The Upper Chamber

When reading a Bible story, nothing opens the windows of inspiration faster and more surely than by determining the SCA Concept Coding Number Count. In two previous Bible Lessons, there have been two Bible stories in which the upper chamber has spiritual importance: Elisha and the Shunamite woman, and Peter raising Tabitha. Comparing those with a third story about Paul healing Eutychus reveals much regarding the hidden spiritual meanings that often go undetected. How to discover them? Follow the Number Count!  

I’m always moved when there is a Number Count of 6, no matter what the form.  One arrives at it either by the full Count of 6 (Concept of 6), or by the Number Count of 2 (Concept of 2) which can denote the Christ, in this case, the need for the Christ, Truth. 

The Christ is the healing power that has been present forever as evidenced throughout the Bible.  This Christ-power destroys all evil, error in every form. As God’s message of Truth and Love to us (represented by the Concept of 2), the Christ is the coincidence of the human and the divine, and our connection to Principle, Spirit. The Concept of 6 also represents the Christ activity, and when found in our Bible Lesson, draws our attention to it. Without knowing about this Concept, the Christ presence in a passage often would be unseen.

 Such is the case in the following verse about Tabitha.  Can you see the presence of the Christ anywhere in it?  This verse is included just as it was written when Concept Coded in the SCA, the verbs being bolded first.  Then in blue font, the Number Concept of 6 is labeled, with a summary explaining how it relates to the verse.  And it always relates!

 

And it came  to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.    (Acts 9:37)

Concept of 6 (4 + 2)  A need for the healing Love (4) and c & e (2) —overall the need for a higher sense of LTLv. 

 

In the story of Tabitha (Acts 9:36-42), a wealthy (certain) disciple, the upper chamber is spiritually significant. Tabitha was brought to it, a higher place, a higher state of consciousness.

 By contrast, Paul was preaching in an upper chamber when Eutychus fell from it. (Acts 20:7-12) Well-lighted upper chamber seems indicative of Paul’s thought, for no doubt he was preaching Christ. Third loft represents his spiritually high thought, as well, because three is symbolic of Life, Truth, Love.  He demonstrated this by quickly healing the lad.  And then he continued breaking bread, sharing the truth, with the disciples – the bright lights reflecting Truth, Life and Love in the upper chamber.

So, with Tabitha a.k.a. Dorcas, (Greek, meaning gazelle, a symbol of beauty (T) and grace (Lv)), the upper chamber could be indicative of her thought, too, being a disciple.  In verse 39 is mentioned the coats and garments she had made … another Concept of 2Truth and Loveblessing others with the Christ. These items mean more than the work of a seamstress, for she did many “good works.”  Perhaps she, too, was involved in preaching, teaching, healing, nursing!

As with the audience listening to Paul, those disciples surrounding Tabitha were also expressing a higher consciousness, for they laid and washed her before taking her up to the chamber. Spiritually, could this not be another Truth and Love, cleansing impure beliefs by a higher consciousness? And another instance of the Number Count or Concept of 2.

 They also expressed Truth and Love by praising her and showing gratitude for her philanthropy (being a certain or wealthy woman as it has been explained through the SCA).

Even the men who were sent to bring Peter to heal her were TWO.  And Peter had emptied the upper chamber of the weepers (mortal mind’s belief in death) before raising Tabitha.  

This story is filled with the Christ!

  The Shunamite mother in a previous Bible Lesson (II Kings 4:21) also “went up” and laid her dead son on Elisha’s bed (verse 21).  Again, he was placed in a higher place of consciousness.

To clarify this, we need to recall what was in Elisha’s “little chamber.”  There were four objects: a bed, table, stool, and candlestick (verse 10)Since we are to view the Bible through a spiritual lens, these four things are more than homey necessities. They represent the Number Concept of 4; therefore, they represent Love, Truth, Life, Principle.  One can identify them with the four sides of the Holy City in Revelation, one’s ideal mental habitation.  (See SH 577:12) 

1 Bed: a place of or need for healing = Love

 2 Table represents Christ’s provision of ideas = Truth

 3 Stool is an established place = Life

 4 Candlestick throws light on the above three = Principle

 The little “guest” room is an indication of, an insight into, Elisha’s mental habitation, the consciousness of God’s representative – the Christ consciousness – Christ Omni-action.   It is this room or consciousness where the woman brought her seemingly dead son.

 She then closed the door and went out. This is so similar to the closet of prayer, the “sanctuary of Spirit” that Mrs. Eddy writes about in SH 15:3The door “shuts out sinful sense but lets in Truth, Life, and Love.”

No wonder the Shunamite mother could respond “It is well” to Gahazi’s question, “Is it well with the child?” (verse 26) (SH 15: 18-20)

 When Elisha arrived, he “shut the door upon them twain” in verse 33 as did Peter with Tabitha.  (Even Paul was alone with Eutychus who was lying on the ground three floors below, for there was no indication that anyone else went down to the young man.)  The fact that there were twain or two in that room is a significant detail which should be noted when reading this story. The Omni-action of the Christ is very much present!

 In all three cases of Eutychus, the Shunamite woman’s son, and Tabitha who had seemingly died, neither Paul, nor Elisha nor Peter accepted death as a reality.  They knew death to be unreal.  Do we?

 

(Note: All Bible verses should be interpreted spiritually for, “As adherents of Truth, we take the inspired Word of the Bible…”)  (SH 497:3)

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ILLUMINATING JABEZ

  

Our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, tells us, “The one important interpretation of Scripture is the spiritual.” (SH 320:24-25) What a wonderful guide the Spiritual Concepts Approach (SCA) is when searching for the spiritual meaning for a Bible passage!  The Number Concepts are scientific because they are always accurate.  After four years of applying them on an almost-daily basis to the Bible Lesson and our Pastor, their accuracy has never been found wanting.

When the one-verse story of Jabez (I Chron. 4:10) appeared in the Bible Lesson a couple of years ago, it seemed an insignificant tale that held no meaning to me and I was tempted to skip over it.  When the Jabez story first came up in the Bible Lesson, I had only had been studying the SCA for a year, and decided to apply its principles to this citation to see if it would reveal something about Jabez.  As I began to unlock his mystery, the inspiration began pouring out.

Here is the two-verse passage from 1 Chron. 4:

Verse 9: “And Jabez was more honourable than his brethren: and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, Because I bare him with sorrow.”

Verse 10: “And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me!”

 

JABEZ’ BACKGROUND

 Verse 9 gives some background to the man. Being divided by a colon, this verse has two parts. 

And Jabez 1 was more honourable than his brethren:

As one learns through the SCA, the first step is to look for the word or verb pattern(s).  Having the pattern of just one verb, this is a Concept of One, giving a clue that God is present with him.  Jabez is also an “honourable” man. Faithful, righteous, principled, upright are synonyms of honourable. In the whole chapter, he was set apart from his brethren by his honourable qualities.

and his mother 1 called his name Jabez, saying, Because I 2 bare him with sorrow.

The second half of 1 Chron 4, verse 9 is a Concept of Two, a cause and effect or c&e with lower case letters because on the relative human level. (Through the SCA, we learn there are four kinds of citations or levels that are identified within our Pastor. See Four Kinds of Sentences. From his mother’s standpoint, Jabez’ birth was difficult at best.  She was under the erroneous belief of the curse spewed on her and all women by the false god called the Lord God in Genesis 3:16 who had cursed Eve with, “in sorrow shalt thou bring forth children.”  Even the name Jabez, which means “he causes pain,” seems a curse which he bore like an unhealed wound. Perhaps it made him the object of ridicule by his brethren. One wonders how his mother treated him.

One can’t help but notice the dichotomy between the two descriptions of Jabez: honourable versus causes pain.  

 So much for Jabez’ background.

What follows shows the pain he has endured over the years and just how honorable he is by working his way out of a problem through prayer rather than acting out in some other more destructive way which would prevent the dissolution of the “curse upon him.” (Gen 3: 16-17)

  

JABEZ’ PRAYER 

Jabez prayed: called on God, the God of Israel.  Effective prayer begins with God. Mrs. Eddy assures that, “desire is prayer; and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires…” (SH 1:11-12)

1 Chron. 4, verse 10

And Jabez 1 called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that

thou 2 wouldest bless me indeed, and 3 enlarge my coast, and

that thine hand 4 might be with me, and that thou 5 wouldest

keep me from evil, that it 6 may not grieve me!

Verse 10 includes two patterns.  The six verbs indicate the Concept of Six, the subject of my previous blog.  (“Saying” is crossed out because what is said is included in the count; there can be no double or redundant counts.) What does this concept mean?  Both transcendence, transformation apply here, as does the Christ.  Jabez is yearning for a spiritual change, to be lifted up by the Christ.  Of course, those wouldn’t be the terms he would have used, but his prayers indicate his desire.

The second pattern is manifested in his five requests. Counting carefully, one sees there are five things he is requesting.

  1. that thou wouldest bless me,
  2. enlarge my coast,
  3. that thine hand might be with me,
  4. that thou wouldest keep me from evil,
  5. that it may not grieve me

Obviously, this is a Concept of Five relating in some way to the five senses.  In this case, he needs to be lifted above their erroneous claims.  Thus, he prays to the God of Israel, the One God who we Christian Scientists know well and love deeply.  Does this not show his innate spiritual sense?  

Again, we are working to perceive the spiritual sense of this passage.  Reading on the surface and accepting the literal is to be avoided. Keep in thought the meaning of the Concept of Six, transcendence, transformation through the Christ, and that each of the five requests is mental and spiritual.   

Combining the two number concepts is key to looking more deeply at the five requests.  Both concepts indicate a mental reaching upward, a desire to transcend beyond the false evidence of the five-senses. His desire for transformation indicates the presence of the Christ.  They also show that his requests are quite metaphysical!  In fact, they can be diagramed as Five Steps .

 

                                     5 That it may not grieve me

                            4 That though wouldest keep me from evil

                    3 That thy hand might be with me

          2 And enlarge my coast

1 That thou wouldest bless me

 

JABEZ’ FIVE REQUESTS

  1. God’s blessing. Why does Jabez ask for this? As a father blesses his son, so God blesses His sons.  Knowing that Science and Health is the best Bible commentary for gaining spiritual insights, I searched in Concord for what Mrs. Eddy says about God’s blessing.  She writes (SH 13:14):

Even if prayer is sincere, God knows our need before we tell Him or our fellow-beings about it. If we cherish the desire honestly and silently and humbly, God will bless it, and we shall incur less risk of overwhelming our real wishes with a torrent of words.   (The bold and underlines are mine.) 

Can anyone doubt Jabez cherished his desires in those three ways: honestly, silently, humbly?  Incidentally, those three qualities align beautifully with the Three Omnis : Truth (honestly), Life (silently), Love (humbly).

One gets the impression that Jabez was very familiar with the God of Israel and going to Him in prayer.  This wasn’t his first time!

He also epitomizes the righteous (spiritually minded) who deeply desire spiritual sense or righteousness:

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness (spiritual sense): for they shall be filled. (Matt. 5:6)

 Furthermore, the verse in John 6:63 (to:) comes to thought:

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing:

If Spirit restores and invigorates life, does He not also profit (or benefit, help, improve, advance) that which concerns each one of us?  God’s blessing cleansed Jabez of any belief that he had sinned by causing his mother pain.  His desire for God’s blessing includes a desire to bless those near to him. The Omni-action of blessing is constant, and like the sunshine, benefits everyone.

 

  1. Enlarged coast. Because of the Concept of Six discussed above, indicating a spiritual yearning, “coast” is a desire for more spiritual sense, to enlarge and expand his mental and spiritual capacity rather than a wish for more land acreage. He is focused on breaking through the encroachments imposed on him by his given name, which falsified his spiritual nature. He was pushing back on this transgression. 

We read about expanding boundaries in Isa 54:2…

“Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;”

 Enlarge gives the sense of broaden, expand, spread, heighten.

 Again, Mrs. Eddy further enlightens us with:

“God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis.”  (SH 258:13-15)

“Unfathomable Mind is expressed. The depth, breadth, height, might, majesty, and glory of infinite Love fill all space.” (520:3-5)

It is against man’s spiritual nature to be content with error in any form, whether it be a curse, a name, a limited selfhood!

“Blessed are the poor (receptive) in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”  (Matt. 5:3)

 

  1. God’s hand be with him. Hand means spiritual strength. It is a quality of Love which overcomes a sense of sin, one’s own or another’s.

“The substance of all devotion is the reflection and demonstration of divine Love, healing sickness and destroying sin.”  (241:19)

Love enables one to keep error out of thought, to follow Mrs. Eddy’s advice:

“Guard and strengthen your own citadel more strongly.”  (My. 213:22)

I maintain that God is with Jabez and has been all along. God has given him through Christ the spiritual sense to know Him, to go to Him in prayer, and to desire to wash away all sense of miserable history.  Jabez is demonstrating Immanuel – God with him!

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.  (Matt. 5:7)

And this leads us to the fourth request of his prayer. 

 

  1. To be free from evil. What is the evil? The accusation or blame targeted at him for supposedly causing birth pain and painful memories, and the resulting self-blame. Consequently, he is the bearer of evil thoughts. He is praying his way to see his own goodness rather than a source of pain or evil to others. His own spiritual sense is naturally refuting these evils.

“In the phrase, “Deliver us from evil,” the original properly reads, “Deliver us from the evil one.” This reading strengthens our scientific apprehension of the petition, for Christian Science teaches us that “the evil one,” or one evil, is but another name for the first lie and all liars.” (SH 16: 15-19)

This request is negative.  A Christian Scientist would reverse this one, and replace it by affirming there is no evil; all is God, Good.

 

5. To be free from grieving. This request is also negative and needs to be reversed.  The opposite of grief is comfort.  It is the Christ that comforts; Christ is the Comforter. (SH 332:19; 497:6)  Once again, the Concept of Six proves true to the spiritual sense of this story.  Jabez is reaching out for the Christ-presence which he knows as the God of Israel.

“Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”  (Matt. 5:4)

 

 REQUESTS GRANTED

And God granted him that which he requested

Here is the pattern of two verbs forming the SCA Concept of Two pattern, a Cause and Effect.  Which came first, the request or the grant?  Because God is the only Cause, the only Creator, and His creation is complete and good, the supply is present before the need is known.  (Isa. 65:24) It is very evident with each of his requests, Jabez already included the qualities he was asking for. So, granted is the Cause, requested is the Effect. 

And God granted C him that which he requested E.

Scanning the entire Chapter 4 of Chronicles, even those several chapters preceding and following this chapter, one discovers that this spiritual jewel of a story has been set among pages of human genealogy.  Just this placement and its two-verse spotlight on Jabez indicates he was head and shoulders above the rest.

Jabez was a spiritually-minded, God-centered man, hence he was honourable.  His spiritual sense led him to reach out to God in prayer.  Because of his oneness with God, he was already blessed. When one individual is blessed, so are others. Such is the nature of blessing, prayer, goodness Omni-action coming from God to man through the Christ, then reflected back in a constant, eternal round.

This little story illustrates several metaphysical and spiritual facts: 

  • a false sense of heredity can be broken and healed;
  • the belief that the mother’s flawed or evil thoughts influence the child is not according to God’s law and can be nullified;
  • the belief of a Genesis curse is a lie and powerless;
  • man is blessed even when he thinks he is not;
  • man’s blessedness is his defense against the lie of evil;
  • the Christ is and always has been present in every age.
  • exemplifying a treatment, denying the errors and affirming the truth about himself.

This is a good illustration of the Omni-action of prayer, blessing, the Christ all going full circle.  As Jabez’ prayer is answered, the healing reaches everyone involved the whole family.

Hopefully the reader sees how applying the SCA number concepts to a passage opens the floodgates of Mind’s inspiration to reveal the spiritual sense of a Bible story

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CONCEPT OF SIX

                          INTRODUCTION

The idea for the Concept of Six came about by the Spiritual Concept Approach (SCA) Instructor’s study of Matt. 17:1-3 where Jesus brought with him the earthly highest concept of l.t.lv. or Peter James and John and presented to them the higher divine sense of LTLv in the radiant exemplification of Moses, Elias and Jesus’ transfiguration or their translations. The translation exhibition was an example and forerunner for Jesus’ ascension after his resurrection. “…until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.” Matt 17: 9

This spiritual example proves a life hereafter and that those deemed to have passed on are able to reappear as Jesus did after his supposed death from what appeared to be the crucifixion.

The Christ is the Way—the way to our salvation (or the SCA meaning, our translation). The corporeal senses are always reporting that we are separated from God, Spirit—from LTLv.

The Concept of Six is more about the study of the healing Christ rather than about Christ Jesus. To the human sense, Jesus did things in threes, as follows: Three temptations in the wilderness, three days in the sepulcher, walking on the waters on the third watch, his parable of the three measures of meal, feeding the multitudes after three days, his prophecy: rebuild this “temple” in three days, young Jesus teaching in the temple for three days, the Good Samaritan story of the three neighbors, crucifixion of the three, etc. and many more. But the divinity that animated him, the Omni-action power of LTLv, is the healing Christ.

 Guines Wiley-Nieves, CS   SCA Instructor/Editor 

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Of all the concepts discussed so far, this one stands out to the writer as being the most spiritually uplifting and inspiring. As with the previous concepts, one identifies the six words that form a pattern.  Six represents a double portion of the Concept of Three, meaning: to go higher mentally with Life, Truth, Love (LTLv).

