In your columns there appeared recently the report of a...


In your columns there appeared recently the report of a lecture by the principal of the Edinburgh School of Natural Therapeutics. In the course of his address, he spoke of the suppression of pain, without reference to its cause, as resulting in many of the chronic diseases affecting mankind to-day; and he said that the suppression of pain could be brought about by drugs, by osteopathic treatment, and by mental control such as was practiced daily by Christian Scientists and by the disciples of M. Coue.

Will you kindly allow me to state what our position is in regard to this matter? Christian Science teaches that all illness is mental, a disturbed state of mind expressed as bodily disorder. Pain is an acute form of fear, an experience of the so-called human mind, not of matter. The Christian Science practitioner removes fear through his recognition of God's infinite love and tenderness. As this sense of the power and presence of illimitable good enters the patient's thought, his fear is relaxed, and its expression, pain, disappears. In many cases when the pain is removed in this way the illness vanishes; even when this does not occur, the first step has been taken and the healing begun; the human mind is less disturbed, and consequently the bodily functions are less disordered.

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