The Empire of Mind

Rolf A. F. Witzsche

The light grows brighter

 

 

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 of unfolding? 

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 structure. (link to more details)

One of the 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 beginning. 

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 everywhere.

In the example below the 16 textbook chapters are aligned in their original sequence with the four development flows.

 

 

The Word *2
The river Pison - oriented northward to the early dawn

Christ *2
The river Gihon - oriented eastward to the sunrise

Christianity *2
The river Hiddekel - oriented southward to the heat of the day

divine Science *2
The river Euphrates - oriented westward to the sunset

The Word *1

4 - Christian Science versus Spiritualism

8 - Footsteps of Truth

12 - Christian Science Practice * 16 - The Apocalypse

The Christ *1

3 - Marriage 7 - Physiology 11 - Some Objections Answered * 15 - Genesis

Christianity *1

2 - Atonement and Eucharist

6a Science
6b Theology
6c Medicine
10a - Science of Being

10b - Platform of Christian Science

14 - Recapitulation

Christian Science *1

1 - Prayer 5 - Animal Magnetism Unmasked 9 - Creation

13 - Teaching Christian Science

 

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 Recapitulation questions). The links in the chart below bring the novels (and the textbook chapters) into conjunction with the metaphors in Christ and Christmas, with the stanzas of the Lord's Prayer, and the 16 segments of Mary Baker Eddy's Church Manual.

 

 

The Word *2
The river Pison - oriented northward to the early dawn

Christ *2
The river Gihon - oriented eastward to the sunrise

Christianity *2
The river Hiddekel - oriented southward to the heat of the day

divine Science *2
The river Euphrates - oriented westward to the sunset

The Word *1

Roses at Dawn in an Ice Age World

The Flat Earth Society

Endless Horizons

Lu Mountain

The Christ *1

The Ice Age Challenge

Seascapes and Sand

Coffee Sex and Biscuits

Sword of Aquarius

Christianity *1

Discovering Love

Winning Without Victory

Glass Barriers

Angels of Sex in Queensland

Christian Science *1

Flight Without Limits 

Brighter than the Sun

Economics

The Coming Ice Age

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. 

This bottom row represents the frozen-solid sewer of absolute idolatry where humanist movements have come to a halt. Here society prays to the god of impotence, the god of war, the god of poverty, and the god of lies respectively. Society prays to the god of impotence and surrenders its freedom to it. It bows to the god of war, seeking its security from it, but receives only terror, fear, and death. It serves the war of poverty in the hope for illusive riches, while it offers up its power and lays itself down to die at its feet. But worse than all of the above, it hails the god of lies to which it sacrifices its culture, its humanity, its future, and its very existence. This ice house of insanity, the platform of impotence, war, poverty, and lies, is the platform that every empire has promoted and is still promoting as the only possible platform that an imperial system can exist on. Society has become trapped into this sewer that is an ice house in humanist terms where nothing moves. That is why we see such strange phenomena now as the leaders of society struggling to solve the economic collapse of the world with the very same processes that caused the collapse. So far Christian Science is the only platform that offers any hope. Christian Science is designed to shatter this frozen landscape, unmask it as a dreamscape, supplant its emptiness with the light of the spiritual reality that every idolatry denies, and sets mankind free of its captivity in the sewer in order that the healing currents of Truth may uplift society onto higher ground where God is good, and good is All.

I have chosen four aspects that appear to be among the greatest challenges mankind is currently facing that follow the general pattern of impotence and its gross manifest as war, and the pattern of poverty and its gross manifest as lies. I have put them into two groups: 

1 - A general sense of impotence, which I focused on in the novel, Flight Without Limits
2 - The insanity of nuclear war, the grosser 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. This separation appears natural as the series, The Lodging for the Rose, is not designed to delve into the sewer. 

The sewer spots 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 by lies (the poverty to the truth), and quite successfully so. 

3 - Here we face the impersonal god of poverty in economics. The world is economically collapsing while the divine Principle of Economics is being rejected. 
4 - The New Ice Age is not a big thing, though challenge is real. But it is huge in the shadow of the poverty to the truth, a world ruled by lies. "In lies we trust!" In this sense the coming new Ice Age presents a spiritual challenge that secondarily becomes 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 that challenge with the necessary steps to overcome it, appears to be almost insurmountable in the current world of mental poverty.

