In a recent issue of The Citizen you published a short report...

The Citizen

In a recent issue of The Citizen you published a short report of a lecture on hypnotism, in which the lecturer alludes to Christian Science, saying that "it advocates the power of suggestion and the strengthening of the will." This shows a misapprehension of the subject.

In the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, there is a chapter entitled "Animal Magnetism Unmasked," which shows how diametrically opposed are mesmerism, hypnotism, or suggestion of any kind to the teachings of Christian Science. Again, on page 484 of the same book, is the question, "Does Christian Science, or metaphysical healing, include medication, material hygiene, mesmerism, hypnotism, theosophy, or spiritualism?" And the answer is clearly given: "Not one of them is included in it. In divine Science, the supposed laws of matter yield to the law of Mind." The truth is that hypnotism or mesmerism working by suggestion are based entirely on the supposed laws, often proved erroneous, of what is called the human mind; whereas Christian Science has for the basis of its activity the understanding of the law of the divine Mind,—the law of God, which includes right reasoning and reveals the facts of being.

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