Animal Magnetism and Polarization

Wherever there is a magnetic field, we find forces pulling in opposite directions. Much of the violence that occurs in the world today is the result of a kind of mental magnetism that can be described as animal in nature. One form in which it appears is polarization of thought, and this polarization produces conflict.

Christian Science defines animal magnetism as the influence on human consciousness of materialistic, or mortal, belief. This influence is generally recognized in cases of mass hysteria, where intense emotion expressed by a large number of people affects the feelings and decisions of others. But Christian Science explains that this same influence is often the cause of everyday fears, apathy, mental irritation, and even sickness, unless it is understood and its influence resisted so that its action can be nullified.

Treat Thought, Not Matter
August 22, 1970

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