Accession: A11352
Editorial Title: The Science of Man by which the sick are healed, or Questions and answers in Moral Science, March 1872
Author: Mary Baker Eddy 
Scribe: George W. Barry 
Date: March 1872
Manuscript Description: Handwritten by George W. Barry on lined paper, with some corrections by Mary Baker Eddy.
Editorial Note: This was the primary document used by Mary Baker Eddy in teaching her early classes. After many revisions, it became the chapter “Recapitulation,” first introduced into Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures in its third edition, published in 1881.
Final Edits
Original Document

A11352
-

The Science of Man by which the sick are healed,

or

Questions and answers in Moral Science

by

Mrs. Mary M. Baker Glover.

Ques. What is God?

Ans. A Principle, wisdom, love, and truth.

Ques. What is this principle?

Ans. Life and intelligence.

Ques. What is life and intelligence?

Ans. Soul.

Ques. Then, what is God?

Ans. The Soul of man and the universe.

Ques. Is God, man?

Ans. No, they are perfectly distinct and yet united: Soul or God is not man, nor is that which we call Soul, in man; while they are ever united as substance and its shadow; Soul the substance man its shadow.

Ques. Then what is man?

Ans. The idea of this principle and soul is the principle and substance of this idea, named man; because it is the life and intelligence of it, and you will please remember as the leading points in Science, that man has no substance, nor intelligence, that these belong to the Soul, and the Soul reflects itself in man; therefore man is the reflex shadow of the Soul, and borrows all substance, intelligence, and life, from the Soul, outside of man. you are not man, nor woman, you are the soul, and those the shadows and idea of you

Ques. What is matter?

Ans. It is not substance if soul is substance, for soul and matter are not one—then matter held as shadow is the idea of God; but matter held as substance is a belief and error.

Ques. Is the body of man matter?

Ans. Yes, because man has not a body, and because matter as substance is not the idea of God. The Soul has a body, and this is immortal, because it is the idea of its principle, and is not a belief of substance, intelligence, and life in matter but holds these in the Soul, and man the idea of these: this man is the body of the Soul and not the body of man, therefore this body of man, is the belief of life intelligence and substance in matter, when Science proves that none of these are of matter hence a mortal man is not the idea of immortality, and [?]  Unclear or illegible  cannot be the idea of the Soul, for nothing of decay, of sickness or of sin gives an idea of God, the Soul.

Ques. What is the man that is sick and mortal?

Ans. We have shown you that the man that is harmonious and immortal is learned of Science, and reverses the belief we cherish of him, by holding life, substance, and intelligence in the Soul and this Soul outside the body, and giving forth its idea as substance does its shadow. Now the body we call man, that is inharmonious and mortal is a belief that life, substance, and intelligence are in this body, that the Soul is here, hence, intelligence and life are in matter. From this false premise flows the error that is mortal and this error is the so called man that is sick and mortal.

Ques. Is mortality a belief, is sickness a belief, and is there no reality in man?

Ans. There is no truth in error, truth is immortal, error is mortal, truth is harmony, error is inharmony; and if sickness was truth Jesus would not have destroyed it, and I would not teach a student such presumption. Do you think drugs, air, diet, &c would heal the sick, if the intelligence and truth of man had caused the sickness? If matter is superior to God then we admit that effect is superior to cause, and can save or destroy the work of God. This reasoning is vain. Science tells us that sickness is discord, and as discord is not caused by the principle of music, so this inharmony of man is not caused by the principle of man. The principle of man is the Soul and this Soul is the life and intelligence of man, that gives the idea of itself in shadow and holds all substance in itself, and the idea of harmony must be harmonious, hence this man is a belief of man and not the idea of the Soul, hence this belief is not harmonious nor immortal.

Ques. Do we see man, or what is it that we see?

Ans. It is not the man God created that we see for this one is as before named an idea of substance and life, and the one we see is a belief of substance and death—a belief of substance and death in matter, instead of the truth that holds matter a shadow at the control of the Soul. We see mortality that is falsely named man with mortal sense; but we see the immortal man through Science with immortal sense, that contradicts sense in matter.

Ques. How can we understand this?

Ans. By growing up to it through truth and not through a belief: we cannot learn this of an ‘ism nor of personal sense, we must learn it through Science and this is to learn it of a principle, and this principle is Soul. Now you must learn what I have stated of the Soul, and let it contradict sense as Science must. Does sense tell us that the earth rotates and revolves and the sun stands still? No! It says the sun rises and sets, but Science contradicts this.

Ques. What is sense?

Ans. It belongs to the Soul and not to the body, and this sense gives the idea of truth and never errs. There is no sense that belongs to matter: the five personal senses are but a paradox and error of words. Matter has no intelligence nor sensation and these senses are a belief that it has, and this belief is an error; therefore, that we ask these sense for pleasure, is the foundation for the results to come in pain, and is the error that gives inharmony to man. There is neither pleasure nor pain in matter, and to believe there is, is the error that stands ever the opposite of truth, and this error is named devil and was cast out by Truth, the Christ, that came teaching and practicing it. Now when there is pain or suffering you find it in sense; therefore you are to contradict this sense with Science, that says, there is no reality in aught but in God’s giving, and this principle cannot give inharmony; and this good, evil; hence you must argue down this false seeming, this belief begotten of man and born of woman instead of God; and my proof to you that these statements are Science and truth. you will find in this, that when you destroy the belief, consumption, for instance the patient will recover. Now you have not destroyed a person, place, or thing you have only through a metaphysical process destroyed a belief; and that the consumption is gone when this is accomplished proves to you, that sensation in matter is only an illusion and belief, that Science contradicts.

