Some Thoughts on "Obtrusive Mental Healing"

Treatment in Christian Science is a very sacred thing. It differs from every known medical or humanly conceived modus of dealing with disease. The Christian Scientist comes with prayer to those needing his ministrations; and because the results of this healing prayer are so far-reaching, mentally as well as physically, it is essential in the vast majority of cases that the patients be aware they are being treated and be in full accord with this treatment.

In her book "Retrospection and Introspection," the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, writes (p. 71): "Promiscuous mental treatment, without the consent or knowledge of the individual treated, is an error of much magnitude. People unaware of the indications of mental treatment, know not what is affecting them, and thus may be robbed of their individual rights,—freedom of choice and self-government."

Hear and Obey
June 21, 1947

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