Revelations 12

it doesn’t take God long to correct my conceptual mistakes – the last 4 weeks I’ve taken a liking to naming mortal existence as physical reality – oh well nothing like God correcting me – how about this article for some insight.   It’s a great read and covers so much I have been pondering this last month…   Still more research to do and understanding to gain – “not material but spiritual” and how the “physical/human” resonates with that. Especially when S&H 115 has mortal mind definition as first degree – depravity – PHYSCIAL, second – evil beliefs disappearing – moral and third degree – understanding – Spiritual.  MBE makes it clear “Under the supremacy of Spirit, it will be seen and acknowledge that matter must disappear.” – although I like the synopsis put forward I am yet to research… “There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.”????????

EXERPTS FROM AN ADDRESS GIVEN TO THE DEPARTMENT OF CARE AT CHESTNUT HILL, MASSACHUSETTS,   BY RALPH E. WAGERS, C.S.B.

Now I thought I would like to talk to you just a little about my present work and why I am doing what I am doing. Let me just say that I entered the practice of Christian Science in Chicago, in 1925, and I was actively engaged in it until 1946, when I went on the Board of Lectureship, and was on the Board of Lectureship until 1960, and then I served as associate editor of our religious periodicals until 1965, and then I went over as manager of the Board of Lectureship until January, 1969. And then I decided that I wanted to withdraw from the administrative work and I would like to tell you why.

I have witnessed tremendous growth in our movement. You folks will remember that from along in the 1920’s and 1930’s we just grew by leaps and bounds, and then in the `40’s we sort of leveled off, and then in the `50’s and 60’s we have been going down hill. There is no need of our denying it, that is just what has been going on, and that has troubled me greatly.

I have wondered why, and I wondered why I wasn’t doing better healing work and just what I needed to know. And so I decided that I would like to devote my time wholly to the practice and to research, if we want to call it that, to learn, to understand some of the things I had been talking about and teaching. You know it is awfully easy to teach what you have been taught to teach, but what does it mean?

I have felt that what I wanted to do was to find out where we are going wrong. Altogether too many Christian Scientists are not being healed, or not being healed quickly and permanently — fine workers, good practitioners, good teachers, and all. I kept asking myself why, why is this going on, why am I not doing better work? I could certainly talk it in pretty good shape, but what about proving it?

And so I just decided that I would like to spend as much time as possible in research, and it was something our Leader said that encouraged me and it awakened me to the term of “animal magnetism.” And I really believe that all the way through the difficulties that we are really enduring is due to our lack of ability to perceive and handle the claims of animal magnetism.

I believe that un-handled animal magnetism is at the bottom of all our difficulties. But our Leader said this: “I shall not forget the cost of investigating, for this age, the methods and power of error.

While the ways, means, and potency of Truth had flowed into my consciousness as easily as dawns the morning light and shadows flee, the metaphysical mystery of error — its hidden paths, purpose, and fruits — at first defied me.

I was saying all the time, “Come not thou into the secret” — but at length took up the research according to God’s command.” Misc. 222:29.

And I thought, how grateful I am that she did, because if she hadn’t taken up this research, it is possible that we wouldn’t have Christian Science today. And I have wondered, if we don’t take up that research and follow our Leader in it, if we will have Christian Science tomorrow. That’s the thing that disturbs me.

And so, in really digging into this thing, I find the 12th Chapter of Revelation to be more and more meaningful to me, and perhaps if we just spoke about it a little bit.

Mrs. Eddy speaks of the 12th Chapter as having a special suggestiveness in conjunction with the 19th Century. She speaks of the distinctive feature as reference to the present age. So, this isn’t just something in old literature, this 12th Chapter of Revelation has something to do with us right now, and I began to appreciate it more, to see as Mrs. Eddy says, the woman in the Apocalypse symbolizes the spiritual idea of God, and that this spiritual idea of God is typified by the woman in travail, bringing forth a man child.

And then, the dragon she says, stands for the sum total of human error and it is holding untiring watch, to impede the offspring of the spiritual idea, which is Science. Mrs. Eddy says, from Genesis to the Apocalypse, the serpent and dragon pursue with hatred the spiritual idea. S&H 564:30. Where? In individual and collective human consciousness.

Then, that Chapter speaks of a war in heaven, in which Michael overcame the dragon and casts the dragon to earth. There is where I began to prick up my ears. Here, the dragon was endeavoring to stop the unfoldment, the coming of Christian Science, and it couldn’t do it. Now what is it doing? Being wroth with the woman, it has come to the late war with the remnant of her seed. Who is the remnant of her seed? You. Me.

And then the attempt of the dragon is to prevent the fulfillment of Christian Science. It couldn’t prevent the appearing of it, the unfolding of it but, now it would try to prevent the fulfillment.

Now, I want to read just a couple of paragraphs from Adam Dickey’s Memoirs. I know that they are not legitimate as far as the publication of the book is concerned, but the things that he has in there, there is no question about it at all.

Mrs. Eddy told Mr. Dickey, “If you stay here until you learn to handle animal magnetism, I will make healers of you. I had to do it and did it for forty years and I understood it all. Now it has gotten to the point where the students must take up this work and meet animal magnetism.

I cannot do it for you, you must do it yourself, and unless it is done, the Cause will perish and we will go along another 1,900 years with the world sunk into the blackest night.”

Then, she says, “Now will you rouse yourselves. You have all the power of God with you to conquer this lie of mesmerism. The workers in the field are not healing because they are not meeting animal magnetism, which says they cannot heal.”

That’s pretty straight stuff, don’t you see, and it is something that gave me a great deal to meet in my own thought, because, “What, me?” Why, I handle animal magnetism, I teach my pupils to handle animal magnetism, of course I do. Sure, superficially, perfunctorily. I know in a way what the claim of animal magnetism is, Mrs. Eddy has outlined it. I know what its intent is, and I have been teaching that and trying to handle it, but there was something I learned that I hadn’t seen before and that was its strategy!

Its claim is one thing, its intent is another, its intent is its “what” but its strategy is its “how,” and that is something I hadn’t been awakened to. I could see that what it would do would be to substitute error for truth in my consciousness, or substituting sense for Soul – which it does – that is its way, but there was something I had to learn. And it was this, that it would substitute the lesser for the greater in my consciousness, and get me so involved with the lesser, that I would lose sight of the greater.

I could see that it would substitute organization for church, or movement, and get us so involved with organization that we would lose sight of movement. It would substitute human effort for divine unfoldment, and how it would do that – – and this is something that was awfully hard for me to take, it would substitute healing for demonstration!

With all that Mrs. Eddy said about healing, I just couldn’t see how that was the lesser. But, you see she said that Jesus’ healing was not alone to restore health, but to demonstrate his divine Principle. And, one of the definitions of “Church” is, “and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and healing the sick.” S&H 583:17. It would substitute “servant” for “son,” it would substitute “labor” for “work,” it would substitute “mechanics” for “inspiration.”

For instance, in the reading of our Lesson, suppose we just go through it mechanically, and lose sight of the inspiration that it brings us. What good would it do us? What good would it do us just to go through the motions of it as perhaps others would in religious exercises. And, then I could see how, in connection with nursing, it would substitute the physical for the metaphysical, and get us so involved in the physical that we would lose sight of the metaphysical.

Now, to me, I haven’t anything against organization as you know, but I do believe that church, or movement, is greater and includes the lesser, and that if we approach the organization from the standpoint of the movement, we have a much more vital organization. And, now with healing, I just feel that healing is so important, but I think it is of lesser importance than demonstration. Perhaps I can give you an illustration of that.

A fine practitioner came to see me one day on crutches, and she had had a fall and had injured her hip, and she had had, I think, four or five practitioners over a period of a couple of years and wasn’t getting anywhere, and when she came to me, I thought, “Well gee whiz, am I just going to be another practitioner on this case? She has worn out four or five of them already.”
And so I said to her something like this, “Do you really believe that God can take care of this?”
And, she said, “Of course I do, don’t you?”
“Well,” I said, “you know I have a question about it. I have a doubt about it..”
“You do?”
“Yes, I do.”
“Well,” she said, “what do you mean?”
I said, “Answer this; where was God when this accident happened? Was he on the job or was he off on a little picnic or something? He certainly didn’t cause it to happen, but did he permit or allow it to happen?”
She said, “But, here it is!”
I said, “That’s the trouble. If God had permitted it or allowed it to happen, I don’t believe that I am bigger than God that I can pick up the pieces and put it back together again, so I suppose I just will have to let it continue as it is.”
She said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
I said, “It never happened! That’s the fact! Accidents are unknown to Mind. And, here we are assuming that something happened under the government of God and we are going to try to correct it, we are going to try to heal it.”
“Well,” she said, “if we demonstrated that it never happened, that would be the healing of it, wouldn’t it?”
And, I said, “It sure would.”

And I do believe that we are going on healing, and healing and healing something, assuming that it has happened under God’s government and care, and just keep going and going and going, rather than checking ourselves and saying, “How could this thing be?” That is just one phase of the demonstration.

I might say that very soon she was coming in with a cane rather than crutches, and she moved out of the country and the last I heard from her was that she was working out in her garden, so I feel that perhaps something had happened there.

There is something that, if we are looking for it, that there are going to be two words that I am going to stress, as I have stressed them with myself, they are “animal magnetism” and “metaphysics.” I think those two words we have used and used, and have gotten so familiar with them that we lie right down beside them and go to sleep with them. But, we have to wake up and see what these terms mean.

And, in this week’s Lesson, if we are looking for things that will be helpful to us, we will find them, but so often we just go over them and read them and read them. In this week’s Lesson there is a statement, “Matter examined in the light of divine metaphysics, disappears.” S&H 274:31. I think that is a marvelous statement, but body doesn’t disappear, matter disappears!

Now, the last time I had the privilege of talking to superintendents of nurses, we got into the subject of the distinction between the human and mortal, in order to understand the relationship of the human to the divine. I believe that throughout the movement there is not a clear-cut recognition of the distinction between the “human,” and the “mortal.” We sort of take those words as meaning one and the same thing. Haven’t you found that to be the case in your experience?

Mrs. Eddy, in many instances, doesn’t make any distinction between “human” and “mortal,” but when she does, she does it in unmistakable terms, like when she speaks of the coincidence of the divine with the human being the “acme of Christian Science.” Misc. 100:22. She never speaks of the coincidence of the divine with the mortal.

I am going to use a little chart here that has been helpful to me and has been helpful to others, just to get straight on this human and divine, human and mortal. Just head the first column: “Divine,” the second column: “human,” and the third column: “mortal.”

Divine——human—— mortal

All right, where do we go from here? Let’s go to the dictionary. We find that the word, “divine” means, “of and pertaining to God.” The word, “human” means, “of and pertaining to mankind. And, the word, “mortal” means, “of and pertaining to death, or subject to death.” So, now we have the technical distinction between those three terms.

