It is quite contrary to Christian Science teaching and...

Eastern Daily press

It is quite contrary to Christian Science teaching and practice to say, as a contributor writes in today's Eastern Daily Press, that "it is essential to suggest to the patient that there has been no suggestion," and, "This the Christian Science healers know well." To Christian Scientists the word "suggestion" means the promptings of the carnal or mortal mind, which is described in the epistle to the Romans as "enmity against God."

It is perhaps the commonest mistake of those who do not understand Christian Science, and who, nevertheless, have seen something of its power demonstrated, to think that the healings are accomplished through the exercise of the power of one human mind over another. This is not the case. These quotations from our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, will help to clarify this frequent misunderstanding (p. 162): "Christian Science brings to the body the sunlight of Truth, which invigorates and purifies;" "The effect of this Science is to stir the human mind to a change of base, on which it may yield to the harmony of the divine Mind;" and (p. 482): "Christian Science is the law of Truth, which heals the sick on the basis of the one Mind or God. It can heal in no other way, since the human, mortal mind so-called is not a healer, but causes the belief in disease." It is the same method which Christ Jesus employed, and that method was certainly not "suggestion." Mental suggestion is a form of mesmerism or hypnotism, and to "suggest that there has been no suggestion" would be equally mesmeric and erroneous. Mesmerism and hypnotism are diametrically opposed to the practice of Christian Science and find no place therein.

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November 21, 1936

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