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May 31st, 2003

passing in the hallway

"The man who owned the heartache that lived on the stair passed me in the night, whistling "Memories of You". I stared, too frightened to move, for fear my eyes shown a light, on the darkness he drew as a cloak all around his shoulder"--Bill Nelson

When I read (or, more precisely, scan/read) the Mary Baker Eddy biography recently, what struck me most was her obsession with the notion that metaphysical rivals were inflicting "malicious animal magnetism" upon her. Her credo, after all, was that through positive thinking and faith, one can access all the blessings of Heaven. Yet her certainty that the power of negative thinking worked adverse effects on her stands as a stark reminder of the flip side of this thinking.

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