I recognized recently
that my series of novels, The Lodging for the Rose, which grew out of an effort to contribute to the healing
of the world, corresponds precisely in its sequence as written with the characteristics of the four
development streams that Mary Baker Eddy has outlined and defined in many ways more than a
hundred years go. The series wasn't written to achieve this coincidence.
If this had been the case it would have been subjective and interpretive,
instead of being objective, dynamic, free, and being guided by the one Mind that
is expressed in all. But then why should one be surprised that every product of
infinite Mind in its various dimensions is coming to light in a coinciding flow
Obviously all of the
coinciding dimensions are mutually enriching. Mary Baker Eddy used this
principle extensively. She made all of her major scientific works contributory
to one fundamental foursquare structure that defines the four major levels of
perception that she recognized as reflected in the four major development
streams in which is summed up
the spiritual and scientific development of mankind. Mary Baker Eddy contributed
10 major structures to enrich this one fundamental, all-embracing
One of these
contributory structures is the Christian Science textbook, made up of 16
chapters (not counting the preface and glossary). The unfolding pattern of the
textbook chapters coincides precisely with the unfolding pattern of the 16
segments of her Church Manual, and also with the 16 elements of her book of
metaphors, Christ and Christmas, and with the 16 stanzas of the Lord's
Prayer and her spiritual interpretation of it. And all of that is just the
By brining all of her
works into context with the one all-embracing scientific dimension, and by
defining this dimension as she has defined it, she has put the various parts
into a specific context that reflects the natural flow of scientific and
spiritual development, the kind of flow one would expect to see reflected
In the example below
the 16 textbook chapters are aligned, in their original sequence, with the four
In retrospect I have
come to recognize that my series of novels, The Lodging for the Rose, coincides
with the criteria established by Mary Baker Eddy. The series is designed to
explore the demands of the divine Principle of Universal Love reflected in the
social and political world. The alignment of the novels in their original
sequence utilizes the same pattern as that used for the chapters of the
textbook, but is applied only to the top three rows (similar to applying the 24
The links in the chart below bring the novels (and
the textbook chapters) into conjunction with the metaphors in Christ and
Christmas, the stanzas of the Lord's Prayer, and the 16 segments of
Mary Baker Eddy's Church Manual.
The bottom row, with
the cardinal point, Christian Science (also labeled, night, hell, and
unreality), pertains to the great critical problems or challenges of mankind,
the arena where nothing short of Christian Science healing will ultimately carry
the day, as is evident by the glaring lack of progress by any other means. I
have chosen four aspects that appear to be among the greatest mankind is
1 - A general sense
of impotence, which I focused on in the novel, Flight Without Limits.
2 - The insanity of nuclear war, another dimension of impotence, which I focused
on with the novel, Brighter than the Sun.
These two novels are
not a part of the series, The Lodging for the Rose, that is designed for
exploring the dimension of the Principle of Universal Love.
The great problem
arena in the third and fourth column are also related. The first of these is one
that everybody knows about and is touched by and seeks solutions for in all
directions except the spiritual one, while the second one, which is vastly
bigger, is being carefully hidden, and quite successfully so.
3 - The lack of
economics. The world is economically collapsing while the divine Principle of
Economics is being rejected.
4 - The New Ice Age. The challenge is real. It is huge. Still it is a spiritual
challenge, not a physical one. The continuity of mankind through the next ice
age is physically possible, but to muster the spiritual resources to acknowledge
and then face the challenge with the necessary steps to overcome it, is hard.
Placing the major
challenges at the bottom row gives the healing development above it, in the
columns, somewhat of a focus.
unique dimension of Mary Baker Eddy's 16-part Church Manual, extends the inner
dimension og the foursquare structure quite a bit further by providing additional perspectives for it. If one looks
closely at how the 16 segments of Mary Baker Eddy's Church Manual are laid out, one can recognize that the foursquare structure appears to be
logically divided into two halves (which I identified below as aspects of Temple
and aspects of Church).
The only reference that Mary Baker Eddy has provided
that the whole structure might be 'seen' as functional divided into two halves
is provided in visual form. We find this visual metaphor provided in the form of
a tablet held in the lap of the woman of Science in the second half of the
painting Christmas Eve.
On the tablet that we find in the lap of
the woman of Science, we find a major division presented that divides the
structure represented by the tablet down the center into two halves.
Mary Baker Eddy also defined two terms in
the Glossary of her textbook, which structurally and functionally match the
major vertical division of the structure into a right and left half. She gave
each of the two terms two separate definitions (presented in separate
paragraphs) which functionally stand side by side in their respective half. The
two defined terms are, Church, and Ark.
