More than ever today Christian Science reveals the necessity of understanding man's inherent mental and spiritual freedom and of continuously demonstrating it. In order to do this, the teachings of Christian Science show us, we must uncover the intent of the supposititious lie of mortal mind and its hidden and wicked activity. Referring to this, Mary Baker Eddy writes in her textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 570): "The march of mind and of honest investigation will bring the hour when the people will chain, with fetters of some sort, the growing occultism of this period. The present apathy as to the tendency of certain active yet unseen mental agencies will finally be shocked into another extreme mortal mood,—into human indignation; for one extreme follows another."

No one can be said to have achieved complete spiritual and mental freedom, and therefore control of his thinking, until he perceives and understands that because man has no mind apart from God he cannot be influenced through so-called mental manipulation or aggressive suggestion. Referring to this, Mrs. Eddy writes in "Pulpit and Press" (p. 3), "Know, then, that you possess sovereign power to think and act rightly, and that nothing can dispossess you of this heritage and trespass on Love."

In these days the supposititious opposite of the one Mind, the so-called carnal or mortal mind, is showing itself in its true colors as the enslaver and manipulator of the human race. It is coming out from under cover and openly proclaiming that it can control the thinking of human beings through propaganda and even more subtle and hidden forms of hypnotic suggestion. It is using every known device to terrify, intimidate, and frighten. It speaks through the press, radio, and television. It particularly expresses itself through despotic forms of government, and many otherwise worthy people lend themselves to further its evil designs.

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January 16, 1954

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