"Whiles thou art in the way"

The importance of one's mental attitude toward a disease which he has to deal with for himself or another, is recognized increasingly by the medical profession, and is made wholly plain in Christian Science. A correct attitude, an attitude clearly expressive of the nature of God and man's likeness to Him, this Science shows, heals the disease, whatever it may be; and in like manner, prevents it. One's skill in attaining and maintaining such a mental state grows, naturally, with practice and increasing understanding, but it is proved continually that earnest endeavor in the right direction, whatever the degree of one's knowledge or experience, will bring the results that are needed.

Disease, it is to be remembered, has no independent characteristics. It is in actual fact unreal, impossible in the allness of God, good, and all that it appears to be in human experience, often so grievously, is recognized in Science as illusion, false belief. The belief is accepted as real, and thereby in a certain way contributed to, by many people, but its power and validity, so far as any individual is concerned, are no more than he mistakenly concedes to it. It can reach anyone only by way of his individual consciousness, and if through the understanding of the allness of good one refuses to accept it, he will be immune to it if he does not already have it, or healed if he does.

Moreover, to just the extent that one discredits its supposed characteristics in any instance—its appearance, for example, of having to go through certain stages, and to take about a certain length of time with them—he will annul these characteristics.

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November 28, 1942

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