Ques. What is belief, according to the Bible can not you “believe and be saved?”Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Ans. This never meant a blind belief; it meant the faith that hath works, that higher understanding of God, by which we give up the evidences of the senses for the truth of a principle, that is at war with sense. Belief is a thing of change, and depends on no principle for support. It is dangerous to believe in God when we are commanded to “acquaint ourselves with God.”Job 22:21 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. If we believe a truth this belief may change and this truth be lost sight of; but if we understand the truth this cannot be taken away from us. Mary understood Truth and Martha believed in it onlyLuke 10:38 ¶Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. Luke 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. Luke 10:40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. Luke 10:41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: Luke 10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. . Science is the only safe interpreter of man and God, ie, of a principle and its idea, for this teaches the principle so we can demonstrate it, and this demonstration Jesus gave, and commanded others to give, in healing the sick; hence was he the most scientific man on record, because he demonstrated more of the understanding of God than did others. If when you heal the sick you will so teach them the principle by which you take truth to destroy error, and give them in place of belief, the understanding of this truth, they will never relapse nor fall into the error they have understood their way out of: but if you destroy the belief, sickness, and they do not understand how it was done, yet will they get well all the same, but are liable to fall into some other belief; for instance, if you should destroy consumption through this metaphysical process yet might your patient have sore throat left or some other error. It is the work of time and eternity to destroy it all.

Ques. Is all sickness but a belief?

Ans. It is: there is no truth in inharmony, for truth would at once restore harmony; and all belief is error, for you should learn the science of man so as to understand man, and then you would have no belief about it. Belief is the opposite of Science, and is in in reality, nothing. Principle and its idea learned through Science, is all the reality there is; hence sickness is nothing, because it is not a principle nor its idea. Principle is immortal and gives harmony to its idea, and if sickness were truth or the idea of it you could not destroy it, and it would be error to attempt to do so. Principle is truth and its idea is man in perfect harmony; belief is error, and its belief is man sick and inharmonious. Now you must take this very principle to say to disease, you are a belief only, for matter has no sensation and you claim to be sensation in matter, and you are this error of belief that the opposite truth, that matter has no intelligence, must destroy. This is the Moral Science that gives harmony to the problem man.

Ques. When healing the sick, which belief shall I first destroy?

Ans. That one that is producing the present inharmony: if it be a liver complaint you are to destroy it thus:—Place your thoughts utterly away from its being a reality, so you must not think of the sallow skin, of the deranged bowels, but of the eternal harmony of every man in Science: there hold yourself, and from that stand point address your patient; first by saying there is no inharmony because there is but one reality, and that is God and the idea of God; now sickness is not God nor the idea of God, so you are to say as one having “authority”: “depart from him all ye that work iniquity”Matt 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. —all that brings inharmony, and then take up the argument of Science to talk down his belief, and afterward explain as much of the Science as they can bear; but in this be wise and cast not the pearl, truth, before swineMatt 7:6 ¶Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. , ie, to the uneducated thought; bring up the patient by degrees to see the truth you utter. It is necessary sometimes to shock or startle the mind, in order to move it away from its position of belief: when this is necessary, come out bluntly and tell your patient with a determined vehemence, “nothing ails him” and he is like an insane man, that suffers from the belief that he will hold on to. Impress him with the feeling that you are indignant with error but charitable towards himself, pitiful and loving, and for the good of your patient alone you have thus spoken boldly the truth. When the sick tell you they have a consumption, and you see all its symptoms present, you are to tell them they have no such thing, and if they ask what it is, you can reply:—I understand perfectly the cause of all the symptoms and will tell you when you recover but not now. You are not to give names to sickness, but are to unname it by destroying it. You must, in arguing down a belief as you attend upon a patient, call it by name, for unless you do, it will not be destroyed in many instances, but you are to avoid admitting this name to the sick, because you are trying to blot it out and not to preserve it in belief. You must take up all the beliefs of your patient and utter the truth to each, so as to preach this gospel to all nationsMatt 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. , ie, to all assembled multitudes of thought where mind condenses on some point. The first cause of all sickness, is fear of sickness, and a belief that sickness can control the body to any condition it pleases to assume. This is the leading falsehood of error. Sickness is error, truth is harmony, now take the opposite truth of this belief and with it destroy this error, arguing thus—If Soul is immortal, is not this superior to mortality? if Soul is truth, and sickness error, cannot truth destroy it? Again if Soul is intelligence and there is no other intelligence, then there can be no sensation nor suffering given by aught but Soul, and this punishes man only for sin, and never for exposure to air, or for exercise, eating, or drinking, unless we are offending morally by so doing. You must pluck the beams out of your own eye firstMatt 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Matt 7:4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Matt 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. , you must take away the belief to yourself, of all these so called laws of health, which are only the educated laws of belief by which we suffer the penalty of a belief instead of the punishment of truth.

Ques. What is the most sure and rapid way of advancing in the understanding of this Science?

Ans. Truth, wisdom, and love, this is the principle. You cannot destroy error by error: if you are profane swearers, if you are murderers, if you are adulterers, if you are thieves, you would not hesitate to say these errors must be given up, if you would heal with truth, and this is the only means in Science that you employ. Now then to advance most rapidly, you will cut off every offending thought or motive that is not truth: you will not love money beyond the appreciation of it as a means of usefulness; you will not lie, or deceive; you will be just and merciful, and if you hold any habit that places pleasure in sense, you will be rid of this as fast as possible—or how can you destroy it in others? For instance, never let a student of Moral Science think to succeed by aught but honesty—never go to a patient that suffers from error with the very error you would destroy—never with a cigar or tobacco in your mouth, go to a patient that is sick from the effects of this very error of belief, and as you argue down say there is no pleasure in it, which is the truth in the case, while you literally are saying there is pleasure in it, by finding it there. Your error here is twofold: first to find pleasure where it is not, and thus be holding yourself in matter when Science holds you outside of it, and no sensation there; and secondly by being dishonest. Now to advance higher each day and year of your life in healing the sick you have to look over yourself and labor here, more than you do with your patients. You must ask yourself while attempting to heal, do I come with truth to do this or a belief only? If with truth I shall be living in Science, seeing outside of sense and able to read the thoughts of man, because I shall have passed from sense to Soul, in which I shall realize all happiness in doing good. Now, if you learn this only of me and practice it only for policy, you will have to learn it over again and practice it only for its truth, and this weight of truth on your side will then show your Scientific position at the bedside, and your presence there even will often heal the sick, without a word on your part or the least contact with their person.

Ques. If after I begin to heal or attempt this and I should fail, what will be the cause?

