Accounts of Healing

STUDENTS’ VERSIONS BASED ON MARY BAKER EDDY’S OWN ACCOUNTS

mary-baker-eddyIn the early days it was hard for Mrs. Eddy to find patients to heal and one day she went out on the street to see if she could find someone. She saw the doctor’s gig tied in front of a house nearby. When the doctor drove away, Mrs. Eddy went to the door, and asked a tear-stained woman who came to the door if there was anyone sick in the house. The lady said her daughter had just died. Mrs. Eddy asked if she could go in and see the daughter. The woman at first demurred but finally let her go in where the body lay.

In a little while the mother heard voices, and looking into the room she saw that her daughter was sitting up in bed and talking to Mrs. Eddy. Mrs. Eddy said that ‘a wordless flood of Life filled her consciousness and the girl was raised from the dead.’ Mrs. Eddy asked the mother to bring the daughter’s clothes, and the amazed mother asked why. She answered that she wanted to take the girl out for a walk.

The mother said, ‘You don’t know what you are asking. My daughter has been ill for months with consumption and could not go out if she wanted to.’ Mrs. Eddy reassured the mother and told her that no harm should come to her daughter through anything that she should do, and finally the mother brought the girl’s clothes. She then took the girl out and walked her up and down for about half an hour. The girl’s color came back as she was not only alive, but healed of the disease. When they got back to the house, the mother took off her diamond ring and gave it to Mrs. Eddy, and this ring she always wore.
_________________

One time a mother brought her dead baby to Mrs. Eddy and placed it on her lap. Our Leader asked her to come back in an hour, and began to treat the child. She realized that Life is Love, and that Love is right here, and Love is Life, and kept on realizing this more and more clearly. After a while she felt something moving on her lap (she had forgotten the baby); she looked down and saw the child looking up at her, smiling and kicking its feet.
_________________

Mrs. Eddy drove into Concord one day and stopped at the Christian Science Hall and Mr. Frye went in with a letter, leaving the carriage door open. A gentleman was standing in front of the hall who had called at Pleasant View earlier in the day to see Mrs. Eddy but was told that she could not see him and that an appointment or an opportunity might be arranged later. As he went away from the house he was very discouraged and said, so that a worker heard him, ‘There may not be any later.’

This man stepped to the carriage, took off his hat, and said, ‘Mrs. Eddy?’ Our Leader said, ‘yes.’ ‘May I ask you one question?’ he asked ‘Certainly!’, she said. Then he said ‘Can you tell me about God, who He is, where He is, and what is He?’ Mrs. Eddy told him that God was his Mind, his Life, and continued talking just three minutes. Then the man looked at the clock which they could both see, and said, ‘I have learned more in these three minutes about God than I have in all the rest of my life.’ He raised his hat and said good-bye and the carriage drove off.

Mrs. Eddy afterwards told her students that she saw he was suffering from jaundice and that as she talked with him she saw the unhealthy color fade from his face like the shadow of a cloud vanishing away, and his face became perfectly normal. She added, ‘He was healed, but he did not recognize it while we were talking.’ The next day the man wrote he was completely healed and that he took the train home that same night.
_________________

horse-and-carriage-on-runners-1Mrs. Eddy’s eldest sister, Abigail Tilton, was very much opposed to Christian Science; but when her little daughter lay dying she call Mrs. Eddy, or told her what the situation was by messenger, and permitted her to see the child. Mrs. Eddy asked her sister to leave the room and in a short time healed her niece, got her out of bed and dressed, and had a romp around the room with the child, thus getting the child’s thought back to normal, as it were. When the mother came in and saw them playing she said, ‘It is the work of the devil.’
_________________

Jerry, the horse, was limping; and Mrs. Eddy called for the carriage to stop. She put her head out of the window and said to Ferry, “you go right along about your own business and do not pay any attention to anything said to you; you listen to me.’ And that was the end of Jerry’s limping.
_________________

Mrs. W. went with Mrs. Eddy to a furniture shop to help her select some chairs. The clerk who was waiting on them wore a bandage over one eye. Mrs. Eddy seemed absorbed in thought while they were being shown the chairs, paying very little attention to them, and when pressed as to which she liked best, she said, ‘Any that we can sit on.’ Mrs. W. was annoyed at Mrs. Eddy’s indifference, and told the clerk that they would come back the next day and give a decision about the chairs.