The term Church is defined (below) as
structure of science.
Church. The structure of Truth and
Love; whatever rests upon and proceeds from divine Principle.
The Church is that institution, which affords proof of its
utility and is found elevating the race, rousing the dormant understanding
from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the
demonstration of divine Science, thereby casting out devils, or error, and
healing the sick.
The term Ark (defined below) gives us the
manifest sense that we should experience when the structure of Church is fully
Ark. Safety; the idea,
or reflection, of Truth, proved to be as immortal as its Principle; the
understanding of Spirit, destroying belief in matter.
God and man coexistent and eternal; Science showing that
the spiritual realities of all things are created by Him and exist forever.
The ark indicates temptation overcome and followed by exaltation.
However there is another term defined in
her glossary, the term Temple (shown below), which combines both aspects of Ark
and also includes the concept of the horizontal division of the lower three rows
in to an upper part relating to the spiritual domain, and a lower part relating
to the physical domain, centered at the moral that she defined as
Temple. Body; the idea
of Life, substance, and intelligence; the superstructure of Truth; the shrine
of Love; a material superstructure, where mortals congregate for worship.
Mary Baker Eddy put the distinction
between Temple and Church prominently on the table in her message for the
dedication of the great extension edifice of the Mother Church of Christ,
Scientists in Boston, Mass. on June 10, 1906. She concluded her message to the
over 30,000 who had come for the dedication service, dedicating the giant
structure that had been built and fully paid for with two million dollars
received in donations from across the land and other lands, asking if they were
aware what precisely they had come to dedicate, saying:
"You have dexterously and wisely
provided for The Mother Church of Christ, Scientist, a magnificent temple
wherein to enter and pray. Greatly impressed and encouraged thereby,
deeply do I thank you for this proof of your progress, unity, and love."
The 30,000 had come to Boston to dedicate a church edifice. She called it a
temple. The Temple is a structure for celebration. When spiritual truth unfolds
within, it inspires celebration . The Church, on the other had is a structure
for discovery, a structure of science, of divine Science, a workhouse in which
we discover our completeness in the reflected completeness of God. The 16
elements of her foursquare structure cover both of these two grounds, with the
two aspects of Temple and Church standing side by side. Now let's look at all
the parts drawn together
Of course, since the two halves of
the foursquare structure are functionally identical, though pertaining to their
specific dimension (Temple or Church), one can recognize the development process
from element 1 to element 8, echoes in the development process from element 9 to
16. This 'echo' draws the two halves together so that element 1 and element 9
(the starting elements in their respective halves) are addressing the identical
problem or unfolding perception, though seen from a different standpoint. Thus,
we see element 1, which deals with the scientifically false sense of impotence
(Flight Without Limits), being reflected in the generally accepted false sense
of economics that is presently manifesting itself as worldwide general economic
collapse crisis. In the same manner are elements 5 (such as nuclear war) and
element 13 (such as the New Ice Age) related. While these two issues appear to
be two opposite faces of the coin, called technology - one that promises doom
and the other that offers survival - the act of drawing the two faces together
puts both into the court of Spirit so that the problems we face in either case
are typically mental problems, relationship problems, perceptual problems where
the real solutions must be found, rather than technological problems that are
but secondary aspects of false or lacking intentions.
It is interesting to note the
escalation of the dimension of impotence. In element 1 the sense of impotence is
accepted as human. That is why we have prayer. We recognize that there is
something spiritually lacking and we see spiritual solutions. This same
impotence unfolds on the much larger scene of economics (element 9) in the form
of poverty and general economic collapse into a new dark age. But here it
becomes much more difficult to recognize the cause as being "something
spiritually lacking." With this in mind let's look at the issue of nuclear
war (element 5), which is rarely recognized as being basically a gross sense of
impotence, the impotence that results when there is "something spiritually
lacking." All the supreme terror threats and responses with fear are but
cries of impotence. Technically this is an issue that can be resolved in a day.