 

The Concept of Six can denote:

transcendence,

transformation,

transfiguration,

transitioning, (a changing of belief from a material to a spiritual basis)

translation  

resurrection

all that the Christ does or accomplishes. 

It may express:

a need to go higher in thought, or that a healing is about to occur (transformation or transcendence);

 a change in appearance (transfiguration); or

the bodily disappearance of someone (translation, transitioning).

It brings out:

the Christ ideal which we are to follow or be, or

the coincidence of the human and divine;

and because the Christ is Omni-action [LINK], one can discern this power right in the Bible or Science and Health text. 

  

Those who have been following this blog know that there is a specific number pattern of words imbedded in a verse or sentence from which one identifies the Number Concept. The simple rule is to look for the verbs first.  When there are six, the citation is the Concept of Six. Sometimes, the word pattern appears as six nouns, six adjectives, or even six names.  

 

Why go through this process?  For the absolute thrill of finding spiritual treasure hidden within a citation. More importantly, because our focus and mental dwelling on them initiates Omni-action for demonstrating and healing.  Merely reading through the Bible Lesson doesn’t result in any spiritual elevation like this Spiritual Concepts Approach (SCA) method does. With the SCA, we pattern and find the divine. Human law is right only as it patterns the divine.”   (My. 283:26 (only))

 

The Christ is the power behind Jesus’ healing works.  It is “the divine message from God to men speaking to the human consciousness.” (SH 332:9-10) Moses, Elijah, Elisha and many others in the Old Testament relied on the power of the Christ to do what many think are miracles.  So did Jesus, of course, and his disciples, including the apostle John who wrote Revelation, as well as Paul.  And as we have learned in the SCA, the Christ-power is Omni-action, meaning the Christ-power which comes from God, then flows throughout His creation. (347: 14-17)   As we acknowledge this power, the acknowledgement invigorates, heals, as well as initiates it. The Christ light is manifested to the receptive thought and reflected back to God. (This is what is referred to in the SCA as GOING FULL CIRCLE.) As radio waves flow from transmitter to receiver bringing music to a widespread audience, so God is the Transmitter of the Christ presence; we are the receivers, and then reflectors. Thus, the Omni-action of the Christ goes full circle.  

 

As Concept of Six citations are discovered, more likely than not the presence of the Christ will be discovered as well.  This discovery often surprises and delights the SCA student.  The fun is to determine what Christ activity it signifies: transcendence, transformation, transfiguration, translation—even transitioning and resurrection.  It’s amazing what one will find!

 

Before we examine some Bible verses, it is important to know that the Number Concepts correctly qualified are found ONLY in the King James Version of the Bible (KJV) and not in any other Bible translation.  It is the KJV that has been the authorized Bible used in our Bible Lessons over the decades—and exclusively used in Science and Health.  The fact that the Number Concepts are clearly found in Science and Health as well, is a strong reason why these two books have been inseparably paired as our Pastor.

 

Example 1

And Jesus, when he 1 was baptized, 2 went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens 3 were opened unto him, and he 4 saw the Spirit of God 5 descending like a dove, and 6 lighting upon him:          (Matt. 3:16)

 

The six verbs are in bold font and numbered.  In this verse, the Concept of Six reflects the transcendence of Jesus when he begins his mission as the Messiah. Mrs. Eddy further explains this title as, “Christ, the spirit of God, of Truth, Life, and Love, which heals mentally. (SH 137:20-21)” The Christ is the divinity of the human man, Jesus, his divine nature, the godliness which animated him.  (SH 26:13-14)”

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Similarly, verse 11 in the same chapter of Matthew bears the Concept of Six as John the Baptist tells his followers of the Christ that was prophesied by Isaias:

Example 2

I indeed 1 baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that 2 cometh after me 3 is mightier than I, whose shoes I 4 am not worthy 5 to bear: he 6 shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:      (Matt. 3:11)

 

Another Concept of Six, Example 2 is a prophecy declared by John the Baptist about Jesus whom he knows is the Messiah (SH 561:32-3). One can see that the subject matter of this verse parallels with the Concept of Six. The transformative power of the Christ through the Holy Ghost, divine Science, is fully apparent. 

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Sometimes the Concept of Six appears as a pattern of six names (or nouns) rather than verbs.

Example 3

And after six days 1 Jesus taketh 2 Peter, 3 James, and 4 John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,

And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

And, behold, there appeared unto them 5 Moses and 6 Elias talking with him (Jesus).           (Matt. 17:1-3)

 

The  three disciples are witnessing the Christ power to transcend over the material realm of time and space, and to communicate with Moses and Elias who hadn’t walked the earth for centuries, and transfigure into a more spiritual appearance. 

Applying micro-quantum metaphysics to this story by exploring this Concept of Six in depth and detail, one discovers that these spiritually-elevated men can be identified in two groupings of the Three Omnis, or a double portion, of upper and lower case LTLv.

James = life 

Peter = truth; He is defined as “rock” in the Glossary.

John = love, Jesus’ loved disciple

Jesus = Love; gave two new commandments of love.

Moses = Life; he lived the longest.

Elias = Truth;  he represents Truth or CS   (SH 585: 9)

*Numbers are not to be ignored and tossed away as coincidence, incidental, or trivial. (Click on the blue link here to read the SCA Instructor’s articleMary Baker Eddy on Numbers”) The number six plays a significant part in this experience.  It may be literal or it may be figurative, spiritually symbolic, as are the six days of creation in Genesis 1. Throughout, creation is an advancing idea culminating with man as created in God’s likeness, the Christ ideal, good, blessed, and having dominion. Six, in this case, represents the coincidence of God and man, of the human and divine.

Jesus had waited, and “after six days” chose these three disciples to accompany him to witness this spiritual experience.  Why?  What was going on that there needed to be a waiting period?  Possibly for his three disciples to grasp enough of his teaching in Matt. 16:21-28 about the crucifixion and resurrection.  More likely, they had to grow in spiritual sense before they could witness Jesus’ transfiguration. That this event occurred on a “high mountain apart” indicates a very high, spiritual elevation of consciousness rather than a low, flat plain of mortal thought.  Without this divine sense, they would have seen nothing. See how exciting these observations are applying the Concept of Six?  

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Example 4

And he 1 saw them 2 toiling in rowing; for the wind 3 was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he 4 cometh unto them, 5 walking upon the sea, and 6 would have passed by them.      (Mark 6:48)

 

With this verse, one can see how the subject matter coincides with the Number Concept of Six.  It shows the disciples’ need to go higher mentally, for the storm was a manifestation of their unsettled thought.  They needed to be lifted up to acknowledge the presence of the Christ, which power Jesus illustrated, walking over and above the waves of mental turmoil.  Their fearful sense overcame their spiritual sense and kept them from recognizing the Christ power.

 

Because of the colon, this citation in Example 4 can be seen as two parts of Concept of 3: LTLv.  This concept can indicate the Christ presence.  Certainly this verse indicates that the Christ is there, unseen to the disciples as they find themselves in a stormy sea − an indication of their agitated thought − and then walking over the choppy waters.  LTLv x 2 indicates the Omni-action of the Christ. (137: 19-21; 286: 9-11)

 

The * fourth watch is significant. It is another type of the *Concept of Four, expressing the love of the Christ manifested by Jesus’ walking out to his disciples.  It reminds us to watch for the Christ presence in the time of fear

*Fourth watch – starts a 3 AM representing LTLV to Six AM representing the Concept of Six.

* Concept of Four – The night watch is broken into FOUR segments of three hours each.

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For an interesting comparison, here is a verse from Matthew’s account of Peter, having begun to walk on the water, is overcome by fear and begins to sink.  The Concept of Six appears as the need to transcend, to be lifted up by the power of the Christ.  And that is exactly what Peter is doing, reaching out for the Christ.  Here are two different writers (Mark 6:48 and Matt 14: 30) in the Bible using the Concept of Six in verses which contain meanings that align with it.  

 

Example 5

But when he 1 saw the wind boisterous, he 2 was afraid; and 3 beginning  4 to sink, he 5 cried, saying, Lord, 6 save me.   (Matt. 14:30)

In this verse, “saying” is crossed out because what is said is included in the count.  To count “saying” as well would be redundant.

 

These citations with Concept of Six are always very exciting to find.  They come at the key moment in stories and show what otherwise would remain hidden in the text, that the Christ is there to help, resurrect, lift up, heal. Here, Peter reaches out to this Christ-power.  These are grand lessons for all of us.

When one understands that Christ is also Omni-action, and that Omni-Action is ever active, making its constant, healing, full-circle rounds throughout God’s Allness, one can actually feel the power and excitement that is generated within these Concept of Six citations.  Isa. 55:10, 11 is a good description of Omni-action and what it does.  For a fuller explanation of Omni-action, please read the blogOmni-action and the Four Omnis.”     

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In Science and Health, there are 246 specific mentions of the word Christ.  With the many passages containing the Concept of Six, those including the Christ concept are woven throughout the textbook, but are often unseen unless one knows how to recognize them.  This is what is so wonderful about applying this concept, it reveals hidden gems! 

 

Example 6

God. The great I AM; the 1 all-knowing, 2 all-seeing, 3 all-acting, 4 all-wise, 5 all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; 6 all substance; intelligence. (SH 587:5) 

The semi-colons after “I AM” and “eternal” separates the pattern of six descriptive names for God from the seven synonyms, that pattern being six “all”-words. The basic six-word pattern can be further divided into LTLv, the three Omnis.

All-knowing, all-wise = Truth

All-loving, all substance, = Love   

All-seeing, all-acting = Life       

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The Daily Prayer in our Church Manual has been used in previous blogs to illustrate other Number Concepts (The Holy City – Foursquare and Omni-action and the Four Omnis).  A prayer of brevity that is power packed!  Within it is a double portion of the Christ, hidden until decoded using the method of the SCA. 

Example 7

Daily Prayer. Sect. 4. It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to pray each day: “Thy kingdom 1 come;” 2 let the reign of divine 1 Truth, 2 Life, and 3 Love 3 be established in me, and 4 rule out of me all sin; and 5 may Thy Word enrich the affections of all mankind, and 6 govern them!  (Man. 41:19)

 

The first appearance of the Christ is with the pattern of the six verbs.  The second appearance, marked by the three green numbers and underlined synonyms, is not so obvious.  With the revelation through the SCA of these two observations, this prayer seems transformed as being mighty potent and highly significant, most worthy of our daily attention.  Now notice how its inspiration flows whenever it is thoughtfully prayed! 

 

 

To understand why 1 Truth, 2 Life, and 3 Love indicates the Christ, one needs to refer to Jesus’ own explanation of himself in response to Thomas’ question: 

Example 8

“Jesus saith unto him, I am 1 the way, 2 the truth, and 3 the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”   (John 14:6) 

 

Jesus is speaking of his Christ power, not his human self.  Applying the SCA method to identify the three descriptions of his Christ nature,

the way becomes Love  (266:18-19),

the truth becomes Truth,

the life becomes Life.

In addition, the little word “and” is included among the three.

 

Thus Life, Truth, and Love, a Concept of Three = the Christ.

Jesus not only did things in threes, but also embodied LTLv.

 Here are several more references that show Christ to be Life, Truth and Love:  49:21; 98:18; 137: 19-21; 325: 16-19; 497:13; My. 149:5-6 The  

Looking at the Daily Prayer again, what is it that is both established and rules out all sin?  It is the Christ!

With the ever-presence of God, the Christ-consciousness fills us with Life, Truth, and Love, countering and eliminating any evidence of sin or error.  This golden-rule Daily Prayer embraces everyone included in consciousness, and encourages us to behold them as Love-filled and Truth-governed.   

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While we are referring to the Church Manual, the previous page includes another one of our Dailies, “A Rule for Motives and Acts.”  The last sentence pertains to our discussion.

Example 9

The members of this Church should daily watch and pray to be delivered from all evil, from 1 prophesying, 2 judging, 3 condemning, 4 counseling, 5 influencing or 6 being influenced erroneously.  (Man. 40:11)  

Within this sentence, there is the distinct pattern of six words (gerunds) ending in “ing.”  We are to be Christlike!  Incidentally, “erroneously” modifies each of the six gerunds.  It is the erroneous types of these actions that we are to avoid.  We prophesy or expect good when we pray (see the definition of “prophet” in the Glossary); we judge or discern the good from the bad every day; and when we see it, condemn or blame evil while condoning the good (414: 28-31); we counsel our children to walk on the right path; we strive to be a good influence to them, while we astutely avoid being influenced by error ourselves. 

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The following two sentences from the chapter on Prayer illustrate the connection of prayer to the Concept of Six.  The bold, numbered nouns can be divided into two groups, each group being identified as three Omnis – a double portion of three Omnis.

 

Example 10

1 Prayer, 2 watching, and 3 working, combined with 4 self-immolation, are God’s gracious means for accomplishing whatever has been successfully done for the 5 Christianization and 6 health of mankind.  (SH 1:6)

Prayer = Love, the motivation

Watching = Truth, a mental activity

Working = Life, constant and ever-active

 

Self-immolation = Truth purifies

Christianization = Life, a continual effect

Health = Love, healing for all

 

The first three Omnis are Cause (C); the second three are Effect (E). Together, they represent the  (C & E) Omni-action of the Christ consciousness

Prayer and its essential ingredients come from God through the Omni-action of the Christ, not mortal thought or human will.  Without God and Christ, prayer would have no Cause, and would have no Effect. That Cause has an Effect is another way of describing Omni-action.  The Good of God (Cause), flows out to His creation, man the universe (Effect), and then is reflected back. Prayer, based on Life, Truth, and Life, is propelled by the impetus of Omni-action and heals.

“Divine Mind, (Truth) is the only cause or Principle of existence.”   (SH 262:30-31)

 

Example 11

Desire 1 is prayer; and no loss 2 can occur from 3 trusting God with our desires, that they 4 may be moulded and 5 exalted before they 6 take form in words and in deeds.   (1:11)

Is = Love, desire being the motivation

Can occur = Life, constant gain

Trusting = Truth, a decision

 

May be moulded = Truth, mental work

Exalted = Life, actively being lifted up

Take form= Love, to form lovingly

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Mrs. Eddy instructed her readers to take this book, SH, and eat it up – digest it, arrange and organize it to see its parts and components.  We are to look carefully and thoughtfully at its text, as a scientist would in his lab when examining a specimen under a microscope.

 

The SCA is a type of micro-quantum metaphysics whereby we look deep into a citation to see it components as Mrs. Eddy instructed. (SH 559:16) At first, it may take some dedication and motivation, but the more one does this, the easier it becomes. With the spiritual discoveries that are made, one will be eager to do more. This illustrates the truth and beauty of the Law of Dwelling: That which one (mentally) dwells on most, grows! 

“Study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the spirit.”   (SH 495:27-28)

 

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”  (II Tim 2:15)

“We must look deep into realism instead of accepting only the outward sense of things.” (SH 129:22-24)

 

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The Concept of Six impels one to go higher; indeed, lifts one spiritually upward as does the Christ.  So it would seem completely natural and unsurprising that this concept includes Six Steps passages.  One can see the results of understanding the Science of being, our oneness with God, or Immanuel.

 

 

Example 12 

Acquaintance with the Science of being 1 enables us 2 to commune more largely with the divine Mind, 3 to foresee and 4 foretell events which concern the universal welfare, 5 to be divinely inspired, — yea, 6 to reach the range of fetterless Mind.       (SH 84:14)

 

                                   6 to reach the range of fetterless Mind

                            5 to be inspired divinely

                     4 to foretell universal events

              3 to foresee and

       2 to commune with divine Mind

1 enables us

Acquaintance with the Science of being

 

The steps in the Concept of Six are to spiritualize and elevate consciousness. One can see in this visual stairway the steps progressing upward towards the all-hearing, all-knowing, infinite, limitless, “fetterless Mind.”  What an extraordinary promise!  It is also a statement of what is already true for the ideal man, Christ.

 

“Some individuals assimilate truth more readily than others, but any student, who adheres to the divine rules of Christian Science and imbibes the spirit of Christ, can demonstrate Christian Science, cast out error, heal the sick, and add continually to his store of spiritual understanding, potency, enlightenment, and success.”  (SH 462:1)

Mrs. Eddy’s use of STEPS, six here, five previously, show the precision and order of the principles of Christian Science which she demonstrated in her own life.  This order is evidenced throughout her writings, especially the metaphysical instructions she gives for demonstrating God’s law of healing.

“Let there be light,” is the perpetual demand of Truth and Love, changing chaos into order and discord into the music of the spheres.  (SH 255:3-6)

 

 To grasp the reality and order of being in its Science, you must begin by reckoning God as the divine Principle of all that really is. Spirit, Life, Truth, Love, combine as one, — and are the Scriptural names for God.   (SH 275:10-14)

 

In order to heal by Science, you must not be ignorant of the moral and spiritual demands of Science nor disobey them.   (SH 483:8-10)

 

The good cannot lose their God, their help in times of trouble. If they mistake the divine command, they will recover it, countermand their order, retrace their steps, and reinstate His orders, more assured to press on safely.  (Mis. 10:12-16)

 

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Now that this Concept of Six has been presented, the readers will have the joy and delight of discovering it for themselves in the Bible Lesson, and experience the power of the truth it reveals of the Christ.  When a Concept of Six is discovered in a passage, don’t be surprised if the Omni-action of the Christ is felt!  This Concept of Six is guaranteed to have a special place in one’s heart because its essence is the Christ. As we search and consider the Concept of Six, we are entertaining the Christ idea!  Just think of that statement for a moment and let it sink in. The idea of Christ will gain more meaning and the student will begin to see it in places where, until now, it has remained concealed. This growth of spiritual discernment is the guarantee resulting from the Law of Dwelling

The longer one studies CS with the SCA, the more one comprehends the various features in each number concept, and the relationship between them (such as the Concept of Three and the Concept of Six).  The spiritual enrichment, learning and unfoldment are constant, continuous and exhilarating.  

