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'Deep Spiritual Intimacy'
A. F. Witzsche
Christ and Christmas, an illustrated poem by Mary Baker Eddy -
published 1893/7 - 16 verses and 16 metaphorical scenes - arranged in ascending order
Lord's Prayer and its spiritual interpretation
by Mary Baker Eddy
of the day
Golden Light of Peace
Enable us to know, - as in heaven, so on earth, - God is omnipotent,
And Love is reflected in love;
For God is infinite, all-power, all Life, Truth, Love, over all, and
Hallowed be Thy name.
will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
Father-Mother God, all-harmonious,
kingdom is come; Thou art ever-present.
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;
And God leadeth us not into temptation, but delivereth us from sin,
disease, and death.
Principle - omniaction
Our Father which art in heaven,
Give us this day our daily bread;
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lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;
The verses in Christ and Christmas
4. What the Beloved knew and taught,
Through understanding, dearly sought,
With fierce heart-beats;
8. Christ was not crucified--that doom
Was Jesus' part;
For Sharon's rose must bud and bloom
In human heart. [*]
12. For Christian Science brings to view
The great I Am,--
Omniscient power,--gleaming through
Mind, mother, man.
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my
works unto the end, to him will I give
power over the nations:
And I will give him the MORNING STAR.
3. The Christ-idea, God anoints--
Of Truth and Life;
The Way in Science He appoints,
That stills all strife.
7. Yet wherefore signalize the birth
Of him ne'er born?
What can rehearse the glorious worth
Of his high morn?
11. The Way, the Truth, the Life--His word--
Are here, and now
Christ's silent healing, heaven heard,
Crowns the pale brow.
15. No blight, no broken wing, no moan,
Truth's fane can dim;
Eternal swells Christ's music-tone,
In heaven's hymn.
2. In tender mercy, Spirit sped
A loyal ray
To rouse the living, wake the dead,
And point the Way--
6. For heaven's Christus, earthly Eves,
By Adam bid,
Make merriment on Christmas eves,
O'er babe and crib.
10. Thus olden faith's pale star now blends
In seven-hued white!
Life, without birth and without end,
14. To-day, as oft, away from sin
Christ summons thee!
Truth pleads to-night: Just take Me in!
No mass for Me!
1. Fast circling on, from zone to zone,--
Bright, blest, afar,--
O'er the grim night of chaos shone
One lone, brave star.
5. Thus Christ, eternal and divine,
As Truth demands,--this living Vine
9. Forever present, bounteous, free,
Christ comes in gloom;
And aye, with grace towards you and me,
For health makes room.
13. As in blest Palestina's hour,
So in our age,
'T is the same hand unfolds His power,
And writes the page.
[*] "God was manifest in the flesh." -- St. Paul.
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*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: (S&H 574-7)
Word of Life, Truth, and Love;
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 the glossary definition for the term Good:
she 'translates' the four levels in terms of immortal, divine Mind (the
lateral reality), and
mortal mind (vertical
TRANSLATION OF IMMORTAL
Divine Principle, Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Spirit, Mind. (Divine synonyms)
God's spiritual idea, individual, perfect, eternal. (Divine image)
An image in Mind; the immediate object of understanding. (Divine reflection)
TRANSLATION OF MORTAL
First Degree: Depravity.
Evil beliefs, passions and appetites, fear, depraved will,
self-justification, pride, envy, deceit, hatred, revenge, sin, sickness,
disease, death. (Unreality)
Degree: Evil beliefs disappearing.
Humanity, honesty, affection, compassion, hope, faith, meekness, temperance.
Wisdom, purity, spiritual understanding, spiritual power, love, health,
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the third degree mortal mind disappears,
and man as God's image appears. Science so reverses the evidence before the
corporeal human senses, as to make this Scriptural testimony true in our
hearts, "The last shall be first, and the first last," so that God
and His idea may be to us what divinity really is and must of necessity be,
*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.
(river). The rights of woman acknowledged
morally, civilly, and socially.
(river). Divine Science understood and
(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,
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,
incorporeal; divine; supreme; infinite.
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of the intimacy presentation
Christ and Christmas
vast visual metaphor in Christ and Christmas can be summed up at this
deepest level as a symphony focused on intimacy. Presenting its major
dimensions, every aspect comes to light as profound, because spiritual being is not
something shallow or superficial. In fact, in order to touch the heart of
the profound, we have to let go all that is shallow and superficial, that is without
power, that is dogmatic and ritualistic, because it shields us for
the heart of the Christ, and from our unity without God in its native
intimate closeness without distance.
There are four
levels defined on the foursquare matrix that Mary Baker Eddy had made all
of her major works contributable to. The four levels are defined by her as
(the Word of Life, Truth, and Love), the
Christ (the spiritual
idea of God), Christianity
(the outcome of the divine Principle of the Christ-idea in Christian history),
today and forever interprets this great example and the great Exemplar).
