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Gestefeld, Ursula Newell (22 April 1845–22 October 1921), metaphysical writer and lecturer, was born in Augusta, Maine. Few details are known of her early life. She spent most of her career in Chicago.

Apparently not plagued by poverty, Gestefeld’s childhood household seemed preoccupied with illness. Ursula, like her mother a chronically sickly person, was given little hope of living beyond childhood. Yet, like so many eventually affiliated with New Thought and Christian Science, Gestefeld healed herself through “mind cure,” a term that emerged in the United States partly to describe the pioneering work of visionary farmer and healer ...