They were on the second floor of the shop, with two doors opening out, one into a stairway, the other to a chute for sliding boxes down to the sidewalk. Mrs. Eddy opened one door and went downstairs. Mrs. W. in her perturbation opened the other door, stepped on the chute, and slid down to the sidewalk, where Mrs. Eddy arrived in time to see her picking herself up. Mrs. W. reproached our Leader for her lack of attention to the business in hand, and Mrs. Eddy replied, ‘Could I think of chairs when the man was suffering?’ When Mrs. W. went the next day to see about the chairs, the clerk said, ‘Who was that lady with you yesterday? I had an abscess on my eye, and when she went out, I took the bandage off, and there was not a sign of it left.’
_________________

One time some of the workers at Pleasant View were sitting in front of a window working against a storm which was approaching; suddenly Mrs. Eddy came up behind them and said, ‘You are not meeting it because you are mesmerized by the appearance.’ Then she swept them aside, took up the case herself, and in a short time they saw blue sky appear through the center of the storm cloud.
_________________

A well-known actor was healed physically and his testimony appeared in the Journal. Afterwards, one day he was walking along a street in Concord with a big cigar in his mouth. Mrs. Eddy passed in her carriage and looked at him. He took the cigar out of his mouth and threw it away, and was healed of the desire to smoke then and there.
_________________

One day Mrs. Eddy was going out for her afternoon drive when a tall, gaunt man, who appeared far gone in consumption, came up to her gate, held out his hands to her and shouted, “Help me!’ Mrs. Eddy said a few words to him out of the carriage window; talked to him for about two minutes and then drove on out of the gate. On her return she exclaimed, ‘What a need that man had!’ Next day they received a letter from the man telling Mrs. Eddy that he was conscious he had been healed as soon as the carriage drove on.
_________________

Mr. Frye fell down the stairs. The students worked for him, but they were frightened and believed he had broken his neck, because his head wobbled so. Mrs. Eddy sensed the situation and appeared on the scene. She declared in a commanding way from the top of the stairs, ‘Calvin Frye, come up here.’ After calling him three times she turned her back on the situation and he rose up and followed her.
_________________

CC8A similar episode has been described by members of Mrs. Eddy’s household. It is related that one evening Laura Sargent found Calvin Frye reclining awkwardly on a couch in his room. He showed no signs of life. When she failed to get any response from him, she went for assistance, and two other students came and tried to rouse him by various means, but without success.

It soon became obvious that Mrs. Eddy must be informed. Accordingly, Mrs. Sargent went to the room where she was already in bed. While preparing to dress, however, Mrs. Eddy seemed suddenly to sense the urgency of the situation. Rather than waste more time, she had the unconscious form of Calvin Frye brought to her. He was dragged along in a rocking-chair and remained slumped there within Mrs. Eddy’s reach beside her bed.

Adam Dickey calls it ‘an interesting moment.’ She laid her hand on Mr. Frye’s shoulder and called on him vigorously: ‘Calvin, wake up. It is Mother who is calling you. Wake up, Calvin, this Cause needs you. Mother needs you, and you must not leave. Calvin, wake up. Disappoint your enemies, Calvin, and awake.’

The first words which Calvin Frye uttered, after a long while, he began to come around were: ‘I don’t want to stay. I want to go.’ Mrs. Eddy now turned to the others, who had remained passive onlookers, and said: ‘Just listen to that!’ A little while later the students took him from the room; and the following day he went about his duties as usual. No one felt inclined to rehearse the experience in front of him. In Mr. Dickey’s words, however, ‘that fact remains that Calvin Frye had passed through what mortal mind calls “death,” and the grave had been cheated of its victim by our Leader’s quick and effective work.’
_________________

During the building of the Mother Church one of the key workers passed on and a group of students set to work to restore him. They met with no apparent success. One of the students records that Mrs. Eddy later told him never to work to bring a man back. He then understood that one would never correct the belief that man dies in the material body while holding a belief that he has lived in it and must return to it.
_________________

There is also this reported statement by Mrs. Eddy: ‘Discord comes from looking away from all – thinking there is something else. You heal disease by knowing there is none. You heal sin and death in the same way.’
_________________

A student once told Mrs. Eddy that she had restored a horse that had passed out. Mrs. Eddy replied encouragingly, although she corrected her as follows: ‘There is no life in matter to pass out; so do not put any into it.’ Again, she said, ‘If you argue “there is no pain, no catarrh” and so forth, you are putting your weight on the side of error. Take the side with God and put all the balance there. That is what is needed.’
_________________

A member of Mrs. Eddy’s household had an appointment with the dentist and Mrs. Eddy needed her just when the appointment was scheduled and would not let her go. She said that if she had, she would have been allowing mortal mind to rob what should be sacrificed for the whole world’s good. (?) The need was met without the dentist and the tooth filled with substance.
_________________

Mrs. Eddy passed a drunken man in Lynn and turned to the one with her and said, ‘If that is the man I see, that is the man I am and I refuse it because it is not the man I wish to be.’ The man was healed.
_________________

Eddy-brought-message-of-hope-healingA reporter once asked Mrs. Eddy for a brief definition of Christian Science treatment. She thought a moment and said, ‘Absolute acknowledgement of present perfection.’ The reporter was not a Christian Scientist and did not become one. Yet many years later he found himself on what he was told was his death-bed, and these words came back to him and restored him to health.
_________________

Mrs. Eddy went to a case where the patient was dying with pneumonia and the room was filled with relatives and friends. She was propped up in the bed with pillows. Mrs. Eddy went to her and yanked the pillows out from under her and said, ‘You are not going to do what these people think you are going to do.’ The patient was healed.
_________________

