"The point for each one to decide is, whether it is mortal mind or immortal Mind that is causative. We should forsake the basis of matter for metaphysical Science and its divine Principle." At the time Mary Baker Eddy made this statement (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 195) she had proved through her successful healing of the sick by spiritual means alone that immortal Mind is the great and only cause. Thus she could with authority say, "We should forsake the basis of matter."

It is revealing to note that Mrs. Eddy says each one of us must determine for himself whether mortal mind or immortal Mind is causative. Of course it is impossible to arrive at a right conclusion unless we start from a right premise. In considering this subject, therefore, one must remember that the term mortal mind connotes matter, whatever is subject to discord and decay. The term immortal Mind refers to God, infinite Principle, the sole creator, who knows nothing of discord and deterioration, but is conscious only of His own perpetually harmonious nature.

Whether one considers himself the product of mortal mind or immortal Mind is reflected not only in his actions, but in his every thought. When convinced that he is in his actual being spiritually incorporeal, one turns to God in a determined effort to learn more of Him and prove oneself to be like Him. Whereas, if one supposes himself to be material, the product of mortal mind, thought will be engaged in considering material remedies, climate, the effect of food or air on the body, and in continual contemplation of persons, conditions, or circumstances. That God, immortal Mind, is the only creator and that His creation, including man, is spiritual is the fact to he proved by every student of Christian Science.

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September 27, 1952

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