"Where shall the gaze rest...?"

In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy gives many directives to those who desire to heal the sick through Christian Science. Always, this book points out the problem is a mental state and not a material condition existing apart from the mind. Sickness is a mortal thought, and it is as thought that sickness must be destroyed. To do this the patient's thinking must be guided to the realization of spiritual ideas and turned away from the contemplation of physical sensations and material discords.

Mrs. Eddy writes (ibid., p. 264): "Mortals must look beyond fading, finite forms, if they would gain the true sense of things. Where shall the gaze rest but in the unsearchable realm of Mind?"

In scientific healing work one never emphasizes the physical, never demands reports of bodily conditions, never directs the patient's thought to the flesh or to its claims of disorder. Instead, one encourages the patient to let his gaze rest upon true concepts of God and man, life and health, strength and purity; and these true concepts destroy false ones.

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Good Can Have No Opposite
September 19, 1964

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