 

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Mary Kuhl, C.S.   kuhlmar@comcast.net

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FIVE STEPS – PART TWO

FIVE STEPS OUT OF MORTALITY, ERROR, SIN, SICKNESS, DISEASE, DEATH

 

INRODUCTION

“The *steps of a good man are ordered (provided in order) by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way *(CESS).”    (Psalms 37: 23)

*steps  – procedure, Way, CESS – activity of Omni-action. 

*(CESS)  –  The concept of CESS (Constant Exercise of Spiritual Sense) also came about as a revelation from a need to better perceive what spiritual sense is.   CESS is a combination of the three definitions as found in S&H. Without the development of spiritual sense; there can be no progress. All can be accomplished through better comprehension of spiritual sense.

 

“The law of his God is in his heart (thought); none of his *steps shall slide (none be missed and the steps are easily followed).”    (Psalms 37: 31)

One cannot be lost or slide off course when the Way is circular, going full circle. By following the various course of action enumerated in Science does one succeed.

*stepsSteps basically means metaphysical requirements to take.  Humanly we take initial steps to go out of the material world, and these steps are sequential and in order and must be taken one at a time rather than skipping the detailed order. One swerves not,  “well knowing that to obey the divine order and trust God, saves retracing and traversing anew the path from sin to holiness.”  (20:21)

This article is one of the most helpful and details practical ways in which Christian Science (CS) is made effective with very useful results. One should carefully study each paragraph, pray earnestly to take in as much as possible, and exercise those ways enumerated.  Reviewing often these Steps will equip any sincere student of CS with viable tools that will last and be utilized forever.

CS is a practical religion—practical from the standpoint of its immediate use to counter or correct what seems like the hardships of life.  These hardships are basically a belief that man has been left on his own to fend for himself and an All-powerful Spiritual God has separated Himself from him. The Five Steps – Part 2 presentation may be new to people, but it is a very powerful concept to grasp and use mainly as a treatment tool—for ourselves and others. MBE presented many Five Step paragraphs for our very use to overcome the so-called ills of the “five” senses. It is our hope that these citations will provide a lasting impression on the reader and that they become aware that there are more “Five Step Citations” in S&H that can be used as effective tools in overcoming the six ills described below as “TARES.”

                    Guines Wiley-Nieves, CS   SCA Instructor/Editor 

 

The previous blog discussed thought corrections and showed how to identify and use specific passages in our Pastor to lift thought out of sense-based thinking to spiritual freedom.  A pattern of five words or statements presents a blueprint of scientific reasoning to follow.  This blog will use other passages with similar patterns of five steps, focusing on treatments.

Question: What is the difference between thought correction and treatment? 

The distinction is important to discern, for it enables one to pray about any situation without breaking the CS code of ethics.  It is unprincipled to treat someone without his or her permission.  Does that mean there are situations when prayer cannot be used? Not at all.

Answer one: Thought correction

Thought correction is applied to situations when prayer has not been requested; it is also used for a group or groups of people. One can call it collective prayer.

Thought corrections are general prayers with no specific individual in mind, that can be used in places or situations where a problem has surfaced which needs to be countered and replaced without invading anyone’s private mental space.  It could be for a household, school, church, office; a community, government, country, even a world-wide challengeThought correction focuses on spiritual man as our fundamental divine ideal—man as complete, perfect and pure.

Answer two: Treatment

Treatment, on the other hand, is directed towards a specific individual who has requested it, or oneself.   Treatment will be the focus of this blog using specific five-step passages. With CS treatment, one can use an individual’s name when directing metaphysical prayerful work.

 

Because the previous blog FIVE STEPS – PART ONE discussed the parable of the tares and wheat, including Mrs. Eddy’s interpretation of it in SH 595:5, we will continue with that theme.  In fact, the Glossary has a definition of “tares,” which our Leader interprets as mortal beliefs. (SH 72:13)

“Mortal belief (the material sense of life) and immortal Truth (the spiritual sense) are the tares and the wheat, which are not united by progress, but separated.”

 

 

One will see that there are seven aspects to this definition.

1 Tares. 2 Mortality; 3 error; 4 sin; 5 sickness; 6 disease; 7 death.

These seven parts will align with the Seven Synonyms. Collectively, they represent counterfeit impositions to the Synonyms.  Each Synonym presents the healing truth to each lie, and so we can resolve and unsee them.

PRINCIPLE – tares

SPIRIT – mortality

TRUTH – error

LOVE – sin

MIND – sickness

SOUL – disease

LIFE – death

 

Looking again at this definition, one notices that there are six types of tares.

Tares. 1 Mortality; 2 error; 3 sin; 4 sickness; 5 disease; 6 death. (SH 595:5)

 

Yes, this definition of “tares” is also counter or opposite to the Concept of Six which will be the topic of the next blog.  For now, there is a short description of this concept on the SUPPLEMENTS page linked here.  Briefly, the Concept of Six (6) relates to the Christ (a double and higher portion of Omni-action, of LTLv).  Applying this Concept, then, the SCA student knows that it takes the power of the Christ to overcome these claims.  These six ills (or false beliefs) of mortal mind begin mentally as suggestions in one’s (our) thoughts, before they image forth outwardly.

These suggestions need to be countered and treated in our own thinking. (We must never ever let any errors go uncorrected.) We should see them as untrue, baseless, unsubstantial, mistaken thought. The world parades these before us regularly as realities, so this metaphysical work needs to be constant.  Jesus addressed these claims indirectly in his parable about the strong man.

“No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.”  (Mark 3:27) 

 

Science and Health tells us that the strong man is mortal mind which directly controls the body, and needs to be bound so that his goods (mental false beliefs) can be destroyed before they become tares or claims. (399:29) These six claims will be addressed through treatment in this blog.

Succumbing to these six claims may seem to deface and hide the Christlike nature of God’s man.  In fact, one could say this definition of tares is an apt definition of the anti-Christ, the collective evils Jesus came to prove powerless before Omnipotent Mind, and to destroy.  Keep in thought that this definition is a descending decline of Adam-dream lies, each one careening to the final demise…death. Mortality is the umbrella over the next five, all relating to the delusional evidence of the five material senses.  And the order is purposeful, one claim proceeding to the next.

M  o  r  t  a  l  i  t  y

Error → sin → sickness → disease → death

 

The SCA rule is to always reverse negatives and untruths.  In the list below, the arrows point to the spiritual qualities to hold to, each of which is part of the kingdom of heaven.

  • mortality → eternity
  • error → truth
  • sin → purity
  • sickness → wholeness
  • disease → health
  • death →life

Truth counters and destroys evil beliefs always.  This blog is about the five steps out of these six false claims through treatment. 

 

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  1 – OVERCOMING THE BELIEF IN MORTALITY

What is mortality?  There is the world’s view, and then there is the meaning given by Mrs. Eddy in Christian Science.  Statistically, the mortality rate is the term used to calculate the number of deaths due to a specific disease in relation to the population. A dictionary definition of mortality is the number of deaths in a specific time or place; large numbers of deaths. 

Now consider, are any of these explanations of mortality found in Christian Science?  No!  When we read our Leader’s writings, specifically SH, and assume mortality refers to a death statistic or large numbers of people dying, the text will not make sense.  That mortality and death do not mingle is evidenced in the definition of tares.  “Mortality” and “death” are as far away from each other as they can be. The only way death figures in mortality is as a false mortal belief.

Mortality has many meanings and covers many faults in CS as the reader will see on the lists below. The ones included in the definition of Tares are underlined(Mortality covers all demises.) (Mis. 181: 25-30) 

 

Mrs. Eddy relates mortal faults to mortality (292:1) One can begin with the First Degree of Mortal Mind (115:20) under the title of Depravity to find what these faults include: Evil beliefs, passions and appetites, fear, depraved will, self-justification, pride, envy, deceit, hatred, revenge, sin, sickness, disease, death. There are more found on 241:9-10. In the Court Case on page 432:11, Mortality is the name given to the Governor of the Province of Body.  Here is a list of some other meanings of mortality:

  • Adam (580:1)
  • An error (210; 19-21)
  • Darwin’s theory of evolution is mortality’s history. (547:15)
  • Evidence of material sense (215:22-24)
  • False sense of life, substance, intelligence in matter (311:28)
  • Knowledge (590:4)
  • Material law (387:5)
  • Matter (278:30-32)
  • Mortal belief of sin, sickness, death (278:28)
  • Mortal mind, error creating other errors (295:8-11; 591:25)
  • Sin is mortality’s self (468:3-4)

 

Fortunately, Mrs. Eddy also tells us that “there is no such thing as mortality…” (554:4-5) It is all part of the illusory dream state of false mortal existence.

 

Five-Step Citation to Apply for Treatment:

1 Let *Christian Science (metaphysical practice), instead of corporeal sense, 2 support your understanding of being (man’s unity with God), and this understanding 3 will supplant error with Truth, 4 replace mortality with immortality, and 5 silence discord with harmony.  (SH 495:20)  M 

(This citation is metaphysical. ALL STEPS ARE METAPHYSICAL OR INSTRUCTIONAL IN NATURE. These are very effective and powerful statements to be used as treatments. They are sequential; it is important that all five step citations be followed in order.

 

                              5 (and finally) *will silence discord with harmony

                      4 (next it) *will replace mortality with immortality

               3 (and then this) understanding *will supplant error with Truth

         2 support your understanding of being

1 *Let * Christian Science  

 

*will – not “perhaps” or “maybe,” but definitely will cause to happen.

 

*Let:

  • signals the Law of Dwelling: Whatever one dwells on most, grows.  Be constant with Christian Science. Be accurate with its rules and guidelines. (147:20; 448:26-28; 456:5-7; 462:1-8; 462:13-15) The Five Steps support this mental treatment work, giving directions to follow. 

 

  • “Let” indicates the mental nature of treatment.  It is CS, the laws of Life, Truth, and Love, that does the work, not us personally.

 

  • “Let” also indicates a sentence is on the metaphysical level.  That’s the level on which treatment is given.

 

  • “Let” indicates that we do not do the correcting. CS does the work!

 

* Christian Science is on the metaphysical level of thought. (455: 17-20; 484: 6-8; 493:13; .57:24)  Again, this is where mental treatment occurs. (Then healing follows in the Spiritual realm.)  All these passages containing the Five Steps are metaphysical sentences.  They include instructions for the reader.  They are maps or blueprints of how to treat the false evidence of the five senses, hence five steps to overcome them. 

 

Being is the coexistence of God and man.  Understanding this permanent and constant oneness of being replaces error, mortality and discord with Truth, immortality, and harmony.

 

TREATMENT (for oneself): When I am tempted to believe mortality, I will immediately hold to the thought that God and man are one.  I will let the laws of Life, Truth, and Love support my understanding of my coexistence with God.  I know this application of the Law of Dwelling will replace error with Truth, the belief of mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony.  

 

TREATMENT (for a patient): When (insert name) is tempted to believe mortality, he will immediately hold to the thought that God and man are one.  He is letting the laws of Life, Truth, and Love support his understanding of his coexistence with God.  This application of the Law of Dwelling will replace error with Truth, the belief of mortality with immortality, and silence discord with harmony.  

 

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2 – OVERCOMING THE BELIEF IN ERROR

Mrs. Eddy defines error in SH 472:13-22 as:

  • Supposition
  • Pleasure and pain in matter
  • Intelligence, substance, life in matter
  • Contradiction of Truth
  • Belief without understanding
  • Unreal
  • Untrue
  • That which seemeth to be and is not
  • Erroneous truth
  • Illusion (287:22)

Error underlies all the other kinds of tares, all mental, listed in the Glossary definition.

Without mortal mind, there would be no error. Mortal mind begets error after error after error. Mrs. Eddy writes that mortal mind is the husbandman (farmer, cultivator) of error. (SH 180:2) Mortal mind is the strong man in Jesus’ parable (Mark 3:27) that needs to be bound so that his ever-multiplying goods (material beliefs, images of disease) can be destroyed.  Here is a two-part, five-step blueprint to spoil those goods.

 

Five-Step Citation to Apply for Treatment:

Eradicate ERROR from thought   (Marginal heading)   

Mortals obtain the harmony of health, only as they 1 forsake discord, 2 acknowledge the supremacy of divine Mind, and 3 abandon their material beliefs. 4 Eradicate the image of disease from the perturbed thought before it has taken tangible shape in conscious thought, alias the body, and you 5 prevent the development of disease.         (SH 400:9-15)  M

                          5 prevent development of disease

                   4 Eradicate the image before it has taken tangible shape

            3 abandon their material beliefs

      2 acknowledge the supremacy of divine Mind      

1 forsake discord

For mortals to obtain the harmony of health, they must ↑

 

TREATMENT (for oneself): I am forsaking discord by acknowledging divine Mind as supreme, thereby abandoning, eradicating material beliefs, thus preventing disease from being imaged or developed in thought or body, and so I obtain harmony.

 

TREATMENT (for a patient): (Insert name) is forsaking discord by acknowledging divine Mind as supreme, thereby abandoning, eradicating material beliefs, thus preventing disease from being imaged or developed in thought or body, and so one is obtaining harmony.

 

 

This task becomes easy, if you 1 understand that every disease 2  is an error, and 2 has no character nor type, except what mortal mind  assigns to it. By 3 lifting thought above error, or disease, and 4 *contending persistently for truth, you 5 destroy error.  (SH 400:15)  M

 

                             5 destroy error

                      4 *contend persistently for truth

               3 lift thought above error, or disease

       2 is an error without character or type

1 understand that every disease

This task becomes easy if (or when) you ↑

Step 2 recognizes error as nothing.  Denying error once is enough, for it is truth that needs our attention.  Step 4 with its “contend persistently for truth” activates the Law of Dwelling. To contend is to assert one’s position in an argument, so, one argues for the truth as would a lawyer in a court of law.  Filling thought with truth displaces error.  Truth does the healing work!

*contend persistently is another form of the Law of Dwelling.  To see how often it occurs in these metaphysical Steps is a strong reminder to continue holding to the truth in treatment until the blessing of healing is realized. 

 

TREATMENT (for oneself): I understand that every disease is an error of belief.  Thought is lifted above thinking of error or disease as I argue persistently for truth and so destroy the error.  

 

TREATMENT (for a patient): (Name) understands that every disease is an error of belief.  Thought is lifted above thinking of error or disease as one argues persistently for truth and so destroys the error.  

 

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3 – OVERCOMING THE BELIEF IN SIN

What is sin? It says (living its lie) that it can cheat, lie, commit adultery, rob, murder (252:19)But sin is a false belief in thought without any ability to act.  It is neither cause nor action. God is All-acting and Omni-action.  Sin cannot think or do for it is a non-entity.  And it is not a cause.  God, Good, is the only Cause.

 

“Three cardinal points must be gained before poor humanity is regenerated and Christian Science is demonstrated: (1) A proper sense of sin (T); (2) repentance (L); (3) the understanding of good (Lv).”  (Mis. 107:14-17)   

 

Five-Step Citation to Apply for Treatment:

Expose SIN without believing in it  (Marginal heading)

To put down the claim of sin, you must 1 detect it, 2 remove the mask, 3 point out the illusion, and thus 4 get the victory over sin and so 5 prove its unreality. (SH 447:24)   M

Detect: recognize the sin as an error.  Sin is a suggestion only. Sin is not a deed, action, or cause.

Remove the mask: sin attempts to hide itself.  It pretends to be something it isn’t. We find out what is true behind the face of sin by reversing what sin claims to be true. Sin is always the reverse of truth

 

                            5 prove its unreality

                     4 get the victory over sin

              3 point out the illusion

       2 remove the mask

1 (first), detect it

To put down the *claim of sin ↑

*claimIt is a claim without existence, a suggestion, an erroneous thought to be addressed and corrected mentally.  

Spiritual sense detects or discerns error because it knows good.  Error hides itself, pretending to be good, but spiritual sense easily uncovers the sin, and identifies it as an illusion, and often elusive. That is the way to defeat and destroy its seeming reality.  Mrs. Eddy addresses the reluctance to uncover error and admit the evil exists:

“Certain individuals entertain the notion that Chris‐ tian Science Mind-healing should be two-sided, and *only denounce error in general, — saying nothing, in particu‐ lar, of error that is damning men. They are sticklers for a false, convenient peace, straining at gnats and swallowing camels. The unseen wrong to individuals and society they are too cowardly, too ignorant, or too wicked to uncover, and excuse themselves by denying that this evil exists. This mistaken way, of hiding sin in order to maintain harmony, has licensed evil, allowing it first to smoulder, and then break out in devouring flames.”  (My. 210:19-9) 

* By only denouncing error, one is unwittingly making it a reality.

 

TREATMENT (for oneself): I will put down the claim of sin by detecting it through spiritual sense, uncover its mask, identifying it as an illusion, and so I am victorious over it, proving it is unreal and powerless.

 

TREATMENT (for a patient): (Name) will put down the claim of sin by detecting it through spiritual sense, uncover its mask, identifying it as an illusion, and so (name) is victorious over it, proving it is unreal and powerless.