Ans. This will not be. If after I have instructed you by MSS. and lessons and you do not succeed to a very great extent, you certainly will be able to do enough, to satisfy yourself that all you need to be able to do infinitely more, is to obey the rules laid down in this Science. When you see an error at your own door, destroy it, and thus go on with yourself, and your success will then be certain, for by the time you discharge cargo, you will be able to help others out, and more readily because you remember how you overcame the beliefs yourself that were at war with man in Science. When you destroy a belief you must get the belief that caused it also, and also destroy this. For instance, Science explains all sickness and death a belief, and not truth. Now you may have a sick child and the first argument is to say, this child is not sick but is a belief of its parents and that belief embraced all this error called sickness. You can readily understand it has no hereditary disease, because matter cannot make its own condition. You may call a child an hereditary error, for such it is, and just in the ratio that you can argue down this little error, will the man of Science, this body that is harmonious, appear. The first error of this child is that man created it, and that life is here in the form of mortality! This birth, existence, and death, is all an illusion! and is the opposite of truth: it is nothing to do with man, it is the opposite of man, and should be destroyed, so that man and the principle of man, can be understood. You may also have a creed that hides truth.

Ques. What is sickness?

Ans. A belief only: it has no identity As Written: identy and is an image formed in the mind that reflects itself in the form it believes. If it be a cancer in belief, we see this; if it be a consumption, we see this, and if we do not see it we feel it, for it is a belief of the personal senses and there it is found and never in the Soul. As we have before taught you, there is no personal sense because matter has no sensation, you can readily infer that it is incapable of pain, or inflammation, or swelling, or any action independent of mind. Sickness, or sensation in matter, is not a reality but is an illusion: it is the error that is the opposite of truth, and one that we must grow out of if we are scientific and learn our immortality. In order to grow out of this you must avoid speaking of sickness, and you would not really do this if you were in truth, for there it would not appear to you, for then you would know the mind of your patient, and regard disease all mind and belief and no substance in matter; while to yourself you would have the same body as now, and so would all men and women appear the same in identity. The sick are like the insane in this, that a delusion is a reality to them, and you are to break up this belief: disease has the same reality to them that a dream has to the dreamer, and if you understand that it has no more reality than a dream, then are you like the one waking who can break up the incubus of another. The sick have only to waken from this dream of life in matter—of pain and disease in matter; yea, of sensation in matter, that you call personal sense, to realize themselves well: but to break up this illusion requires much growth on your part, much progress from sense to Soul. You are not in the body, hence, you have not in reality to make this passage, but the dream of life says that you are and you are looking and listening to this error and this dream: then let it be enough to break this fatal spell of belief, that would gather you where you are not, to know that all inharmony is error, and that the Soul which is you, cannot dwell in error. Soul is immortal, error is mortal: turn then from the persuasions of error that say:—"I am disease that can make man mortal in spite of the Soul", and listen to the words of Wisdom that said:—"I am the resurrection and the lifeJohn 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: ". This meant not to raise a dead man, but to destroy a dead belief, that the immortal man might be seen and better understood.

Ques. What is the proper method, and the one Jesus employed to heal the sick?

Ans. To cast out error with truth, and this heals the sick, and is Science, and no other process is.

Ques. How can I succeed in doing this so that my demonstration in healing shall be wonderful and immediate?

Ans. By being like Jesus, by asking yourself am I honest, am I just, am I merciful, and am I pure? and being able to respond with your demonstration, to let what you can do for the sick, answer this and not your lips, for if you are becoming what is required of you, than are you a law to yourself and will ask, “ am I doing to others as I would that they should do by meMatt 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Luke 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. ? am I seeking the praise of man or the praise of God?—which means in Science—am I asking the Soul to approve, or am I asking this of sense? and the answer will be found in Science, by which you may know. If you are seeking money in your practice more than a growth of your own, more than to be perfectly pure, and honest, and just, and meek, and loving, then are you asking of sense instead of Soul for happiness, and your patients will not recover as well,—they will gain at first up to you, and then you are not sufficiently beyond them and near the Soul to carry them further away from sense by following you. A stream rises no higher than its fount: if you are vain, or selfish, or avaricious, or deceiving, or unjust, when you are practicing healing the sick, remember you are holding on to error as strongly as your patient, and the only difference is, his is an error of pain in sense, and yours is an error of pleasure in sense, or matter. What I say unto you I say unto all— watch for ye know not the hour in which the thief comethMark 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. Mark 13:34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Mark 13:35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Mark 13:36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. Mark 13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. . Error will tempt you just as it tempts them, only in different arguments: sickness comes through fear, and this fear draws the sick into the belief of disease , and error may come to you, saying: — “Believe me and I will make you as Gods” that is, become proud and revengeful, vain and selfish, unjust or impure, and this will give you success in this world. Now had you known that this was the thief that breaks into your good resolutions, you would have watched and not have had your house broken open: but when we believe an error we cannot see it is an error, and here is the reason of this command, Watch. If you find yourself asleep and not watching over yourself to hold guard against these thieves, then you will be awakened by seeing your patients not go on to perfect recovery, and here you would ask of me “how can I carry them on to this”? when I have already given you the scientific rule and you have not been keeping it. In healing, the sick you will be constantly coming in contact with error, with evil dispositions, and all the dark category of disease called nervousness, these symptoms have nothing to do with nerves but are devils to be cast out. Now you must watch that none of these enter you, and if you feel a growing impatience, know that this is not God—is not the principle in Science that casts this out, and that heals the sick: if you feel a growing pride know that this is error and not truth: if you are petulant and irritable, watch, for now you are admitting a thief that will rob God for a season; if you are loving tobacco, or associates in error, if you are loving ardent spirits, if you take medicine, if you take pleasure in any way in sense, then are you looking the wrong way, and if you look long you will certainly go there in belief, and cannot draw your patients out of error while you are being drawn into it.

Ques. What arguments am I to use with error?

