Christian Science treatment, the highest form of Christian prayer, has its source in God, the Mind of Christ. It is the impersonal and unlabored reflection of divine Mind in human consciousness; it is Mind's revelation and demonstration of the ever-presence of its own infinite perfection and goodness. True metaphysical treatment originates in Spirit, not in the supposititious opposite of Spirit, called matter, or material self. It is not the product of brain, but the holy activity of the one spiritual and supreme intelligence. It is the voice of God, the presence of the Christ, Truth, the operation of divine Principle, Love, the irradiance of eternal Life, the immaculate influence of Soul.

Man, the Bible teaches, is God's, or Mind's, own image and likeness. Hence, man has no personal, separate mind from God; he has no creative power of his own, no underived being. On page 56 of "Retrospection and Introspection" Mary Baker Eddy writes, "All consciousness is Mind, and Mind is God." Mind's activity, the continuous and eternal expression of its infinite idea in man, constitutes the real essence of Christian Science treatment, or scientific Mind-healing. Mrs. Eddy states in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 41): "Mind is the architect that builds its own idea, and produces all harmony that appears. There is no other healer in the case."

To an unreal sense of existence, however, man appears to be a mortal and material person with a good and evil mind or power of his own, separate from God. Mortal man appears to himself to be an independent thinker and worker, the prideful or discouraged possessor of a greater or less degree of limited human intelligence. Thus a Christian Scientist may appear to possess a personal ability to pray, treat, or heal. To the real or spiritual sense of existence there is no such illusion, for in Science man is understood to be effect only, not cause—the spiritually mental effect, or idea, of the one all-causative divine Mind.

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December 24, 1949

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