Well, let me assure you of this, early in your ministry. If you ever get to know the sweet and gentle and lovely women that I have known who had cancer, you will know that there never was enough hate, envy, or jealousy in them to produce such a horrid disease. If you ever meet the amount of wonderfully sweet men and women all crippled up with arthritis and rheumatism, you will know that there is not enough concentrated sin in their thought to produce that horror of crippling arthritis and so forth.
Never, never if you hope to succeed with the Infinite Way, never believe that there is a specific mental cause for a specific mental disease. Impersonalize and know this. You haven’t got a patient who has an evil thought. All evil thought is a part of what Paul called the carnal mind. That isn’t your mind or mine, even when a little of the carnal mind tries to pump itself through us. If isn’t your mind or my mind, your mind is the mind that was in Christ Jesus.
The carnal mind, which later Mrs. Eddy called mortal mind, which in my work I usually term the fleshly mind or the mind of humans, that’s the thing that embodies sin, disease, and death. But it isn’t a mind, and it has no law, and it has no effect. And if you nullify it there, it’s dead. And the first thing you know, you’ll find your patient saying to you, “I don’t feel so resentful; my nature is changing, and my health is changing.” Never pin a discordant trait or quality onto your patient or your student. You will be malpracticing them. You will be bearing false witness against your neighbor, for your neighbor whom you are to love as your Self, your neighbor is God manifest. The Son of God, the offspring of God; the pure mind, life, soul, and spirit of God. That’s who your patient is, and that’s who your student is, and that’s who your neighbor is.
True Being, that is your neighbor. Never acknowledge any sin or you will be bearing false witness against your neighbor. And then once you are able to do that you can say to hate, envy, jealousy, malice, greed, lust, animality, and all these negative things, you can lump them in one word: carnal mind, nothingness, no avenue, no channel through which to operate, no person to inflict with itself. Carnal mind has no law to sustain it. Do you understand that God is law? Do you understand that God is infinite? Then do you understand that the law of God is infinite? And therefore carnal mind can’t have a law. Mortal mind can’t have a law. The fleshly mind can’t have a law. It’s called enmity against God. It is enmity against God in the sense that it is a lie against God. In the same way that I say there’s a lie against you. If anyone says you are envious, or jealous, or hateful, or malicious, or greedy, or lustful, I say that is a lie against you.
For you are the temple of the living God, know Ye not. You are the temple of the living God. Know Ye not that your body is the temple of the living God. Have that mind in you. Awake. Awake thou that sleepest. Let Christ inform you that you have that mind which was also in Christ Jesus. You are the temple of God. You are God’s manifestation of Its own being. You are as immortal as God. What about the man who did not think it unseemly to make himself equal with God? Who is this man who did not think it unseemly to make himself equal to God—a Hebrew rabbi and down in the temple. So little thought of it that they crucified him. But he did not think it unseemly to make himself equal to God. How equal? The offspring of God, having all the qualities of God.
So you see, unless you have the single I, you cannot heal. If you are double-minded, you cannot heal. If you really believe that you have a patient who has negative, erroneous thoughts, and they’re going to translate themselves into negative, erroneous conditions, you’re not ready to heal spiritually. You are only ready to heal spiritually if you, yourself have the mind that was also in Christ Jesus. And that mind said to the woman taken in adultery, “Neither do I condemn thee.” That mind said to the man on the cross, “I will take you with me this night into paradise.”
Don’t try to heal with the carnal mind. You won’t succeed. The carnal mind is a mind divided against itself. It is a belief in good and evil. And so it is, that it judges by appearances, and it says, “Oh, here’s a true teacher, oh, he must be good.” And then it looks down the street and sees a gambler and it says, “Oh, he’s a gambler, he must be bad.” Well, maybe the man’s mother or wife doesn’t think so. And the other way around, too.
Remember this, you cannot heal if you are double-minded. You cannot heal if you are still indulging that carnal mind that lets you see good and evil.