A Lateral Lattice for Healing
by Rolf Witzsche
Mary Baker Eddy has created a number of pioneering concepts that are as deep reaching and as wide as the concepts introduced by Christ Jesus himself. And so they have to be, as they were drawn from his work, and built upon it.
The most profound of the new concepts that she introduced is her scientific platform for utilizing the Apostle John's idea of the city foursquare in Revelation 21. John spoke of a foursquare geometric structure in the form of a 'city' descending from God out of heaven. The previous article was designed to explore in an extremely fundamental manner how Mary Baker Eddy dealt with this concept and how she divided the 'city' up into uniquely functional areas. One of these opens the scene to perhaps the most profound concept she ever developed. One might call this concept, the concept of the lateral lattice.
As previously discussed, she drew a dividing line between the upper row of the foursquare matrix, and the rest of the matrix.
One might call the lower three rows a development domain in which humanity fights out the battle within itself, of good versus evil, etc, as it scientifically develops its spirituality. In contrast to this, the top row might be called the reality domain, where God is all and man is a part of that allness.
In this reality domain, a strikingly new concept comes to light as a platform for defining the divine Principle of universal Love, and divine Truth, and the singularity of Soul.
In this domain, the interrelationship between God and man, and of course also man to man, is not hierarchical, but lateral. Lateral means horizontal, a side by side relationship. In divine Science God is not 'above' man. Both are both one in being. There are differences in office. God is divine Principle. Man is the manifest of divine Principle. The divine Principle is Love. Man's being is the manifest of the divine Principle, Love. Principle, of course, is universal. Love therefore, can only be truly express as universal love. This is the forever platform of our relationship to God and to one another. Anything less is a perversion in concept and in deed.
How can one visualize this all-embracing, lateral, universal love, from a functional standpoint. I think this can be best explained in the form of a lateral lattice in which we are all bound to one another (laterally) with strands of Love, with expressions of universal love.
We need to look at this not vertically, but horizontally, laterally, laying flat. In the Christian Science revolution God is not above humanity, or humanity below God. Indeed, if God and man are one in being, this oneness puts God absolutely into this structure of the lateral lattice that is 'aflame' with a profusion of glowing threads of love that connect, encircle, and embrace everything, everyone, every thought and deed, that defines the universal oneness of God and all humanity. In this infinite, boundless all, we find the definition for Truth, and Love, and Soul. These three are the only synonyms for God that Mary Baker Eddy has not defined in the Glossary of her textbook on Christian Science, Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures. Evidently, these concepts cannot be defined in words. They can only be defined in life, and that is where they must be defined.
In this universal, lateral lattice in which divine Principle is manifested, the Apostle John's words are fulfilled (I John 4).
The lateral lattice represents the divine Principle of universal Love, manifested in the universe, that is, humanly. But how can we perceive of universal love as a universal principle rather than perceiving love as a personal volition? The answer may be found in the question as to how a gardener loves a rose. Is the beauty that the gardener cherishes in the rose, or is that perceived beauty but an echo of the Soul within, the Soul of our humanity. Doesn't all love begin within that (boundless) Soul that unfolds in the heart, where we find the beauty that we see echoed in the universe. Naturally our love embraces everything that echoes this beauty of our Soul. But this isn't a personal volition. This love unfolds as a matter of principle, like the rays of light unfold from the sun. In this manner unfolds universal love, the manifest of divine Love. And this love unfolds laterally. In universal love our strands of love intertwine, all having the same source and the same glow, and the same quality. In this we are one, and are one with God.
This is heaven.
Here we can celebrate in the words of the Master:
to which Mary Baker Eddy adds (S&H 16),
Herein we can also see the first commandment coming to life. When Christ Jesus was asked by a lawyer as to which is the great commandment of the law; as though he was asking: which is the highest fulfillment of the law, the highest compliance with divine Principle; he pointed to the first commandment (Matt.22).
Indeed, the two commandments are as one, because in the lateral lattice they are one. Mary Baker Eddy points out what this means. She writes:
Mary Baker Eddy never spoke about a lateral lattice. She simply didn't define its essential elements in her Glossary to the textbook: divine Love, Truth, and Soul. She left them to be defined in life. She did this routinely. She created everyone of their major works to be structurally related to the city foursquare, but never said a word about this interrelationship, which too, she left to be discovered by the unfolding scientific perception of humanity.
The visual image of the lateral lattice has two roots. One is contained in Mary Baker Eddy's description of what she called the: SCIENTIFIC TRANSLATION OF IMMORTAL MIND (S&H 115). In this description she defines three areas but assigns no hierarchal interrelationship to them, which defines them laterally, as one.
A hierarchical distinction comes into play only when she writes about the SCIENTIFIC TRANSLATION OF MORTAL MIND.
The idea of the oneness of all being, and the singularity of Soul, is fundamental to understanding the complex domain of universal love as divine Principle. This idea also poses one of the greatest challenges in society, for practical implementation. The very concept of universal love goes against the grain of countless ages old emotions, axioms, and traditions. Where does one even begin to explore this complex domain of universal love on a practical basis.
Some time back in the 1980s I launched a project to explore this domain in the context of a novel, since the concept of universal love can only be defined in life. I had no idea then how deep and wide this domain is. By the time the project was complete, twenty years later, the exploration had unfolded into a series of five novels, which is available under the summary title: The Lodging for the Rose. The idea of the lateral lattice unfolded during the course of this exploration, in the context of a profound healing experience. The experience has been reframed into a story that became threaded into the storyline of the 12 novel. See: chapeter: The Lateral Lattice of Hearts
The idea of the lateral lattice is a very simple one, but a profound one for the healing of humanity. On this all-embracing platform Mary Baker Eddy's promise is fulfilled, when she wrote: Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need (S&H 494). The full statement is below.
Indeed, Christ Jesus had no option but to work on the platform on which he worked, because there is only one platform for Love, one Truth, one dive Principle, one Soul that is reflected in all. No one exists outside this universal lattice that comprises all, the love that encircles all. Evil exists outside of this sphere of reality as a negation, without a principle to support it, nor power. Still, we tend to reject the reality in which we have our being, but this is not inevitable and can end. Mary Baker Eddy writes:
Indeed, the time will come when society will level wealth with honesty and wars will end as Mary Baker Eddy says is the outcome of the first commandment, since all the wars that were ever fought were fought in the course of a quest for wealth in some form. To Mary Baker Eddy, universal love was not an abstract ideal but the quality of all being, an element of our humanity, a Principle of God. To Christ Jesus, universal love was a way of life. To the Christian Scientist it remains still a challenge, and to humanity, it constitutes it only hope.
Within the domain of divine Love manifest in humanity, the framework of universal love, all human needs can and will be met. This is the inevitable outcome of human existence. How long it will take until we place ourselves into this framework depends on us. The challenge simply is that we love as God loves, that our motives and aspirations reflect this, and that our human economy reflects the divine, aflame with universal love.
The reality is, that our love already reflects the mode of divine Principle, or divine Love. God is Love on the same platform as the sun is bright, or as a gardener loves a rose. And that is how we truly already love. It is the reality of our being. We already have it all, and that is enough. "God is Love. More than this we cannot ask, higher we cannot look, farther we cannot go."(S&H 6)
describes ourselves. As Christ Jesus demonstrated, God and man are one
Lodging for the Rose