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Always handle fear of death. Declare for strength and vigor. It is no doctor’s law you need to handle, but it is the universal law of mortal mind. The physician only recites to you the law laid down to him. Mortal mind cannot act through prenatal mesmerism. There never was any heredity of belief. Handle mental environment of patients. Find out before you take a student whether he is fit to enter this field of labor and be trusted at present with so much power.   Mary Baker Eddy   (Oakes, Richard, Essays and Bible Lessons, (Red Book), p.71)


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The following is the spiritual signification of the Lord’s Prayer:

Harmonious and eternal Principle of man,

Nameless and adorable Intelligence,

Spiritualize man;

Control the discords of matter with the harmony of Spirit.

Give us the understanding of God,

And Truth will destroy sickness, sin, and death, as it destroys the belief of intelligent matter,

And lead man into Soul, and deliver him from personal sense,

For God is Truth, Life, and Love forever.  (Eddy, Mary Baker, Science and Health, 1st ed., p.295)

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Absent from the body and present with the Lord is not ecstacy or trance, but a realization of the science of Life, as laid down in this volume; it is obedience to the law of God, governing the body by Spirit instead of matter; therefore our Master said: “After this manner pray ye”

Our Father, which art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name;

Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done on earth as it is done in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors, And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever.”  (Eddy, Mary Baker, Science and Health, 1st ed., p.295)

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Make it a conscious reality for a single moment, that Life and Intelligence are not in the body, and you are without sensation in the body, and if sick, will find yourself well; sorrow is turned into joy, when we become conscious Soul, able to govern the body with Life, Truth, and Love; hence those words of our Master, “I and the Father are one,” that wrought such blessed works, and “greater works than I,” (in the flesh) “ye can do, because I go to the Father.” The scientific position of Intelligence is Soul triumphing over sense.  (Eddy, Mary Baker, Science and Health, 1st ed., p.294-295)

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Only as we rise above sensuality and sin, can we reach its standpoint. Prayer addressed to a person, prevents our letting go of personality for the impersonal Spirit to whom all things are possible. We cannot serve two masters, if we are sensibly with our body and consequently our words, and regarding Omnipotence a person, whose ear we would gain, we are not Soul, Life, Love and Truth, and therefore not in the harmony of being and oneness with the Father, “In demonstration of the Spirit and power.”  (Eddy, Mary Baker, Science and Health, 1st ed., p.294)

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A great relinquishment of material things must precede this advanced spiritual understanding; ‘isms but retard it, and mediumship more than most things. This prayer is not faith; it is demonstration; it heals the sick and advances man in the scale of being; it recognizes the falsity of personal sense and the Life that is Soul.  (Eddy, Mary Baker, Science and Health, 1st ed., p.294)

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Thus the power of Life, Love and Truth, will destroy sin, sickness, and death, and enlarge the capacities of man, revealing his God-given dominion over earth; but remember, also, that “none but the pure in heart shall see God”; shall be able to take this scientific position of prayer, in which personal sense is silenced, and Spirit the master of man. After a momentary cessation in the belief and dream of Life in matter, whereby Life, that is God, unfolds itself, comes the understanding and consciousness of dominion over the body that casts out error and heals the sick, and you speak as one having authority. We have taught our students the footsteps to this prayer; let them answer to-day, have they followed them.  (Eddy, Mary Baker, Science and Health, 1st ed., p.293-294)

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The “prayer of the righteous” that “heals the sick,” is after the manner our Master taught, when he bade his students enter into the Spirit of prayer, the door of personal sense closed, lips mute, and man in audience with his Maker, where, Spirit instead of matter, and Soul instead of sense are understood the standpoint of being, even the Principle thereof, that destroys sickness, sin, and death.  (Eddy, Mary Baker, Science and Health, 1st ed., p.293)