Personal Magnetism

PERSONAL magnetism has often been considered so desirable that schools and courses, established for its development and exploitation, have used various mesmeric forms of advertising to persuade people that what they offer is necessary for success. Speakers, writers, social leaders, politicians, physicians, lawyers, ministers, actors, and, in fact, all those especially who appear before or deal with the public directly are often told that they need to cultivate personality. In the armies and navies during the war and afterwards, and likewise in industries, psychological tests have been used for the measuring of personal qualities, supposed to be inherent in matter and to vary in different material bodies. Thus there seem to be multitudinous phases of the belief that man is a mere animal, living in a material body and constituted of material actions and reactions, some of them more animated and effective than others.

The belief that a material body is alive, and that its vitality and energy may vary, is, of course, a belief of limitation. The true living which expresses infinite Life must be unlimited, indestructible, and indivisible. Human personality, with its supposed limitations and subdivisions, only counterfeits the undivided wholeness of activity which is the real man manifesting the one divine Mind. Freedom from limitations comes not through a development of human characteristics, calculated to attract human attention, but through the understanding of Principle, divine Mind, as infinitely and harmoniously manifest. Perfect, divine Mind is God, the creator and preserver of spiritual wholeness throughout true living. As we read on pages 336 and 337 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, "God is individual and personal in a scientific sense, but not in any anthropomorphic sense. Therefore man, reflecting God, cannot lose his individuality; but as material sensation, or a soul in the body, blind mortals do lose sight of spiritual individuality. Material personality is not realism; it is not the reflection or likeness of Spirit, the perfect God."

Testimony of Healing
About twenty-one years ago a friend wrote to me asking...
May 7, 1921

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