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By learning that matter is but manifest mortal mind. You entertain an adipose belief of your self as substance;

6whereas, substance means more than matter: it is the glory and permanence of Spirit: it is that which is hoped for but unseen, that which the material senses

9cannot take in. Have you never been so preoccupied in thought when moving your body, that you did this with- out consciousness of its weight? If never in your waking

12hours, you have been in your night-dreams; and these tend to elucidate your day-dream, or the mythical nature of matter, and the possibilities of mind when let loose

15from its own beliefs. In sleep, a sense of the body ac- companies thought with less impediment than when awake, which is the truer sense of being. In Science,

18body is the servant of Mind, not its master: Mind is supreme. Science reverses the evidence of material sense with the spiritual sense that God, Spirit, is the only

21substance; and that man, His image and likeness, is spiritual, not material. This great Truth does not de- stroy but substantiates man's identity, — together with

24his immortality and preexistence, or his spiritual co- existence with his Maker. That which has a beginning must have an ending.

27What should one conclude as to Professor Carpenter's exhibitions of mesmerism?

That largely depends upon what one accepts as either

30useful or true. I have no knowledge of mesmerism,

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1practically or theoretically, save as I measure its demon- strations as a false belief, and avoid all that works ill. If

3mesmerism has the power attributed to it by the gentle- man referred to, it should neither be taught nor practised, but should be conscientiously condemned. One thing

6is quite apparent; namely, that its so-called power is despotic, and Mr. Carpenter deserves praise for his public exposure of it. If such be its power, I am opposed to it,

9as to every form of error, — whether of ignorance or fanaticism, prompted by money-making or malice. It is enough for me to know that animal magnetism is neither

12of God nor Science.

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