Suppose now we see the human and mortal as related. Underlying every normal human footstep, or concept, that includes body, home, church, or whatever it might be, there is the adverse influence of mortal mind, limiting, restricting, perverting, destroying, distorting, and about the only thing we can be completely sure of with this is that sometimes the “human” is willing to completely fulfill the “mortal” and die. Then, maybe get around to the “divine” in some unknown way.

Now, if we put a line from the Divine to the human, and see the relationship of the human to the divine, we will see that underlying every normal human footstep or concept there is a “divine” law, sustaining it, protecting it, preserving it, and making it fruitful. And in the degree that this is fulfilled, this is overcoming, step by step by step, and that is putting off mortality and putting on immortality.

Now, we have this example: Let us assume that the first column represents $10.00 of gold or its equivalent in the treasury, and the second column is a $10.00 bill, and the third column is a $10.00 counterfeit:

$10.00 gold—$10.00 bill—$10.00 counterfeit

Now, the $10.00 counterfeit bill looks exactly like the genuine $10.00 bill, but it has nothing back of it in the treasury, so it is a rank deception.

The genuine $10.00 bill has no intrinsic value, no value in the paper it is written on, its value is in the $10.00 of gold [silver] with which it coincides. As long as this relationship is maintained, the $10.00 bill will do anything that the $10.00 of gold [silver] will do. Then, the integrity of this bill is not in the paper it is written on, it is in the law which relates it to the gold or the silver. The genuine $10.00 bill has redemptive value; when it is redeemed, you get something in its place, and then it is put out of circulation.

But, the counterfeit $10.00 bill has no redemption value – it has nothing back of it, so the moment it is detected, it is put out of circulation.

Now, we go a little further here, and say that the first column represents “Christ,” the second column represents “Jesus,” and the third column, “Adam.”

“Christ”—-“Jesus”—-“Adam”

The coincidence of the “Christ” with “Jesus” is the remedy for “Adam,” or error.

Now, in connection with this there are two terms, “resurrection,” and “ascension.” Resurrection is the human YIELDING to the divine. S&H 593:9. The ascension is the human YIELDED to the divine. We are in the resurrection now, where we experience, “spiritualization of thought, a new and higher idea of immortality and spiritual existence, material being yielding to spiritual understanding.”

In the resurrection, mortality is overcome. In the ascension, the human is yielded up and we have only the Divine, which is all we had in the first place from an absolute standpoint. Now, every bit of healing that is taking place today in Christian Science is taking place in the resurrection. Let’s be sure of that! It is where spiritualization of thought is entering in, where a newer and higher idea of immortality or spiritual existence is coming to the fore, where material being is yielding to spiritual understanding.

Now, I’m going to do something here. I am going to make another column, and under the divine, I’m going to call it “metaphysical,” and under the human, “physical,” and under the mortal, “material.”

Divine——Metaphysical
Human——-Physical
Mortal——Material

Now, we are going to gain some sense of the relationship between the physical and the metaphysical rather than the physical to the material! I think right here I would like to give you an illustration. We’ll use a hand, and let’s say I ask you what it is, and you say, “it is matter, flesh, blood, bones, mortal, material.”
And I say to you, “would you be willing to refer to it as a `human concept,'”
and you say, “a human concept of what?”
“Well, a human concept of some faculty or capacity of the divine Mind.”
“Oh, yes!” you respond!
“Then the integrity of this hand is not in the hand, but rather, in the divine Mind, just as the integrity of the genuine $10.00 bill is not in the bill, but what is back of it in the treasury!”

Now, suppose an abnormal growth comes on this hand. You say, “is that a human concept too?”

“No, I would call that a mortal belief.”

You say, “Well, is the integrity of that abnormal growth in the divine Mind?”

“No,” I would respond, “there is nothing abnormal in the divine Mind to which the growth can be related in any way, any more than the counterfeit $10.00 bill has in relation to the $10.00 of gold in the treasury.”

All right. Now you see that the integrity of this hand is in the divine Mind but not the integrity of the growth. This would be a Christian Science treatment, which would destroy the growth, but not the hand!

If they were both the same, the treatment would destroy the hand too! So, let us be sure that in metaphysics, in Christian Science, nothing normal in the human sense of things is destroyed. It is preserved. The only thing that is destroyed is that which would limit or restrict, or pervert, or destroy, or distort it, because only the mortal is put off, whereas the human is redeemed and saved!

Now, I think this is basic to our approach to the human body, to the human situation, to an organ, a gland, or a cell. If it is true that the integrity of the hand is in the divine Mind, then the integrity of every organ, cell, gland, tissue of the human body, is in the divine Mind, and the divine Mind preserves it.

You remember Mrs. Eddy says, “Sin, sickness and death must at length quail before the divine rights of intelligence, and then the power of Mind over the entire functions and organs of the human system will be acknowledged.” S&H 384:30.

So, we have to realize that Christian Science teaches a very close relationship between the divine and the human, just as it does in Christ and Jesus, don’t you see? She says, “John saw the human and divine coincidence shown in the man Jesus, as divinity embracing humanity in Life and its demonstration, reducing to human perception and understanding the Life which is God.” S&H 516:16.

Now, to go on from there. Sometime ago, I was asked to write an article on “Spiritual Healing,” for our periodicals, and I was just thrilled. I liked that, so I want to get busy on it, and I thought I would find out what Mrs. Eddy has to say about the subject.

How many times do you think Mrs. Eddy mentions spiritual healing in “Science and Health?” Once!

How many times does she mention spiritual healing in her “Prose Works?” Three times!

That’s all she says about it. But what about “metaphysical healing?” She mentions metaphysical healing seven times in “Science and Health,” and twenty-five times in “Prose Works.”

And, I tell you, it gave me a much better appreciation of this word, “metaphysics.” As I said, I had been so familiar with it, so acquainted with it, that I could lie right down beside it and go to sleep.

And now I am beginning to see what we should all consider very seriously – getting a right sense of body, a right sense of the physical. And I would bet you, and I’m not a betting man, that if most of you would be honest, you would say that you have always thought of the physical and material as practically the same thing. Haven’t you? I had! It is going to surprise you greatly to see that metaphysics takes the physical out of matter and puts it into Mind, and we are going to see how it does it, right now.

The thing that awakened me to this, I think, more than I can say, is that wonderful statement of Paul’s, where he said, “Present your bodies a living sacrifice, wholly acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service, and be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

“Living sacrifice,” I couldn’t get that, for mostly a sacrifice is a dead sacrifice, you know. But, “present your bodies “a living sacrifice, wholly acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Rom. 12:1. To me, that means that, today, if we will understand our body rightly, every heart beat glorifies God, every breath we take glorifies God, every action of the body glorifies God. See: I Cor. 6:20. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could get that sense of body?

Now, I am convinced, that our greatest difficulty in healing is our faulty sense of body. I don’t think there is any question about it. Suppose now that I have a lens here that has a distortion in it and I give this lens to you and say, “Now look at this picture,” and I take a lens that hasn’t any distortion and I look through the undistorted lens at the picture. You are going to see a distorted picture and I am going to see a picture that is straight. So we get to talking about it. Well, we can’t get together, and so I say to you, “Take that to the shop and have them take the distortion out of it.”

So, you take the picture with you, keeping on the distorted lens, and you come back and say, “I can’t do anything with it, the distortion is just there!”

Now then, if I give you my undistorted lens, and you look at it, you see the thing as it is. There never were two pictures, and the distortion was never in the picture!

We look at the physical body through the lens of material sense and we see it to be material. We look at it through the lens of spiritual sense, metaphysical sense, and we see it as it really is, and we are going to see what it really is! That is one illustration that I have, but I want you to pass this around. I want to show you a nice blue sheet of paper. Isn’t that a nice blue sheet of paper?

(Much laughter) (Blue sheet encased in a clear yellow plastic, so it appeared green!)

Now, I know that’s a blue sheet of paper, but everyone of you thinks it is a green sheet, don’t you? Because its green, isn’t it? All right, but it’s blue! Only, its been put behind yellow plastic. But its blue and it was always blue, it wasn’t green at all. Now, suppose we think of the blue as the divine and the green as the human.

Isn’t that what it appears to be? It doesn’t appear to be blue, does it? It appears to be something else! But, isn’t it blue?

You say, “Well, if this isn’t green, if it is blue, I am going to throw this green thing away and put it in the waste basket.” But, you are throwing away the blue!

You say, “Well, if the human isn’t real, why not let’s dispose of it, destroy it?”

You can’t do it, any more than you can dispose of the green here, without disposing of the blue. You see what I mean? How we get fooled by the senses.

Now, I wish you to make a note of this article I wrote in the December, 1957, Journal, “What Of Our Bodies?” It has to do with a healing that I had when I was on the Board of Lectureship.

I had a terribly infected finger and it just loomed up there and it touched everything! Even a handkerchief was like a knife going through it. I had done everything I knew how. I was taking a train from Sacramento to Portland and I didn’t relish that long day’s trip. I sat down in the parlor car and turned to God and said, “God, what can I do?”

And I heard the voice, “You can read “Science and Health.”

And I thought, “For heaven’s sake, I have read “Science and Health” and read it and read it and read it.”

“All right,” I said, and I found myself opening to page 427:23, where it says, “Immortal Mind, governing all, must be acknowledged as supreme in the physical realm, so-called, as well as in the spiritual.”

I was a little disturbed by the “physical realm” business there. Being material, how could immortal Mind be supreme in it?

“But,” I said, and I found myself opening to page 384:30, and read, “Sickness, sin and death must at length quail before the divine rights of intelligence and then the power of Mind over the entire functions and organs of the human system will be acknowledged.”

These two statements brought to thought more clearly than ever before that unless we consciously place our human bodies under the jurisdiction of immortal Mind, and keep them there, we unconsciously permit them to be under the jurisdiction of mortal mind with its numerous oppressive beliefs.

The acknowledgment of immortal Mind’s supremacy in the physical realm, so- called, brought welcome relief and soon the finger was normal.

The practitioner should also endeavor to free the minds of patients from any sense of subordination to their bodies since God maintains human health and life.

Now, I am going to switch a little and consider the physical as related to the metaphysical, rather than to the material, and I’m going to use two inter-locking columns here.

Physical—- Moral/Mental—-Spiritual

Even the doctors are recognizing that the mental and physical have a great deal in common, in fact, that the physical is more or less mental. We know it is mental. We are dealing with the physical as a mental state rather than a material state.

You say, “No! You have to have matter to have form and structure!” That isn’t true! Form and structure are mental, not material. Mind forms!

Mrs. Eddy talks about body and soul and she says, “Identity is the reflection of Spirit, the reflection in multifarious forms of the living Principle, Love.”