 

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4 – OVERCOMING THE BELIEF IN *SICKNESS

*Illness or sickness – best refers to the feelings that might come with having a disease. Feelings like pain, fatigue, weakness, discomfort, distress, confusion, dysfunction, etc.

Five-Step Citation to Apply for Treatment:

Steadfast and calm trust   (Marginal heading)

When the illusion of sickness or sin 1 tempts you, 2 *cling steadfastly to God and 3 (cling to) His idea. (Divine sense of *Being.)     4 *Allow nothing but His likeness 5 to abide in your thought. (495:14-16) M

*Being is in tune with the Father.

The treatment for sickness or sin is one and the same. The marginal heading on page 218 reads, “Sickness akin to sin.”  And further on, “Treat a belief in sickness as you would sin, with sudden dismissal.” Line 24-25.

                            5 to abide in your thought

                     4 Allow nothing but His likeness (The divine)

              3 (cling steadfastly to) His idea

       2 cling steadfastly to God

1 tempts you

When the illusion of sickness or sin

 

The Law of Dwelling is applied at the beginning of this two-part treatment.  Cling steadfastly is another way to say: hold thought, stay with it, be constant, focus on the good and true.  Allow nothing to abide in thought is also part of the Law of Dwelling, because this directive ensures that one is constantly keeping watch. This Law which says, “That which one (mentally) dwells on most, grows,” is a strong presence in all these treatments. 

                   

1 Let neither fear (have love) nor doubt (have confidence) 2 overshadow your clear sense and calm trust, that the 3 recognition of life harmonious — as Life eternally is4 can destroy any painful sense of, or belief in, 5 that which Life is not.  (495:16-20)  M

 

                            5 that which Life is not.

                     4 can destroy painful sense of (material existence) or belief in

              3 recognition of life harmonious – as eternally Life is

       2 Overshadow (not) your clear sense and calm trust, that the

1 Let neither fear (have love) nor doubt (have confidence)

 

TREATMENT (for oneself): When the illusion/suggestion of sickness or sin tempts me, I will steadfastly hold mentally (Law of Dwelling) to God and His idea.  Only God’s likeness (the Christ likeness) will be allowed into thought.  I will allow neither fear nor doubt cover my clear sense and calm trust in recognizing that Life is harmonious.  This recognition can destroy any painful sense of life.     

 

TREATMENT (for a patient): When the illusion/suggestion of sickness or sin tempts (insert name), he will steadfastly hold mentally (Law of Dwelling) to God and His idea.  Only God’s likeness will be allowed into thought.  He will allow neither fear nor doubt cover his clear sense and calm trust in recognizing that Life is harmonious.  This recognition can destroy any painful sense of life.     

 

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5 – OVERCOMING THE BELIEF IN *DISEASE

*Disease – best refers to an abnormal condition affecting an organism.

Five-Step Citation to Apply for Treatment:

 *Treatment of disease  (Marginal heading)

Agree to disagree” with approaching symptoms of chronic or acute disease, whether it is cancer, consumption, or smallpox. 1 Meet the incipient stages of disease with as powerful mental opposition as a legislator would employ to defeat the passage of an inhuman law. 2 Rise in the conscious strength of the spirit of Truth 3 to overthrow the plea of mortal mind, alias matter, arrayed against the supremacy of Spirit. 4 Blot out the images of mortal thought and its beliefs in sickness and sin. Then, when thou 5 art delivered to the judgment of Truth, Christ, the judge will say, “Thou art whole!”  (SH 390:27)   M 

The images of mortal thought are those mental pictures of disease we see on TV in commercials, spread on the front page of newspapers and magazines in glorious detail.  They could also be the result of a conversation with someone who has vividly described some recent problem so that a picture has formed in thought.  That introduction in this citation (Agree to disagree) will prove invaluable in shutting the door on the first suggestion of disease, whether from a conversation with a friend or heard on the radio. It’s better to never let these pictures get into thought, but when they do, this five-step passage will be a blessing.

 

A note from the SCA Instructor:

The marginal heading is of significant importance to someone new in Science wishing to comprehend what a treatment is and the use of metaphysical citations for that very purpose. Here MBE provides the captioned instruction with an instructional or metaphysical citation to be incorporated as a treatment. This marginal heading also proves there are many more examples of treatments to be used with metaphysical citations.  S&H is an instructional textbook and should be so considered. There is no mystery for how to apply CS when the way is clearly shown as this important Five Step article shows.

 (The liberal media representing the Cain Mentality governs its content and all who contribute must bow down to their anti-Christian demands. They insist with impunity that all must now accept images of the six ills (tares) of the material dream state—it is a very strict mandatory edict.  We must wake up to the exposed fact the Media is the mouth piece of a.m.)  

 

                                         5 delivered to the judgment of Truth, Christ, whole

                              4 *Blot out the images of mortal thought

                    3 overthrow the plea of mortal mind

          2 Rise in the conscious strength of Truth

1 Meet the incipient stages with powerful mental opposition

Agree to disagree (first), (then) ↑      (SH 390:27)

 

*Blot out the images of mortal thoughtHow does one expunge images in thought?  The SCA provides many ways one can do this, such as:

  • Bless everyone!
  • CESS – Constant Exercise of Spiritual Sense
  • Concept coding citations in the Bible Lesson
  • Go to the absolute
  • Gratitudes – write them down
  • Joy – express more of it
  • Law of Dwelling – apply to passages in our Pastor
  • Love more
  • Reverse erroneous suggestions with absolute statements of truth
  • Sing hymns
  • Use metaphysical citations for treatments

It is the power of the Christ who is Judge that sets us free.  Although we have our part performing our mental work, it is the power of the Christ that heals.  Christ. The divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error.”  (583:10) Christ is the manifestation of Omni-action which blesses and heals the receptive, thus glorifying God by revealing His perfection.  Omni-action goes full circle: from God to man and back to God.  This Omni-action is constant.

 

TREATMENT (for oneself): When symptoms of disease appear, I will oppose them mentally and powerfully, knowing they are not based on God’s law.  I will lift consciousness to the strength of Truth. Dwelling on Truth, I will overthrow mortal mind’s (matter’s) plea/arguments.  I will allow no images/pictures/descriptions of the disease into thought, and will not rehearse (or look up on the Internet accepted causes or expected symptoms).  I will argue my plea for good before Truth, Christ.  His judgment is that I am whole.

 

TREATMENT (for a patient): When symptoms of disease appear, (insert name) will oppose them mentally and powerfully, knowing they are not based on God’s law.  He will lift consciousness to the strength of Truth. Dwelling on Truth, he will overthrow mortal mind’s (matter’s) plea/arguments.  He will allow no images/pictures/descriptions of the disease into thought, and will not rehearse (or look up on the Internet accepted causes or expected symptoms).  He will argue his plea for good before Truth, Christ.  His judgment is that (name) is whole.

  

*Treatment of disease  (SCA Editor’s note)  It is very clear to the Instructor/Editor that MBE intended that METAPHYSICAL citations be used as CS Treatments. This breadcrumb of practical insight was given to the Instructor/Editor by CSDs while he was a nurse at the Benevolent Association back in the 1970’s.

 

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6 – OVERCOMING THE BELIEF IN DEATH

The Glossary defines death as:

  • An illusion
  • The lie of life in matter
  • The unreal and untrue
  • The opposite of Life

Any material evidence of death is false, for it contradicts the spiritual facts of being(584:9-16) A graphic aid is a full circle, sphere or ball; death would mean the collapse of a ball.  But this ball is eternal Life. Its form forever remains a sphere. (282: 8-11; 585: 5-6)

          Other symbols in the Glossary that include death as part of the definitions are:

  • Adam
  • Devil
  • Hell
  • Knowledge
  • Matter
  • Mortal Mind
  • Serpent
  • Tares
  • Time

                   

We acknowledge Jesus’ atonement as the evidence of divine, efficacious Love, unfolding man’s unity with God through Christ Jesus the Way-shower; and we acknowledge that man is saved through Christ, through Truth, Life, and Love as demonstrated by the Galilean Prophet in healing the sick and overcoming sin and death. (SH 497:13 We)

 

Five-Step Citation to Apply for Treatment:

True life eternal   (Marginal heading)

Life is eternal. We 1 should find this out, and 2 begin the demonstration thereof. Life and goodness are immortal. 3 Let us then shape our views of existence into loveliness, 4 freshness, and 5 continuity, rather than into age and blight.  (SH 246:27)

                         5 (Let) us then shape our views of existence into continuity.     (Omni-action going full circle.) 

                 4 (Let) us then shape our views of existence into freshness.

            3 Let us then shape our views of existence into loveliness.

       2 (and) begin the demonstration thereof.

1 (Then) we should find this out

Life is eternal.  ↑

 

The Five Steps reveal three repetitions of “let.”  This is a triple reminder of the Law of Dwelling, to be constant, hold fast to the truth.  The word “continuity” at the end of the steps confirms this. As Jacob held on to the “angel” at Peniel, do not let go or stop treatment until it blesses you!

Scientific discovery and the inspiration of Truth have taught me that the health and character of man become more or less perfect as his mind-models are more or less spiritual.”   (Peo. 7:27-30)

 

TREATMENT (for oneself): I acknowledge that Life is eternal and will demonstrate this.  I will shape (correct) my view of existence into loveliness and freshness and continuity and hold these qualities in thought, pushing out false images of age and blight.

 

TREATMENT (for a patient): (Insert name) acknowledges that Life is eternal and will demonstrate this.  (Name) will shape (correct) his view of existence into loveliness and freshness and continuity and hold these qualities in thought, pushing out false images of age and blight.

 

 “Death is but another phase of the dream that existence can be material.

Nothing can interfere with the harmony of being nor end the existence of man in Science. Man is the same after as before a bone is broken or the body guillotined. If man is never to overcome death, why do the Scriptures say, “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death”? The tenor of the Word shows that we shall obtain the victory over death in proportion as we overcome sin. The great difficulty lies in ignorance of what God is. God, Life, Truth, and Love make man undying.”  (SH 427:13-23

LTLv is Omni-action and so is man, therefore, there cannot be anything like a cessation, detachment, interruption in this Omni-action of which we are part.

 

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SUMMARY

Mrs. Eddy’s illustration of the line and the circle shows how God-centered consciousness removes one from erroneous beliefs (SH 282:3-22). The circle is a good graphic example of the Omni-action of Principle encircling All, AND divine Science, God’s Law of Life, Truth, and Love is ever-present, going full circle as Omni-action. Contrarily, the straight line represents the tares which can never touch or penetrate God’s Allness because they are unreal, unplaced, and powerless, and have a beginning and an end.

“God, divine good, does not kill a man in order to give him eternal Life, for God alone is man’s life. God is at once the centre and circumference of being.”    (203:31-1)

“These clearer, higher views inspire the God-like man to reach the absolute centre and circumference of his being.”   (262: 31-1)

 

It is important to realize that these six tares of belief never touch, change, or influence the wheat – Truth, and that these falsities are not real. This needs to be understood and affirmed on a daily basis. Knowing and affirming this is our defense and our protectionHaving these six identified enables our prayers to be more precise and specific, and therefore, more effective.  

We as Christian Scientists have been blessed with the greatest gift to the world: Christian Science.  It is the Comforter Jesus prophesied would come in John 14:16 when he said, “I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.” Its message through the Christ was revealed to Mrs. Eddy who wrote it down, and gave it to the world as Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.  It is our detailed handbook and guide for healing.  Its many five-step passages are metaphysical instructions for us to carefully follow, like way markers, in the order presented.  As the previous examples show, they can easily be made into treatments for oneself or others.  When accurately followed, in order and step by step, they will heal.  By dwelling on the steps, we are knowing the truth. Truth, Christ, does the healing.

 

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FIVE STEPS– PART ONE

The concept of Five Steps may be new to the Christian Science Field, but it is as old as Science and Health. Mrs. Eddy included it over and over in her writings and which, as far as we know, has gone unnoticed until the Compiler recognized it, named it, and presented it in the Spiritual Concepts Approach (SCA).

There are two parts to this concept. Simply stated, Part One deals with Thought Correction, and Part Two deals with Treatment. Both are ways of applying specific passages in Science and Health (SH) for healing. 

A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF THE FIVE STEPS

The five material senses can be likened to a gang of chameleons acting as liars, jail keepers, hypnotists, propagandists, deceivers. These would-be masters with their lying suggestions either whispered or screamed into thought, seem to string us up like marionettes and manipulate us to do their bidding, to think and act in specific ways which are contrary to our natural inclinations, and to believe that their lies are true and that we are stuck with them. They convince us we are sick and impaired, too old or too young, feeble, stupid, lonely, in danger, afraid. We believe what we see, hear, feel, detect (smell) or are told through the negatively biased media’s tongue wagging (taste). Undetected, these errors can seem to have profound influence over our lives. Treated through Christian Science, they can be exposed and whittled down to their nothingness.

The SCA points out passages in SH in which Mrs. Eddy addresses the various false suggestions with which the five senses shackle us. As with previous concepts, there is a pattern or form to look for in her writings. One may notice a series of five verbs in a single sentence, or five sentences within a paragraph directing the reader to take specific steps. The examples in Part One and Part Two will illustrate some of the pattern variations. Whatever the form, the purpose is the same: to gently guide and lift thought out of the false belief and into Truth. The Five Steps are for healing!

PART ONE

This blog deals with preparing and correcting thought in order to heal. After all, thought comes before any action, and if thought is not primed, prepared, tuned, made ready, the action that follows will be unsuccessful.

“This familiar instance reaffirms the Scrip‐

tural word concerning a man, “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”” (89:12-14)

“Of a man it has been said, “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he;” hence as a man spiritually understandeth so is he in truth.” (213:3)

“Sin and disease must be thought before they can be manifested.“ (SH 234:25)  

To review, five relates to the five senses. So, the passages which include the Five Steps are ones that help us rise above the pull, attraction or mesmeric deception that seems to come from the material senses. The reader will see that the steps have been laid out pictorially—giving the impression of climbing upward. These visuals help us understand that this five-step concept raises or transitions thought Godward, leaving the dream of five senses behind.

Because these Steps are usually found in metaphysical sentences, they are perfect to use for Christian Science (CS) Treatments and/or Thought Corrections. In this blog, we are focusing on Correcting Thought. These corrections which were described in the previous blog Concept of Five and Correcting Thought,” have been written in green font after each citation.  

The first example of a Five-Step Concept comes from the Bible and sketches a wonderful picture of what happens during treatment. In Jesus’ parable about the tares and wheat in Matt. 13:24-30, the servants find the field has been invaded by weeds or tares (mortality; error; sin; sickness; disease; death SH 595:5). Instead of trying to do something physically to the field or body to get rid of the error, the solution is presented in verse 30.

 A.  STEPS TO REMOVE UNWANTED, ERRONEOUS TRAITS (TARES) IN THOUGHT

Example 1

Let both 1 grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, 2 Gather ye together first the tares, and 3 bind them in bundles 4 to burn them: but 5 gather the wheat into my barn. (Matt. 13:30) M  

                                           5- Gather (wheat)

                                   4- Burn

                          3- bind (tares)

                 2- gather

      1- grow

We must let both  ↑  

Rather than being a literal instruction about how to weed one’s back field, this is really about treating, correcting, preparing thought (one’s mental field) metaphysically. Instead of poking around the belief of body with the attempt to do something physically or willfully to eliminate the problem, thus making a reality of it, one needs to see it as unreal. For how long? Until the harvest spiritual reaping. 

The growing period (let both grow together) is what happens during the treatment. Error (tares) become more apparent as Truth uncovers it. As thought rises in spiritual understanding through treatment, the tares (disease/error) are discerned – error found out is 2/3rds destroyed, (MW 355:13-14) – can be recognized as error, and separated from the good and real by Truth.

Now comes the harvest time. Error is bound by Truth and denied, denounced, destroyed. The good/wheat – the truth about man – is cherished in thought, kept in our spiritual storehouse.

The reapers are the metaphysicians – us! As metaphysicians, we treat thought. These Five Steps are our directions or blueprint to follow, and can be turned into mini treatments.

NOTE: Those experienced in concept coding citations will notice that there are 6 verbs in this sentence. Yet within this sentence, there are five steps that we can identify. Sometimes these steps are tucked within other larger number concepts, so this isn’t unusual. Within this sentence, there is still a pattern of five that can be identified.

Mrs. Eddy also includes this parable in SH, stressing the fact that the tares (symbolic of all error) never touch the wheat (Truth).

“The temporal and unreal never touch the eternal and real. The mutable and imperfect never touch the im‐ mutable and perfect. The inharmonious and self-destructive never touch the harmonious and self-existent. These 1 opposite qualities are the tares and wheat, which 2 never really mingle, though (to mortal sight) they 3 grow side by side until the harvest; then, Science 5 separates the wheat from the tares, through the 4 realization of God as ever present and of man as reflecting the divine likeness.” (SH 300:13)                         

                           5- Tares and wheat are separated

                      4- Realize God, and that man reflects Him

                 3- Tares and wheat grow side by side

           2- Tares and wheat never mingle

 1- Tares and wheat are opposites

Comparing the two accounts, Mrs. Eddy’s seems to be more explanatory. What must be realized, though, is that these 5 steps are instructions for us to follow. We are to know in thought that the tares and wheat are opposites and cannot mingle, that error, in any form, does not, cannot, really touch us. Right away that removes any fear or doubt that we are in danger!