In vertical alignment the foursquare structure can be seen as a structure
of four columns, representing a progressive development from the bottom
us, with the absolute real represented
by the top element and the absolute mythological aspect represented by the
bottom element. For this context Mary Baker Eddy also defined
the four levels - from the real to the unreal - representing the divine,
and the physical.
by which the most esoteric is the highest form of reality, and the
physical the most mythological, is a scientific perception that is also
shared by some of great pioneers in physical science, such as Albert
Einstein and Max Planck, even though it appears to be backward according
to general perception. The apparent paradox indicates the nature of the
dynamics that is unfolding here where reality lies far above the generally
accepted perception, so that we have to raise our thinking spirit-ward to approach
Thus, the poem that
is sequenced in a progressive manner is mapped onto the foursquare
structure beginning at the lowest element in the first column, and
sequencing upwards from there, and on into the second column, and so
The four columns
also relate to the four main domains where a profound healing in
perception is required in society - one, the healing of the perception of
Mary Baker Eddy as the discover and founder of Christian Science the
author of its textbook; two, the healing of the perception of Christian
Science itself and the perception of Mary Baker Eddy as The Pastor
Emeritus of The Church of Christ Scientist; third the healing of
Christianity and Mary Baker Eddy's function as educator in her position as
The President of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College; and fourth, the
healing of civilization and its science. The four columns have also been
associated by Mary Baker Eddy with four celestial directions, ordered
according to cycle of the sun traversing the sky, where the dawn
begins northward, the sunrise eastward, the heat of the day southward, and
the golden sunset westward.
Several of the
columns are linked in Christ and Christmas, as some of the illustrative
paintings incorporate two scenes and have two verses associated with them,
which splits them across two elements, and twice also across two columns.
Of course, it all
begins in the first column with the dawn unfolding. Mary Baker Eddy had
experienced a profound healing that raised her in 1866 from what was might
have been her death-bed and her 'coffin.' But she roused herself in a profound event of great intimacy that raised the
platform in her life towards the discovery of Christian Science and her becoming
the founder of it and the author of its textbook.
The first-column of the images
shown above, deals with
the dimension of Mary Baker Eddy as The Discoverer and Founder of
Christian Science. In a sense, the column thereby deals with the 'healing' of Mary
Baker Eddy personally, as a beautiful divine idea coming to light through
profound experiences, consecrated personal efforts in scientific
development, and tireless searching at the gate of Christ for ever-clearer
expressions of the divine reality. Her 'healing' was shaped by a profound dawning recognition of the
zero-distance unity of God and man as that reality of our being, unfolding
in the form of an ever-closer intimacy with God in which all aspects of the divine combine as One and
unfold a single, harmonizing, all-encompassing good. This uplifted perception
healed her and set a new stage for mankind.
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In the general
religious context the Christ is the
human name for the "Son of God." However, the term "son" has
too many low-level axioms attached to it to even remotely imply a zero-distance
relationship. It is more scientifically correct therefore, to say that the Christ,
representing spiritual reality, is
the dynamic state in consciousness unfolding man's zero-distance
intimacy with God that is the timeless, ever-present state of being, unfolding the spiritual potential
of mankind. This uplifted state of consciousness results from the scientific realization
that progressively encompasses
all that is real. Mary
Baker Eddy was healed by a profound experience of this universal
potential, as she reached out for it in a time of a desperate personal crisis.
She reached out for God's Christ, for her intimacy with God.
Christian Science unfolded from this
experience. Out of it unfolded a significant spiritual foundation for mankind that
increasingly developed over the next 44 years till her death in December
Long before this
came to be, when Christian Science and her textbook of it, were fairly established, she became the
Leader of its church and its universal pastor. She combined both functions
under her title, Pastor Emeritus. The
are all clearly related to Mary Baker Eddy as Pastor Emeritus, even though
the title had not been established in 1893 when the illustrated poem, Christ and Christmas, was first
published by her. The basic idea, though, had obviously been clearly established.
This revolutionary dimensions that her title, Pastor Emeritus, projects
remain yet to be recognized. A specific healing process is intertwined
with this recognition, which is already beginning to dawn for the healing of
Christian Science itself. In a very real sense therefore, the second
column, represents the healing of Christian Science in the perception of society, and the healing the Christ in the same context, which it
In the third-column
images a higher
idea of church comes to light, a revolutionary concept of church, the
highest identity of church that is humanly possible, The Mother-Church identity.
In the verse for the top element in this column Mary Baker Eddy defines
the nature of The Mother Church of Christ Scientists, as
"The great I Am, - omniscient power, - gleaming through Mind, mother,
Mary Baker Eddy established the Christian Science church as a church
centered on "mother" as the most profound spiritual idea between
divine Mind and man, which is
essential to be
embraced in this age.
In the patriarchal and imperial age of her time, the
identity of a church as "The Mother Church" no doubt would have
caused an explosive outcry as it challenged patriarchic and imperial
authority. It may have been for this reason that she allowed the term to be attached to herself as
'Mother' and be used as a personal term for her until the spiritual
identity of Mother became recognized as the identity of her Church. There was even a
"Mother's Room" incorporated in
the first edifice of this church.
