The present stage of progress in Christian Science presents two opposite aspects, a full-orbed promise, and a gaunt want; the need however is not of the letter, but the spirit.
Less teaching and good healing is to-day the acme of "well done"; a healing that is not guess-work, chronic recovery ebbing and flowing, but instantaneous cure. This absolute demonstration of Science must be revived. To consummate this desideratum, mortal mind must pass through three stages of growth.
First, self-knowledge. Physician must know thyself and understand the mental state of thy patient. Error found out is two-thirds destroyed, for the remainder only stimulates and gives scope to higher demonstration. To strike out right and left against the mist, never clears the vision; but to lift your head above it is a sovereign panacea. Mental darkness is senseless error, neither intelligence nor power, and its victim is responsible for its supposititious presence. "Cast the beam out of thine own eye." Learn what in thine own mentality is unlike the Anointed and cast it out, then thou wilt discern the error in thy patient's mind that makes his body sick, and remove it, and rest like the dove from the deluge.