Concord ExpressA Christian Science Study Resource
The procuring cause and foundation of all sickness is 21fear, ignorance, or sin. Disease is always induced by a Fear as the foundationfalse sense mentally entertained, not destroyed. Disease is an image of thought externalized. 24The mental state is called a material state. Whatever is cherished in mortal mind as the physical condition is imaged forth on the body.
27 Always begin your treatment by allaying the fear of patients. Silently reassure them as to their exemp‐Unspoken pleadingtion from disease and danger. Watch the re‐30sult of this simple rule of Christian Science, and you will find that it alleviates the symptoms of every disease. If you succeed in wholly removing the fear, 412 412:1your patient is healed. The great fact that God lovingly governs all, never punishing aught but sin, is your stand‐3point, from which to advance and destroy the human fear of sickness. Mentally and silently plead the case scien‐tifically for Truth. You may vary the arguments to meet 6the peculiar or general symptoms of the case you treat, but be thoroughly persuaded in your own mind concern‐ing the truth which you think or speak, and you will be 9the victor.
You may call the disease by name when you mentally deny it; but by naming it audibly, you are liable under 12Eloquent silencesome circumstances to impress it upon the thought. The power of Christian Science and divine Love is omnipotent. It is indeed adequate to un‐15clasp the hold and to destroy disease, sin, and death.
To prevent disease or to cure it, the power of Truth, of divine Spirit, must break the dream of the material 18Insistence requisitesenses. To heal by argument, find the type of the ailment, get its name, and array your mental plea against the physical. Argue at first men‐21tally, not audibly, that the patient has no disease, and conform the argument so as to destroy the evidence of disease. Mentally insist that harmony is the fact, and 24that sickness is a temporal dream. Realize the presence of health and the fact of harmonious being, until the body corresponds with the normal conditions of health 27and harmony.
If the case is that of a young child or an infant, it needs to be met mainly through the parent’s thought, silently 30The cure of infantsor audibly on the aforesaid basis of Christian Science. The Scientist knows that there can be no hereditary disease, since matter is not intelligent 413 413:1and cannot transmit good or evil intelligence to man, and God, the only Mind, does not produce pain in matter. 3The act of yielding one’s thoughts to the undue contem‐plation of physical wants or conditions induces those very conditions. A single requirement, beyond what is neces‐6sary to meet the simplest needs of the babe is harmful. Mind regulates the condition of the stomach, bowels, and food, the temperature of children and of men, and matter 9does not. The wise or unwise views of parents and other persons on these subjects produce good or bad effects on the health of children.