Ans. The arguments that Science oppose to it, that happiness is not found in it—that health is not found in it; and that these belong to matter or sense is the belief and error you must put under your feet. If a patient comes to you with a belief called consumption, for instance, you are to sit calmly and triumphantly down by them, so filled yourself with the understanding that nothing is here and that they are only dreaming, that your atmosphere of Soul will be to them like the sunlight that melts away the darkness. You are to bring enough of Soul for light to disperse this vapor. There is no discord here, because there is no truth in discord, and no discord in truth: now Science tells you they are not sick, and knowing this as you ought, you can begin to waken them from this dream or illusion. But if when you stand by them mentally speaking, you cannot pierce the darkness by a “peace be still” “let this peace return to youMatt 10:13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. ”, that is, do not be discouraged but hold calmly and persistently on to Science that tells you, you are right and sickness is the error. We believe, and others believe, we get nearer to them by contact, and now you would rub out a belief, and this belief is located in the brain—therefore as an M.D. lays a poultice where the pain is, so you lay on hands where the belief is, to rub it forever out. Do not address your thoughts for a moment to their body, as you mentally argue down their beliefs , but take yourself the Soul to destroy th is error of life, sensation and substance in matter, to your own belief as much as in you lies, so that your patient may be conscious of the effect of Soul upon him, for this principle brings harmony with it and thus destroys the errors of sense. If you have a belief, consumption, to destroy, begin with the leading point that it is not inherited because man and woman were created by God, and not by a union of the sexes—were created by Soul and not be sense, therefore God never created a disease that destroys man; the principle of harmony never gave discord; nor truth, error; nor life death: but here are these and you are to know they are not here, only a belief is here; this body of man’s creating, and this belief you are to destroy, and let man be thus born again, out of error and into truth. This birth is a chemical change in which truth destroys error: these changes occur as alternatives and change the body from a belief of error to an idea of truth, such as Wisdom created in the beginning. Inflammation is the foundation error: of the sick but inflammation is only a fear and this fear makes an increased or diminished action; it either paralyzes or fevers the body; now you are first to calm the fear and next to destroy the image in the mind that has frightened them. But the sick do not always know themselves what this image is: sometimes they can tell you, but you ought to able to tell yourself, by reading their minds better than they can: for if they are in an error they cannot know it. Begin with fear always and talk it down, then take away its image called inflammation, and then destroy the belief that made this fear, if it was a cold that caused it, argue down this belief, or if grief argue down this, or if hereditary tubercles, give this a thrashing, for you know there is no sensation or substance in matter then how are you to get pain, tubercles or inflammation in shadows? You cannot. You must assure the patient that nothing ails their lungs, for you know Science holds man and every formation of man immortal, and this is the principle of man, because it is the truth of him, so you can safely tell them this, and if you get them to believe it, they are cured, and if you get them to understand it they can never have this again. Take up tubercles, ulcers, bleeding, and blood impoverished, matter in the air cells making the cough, fever &c, showing these that blood has no life nor nutriment for man, therefore it cannot be impoverished for want of air, that air has no good nor evil for man, that ulcers cannot be, for there is no decay in truth, and no truth in decay that bleeding has not been, that blood is a belief, that all this is a belief and that man is not made up of lungs, liver and stomach, heart, brains, bones, &c; that these are beliefs that die, and then we go on to learn that these are the ideas the Soul holds and gives this idea in man; and holding them thus they are never lost nor inharmonious. Sometimes a single hair of belief separates from truth and these “hairs,” Wisdom “numbers”Matt 10:30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Luke 12:7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. , and you must sift out what this belief is, so as to argue it down. It may be a creed by which man has yielded up the truth that the Soul controls man in Science, and not a third person named God. It may be that a belief has made them give up the controlling As Written: controling of themselves to a “departed spirit” that in truth cannot control them, or it may be hereditary beliefs of their parents that are developed in the patients; all this is impossible in Science, and yet all error is possible to belief, just as all harmony and truth are possible to God. I give consumption for an example only, all belief is to be destroyed in the same manner aforesaid and you are to bear in mind that all inharmony is a belief and not truth. If sickness were truth I would not teach you how to destroy it: that this Science is truth is proved in that it does destroy inharmony and error. When you would destroy a present belief, get the remote and predisposing one that made it; sometimes you will find it a very slight thing, a fright from a cause wholly remote from the belief you are trying to destroy, but which was the procuring cause of it. O my students, if you would become distinguished in your calling, seek truth in all you seek, and pursue truth: this is the only possible way of Science by which you can give the highest demonstration of God—of the principle that gives harmony to all it controls. Do not think to deceive yourselves by deceiving others, for Wisdom will call you unto judgment As Written: judgement for all you think and act, and the tribunal before which your true position is tried and proved, is in the demonstration that you are able to give of healing the sick, after learning the principle upon which this is done, and the only one by which you can succeed to the most marvelous As Written: marvellous instances of cures.

Ques. Is this process of cure, magnetism?

Ans. It is not animal magnetism, electricity, mediumship, physiology, hygiene, or materia medica, and we can only define it—Moral Science and metaphysics.

Ques.. Please give us your name for the trinity?

Ans. We will. It is Love, Wisdom, and Truth, a triune principle in unity. The Holy Ghost revealed this principle to the disciples, and begat Jesus, the idea of it, and rested on himIsa 11:2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. . The holy ghost was Science, the only revelator of God—this principle of man and the universe—and was the “Comforter” to come that should lead into all truthJohn 13:12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? John 13:13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. John 13:14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. John 13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. .

Ques. What is prayer?

Ans. Fasting and prayer, by which Jesus healed beyond his disciplesMatt 17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. , is this. Fasting is so to withdraw from the senses that say you must eat to live, etc, as to bring down “bread from heavenEx 16:4 ¶Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. John 6:30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? John 6:31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. John 6:32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. John 6:33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. John 6:34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. ”, truth from harmony, to destroy sickness sin and death. This is the “ bread to eat the senses know not ofJohn 4:32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. .” Prayer is to shut the doors of sense—to withdraw from the error of sense and place all intelligence in the Soul and there to understand “I and the Father are oneJohn 10:30 I and my Father are one. ” which means that principle and Soul are God. If we utter not a sin but believe in it, we sin: if we utter not a truth but understand it, we are in that truth: if prayer is a sincere desire we can feel this and to express it were vain for it needs no expression “only to be heard of men” as the hypocrites doMatt 6:5 ¶And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. Matt 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Matt 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Matt 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. , and if the words are not all sincere it is a deception; words can deceive, thoughts are more safe, until we have grown up to every word we utter, for every idle word we are judged by WisdomMatt 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. Matt 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. . We must work to obtain a principle and to demonstrate it. Praying for the understanding of music would never give it: praying for wisdom never moved this principle, but striving for it, i.e., to learn it, does give it; therefore we are not only to seek but to strive for wisdom by which the demonstration of healing the sick is given in Science. (March 1872)

A11352
-

The Science of Man by which the sick are healed,

or

Questions and answers in Moral Science

by

Mrs. Mary M. Baker Glover.