When we separate the physical and mental, as we ordinarily do, from the moral and spiritual, we get into all kinds of difficulties. But, here the Christ comes along and says, “there is no separation, these are one.” So we see the spiritual, moral, mental, physical, AS ONE, and inseparable. And this removes the belief that the physical is material!

Now, would you believe that Mrs. Eddy has said some things about mental and physical perfection, as related to Spirit? Let’s see what she says here. I am going to read a little bit here that you are all familiar with but I don’t think it will do any harm.

“In the material world, thought has brought to light with great rapidity many useful wonders. With like activity have thought’s swift pinions been rising towards the realm of the real, to the spiritual cause of those lower things which give impulse to inquiry.

Belief in a material basis from which may be deduced all rationality, is slowly yielding to the idea of a metaphysical basis, looking away from matter to Mind as the cause of every effect.

In this revolutionary period, like the shepherd-boy with his sling, woman goes forth to battle Goliath.” S&H 268.

Now the thing I want to call particularly to your attention are these statements about metaphysics.

“Metaphysics is above physics, and matter does not enter into metaphysical premises or conclusions. The categories of metaphysics rests on one basis, the divine Mind. Metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul.” S&H 269:11.

Let me read to you from Misc. 252:15, and take these down, if you will please:

“Christian Science is not only the acme of Science but the crown of Christianity. It is universal. It appeals to man as man; to the whole and not to a portion; to man physically, as well as spiritually, and to all mankind.”

See how she relates the physical and the spiritual there? Then, on page 234:18 of Misc., I will read the little preamble where she says,

“That one should have ventured on such unfamiliar ground, and, self-forgetful, should have gone on to establish this mighty system of metaphysical healing, called Christian Science, against such odds, — even the entire current of mortality, — is a grave wonderment to profound thinkers.”

But this is it:

“That in addition to this, she has made some progress, has seen far into the spiritual facts of being which constitute physical and mental perfection, in the midst of an age so sunken in sin and sensuality, seems to them still more inconceivable.”

She says she “has seen far into the spiritual facts of being which constitute physical and mental perfection.”

Then, take this, “Message for 1901, page 1, line 10:

“Today you meet to commemorate in unity the life of our Lord, and to rise higher and still higher in the individual consciousness most essential to your growth and usefulness; to add to your treasures of thought the great realities of being, which constitute mental and physical perfection.”

Now, what I want to bring out here is how we are under the domination of materia medica. Materia medica considers the physical and material to be one and the same thing, and all of its theories, its doctrines, all of its beliefs, are built upon that, that the physical and material are one and the same thing.

All right. We go along accepting that premise. What do we do but bring ourselves under the mesmerism of materia medica by accepting that premise? And the diseases that your patients and mine are contending with are the diseases that have been imposed upon them by materia medica.

You see, disease has to be thought before it can be objectified, or manifested, and the business of materia medica is to formulate diseases into names, nature, character, course, and set them down as entities, and make you and me and everyone else subject to them. But, that’s mesmeric! Then, they go along and try to heal the very things they have formed. Their whole healing activity is based upon trying to correct the things they have already formed. And so, they are in an endless circle.

Now, suppose we see that the physical, the body, is related to metaphysics, not to matter, and we see that in metaphysics, matter does not enter into its conclusions, that it rests upon one basis, the divine Mind. And so we begin to relate the physical to the metaphysical, just as we relate the human to the divine, rather than to the mortal.

You see what does this to us. There is never a disordered physical body; there is no disorder in the physical. What we are dealing with here is that picture through the lens – we look at it through the lens of material sense and we see it distorted. It isn’t! Jesus had a physical body but it was not material, so he could walk on the water! He could transport himself! He could go through the resurrection, the Ascension, and he could present the same body.

In a conversation with Mrs. Eddy, someone said, “Mother, what would you do if someone stood in a window and shot an arrow through your heart?”

She said, “Well I think I would probably fuss around a bit, but I couldn’t make you understand, so I would take my body and go about my business and you would take my body and bury it.”

Now, what did they bury, but their concept of Mrs. Eddy. If I were to pass away, which I am not going to do, you would bury me. However, you have buried your concept of me, but this is my concept of me just as much as it is yours, because we embrace our body in our thought. We will never be without it as long as we are in the resurrection.

In the ascension, I don’t know what happens there. But, as long as we are in the resurrection, we are going to have a body that is visible, and you can call it physical if you want to.

Now, in the little pamphlet, “Substance” that you have probably seen, I have an article in there, “Substance is Spirit, Not Matter,” and I tell in there of a healing of a heart condition by realizing that the action of heart, rightly understood, is the action of Mind, not the action of matter, and Mind rests in action. That was the metaphysical aspect of heart action, and when the practitioner saw it, there was a complete healing.

Another time, a friend of mine had a paralyzed bowel and she never had a normal bowel movement. When she was born, something went wrong in the delivery and her bowel was supposed to have been paralyzed. The doctor gave a prescription that she could take to move her bowel. So, she went through the Sunday School, she went through class, and she went into the practice part time, and she was taking this stuff all the time.

One day, up in the woods where we had a cottage, she said, “Ralph, I wonder if I am doing just right,” and I said, “I wonder,” and so we got into it.

I said, “Well, now you are talking about bowel movement. That’s action, isn’t it? Well, there is only one action, isn’t there, the action of Mind, and Mind isn’t labored or paralyzed in its action in any way.”

We went on with this illustration and finally she said, “Well, if that’s the case, it doesn’t make any difference what the condition of the bowel is, does it? It’s what the condition of Mind is.”

I said, “That’s exactly right.” The next morning she had a normal bowel movement and has been having them ever since. And she lives in Sun City now.

When I taught the Normal Class, I wanted to mention this; I wanted to be sure it was permanent, so I called her out there and she said she had had no trouble since. Now you see that was getting it into metaphysics. It was really lifting the physical. She still had a bowel, don’t you see — but she has lifted it into the realm of Mind.

So, I think that in this relation of the physical to the metaphysical, we get a new and much needed approach that will strengthen the healing thrust of our movement and improve our ability to respond to the needs of mankind by spiritual means. Then it enables us to see the healing aspect of Christian Science in a new light. We are demonstrating metaphysical facts in the healing work, don’t you see, and that what is doing the healing.

I teach Sunday School, a class of awfully smart 19-year old kids and believe me, you don’t put anything over on those kids. And they are there with questions, and one of the things I have found is that they want to be sure that you are honest. If you don’t know, tell them so. If you try to bluff it through, they will catch you every time.

One day, a new fellow in the class who had been baiting other teachers, said, “Mr. Wagers, would you please explain to me how we happen to be in this mortal, material state, when we are spiritual and perfect.”

Well, I had had that sprung on me before, so I said, “You know, that is an interesting question, but it is the wrong question to ask.”

He said, “Why?” And I said, “Because there isn’t any answer to it. Now, if I were going to ask a question, I would ask, how am I going to get out of this thing that I seem to be in? There’s an answer to that!” He said, “I’ll buy that.”

I want to tell you of my early experience. In my early 20’s, I was healed of a difficult physical condition just by reading “Science and Health,” and I never have had the difficulty since! But, I didn’t know there was such a thing as a Sentinel or a Journal. I knew there was a practitioner, but I didn’t know there were church services or anything of the kind; I was just a lumberman up in the north woods.

And then I got to a place where there was a little Society, and oh boy, to be able to talk to other Christian Scientists, to have a service (there was just a handful of us) was wonderful! I was enthusiastic, I was in my middle 20’s then, and all at once, they elected me Reader. Well, I didn’t know enough to be a Reader, but I didn’t know enough not to, so there I was.

I didn’t know enough about Christian Science to carry on a decent conversation with anybody about it. (I was elected in the summertime),

A young man had been attending our services for the summer. I had met him and knew he was up there working on his father-in-law’s berry farm. Along in the fall, he came to me and said, “Ralph, I want you to help me in Christian Science.”

I said, “All right, what is it?” So he told me. He had what doctors called “empyema”. I understand that is a little different from what doctors call “emphysema,” — the space between the ribs and the lungs fills up with pus, and the doctors take out a rib and insert a tube and then drain, and drain, and drain. And it seems that one who is subject to this is apt to have it every time they have a cold.

So, he had gone to the hospital three times and been there a month or two at a time with this thing. So they told him he had better build himself up physically. His wife’s father had a berry farm, and they came up in the summer to work on the berry farm. When they were through with the berries, he wanted to stay there longer so he got a job in the grist mill.

Well, here this fellow was coming to our services, he and his wife, and this pus was beginning to go through his system. His head was getting a little larger, his clothes didn’t fit exactly right. I told Mrs. Wagers what I was doing, and she said, “Please give that up. If he should die on your hands, you would never forgive yourself.”

And, so I went down to tell him to get somebody else, but he said, “But you are the Reader, aren’t you?” What was I going to say?

So he said, “I tell you what; my wife and I have this thing all figured out, we have shaken hands on it. We are going to play this thing out to the end of the string and you are going to be our practitioner. If I die, that’s all right. I’m no good anyway, the way I am. So we have decided that’s what we’re going to do.”

I had to go away on business that night, down to Milwaukee, and I had just worked and worked, and when I came back the next morning, I could hardly wait until I found out how Mort was, so I called his wife and said, “How is Mort?”

She said, “He’s all right,” but I didn’t like the way she said it, and she said, “Where are you?” I said, “Over at the office,” and she said, “I will be right over.”

She said, “The night you left, his back opened up as naturally as could be and pints of that stuff drained out, pints of it. I didn’t know what to do, so I washed it off the back, put a pad on it and waited for you to come back.”

Within seventeen days after he was away from his work as a common laborer in the gristmill, he was back at work, and he has never had an experience of it since then. And, when I was lecturing up in that area, he would call me. He always liked to get a group of people together and he would say, “I’m the reason this fellow is there.”

Well, people began to hear about it around town, not Christian Scientists, and they began to come to me with all kinds of things, and they were healed, just like that. Well, you can imagine what that would do to you. So, pretty soon I had class instruction, and this healing work kept working. I couldn’t go on with the lumber business, I had to get into this work, so we went down to Chicago and I went into the practice.

Once in Chicago, things didn’t work out that way. By golly, it was tough. I thought that things were going to click right along. And, so when one of our good teachers and lecturers was in town, I asked him if he would talk to a young buck like me and he said, “Come on over.”

Then I told him about this. He got very interested. He said, “Mr. Wagers, when you healed, you said you didn’t have any understanding, what did you have?” I said, “I don’t know.”

He said, “I’ll tell you what you had. You had a rare, active, living faith. Now what happened to that faith when you began to get understanding?”

“Well,” I said, “you don’t need faith when you have understanding.”

“Oh,” said he, “is that so?” He said, “You need 100% of your faith, you have got to have faith in what you understand and you have got to understand what you have faith in. Then nothing will stop you.”

