Science and Health
by Mary Baker Glover
Chapter VIII - Healing the Sick


ing the bigoted, reforming the licentious, or exposing
the hypocrite, who shall escape without censure? We
commenced our labors in the simple faith that all whom
we healed would acknowledge it, and those we taught
would live up to our teachings if from no higher mo-
tive than to promote their success in healing; but this
has not always been the case. Although it is plain the
foundations of the science of being are Truth and spir-
ituality, and the seed that brings forth much fruit,
must fall into the "good and honest heart," yet all who
know this are not willing to yield to it. Truth stirs
man to a better, or, temporarily, to a worse condition
that afterwards leaves him better; it affects error the
same as it does sickness, causing it to intermit before it
yields and is destroyed.
The humanitarian is above the arrows in the quiver
of ignorance, envy, or malice; they fly beneath his feet,
until spent of their fury, they fall to the ground. Such
as are identified with a cause, until that cause is under-
stood, are not understood; in its birth they have travail
and sorrow; in its infancy, toil and sacrifice; but
clasp their nursling more tenderly when menaced,
knowing when he is a man he will speak for himself
and mother.
Nothing but a lack of spiritual discernment, or dis-
honesty, could prompt one who in the least comprehends
this science, to call it mesmerism, or to practice mes-
merism and call it science. When those bidden of old
to the feast of Truth came not, our Master accepted
such as did come. In like manner, to-day "the servant
must be as his Lord," exercising no choice of his own,
but laboring for posterity, bearing all blame and scorn,
and counting his victory in the far-off years. Healing
in science has its reward even here, but the task of
teaching the science of being is quite another thing.
Pains of personal sense often make the sick willing to
part with its errors, but those in health and at ease in
their possessions are reluctant to change masters, hence
the more thankless and toilsome task of teaching, com-
pared with healing. We instruct students to recommend
their patients to avoid, as much as possible, contact
with minds filled with opposite physics, hygiene, etc.,
while under treatment of metaphysics, for it retards
their recovery; but they forget the same right belongs
to a teacher, and the same necessity exists for students
to avoid contact with certain minds that hinder their
advancement. Institutions have their by-laws to re-
strain the evil passions of those under their care, but
we have had no such necessary protection in teaching.
Not to admit God the Principle of the science of
Life, is to be ignorant of this science; and to say
God is its Principle, and the discoverer, teacher, and
demonstrator of the science is not taught of God, is
Students may dwarf, or destroy for the present, their
position in scientific healing through error, with false-
hood, dishonesty, or sensuality; in which case their
demonstration advances no higher, and their practice,
if they have one, becomes mesmerism and no longer
science. Such students can never reinstate themselves
aright except through repentance, reformation and
restitution. We should welcome back the penitent and
support the weak, but to him that covereth his sins and
rejoices in his iniquity let the reward of his hands be
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