The mothering idea was later,
erroneously, assumed to
designate an imperial structure in the form of a mothering church
organization that is presiding
over a field of subjugated branch churches.
What the spiritual
Mother-idea unfolds, of the nature of God expressed in man, was well illustrated in a 2009
small-scale movie, "A Shine of Rainbows."
The mother-spirit seen there illustrates to some degree the nature of a
church, termed, The Mother Church of Christ Scientists. However, Mary Baker Eddy evidently
had a still higher idea in mind, which she hints at in the opening
paragraphs of the textbook chapter "Christian Science Practice"
which applies to the top position in this column.
In the opening paragraphs of this chapter Mary Baker Eddy focuses on the biblical
story of Mary
Magdalene and her relationship to Christ Jesus. The images of the entire
column appears to be focused on the practical aspects of the mothering
dimension of this biblical figure, which culminated in her washing the feat
of Christ Jesus and anointing them with the "perfume of gratitude." The
metaphor of the feet is clearly evident in the top image here, and its
potential echo of Jesus' last act at the last supper, of washing his
What comes to light
as being the central core of this column, is the universal healing of
Christianity. That is what The Mother Church, as a mothering idea, is
evidently intended to facilitate, the healing of Christianity both
individually and collectively.
It is unknown from
biblical history whether Mary Magdalene was the woman that Christ Jesus
had defended against the charge of adultery, in John 8:1-11, but the
potential for this exists. It is known that Mary Magdalene sojourned with Jesus for
some time and was taught profound lessons in the intimacy of that
association, so much so that she was present at the crucifixion, evidently in prayer, and was the first to
witness the risen Christ.
dimensions evidently cannot be taught in a classroom setting. It may have
been this realization that caused Mary Baker Eddy not to reopen her
college for Mind healing, as she had hinted she would, but attached it (in
1899) as an auxiliary to her church, The Mother Church. She retained her
title as President of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, but provided
no teachers for its functioning, and no authorization for certificates to
be awarded. Thus the college became a purely spiritual, and symbolic
institution, with her as the President of it in perpetuity.
in the Church Manual that deal with this are located in the top element of
the third column. The mages in this column are thereby also related
to Mary Baker Eddy in her role as the President of the Massachusetts
Metaphysical College, and its ultimate implied invitation to society to take the
leading edge beyond the scope of perceptions that personal classroom
teaching can reach up to. Thus, the healing of Christianity comes not from
a pulpit, or from a teacher, but from within, from the spiritual self-development of society
in its unfolding intimacy with God.
The images in the
forth column appear to be related to a still higher idea of church, the
"Church Universal and Triumphant"
that Mary Baker Eddy refers to as the final aspect of church in the opening historical
sketch in the Church Manual of the Mother Church.
In this higher idea of church the spiritual
aspects must be fully incorporeal. The fourth column therefore can be seen
as being divided between her incorporeal function as the acting President of a
spiritual institution - the Massachusetts Metaphysical College and her
association of it under the Mary Magdalene principle. The images that relate
to the incorporeal educator and the incorporeal Mary Magdalene principle,
are those of the two lower elements in the forth column. The two
upper elements in the same context relate to the Pastor Emeritus as a
purely incorporeal "officer" of the church, which she established
for the church in perpetuity on August 8, 1908.
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In its entire
context the evident core focus in the fourth column is on the healing of
civilization, which involves a healing of society's sense of smallness in
thinking, its sense of self-limitation fostered by a too low recognition
of the majesty of mankind as spiritual beings, reflecting the Spirit of
With all the
revolutionary dimension considered, Christ and Christmas, is therefore
evidently far more than just a poem with a few metaphors incorporated. It
At its deeper levels where the focus is on the essential point
of practical intimacy towards the zero-distance relationships
in all things pertaining to the divine - which the spiritual idea of mother develops and becomes a
part of - the scene takes on more and more a sexual dimension. This
upwards oriented trend in the spiritual development of the sexual dimension is
essential, as this dimension stands presently as possibly the greatest final challenge
interposing itself against the developing zero-distance relationship
between God and man.
The need in all
healing is to heal the whole of man and the whole of civilization, because
in the divine Universe all is One - a structural whole, rather than a
collection of parts. The sexual challenge cannot be isolated from this
The sexual challenge,
standing in isolation where it cannot be healed, has led to
great debilitating tragedies in history and will continue this trend until the challenge is met and
overcome scientifically and honestly,
which remains presently the critical challenge that impedes the healing of
mankind as the spiritual image and likeness of God. It is critical that
this challenge is taken up in the near term, because civilization
increasingly depends on the healing of mankind as a whole, especially with
the increasing financial
and economic collapse threatening to take the global house down, and
this with return of the next glaciation cycle of the modern Ice Age, the Pleistocene
Ice Age, already looming on the horizon.
Age collapse) - one of the greatest challenges to civilization
for which the greatest development of the human potential is absolutely
essential, including the determination to get on with it.
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