He gave me this illustration:

“Faith is a fruit-bearing tree with its roots buried in understanding. The understanding feeds the tree and the tree bears the fruit.” I thought that was wonderful.

Mentality has to do with thinking and feeling. Thinking is related to Mind and feeling is related to Soul. “Felt ye the power of the word?” “Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit leading us into newness of life,” etc. Feeling and faith are very much alike, so when Mrs. Eddy says, “The prayer that reforms the sinner and heals the sick is an absolute faith [feeling] that all things are possible to God, a spiritual understanding of Him. . .” You can use feeling for faith there because you have got to feel it, don’t you see?

Mrs. Eddy says, “The healing action of Mind upon the body has its only explanation in divine metaphysics.” She uses metaphysics so much! May I read to you a couple of things here?

Put this down, Misc. 194:29, “To reach the consummate naturalness of the life that is God, good, we must comply with the first conditions set forth in the text; namely, believe; in other words understand God sufficiently to exclude all faith in any other remedy but Christ, the Truth, that antidotes all error. Thence will follow the absorption of all action, motive, and mind, into the rules and divine Principle of metaphysical healing.”

Then, there is something on page 232:21 of Misc., that I think is marvelous: “Metaphysical healing, or Christian Science is a demand of the times. Every man and every woman would desire and demand it, if he and she knew its infinite value and firm basis.”

Then, in Ret. 25:3, she makes this statement: “The Bible was my textbook. It answered my questions as to how I was healed; but the Scriptures had to me a new meaning, a new tongue. Their spiritual signification appeared; and I apprehended for the first time, in their spiritual meaning, Jesus’ teaching and demonstration, and the Principle and rule of spiritual Science and metaphysical healing, — in a word, Christian Science.”

See how she uses the word, “metaphysical healing,” there? Now I am going to wind this up because I don’t want to impose upon you any more. Mrs. Eddy says this, and I think it is marvelous. She says, “The Science of Christianity comes with fan in hand to separate the chaff from the wheat. Science will declare God aright, and Christianity will demonstrate this declaration and its divine Principle, making mankind better physically, morally, and spiritually.” S&H 466:26.

Now, just think of it! Christian Science declares, Christianity demonstrates! When I am as scientific as I would be Christian, and as Christian as I would be scientific, then I am a Christian Scientist. That is what a Christian Scientist is.

Now I am going to close on this statement. We talked about the dragon and Michael and his angels fighting, and the dragon fought and was overcome.

Now what about that Michael – is he a character way back 2,000 to 3,000 years ago or something of the kind? Let’s see what Mrs. Eddy says about that.

“Michael’s characteristic is spiritual strength. He leads the hosts of heaven against the power of sin, Satan, and fights the holy wars. Gabriel has the quieter task of imparting a sense of the ever-presence of ministering Love.

These angels deliver us from the depths. Truth and Love come nearer in the hour of woe, when strong faith or spiritual strength wrestles and prevails through the understanding of God. The Gabriel of His presence has no contests. To infinite, everpresent Love, all is Love, and there is no error, no sin, sickness, nor death.

Against Love, the dragon warreth not long, for he is killed by the divine Principle. Truth and Love prevail against the dragon because the dragon cannot war with them. Thus endeth the conflict between the flesh and Spirit.”

Now Michael represents Truth and Gabriel represents Love, and our church is the structure of Truth and Love. Therefore, wherever Christian Science is operating, right there with us is Gabriel and Michael, Truth and Love. When we realize that, we understand that is the answer to the dragon that hates the spiritual idea and is attempting to prevent the fulfillment of Christian Science in you, and in me.

But here we have with us, Michael and Gabriel both, and when we are aware of that, we have two allies that we can depend upon.

I remember a practitioner we had several years ago who was a Michael. She was a fighter. She would fight at the drop of a hat. She became ill and she called upon me to help her, and I saw this thing very clearly.

I said, “Alice, you have been a Michael, but what about Gabriel? Mrs. Eddy says, “These angels deliver us from the depths.” You haven’t made up with Gabriel very much. You have taken up practically all of your time with Michael.”

“Why,” she said, “that’s right.” She saw the point and was healed very quickly!

So, in our work, and I know that what you want to do is to bring forth the very best nurses you can, and you give them the skills they need, there is no question about that, and I imagine they will be as skillful as medical nurses are. But here is something: that is the physical aspect of the work, what about the metaphysical aspect? Now, church manifests itself as movement and organization. Movement is the metaphysical aspect of church, organization is the physical aspect of church, and the physical derives its vitality from the metaphysical.

So, your nurses could probably be as skillful as a good Reader, in reading out of “Science and Health” without ever making a mistake. But does that constitute being a good Reader? To be a good Reader, you must understand what the words mean! Now, your nurses don’t want to be only skilled nurses, but they want this metaphysical approach to it, that gives vitality and power and healing to the physical aspect of their work.

I guess that is about all I have to say. I have some more things I could say, but I don’t think you are going to take this thing regarding the physical and the metaphysical without some struggle. I think you are going to be sort of backing up on that a little bit, so do please read what our Leader has to say about metaphysical, metaphysics, and divine metaphysics. She says, “Divine metaphysics explains away matter.” S&H 278:3. But it doesn’t explain away body, or the physical, and Jesus proved that when he explained away the palsy but not the hand.

And so, if I could just leave you with this: that there are two words in our book here that I believe you are slighting, just as I have done, and they are the words, “animal magnetism,” and “metaphysics.” I believe if you will just undertake to do a little research on the subject of animal magnetism, or error, and metaphysics, that you will find it a thrilling experience.

I’ll tell you the truth, there are some nights when I can hardly get to sleep; I get to going on some of this and I see something new and I go to bed and I just can’t do anything but let it unfold and unfold and unfold, and I believe that is what is meant by, “I make all things new.”

Do you know that the trouble with us, the apathy and lethargy etc., that we get into is just the old stuff – going over and over and over the same old stuff without any renewing at all. Life is always new – it is always renewing itself.

And let me tell you another thing that will be helpful to you. We are living in the eternal now, your patient is living in the eternal now; your patient is not living in the past or in the future. Your patient could not live yesterday if he wanted to, nor can he live tomorrow. He is living now, and he cannot allow himself to try to live in the past, and repeat, repeat, repeat things of the past and bring them into the now. He has got to realize that now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation, now the divine Mind governs the functions and organs of the human system.

I had a patient a while ago who was having quite a time with her stomach, and I said to her, “Do you love your stomach?”

She said, “I should say not, and neither would you.”

I said, “Yes, I think I would.” And I explained to her that the word love means to identify the object of your love with its divine source. That’s what the word love really means. Could she identify her stomach with its divine source?

She said, “Yes, I guess I can. If immortal Mind is supreme in the physical realm as well as in the spiritual, and if I can acknowledge the power of Mind over the entire functions and organs of the human system, then even the normal functioning of my stomach glorifies God. Because if there wasn’t God, there wouldn’t be any functioning of the stomach. There wouldn’t be any harmony, there wouldn’t be any perfection.”

She was healed within a week, and has been having quite a nice time. So many of your patients, they hate their bodies! Oh, if I could only get rid of this old body, don’t you see, or whatever it might be, and with a right sense of body they wouldn’t say that.

“Present your body a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Rom. 12:1.

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Truth…

‘Watchman, tell us of the night, Higher yet that star ascends;

Traveler, blessedness and light, Peace and truth its course portends;

Watchman, will its beams alone gild the spot that gave them birth?

Traveler, ages are its own; See, it bursts o’er all the earth.’

John Bowring

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In the Lion’s Den – impelled to pray? – Do it!

I thought my last blog was about protection… I’m sure it was as the following day someone close to me needed protection but that’s another story.  This story is short – one that I will elaborate on when I find my notes… 

Sometimes, I don’t know if you have experienced it, I get the urge – the impulse to pray.  I can’t explain the feeling – I don’t usually know why.  I’ve had times when I just feel impelled to pray. 

It was a Saturday night about 6 or so weeks ago.  Approx 11.30pm I stirred from my sleep, disturbed.  I had a lot of my mind but this was different.  An uneasiness about it – I felt I had to pray.  I sat at the dining table and opened my bible. Read a few bits and pieces and pondered them, thinking perhaps I needed to clear my thought for a particular friend who had just learnt of his fathers death.  I read a part that was all inclusive – everyone.  I knew I wasn’t praying then for this person but against human beliefs, principalities, etc – why and what I had no idea but I needed to find peace.

Ephesians 6:12

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

I turned the pages in the bible again and it opened on Daniel – the lions den.  I wondered if I was praying for my friend Daniel… but reminded myself I was needing to find a clear sense of freedom from darkness, from the den of bondage so to speak, not person.  How did Daniel in the bible do it – I studied this for some time until I felt that peace that I’m sure Daniel felt – oneness with God, being in God’s kingdom where there is no sense of darkness, no den of fear, hurt.  I turned to Science and Health and laughed….It was just the way I felt at 3am in the morning. 

SH 174:9-174:14    “The footsteps of thought, rising above material stand points, are slow, and portend a long night to the traveller; but the angels of His presence — the spiritual intuitions that tell us when “the night is far spent, the day is at hand” — are our guardians in the gloom”.

I thought my work was done and my body tried to move from the chair but my mind said not yet.  Keep praying – I was raising my thought out of the false sense of a life separate from God. I actually felt very at peace but the need to pray hadn’t left me and I couldn’t resist it even when if I wanted to.  It was about 5am when I felt I could go to bed and rest.  I had to be up early – a friend was visiting that day.

She arrived a couple of hours later than expected.  We had our normal chat then she mentioned she had been up most the night (I assumed she had been out!).  I told her I didn’t sleep – I was up studying and had a ‘long night’ and had to laugh cause this book ‘Science and Health’ quoted exactly how I felt at about 3 am!    She said she had to tell me something… I listened as best I could without interrupting. 

She had been contemplating ending her mortal existence the night before.  It was about 3ish that she decided a noose might hurt too much at the last moment, it was about 5ish that she gave up with her gas endeavour.  I didn’t ask her if her house smelt of gas – no point, it was that her thought needed rising up out of the false sense of darkness.  She thanked me!  I said I didn’t do anything really, I just had to pray and I did.  She said nah she kept getting angel messages and fighting them but they wouldn’t stop!  I smiled,  God works in mysterious ways to human sense.  

God’s thoughts are the only thoughts we should listen too, passing to man…  I gave her a reminder her that she must ‘stand porter at the door of thought’.  There is no den in reality, no depression, no darkness – only Life Truth Love. I checked that she was still seeing her psychologist explaining it didn’t matter but she had to be  something.  Doing nothing is even worse. She confirmed she was.

