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This article was later republished in The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany: My. 218:21-219:10

A fad of belief is the fool of mesmerism. The belief that an individual can either teach or heal by proxy is a false faith that will end bitterly. My published works are teachers and healers; my private life is given to a servitude, the fruit whereof all mankind may share. Such labor is impartial, meted out to no one more than another. Therefore an individual should not enter the Massachusetts Metaphysical College with the expectation of receiving instruction from me, other than that my books afford, unless I am personally present. Patients do not anticipate being helped by me through some favored student. Such practice were erroneous; and such an anticipation on the part of the sick a hindrance rather than help.

My good students have all the honor of their success in teaching or in healing. I by no means would pluck their plumes. Human power is most properly used in preventing the occasion; otherwise its use is abuse.

Church By-law
August 16, 1900

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