A student told Mrs. Eddy of a case of bronchial trouble that she had been endeavoring to heal without success. Mrs. Eddy leaned over the desk and shook her finger at her saying, ‘What are bronchial tubes for?’ Then she answered her own question, ‘They are to be used to sing praises to the Lord, and for nothing else.’ The student’s patient was healed in that hour.
_________________

One of the students who lived at the Metaphysical College in its early days on Columbus Avenue had had difficulty in walking upstairs since childhood. One day she was struggling up to the third floor, and when only halfway up said out loud, ‘I know I’ll never get to the top.’ At this moment Mrs. Eddy (then Glover) appeared at a door nearby. ‘Run up those stairs,’ she commanded, ‘run up those stairs.’ The student obeyed and found out that from then on she had no difficulty in climbing stairs.
_________________

One of Mrs. Eddy’s students had worked for herself without success and had had another student work for her without success; and she was nearly passing on. Mrs. Eddy sent a message to her which read as follows: God gave you an abiding sense of Life that needs not to be fought for. Remember this and you will live forever. She recovered at once.
_________________

Frequently during my visits with Mrs. Eddy, she would give answers to questions put to her. One day I asked her, ‘Mother, where will we be after we pass on?’ She quickly answered, ‘Why, right here, dear, only we shall be much freer because we are freed from the necessity of handling material sense. After we pass on, the moral laws obeyed here will count as blessings in spiritual sense.’
_________________

Someone in the room was speaking. ‘Instead of speaking of joints, I should have said,’ this one said, ‘locomotion and action is perfect.’ Mrs. Eddy said: ‘Yes, in declaring the perfection of all things begin with God, not with matter. You do not arrive at perfection by thinking of material organism. Begin with Mind and keep your thought away from all things material.’
_________________

One day Mrs. Eddy touched Adam Dickey’s hand with her finger and asked him, ‘What is this?’ He replied, ‘Matter.’ She said, ‘It is not; it is Spirit.’ Then another time she looked at him and said, ‘You are Spirit.’ And he said, ‘No, Mother, I am spiritual.’ She said in a very emphatic way, ‘You are Spirit.’ And he said, ‘Mother, I do not see that.’ She said, ‘You are Spirit,’ the third time, but he said he could not see it. When he was going to his room he met Mrs. Sargent and told her of the conversation with Mrs. Eddy and she said, ‘Oh, Mr. Dickey, why did you say that! Mother was trying to give you her highest teaching.’
_________________

When Mrs. Dunbar’s sister died, Mrs. Eddy said, ‘So the saintly sister has gone higher. She is not dead but lives. Consumption never killed her. Today she is free from this belief. When we are on the same plane of consciousness we know and can converse with another.’
_________________

Mrs. Sargent asked Mrs. Eddy how she did her marvelous healing in the early days and she replied with a smile, after being silent a moment: ‘I just got out of God’s way.’

In the morning of the day when Mrs. Eddy took her last drive Mrs. Sargent opened her Bible and thought, ‘I wish I might ask Mother what this means.’ As Mrs. Eddy was arranging her bonnet she said, ‘Laura, do not bring your questions to me, take them to God. You lose your answer if you take them to me.’
_________________

mary-2-thumbA little boy said to his mother, ‘If Mrs. Eddy should say a blossom would come out, wouldn’t it?’ His mother said, ‘No, not at this time of the year’ (in winter). Some days later Mrs. Eddy said to the boy, ‘I will tell you something if you will not tell anyone.’ He asked if he could tell his mama. Mrs. Eddy said, ‘No, not anyone.’ He said, ‘Well, I will not.’ Then Mrs. Eddy said, ‘You see that apple tree?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ She said, ‘Now watch that tree every day and you will seem a blossom come on it.’ He did so and in three days there was a blossom and she had him pick it.
_________________

A student went to Mrs. Eddy after having worked on a problem and asked her why she did not receive her results, why she had not had her work rewarded by demonstration. Mrs. Eddy replied, ‘You have done everything rightly, but you have failed to do one thing and that is to stick to it. Error has an end. Truth is eternal.’
_________________

Mr. and Mrs. Riley were asked to pay a call on Mrs. Eddy shortly after they had both lost a son and another dear one. Since Mrs. Eddy was having much to meet in the Field at that time, they were determined not to let their own grief appear in the interview and sought to clear their thoughts of the grief entirely. When they went to see her, so far as they knew they had eliminated this from their thoughts; but Mrs. Eddy was keen to read thought and in the midst of the conversation said, ‘Now in regard to death: Suppose you were sitting in this chair and I was sitting in that one conversing with you, and suddenly an archer should shoot an arrow into your heart from that window.

‘You would experience a sudden shock, a commotion within, nothing more. You would try to continue our conversation, but I, believing the arrow had killed you, could no longer converse with you; so you would arise from your chair, leaving no body in the chair, and go among those you could converse with, while I would have to bury my belief of you which was still in the chair.’ She declared death was just like that.
_________________

Mrs. Eddy seemed disturbed about something. A student undertook to rebuke her by saying, ‘Don’t you say in Science and Health that it is error to murmur or to be angry over sin?’ Mrs. Eddy replied, ‘I shall have to take that statement out of Science and Health.’