Ques. What is God?

Ans. A Principle, wisdom, love, and truth.

Ques. What is this principle?

Ans. Life and intelligence.

Ques. What is life and intelligence?

Ans. Soul.

Ques. Then, what is God?

Ans. The Soul of man and the universe.

Ques. Is God, man?

Ans. No, they are perfectly distinct and yet united: Soul or God is not man, nor is that which we call Soul, in man; while they are ever united as substance and its shadow; Soul the substance man its shadow.

Ques. Then what is man?

Ans. The idea of this principle and soul is the principle and substance of this idea, named man; because it is the life and intelligence of it, and you will please remember as the leading points in Science, that man has no substance, nor intelligence, that these belong to the Soul, and the Soul reflects itself in man; therefore man is the reflex shadow of the Soul, and borrows all substance, intelligence, and life, from the Soul, outside of man. you are not man, nor woman, you are the soul, and those the shadows and idea of you

Ques. What is matter?

Ans. It is not substance if soul is substance, for soul and matter are not one—then matter held as shadow is the idea of God; but matter held as substance is a belief and error.

Ques. Is the body of man matter?

Ans. Yes, because man has not a body, and because matter as substance is not the idea of God. The Soul has a body, and this is immortal, because it is the idea of its principle, and is not a belief of substance, intelligence, and life in matter but holds these in the Soul, and man the idea of these: this man is the body of the Soul and not the body of man, therefore this body of man, is the belief of life intelligence and substance in matter, when Science proves that none of these are of matter hence a mortal man is not the idea of immortality, and [?]  Unclear or illegible  cannot be the idea of the Soul, for nothing of decay, of sickness or of sin gives an idea of God, the Soul.

Ques. What is the man that is sick and mortal?

Ans. We have shown you that the man that is harmonious and immortal is learned of Science, and reverses the belief we cherish of him, by holding life, substance, and intelligence in the Soul and this Soul outside the body, and giving forth its idea as substance does its shadow. Now the body we call man, that is inharmonious and mortal is a belief that life, substance, and intelligence are in this body, that the Soul is here, hence, intelligence and life are in matter. From this false premise flows the error that is mortal and this error is the so called man that is sick and mortal.

Ques. Is mortality a belief, is sickness a belief, and is there no reality in man?

Ans. There is no truth in error, truth is immortal, error is mortal, truth is harmony, error is inharmony; and if sickness was truth Jesus would not have destroyed it, and I would not teach a student such presumption. Do you think drugs, air, diet, &c would heal the sick, if the intelligence and truth of man had caused the sickness? If matter is superior to God then we admit that effect is superior to cause, and can save or destroy the work of God. This reasoning is vain. Science tells us that sickness is discord, and as discord is not caused by the principle of music, so this inharmony of man is not caused by the principle of man. The principle of man is the Soul and this Soul is the life and intelligence of man, that gives the idea of itself in shadow and holds all substance in itself, and the idea of harmony must be harmonious, hence this man is a belief of man and not the idea of the Soul, hence this belief is not harmonious nor immortal.

Ques. Do we see man, or what is it that we see?

Ans. It is not the man God created that we see for this one is as before named an idea of substance and life, and the one we see is a belief of substance and death—a belief of substance and death in matter, instead of the truth that holds matter a shadow at the control of the Soul. We see mortality that is falsely named man with mortal sense; but we see the immortal man through Science with immortal sense, that contradicts sense in matter.

Ques. How can we understand this?

Ans. By growing up to it through truth and not through a belief: we cannot learn this of an ‘ism nor of personal sense, we must learn it through Science and this is to learn it of a principle, and this principle is Soul. Now you must learn what I have stated of the Soul, and let it contradict sense as Science must. Does sense tell us that the earth rotates and revolves and the sun stands still? No! It says the sun rises and sets, but Science contradicts this.

Ques. What is sense?

Ans. It belongs to the Soul and not to the body, and this sense gives the idea of truth and never errs. There is no sense that belongs to matter: the five personal senses are but a paradox and error of words. Matter has no intelligence nor sensation and these senses are a belief that it has, and this belief is an error; therefore, that we ask these sense for pleasure, is the foundation for the results to come in pain, and is the error that gives inharmony to man. There is neither pleasure nor pain in matter, and to believe there is, is the error that stands ever the opposite of truth, and this error is named devil and was cast out by Truth, the Christ, that came teaching and practicing it. Now when there is pain or suffering you find it in sense; therefore you are to contradict this sense with Science, that says, there is no reality in aught but in God’s giving, and this principle cannot give inharmony; and this good, evil; hence you must argue down this false seeming, this belief begotten of man and born of woman instead of God; and my proof to you that these statements are Science and truth. you will find in this, that when you destroy the belief, consumption, for instance the patient will recover. Now you have not destroyed a person, place, or thing you have only through a metaphysical process destroyed a belief; and that the consumption is gone when this is accomplished proves to you, that sensation in matter is only an illusion and belief, that Science contradicts.

Ques. What is belief, according to the Bible can not you “believe and be saved?”Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Ans. This never meant a blind belief; it meant the faith that hath works, that higher understanding of God, by which we give up the evidences of the senses for the truth of a principle, that is at war with sense. Belief is a thing of change, and depends on no principle for support. It is dangerous to believe in God when we are commanded to “acquaint ourselves with God.”Job 22:21 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. If we believe a truth this belief may change and this truth be lost sight of; but if we understand the truth this cannot be taken away from us. Mary understood Truth and Martha believed in it onlyLuke 10:38 ¶Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. Luke 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. Luke 10:40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. Luke 10:41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: Luke 10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. . Science is the only safe interpreter of man and God, ie, of a principle and its idea, for this teaches the principle so we can demonstrate it, and this demonstration Jesus gave, and commanded others to give, in healing the sick; hence was he the most scientific man on record, because he demonstrated more of the understanding of God than did others. If when you heal the sick you will so teach me them the principle by which you take truth to destroy error, and give them in place of belief, the understanding of this truth, they will never relapse nor fall into the error they have understood their way out of: but if you destroy the belief, sickness, and they do not understand how it was done, yet will they get well all the same, but are liable to fall into some other belief; for instance, if you should destroy consumption through this metaphysical process yet might your patient have sore throat left or some other error. It is the work of time and eternity to destroy it all.

