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The Legacy of Mary Baker Eddy

The Legacy of Mary Baker Eddy

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Published by Cheryl Petersen
Mary Baker Eddy died 100 years ago, leaving an impressive track-record. Scientists today are following her thoughts on Mind-healing.
Mary Baker Eddy died 100 years ago, leaving an impressive track-record. Scientists today are following her thoughts on Mind-healing.

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Published by: Cheryl Petersen on Nov 28, 2010
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The Legacy of Mind-healing is Growing
By Cheryl Petersen
Mary Baker Eddy, a 19th-century religious icon, died 100 years ago, leaving behind an intriguingtrack-record and a sizable contribution to the legacy of mind-healing.When other Americans were pioneering land in the West, Eddy was pioneering the frontier ofthe mind and its ability to produce well-being. Although her findings were controversial, shediscovered a distinct correlation between health, religion and science; eventually writing andpublishing a book on the subject of mind-healing titled "Science and Health with Key to theScriptures."At the time of her death in 1910, Mary Baker Eddy was a household name in America, not onlybecause she broke ground for the common people to harness the power of mind over matter,but also because she went on to establish a church of her own, representing the equality of menand women to lead in religion.Eddy was born in the year 1821. Relatively speaking, her childhood was mild. She had parentswho were caring and loving, who were pillars in the community, and who, like most parents,believed their children were special and destined for great things.However, Eddy matured into a submissive woman typical to the 19th-century attitude thatwomen were to get married and bear children. She married in 1843, but her husband died ofYellow Fever just before the birth of her first child. After her son's birth, he was eventually put inthe care of foster parents. Eddy remarried in 1853, but divorced her second husband due to hisuntamed absences and unwillingness to unite Eddy with her child.It would not be until 1965 before the term "midlife crisis" was coined, but Eddy appeared to be aprime candidate confirming the phase. In her early 40s, with nerve-racking relationshipsplaguing her, along with chronic weak health, Eddy made a titanic shift in her life direction andbegan an indefatigable search for a yet undefined dream. Her goal targeted the power of mind.Mind activity had been observed for thousands of years and mind-study generally includedfunctions not obviously visible to the physical senses, such as mindfulness, awareness, intellect,and other mental capabilities. Eddy pushed the subject of mind to include functions visible to thephysical senses, such as improved physical strength and life situations via the mind. She madethe bold statements that matter is not the solid substance it appears to be, and that mind ismore substantial than it appears to be.Having strong Christian proclivities, Eddy also naturally looked to Christ Jesus to support hervision of a powerful mind. Her study advanced to outlining a metaphysical system of divinehealing, later branded Christian Science.Eddy had to pace herself. The formulation of Christian Science did not come in a snap. At first,mind-healing seemed mind-boggling. She read voraciously, and experimented in order todevelop a skill-set she wasn't reluctant to use. She also networked with other alternativehealers; one in particular was Phineas Quimby, a magnetic healer. Eddy tried homeopathicremedies containing untraceable amounts of medicine and finally concluded that affects

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