Science of Mind that is taught in these lessons is an outgrowth
of the spiritual faith which people have had throughout
the ages. Before science was conceived the Presence of God
was felt. Before ever mental actions or reactions were analyzed
history was filled with instances of men and women who had
The Science of Mind is comparatively new,
but the mental experience of the invisible universe is as
old as the history of man. It is new in that for the first
time in history we have put together all findings which
contribute to the establishment of man's relationship with
the universe, to the end that he may be able to apply his
spiritual understanding to the everyday problems of human
This science necessarily starts with the proposition
that we are living in a spiritual universe whose sole government
is one of harmony, and that the use of right ideas is the
enforcement of its law.
The Science of Mind is built on the theory
that there is One Infinite Mind which of necessity includes
all that is, whether it be the intelligence in man, the
life in the animal, or the invisible Presence which is God.
In it we learn to have a spiritual sense of things. This
spiritual sense of things is what is meant by the Consciousness
of Christ. To be able to discern the spiritual idea back
of its physical symbol is to use the mind that Jesus used.
The Science of Mind is intensely practical
because it teaches us how to use the Mind Principle for
definite purposes, such as helping those who are sick, impoverished,
or unhappy. Each one of us should learn to become a practitioner
of this science, a demonstrator of its Principle, a conscious
user of its Power. Power already exists, but the existence
of Power is of no particular value to us until we use it.
We must not only be conscious of Power, but we must be actively
conscious of it. This is one of the first lessons we learn
in the Science of Mind.
This science is more than mental; it is also
spiritual, since we live in a spiritual universe. The Science
of Mind declares the Truth about this spiritual universe
and it also declares the Truth about false belief, considering
everything which is opposed to good as an accumulation of
human thought, the collective negative suggestion of the
Wrong conditions are resolved into false beliefs,
and through the use of right ideas a transformation of thought
takes place. We learn to build our ideas upon an affirmative
rather than a negative factor. To state the Truth and deny
or disregard that which in belief is opposed to it, is to
prove that the Principle of the Science of Mind is actual.
The ever increasing thousands of persons who
are daily proving this Principle add to our conviction that
we are dealing with the most intense reality the human mind
has ever conceived. As you will learn later, the practice
of this science is the application of a definite technique,
the law of right thought, of true spiritual understanding.
How to Begin these Studies
It is necessary to start these studies with
the complete conviction that there is such a Principle and
that you understand the scientific use and application of
it. Conscious knowledge alone gives you the conscious control
of the laws of nature. The advance in any science always
corresponds to the conscious use made of the laws of nature.
There could be no advance in science without such conscious
use of nature's laws.
It would be unwise to approach a study of
the Science of Mind with superstition. You must approach
it with understanding. Above all, you must approach it with
the definite intention in mind of making conscious use of
its Principle. You must come to realize at the very start
of your inquiry that Mind exists as a Principle in the universe,
just as electricity exists as a principle.
Once you understand this it will not be difficult
to see that thought is the tool of Mind, that right ideas
enforce the Law of Mind; nor will it be difficult to see
that physical objects are fundamentally spiritual in their
nature, that an objective fact is but a symbol of a subjective
or an invisible cause. It certainly follows that if you
are to make practical use of the Science of Mind you must
be able to convert things into thoughts, and by changing
the stream of consciousness produce a corresponding change
in an objective situation, whether this be used for helping
those who are sick, or to meet any other need.
The question naturally arises whether or not
man has a right to use his thought for whatever purpose
he wills. The more sincere one is the more likely he is
to ask this question. Strangely enough, he would not ask
this relative to any other science but would feel that all
laws exist to be used, and any sane person would naturally
desire to benefit himself and others through the use of
nature's laws. Why should any exception be made to the greatest
of all laws - the Law of Mind in action, and the enforcement
of this Law through right ideas?
One of our fundamental propositions is that
God is all there is. When you say God is all there is, that
includes everything, all possibility and all action, for
Spirit is the invisible essence and substance of all form.
It is impossible to separate the highest use of this science
from the most exalted conception of an immanent Spirit,
a transcendent Spirit, an available Spirit.
Perhaps one might at first have an aversion
to the idea of using spiritual power for material purposes,
but in the Science of Mind we discover that there are no
final material purposes; that whether life exists in an
objective or a subjective state, whether it is visible or
invisible, all is Spirit; that Spirit or Intelligence, plus
what It does, constitutes the entire universe, including
What the Science of Mind Reveals
The Science of Mind reveals that every man
is a potential Christ. Every man has inherent God-power
within him. And how could this God-power be used other than
through his thought? Since it would be impossible for a
man to act as an intelligent being unless he could first
think, the very idea of man supposes a center of consciousness,
a center of thought activity. The Science of Mind reveals
that this center of God activity within each one is a complete
and a unique manifestation of the Parent Mind; that the
Power of God does actually exist in man.
It is a basic proposition in our philosophy
that we live in a mental or spiritual universe and that
things can be resolved into thoughts. This is the foundation
upon which all scientific practice must be established,
and when you are able to establish this premise in your
own thought, you at once find yourself equipped with an
instrument through which you can change your environment.