Ques. Is all sickness but a belief?

Ans. It is: there is no truth in inharmony, for truth would at once restore harmony; and all belief is error, for you should learn the science of man so as to understand man, and then you would have no belief about it. Belief is the opposite of Science, and is in in reality, nothing. Principle and its idea learned through Science, is all the reality there is; hence sickness is nothing, because it is not a principle nor its idea. Principle is immortal and gives harmony to its idea, and if sickness were truth or the idea of it you could not destroy it, and it would be error to attempt to do so. Principle is truth and its idea is man in perfect harmony; belief is error, and its belief is man sick and inharmonious. Now you must take this very principle to say to disease, you are a belief only, for matter has no sensation and you claim to be sensation in matter, and you are this error of belief that the opposite truth, that matter has no intelligence, must destroy. This is the Moral Science that gives harmony to the problem man.

Ques. When healing the sick, which belief shall I first destroy?

Ans. That one that is producing the present inharmony: if it be a liver complaint you are to destroy it thus:—Place your thoughts utterly away from its being a reality, so you must not think of the sallow skin, of the deranged bowels, but of the eternal harmony of every man in Science: there hold yourself, and from that stand point address your patient; first by saying there is no inharmony because there is but one reality, and that is God and the idea of God; now sickness is not God nor the idea of God, so you are to say as one having “authority”: “depart from him all ye that work iniquity”Matt 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. —all that brings inharmony, and then take up the argument of Science to talk down his belief, and afterward explain as much of the Science as they can bear; but in this be wise and cast not the pearl, truth, before swineMatt 7:6 ¶Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. , ie, to the uneducated thought; bring up the patient by degrees to see the truth you utter. It is necessary sometimes to shock or startle the mind, in order to move it away from its position of belief: when this is necessary, come out bluntly and tell your patient with a determined vehemence, “nothing ails him” and is he is like an insane man, that suffers from the belief that he will hold on to. Impress him with the feeling that you are indignant with error but charitable towards himself, pitiful and loving, and for the good of your patient alone you have thus spoken boldly the truth. When the sick tell you they have a consumption, and you see all its symptoms present, you are to tell them they have no such thing, and if they ask what it is, you can reply:—I understand perfectly the cause of all the symptoms and will tell you when you recover but not now. You are to not to give names to sickness, but are to unname it by destroying it. You must, in arguing down a belief as you attend upon a patient, call it by name, for unless you do, it will not be destroyed in many instances, but you are to avoid I admitting this name to the sick, because you are trying to blot it out and not to preserve it in belief. You must take up all the beliefs of your patient and utter the truth to each, so as to preach this gospel to all nationsMatt 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. , ie, to all assembled multitudes of thought where mind condenses on some point. The first cause of all sickness, is fear of sickness, and a belief that sickness can control the body to any condition it pleases to assume. This is the leading falsehood of error. Sickness is error, truth is harmony, now take the opposite truth of this belief and with it destroy this error, arguing thus—If Soul is immortal, is not this superior to mortality? if Soul is truth, and sickness error, cannot truth destroy it? Again if Soul is intelligence and there is no other intelligence, then there can be no sensation nor suffering given by aught but Soul, and this punishes man only for sin, and never for exposure to air, or for exercise, eating, or drinking, unless we are offending morally by so doing. You must pluck the beams out of your own eye firstMatt 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Matt 7:4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Matt 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. , you must take away the belief to yourself, of all these so called laws of health, which are only the educated laws of belief by which we suffer the penalty of a belief instead of the punishment of truth.

Ques. What is the most sure and rapid way of advancing in the understanding of this Science?

Ans. Truth, wisdom, and love, this is the principle. You cannot destroy error by error: if you are profane swearers, if you are murderers, if you are adulterers, if you are thieves, you would not hesitate to say these errors must be given up, if you would heal with truth, and this is the only means in Science that you employ. Now then to advance most rapidly, you will cut off every offending thought or motive that is not truth: you will not love money beyond the appreciation of it as a means of usefulness; you will not lie, or deceive; you will be just and merciful, and if you hold any habit that places pleasure in sense, you will be rid of this as fast as possible—or how can you destroy it in others? For instance, never let a student of Moral Science think to succeed by aught but honesty—never go to a patient that suffers from error with the very error you would destroy—never with a cigar or tobacco in your mouth, go to a patient that is sick from the effects of this very error of belief, and as you argue down say there is no pleasure in it, which is the truth in the case, while you literally are saying there is pleasure in it, by finding it there. Your error here is twofold: first to find pleasure where it is not, and thus be holding yourself in matter when Science holds you outside of it, and no sensation there; and secondly by being dishonest. Now to advance higher each day and year of your life in healing the sick you have to look over yourself and labor here, more than d you do with your patients. You must ask yourself while attempting to heal, do I come with truth to do this or a belief only? If with truth I shall be living in Science, seeing outside of sense and able to read the thoughts of man, because I shall have passed from sense to Soul, in which I shall realize all happiness in doing good. Now, if you learn this only of me and practice it only for policy, you will have to learn it over again and practice it only for its truth, and this weight of truth on your side will then show your Scientific position at the bedside, and your presence there even will often heal the sick, without a word on your part or the least contact with their person.

Ques. If after I begin to heal or attempt this and I should fail, what will be the cause?

Ans. This will not be. If after I have instructed you by MSS. and lessons and you do not succeed to a very great extent, you certainly will be able to do enough, to satisfy yourself that all you need to be able to do infinitely more, is to obey the rules laid down in this Science. When you see an error at your own door, destroy it, and thus go on with yourself, and your success will then be certain, for by the time you discharge cargo, you will be able to help others out, and more readily because you remember how you overcame the beliefs yourself that were at war with man in Science. When you destroy a belief you must get the belief that caused it also, and also destroy this. For instance, Science explains all sickness and death a belief, and not truth. Now you may have a sick child and the first argument is to say, this child is not sick but is a belief of its parents and that belief embraced all this error called sickness. You can readily understand it has no hereditary disease, because matter cannot make its own condition. You may call a child an hereditary error, for such it is, and just in the ratio that you can argue down this little error, will the man of Science, this body that is harmonious, appear. The first error of this child is that man created it, and that life is here in the form of mortality! This birth, existence, and death, is all an illusion! and is the opposite of truth: it is nothing to do with man, it is the opposite of man, and should be destroyed, so that man and the principle of man, can be understood. You may also have a creed that hides truth.