Comparing Step 4 in each version is especially noteworthy. Burning in Jesus‘ parable is equated with going to God, the absolute, in Mrs. Eddy‘s. Is this not an example of the baptism of the Holy Ghost (558:17-18) which burns, totally consumes the error, but leaves the good intact and unharmed? There is a wonderful definition of Fire in the Glossary (586:13) which illustrates how fire consumes the error while leaving the real (us) intact: “affliction purifying and elevating man.” This is the fiery baptism of Truth and Love referred to in SH 565:22 that “purifies even the gold of human character.”  

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The second example follows a paragraph is found in SH about replacing hideous mental images and holding to the right conception or thought model.

 B. STEPS TO FINDING CORRECT SELF IMAGE  

Example 2

Jesus as mediator

The real man being 1 linked by Science to his Maker, mortals 2 need only 2 turn from sin and 3 lose sight of mortal selfhood 4 to find Christ, the real man and his relation to God, and 5 to recognize the divine sonship. 316:3-7 M

This is about changing one’s view (image) of oneself from a mortal to the ideal man at-one with his Creator, God. How many of us need to exchange our flawed sense of self as a material, limited human and accept our spiritual selfhood regularly? It is only the influence of the five material senses that would lead us to think wrongly about ourselves. Visually, the reader can see they are going higher step-by-step. “Mortals” indicates this process begins on the human level, where error seems to thrive, and once thought does a 180-turn, man progresses to the real man or image and divine likeness, Christ. The catalyst is a simple acknowledgement of God’s spiritual man. Thought, then, is being lifted above and beyond those false senses. When the mortal sense of self is shed, the Christ and divine sonship is revealed (Being). These steps provide the directions for preparing thought to achieve this.

                                         5- Recognize

                                 4- Find

                        3- Lose

            2- Need turn

1- Linked 

Being on the metaphysical level, one can turn these into a thought correction. 

Thought Correction: Because we are linked and at one with God, let us turn from sin, lose sight of mortal selfhood, find Christ, the real man and his relation to God, and recognize the divine sonship.

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C. STEPS TO FORMING PERFECT THOUGHT MODELS  

Example 3 

Perfect models

“What is the model before mortal mind? Is it 1 imperfection, 2 joy, 3 sorrow, 4 sin, 5 suffering? Have you accepted the mortal model (false material image)? Are you reproducing it? Then you are haunted in your work by vicious sculptors and hideous forms. Do you not hear from all mankind of the imperfect model (false material image)? The world is holding it before your gaze continually. The result is that you are liable to follow those lower patterns, limit your life-work, and adopt into your experience the angular outline and deformity of matter models (false material image).” (SH 248:15)

“To remedy this, we must first 1 turn our gaze in the right direction, and then 2 walk that way. We must 3 form perfect models (spiritual image and likeness) in thought and 4 look at them continually, or we shall never 5 carve them out in grand and noble lives.” (SH 248:25-29) M

What a difference holding to the right thought model makes. Constant right thinking (dwelling) prepares one to resolve unexpected erroneous events speedily, successfully, easily. Several times I have healed a situation, such as burns or accident, quickly because thought was already spiritualized and alert so that the mental response was immediate.

Example 3 shows the Five Steps flowing over two sentences. As we are looking for specific steps, these five follow the pattern perfectly. One can see from the pictorial design below that they form an orderly line of five actions to correct and improve our thought models. The Marginal heading “Perfect models” highlights the central message of the paragraph.

Marginal headings are like banners to draw attention to the essential thought Mrs. Eddy is presenting. One can also state this as a reminder to be constant: to form and hold perfect thought models. This reminder can’t be repeated too often. After all, one’s thought does determine one’s experience.

                                  5- carve

                          4- look

                 3- form

         2- walk

1- turn

Thought Correction: We are turning our gaze in the right direction and are walking that way. We are forming perfect models in thought –as we see/reflect God – and are looking at them continually (*Law of Dwelling). Thus we are carving these perfect models in grand and noble lives.

*From the Compiler: The Law of Dwelling definitely assures every one that follows it faithfully of the outcome. This Law reads: “That which one dwells on most, Grows.” One can also say that which one dwells on most, achieves that metaphysical focus. MBE guaranteed results as one Will Achieve, Will Bring, (not might or may) in one of the examples of the Law of Dwelling: Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.”  (SH 261:4) 

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D. STEPS FOR PERFECT MODELS OF ONE MIND

The next illustration follows the same theme of correcting flawed, sense-based models of thought and ideals. As the imperfect is cast off, the model of excellence is revealed by staying with the absolute: one God, one Mind.  

Example 4

Perfect models

Let us 1 accept Science, 2 relinquish all theories based on sense-testimony, 3 give up imperfect models and illusive ideals; and so let us 4 have one God, one Mind, and that one perfect, 5 producing His own models of excellence.         (249:1)   M     

This is a step-by-step guide to the benefits and blessings resulting from having a spiritually receptive thought. The world seems rampant with theories about health, exercise, food and nutrition, sleep. Are these coming from God’s law of good or mortal mind’s laws that search for good in matter? When thought accepts Science, the falsity of theories and imperfect ideals are seen as such and fall away as it is filled with God-produced ideals.

                              5- Let God produce His own models

                      4- Have one God, One perfect Mind

                3- Give up imperfect models and ideals

          2- Relinquish theories

1- Accept Science

Let us ↑

Thought Correction: Let us accept divine Science, and so relinquish theories based on sense-testimony (Concept of 5), give up imperfect models and illusive ideals because we have one God, one Mind who produces and supplies excellent models.

Let us have one God, one Mind, one perfect model.

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E. STEPS LEADING TO MIND’S HARMONIOUS GOVERNMENT  

Example 5 

Man governed by Mind

“All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea (Oneness), and in this Mind the entire being is found harmonious (image) and eternal (likeness). “The straight and narrow 1 way is 2 to see and 3 acknowledge this fact, 4 yield to this power, and 5 follow the leadings of truth.”  (151:28) M                                 

Applying the marginal headingMan governed by Mind to this citation, we know that man is harmonious when governed by Mind. This is another directive to watch thought. To acknowledge is gratitude.

                        5- To follow leadings of truth (revelations)

                   4- To yield to Mind’s power (Omni-action)

             3- To Acknowledge (that Mind and idea is all)

       2– To see (that Mind and idea is all)

1-  Is (the way, CESS)

The straight and narrow way governed by Mind

Thought Correction: We are on the straight and narrow (the right path) because we see and acknowledge that our being (and everyone’s) is harmonious and eternal. We are yielding to the power of this fact and following its truth.

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 In II Tim 1:7, it is written, For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.According to Strong’s p. 71, sound mind means (4995) discipline, self-control. This is exactly what turning these Steps into thought corrections gives us. They alert us to keep watching thought, to keep our mental instruments in tune and ready to play God’s harmonies. They help us maintain thought on a level that is ready to heal errors that come along. As thought is corrected, we are protected!

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From the Compiler: The most important thing to remember dealing with the Five Steps and even the Concept of 5 is that it is engrafted into our Textbook for a few solid reasons:

  • That it is pointing out the errors of the five senses.
  • That it is to guide thought for correcting since we need to be constantly alert to the spiritual demand and replace the objects of sense for spiritual ideas.
  • That the Five Steps are guidelines to apply as metaphysical treatments for particular and specific suggestions to be overcome.
  • That all, which MBE wrote, was deliberate, painstakingly noted for specific reasons, and that there are no contradictions in S&H. If there seem to be dichotomies of thought, it is due to incorrectly identifying the kinds of sentence, man, image or likeness, or the spiritual meaning of a word or term.

 

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Five Steps out of mortality, error, sin, sickness, disease, death

CONCEPT OF FIVE AND CORRECTING THOUGHT

 

There are three types of the Concept of Five, each having a pattern of five words, and each relating in some way to the five senses. The clue to identifying the five pattern, of course, is the five words, be they verbs, nouns, adjectives. The first type was discussed in my previous blog, Concept of Five and Treatment, showing the necessity of reversing the negative words and making a metaphysical sentence or paragraph into a Science (CS) treatment.  Treatments are given to a specific individual who has requested this help. It would be unethical to treat someone without his permission.

The second type of Concept of Five is about *correcting thought and is more general than CS treatment. No specific individual is being addressed because no treatment has been requested, yet there is a problem or error that needs to be addressed and/or challenged. Correcting thought purifies one’s own thought, enabling one to pray effectively with healing results. It is working from the standpoint of the spiritually perfect and complete idea man. The reader may have learned this process as: knowing the truth, aligning thought with God, beginning with God, or reasoning out from Cause/God. These all fall under the topic of correcting thought which must be done before any CS or metaphysical treatment is given.

 

A.  WHAT IS CORRECTIVE THOUGHT?

“Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick.” SH 476:32-4

> Spiritually correct reasoning based on God’s laws of omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, and Omni-action.

> Thought that holds to the spiritual idea of man as already at the point of perfection, whole and complete.

> A consciousness so filled with spiritual sense that only good is seen or beheld where material sense (the five senses) would attempt to declare good’s opposite.

> Corrective thought is positive thought.

> *Corrective thought addresses no specific individual or patient, but focuses on man generally, using terms as “us,” “we,” or “man.”

> Corrective thought also heals!

*This concept of correcting thought may be new to some, as well as its application with metaphysical citations.

Mrs. Eddy affirms the healing effectiveness of corrective prayer when she writes:

Holding the right idea of man in my mind, I can improve my own, and other people’s individuality, health, and morals; whereas, the opposite image of man, a sinner, kept constantly in mind, can no more improve health or morals, than holding in thought the form of a boa-constrictor can aid an artist in painting a landscape.” (Mis. 61:30)

Notice her use of “man” in her explanation. This man is the spiritual idea—perfect and complete. The SCA has distilled the essence of this sentence into the Law of Dwelling which succinctly states: That which one dwells on most, grows. This law is a reminder to think correctly, watch thought, maintain a healing consciousness.

 

B. THE STARTING POINT

It is always the thought of the healer that has to be corrected first, otherwise, he is accepting the same error that is to be healed. In essence, he is thinking (even knowing!) it is real while trying to cure it. Mrs. Eddy calls this quackery. One cannot believe in a disease or problem as real and at the same time heal it. (SH 395:21)

‘‘When one’s false belief is corrected, Truth sends a report of health over the body.“ (SH 194:8-9)

 A notable difference with this second type of Concept of Five (C-5) is that all or most of the words are POSITIVE. They are more likely to be found in metaphysical or spiritual sentences.         

          Pattern of five words

          Positive words

          Metaphysical or Spiritual sentence

To illustrate, one can see in the following sentence from Science and Health (SH) that there are five verbs numbered in red.

Example 1

The starting-point of divine Science 1 is that God, Spirit, 2 is All-in-all, and that there 3 is no other might nor Mind, — that God 4 is Love, and therefore He 5 is divine Principle. (SH 275:6) S       

Why do we count the verbs first? Verbs are action words and with the SCA, many verbs represent Omni-action—which is God’s activity. God is all-active. In this sentence, there are five IS verbs, making this an obvious Concept of Five.

What does the five relate to? To be repetitive, the five material senses. Our textbook, Science and Health, is addressing them in a powerful, positive way, declaring truths about God. (Spirit is positive 173: 13; 126: 9-14; 173: 14-16)  From another perspective, this is Christian Science at work, destroying with Truth the false sense evidence of error. The senses would deny God exists because they cannot see or know God. Example 1 refutes those claims by declaring God IS, and by including five different underlined names or synonyms for Him. Is there anything to reverse or correct in this illustration? No! This is why we call this the positive Concept of Five. Rather than pointing out error (which we would reverse), this example shows how to rise above the claims of the five senses (without even mentioning them) by going to God, the absolute.

Where did Jesus begin his Lord’s Prayer? Our Father. Our is a collective pronoun meaning all of us. While we pray this audibly in our CS churches, it is benefitting everyone. Acknowledging God is the best place to start one’s prayer,

 

C. FIVE AND THE OMNI-ACTION OF GOD

Example 2

The divine completeness

“Divine metaphysics, as 1 revealed to spiritual understanding, 2 shows clearly that all 3 is Mind, and that Mind 4 is God, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, — that 5 is, all power, all presence, all Science.”  (SH 275:19) S

In this second Concept of Five citation (five positive verbs numbered in red), the five senses are refuted by the presence of five names or synonyms for God (underlined): Mind, God, omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience. What the SCA reveals in this citation is that divine metaphysics transcends the five senses by revealing the Omni-action of God.

Again, going to the absolute in thought is the perfect way to dismiss false evidence. As a graphic illustration: lifting consciousness to the purifying presence of Spirit can be likened to plunging tarnished silverware into a hot, foil-lined bath of dissolved washing soda; while soaking, the tarnish vanishes, leaving the silver gleaming. The laws of chemistry function beautifully without any rubbing or scrubbing by human hands. Deciphering the analogy:

       The silver is thought darkened by the senses.

       The tarnish is error believed, even promoted, by the senses.

       The cleansing bath is like the baptism of Spirit. (241:27)

       The law of omni-active Principle is the scientific cleanser.

Looking at our second sample, is there anything to correct? Absolutely nothing; only lots of good truths to affirm and know when one’s own thought needs correcting. When one sees, hears, reads about error, disease etc., this would be a good citation to work with, pray with. Holding thought to Truth silences the senses. It also prepares thought when false suggestions sneak into unwatchful thinking.

 

D. IMPERSONAL PRAYER  

Example 3                    

Effective triumph

“Jesus 1 taught (C) the way (CESS) of Life by demonstration, that we 2 may understand (E) how this divine Principle 3 heals the sick, 4 casts out error, and 5 triumphs over death.” (25:13–19, 31)  

The SCA reveals here that Jesus‘ teaching as Cause (C) results in our understanding (Effect or E). As we follow him, we can do the same. He expected no less (John 14:12). In the SCA, “the way“ is translated as the Constant Exercise of Spiritual Sense (CESS) because it takes this constant exercise to follow his path as our way-shower. Using this sentence for a thought corrective prayer is easy because the impersonal “we“ is already included and there is no specific person being treated, no patient.

Corrective Prayer: Following Jesus’ teachings and demonstrations, and actively applying the constant exercise of spiritual sense, we can heal the sick, cast out error, and triumph over death.

 

E. LOVE SUBDUES THE SENSES

Example 4

Superiority to sickness and sin

1 To fear sin 2 is 3 to misunderstand the power of Love and the divine Science of being in man’s relation to God, — 4 to doubt His government and 5 distrust His omnipotent care.” (SH 231:21-25) M

Man is the impersonal subject of the C-5 citation in illustration 4. And there are some negatives that need to be reversed.

       Fear becomes love.

       Misunderstand becomes understand, a quality of Love.

       To doubt becomes to believe.

       Distrust becomes trust, a quality of Love.

Applying the wisdom of the introductory sentence, replacing the pronouns “yourself” and you“ with the collective we, and reversing the negatives, we can pray impersonally. Collective prayer is corrective prayer.

 Corrective Prayer: We (let us) love in the face of sin (because love destroys sin). We (let us) understand the power of Love. We (let us) comprehend our relation to God in the divine Science of being. We (let us) believe in His government and trust His omnipotent care.

What is the SCA revealing in example 4? Love subdues the testimony of the five senses.

 

F. LOVE ONE’S NEIGHBOR IN CHURCH

Because this correcting type of the Concept of Five involves no specific individual, this can be used in unique ways. Prayer in our churches, for instance; correcting our own thought about a situation near to us or on the other side of the world. The question about prayer and ethics is resolved with this kind of prayer, because it doesn’t invade the thought of someone. The prayer remains in the consciousness of the one praying, yet healing can result.

As Mrs. Eddy directed, prayers in churches are for the congregations collectively and exclusively. (Man. 42:1)

Example 5

“It 1 shall be the duty of every member of this Church 2 to defend himself daily against aggressive mental suggestion, and not 3 be made 4 to forget nor 5 to neglect his duty to God, to his Leader, and to mankind.” (Man. 42:4-8) M

This is an effective prayer to use in church during silent prayer. As we are to pray only for the congregation at this time, changing “himself” to “us” will make this impersonal. This is a wonderful way of following Jesus‘ command to love our neighbor!  Here is one way of applying it as a corrective prayer:  

Let us (or, we are) defend(ing) ourselves daily against aggressive mental suggestion, and let us(or, we are) remember(ing) to obey God, follow our Leader through her writings, and love mankind.

Studying this prayer, the three points at the end (God, Leader, mankind) present clear ways to defend ourselves from a.m. Obeying God constantly, following Mrs. Eddy through her writings, and loving others (the Golden Rule in action) cover everything we need to do!

Even Jesus had to deal with the taunts of the five senses and overcome them. No one has been more successful than he! In the 6th example below, Mrs. Eddy recognizes his struggle with the human sense of things as indicated in the first part of the paragraph. Yet, it is the second part we are focusing on. Here is a positive statement affirming the blessings of spiritually understanding Love. Wouldn’t this make another great prayer to use in church!

Example 6

The holy struggle

“When the human element in him 1 struggled with the divine, our great Teacher said: “Not my will, but Thine, 2 be done!” — that 3 is, 4 Let not the flesh, but the Spirit, 5 be represented in me. This is the new understanding of spiritual Love. It gives all for Christ, or Truth. It (Spiritual Love) 1 blesses its enemies, 2 heals the sick, 3 casts out error, 4 raises the dead from trespasses and sins, and 5 preaches the gospel to the poor, the meek in heart.” (SH 33:18) M

Once more, the underlying message is that understanding spiritual Love subdues the five senses. Focusing on the last sentence in this paragraph, a corrective prayer might go like this:  

Let us bless our enemies by reflecting and living spiritual Love. Let us heal the sick, cast out error, raise those who are dead in trespasses and sin, and preach the gospel to the poor or meek in thought, with our demonstrating Love.

