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    To prevent or to cure scrofula and other so-called hereditary diseases, you must destroy the belief in these ills 30Mind removes scrofulaand the faith in the possibility of their transmission. The patient may tell you that he has a humor in the blood, a scrofulous diathesis. His 425 425:1parents or some of his progenitors farther back have so believed. Mortal mind, not matter, induces this con3clusion and its results. You will have humors, just so long as you believe them to be safety-valves or to be ineradicable.

6    If the case to be mentally treated is consumption, take up the leading points included (according to belief) in Nothing to consumethis disease. Show that it is not inherited; 9that inflammation, tubercles, hemorrhage, and decomposition are beliefs, images of mortal thought superimposed upon the body; that they are not the truth 12of man; that they should be treated as error and put out of thought. Then these ills will disappear.

    If the body is diseased, this is but one of the beliefs of 15mortal mind. Mortal man will be less mortal, when he The lungs re-formedlearns that matter never sustained existence and can never destroy God, who is man’s Life. 18When this is understood, mankind will be more spiritual and know that there is nothing to consume, since Spirit, God, is All-in-all. What if the belief is consumption? 21God is more to a man than his belief, and the less we acknowledge matter or its laws, the more immortality we possess. Consciousness constructs a better body when 24faith in matter has been conquered. Correct material belief by spiritual understanding, and Spirit will form you anew. You will never fear again except to offend 27God, and you will never believe that heart or any portion of the body can destroy you.

    If you have sound and capacious lungs and want 30Soundness maintainedthem to remain so, be always ready with the mental protest against the opposite belief in heredity. Discard all notions about lungs, tubercles, in426426:1herited consumption, or disease arising from any circumstance, and you will find that mortal mind, when 3instructed by Truth, yields to divine power, which steers the body into health.

    The discoverer of Christian Science finds the path less 6difficult when she has the high goal always before her Our footsteps heavenwardthoughts, than when she counts her footsteps in endeavoring to reach it. When the desti9nation is desirable, expectation speeds our progress. The struggle for Truth makes one strong instead of weak, resting instead of wearying one. If the belief in death 12were obliterated, and the understanding obtained that there is no death, this would be a “tree of life,” known by its fruits. Man should renew his energies and en15deavors, and see the folly of hypocrisy, while also learning the necessity of working out his own salvation. When it is learned that disease cannot destroy life, and that 18mortals are not saved from sin or sickness by death, this understanding will quicken into newness of life. It will master either a desire to die or a dread of the grave, 21and thus destroy the great fear that besets mortal existence.

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