The Science of Mind does not deny the physical
universe. The objective universe is the Body of God. That
body includes our physical being. In reality every idea
of our physical being is a Divine idea.
The misconception of the spiritual universe
causes our universe to appear separated from good, and in
fact we experience this separation. But that which is a
fact in experience is not necessarily true in principle.
Bondage cannot be conceived by the Divine, and yet we all
know that bondage is a part of man's experience.
In trying to seek a solution for this enigma
we must either conclude that there is an ultimate good and
an ultimate evil in the universe, or we must conclude that
there is but one Ultimate, which is good, and that this
Ultimate by Its very nature and by our very nature is compelled
to appear to each one of us in the form of our belief. If
you can accept this proposition it will be easy enough for
you to see how it is that false belief binds humanity.
If that which binds is false belief and not
the Truth, then you will see why Jesus told us that a knowledge
of the Truth would produce freedom. He did not mean that
knowledge of the Truth creates freedom, but that knowledge
of the Truth makes us free by aligning us with that which
was never bound.
Accepting the foregoing conclusions as true
it follows that the Divine Creative Principle is already
perfect, having neither confusion nor chaos within It. It
was, is, and will remain exactly perfect. Our individual
universe shall be redeemed from its bondage in such degree
as we become actively conscious of the Truth of our being.
We must use the Law as a Law of Liberty, else we shall be
using It as a law of bondage.
Science of Mind's Technique
The Science of Mind provides us with a definite
technique for the use of this Law and teaches how each one
can use It in freeing himself and demonstrating to his complete
satisfaction that right ideas, correctly used, can and must
produce right conditions.
So far, neither science, revelation, nor philosophy
has arrived at any conclusion which could disturb this proposition,
and every day the physical sciences are more completely
proving that the physical universe in which we live is more
like a gigantic thought than anything else. Now if the physical
universe, or the cosmos as a whole, is more like a gigantic
thought than anything else, it follows that our immediate
world is a part of this thought.
How amazed we all should be if we awoke some
fine morning, not only with the absolute conviction that
this is so, but also with the inner insight which would
enable us to see exactly what it means. Then we too should
be able to say to the paralyzed man, "stretch forth
thine hand!" But before we can do this we must see
the principle of freedom instead of the belief in a paralysis
of this principle.
The Science of Mind is a reinterpretation
of the universe by a process of thought which Jesus used.
We learn that there is one body, the body of right ideas.
Jesus sensed this Body of God, which includes man's body,
as a perfect, harmonious unit, and he realized that the
evil which binds man is not a principle within itself nor
a thing of itself, and most certainly not a person, but
merely a false system of thought. He understood that his
knowledge of good annihilated that which denied good. This
fundamental fact he clearly brought out in his teaching;
the Truth known is followed by the Truth demonstrated.
The Science of Mind does not necessarily create
a new religion or sect, for it may be added to any spiritual
system of thought since it is a complement to all. The person
who already has the greatest spiritual faith will make the
most active demonstrator of Truth. The person who naturally
has a spiritual insight or who has already trained himself
to have spiritual insight, will more quickly sense the truths
which the Science of Mind portrays. He will more quickly
lay hold of its technique and more perfectly demonstrate
for himself and others that the invisible is the cause of
Proving the Science of Mind
For every science there must be a technique
or a way of proving its truth. Science of itself is a knowledge
of laws and principles arid systematic arrangement. And
the technique of any science is the way in which we use
this knowledge of laws and principles.
Applying this rule, (which is common to all
sciences) to the Science of Mind, it naturally follows that
if there is such a principle as Universal Mind, and if it
does work according to the Law of Cause and effect, and
if thought, self-contemplation, or self-knowingness is that
which stimulates Its action, then correct thinking can and
must produce objective or visible results.
We must lay even more stress on the use of
the Science of Mind than we do on seeking to establish its
Principle. As a matter of fact its Principle is self-evident;
its use is exactly what we make it. And the first thing
that any student of this science should do is determine
to make daily use of it. In this, as in all other things,
we should be practical. Too much study of any principle
without making conscious use of it will lead to mere theorizing,
and I am sure we all wish practical results.
You are ready to use the Principle governing
the Science of Mind the very moment you accept the fact
that there is such a principle and that it does operate
through your thought. But this seems to be the place where
many fall down. They talk so much about the Principle and
use It so little. They permit themselves to become confused
by the introduction of contradictory ideas. They spend too
much time in merely philosophizing, theorizing, speculating,
until finally they live in a world of wistful wishing, of
You must come to see that the Science of Mind
is an actual Principle to be definitely used; that no matter
how much good may exist in the universe, only as much good
can come to you as you can conceive. Above all things, determine
now to use this science. Do not say, "Well, this is
but the first lesson and I expect to have understanding
enough within a year to use it." Seize upon whatever
facts present themselves to your mind today, begin to use
such truth as you grasp out of your first lesson, and before
the year is over you will have become an effective practitioner.