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86:1    Jesus once asked, “Who touched me?” Supposing this inquiry to be occasioned by physical contact alone, 3Mental contacthis disciples answered, “The multitude throng thee.” Jesus knew, as others did not, that it was not matter, but mortal mind, whose touch called 6for aid. Repeating his inquiry, he was answered by the faith of a sick woman. His quick apprehension of this mental call illustrated his spirituality. The disciples’ 9misconception of it uncovered their materiality. Jesus possessed more spiritual susceptibility than the disciples. Opposites come from contrary directions, and produce 12unlike results.

    Mortals evolve images of thought. These may appear to the ignorant to be apparitions; but they are myste15Images of thoughtrious only because it is unusual to see thoughts, though we can always feel their influence. Haunted houses, ghostly voices, unusual 18noises, and apparitions brought out in dark seances either involve feats by tricksters, or they are images and sounds evolved involuntarily by mortal mind. Seeing 21is no less a quality of physical sense than feeling. Then why is it more difficult to see a thought than to feel one? Education alone determines the difference. In reality 24there is none.

    Portraits, landscape-paintings, fac-similes of penmanship, peculiarities of expression, recollected sentences, 27Phenomena explainedcan all be taken from pictorial thought and memory as readily as from objects cognizable by the senses. Mortal mind sees what it believes as 30certainly as it believes what it sees. It feels, hears, and sees its own thoughts. Pictures are mentally formed before the artist can convey them to canvas. So is it 87 87:1with all material conceptions. Mind-readers perceive these pictures of thought. They copy or reproduce 3them, even when they are lost to the memory of the mind in which they are discoverable.

    It is needless for the thought or for the person hold6ing the transferred picture to be individually and conMental environmentsciously present. Though individuals have passed away, their mental environment re9mains to be discerned, described, and transmitted. Though bodies are leagues apart and their associations forgotten, their associations float in the general atmosphere of human 12mind.

    The Scotch call such vision “second sight,” when really it is first sight instead of second, for it presents 15Second sightprimal facts to mortal mind. Science enables one to read the human mind, but not as a clairvoyant. It enables one to heal through Mind, but 18not as a mesmerist.

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