By placing the major challenges at the bottom row, the healing development above it, in the columns, opens up a respective scientific focus onto the divine reality.

Mary Baker Eddy further divided the entire foursquare structure of four columns into two halves. By this division into a right and left half she divided the focus between the individual self-development in the 'Temple' of Life in the first half, and the collective development of civilization in the second half, in the 'Church' of universal Principle. (more details) This global division of the structure into two halves is, amazingly, also reflected in the characteristics of the series of novels, The Lodging for the Rose as laid out above. 

In accord with this global division the two novels, Flight Without Limits, and, Brighter than the Sun, can actually be applied twice. They can be applied once in each half, because each of these novels is internally, logically divided into two distinct parts. In each of these two novels an individual or 'Temple' dimension precedes a collective 'Church' dimension that develops out of it, the dimension of civilization. In each of these two dimensions we also encounter distinct types of love relationships.

In retrospect it becomes apparent that the 16 chapters of Mary Baker Eddy's textbook, and the 16 segments of her Church Manual, and so on, are likewise divided into two halves reflecting the 'Temple' (individual) and the 'Church' (civilization) dimensions, and that the individual elements of the two halves are horizontally related (element 1 relating to element 9 - see textbook chapters above).

In this duality the novel, Flight Without Limits, deals in its second part with the civilization-related element of economics, while the novel, Brighter than the Sun, deals in its second part with the fundamentals of civilization on the larger scale that is also indirectly reflected in the Ice Age challenge that wasn't on the radar screen when the novel was written. The horizontal (or lateral) duality that is built into these two novels reflects one of the five types of dual definitions that Mary Baker Eddy has incorporated into her glossary of the textbook. It reflects the nature of the 'horizontal dual definition.' 

The two novels also reflect the nature of the 'vertical dual definitions' that Mary Baker Eddy uses extensively in her glossary. The vertical dual definition highlights stark contrasts. We find this contrast reflected in the two novels, brought out in individual love relationships, and this uniquely in each of their two parts. The amazing part about these patterns is that their compliance with Mary Baker Eddy's outlined structure for scientific and spiritual development was not intentional as this structure was not known to exist when the novels were written. The same thing can also be said about the other types of dual definitions that Mary Baker Eddy put on the plate. They can be seen reflected in the novels in the corresponding areas where we see them reflected in the foursquare structure. And again, this was not done by intention. (see: dual definitions in overview, and dual definitions in greater details )


One more dimension may be added here to the unfolding flow of  healing. This dimension is poetry, the poetry of Mary Baker Eddy adapted for hymns. Seven of her poems have been adapted as hymn, which amazingly cover my 14 novels (at least I like to see them as applicable that way.) I utilizing the pattern that Mary Baker has established in Christ and Christmas, I have added one final hymn to the list, a hymn that takes us back to a Psalm of David.

 

The Word *2
The river Pison - oriented northward to the early dawn

Christ *2
The river Gihon - oriented eastward to the sunrise

Christianity *2
The river Hiddekel - oriented southward to the heat of the day

divine Science *2
The river Euphrates - oriented westward to the sunset

The Word *1

Feed My Sheep

Blessed Christmas Morn

Love

Communion Hymn

The Christ *1

Feed My Sheep

Blessed Christmas Morn

Mother's Evening Prayer

Communion Hymn

Christianity *1

Christ My Refuge 

Satisfied

Mother's Evening Prayer

Love

Christian Science *1

Christ My Refuge 

Satisfied

Praise Speaking

Praise Speaking

 

 


*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 are: 

first, the Word of Life, Truth, and Love; 
second, the Christ, the spiritual idea of God; 
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, respectively:

Heaven, Day
Kingdom of Heaven, Morning
Earth, Evening
Hell, Night

She also describes four levels of, good, in glossary definition for the term Good:

omnipotence
omniscience
omnipresence
omni-action


*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):

Pison (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 acknowledged.
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 infinity.

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. 

Northward, its gates open to the North Star, the Word, the polar magnet of Revelation; 
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 solemn union; 
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 as 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.

 

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