted. Even now
multitudes consider that which they call science has no proper
connection with faith and piety. Mystery does not enshroud Christ's teachings,
and they are not theoretical and fragmentary, but practical and complete; and
being practical and complete, they are not deprived of their essential vitality.
Key to the kingdom 98
The way through which immortality and life are
learned is not ecclesiastical but Christian, not human but divine, not physical
but metaphysical, not material but scientifically spiritual. Human philosophy,
ethics, and superstition afford no demonstrable divine Principle by which
mortals can escape from sin; yet to escape from sin, is what the Bible demands.
"Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling," says the
apostle, and he straightway adds: "for it is God which worketh in you both
to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Philippians ii. 12, 13). Truth has
furnished the key to the kingdom, and with this key Christian Science has opened
the door of the human understanding. None may pick the lock nor enter by some
other door. The ordinary teachings are material and not spiritual. Christian
Science teaches only that which is spiritual and divine, and not human.
Christian Science is unerring and Divine; the human sense of things errs because
it is human.
Those individuals, who adopt theosophy,
spiritualism, or hypnotism, may possess natures above some others who eschew
their false beliefs. Therefore my contest is not with the individual, but with
the false system. I love mankind, and shall continue to labor and to endure.
The calm, strong currents of true spirituality,
the manifestations of which are health, purity, and self-immolation, must deepen
human experience, until the beliefs of material existence are seen to be a bald
imposition, and sin, disease, and death give everlasting place to the scientific
demonstration of divine Spirit and to God's spiritual, perfect man.
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