"Sickness is a dream"

"To the Christian Science healer, sickness is a dream from which the patient needs to be awakened." Thus writes Mrs. Eddy in her great work, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 417). The sentence is an arresting one even to the casual reader: to the one in search of health it is not only arresting, it invites, yes demands, investigation. "Sickness is a dream from which the patient needs to be awakened"! Surely here is presented a point of view entirely foreign to the generally accepted beliefs about disease.

Sickness or disease to most people seems very real, very unlike anything in the nature of a dream. They will say that the physical senses tell them plainly of its reality. They may even go the length of contending that if one denies the reality of disease, it is he who must have fallen into a dream. From this it is clear that Christian Science presents to mankind a view of disease which is not by any means generally credited at present. But this should not deter anyone from looking thoughtfully into Christian Science. For has it not repeatedly been the case in the world's history that opinions held as true by mankind in general have had to give way to more enlightened points of view, to new discoveries, to truths previously undiscerned?

Mrs. Eddy's declaration that "sickness is a dream" is based on an inspired appreciation of the very fundamentals of true being. In her reasoning she goes back to God. She perceives and tells the truth about God. And being able to perceive and tell the truth about God, she is able to perceive and tell the truth about His creation, the real creation, and about the qualities associated with this creation. At the very outset Christian Science declares that God is perfect Mind or Spirit, and that God's creation, including individual man, is like unto the creator, spiritual and perfect. If the truth of the perfection of God and man be accepted, what must follow? That neither God nor the real man can possibly know anything of an imperfect nature.

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January 19, 1929

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