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1 <The Editor, Sir,---' I have read with interest Mr. Hick* lion's remarks about Spiritual Heal- Jiag. I have studied psychology in all its branches far over 15 years, ;.and as a result of those studies 1 L consider Ma'-. Hickson is wrong to t.teach people that the healing power ;Js outside of themselves, or that any form of religious belief is titeoessary.. History, for centuries before Christ LBght up to the present time, records itlumcrous successful instances of Spiritual healing, and the systems and -Various beliefs as to the source of the ..healing power are as numerous as dine different schools or systems, yet ythey all effect cures that border upon Uthe miraculous. Mr. Hickson adttises the Church (orthodox) to study Gospel afresh to learn tho ptcutii about Spiritual Healing; very ygood advice too, but Mr. Hicksou Whould also have instructed the fChurcli to first cast aside Its cobwebs Land theological conceptions, or to Lime a Biblical text, "First cast out I,the beam out of thine own eye; and [then shalt thou see clearly to cast i*he mote out of thy brother's eye." i "Vinet" says: "Even now, after I eighteen (twenty) centuries of Christianity, we may be involved in some L«normous error, of which tho Chris- I tianity of the future will make us ashamed." J I If the Church is to practice spiritual yiiealing- (and is certainly should do it will first require a good spring cleaning; it will have to sort out the (Xruth from the errors of its teachings. Christ did not perform mirjacles (i.e., work outside of or in. dependent of natural law), and if the world could produce such a perfect .-man twenty centuries ago there is something radically wrong with the thoughts of the world if more numer- I ous instances of such men are not available. "We are what we think! ,we are," and as Christ demonstrated centuries ago, God will manifest His works through man provided man is ,prepared to be His medium of expression. i Let, mankind obey Christ's and nu- ,merous other Masters' teachings—for the teachings of Buddha: "As a mother, oven at the risk of her own life protects 'her son, her only I son, so let man cultivate good-will without measure toward the whole world, above, below, around, unstinti. Ed, unmixed with any feeling of differing or opposing interests. Let & man remain steadfastly in this state of raind all the while he is awake, I whether he be standing, walking, sitj ting, or lying down. This state of I heart is the best in the world." When man lives as above he will j liol require the services of any_out: elde healer, for disease will be a thing of the past, his own soul will know and use its glorious god-like powers. One cf my authors says: "Truth seeking reader, do not look without. The power is not outside yourself. It In within you. 'The Kingdom of Heaven is within you. It is not In I BOmo undiscoverable locality. God's own home is under your hat, in your *ye the celestial Sre, in your nostrils the breath of life, Jn your heart the of all-mightiness, in your soul !,Hhe throne-room of Diety. Lean not |en ethers; trust your own powers. I Have faith in yourself, not the blind, Unthinking, self-conceit born of bat; like stnpidity and soulless indiffer-' ence, but lynx-eyed,- all-conquering belief in the powers of mentalism and manhood which throbs within you. Fellow-voyager. you are not. a pitiable sinßex, a vile worm of the dust, a playtbiag for the sport of devils; you are divine, a fresh incarnation of the universal mind, a god in embryo. Then, depend upon yourself. The world needs you at your best, with all that you can give it." I know the above passage will eound awful to orthodox Christians, but is it? Do as Mr. Hickson sug; £ests and study Christ's Gospel and you will flad He says practically the Bam*. "God is our Father," "The of heaven Is within you,' "The pure in heart shall see God," aim. The conditions essential fo< successful healing as (rediscovered within recent years by science (the spirit of trufii) are exactly the same as Cbriat gave the world twenty centuries ago. Prom "Psycho-Therapeutics/ by Or. Hudson: "That, faith is the essential prerequisite to the successful exercise of psychic power Is a nroposi-
ages. Objlst* ihimsetf didt wH fccsltaifo to acknowledge his inability to heal the sick in the absence of that condition precedent, ■which. heboid to be essential, not oriiy to the enjoymnt of the which he $s>;ftreely "bestowed in this world, but to the attainment of eternal life. "Oh, ye of iittle faith", was his reproof to his followers when they Returned: to whim and announced the decrease of their powers to heal the sick, thus proving that he regarded faith as an essenr.ial element of success, not only in the patient, but in the healer also." Same author: "The condition which ac declared to be essential, not only tn the patient, but in the healer, is embraced in the one word FAITH. That word, more than any other, expresses the whole law of human felicity and power in this world, and of salvation in the world to come. It is that attribute mind-which elevates man above tho '■''leveT"of the brute, and gives him dominion over all the physical world. It is the essential element of success in every iield of human constitutes the power of the human soul. When Jesus of Nazareth proclaimed Its potency from the hill-tops of Palestine he gave to mankind the key to heal and to heaven, and eawned'the title of Saviour of tine/World." "In all systems of healing, the conditions are essentially the same, the fii'st esdcntial condition being the perfect passivity and receptivity of the patient. That is always insisted upon, and it Is the essential prerequisite. t>e the theory and method of operacion what they may. The rest is accomplished by suggestion. Thus the v/hole science of mental healing may '>c expressed in two words —pacsivity and suggestion,"—ycurs, etc.. C. A. OLDMAN.