So I guess my point is, if you ever feel the need to pray don’t hesitate, just do it until you find that inner peace and oneness with God and all of his creation.  You never know what good you may be doing.

The second point – no matter  how ANYONE comes across (I would have never guessed) – maintain in your thought the true identity of every man woman and child as a perfect free child/son/daughters of God. It is your duty to God. 

Amen 🙂

I’ll update this later with the references.  I did jot them down somewhere.  I just want to put it down before so it’s not years before I record it.

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Protection from hepititis

The other day I tweeted an article I read of a much quicker healing than expected by the doctor and friends of someone with hepatitis. It reminded me to continue to fill up my bucket list.

This story is about protection from hepatitis B.  Many years ago Hepatitis B was only associated with drug addicts, needle sharing and transference of blood and bodily fluids …

Thus the story begins in the summer, of once upon a time, a long long time ago in a different lifetime.

A young girl fell in love with a man of her dreams. It wasn’t the first time she had fallen in love with a man of her dreams and little did she know that it would not be the last. At the time it seemed perfect.  The world was her oyster and the wedding plans were falling into place very smoothly. Everything was going according to plan.  She looked forward to a ‘happy ever after’ story.

Alas it was not to be, for her Knight in shining armor, caused by the tint of the glasses she wore had turned yellow a week before their wedding. She saw her knight differently – no longer the knight in shining armor but a stranger who had very strange yellow looking skin and green eyes… oh my goodness she thought – perhaps he is really an alien! After the doctor’s diagnosis it was revealed that he wasn’t an alien but had hepatitis. Not a good look and the little lady wondered what the heck she was to do for her beloved had hepatitis and secondly he had not been totally honest with her.  Was this the way to start a happy ever after story?  Hmm she pondered, what was she to do!

What would you do?

Well she thought about it and thought about it and thought about it.  She sought human advice, which was invested with self-interest, by a friend who happened to be the wife of the best man and best friend of the knight.  Oh dear she thought – if I truly do love him and plan to be with him for the rest of my life it shouldn’t make any difference – that was the defense! Her knight promised it was a one time thing and a huge mistake that he had learnt from and of course that he was sorry – so so sorry.

Her other consideration was that of their baby. That he should grow up with a father and a mother, every child has a God-given right to this.  How could she make a conscious choice for a child to grow up without his father?  It was out of the question having only recently losing her father to a road traffic accident she reflected on what a wonderful influence he had been in her life – even if she did not always listen.   In any case she had only recently declined an offer for her hand in marriage to another admirer on the basis that children should grow up with both parents.  So the young lady put on a brave face and affirmed her love for her knight in addition to that she must do her highest sense of perceived right – marry the man and that she did, dark sunglasses and all.

Seasons come and seasons go and the young lady decides it is time to return to work, after-all she needs money to pay the rent and buy food because her husband is always spending what he earns on an alternative lifestyle! Completing the enrollment forms she finds she has to go to the doctor to confirm her and her son do not have hepatitis or any infectious diseases. The doctor informs her that after 3 years of being married to her husband and being intimate whilst he was contagious – the odds were not good considering the circumstances and not to get her hopes up.  He went so far as to advise her that if she ate healthy and looked after herself and her liver, it might only cut 10 years off her life-span.

The young mother went home and shuffled through her old books – ah she finally found what she was looking for.  An old book – a copy of Science and Health that her father had treasured. She started reading the first chapter on prayer.  “Oh God, Father, forgive me, for I am an idiot!” No no no she corrected herself for that’s not what the chapter said. She practiced praying something along these lines: “My heavenly Father Mother, I’m not an idiot – I’m your child, a child of God, made in your image and likeness. No harm can come to me or my children for doing my highest sense of right.  I can only do and be good.  I cannot be infected for I am pure, innocent, perfect, healthy and free and we need to be not have this so I can go to work and my son can go to childcare. God I know you love us and protect us keeping us safe from all harm.”  She recalled the record of Daniel in the Lions Den that she use to love as a child – proving that God is always keeping us safe. She prayed and prayed to know that the results could only be positive – that is a negative result.

Finally the results from the blood tests came back and the doctor called the young mother to come back to his office.  He just shook his head and said to her “you are just so lucky, you and your son are clear but if you stay with him you can be sure…”

From a materialist perspective, what a relief for the young mother. What did she learn? – that God is always protecting us, guarding and guiding us and keeping us safe, “just as he did Noah”. And why can we trust in his care and his love – his grace, his mercy, his endurance – “because the bible tells us so” and because when we start to put our trust in him, we start to see his work all around us.

So did this young mother have hepatitis?  Absolutely not. She did not have it at anytime – even the medical doctor confirmed she never had it. God never knew of it so how could she know of it? How could she know of something that God does not know? “Matter disappears under the microscope of Spirit” and “truth removes properly whatever is offensive.” She couldn’t know of it and she didn’t, she stood as best she could at the door of thought.  She didn’t listen to fear. Instead she prayed to be closer to God and to know that God already has her in her right place – without beginning and end, without mortality and that “Perfect Love casts out fear”. Perhaps that was just one of many turning points in her life. That my friend is what I call protection.  “Emerge gently from matter to Spirit” .

“Emerge gently from matter into Spirit. Think not to thwart the spiritual ultimate of all things, but come naturally into Spirit through better health and morals and as the result of spiritual growth. Not death, but the understanding of Life, makes man immortal.”

“Darkness induces fear. The adult, in bondage to his beliefs, no more comprehends his real being than does the child; and the adult must be taken out of his darkness, before he can get rid of the illusive sufferings which throng the gloaming. The way in divine Science is the only way out of this condition. I would not transform the infant at once into a man, nor would I keep the suckling a lifelong babe. Mind imparts purity, health, and beauty.”

S & H page 371, 485 and others

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Protection from Spontaneous Combustion

 

Smart Planet writes a very interesting article, by Rose Eveleth explaining that one biologist suggests that spontaneous combustion is a very real possibility (to material sense) and that he can explain how it happens.

New Scientist has a whole feature describing the science behind why humans spontaneously combust. They write: People explode. One minute they may be relaxing in a chair, the next they erupt into a fireball. Jets of blue fire shoot from their bodies like flames from a blowtorch, and within half an hour they are reduced to a pile of ash. Typically, the legs remain unscathed, sticking out grotesquely from the smoking cinders. Nearby objects (a pile of newspapers on the armrest, for example) are untouched. Greasy fat lies on the floor. For centuries, this gruesome way of death has been debated, with many people discounting it as a myth. But spontaneous human combustion is real and we think we can show how it happens.”  Reference Smart Planet – Source: io9New Scientist

So should I ‘fear’ (false evidence appearing real) spontaneous combustion? – perhaps in future years it will be a mortal natural consequence of obesity. It will be interesting to observe if there is an increase in ‘reported suspected cases’.  Anyway not the point of discussion here.  This month is on protection so I’m going to consider if we can be protected from such things – from false evidence appearing real.

Holy Inspiration vs Spontaneous Combustion

“You say, “I have burned my finger.” This is an exact statement, more exact than you suppose; for mortal mind, and not matter, burns it. Holy inspiration has created states of mind which have been able to nullify the action of the flames, as in the Bible case of the three young Hebrew captives, cast into the Babylonian furnace; while an opposite mental state might produce spontaneous combustion.” Science and Health Page 161

One of my favorite quotes from Mary Baker Eddy happens to be the ‘thought for today’:

THIS WEEK’S SUBJECT: CHRIST JESUS

Stand porter at the door of thought. Admitting only such conclusions as you wish realized in bodily results, you will control yourself harmoniously.

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
by Mary Baker Eddy
392:24–27 Stand

That’s pretty straight forward – still sounds simple in theory – what does it mean in practice? It means every thought, every action, deed, every manifestation on the material body must be governed by God through Christ – by Life, Truth and Love.

The three young Hebrew captives cast into the furnace provides some insightful food for thought:

“And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellers, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.” Daniel 3:27

That is what I call ultimate and absolute protection from an all loving Father – not even the smell of fire had passed on them – totally unfettered, unadulterated, untouched, unimpressed and unmoved by the false belief and sense of mortality, even when they appeared to mortal sense to be living in mortal bodies, having only one mind – the ‘mind of Christ’. And “I see four men lose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” Daniel 3:25

“To obey the Scriptural command, “Come out from among them, and be ye separate,” is to incur society’s frown; but this frown, more than flatteries, enables one to be Christian.” S & H 238:6

So what of spontaneous combustion – it’s a mortal belief and to protect yourself from it  you need to not only know that it is a load of rubbish and has no reality but understand why.  In reality, in God’s kingdom man is spiritual, made in the image and likeness of God, where there is only holy inspiration derived from an omnipotent omnipresent all loving God.

 

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How to pray for heaven on earth

I was reading some propaganda on Christian Science yesterday, actually I got side tracked while I was looking up other stuff.  Should anything surprise me? When asking God for direction when it comes to spiritual growth I am rest assured I have found something worth pursuing with the utmost passion.

As with everything material one can find an argument for or against if looking for it and then depending on how convincing the case is, agree with it or not.  I like to have an open mind yet not be ignorant of a bias position.  It is a good thing with that in mind so no-one takes ‘up his cross’ blindly for ‘having eyes see ye not’.  I always like to consider the argument to see if it is worth anything.  “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” From a mortal perspective I guess it boils down to if one wants to see the light or live in darkness!

Is not the carnal flesh, mortality, darkness warring with the light, the spiritual reality of being on a individual and global scale even as I type? The dragon, if you like dragons, the accuser, the anti-Christ warring with Christ, Truth, Love. On a human scale, David warring with Goliath and individually the purification of thought? Not just declaring but demonstrating Man made in the image and likeness of God. God uncovers anything unlike himself and ‘divides the light from the darkness’ and sees darkness for what it is – ‘without form and void’, nothing – a lie, a belief in something that is not – materialism.

That being said I still find these articles interesting and useful – Truth draws out all so-called error so as to destroy it with the word of God.  These articles show how the carnal mind, darkness seemingly at work wars with Spirit, light and truth.  From a material view these experiences turn me back to the bible with a fervent desire to understand and know the spiritual truths of the scriptures better, and to be re-assured through God’s on-going guidance and leadership. They help me to balance good and bad materialistic viewpoints and to search beyond, to spiritual understanding. They are constant reminders that to understand the Truth, one must always start with the Truth, from the premise of Truth, not the premise of matter, thus grounding me further in God’s sure foundation.

Anyway, I was reading this article and I was thinking about how some people get this concept and some don’t – the spiritual awakening that gives a glimpse of Truth – in my experience it does not matter if one is a Christian Scientists or not. In God’s kingdom all are members through Christ. A glimpse, a realization – understanding that life is spiritual and that God truly does govern everything – is Life, Truth and Love; is Mind, Soul and Spirit – is Principle of all, can be gained by all.  God can’t exclude any genuine heart and all can experience Christ here and now, this is true to my experience and perhaps explains to a small degree why anyone can be healed through the application of Christian Science, Christ Science.