It is known where the nukes are located, and it won't take much of an effort to eradicate
them. But this won't happen for as long as the sense of impotence prevails that
keeps us tied into knots. Once the sense of impotence is overcome the movements
become natural and fearless and free. Of course, the supreme case of impotence
is found in society's current response to the coming Ice Age. The implications
are too huge in human terms to even contemplate on the present platform of what
we call economics. The sense of impotence is so great that the whole issue is
put out of sight as if it didn't exist. But it does exist. The details are well
understood, and so are the consequences when mankind's food supply remains
unprotected in the rapid cooling of the global climate to the kind of conditions
that caused ice masses to 'flow' across the northern hemisphere, as far south as
Wisconsin on the American side, piled up sever miles deep. Oh, indeed, we would
have reason to feel chilled to the very bone with deep sense of impotence in the
face of such a challenge, if it weren't for the fact that we, mankind, the very
reflection of God, have the creative and productive capacity built into the very
nature of our being to meet these kind of challenges by means of scientific and
technological progress. Once the chill of impotence is lifted, we will see an
ice-age-preparation renaissance erupting that will uplift the world to such a
degree that it won't seem to be big task at all to feed ten billion people with
the products of indoor agriculture from countless facilities thousands of acres
in size, fifty stories high, spread across the ice-free areas of the world. But
not a single step will likely be taken in this direction until the prevailing,
deadening sense of impotence is lifted that keeps us asleep and dreaming of
global warming. Global warming is a lie by intention and is generally accepted
as a convenient excuse for evading the critical need to face the sense of
impotence that has at its root the simple fact that there is "something
spiritually lacking." The scientific development in the dimension of
Church, in the last column, appears to be designed to address this issue, with
all the development steps leading into it, supporting it.
This kind of correlation, of drawing
the two halves together into two parallel dimensions, naturally applies to every
element in the same manner; and the results are
amazing. At least this what my experience has been.
Of course the development in the
columns, as Mary Baker Eddy has laid it out, is equally as important for the
defense of mankind and deserves consideration.
The Church-Manual elements in vertical alignment
There are four columns in the structure of the Mother Church of Christ
Scientists, the first two relating to Temple and the last two relating to
Church, but they are all related to metaphysical healing of every disease known,
including the most devastating and most deadly disease ever known of the face of
the Earth that so far has defied all attempts of healing. It's name is,
"empire," a mental disease that has been raging for four millennia and
has been shredding human culture as fast as it was being built and now stands
poised to eradicate civilization. The disease has grown in sophistication, but
its fundamental nature has not changed.
It stands fundamentally on four distinct pillars, which the structure of the
Mother Church of Christ Scientists appears to be specifically designed to
counter, and with it affect the healing of society from its debilitating
impositions. Each of the pillars of empire comprises a specific attack on the
nature of the human being and society as a whole. The attack is carried out in
each case through a process of degradation aiming for the destruction of
civilization for the simple reason that the rule of empire has no roots in
civilization and cannot survive within it.
Historically in the war of empire versus civilization has been fought against
mankind (and is still being fought) on four major fronts that the Church Manual
counters in a spiritual and scientific development type fashion. The following
are what I recognize to be currently major mode of mental attacks of mankind in
the still raging war of empire versus mankind. One needs to be aware of these attacks,
though not frightened by them, in order to counter them. The four modes of
attacks on mankind are uniquely addressed in the development streams of the four
columns and can be explored in this relationship.
(1) The claim of a mission -- the supposed divine right of kings to rule, to
suppress, to loot, etc..
(2) The mythology that the human being is not human.
(3) The right of property -- the feudal platform for looting expressed by the
modern financial empire-apparatus.
(4) The process of erosion to grind civilization down; to grind it into the dust
of impotence, causing its internal collapse.
The last three of these aspects have become prominent in a big way in a
timeframe that coincides with Mary Baker Eddy's timeframe, which also was a
timeframe of scholarly prominence. It is not likely therefore that Mary Baker
Eddy would have been ignorant about these developments. It is more likely that
her scientific platform for healing would have included a strong focus on
healing the disease of empire, which the Church Manual appears to be
specifically designed to address in its universal context. In this respect the
the remainder of this article is focused on exploring the functional coincidence
of the four columns of Mary Baker Eddy's Church Manual with the four fronts in
the war of empire versus civilization.
The sequence that appears to work the best for this particular study is to
look backwards, that is, to begin with the grossest attack on mankind, the
attack on the metaphysical nature of man. The exposure that society suffers on
this front is what the 4th column appears to be designed to counter and heal.
This exploration would then be logically followed by exploring the front related to the
second column (the correlative to the fourth column but related to the Temple
concept); this then would be followed further by
exploring the third front, and then its Temple-correlative, the first front in
the first column. This backwards exploration is suited to illustrate that the
'grosser' errors are typically build onto a series of 'lesser' errors.
defense of mankind in the 4th column
defense of mankind in the 2nd column
defense of mankind in the 3rd column
defense of mankind in the 1st column
*1 The cardinal
points or levels of perception. Mary Baker Eddy presented 4 cardinal points for
the 'city foursquare' (The city of our God.) She writes: "This spiritual,
holy habitation has no boundary nor limit, but its four cardinal points
Word of Life, Truth, and Love;
second, the Christ, the spiritual idea of
third, Christianity, which is the outcome of the
divine Principle of the Christ-idea in Christian history;
fourth, Christian Science, which to-day and forever
interprets this great example and the great Exemplar.