Ques. What is sickness?

Ans. A belief only: it has no identy Corrected: identity and is an image formed in the mind that reflects itself in the form it believes. If it be a cancer in belief, we see this; if it be a consumption, we see this, and if we do not see it we feel it, for it is a belief of the personal senses and there it is found and never in the Soul. As we have before taught you, there is no personal sense because matter has no sensation, you can readily infer that it is incapable of pain, or inflammation, or swelling, or any action independent of mind. Sickness, or sensation in matter, is not a reality but is an illusion: it is the error that is the opposite of truth, and one that we must grow out of if we are scientific and learn our immortality. In order to grow out of this you must avoid speaking of sickness, and you would not really do this if you were in truth, for there it would not appear to you, for then you would know the mind of your patient, and regard disease all mind and belief and no substance in matter; while to yourself you would have the same body as now, and so would all men and women appear the same in identity. The sick are like the insane in this, that a delusion is a reality to them, and you are to break up this belief: disease has the same reality to them that a dream has to the dreamer, and if you understand that it has no more reality than a dream, then are you like the one waking who can break up the incubus of another. The sick have only to waken from this dream of life in matter—of pain and disease in matter; yea, of sensation in matter, that you call personal sense, to realize themselves well: but to break up this illusion requires much growth on your part, much progress from sense to Soul. You are not in the body, hence, you have not in reality to make this passage, but the dream of life says that you are and you are looking and listening to this error and this dream: then let it be enough to break this fatal spell of belief, that would gather you where you are not, to know that all inharmony is error, and that the Soul which is you, cannot dwell in error. Soul is immortal, error is mortal: turn then from the persuasions of error that say:—"I am disease that can make man mortal in spite of the Soul", and listen to the words of Wisdom that said:—"I am the resurrection and the lifeJohn 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: ". This meant not to raise a dead man, but to destroy a dead belief, that the immortal man might be seen and better understood.

Ques. What is the proper method, and the one Jesus employed to heal the sick?

Ans. To cast out error with truth, and this heals the sick, and is Science, and no other process is.

Ques. How can I succeed in doing this so that my demonstration in healing shall be wonderful and immediate?

Ans. By being like Jesus, by asking yourself am I honest, am I just, am I merciful, and am I pure? and being able to respond with your demonstration, to let what you can do for the sick, answer this and not your lips, for if you are becoming what is required of you, than are you a law to yourself and will ask, “ am I doing to others as I would that they should do by meMatt 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Luke 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. ? am I seeking the praise of man or the praise of God?—which means in Science—am I asking the Soul to approve, or am I asking this of sense? and the answer will be found in Science, by which you may know. If you are seeking money in your practice more than a growth of your own, more than to be perfectly pure, and honest, and just, and meek, and loving, then are you asking of sense instead of Soul for happiness, and your patients will not recover as well,—they will gain at first up to you, and then you are not sufficiently beyond them and near the Soul to carry them further away from sense by following you. A stream rises no higher than its fount: if you are vain, or selfish, or avaricious, or deceiving, or unjust, when you are practicing healing the sick, remember you are holding on to error as strongly as your patient, and the only difference is, his is an error of pain in sense, and yours is an error of pleasure in sense, or matter. What I say unto you I say unto all— watch for ye know not the hour in which the thief comethMark 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. Mark 13:34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Mark 13:35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Mark 13:36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. Mark 13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. . Error will tempt you just as it tempts them, only in different arguments: sickness comes [?]  Unclear or illegible  through fear, and this fear draws the sick into the belief [?]  Unclear or illegible  of disease only, and error may come to you, saying: — “Believe me and I will make you as Gods” that is, become proud and revengeful, vain and selfish, unjust or impure, and this will give you success in [?]  Unclear or illegible  this world. Now had you known that this was the thief that breaks into your good resolutions, you would have watched and not have had your house broken open: but when we believe an error we cannot see it is an error, and here is the reason of this command, Watch. If you find yourself asleep and not watching over yourself to hold guard against these thieves, then you will be awakened by seeing your patients not go on to perfect recovery, and here you would ask of me “how can I carry them on to this”? when I have already given you the scientific rule and you have not been keeping it. In healing, the sick you will be constantly coming in contact with error, with evil dispositions, and all the dark category of disease called nervousness, these symptoms have nothing to do with nerves but are devils to be cast out. Now you must watch that none of these enter you, and if you feel a growing impatience, know that this is not God—is not the principle in Science that casts this out, and that heals the sick: if you feel a growing pride know that this is error and not truth: if you are petulant and irritable, watch, for now you are admitting a thief that will rob God for a season; if you are loving tobacco, or associates in [?]  Unclear or illegible  error, if you are loving ardent spirits, if you take medicine, if you take pleasure in any way in sense, then are you looking the wrong way, and if you look long you will certainly go there in belief, and cannot draw your patients out of error while you are being drawn into it.

Ques. What arguments am I to use with error?