Also is this powerful affirmation of silent prayer’s effectiveness:

“The “still, small voice” of scientific thought reaches over continent and ocean to the globe’s remotest bound. The inaudible voice of Truth is, to the human mind, “as when a lion roareth.” It is heard in the desert and in dark places of fear. It arouses the “seven thunders” of evil, and stirs their latent forces to utter the full diapason of secret tones. Then is the power of Truth demonstrated, — made manifest in the destruction of error.” (SH 559:8-16)

One final reference to apply as corrective five prayer:

Example 7

Healthful explanation

1 Keep distinctly in thought that (spiritual) man 2 is the offspring of God, not of (material) man; that man 3 is spiritual, not material; that Soul 4 is Spirit, outside of matter, never in it, never 5 giving the body life and sensation. (SH 396:26-30).  M

Let us keep distinctly in thought (or, we know) that the spiritual man is (we are) the offspring of God, not of material man; that man is (we are) spiritual, not material; that Soul is Spirit, outside of the belief of matter or body; therefore, man is (we are) bodiless, sensationless being.

This can be a well-used to correct thought when we hear or watch a negative situation on the news!

 

G. FIVE SENSES EXPOSED

Throughout SH there are many metaphysical statements that can be used for both treatments and thought correctors. What is unique to this Concept of Five, however, is the facing down of the five senses. These material senses are bad actors. MBE has nothing good to say about them. When we rely on them, we invite error into our home, our consciousness. We see it, hear it, believe it (through material reasoning) … and then we have work to do (through spiritual sense) to disbelieve it and heal the harm caused by accepting what we see, hear etc. These Concept of Five citations remind us to stay with spiritual sense! Here are just some of the reasons against accepting what the five senses claim:

They interfere with praying rightly. (15:14-18)

They shut out Truth and its healing power. (38:30)

They cannot discern delusion from reality. (70:2-5)

Their testimony leads to disease. (120:25)

They cannot see God. (139:4 – marginal heading)

They are non-intelligent. (214:10-12)

They are enslaving. (227:3-7)

They relate to birth and death. (265:16-20)

They cannot cognize God or Truth. (273:3-4)

They are deceptive. (274:12 – marginal heading)

They are instruments of error and correspond with error. (293:32)

They are the only source of evil and error. (489:24)  

 

H. TREATMENTS INTO CORRECTIVES 

Concept of Five citations presented in the previous blog  were primarily handling animal magnetism and its suggestions. These citations were reworked and used as treatments. Here is one example from that blog:  

Superiority to sickness and sin

“To hold yourself superior to sickness and death is equally wise, and is in accordance with divine Science. 1 To fear them (sickness and death) 2 is impossible, when you fully 3 apprehend God and 4 know that they 5 are no part of His creation.” (SH 231:27) M

Treatment for handling the suggestion of sickness and death: I am wisely holding myself to be superior to the beliefs of sickness and death because this is in accordance with divine Science. Because I apprehend God and know that sickness and death are no part of His creation, I cannot fear them.

This treatment can be rewritten as a thought-correcting prayer:

Let us (or, we) wisely hold ourselves to be superior to the beliefs of sickness and death because this is in accordance with divine Science. Let us (or, we) apprehend God and know that sickness and death are not part of His creation; we cannot fear them.

  

I. APPLY THE FIVE

Science and Health is filled with metaphysical passages that can be used for treatments and correcting prayers. But only those citations which include the pattern of five actually refer to or refute the five senses in some way. The fun and benefit is to let spiritual inspiration reveal how.

For those who would like to practice this method of corrective prayer, take one or more treatments (in green font) from the blog and work them into thought corrections. Use them in church during silent prayer. What are your favorite prayers to offer in church? 

Just imagine what the result would be when every member prays for their congregation this way. Thought so united with the Christ-consciousness through impersonal prayer can do wonders as it did on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2).

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As I have been studying and applying these spiritual number concepts to understand more clearly our Pastor, Science and Health specifically, there has been a noticeable shift in my thought which can be felt. Looking at specific kinds of sentences to see how they can be worked into treatments or thought corrections is new to me. 

Over the years, I have found passages to use in praying for specific cases.   But what the SCA points out expands these findings at a rapid rate, including the distinction of CS treatments from impersonal thought corrections.  This adds more depth and value, especially to Science and Health.  It is becoming a well-used textbook!

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Helpful references from the SCA Compiler regarding correcting thought:

A correct view of Christian Science and of its adaptation to healing includes vastly more than is at first seen.  SH 116:11-12

We apprehend Life in divine Science only as we live above corporeal sense and correct it SH 167:6-7

Instead of furnishing thought with fear, they should try to correct this turbulent element of mortal mind by the influence of divine Love which casteth out fear.  SH 180:21

When one’s false belief is corrected, Truth sends a report of health over the body.  SH 194:8

This Mind does not make mistakes and subsequently correct themSH 206:29-30

Ignorance, like intentional wrong, is not Science. Ignorance must be seen and corrected before we can attain harmony.  SH 251:28-30

As mortals gain more correct views of God and man, multitudinous objects of creation, which before were invisible, will become visible.  SH 264:13-15

To material sense, the unreal is the real until this sense is corrected by Christian Science.  SH 298:10

A human perception of divine Science, however limited, must be correct in order to be Science and subject to demonstration.  SH 361:23-25

Correct material belief by spiritual understanding, and Spirit will form you anew.  SH 425:24-26

Jesus beheld in Science the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Saviour saw God’s own likeness, and this correct view of man healed the sick.  SH 476:32-4

We know that a statement proved to be good must be correctSH 492:12-13

Reason, rightly directed, serves to correct the errors of corporeal sense; but sin, sickness, and death will seem real (even as the experiences of the sleeping dream seem real) until the Science of man’s eternal harmony breaks their illusion with the unbroken reality of scientific being.  SH 494:19

Again, without a correct sense of its highest visible idea, we can never understand the divine Principle.  SH 560:17-19

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CONCEPT OF FIVE AND TREATMENT

A. WHAT IS THE CONCEPT OF FIVE?

One recognizes the Concept of Five by the pattern of five words in a citation: five verbs, five nouns, five adjectives, or five phrases. Five corresponds to the five material senses, seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, − the portal through which all error seemingly enters. Both the KJV Bible and Mrs. Eddy incorporate this pattern when the text is addressing, either overtly or covertly, the belief of the material senses.

There are three types of the Concept of Five:

       1. The Negative Pattern of Five 

       2. The Positive Pattern of Five

       3. The Pattern of Five Steps

This blog discusses only the Negative Patterns of Five and shows how to use them as treatments in healing.

 

B. THE FIVE SENSES

Why do the five senses need to be given our attention? A search in Concord will quickly reveal the answer. Mrs. Eddy has nothing good to say about them! She refers to them as:

        Opacity of the senses (Marginal heading – 117:24) 

       “the five senses, − the flesh that warreth against Spirit.” (200:22)

       Five senses deceptive (Marginal heading – 274:12) 

       Instruments of error (Marginal heading – 293:32)

       Progeny cursed  (Marginal heading)   “All human knowledge and material sense must be gained from the five corporeal senses. Is this knowledge safe, when eating its first fruits brought death?” (532:5-8)

       Dwelling in dreamland  (Marginal heading) “In divine Science, the material man is shut out from the presence of God. The five corporeal senses cannot take cognizance of Spirit.” (543:8-10)

 

C. EXAMPLES OF THE CONCEPT OF FIVE

Here are a few short examples to illustrate this new concept. Red numbers have been inserted to show the count.

The count is in the adjectives: “And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were 1 lame, 2 blind, 3 dumb, 4 maimed, and 5 many others, and cast them down at Jesus’ feet; and he healed them:”   M (Matt. 15:30)

The count is in the nouns: The 1 blood, 2 heart, 3 lungs, 4 brain, 5 etc., have nothing to do with Life, God.” S (SH 151: 18-19)  

The count is in the verbs: Under the mesmeric illusion of belief, a man 1 will think that he 2 is freezing when he 3 is warm, and that he 4 is swimming when he 5 is on dry land.” RH (SH 490:31-1)

 

D. THE PURPOSE OF THE CONCEPT OF FIVE

There is only one purpose for the Concept of Five as it relates to healing: to expose and handle animal magnetism (a.m.). Instead of handling a.m., one could say treating (a synonym of handling) or applying treatment. In Christian Science, we give a metaphysical treatment in order to eliminate error. Ignoring error is condoning, and is antithetical to Christian Science.

The Concept of Five presented in this blog is singular in purpose, to handle or TREAT the false, negative suggestions and evidences of the five senses that constantly confront us: animal magnetism (a.m.), error, evil, material body, mortal mind, for it is only through those senses that a.m. in all its disguises seems real to us, and we through these senses give it the only reality it seems to have. The definition of Knowledge in the Glossary details the errors exposed by this Concept of Five:

Evidence obtained from the five corporeal senses; 1 mortality; 2 beliefs and opinions; 3 human theories, 4 doctrines, 5 hypotheses; that which is not divine and is the origin of sin, sickness, and death; the opposite of spiritual Truth and understanding.” (590:4)

 

E. DOMINION OR SUBJECTION?

In this blog, we will focus on handling or treating animal magnetism by using certain passages in SH which can be turned into metaphysical treatments. As in the previous blogs, we learn that specific patterns in sentences mean specific things. The Concept of Five is no different. Five in this blog represents the negative side of the 5 senses. Mrs. Eddy incorporates patterns of five words which correspond to the five senses: hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, touching. Why five? It is only through the five material senses that error is able to make an appearance. It is only through these five senses that we have any knowledge of or experience with error, evil, problems of any sort, in the first place.  

In Gen 1:26, (Take One, the Only Take, because God got it right “in the beginning” of Gen 1:1, the only), God gives man dominion over five specific elements: fish, fowl, cattle, earth, creeping things. Spiritually, these symbolize ideas. Viewed materially, they represent the five senses, yet man still holds dominion over them. Dominion is God’s first gift to man and His divine law governing man. Gen. 2 has hypnotized mankind with the erroneous myth of the “mist” (a huge Mist-Take) coming from the earth which would replace dominion man with the dust man Adam (or mud man, since the earth was thoroughly watered by the mist). Relying on the five senses mystifies and dulls one’s view of reality. This view needs a fresh Re-Take through the mental camera of Spirit.

 

F. VIEWS OF GOD  

One’s view and understanding of what God is determines to a great degree one’s thinking, one’s actions, one’s experience, one’s ability to overcome adversity, and one’s success. Thought precedes action! The definition of Lord God in the Glossary (590:20-4) indicates what went wrong after Genesis, Chapter One through the first three verses in Chapter Two in which God is Elohim. The chapters that follow show a view of man and the world as seen through the mist of the material senses ruled by the Lord God or Jehovah who makes plenty of mistakes (mist-takes!). It is the material senses that would have us believe this fickle, changeable, vengeful god to be God. Only through spiritual sense can we see and understand the one God, Good, who is omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, omni-active.

Applying the Concept of Five brings back the light of Truth by which we can demonstrate our dominion.  

 

G. SPECIFICS OF THE NEGATIVE CONCEPT OF FIVE

God’s Law overcoming the evidence of the five senses.

1. Concept of five is consistently found in a five-word-pattern citation.

2. This concept, relating to treatment, always refers to the negative side of the five material senses, and requires us to refute, reverse, exchange and overcome them. (SH 123:12; 269:14; 531:10)

3. The sentences with this concept always have negative words in them that do not reflect God or His creation. It is these words that need to be reversed. (SH 173:13 only; 418:20-21)

 

H. APPLYING THE CONCEPT OF FIVE

Let’s begin with a passage that is very familiar to most students of CS, the scientific statement of being. (The red numbers have been added beside the bold verbs indicating the pattern of five.) The first line reads,

“There is no 1 life, 2 truth, 3 intelligence, nor 4 substance in 5 matter.” R (SH 468:9-10)

The five words forming the pattern are in bold font. One can reword this as no material life, material truth, material intelligence, material substance, material body. The underlined words are on the material or relative plain of thought. Each is false and negative.

Part of this Concept of Five is to refute its claim, to mentally, actively reverse and replace by the Rule of Exchange.

The SCA gives names and labels to principles taught in SH. The Rule or Law of Exchange is the title given to the practice of replacing error with Truth. This law or rule, depending on whether the sentence is metaphysical or spiritual, finds its basis on page 123:12 under the Marginal heading “Seeming and being”:

“Divine Science, rising above physical theories, excludes matter, resolves things into thoughts, and replaces the objects of material sense with spiritual ideas.”

Applying the Rule of Exchange to the first line of the scientific statement of being:

material life becomes (→) Life

material truth Truth

material substance Love

material intelligence Mind

material body or matter Spirit 

In spiritual reality, there are no five material senses. There is only God, Spirit and spiritual sense. Jesus did not accept, see, or perceive through the five senses, but utilized only one sense: the spiritual sense of things. (476:31) In the definition of God in the Glossary of SH, Mrs. Eddy writes the truth about the Concept of Five when she describes God this way: “all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all loving.” Building on the previous diagram, we have the definitive solution to the false claims of the 5 senses.

material life becomes (→) Life = all-acting

material truth Truth = all-wise

material substance Love = all loving

material intelligence Mind = all-knowing

material body = matter Soul = all-seeing

 

It is important to remind the reader that the Concept of Five in this blog represents the negative side of the 5 senses. The 5 All’s in the definition of God, “the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, (587:5-6)represent the true sense of five, the counterpart to the material senses.

How do these five all-descriptions relate to the five senses?

All-knowing is hearing.

All-seeing is seeing.

All-acting is tasting, imbibing.

All-wise is smelling.

All-loving is touching.

  

I. FORMING TREATMENTS FROM THE CONCEPT OF FIVE

Mrs. Eddy has provided many metaphysical statements in the textbook for us to use for treatment. (Please review Four Kinds of Sentences  – click on blue link). The ones provided here as samples specifically address the false claims or suggestions of the five senses. And, of course, the Concept of Five is found within these sentences in its five-word pattern. We can use these to write treatments for ourselves or a patient when the citation is mostly a metaphysical one. To be accurate, it is best that the wording closely follows Mrs. Eddy’s words. However, one can embellish and add more detail as inspiration leads.

Often, the sentence preceding the sample citation has been included to give a more complete sense to the whole passage. The marginal headings (in bold, dark blue) are included, as well, because they add to the fullness of the meaning.

 

     1. Unnecessary *prostration (*mental falling, depressed thought)

Suffer no claim of sin or of sickness to grow upon the thought. M  1 Dismiss it with an abiding conviction that it 2 is illegitimate, because you 3 know that God 4 is no more the author of sickness than He 5 is of sin. You 1 have no law of His 2 to support the necessity either of sin or sick‐ ness, but you 3 have divine authority for 4 denying that neces‐ sity and 5 healing the sick. M (SH 390:20)

Reverse the negatives:

Suffer → allow (only goodness and wholeness)

Claim → assert or maintain (goodness and wholeness)

Sin → goodness

Sickness → wholeness

Treatment for handling sickness or sin: I will allow only goodness and wholeness to grow in thought. I will admit with an abiding conviction only the legitimate truth because I know God is the author of wholeness/health and goodness. I have His Law to support goodness and health, His divine authority for affirming Truth by healing.

 

In this next example, the nouns are bold teal, and the verbs (two sets) are in bold black.

     2. Guarding the door

When the condition is present which you say induces disease, whether it be 1 air, 2 exercise, 3 heredity, 4 contagion, or 5 accident, then perform your office as porter and shut out these unhealthy thoughts and fears. Exclude from mortal mind the offending errors; then the body cannot suffer from them. The issues of pain or pleasure 1 must come through mind, and like a watchman 2 forsaking his post, we 3 admit the intruding belief, 4 forgetting that through divine help we 5 can forbid this entrance. M (SH 392:27)

Reverse the negatives:

Disease → soundness

Air atmosphere of Truth

Exercise → Mind is the source of all movement

Heredity → Spirit is the source of my being. (SH 63:9)

Contagion Metaphysical prophylactics (SH 369:23-26)

Unhealthy thoughts → Healthy thoughts (Mis 252:12-14) (SH 414:7-14)

Mortal mind → one Mind

Fears → calm, love, harmony, peace

Pain → well-being

Pleasure → bliss, contentment

Treatment for belief, claim or suggestion of dis-ease: I will perform my office as porter of thought and shut out the false claims of air, exercise, heredity, contagion and accident by exchanging them for affirming the presence of the atmosphere of Truth, knowing that Mind is the source of all movement, that Spirit is the source of my being, that there is only one Mind, and Love replaces fear with calm, love, harmony, peace. Affirming Mind is my Mind excludes all error, precludes suffering, and affirms Truth and Love. As a watchmen, I am on guard at my post of thought, admitting only Life, Truth, and Love which fill my consciousness.

 

     3. Superiority to sickness and sin

To hold yourself superior to sin, because God made you superior to it and governs man, is true wisdom.  1 To fear sin is  3 to misunderstand the power of Love and the divine Science of being in man’s relation to God, — 4 to doubt His government and 5 distrust His omnipotent care. M (SH 231:21-25)

Treatment for wisdom over sin: I hold myself superior to sin because God made me so. Therefore, I will not fear sin, but will understand the power of Love and divine Science (divine laws of Life, Truth, Love). And Love eliminates fear. I understand that sin in any form is nothing. Divine Science declares my oneness with God who governs and protects me forever. I will not fear, but have confidence and trust in His government and omnipotent care.