Reading this article with my analytical cap on, quite a few thoughts passed by – why this, what that, how, who, when, etc and I “marveled at their unbelief’ and wondered “shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid”. With my compassion cap on I appreciated how this guy had a genuine desire to ‘save the world’ from something he did not understand. I then thought how if he was really seeking the truth he may have at least tried to some degree, with an honest heart, applied the precepts Christ taught on himself – to understand – not seeking answers from a material sense but with a sincere desire to know the truth. I thought ‘perhaps if he were genuine, he would have experienced something more than biased material stats, facts and findings that seemingly supported his argument’. Something so profound that man would either flee in fear of ‘being saved’ and the sacrifice required lest he ‘be converted’ and healed by Christ.  Is it not simpler to instead of proceeding to climb the mountain find any rock to sit on whilst it provides us comfort and self-satisfaction?

Any argument, be it for Christ the light of Truth or against Christ – error, sin and mortality, the anti-Christ is from a materialistic standpoint. God doesn’t argue with nothing, his word is enough. Then I wondered if I could pray for this guy to help him see the truth and of course immediately succeeding that thought came the thought that you cannot pray for someone who doesn’t ask or want to be prayed for. (I so love angel messages) “and as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.” That then lead me to another thought that I can pray for myself and affirm my understanding of the world as God created it.  Then I thought ‘God, How would I do that?’ and having the bible on the shelve next to my computer I picked it up and opened it.

“And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name, Thy kingdom come.”

Can God give me a more direct answer than that or a better answer – I don’t think so. How should I pray for the world? Of course with the most well known prayer that meets all human needs known in the history of mankind.  What are the odds – odds of course being based on chance or the analysis of probability – I figure roughly my chance of opening the bible on at verse that starts the Lords prayer is about 1 in 100,000 (based on an average of 18 verses per page and the Lords prayer appearing twice – though a mathematician could give a better estimate of odds!  Considering I don’t believe in ‘chance’ or ‘luck’ am I satisfied. ‘Because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and believed’.

Work it out ‘with fear and trembling’ because Truth and Love will ask you to ‘give up all for Christ’, that is all false sense, all carnal knowledge, and to walk therein, to have ‘the mind of Christ’ – of Truth and Love – ‘this is Life eternal, to know him’. I’m still not a ‘Christian Scientist’ as per say – I’m not even sure if I need to label myself as one yet but I know that, when I do it will be because I have nothing left to lose but everything to gain.

As yet I have found not any propaganda to outweigh my personal experiences supporting that when honestly applied in daily life and thought that Christian Science reveals Christ and heals. Giving up false sense isn’t about just about denial of illusion, I can deny but what good is that if I cannot demonstrate? It’s about understanding why and uncovering carnal evils – errors, false beliefs and correcting them. I know I am on the right path by the spiritual realizations in my experience and until that is done to my satisfaction I remain at the hem of the garment so to speak grasping at crumbs.  I remember in high school doing a speech, my first speech in front of class.  I choose the topic ‘domiciliary care’ and it started as such: Labels – not labels on jars but labels on people. Why do we put labels on people? I thought it was a good speech even if I can only remember the introduction – my point is this – human labeling is materialism – sometimes good, sometimes bad but ‘always erroneous’.

What is the Christ Science, this Truth that heals illness, sickness and disease and ‘wipes it out in the most effectual manner?’ I suppose one has to start with prayer – a prayer that starts with an awakening to Our Father which art in heaven.  Fundamentally, to lose the false sense material naturally, to loosen the shackling cloth and put on the garment of  Christ to find there is no false sense and thus no longer a desire for a false sense.

‘To overcome evil with good” and to give unto me a clean heart, to purify my heart from all carnal sense – pleasure and pain?  “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  My experiences verify my understanding of God. A quote I love from the bible is the fact that we are not fighting brother or sister, brethren but are warring with principalities.  “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” and that this warfare is not mine but be longs to Christ, who is always the victor – either in this world or hereafter – the material so-called existence or whatever so-called world – existence comes after death depending of course on what you believe it will be – Que Sera Sera!  Nothing is real until we wake in the image and likeness of our maker, ‘for as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.”

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (mortal beliefs), but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations (and boy don’t I hate imaginations), and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ “that all might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”

I found it interesting that Christian Science uses St Matthew 6:9-13 Lord’s prayer whereas I opened my bible to Mark 11:2-4.  There are some slight variances.

“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come is the same. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” in Matthew and “as in heaven, so on earth” in Luke.  Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health gives us the interpretation of “Enable us to know, – as in heaven, so on earth, God is omnipotent, supreme”. My italics for my understanding is that God is now – everywhere.

“Give us this day our daily bread.” “Give us day by day our daily bread”.  It makes me think of the Lily – “how they toil not” and take “no thought for the morrow”! Mary Bakers interpretation: “Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;” Let me feel the Love of God embracing me, now – where ever I am.

And forgive us our debts (our sins), as we forgive our debtors (for we also forgive everyone that is indebted to us). Interpretation: “And Love is reflected in love;”  Here I pause for a moment to imagine everyone forgiving everyone for every sense of wrong, for every sense of sin, for every mistake – totally wiped out in an instant and everyone loving the Lord God with their entire hearts and loving their neighbors with their entire hearts as themselves.

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:” Luke ends here… Mary Baker Eddy’s interpretation: “And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin, disease, and death.” God doesn’t lead us into temptation (mortal sense) because he never made it, but through Christ, Truth and Love he restores our sense of what is true and the true nature of all things.

“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” “For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and All.”  Matthew 6/Luke 11/S&H 17

The glossary in Science and Health goes further in spiritual insights to consider. “Earth: A sphere; a type of eternity and immortality, which are likewise without beginning and end.  To material sense, earth is matter (materialism); to spiritual sense, it is a compound idea.”  “Heaven: Harmony, the reign of Spirit, government from divine Principle (God), spirituality (not spiritualism), bliss, the atmosphere of Soul. “Firmament: Spiritual understanding; the scientific line of demarcation between Truth and error, between Spirit and so-called matter.”

Our Father – that is the Fatherhood of all – nations, the Father of Christ, his Son and through Christ also our sonship as children of God – Our heavenly Father-Mother is the all-inclusive God. “God is our Father and our Mother, our Minister and the great Physician: He is man’s only real relative on earth and in heaven. David sang, “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.” Brother, sister, beloved in the Lord, knowest thou thyself, and art thou acquainted with God? If not, I pray thee as a Christian Scientist, (a follower of Christ and his teachings) delay not to make Him thy first acquaintance.”

“The Master said, “No man cometh unto the Father [the divine Principle of being] but by me,” Christ, Life, Truth, Love; for Christ says, “I am the way.”””Likewise we can speak of the truth of Truth and of the life of Life, for Christ plainly declared, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”

So how should I pray for the world, for peace harmony health – I gotta do what God tells me and start with “the Lords prayer”.

1 Corinthians 2:16, 15:22, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Ephesians 6:12, Genesis 1:2-3, 26-27, John 17:2-4, 20:29, Psalm 139:23-24, Leviticus 18:4, Luke 6:31, 11:2, Mark 8:18, 34, Matthew 6:28, 34, 10:34-35, 13:15, Romans 8:28, Romans 12:21, 1 Samuel 17, S&H 12:18, 227:29, 286:9, 320:1, 420:10 Mis. 151:13

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Lily in the backyard – Morning inspiration

I like to look out from the house into and over the back yard.  There use to be a mass of  trees and the light glistened off the leaves in many marvelous shades of green.  Many magical glorious moments were spent looking at the beauty of the vast array of shades of color. Alas just before autumn, a neighbor removed one of their big pine trees along with some others and I no longer have the mass of green colors and bursts of light streaming through to my modest abode. Looking beyond the past of distant memories of fond delights a new beauty has been found.

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:  A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;  A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;  A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;  A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;  A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?   I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.   He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”  

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is a thirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”

I woke up to a wonderful morning, stretched and rose to a new day.  I opened the back sliding door to take a look outside and the morning that was greeting me. My eyes first glazed upon a lone lily standing tall in the left far corner of the yard.  It’s beauty stopped me motionless.  It stood a awe of everything else.  A lovely straight stem with one large perfect looking trumpet lily glistening with morning dew.  It was so magnificent that my first thought was only of its beauty.  “Wouldn’t it be lovely to share” as I imagined myself cutting it off at the stem and taking it into work to show others so they too could appreciate the moment I had enjoyed upon its first glance.

I then pondered how it wouldn’t last long being cut off from where it belongs – that others may not see the beauty I see – that I would be separating it from it’s roots and in turn – in a way – adulterating it’s beauty.  An angel thought then came “The Truth cannot be adulterated”.  Wow what a wonderful thought – a lesson from a simple lily in my own backyard.

I scanned the backyard, (what looks like a junk yard) and considered the apparent chaos – and turning my gaze back to the Lily, standing in all its glory, I knew it was totally unadulterated by it’s apparent surroundings, glistering as white as ever it the beauty of the morning.  It occurred to me that as ‘God is a Spirit and we must worship him in spirit and in truth’ – from the sense of where we are at in our search for Truth, not from the sense material. That simple inspiration of the lily reminded me that the kingdom, beauty, and love of God reigns ‘in earth as it is in heaven’ now as always.  We just have to pause for a moment, stop, look and listen for it – and sure enough we will find beauty, purity and innocence.

The lily out there in the backyard  reminded me of Christ representing purity, and innocence.  The valley (backyard in this case) with its apparent discord and chaos being of total insignificance when compared to the beauty and purity of Gods ‘everlasting arms of love’ – a beacon shining in the wilderness – this gorgeous lily shining out in all this mess!

Lily bulbs multiple – they naturally multiple and multiple – overcoming weeds and filling up all waste space.  Of course that means that if the backyard becomes so full of lilies then weeds won’t get the opportunity to grow.

‘It matters not ‘what be thy lot – so love doth guide, through storm or shine, pure peace is thine, whatever be-tide”. I look at the messy backyard – I look back at the lily – “O dreamer, leave thy dreams for joyful waking, O captive rise and sing, for thou art free; The Christ is here, all dreams of error breaking, Unloosing bonds of all captivity.” Unloosing bonds of all mortal carnal sense, of bondage and captivity in materialism and finding freedom from the shackles of human woes and wants.

‘And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:  And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.’ In order to see the true nature and reality of God’s creating one must ‘put on the mind of Christ’. “The robes of Spirit are “white and glistering”, like the raiment of Christ. Even in this world, therefore, “let thy garments be always white.”

‘Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works. Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment.  And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.  For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?   For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.’   

‘But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.   And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.  And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistening.” “I counsel thee to of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes… For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.’