Mary Baker Eddy also
listed two sets of four terms that identify four levels of perception,
Kingdom of Heaven, Morning
She also describes
four levels of, good, in glossary definition for the term Good:
*2 The characteristic
of the development streams is described in a similar manner as four main points.
She used the names of the four rivers in Genesis 2 and defined them, not in
their biblical context, but in the context of four flows of scientific and
spiritual development. And since these rivers are out-flowing, to metaphorically
water the world, she also defined the sides and gates of the city through which
they are flowing. The four rivers are (in their biblical sequence):
(river). The love of the good and beautiful,
and their immortality.
Gihon (river). The rights of woman acknowledged
morally, civilly, and socially.
Hiddekel (river). Divine Science understood and
Euphrates (river). Divine Science encompassing the
universe and man; the true idea of God; a type of the glory which is to come;
metaphysics taking the place of physics; the reign of righteousness. The
atmosphere of human belief before it accepts sin, sickness, or death; a state of
mortal thought, the only error of which is limitation; finity; the opposite of
She describes the
sides to which the rivers pertain saying: "The four sides of our city are the
Word, Christ, Christianity, and
divine Science." She adds, "This city is wholly spiritual,
as its four sides indicate." And she adds further, "It is indeed a
city of the Spirit, fair, royal, and square.
its gates open to the North Star, the Word, the polar magnet of
eastward, to the star seen by the Wisemen of the
Orient, who followed it to the manger of Jesus;
southward, to the genial tropics, with the Southern
Cross in the skies, - the Cross of Calvary, which binds human society into
westward, to the grand realization of the Golden
Shore of Love and the Peaceful Sea of Harmony.
Note: The north,
east, south, west sequence that she presents here reflects the progression of
the sun across the sky, from the early dawn to the sunset.
She also describes God
with four special qualities that can be applied to the four columns respectively
as an aid to focus our attention in these four development streams. She writes,
God is incorporeal; divine; supreme; infinite.
Now since the entire
structure of four rivers is logically divided into two halves the first two
rivers and associated concepts pertain to the 'Temple'
dimension, and the last two rivers to the 'Church'
dimension. The resulting division puts the qualities of God as
"incorporeal" and "divine" into the 'Temple.' This tells us
that God is Life and Love as Principle, reflected physically and corporeally.
This view renders God as the all-powering animus. We see this view echoed in the
most leading edge perceptions in cosmology. In old cosmology the sun and stars
are deemed to be individually self-powered, each by its own nuclear furnace.
Advances in science and instrumentation for observation have yielded evidence
that supports a much profound view of the universe. It renders the suns and
stars not as self-powered, but as externally powered vast electric plasma
currents, named Birkland currents, which pervade all space and form and power
the galaxies and all the suns and their systems within. This means for us in our
living in the 'Temple' of Life that we are not isolated and disconnected
entities, but are creations of the vast Intelligence that is expressed
throughout the universe and powers it. Small-minded thinking would keep us out
of the 'Temple' into an isolated world of our own, and it succeeds to the degree
we allow it. But scientific thinking can break this barrier.
On the side of
'Church' a different aspect of Principle comes to light that Mary Baker Eddy has
identified as "supreme" and "infinite." The world is currently
awash with "supremacy" movements that tear civilization apart,
centered on dreams of national, ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, and other
types of. supremacy over one another. The ideological madness in these
supremacist movements is deep and is now threatening the entire world with a new
dark age that few may survive, but they all rest on the one single lie that
denies the supremacy of universal divine Principle. Of course the root of this
lie is the same as in the first half, namely that man and every aspect of the
universe is isolated and self-powered. The movements of divine Science in the
workshops of 'Church' are destined to bring to light a correct view of man and
the universe and the reality of our being where Principle is supreme, just as
Kepler has overturned the fundamental false assumptions in astronomy that had
persisted for thousands of years and had stumped the brightest in the field from
Ptolemy to Copernicus.
The separation of the
four rivers into two halves unfolded two types of scientific celebrations, the
'incorporeal' and the 'supreme.' Neither is unimportant. We live individually in
the 'Temple' where we celebrate our oneness with God. We also live collectively
in a civilization, our 'Church' that is the reflection of our universal commitment
to good and its endless development.
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