Learn to defend yourself … spiritually

Would you like to be a healer? Learn to defend your thought. 

That’s a key instruction the Discoverer of Christian Science gives throughout her writings. So important did Mary Baker Eddy consider the daily defense of one’s thought that she included a By-Law about it on page 42 of the Manual of The Mother Church titled “Alertness to Duty.” The By-Law, though addressed to members of her Church, is good advice for anyone. It reads: “It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to defend himself daily against aggressive mental suggestion, and not be made to forget nor to neglect his duty to God, to his Leader, and to mankind. By his works he shall be judged,—and justified or condemned.”

What is aggressive mental suggestion? It is the assertion that something other than God, good, is real and powerful. The suggestion often comes in the guise of our own thinking, including impressions from the material senses. 

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March 12, 2018

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