“Blessed is the man that en‐dureth [overcometh] temptation: for when he is tried, [proved faithful], he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” And he shall find himself clothed ‘in the canopy of love, hid in Christ’ and as such temptation shall not reach him.  Purified in Christ we are protected from attacks of error of every sort, even the supposed mist and dreams of materialism its elements and its misunderstandings, of spiritualism, mesmerism, hypnotism, even hatred, hurt and revenge. “Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort.”

“Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.  Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.”

“Jesus of Nazareth taught and demonstrated man’s oneness with the Father, and for this we owe him endless homage. His mission was both individual and collective. He did life’s work aright not only in justice to himself, but in mercy to mortals, — to show them how to do theirs, but not to do it for them nor to relieve them of a single responsibility. Jesus bore our infirmities; he knew the error of mortal belief, and “with his stripes [the rejection of error] we are healed.” To the flesh sin and false beliefs die daily, as we tread the path of righteousness – removing every stripe of error until the high mountain peak of Christ, Truth and Love is reached. Every carnal moral belief must be eradicated if we are to follow in Jesus footsteps. “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” By following his example, being obedient to the precepts he taught truth is revealed and freedom from bondage – sin, false appetites, sickness, illness, death and the grave found, the life that is Christ, spiritual understanding rising us above false sense into the glorious wonders of ‘a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea’ is a real possibility here now on earth.

‘Jesus said of ‘my self I can do nothing’. ‘The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free” – “if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you”bide in thee”

“For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.””if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.””whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it,””all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts:”.

Ecclesiastes 3; 9:7-8, Luke 9: 23-, 12:46, 48,  Corinthians 22-24, 31, 1 Corinthians 2:14, 2 Corinthians 4:3-5, 13:8; Galatians 4:31, John 5:30, 14:6, Matthew 27-29, Philippians 1:27, Revelation 2:23, 3:18, 21:1, 6, Romans 8:9, CS Hymns 53, 160, 412, My. 210:7, SH 18, 20:14, 256

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A long time coming!

Today I want to add to my bucket list one of the most special experiences I have had, to date 🙂  I wasn’t seeking healing and I had hoped to find the article that started it all – as yet I haven’t stumbled across it but when I do I will add the reference.

It wasn’t long after my daughter had her healing of her wart and the eczema on her foot. I had read science and health through and was asking God what more I needed to know.  What did I need to understand better – I wanted to really know.  Not just know but really know, really know – the all-ness of God’s reality and the nothingness of this so-called material world – existence.  It’s one thing to say it’s an error, a lie, made up of our experiences, our thoughts but to really know it, to really know the difference between false sense and reality.  What does that mean?  What does that feel like?  What does it mean to really know?

I was reading a hymn each morning and reading a lot but I didn’t know how to get the break through that I so wanted to accomplish.  Me being me I want something definite, a sign (oh ye of little faith!) The recent healings I had witnessed had to my mortal sense been hard work, total unceasing prayer, not coming down from the elevated sense of God’s all-ness.  I wanted to know it wasn’t just wishful thinking and I wanted to know what I needed to know to ‘get it’ when I needed to ‘get it’.

Well things were about to change, again! I have experienced Christ, the Holy Ghost before but time has a way of dulling the memory!  In God’s kingdom there is no time. To mortal sense I had gathered a lot of rubbish and dust that needed tossing out. I wanted to know how to do it, how to have instantaneous healing on demand.  You know like the practitioners.  I ring them, immediate results. What was it that I still wasn’t quite getting.

Well I read this article and it mentioned that a good way to show you understand what you are reading is to explain it into your own words.  Nice article!  As they all are.  About 2 weeks later (having forgotten all about the article) I was reading a morning hymn – (I just ask God which is the hymn for today and open my hymn book) – it happened to be hymn 90, one unknown to me.  Standing at the back door looking out into the backyard I read it though to myself.

Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah, Pilgrim through this barren land: I am Thine, and Thou art mighty, Hold me with Thy powerful hand. Bread of heaven! Bread of heaven! Feed me now and evermore. Open is the crystal fountain, Whence the healing waters flow;

And the fiery cloudy pillar Leads me all my journey through.  Strong Deliverer! Strong Deliverer! Still Thou art my strength and shield.

Tis beautiful I thought and as soon as I had finished the still small voice said “now read it again but in your own words.”  Well that surprised me a little but you never argue with God.  I started again – Guide me – lead me, lead me from this mortal sense of me, show me – O Thou great Jehovah – God the only God, only one God, Jehovah! well only one God and only a good God.  Pilgrim – I am a stranger, a wanderer worn out! through this barren (and that is as far as I got).  When I got to barren the world shifted.

Light surrounded me everywhere – mentally and physically.  The sense of a life or world separated from God was just foreign, barren, void.  I could see it so clearly so straight forward, Life being only one- the side of God, Light, Truth, Love.  No material world, completely barren and foreign.  It was just amazing.  Like Christ with me not just in my mind but in my experience.

I felt a little silly later when I read over the hymn again and realised the Pilgrim being referred to is Christ Jesus, (where is humbleness and meekness! I realized then he told us to walk in his footsteps as best we can, to have the mind of Christ – I laugh for that is what it is!  Put off the old man and put on the new – to literally have the mind of Christ – in total humbleness and meekness, not my will but thine be done ~ the will, the spirit of Truth and Love moving over the waters.

Well as soon as I had this spiritual revelation of one reality, only one spiritual existence – no mortal existence and the emptiness and nothingness of nothing the inside my ear made a strange noise and started draining itself.  It was the weirdest thing. It made some crackling sounds and I thought what’s that noise!  Sure enough the ear felt like it opened up and I could hear out of it.  Whilst in this total state of awe and shock at the same time I paused and waited, holding onto the moment for as long as possible.  I stood firm, I walked inside and put some earphones on – yep I could hear out of the ear ~ amazing and I’m still laughing 🙂  Anyone who didn’t know better would say I was like a little child with a new toy!

I haven’t been able to hear properly out of that ear for a good 20 plus years.  I was over the moon for a good 3 weeks ~ That’s how long that spiritual sense of the all-ness of God and the nothingness of matter stayed with me.  It was so so delightful. During the time the lesson reality or unreality was read in the Churches.  I can’t remember which one but in the teenage copy of the lesson it had a picture down the bottom of a tower and reality looking out destroying unreality (or something like that).  It really had an impact – the spiritual significance of Truth was so obvious to me.

I would go to bed and try sleep.  Now normally to get to sleep I just roll over onto my right ear and not being able to hear out my left, it would be peaceful and quiet and I would fall asleep in no time.  Not anymore – I could hear every noise, I had to ask  the kids to turn the television down, to be quiet, shut doors, listen to trucks and cars, etc.  And I even had to bite my tongue so to speak, and remind myself to be grateful for God’s goodness and the blessings in giving up the false sense for the real.

My daughter asked which ear was deaf mum, I said none – not to spiritual sense.  I wasn’t letting mortal mind creep in on my scope of reality. She whispered in both ears, I heard her just as well in both ears.  Just amazing and it didn’t end there.  I had to work on no retrograde – one night I put the ear phones in, dead silence – I put them in the other ear – yep no problem could hear the audio.  NO WAY I stated very firmly out loud and put the ear plugs back in my left ear – I could hear the audio this time.  “Never ever believe or be tempted to believe a lie I thought”.  Christ does heal and no mortal illusion can deny Christ reality.

Still that fear of being mocked seemed very real to me.  I didn’t mention my healing at work but I did move my phone to the right side of the computer.  For the last 20 years I’ve had to put the phone to my left ear and perch the phone on my shoulder while writing with my left hand. I lost my first job apparently because of my hearing problem.  Not anymore – I started studying hearing – exploring what hearing means, listening, obedience.  EARS: Not organs of the so-called corporeal senses, but spiritual understanding/perception.

Oh and to hold the mobile phone to my right ear – oh so wow!  I am forever grateful. Even now I pause, waiting for the dial tone to kick in and it brings joy every time.   More recently I was in a training course and the person I was practicing a coaching role play with whispered in my ear.  I heard him crystal clear.  “Truth is revealed it only needs to be practiced” S & H.

Last night I read a wonderful book.  It’s titled “Christian Science in Germany – Frances Thurber Seal.  For some unknown reason I have an interest in Christian Science in Germany so I  picked up this book with interest.  The best book!  This woman practiced what she taught – and she didn’t need to overcome every error to demonstrate healing after healing after healing or dominion, dominion, dominion…  She just knew, listened to God, did what God told her to, trusted in God and in Christ Jesus and in Christian Science the Science of Christ and as a result demonstrated God’s Truth wherever she went regardless of adversity.  Just amazing.

Here on page 33-34 she writes

“I continued to talk about God as revealed in Christian Science and told how we demonstrated this in health and life – the abundant life promised by Christ Jesus… “Take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say: (Luke xii:11-12). I uttered truths there that I had never before known.  After some time my attention was attracted by a man with a very intelligent face who looked as if he wished to speak.  I asked my host if the gentleman wished to ask something, and he replied, “He knows no English” (She was preaching in English in Germany). I requested that he (her host) ask him what he wanted to say.  He did so, and then began an animated conversation between them, three or four others joining in.  With a look of awe, our young host said: “But they have understood you.  They do not know a word of English, and yet they understood what you have said about God.”  All rose and stood with bowed heads, and Miss Bentinck Beach, one of my English companions, said reverently, “And every man heard them speak in his own language” (Acts ii:6).

Christ most certainly is a universal language that everyone can hear, if we just for a moment still the senses of mortal thought and wait patiently and expectantly on him.  I too have witnessed the so-called miracle of hearing another language in my own language.  A universal language, the language of Love, of Truth of Christ now. It’s nice to know it is happening continuously around the globe and under the right circumstances we can all turn in.

“God talks to us in a way we can understand” It was only when reading this book “Christian Science in Germany” that a clearer concept of the universal language of love dawned upon my consciousness.  It has absolutely nothing to do with material senses or human vocal cords.

It reminded me of another wonderful testimony I read about when someone had come into a reading room obviously distraught and needing assistance but speaking a foreign language.  The attendant didn’t know what to do but love and asked God for help.  A name came to mind and so he looked her up and rang the lady.  It turned out she spoke the foreign language required and the person seeking help was comforted.  The foreign language is interesting – it is a little like the hymn – O pilgrim, stranger in a barren, foreign land…. God is everywhere, God is governing, guiding, protecting, loving, cherishing all of his children no matter what the material senses tell us.

It doesn’t matter who we are, or where we are at, what we have done or where we have been.  When we reach out to God, through Christ – his language is ever-present and universal for us all to understand, praise, feel and witness.

That experience was about 6 months ago now and my hearing is still good 🙂  Thank you God, I am most grateful for this wonderful insight and healing. The birth of a spiritual idea in my consciousness continuously unfolding.