 The benefit of doing these exchanging exercises by applying the Rule of Exchange is to be so familiar and practised in this work that we do it effortlessly and immediately when faced with a challenge. Eventually, we will go into exchange/replace mode automatically before ever wondering what we should do. We will know what to do and will do it. Although these treatments have been written as self-treatments, using the personal I, a patient’s name can be inserted instead.  

 

     4. Superiority to sickness and sin

“To hold yourself superior to sickness and death is equally wise, and is in accordance with divine Science. 1 To fear them (sickness and death) 2 is impossible, when you fully 3 apprehend God and 4 know that they 5 are no part of His creation.” M (SH 231:27)

Treatment for handling the suggestion of sickness and death: I am wisely holding myself to be superior to the beliefs of sickness and death because this is in accordance with divine Science. Because I apprehend God and know that sickness and death are not part of His creation, I cannot fear them. 

Leaving sickness, death and fear to stand as written is not handling error as error. These nothings must be reversed and replaced by their opposite even while one reads the citation in the Lesson Sections.  Sickness and death become health and life. The opposite of fear is love, courage, calm. One has a choice depending on one’s need. Examining the definition of fear in the Glossary (586:11), one finds this belief appears in several forms. A dictionary of antonyms and synonyms comes in handy at this point. Sometimes finding the precise word to match the meaning in SH takes some digging among the word’s synonyms. Often there will be many words to choose from. Spiritual sense will guide thought to the right one.

Now a treatment can be applied. This process of exchanging error with Truth for a specific individual, oneself or a patient, is giving a treatment. One is lifting thought away from beholding the false evidence up to the metaphysical level where thought replaces and establishes the truth.

Although the following Concept of Five example is written including the collective “we,” it can be used by or for the individual in treatment by replacing the “we” with “I” or the name of the patient.

 

     5. The one only way

“Self-love is more opaque than a solid body. In pa‐ tient obedience to a patient God, 1 let us 2 labor 3 to dissolve with the universal solvent of Love the adamant of error, — self-will, self-justification, and self-love, — which 4 wars against spirituality and 5 is the law of sin and death.” M (SH 242:15)

Treatment: I am patiently working to let Love fill consciousness, and dissolve self-will with unselfishness, self-justification with humility, and self-love with selfless love for others which uplift spiritual sense.

 

SUMMARY

This blog has presented the Concept of Five by which one turns the negatives into positives and makes the citation into a treatment. Because of its simplicity, this particular concept is one of the easiest to identify and use for healing: reversing what appears to be negative or contrary to God and His creation, and replacing those errors with specific truths, thus affirming and proving the laws of Life, Truth and Love which heal fully and completely. The patterns of five verbs, five nouns, five adjectives, five phrases are the indicators. As the portal through which the suggestions of a.m. creeps, the five material senses are specifically handled or treated by this Concept of Five, requiring us to reverse, replace, and affirm the truth … in short, TO ACTIVELY PRACTICE CS FOR HEALING OF SIN AND SICKNESS!

In the next blog, we will explore the second type of Concept of Five, a higher and more positive one used specifically for correcting thought.

 

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FOUR LEVELS OF THOUGHT

 

INTRODUCTION

Mrs. Eddy uses numerous writing techniques to clarify her metaphysical and spiritual teachings. The Spiritual Concepts Approach (SCA) has gathered and identified many, beginning with the twelve spiritual number concepts. The concept of the Four Levels comes under the umbrella of the Concept of Four.  What are the Four Levels?  They are the constant spiritual consciousness within the one absolute Mind which man reflects. Although their designs or pattern of words and phrases appear as four separate parts, the four all occur simultaneously.  The levels relate to the Holy City, Omni-action, the Four Omnis, which have been discussed in previous blogs:

           The Holy City – Foursquare (Right click on link.)   

            Omni-action and the Four Omnis  (Right click on link.)

The Four Levels also relate to attraction because man is naturally drawn to the good and the spiritual.    AttrACTion is a property of Principle, Love – Omni-ACTion, – is constant and ever-present.  One will see that these three are connected under God’s Law of Life, Truth Love – Concept of Three (Right click on link).

                       Omni-action of LIFE, being constantly active.

                       The Holy City is Truth, being one’s mental habitation.

                       Attraction is Love, being an attribute of Love. 

Explaining the Levels will help solidify one’s understanding of all these topics.

 

THE OMNI-ACTION AND HOLY CITY CONNECTION

 In the preceding blog, we discussed Omni-action in detail.  Simplified, it is God’s Law of divine action that goes full circle to bless man. This action is constant, never halting, never slowing, but continues its good work  forever.  Revelation 1:1 is a perfect example of how Omni-action operates: 

“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come   to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:”  M  (Rev. 1:1)  

 Notice the order of the four events in this passage above. God (Omni-action) gave the Revelation (Omni-action) to Jesus Christ which we recognize here as the Christ (Omni-action) because the human Jesus had already ascended. Next, from the Christ the Revelation was sent by Christ’s angel (Omni-action) or messenger (Omni-action) to John (Omni-action by reflection).

GOD ––> JESUS CHRIST ––> ANGEL ––> JOHN

Four is significant as the underlined names match the sides of the Holy City (Omni-action)

1.  God or Word = Principle

     2.  Christ – Truth = Christ  (SH 18: 15-16)

          3.  Angel = Life (ever-active)

               4.  John = Love  (the apostle of love)

John is Omni-action by reflecting divine Mind, Omni-action. In the introduction to “The Apocalypse” in Science and Health (SH), Mrs. Eddy includes verse 3 from the first chapter of Revelation in which is stated that the Bible’s final book is a prophecy.  John is a prophet, a spiritual seer (SH 593:4).  Of him she writes:

“This ministry of Truth, this message from divine Love, carried John away in spirit. It exalted him till he became conscious of the spiritual facts of being and the “New Jerusalem, coming down from God, out of heaven,” — the spiritual outpouring of bliss and glory, which he describes as the city which ‘lieth foursquare’.”  (SH 574:10-16)

He was receptive to the Revelation from God, wrote down the message (the Word), shares it.  Why John and not someone else?  Because his Christ consciousness was receptive to and received the angel message of Revelation. By this receptivity, John initiated Omni-action. Omni-action connects one to our true Being—being at one with God.  Therefore John illustrates the coincidence of the divine and the human, or Immanuel. 

“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.”  (SH  561:16)

By this divine embrace, we are spiritually able to understand and communicate with God.   The communication is always from God to man, not the other way around . (SH 284: 31-32)  This is a major reason for comprehending and valuing the Four Levels of Thought or spiritual consciousness.

Undoubtedly, one can now see the full circle of Omni-action. God, Christ, the angel messenger, – these three comprise the divine part.  Who receives this message?  The one with the spiritually perceptive thought, the Christ consciousness. In this case it is John.  Is this not a proof of the coincidence of the human and the divine? All through the Bible are illustrations and stories of open-minded men and women receiving the Christ, from Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, the prophets, and throughout the New Testament. The receptive are also the people who are humble (MW 127:11), hungry (SH 234:4), poor (SH 34:16), and thirsty (SH 234:4) for spiritual things. Why them?  Their thought was prepared, open, amenable.  Why not us today?  Those who are spiritually responsive to the Christ can and do receive!  Nothing can prevent the prepared spiritualized consciousness from receiving the messages of the Christ.

If and when one believes nothing seems to come to one, study SH 261:4. The Law of Dwelling which is also the Law of Omni-action initiated, always has results for the metaphysician. This Law is unique to the SCA.  It states: THAT WHICH ONE DWELLS ON MOST, GROWS. The dwelling, of course, refers to one’s thinking.

Omni-action always achieves its purpose and it always blesses the receptive.

“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isa. 55:10-13).

Omni-action is also the activity which brings and does the demonstrating and healing.  Let us be attentive to that full circle of Omni-action as John was, and receive our own revelations.

 

ATTRACTION                                                   

“There is but one real attraction, that of Spirit. The pointing of the needle to the pole symbolizes this all-embracing power or the attraction of God, divine Mind.” (SH 102:9 only)

When Mrs. Eddy described the four sides of the Holy City in Science and Health (SH), page  575, she begins with the North side (line 26), its gates being open to the North Star, the Word, the polar magnet of Revelation.

“Northward, its gates open to the North Star, the Word, the polar magnet of Revelation;” (SH 575:26-27)

Gates, open, North Star, Word (John 1:1), polar magnet are all significant spiritual symbols.  North Star, Word, polar magnet represent God, Christ, angel message respectively.  Remember that the Holy City signifies our ideal mental habitation or consciousness. 

            HOLY CITY is a symbol comprised of symbols.  It represents the divine Mind.

            CITY means an established collective thought (filled with ideas). 

            GATE is the entry for thought, or receptivity (being always open) 

            SIDES/WALLS represent the strong protection or defense afforded by the    constant presence of the Word, Christ, Christianity, divine Science, ensuring     that the thoughts enter only through the GATES which are in direct view of the purifying and governing radiance of the ––

            NORTH STAR – Principle.

So this is really a higher thought or consciousness that Mrs. Eddy is discussing. The gates or portals of thought are OPEN. They are never closed. Some synonyms for open are accessible, available, clear, developed, extended, reachable, receptive, unblocked.  Thought, then, is accessible to what?  Accessible to the North Star, the Word, the polar magnet of Revelation – all three being synonymous symbols of LTLv:

            North Star represents Life.

            Word represents Truth.

            Polar magnet represents Love.

“Only the action of Truth, Life, and Love can give harmony.”  (SH 169:27-28)

The North Star over the centuries has been a GUIDANCE system for sailors who often sailed in unknown seas.  Their means of direction was the North Star which is a constant, situated in one place in the skies of the Northern Hemisphere. As seamen sailed north, this star would appear higher in the sky.  As they sailed south, it was lower.  They could even assess their location by using just their fingers, the horizon, and the reliable North Star. The magi also followed the star to find the infant Jesus:

“So shone the pale star to the prophet-shepherds; yet it traversed the night, and came where, in cradled obscurity, lay the Bethlehem babe, the human herald of Christ, Truth, who would make plain to benighted understanding the way of salvation through Christ Jesus, till across a night of error should dawn the morning beams and shine the guiding star of being. The Wisemen were led to behold and to follow this daystar of divine Science, lighting the way to eternal harmony.”  (SH vii:4-12)

The North Star is synonymous to the WORD. Why?  Because the Word of God, Principle, Love, is our GUIDANCE system! 

“Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way.”  (SH 454:18-19)

The Word has many meanings: angel messages; Christ, Truth; Christianity; divine Science; God; God’s communication to man; Omni-action (the activity of LTLv); Principle; Science and Health; the Bible. 

Did the reader notice that each side of the Holy City is included in this list?  God, Principle; Christ; Christianity; divine Science. We include all four sides as hearers of the Word, – we simultaneously reflect the attributes of the consciousness of divine Mind. 

The next symbol is polar magnet.  The poles (north and south) of a magnet are the two opposite points where the magnetic forces are strongest. And of course we know that magnets have a powerful property of ATTRACTION.  In fact, the magnetic field is the largest and most powerful form of energy in existence in this world!

On page 536:11 of SH, Mrs. Eddy writes about “man’s spiritual gravitation and attraction to one Father.” (Father = Mind) The Four Levels illustrate the result of this attraction of Spirit drawing thought upward, Spiritward.  The Levels are a like a diagram (for those visual learners) of spiritualized thought, the Christ consciousness. Gravitation in a spiritual sense has no downward pull.  In Spirit’s allness there is no up or down.  Those are only human terms to explain the attraction of man to God.  Since God is higher than man, the attraction Spiritward is described as upward and outward.  

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LEVELS ARE SIMULTANEOUS

Four Levels of spiritual thought are achieved as we spiritually gravitate Godward – when putting off and forsaking mortality.  This results from Omni-action of the Christ. Although these tiers are shown as four individual levels, they occur synchronously.  The four are used to explain on-going, spiritual progress in human terms, so we can see the several aspects involved in this upward soaring consciousness.  The first illustration shows the result of prepared spiritual consciousness meeting material sense.  The rising, excluding, resolving, replacing are done concurrently and at once.  THIS IS HOW JESUS HEALED AND DEMONSTRATED INSTANTANEOUSLY. 

“Divine Science, P rising above physical theories, Lv excludes matter, T resolves things into thoughts, and L replaces the objects of material sense with spiritual ideas.” S  (SH 123:12)

 

REPLACES objects of material sense with spiritual ideas

//4\\

Life

RESOLVES things into thoughts

//3\\

Truth

EXCLUDES matter

//2\\

Love

RISING above physcal theories

//1\\

Principle

                                                  Divine Science ↑

Because Spirit is positive, we cannot leave negative error standing unchallenged, so we reverse the negatives. (SH 123:12); (173:13 (only)); (269:14)  Physical theories are replaced by spiritual realities, and matter is replaced by Spirit

 

IDENTIFYING EACH RUNG

Each phrase or section of a statement that contains the Four Levels aligns with its appropriate Synonym according to set SCA rules (in blue) as explained here:

4. replaces = LIFE  because the SCA rule about a Life word is that it is always the longest lasting or most active. 

3. resolves = TRUTH because  the SCA rule governing a Truth word is that it relates to thought, is mental.

2. excludes = LOVE because the SCA rule regarding a Love word is that it is an attribute of Love.  When reversed, excludes becomes includes (includes Spirit) which pertains to LOVE.

1. rising = PRINCIPLE because the SCA rule over a word expressing Principle is that it covers all the rest. In this citation, rising initiates the next three actions: the excluding, resolving, replacing.

DIAGRAM OF LEVELS EXPLAINED

Because the examples in this blog of the Four Levels indicate this perpetual rising, ascending, advancing, I have presented each of them graphically as a kind of four-rung, vertical ladder.

Each rung or level is numbered (1 being the starting point at the foot of the ladder), and is labeled with a Synonym of God –– Principle, Truth, Love, Life, corresponding to the four sides of the Holy City which represents our mental habitation, the Christ consciousness. 

The forward and backward slashes flanking the numbers portray an upward movement because the citations describe ascending thought.   We should always be spiritually progressing.  Progress continues and is constant. (SH 258:13-15)  Mrs. Eddy, by giving us these references, expected Christian Scientists to be daily advancing, learning, proving, and understanding spiritually.  Progress is the law of God!  (SH 233:6)

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 SPIRITUAL CONSCIOUSNESS

The Levels are always on the spiritual plain of thought and are found mostly in spiritual sentences as indicated by the bold, brown “S” which has been placed after the sentences, i.e., as in the next statement. In these citations Mrs. Eddy illustrates spiritual man’s habitation of consciousness. He isn’t working up to attaining it.  He already includes it!  It is our fortress strong! A place where we not only find protection but harmony and peace.

“This scientific sense of being, forsaking matter for Spirit, by no means suggests man’s absorption into Deity and the loss of his identity, but confers upon man enlarged P individuality, a wider sphere of T thought and action, a more expansive Lv love, a higher and more permanent L peace.”  S  (SH 265:10) 

 

   A higher and more permanent PEACE

//4\\

Life

   A more expansive LOVE

 //3\\

Love

   A wider sphere of THOUGHT AND ACTION

//2\\

Truth

Enlarged INDIVIDUALITY

//1\\

Principle

The scientific sense confers on man: ↑

The scientific sense is the conclusion that has been arrived at, the place one has reached way above the human or relative.  The “scientific sense” in this case is the spiritual sense because this sentence is identified as a spiritual one, as the S indicates.  To be actively conscious of spiritual sense is Omni-action initiated. This set of Levels describes the spiritualized consciousness and the qualities naturally present. Although in this instance, the nouns were chosen, it would be just as correct to focus on the adjectives.  Enlarging, widening, expanding, rising (higher) are the effects of Omni-action which man reflects.

 

   A HIGHER AND MORE PERMANENT peace

//4\\

Life

   A MORE EXPANSIVE love

 //3\\

Love

   A WIDER SPHERE of thought and action

//2\\

Truth

ENLARGED individuality

//1\\

Principle

     The scientific sense confers on man: ↑

4.  a higher, more permanent peace LIFE, because it is forever, the longest lasting.

3.  a more expansive love LOVE, because love is a quality of Love!

2.  a wider sphere of thought, action TRUTH because this relates to the mental.

1.  enlarged individuality PRINCIPLE because individuality includes, or covers all the other three – thought, love, and peace.

The spiritual ascendency of the Levels deals primarily with the spiritual realm or needed thought.  It is looking at what is or should be already.

 

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PATTERNS

In the samples presented thus far, has one noticed a repeated pattern?  Mrs. Eddy uses patterns frequently in her writing.  The SCA has arranged them according to number concepts which conform to specific consistent rules.  They guide one in a logical and metaphysical way to find more spiritual meaning in the text. When diagramed as has been done in this blog with the ladders, they guide one’s reasoning while making a passage easier to understand, especially for those of us who learn visually. Using colored pencils to mark these patterns with underlines, numbers, highlighting is another way of providing a visual aid for comprehension and retention.

Examining the starting point of the Levels in this blog, each one relates back to Omni-action.   Principle appears at the first rung and Life at the fourth.  Truth and Love are sandwiched in between in alternately as rung two or three. The pattern, then, is Principle which includes, covers, or activates the next three; Love or Truth alternately; followed up by Life, identified as the longest lasting concept.

