Christian Science Seminar (Class) Notes - Volume 5

These are notes of the fifth day of a six-day seminar on Christian Science classroom teaching in accord with the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy as given in the Massachusetts Metaphysical College in the 1880ís. Their purpose is to restore to Christian Scientists and to the world Mrs. Eddyís school of Christian Science teaching.

In an effort to preserve the teachings of Mary Baker Eddy, these notes have been compiled from teachersí class books which conform to the doctrine of Christian Science as taught by Mrs. Eddy.

In Volume 5, we read:


"What was the transfiguration of Jesus?

"It was a transformation. The Bible tells us that in this changed form 'his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.' (Matt. 17:2) Now this light was not of the sun, but was divine light. It was the light of spiritual understanding and revelation in which appear the forms which people Godís universe, and out of which all identities are formed. Jesus was illustrating and exemplifying the scientific translation or transformation of the body. He was showing us what each one must do in order to rise above the beliefs of matter. So, we must translate matter into Spirit, transfigure our thinking, and thus transform our bodies. We have to come naturally and normally into the kingdom of heaven through scientific growth and spiritualization of thought. That is our mission, just as it was Jesusí mission. It does not mean a sudden and miraculous disappearance to the human sense at some time in the distant future, through some mysterious means. It means a daily transformation of thought and a changed appearance here and now. We each have to put on a diviner form right where mortals are beholding what appears to them as our body. So, the human body changes to a diviner form as we are rising in thought, until we reach the absolute, and then the material melts and dissolves into its native nothingness.

"So, we must rise up to the light, up the Mount of Transfiguration, to the consciousness of God, which constitutes the real man and universe."


"Animal magnetism, as explained in Science, is the specific name for all error, or mortal mind. It covers all evil.

"So, if your house is on fire, handle animal magnetism. If your child is sick, handle animal magnetism. Handle it in every case.

"Animal magnetism 'is either ignorant or malicious.'

"Mrs. Bell, the lecturerís wife, was on a trip to Africa. They were five weeks on the water and one day she began to feel seasick. She declared, 'Oh, I know what you are; you are suggestion and I am not going to let you in. If I did, you would use me. You are not one part of me; you are animal magnetism in its suggestive form.' And that was the end of that.

"Be sure to keep your thoughts at home, and know only good about everyone and everything. Every time you think error about anyone you are malpracticing. Every time you talk of error about anyone, you are malpracticing.

"Know only good about everyone and everything.

"Declare: I cannot be made to harm myself; I cannot be made to harm another; another cannot be made to harm me.

"Suppose someone is being used by evil thought. You must lift the thought from them. Donít blame them and bind the thought to them.

"Remember that there is no power to resist or prevent any healing. There is no disease or condition which cannot be healed. We do not look for some evil in thought and say that they cannot be healed because they think, or do, so and so.

"There are no barriers to healing, and be sure that you do not put up any barriers. If you do, that is ignorant malpractice.

"Jesusí thought was pure, and there were no barriers to healing of any kind.

"Man is perfect now and forever. Any discord, disease, sin is just suggestion, the serpentís whisper, a lie."

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