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    Systematic teaching and the student’s spiritual growth and experience in practice are requisite for a thorough 462 462:1comprehension of Christian Science. Some individuals assimilate truth more readily than others, but any 3Rapidity of assimilationstudent, who adheres to the divine rules of Christian Science and imbibes the spirit of Christ, can demonstrate Christian Science, cast out 6error, heal the sick, and add continually to his store of spiritual understanding, potency, enlightenment, and success.

9    If the student goes away to practise Truth’s teachings only in part, dividing his interests between God and Divided loyaltymammon and substituting his own views for 12Truth, he will inevitably reap the error he sows. Whoever would demonstrate the healing of Christian Science must abide strictly by its rules, heed every state15ment, and advance from the rudiments laid down. There is nothing difficult nor toilsome in this task, when the way is pointed out; but self-denial, sincerity, Christianity, and 18persistence alone win the prize, as they usually do in every department of life.

    Anatomy, when conceived of spiritually, is mental self-21knowledge, and consists in the dissection of thoughts to Anatomy defineddiscover their quality, quantity, and origin. Are thoughts divine or human? That is the 24important question. This branch of study is indispensable to the excision of error. The anatomy of Christian Science teaches when and how to probe the self-in27flicted wounds of selfishness, malice, envy, and hate. It teaches the control of mad ambition. It unfolds the hallowed influences of unselfishness, philanthropy, spir30itual love. It urges the government of the body both in health and in sickness. The Christian Scientist, through understanding mental anatomy, discerns and 463 463:1deals with the real cause of disease. The material physician gropes among phenomena, which fluctuate every in3stant under influences not embraced in his diagnosis, and so he may stumble and fall in the darkness.

    Teacher and student should also be familiar with the 6obstetrics taught by this Science. To attend properly Scientific obstetricsthe birth of the new child, or divine idea, you should so detach mortal thought from its 9material conceptions, that the birth will be natural and safe. Though gathering new energy, this idea cannot injure its useful surroundings in the travail of spiritual 12birth. A spiritual idea has not a single element of error, and this truth removes properly whatever is offensive. The new idea, conceived and born of Truth and Love, is 15clad in white garments. Its beginning will be meek, its growth sturdy, and its maturity undecaying. When this new birth takes place, the Christian Science infant 18is born of the Spirit, born of God, and can cause the mother no more suffering. By this we know that Truth is here and has fulfilled its perfect work.

21    To decide quickly as to the proper treatment of error — whether error is manifested in forms of sickness, sin, Unhesitating decisionor death — is the first step towards destroy24ing error. Our Master treated error through Mind. He never enjoined obedience to the laws of nature, if by these are meant laws of matter, nor did he use drugs. 27There is a law of God applicable to healing, and it is a spiritual law instead of material. The sick are not healed by inanimate matter or drugs, as they believe that they 30are. Such seeming medical effect or action is that of so-called mortal mind.

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