The question, What is a Christian Science treatment? is frequently asked by those beginning the study of Christian Science. It is a reasonable question, since it is through treatment that many phases of sin and disease are healed and the beliefs of poverty and limitation are overcome. But the understanding of how to give a treatment in Christian Science can be gained only through patient, earnest, faithful effort to know God and His Christ, and to know man as His perfect image and likeness. As this understanding of the truth about God and man unfolds to the student and he strives to apply it, by affirming the presence, power, and allness of God and man's oneness with Him, and the consequent nothingness or unreality of any other presence or power, he begins to know what a Christian Science treatment is, and to know that this true understanding comes directly from God, divine Principle, the power behind every real healing. He learns that a Christian Science treatment is the light of Truth, Spirit, realized, which destroys the darkness of material beliefs.

The complete method of healing in Christian Science is set forth in the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy. In answer to the question, "Does 'Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures' explain the entire method of metaphysical healing, or is there a secret back of what is contained in that book, as some say?" Mrs. Eddy replies, in part (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 50), "There is absolutely no additional secret outside of its teachings, or that gives one the power to heal; but it is essential that the student gain the spiritual understanding of the contents of this book, in order to heal."

Studying Our Textbook
December 5, 1931

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