An aura is no match for divine Love

Recently, when someone from an African country asked me if Christian Science could heal a tear in an aura, I felt certain that it could. I had no idea how an aura could get torn, or even exactly what an aura was. But I know that Christian Science heals, so I felt safe in reassuring him.

The young man then explained that he had been taught—and believed—that everyone has an aura around him. It's his protection from evil, a kind of mental armor, he said. I gathered that it differed from the psychic auras said to describe a person's mental and physical state. The young man's aura seemed rather perishable, because he said some evil force frequently comes along and tears it. One whose aura had been torn would be defenseless against evil spirits, who could enter at will. Worst of all, he knew of no way to mend a torn aura.

I felt deep compassion. I explained that all he had told me was a false belief. None of it was possible or true. He was not convinced. He had believed these things all his life and had seen countless proofs of the need for an intact aura. When I mentioned gently that he and others were victims of superstition, he became angry. He was an educated man. Finally I stopped arguing about or with these false beliefs and began instead to explain the nature of God and of man's relationship to Him.

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At the outer edge
October 20, 1980

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