Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1875, by
In the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.
W. F. Brown & Co., Printers,
60 Bromfield Street, Boston.
Science and Health
by Mary Baker Glover
Leaning on the sustaining Infinite with loving trust,
the trials of to-day are brief, and to-morrow is big
with blessings. The wakeful shepherd tending his
flocks, beholds from the mountain's top the first faint
morning beam ere cometh the risen day, So from Soul's
loftier summits shines the pale star to the prophet shep-
herd, and it traverses night, over to where the young
child lies in cradled obscurity that shall waken a world.
Over the night of error dawn the morning beams and
guiding star of Truth, and "the wise men are led by it
to Science, to that which repeats the eternal harmony
reproduced in proof of immortality and God. The time
for thinkers has come; and the time for revolutions,
ecclesiastic and social, must come. Truth, independent
of doctrines of time-honored systems, stands at the
threshold of history. Contentment with the past, or
the cold conventionality of custom, may no longer shut
the door on science; though empires fall, "He whose
right it is shall reign." Ignorance of God should no
longer be the stepping-stone to faith; understanding
Him "whom to know aright is Life" is the only guar-
anty of obedience.
Since the hoary centuries but faintly shadow forth
the tireless Intelligence at work for man, this volume
may not open at once a new thought, and make it famil-
iar; it has the task of a pioneer to hack away at the tall
oak and cut the rough granite, leaving future ages to
declare what has been done. We made our first discov-
ery that science mentally applied would heal the sick,
in 1864, and since then have tested it on ourselves and
hundreds of others, and never found it fail to prove the
statement herein made of it. The science of man alone
can make him harmonious, unfold his utmost possibilities,
and establish the perfection of man. To admit God the
Principle of all being, and live in accordance with this
Principle, is the Science of Life, but to reproduce the
harmony of being, errors of personal sense must be de-
stroyed, even as the science of music, must correct tones
caught from the ear, to give the sweet concord of sound.
There are many theories of physic, and theology; and
many calls in each of their directions for the right way;
but we propose to settle the question of "What is
Truth?" on the ground of proof. Let that method
of healing the sick and establishing Christianity, be
adopted, that is found to give the most health, and
make the best Christians, and you will then give science
a fair field; in which case we are assured of its tri-
umph over all opinions and beliefs. Sickness and sin
have ever had their doctors, but the question is, have
they become less because of them? The longevity of
our antediluvians would say, no! and the criminal
records of to-day utter their voices little in favor of
such a conclusion. Not that we would deny to Caesar
the things that are his, but that we ask for the tilings
that are Truth's, and safely affirm, from the demonstra-
tions we have been able to make, that science would
have eradicated sin, sickness, and death, in a less period
than six thousand years. We find great difficulties in
starting this work right: some shockingly false claims
are already made to its practice; mesmerism (its very
antipode), is one. Hitherto we have never in a single
instance of our discovery or practice found the slightest
resemblance between mesmerism and the science of
Life. No especial idiosyncrasy is requisite for a learner;
although spiritual sense is more adapted to it than even
the intellect; and those who would learn this science
without a high moral standard will fail to understand it
until they go up higher. Owing to our explanations
constantly vibrating between the same points an irk-
some repetition of words must occur; also, the use of
capital letters, genders and technicalities peculiar to the
science, variety of language, or beauty of diction, must
give place to close analysis, and unembellished thought.
"Hoping all things, enduring all things:" to do good
to the upright in heart, and to bless them that curse us,
and bear to the sorrowing and the sick consolation and
healing, we commit these pages to posterity.
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