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24    Reverse the case. Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in Guarding the doorbodily results, you will control yourself har27moniously. When the condition is present which you say induces disease, whether it be air, exercise, heredity, contagion, or accident, then perform your office 30as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears. Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them. The issues of pain or 393 393:1pleasure must come through mind, and like a watchman forsaking his post, we admit the intruding belief, forget3ting that through divine help we can forbid this entrance.

    The body seems to be self-acting, only because mortal mind is ignorant of itself, of its own actions, and of their 6The strength of Spiritresults, — ignorant that the predisposing, remote, and exciting cause of all bad effects is a law of so-called mortal mind, not of matter. Mind is the 9master of the corporeal senses, and can conquer sickness, sin, and death. Exercise this God-given authority. Take possession of your body, and govern its feeling and action. 12Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on 15man.

    Be firm in your understanding that the divine Mind governs, and that in Science man reflects God’s govern18No pain in matterment. Have no fear that matter can ache, swell, and be inflamed as the result of a law of any kind, when it is self-evident that matter can have 21no pain nor inflammation. Your body would suffer no more from tension or wounds than the trunk of a tree which you gash or the electric wire which you stretch, 24were it not for mortal mind.

    When Jesus declares that “the light of the body is the eye,” he certainly means that light depends upon Mind, 27not upon the complex humors, lenses, muscles, the iris and pupil, constituting the visual organism.

    Man is never sick, for Mind is not sick and matter 30No real diseasecannot be. A false belief is both the tempter and the tempted, the sin and the sinner, the disease and its cause. It is well to be calm in sickness; 394 394:1to be hopeful is still better; but to understand that sickness is not real and that Truth can destroy its seeming 3reality, is best of all, for this understanding is the universal and perfect remedy.

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