In an article on "Mind Healing" appearing in your paper,...

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In an article on "Mind Healing" appearing in your paper, which consists of an imaginary conversation between a psychologist, a doctor, and a business-man, reference is made to Christian Science, which, though undoubtedly written in a spirit of fairness, calls for some little correction. The mistake is made of confusing Christian Science with Couéism in a statement that "Christian Science is merely Couéism applied." The fact is that the two are really poles apart. The mental suggestion of Couéism relies entirely upon the human mind for its effects. Since this so-called mind is admittedly as capable of producing evil as good, there can be no scientific healing in this direction, the effect, of course, being merely in proportion to the strength of the belief. Christian Science healing is based upon the fact that the only realities are the creations of the divine Mind, God, who can create no element of evil or disease, being, in His essential nature, unchanging good. The word "real" is used as referring to that which actually exists, as opposed to that which merely appears to exist.

The action of Christian Science, then, is a process of spiritual enlightenment with regard to the eternal facts relating to God and His creation; and as these spiritual facts take the place of the false beliefs or suggestions of evil, the erroneous physical effects also disappear. This healing is permanent, since its basis is Truth; and its process, far from being the labored action of the human mind, is as natural as when the admittance of light into a dark room dispels the darkness, or the realization that twice two is four permanently dispels the illusion that twice two can possibly be anything else.

That the evident health, happiness, and success in the lives of adherents of Christian Science arise from its essentially religious nature is shown in the following quotation from its textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 272): "It is the spiritualization of thought and Christianization of daily life, in contrast with the results of the ghastly farce of material existence; it is chastity and purity, in contrast with the downward tendencies and earthward gravitation of sensualism and impurity, which really attest the divine origin and operation of Christian Science."

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