Hymn for tonight 249

O, when we see God’s mercy Wide – spread in every place. And know how flows the fountain Of His unbounded grace, Can we withhold a tribute, Forbear a psalm to raise, Or leave unsung one blessing, In this our hymn of praise?

Our gratitude is riches, Complaint is poverty, .. Our trials bloom in blessings, They test our constancy.  O, life from joy is minted, An everlasting gold, True gladness is the treasure That grateful hearts will hold.

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The Time for Thinkers Has Come

S & H 588:22-23 Glossary: “IN. A term obsolete in Science if used with reference to Spirit, or Deity.”

in·dus·try

Definition of INDUSTRY

: diligence in an employment or pursuit; especially : steady or habitual effort
a : systematic labor especially for some useful purpose or the creation of something of valueb : a department or branch of a craft, art, business, or manufacture; especially : one that employs a large personnel and capital especially in manufacturing c : a distinct group of productive or profit-making enterprises <the banking industry>d : manufacturing activity as a whole <the nation’s industry>
: work devoted to the study of a particular subject or author<the Shakespeare industry>
ab·so·lute

Definition of ABSOLUTE

a : free from imperfection : perfect <it is a most absolute and excellent horse — Shakespeare>
Once a belief is destroyed it is gone (to mortal sense as there is no belief in the first place)
Definition of DESTROY
transitive verb
1
: to ruin the structure, organic existence, or condition of<destroyed the files>; also : to ruin as if by tearing to shreds <their reputation was destroyed>
2
a : to put out of existence :  neutralize annihilatevanquish
FEAR – False evidence appearing real
“Everything is perfected in Love”
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Warts and All…

I got my sentinel in the mail.  It’s always a joy when I go to the letter box and I get my next copy.  I would love to give them away, but um well they are like a hidden treasure… I’m getting better at not scribbling all over them though, highlighting points, making notes!

As soon as I got my sentinel today I knew immediately what I would be doing for at least the next hour.  There is more often than not, something just will inspire me, something I can relate too, something that seems pertinent to the moment.   A wonderful story told from a practitioner – “From East 77th Street to Eternity”.  Although not the theme of the article a question she answers for her audience stood out to me: “What’s kept me in Christian Science, with its very pressing and strong demands? Mary Baker Eddy writes “The Divine Being must be reflected by man, else man is not the image and likeness of God, – else man is not the image and likeness of the patient, tender, and true, the One ‘altogether lovely;’ but to understand God is the work of eternity, and demands absolute consecration of thought, energy, and desire” S & H p.3).”

To mortal sense that rang a bell, ‘the work of eternity’. (that’s gonna have to be another research topic). This Christian Science stuff has sounded like hard work to me.  It reminded me that I have known that Christian Science is absolute for a very long time, there is no half way mark, no sitting on the fence what “with its very pressing and strong demands” I have to make a choice.  I’ve been sitting on a fence all these years and in some ways still do.

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:24 Now going back to when I realised that Christian Science was absolute… I was about 24 and had an experience after my first marriage breakdown that demonstrated to me that Christian Science reveals Christ to us and as a result we are healed. I even had a tiny idea how – “to have the mind of Christ, to take the cup – to know only the Truth – just listen to God.

At the time, I listened and God led me out of the wilderness.  But being, to mortal sense a mortal, not only did I sit on a fence I ventured back into the wilderness – deeper into the wilderness and using the fence as my home base, looking for happiness and satisfaction in materialism and using materialism to fix materialistic problems most of the time.

So what has this got to do with warts and all…

In 2004 I had the opportunity to stop sitting on the fence, in a small way! My son who was about 12 at the time complained of a wart on his hand… I wasn’t quite sure if I had enough understanding and faith in God anymore to successfully pray to remove the wart, after all in a sense I had failed God in the past. Not loving him with my whole heart.  Don’t get me wrong, I did love him, I just didn’t understand him enough – with my all. I had to make a choice, a decision that would be compounded with other choices and affect the next 7 years of my life.  I had recently moved intentionally to an area I knew had a Christian Science Church and not once in the 3 and a half years I lived there, did I attend a Church Service – At the time I don’t know why – I just didn’t, I couldn’t draw myself to go, to let go of material sense and “be counted worthy”.

The road is ‘truly straight and narrow’ – ‘the road less travelled’ – the road covered with overgrowth and weeds it’s hard to find, hidden from mortal thought. There is only one way – the road doesn’t change, our perception of it does. And the first step starts by looking ahead and pulling out the first weed, then another and another and slowly but steadfastly following that path. It looks like it is going to be hard work but once started on the track, the weeds don’t have the same significance they are met with joy, in fact they seem to die before we reach them, it’s a bit like the mirage story that Mary Baker Eddy uses to illustrate the unreality of illusion and the unreality of matter, mortality, corporeality, temporality.  “We regard evil as a lie, an illusion, therefore as unreal as a mirage that misleads the traveler on his way home.” Messages 01 14:14

So I looked at this wart and although it did cross my mind to remove it though prayer mortal sense argued it seemed like a lot of hard work for just a wart, especially considering I could just go to the chemist. A question crossed my mind. How can I expect to get results on the ‘big stuff’ if I don’t work on the ‘little stuff’ – it kept going!

The questions was though, how can I expect to slash those massive weeds away if I can’t even pull out a little weed!  Still mortal sense reminded me that poison is good for poisoning – weeds in particular! It seemed like an easy option and a good idea at the time. The mistake is I was using this poison as a solution, not as an aid to bind the ‘strong man’ til I was ready, willing and able to cast him out, dealing with the situation from effect not cause. Mark 3:27

So that is what I did, I went to the chemist and got the stuff needed to burn the wart off.  It was gone in a few weeks and I continued in my ways. Those seeming small decisions, if we are not conscious about why we are making them, keep us in the wilderness of mortal sense. Now what does hard work mean? Going back to this lady’s statement – very pressing and strong demands – demanding attention, very earnest, persistent, insistent. What does Christ demand of us?

It reminds me of a statement in Science and Health “unceasing prayer” – that is what heals the sick and cast out evils”. I have a saying regarding some unemployed people… If this group of unemployed people put as much effort into getting a job as they did in staying unemployed they would have been employed years ago, they’re employed in being unemployed!  So where should our efforts be placed, our desires?

At the start of this year my daughter informed me she had a wart on her foot.  For the last few years she also had also a type of eczema on her feet which I have used prescription creams etc for.   Time to look at the situation through cause?

I asked my daughter if she wanted to pray to heal it and she said yes.  Great – I should be delighted but now I have to do real work, demonstrate this for myself. Can’t I just go back to my old ways and call a practitioner if I have a major problem? Well unfortunately God doesn’t work like that, wrong thinking, once no longer ignorant of an error cannot be ignored but has to be dealt with and better now than later ~ whilst still a little weed.

So we started affirming the Truth that God is everywhere, there is no place that God is not.  That my daughters feet were perfect, made by God, for walking, playing, having fun and expressing joy and freedom. I asked her to know that she was spotless and that there was no spot where God was not.

After about a week, mortal mind started getting louder – just go to the chemist. The nagging mortal suggestion was persistent and progress was slow.  I wasn’t going to the chemist but then the suggestion came that I still had the old stuff in the medicine cabinet. Sure enough there was the old bottle of stuff to burn off the wart.  I looked at it, I thought about it – what was this temptation?  Do I doubt God?

I reflected then laughed at myself, that hypnotic spell was broken and I was angry at mortal sense. I threw it out with a “take that attitude”. Within the following week the wart changed color, started going black, her eczema started clearing up. I got afraid though – although it looked like there was overall progress this thing was going black whereas it felt it should be reducing in size, not changing colour. I persisted through this fear and then this blister boil thing developed on the edge of her foot pretty much overnight. I had started and I wasn’t about to stop. I started praying to know the unreality of blisters and boils, warts and all unlike God.  There is no spot where God is not. The next day my son comments he has this blister on his shoulder.  Well I couldn’t believe it. This is meant to be a simple task!

Was this mortal aggressive error? I read the story of the Pharaoh and Moses. The warring of principalities.  The more Pharaoh didn’t listen to God (hardened his heart) compared to the unwavering trust Moses demonstrated showed the very obvious human signs between belief and reality and the line of demarcation – the firmament in human history. “The science, the line of demarcation between Truth and error, between Spirit and so-called matter.” How much shall I suffer thee? Oh ye of little faith?

Truth is affirmative and confirms harmony. Pharaoh, living in a mountainous array of mortal beliefs couldn’t mesmerize those who listened to God and had to ‘let God’s people go’. “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22

I turned to Science and Health – stop moving it (mortal belief) around and ‘move it off’. That statement of Truth actually reads “If disease moves, mind, not matter, moves it; therefore be sure that you move it off.” S&H 419:14

So that is what we did.  We went back to square one and started with God and man, God’s daughter made in his image and likeness. God is the creator of all things and all things he created are very good.  Man is made in his image and likeness, etc, etc. Everything cleared up within the next couple weeks.  Gone, the dead wart fell off and the blister and the eczema totally cleared up.  Her skin on her feet was as smooth as silk – like that of a baby’s bum! It was beautiful and we are so grateful. The results were wonderful and my son never mentioned his blister again.

Was it hard work? Only to mortal sense. What was it really? – a pressing and strong demand –  an “absolute consecration of thought, energy, and desire”.  For me, a spiritualisation of thought.  I started identifying with the real me, the real daughter with Christ and all of us as children of God. I mentioned to my son a couple of weeks later about how we had been praying about this wart and how I got so fearful when it went black.  He laughed at me, (oh ignorant one) “mum when it’s black it’s dead”.

I remembered the time when we burnt his so-called wart off.  Surely it indeed did go black and fall off.  I realised I did all that work for nothing!  To see the nothingness of nothing.  Stop praying about a wart, a material object, pray about the all-ness and oneness of God of Love, of perfection and see it represented by destroying the material belief. Pray to rise above mortal sense, to see nothing for what it is, that’s when it vanishes.  That’s when we see man-made in the image and likeness of God, not the warring with flesh or corporeal sense, mortal beliefs or the carnal mind.

And the story doesn’t end there.  Another learning.  A few weeks after that my girlfriend met this man and we were having a friendly evening chat about our experiences applying Christian Science. I was compelled to tell my wart story, many others so more impressive  but I had to air this one! It was interesting, he turned around and told his story.  The only healing he could remember from when he was younger.  This big wart on his hand.  His mum had rung a Christian Science practitioner and it was gone in a week. It just vanished in a week!

It was a moment of Truth. I was enlightened and mused, rising above all material sense, we find ourselves as before time was – perfect pure and whole – nothing added to be removed, no false sense to be destroyed, no erroneous suggestion to tempt us.


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