Comments on Christian Science and Unity Healing
Tape 215, 1958 Chicago Private Class for "25"
"Good Morning, First of all, you know that this work is in the nature of a secret work. That makes it very difficult because it means that there is no credit for anyone in doing it, no agrandizement, no possibility of reward. No one can take credit for it or any fruitage of it because it can't be spoken of. This work began with a group of twenty-five in New York City and that is why it is called the 25 group, but actually there are about 250 members of it, but they are situated all around the clock.
"In other words, if you are awake here at 7 o'clock here in the morning and praying, when it's eight o'clock in the morning, there is a group in New York and there is a group in London at 9, and there is a group on the Continent at 10, and there is a group down in South Africa at 11, and there is a group in India at 12, and there is a group in Australia at 1 and so forth, 24 hours around the clock, there is some two or more gathered together; not necessarily in one room, but gathered together at least in one city engaged in this work.
"The object of it is this: as you do healing work, you come to see very clearly, as I brought out last night, that sin and disease and death and lack has nothing to do with any person. Every person who has sin, disease, death or lack is just a victim. Not one is responsible for the ills that they're suffering. Everyone is a victim.
"They're a victim of that Adamic belief in two powers, good and evil.
"Because if we'd have only one power, we wouldn't have anybody suffering from anything. We'd have nobody stealing anything. We'd have nobody killing anybody. If there's only one power, there's nothing left on earth to do except enjoy life.
"It is only when there is an evil power that we begin to try to overcome it, or we begin to use it for our personal ends. But, if there is no evil power, then there's none to use nor is there a need to be a victim of. So when you do healing work, if you are at all observing, if you have freed yourself from the world, from emotion, or emotionalism, so that you can observe objectively what's going on, you will soon see that your adult patients are no more responsible for their diseases than your little tiny children patients. And you certainly wouldn't want to blame them for their ills.
"So it is that eventually you get to see the impersonal nature of evil, of that which causes the different forms of error. Sooner or later, you commence to understand what is written on page 13 of the book, The Letters. Although it uses the term, Christian Science, you can apply it to any phase of life you want.
"The time has now come, (it says), to take inventory of ourselves to see how far we have come out of orthodoxy. In orthodox religion, you have two powers. All the powers of good are ascribed to God, all the powers of evil are ascribed to devil or satan. Now you've come into metaphysics, but have you not transferred those powers of good from God to divine mind and the powers of devil or satan to mortal mind and do you not have still a power that this power of God or of divine mind is going to overcome or destroy or help you rise above? In other words, have we not substituted the term, mortal mind for devil or evil, or satan or error?
"In most cases, you will find that that's what you have done. That's what you'll find that all metaphysicians, nearly all metaphysicians of all schools are doing, they're using the power of divine mind over error, the divine mind to overcome mortal mind, the power of divine mind, of love to overcome hate. They put it that way.
"Now of course all this is nonsense because the basic and original revelation of metaphysics was that mortal mind isn't a power, it's the sum total of all error, but it's nothingness.
"In the Christian Science movement, that teaching was lost right while Mrs. Eddy was with us because she, herself, became a victim of fear. She became a victim of mortal mind. And, even on her deathbed sent a message to the mother Church that her enemies had killed her, not disease.
"What difference does it make whether it's disease or your enemies, as long as you're going to be killed? As long as your are acknowledging error, you might as well call it the dear old devil of the by-gone days. And it's for that reason that the Christian Science movement is not doing as good a healing as it should be doing.
"There's no other reason. A lot of people blame the Board of Directors. I worked with them for 10 years, lived right across the street from them for ten years and I can tell you they are all fine people. They're all very fine people and very sincere and doing the highest that they know. And, certainly the highest that can be done with a great big organization to control.
"They're not to blame.
"The Sentinel Journal is sometimes blamed because the articles are no good. And, certainly they are no good. The world would be far better off with 90% of them eliminated. But that doesn't make them to blame, because Science and Health still exists and Prose Works still exists and if any individual wanted to dig out the truth, they could. So why blame the Board of Directors because we are too lazy to study and find out what the principles are?
"I also found this, that the Board of Directors never limited or restricted our activities except in one way, as long as we're in the Journal, we are not permitted to recommend openly the use of unauthorized literature. They did NOT restrict us from reading it. The directors knew we were using the First Edition as our main textbook. The directors knew we were reading other literature.
"As a matter of fact, at one time one director sent me down ot New York to have a conversation with Father Divine. They knew what we were doing . They weren't blind. They knew that any practitioner that was doing good work had found out some things. They didn't object to that. They only objected to our confusing our patients by introducing them into things that would bring confusion to them. They were getting enough confusion already, without our adding to it.
"No, the reason that CS work is not doing they have, is because they have again accepted two powers. They have got a divine mind and a mortal mind and the minute they stop that , they'll do better healing work. The minute they stop giving treatments, and just realize you can't fight error, you don't need any God power to overcome that which has no existence, except as a mental image in your own thought or in universal thought. They'll do good healing work and I'll look for them to do good healing works through the use that they're making of the IW books and the increased use that they're going to make of them.
"But now we find when Unity was started, they took everything that CS had except one thing and that one thing was the Nature of Error. They just didn't have to know anything about error, because God was so all that there wasn't any error. That's a lot of nonsense. And they have lived to find that out. They've had to reorganize and make themselves a religious organization with robes on the platform and hymns, candles and all the rest of those things that belong to orthodoxy because you have to have a substitute. If you don't heal, you have to have a substitute if you want to stay in business.
"We're faced with the same thing.
"We either have to heal, or we have to go out of business or we have to have some way to fool the public. That's all. If we don't heal, we're going out of business. We're not going to engage in anything to go back to orthodoxy again.
"Now, if you once experience this in your healing work, that the sin, the false appetite, the disease, the unemployment, the lack had nothing to do with the person involved, it had to do with universal belief in good and evil, and one with God is a majority, one with Truth is a majority, therefore, the Truth entertained im my consciousness, becomes a law unto your body or your business, or your art, or your profession or your health, or whatever it is.
"One with God is a majority, the Truth entertained in the consciousness of Jesus Christ healed his patients. The truth entertained in your individual consciousness healed your patients. It's no use believing a God did it, yet a woman was healed out of cancer and the husband came in to express his gratitude and give the practitioner a check . The practitioner said, "Oh, I didn't do it, God did it." "Oh," he said, 'I'll take the check back home with me and see how I could get it to God. I thought you had done it."
"You see that is all cliches and all a lot of absolute garbage. It is the consciousness of an individual that does the work. It is the consciousness of an individual, a consciousness imbued with truth, a consciousness that has discovered the secret of healing. And the secret of healing is the ONE POWER. The secret of healing is the ability to take any claim that is thrown against you, mental, moral, physical, or financial and bunch them all together as mortal mind, or carnal mind and then dismiss them."