Ans. The arguments that Science oppose to it, that happiness is not found in it—that health is not found in it; and that these belong to matter or sense is the belief and error you must put under your feet. If a patient comes to you with a belief called consumption, for instance, you are to sit calmly and triumphantly down by them, so filled yourself with the understanding that nothing is here and that they are only dreaming, that your atmosphere of Soul will be to them like the sunlight that melts away the darkness. You are to bring enough of Soul [?]  Unclear or illegible  for light to disperse this vapor. There is no discord here, because there is no truth in discord, and no discord in truth: now Science tells you they are not sick, and knowing this as you ought, you can begin to waken them from this dream or illusion. But if when you stand by them mentally speaking, you cannot pierce the darkness by a “peace be still” “let this peace return to youMatt 10:13 And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. ”, that is, do not be discouraged but hold calmly and persistently on to Science that tells you, you are right and sickness is the error. We believe, and others believe, we get nearer to them by contact, and now you would rub out a belief, and this belief is located in the brain—therefore as an M.D. lays a poultice where the pain is, so you lay on hands where the belief is, to rub it forever out. Do not address your thoughts for a moment to their body, as you mentally argue down their beliefs and which I [?]  Unclear or illegible  , but take yourself the Soul to destroy th e is error of life, sensation and substance in matter, to your own belief as much as in you lies, so that your patient may be conscious of the effect of Soul upon him, for this principle brings harmony with it and thus destroys the errors of sense. If you have a belief, consumption, to destroy, begin with the leading point that it is not inherited because man and woman were created by God, and not by a union of the sexes—were created by Soul and not be sense, therefore God never created a disease that destroys man; the principle of harmony never gave discord; nor truth, error; nor life death: but here are these and you are to know they are not here, only a belief is here; this body of man’s creating, and this belief you are to destroy, and let man be thus born again, out of error and into truth. This birth is a chemical change in which truth destroys error: these changes occur as alternatives and change the body from a belief of error to an idea of truth, such as Wisdom created in the beginning. Inflammation is the foundation error: of the sick but inflammation is only a fear and this fear makes an increased or diminished action; it either paralyzes or fevers the body; now you are first to calm the fear and next to destroy the image in the mind that has frightened them. But the sick do not always know themselves what this image is: sometimes they can tell you, but you ought to able to tell yourself, by reading their minds better than they can: for if they are in an error they cannot know it. Begin with fear always and talk it down, then take away its image called inflammation, and then destroy the belief that made this fear, if it was a cold that caused it, argue down this belief, or if grief argue down this, or if hereditary tubercles, give this a thrashing, for you know there is no sensation or substance in matter then how are you to get pain, tubercles or inflammation in shadows? You cannot. You must assure the patient that nothing ails their lungs, for you know Science holds man and every formation of man immortal, and this is the principle of man, because it is the truth of him, so you can safely tell them this, and if you get them to believe it, they are cured, and if you get them to understand it they can never have this again. Take up tubercles, ulcers, bleeding, and blood impoverished, matter in the air cells making the cough, fever &c, showing these that blood has no life nor nutriment for man, therefore it cannot be impoverished for want of air, that air has no good nor evil for man, that ulcers cannot be, for there is no decay in truth, and no truth in decay that bleeding has not been, that blood is a belief, that all this is a belief and that man is not made up of lungs, liver and stomach, heart, brains, bones, &c; that these are beliefs that die, and then we go on to learn that these are the ideas the Soul holds and gives this idea in man; and holding them thus they are never lost nor inharmonious. Sometimes a single hair of belief separates from truth and these “hairs,” Wisdom “numbers”Matt 10:30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Luke 12:7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. , and you must sift out what this belief is, so as to argue it down. It may be a creed by which man has yielded up the truth that the Soul controls man in Science, and not a third person named God. It may be that a belief has made them give up the controling Corrected: controlling of themselves to a “departed spirit” that in truth cannot control them, or it may be hereditary beliefs of their parents that are developed in the patients; all this is impossible in Science, and yet all error is possible to belief, just as all harmony and truth are possible to God. I give consumption for an example only, all belief is to be destroyed in the same manner aforesaid and you are to bear in mind that all inharmony is a belief and not truth. If sickness were truth I would not teach you how to destroy it: that this Science is truth is proved in that it does destroy inharmony and error. When you would destroy a present belief, get the remote and predisposing one that made it; sometimes you will find it a very slight thing, a fright from a cause wholly remote from the one that belief you are trying to destroy, but which was the procuring cause of it. O my students, if you would become distinguished in your calling, seek truth in all you seek, and pursue truth: this is the only possible way of Science by which you can give the highest demonstration of God—of the principle that gives harmony to all it controls. Do not think to deceive yourselves by deceiving others, for Wisdom will call you unto judgement Corrected: judgment for all you think and act, and the tribunal before which your true position is tried and proved, is in the demonstration that you are able to give of healing the sick, after learning the principle upon which this is done, and the only one by which you can succeed to the most marvellous Corrected: marvelous instances of cures.

Ques. Is this process of cure, magnetism?

Ans. It is not animal magnetism, electricity, mediumship, physiology, hygiene, or materia medica, and we can only define it—Moral Science and metaphysics.

Ques.. Please give us your name for the trinity?

Ans. We will. It is Love, Wisdom, and Truth, a triune principle in unity. The Holy Ghost revealed this principle to the disciples, and begat Jesus, the idea of it, and rested on himIsa 11:2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. . The holy ghost was Science, the only revelator of God—this principle of man and the universe—and was the “Comforter” to come that should lead into all truthJohn 13:12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? John 13:13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. John 13:14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. John 13:15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. .

Ques. What is prayer?

Ans. Fasting and prayer, by which Jesus healed beyond his disciplesMatt 17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. , is this. Fasting is so to withdraw from the senses that say you must eat to live, etc, as to bring down “bread from heavenEx 16:4 ¶Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no. John 6:30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? John 6:31 Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. John 6:32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. John 6:33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. John 6:34 Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. ”, truth from harmony, to destroy sickness sin and death. This is the “ bread to eat the senses know not ofJohn 4:32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. .” Prayer is to shut the doors of sense—to withdraw from the error of sense and place all intelligence in the Soul and there to understand “I and the Father are oneJohn 10:30 I and my Father are one. ” which means that principle and Soul are God. If we utter not a sin but believe in it, we sin: if we utter not a truth but understand it, we are in that truth: if prayer is a sincere desire we can feel this and to express it were vain for it needs no expression “only to be heard of men” as the hypocrites doMatt 6:5 ¶And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. Matt 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Matt 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Matt 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. , and if the words are not all sincere it is a deception; words can deceive, thoughts are more safe, until we have grown up to every word we utter, for every idle word we are judged by WisdomMatt 12:36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. Matt 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. . We must work to obtain a principle and to demonstrate it. Praying for the understanding of music would never give it: praying for wisdom never moved this principle, but striving for it, i.e., to learn it, does give it; therefore we are not only to seek but to strive for wisdom by which the demonstration of healing the sick is given in Science. (March 1872)

March 1872

[?]  Unclear or illegible