Fueled by recent news stories of studies of anti-depressants and our ongoing reading of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, our other Science and Health discussion group talked about the mental nature of disease and how we give our consent for its cure. Mary Baker Eddy deals with that theme thoroughly in her article on "Contagion."
I have copied half of the article here, and at the end you can click onto the full article - as well as several translations of the article - from spirituality.com.
by Mary Baker Eddy
from Miscellaneous Writings
Whatever man sees, feels, or in any way takes cognizance of, must be caught through mind; inasmuch as perception, sensation, and consciousness belong to mind and not to matter. Floating with the popular current of mortal thought without questioning the reliability of its conclusions, we do what others do, believe what others believe, and say what others say. Common consent is contagious, and it makes disease catching.
People believe in infectious and contagious diseases, and that any one is liable to have them under certain predisposing or exciting causes. This mental state prepares one to have any disease whenever there appear the circumstances which he believes produce it. If he believed as sincerely that health is catching when exposed to contact with healthy people, he would catch their state of feeling quite as surely and with better effect than he does the sick man's.
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