A Christian Science rule is applied wisely, and an inspiring healing takes place

"AN UNDERLYING UNDERSTANDING"

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" and her other writings, Mary Baker Eddy gives definite rules to be followed in practicing the Science of Mind-healing. One such rule in Science and Health reads thus (pp. 417, 418): "Explain audibly to your patients, as soon as they can bear it, the complete control which Mind holds over the body. Show them how mortal mind seems to induce disease by certain fears and false conclusions, and how divine Mind can cure by opposite thoughts. Give your patients an underlying understanding to support them and to shield them from the baneful effects of their own conclusions."

It is significant that Mrs. Eddy says this audible explanation is to be given to patients "as soon as they can bear it." Therefore, the Christian Science practitioner must be spiritually alert in order to recognize just when to obey these wise instructions in each and every case. To attempt to explain the basic truths of Christian Science audibly to one seemingly too ill to understand their spiritual import not only would be incongruous but would be likely to prove futile in the attempt to restore harmony. Christian Scientists may relate instance after instance in which both so-called functional and organic diseases have been quickly healed when the spiritual rule, "Give your patients an underlying understanding," has been rightly applied.

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