“Whatever seems to be a new creation, is but the discovery of some distant idea of Truth; else it is a new multiplication or self-division of mortal thought, as when some finite sense peers from its cloister with amazement and attempts to pattern the infinite.”  (SH 263:21) 

“Honest students speak the truth “according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount,” and live it: these are not working for emoluments, and may profitably teach people, who are ready to investigate this subject, the rudiments of Christian Science.”  (Mis. 44:1)

“Divine Love spans the dark passage of sin, disease, and death with Christ’s righteousness, — the atonement of Christ, whereby good destroys evil, — and the victory over self, sin, disease, and death, is won after the pattern of the mount.”  (’01 10:20-24)

 “Life, Truth and Love the pattern make, Christ is the perfect heir; the cloud of sense roll back, and show the form divinely fair.”  (Hymn 51) 

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PRACTICAL SCIENCE

The next two sets of Levels are found in the same paragraph beside the marginal heading Practical science.                     

            Practical means useful or applicable and has a predictable result.  

            Science involves the application of laws or principles for proving a truth, or in our case, metaphysics.  

            The definition of CS is the “divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love” (SH 107:1-3). The SCA definition of CS is God’s Laws of LTLv applied to man.  God’s laws empower man—giving him dominion over all. Metaphysics can, does and will change physics—anything in the dream state!

 Part of the fun of the SCA is that it challenges one to look further and more deeply into the text than one otherwise would.  Instead of quickly surface reading a sentence, one looks closely at the details, units, parts – approaching Christian Science as a micro or quantum metaphysical Science OR micro-quantum metaphysics, studying, as Mrs. Eddy requested, by eating the book up (559:16-21)

Our definition of micro-quantum metaphysicsthe study of Christian Science by applying the SCA, focusing, in accord with SH 559:16, on eating (imbibing, drinking in) and digesting (mentally arranging and organizing) even the “minute varied aspects of the CS textbook with the purpose of understanding and demonstrating divine healing.

Without the SCA and this blog, would the reader be aware of these Levels in SH and their significance even though one may have probably read those sentences many times? Many more of these Four Levels spiritual citations are scattered throughout SH waiting to be discovered by its readers. 

“From this it follows that business men and cultured scholars have found that Christian Science P enhances their endurance and mental powers, T enlarges their perception of character, Lv gives them acuteness and comprehensiveness and an ability L to exceed their ordinary capacity.” S  (SH 128:4-11) 

 

GIVES ability to exceed

//4\\

Life

GIVES acuteness and comprehensiveness

//3\\

Love

ENLARGES perception of character

//2\\

Truth

ENHANCES endurance and mental powers

//1\\

Principle

                                         Christian Science ↑

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The final Levels pattern or configuration we come to is embedded within in three sentences consecutive sentences. Together they present a view of spiritual consciousness, receptive thought lifted by the study and practice of the Science of being.  In this instance, the transitional word is “It” which refers back to “knowledge of the Science of being” which ties the three statements together to form a Levels design.  The four verbs: enhances, enlarges, gives (twice), are Omni-action, therefore their activity is automatic and they happen concurrently. They are Omni-action words representing the ever-operating Law of Principle for the good of man.

“A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man. It T extends the atmosphere of thought, Lv giving mortals access to broader and higher realms. It L raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity.” S (SH 128:14-18)

RAISES thinker into native insight and perspicacity

//4\\

Life

GIVES mortals access to broader, higher realms

//3\\

Love

EXTENDS atmosphere of thought

//2\\

Truth

DEVELOPS man’s latent abilities and possibilities

//1\\

Principle

                             A knowledge of Science ↑

Looking at the blue verbs, one sees how the knowledge of CS profits one: enhances, enlarges, gives, develops, extends, raises The attributes listed are the natural outcome of a spiritualized consciousness that education and genes alone cannot produce: endurance, mental powers, perception of character, acuteness, comprehensiveness, ability to exceed, latent abilities and possibilities, atmosphere of thought, access to broader and higher realms, insight, perspicacity. Each quality is governed by the laws of Principle which cannot be stopped, delayed, interrupted, but are on-going, continuous, constant.

Question: How does the recognizing of the Four Levels help one? 

Answer: The Four Levels:

            > Contribute to the result of healing and demonstration.  That is what makes Science practical.

            > Illustrate the coincidence of the divine and with the human or Immanuel. 

           > Enable us to spiritually understand and commune with God, the divine. 

The “divine” is divinity embracing humanity in Life and demonstration. (SH  561:16) To reiterate an important point, the communication is always from God to man. (284: 31-32)  

            > Remind us of the importance of comprehending and valuing the Four Levels of thought or spiritual consciousness. It is only through spiritual sense that we can know God and recognize good.  

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The Four Levels, following the square design of the Holy City, are about man’s spiritual habitation and consciousness, where he is pure reflection, being at one with Principle, Love.  That is why the Levels are found mostly in spiritual sentences. Man is not climbing up to reach this altitude.  He is already there, a clear transparency, radiant, perfect, whole! The Four Levels and their citations are a reassuring proof man is already pure, perfect, harmonious and immortal. We are that man. We can read these Levels passages, identify with them, and claim each attribute as already included within our own being.  We are the Christ consciousness. Let us rejoice and acknowledge this truth!  

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OMNI-ACTION and the FOUR OMNIS

 

WHAT IS OMNI-ACTION?

It is the law of Principle, God’s Law of Good, ever in operation—fulfilling its God-ordained blessing for man to come full circle, and it always completes its mission (SH 587:19). The Bible’s first declaration of the essence of Omni-action is mentioned in Isaiah 55:10-11…

“For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”  M

 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” S (John 1:1)

 

“How true, that God’s word does not return unto Him void!” S (Mis. 446:15-16)

God’s Word is also His Law or Laws.

 

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NOTE:  Most of the examples used in this blog to illustrate Omni-action include the Concept of Four Omnis, – four Omni-action words in a verse or citation.  Previous blogs described the four Love Omnis  (link) and Foursquare (link) , both of which are groupings of … four, obviously!  Love Omnis words all reflect LOVE, and Foursquare includes words that relate to MIND.  Now we come to words that generate LIFE and are action packed.

As you read through, please notice that each Omni-action word will be indicated by bold, underlined font.

Mrs. Eddy uses these three different types of Omnis passages throughout Science and Health (SH).  We read them every day, but overlook them until they are pointed out.  The Spiritual Concepts Approach  (SCA) points them all out to increase our understanding and spiritual sense, and often healings result from this deeper delving into Truth. Having studied and applied this method to the Bible Lesson for over 2 1/2 years, I can attest to all three.

As with the previous types of Omnis, one can identify each Omnis word as aligning with one of the Synonyms: Life, Truth, Love, or Principle.  Identifying which is which causes one to ponder a passage more thoughtfully, be more accurate in differentiating each Synonym, and enjoy the learning process.  

 OMNI-ACTION is one of those hidden treasures of Principle, Mind, we rarely hear about.  This term, mentioned specifically just once in SH, (SH 587:19), is a name for God, and appears as many action words throughout SH.  Omni means all.  Omni-action means all action. It includes every action performed by God who is all-acting (SH 587:6 only, to 1st ,) and reveals the whole of God’s ever-operative healing and regenerating power ever present.

An obvious example to show where the Omnis originated is the definition of:

“GOOD. God; Spirit; omnipotence; omniscience; omnipresence; omni-action.”  A  (SH 587:19)

This shows the basic motif of the 4 Omnis.  Each of the four words is an Omni-action word. Each refers to God only and is constant, always present, ever active. The obvious pattern is the four omni prefixes. In the SCA, Omni-action is spelled with a capital O because it denotes God.  

  • Omnipotence = Love    Omni-action  Omnipotence:  Omni-action Love
  • Omniscience = Truth    Omni-action  Omniscience:  Omni-action Truth
  • Omnipresence = Life    Omni-action  Omnipresence:  Omni-action Life
  • Omni-action = Principle    Omni-action action: Omni-action Principle

The fact of God being Omni-action is quite the opposite of the traditional interpretation of Gen 2:2 “…and he rested … from all his work which He had made.” The truth is, our Father-Mother is in constant motionSpirit was Omni-active before Gen 1 was written and He has been ever since.  Whatever Spirit does and is continues forever.

“Spirit is symbolized by strength, presence, and power, and also by holy thoughts, winged with Love.”  S (SH 512:8-9)   

  • strength = Truth
  • presence = Life
  • power = Love
  • holy thoughts = Principle 

Mrs. Eddy explains that “God rests in action” (519:25 only).  This may seem like an oxymoron unless one replaces rests with its synonym stays to express being in continuous action, constantly active, or in permanent motion.  This is the absolute truth of all-acting Life.

“I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out] the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.”  M (Isa. 45:12)

Whatever He has done He continues to do, and is doing right now.  This is a divine law, the Law of Omni-action ever in operationGod’s action does not pause, nap, or go on holiday.  He is constantly animating, blessing, creating, expanding, giving, governing, illumining, inspiring, leading, loving, moving, multiplying, producing, providing, supplying, supporting, to name just some of the Omni-action words found in SH.   

Man is the blessed recipient of Omni-action, but does not generate it.  Man is mentioned in the next passage, however the 4 Omnis words originate with God alone. These attributes continue on and on forever.  Did man do anything to merit them?  No. They are the natural outcome of Omni-action itself. Man is forever blessed by the four Omni-actions of God as His inseparable reflection.

“God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis.”  S  (SH 258:13-15) 

Omni-action is an absolute term that refers to God and His action only. Man is not in any way involved in God’s work.  We cannot cause, coax, beg or bargain for God to perform. Omni-action occurs without our sanction or say-so. It continues perpetually, impartially, impersonally. Although man is benefitted by Omni-action, he is in no way involved in it or its terms.  The bolded underlined words in this blog which indicate Omni-action are neutral and objective, and in no way associated with anything human.  There is no laboring, stressing, struggling, suffering, trying or any other human beliefs connected with it, – no emotion, good or bad, at all. Omni-action needs no help from the human to achieve its purpose of constantly encompassing, expressing, enlarging, exalting Mind’s complete and perfect creation.  Yet because of the coincidence of the human and divine, man is healed by it, – by Omni-action alone, not man’s efforts.  The whole of God is radiating everywhere right now.  Our job is to know, acknowledge, and accept the fact that Omni-action is ever present with us, ever operating in our favor, and let it bless and heal us.

“Spirit, God, gathers unformed thoughts into their proper channels, and unfolds these thoughts,even as He opens the petals of a holy purpose in order that the purpose may appear.” S  (SH 506:18-21)   

SUN as a Symbol

The SUN is a fitting symbol for Omni-action.  The sun radiates heat and light everywhere without any involvement or effort on our part and without ability to stop it.  Everyone and every living creature is benefitted.  All we have to do is acknowledge the light, welcome it, enjoy it, utilize it for good. We don’t close our curtains and deny sunlight exists.  We let it in and bask in its warmth. 

The definition of Sun in the Glossary contains four Omni-action words:

“Sun. The symbol of Soul governing man, — of Truth, Life, and Love.” A  (SH 595:1-2)  

Truth, Life, Love are the Three Omnis.  The inclusion of Soul = four. Since the Four Omnis are Life, Truth Love, Principle, or LTLvP, Soul represents Principle.  They are Omni-action themselves. (SH 502:27-28)

 

QUESTION:  Does the following example include Omni-action?

“Mortals must gravitate Godward, their affections and aims grow spiritual, — they must near the broader interpretations of being, and gain some proper sense of the infinite, — in order that sin and mortality may be put off.”  M (SH 265:5)

 ANSWER: No!  Even though the underlined words seem omni-active, the action is done by human man rather than God.  Then we can conclude Omni-action is spiritual, not relative—or a metaphysical exercise. It is a self-enforcing law.

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GRATITUDE

Exercising the Law of Gratitude is Omni-action. Gratitude initiates Omni-action’s reciprocal factor.  Gratitude prepares one to receive God’s ever-active goodness and power.  Although the Law of Omni-action requires no effort on our part to cause it since it is ever operating, one does need to open the door of thought and admit it into consciousness.    Acknowledging this Law of Omni-action is the key to the door that is gratitude.  In fact, gratitude opens the door so wide that the blessings of Omni-action pour in.  The following verse from Malachi describes the reciprocal nature of gratitude and Omni-action.

Bring ye all the tithes (gratitude) into the storehouse (consciousness), that there may be meat (spiritual substance) in mine house (divine Mind), and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”  M  (Malachi 3:10) 

 GRATITUDE is reflected Omni-action.  When gratitude is thought and felt, one’s capacity for receiving God’s goodness is opened and His blessings (substance) fill the grateful one up. Blessing, extolling, glorifying, praising, rejoicing, singing, – even if the joyful singing seems to be more like noise, – are expressions of gratitude, and Omni-action. When gratitude grows, blessings flow. 

The words bring, open, pour, receive are Omni-action.  Gratitude comes from God and returns to God.  It is an ever-moving circle and illustrates Immanuel, man’s inseverable relationship to God, the great and only cause.  

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SUBSTANCE

Substance is that which is eternal and incapable of discord and decay. Truth, Life, and Love are substance, as the Scriptures use this word in Hebrews: “The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Spirit, the synonym of Mind, Soul, or God, is the only real substance. The spiritual universe, including individual man, is a compound idea, reflecting the divine substance of Spirit.”  (SH 468:17 Substance)

SUBSTANCE is Omni-action because it is Life, Truth, Love and remains constant, with no discord or decay.  How much better to affirm one’s being as spiritual constancy, harmony, and wholeness rather than fleshly material body. Acknowledge and hold one’s true being in thought and that is what is experienced.

Life, Truth, Love are the three Omnis.  Further on in the same citation, Mrs. Eddy uses Spirit, Mind, Soul, and God to define substance.  These Synonyms comprise the four OmnisSpirit = Life, Mind = Truth; Soul = Love, and God (including all) = Principle.  In essence, substance is the wholeness, fullness, completeness of God.  Each Synonym is Omni-action, fully active in all places and at all times NOW.  Think about the magnitude of that statement!  There is no stoppage, blockage, stagnation, inertness.  All is in constant, eternal motion. 

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 INTELLIGENCE

 “Intelligence is omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence. It is the primal and eternal quality of infinite Mind, of the triune Principle, — Life, Truth, and Love, — named God.”  (SH 469:8 Intelligence)

 Intelligence is an important Omni-action word.  The definition of intelligence quoted above includes both the Three Omnis (Omnis words) and the Four Omnis (in the LTLvP Synonyms).  Apprehending this word as it relates to Omni-action opens up unlimited possibilities. Intelligence is the solid spiritual substance in the realm of Spirit—the opposite of the matter-based belief in the dream world.  Being everywhere, we can never be without it.  Wholly and immediately available at all times in all places, it cannot be dormant, damaged, fragmented, impaired, sluggish.  At work, in the classroom, when reading our Lesson, while searching for a solution to a problem, the ability to think, remember, reason, learn, interpret, express, create is present and available because Mind is its source. 

Like the air we breathe, intelligence is all around us and we can never be separated from it.  Being Omni-active, it is impersonal, neutral, accessible to everyone regardless of experience, education, talents. Knowing this, we can tackle and master those subjects that seemed especially difficult to comprehend.  We can know the precise treatment to give when someone asks for help.  And the SCA will be a breeze to learn!

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PRAYER

PRAYER also gives entrance to Omni-action.

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

“For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”  M (Matt 7:7-8)

In Christian Science (CS)  prayer, we affirm, declare, know, hold to, understand, are grateful for, the truth.  Omni-action is the power of prayer that is answered before the call. Being objective and neutral, prayer doesn’t require emotion, experience, expertise, knowledge, passion, personal involvement, or willpower to achieve its God-ordained purpose.  Prayer doesn’t do the fixing, mending, correcting, healing or changing.  Prayer opens thought to behold the harmony, health, perfection that already exists in Mind—opens receptive thought to the needed revelation which corrects, demonstrates, heals.  Omni-action maintains His perfect idea, man.  Perfection does not, cannot, be changed in Truth.   

Our Master’s Prayer

 The Lord’s Prayer is a wonderful example of Omni-action. Every name and attribute of God is Omni-active.  Every verb or action word that God does is Omni-active. To gain the absolute truth of Omni-action, change the verbs to the present tense.  Rather than “Thy will be done,” pray and know – Thy will is being done right now! Rather than ask God to give us daily bread/supply/truth, know that He is giving us everything we need right now! 

 Our Daily Prayer

 Within the Daily Prayer is the Concept of Four Omnis:

“It shall be the duty of every member of this Church to pray each day: “Thy kingdom come;” let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established in me, and rule out of me all sin; and may Thy Word enrich the affections of all mankind, and govern them!” M  (Man. 41:19) 

 Again, put these underlined verbs in the present: Life, Truth, and Love ARE established in me.  God IS ruling out (by His ever-present Allness) all error.  His Word IS enriching and IS governing.  The explanation mark at the end of this prayer even seems to indicate a strong declaration of Omni-action.  How awesome is this! 

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 HEALING

Understanding that healing is Omni-action is illuminating.  Healing is God’s action, not man’s.  (It is the human, being embraced in the divine action for Good.) God’s man is spiritual, perfect, complete.  God’s action maintains this wholeness.  Mind fulfills His action fully, completely, needing no influence, interference, or help from us other than to recognize and declare His power. We don’t need to know what Spirit will do to solve a problem, or even how and when the solution will appear. Our job is to know the truth, that the solution is already in place and present, and that it will be revealed.  It is not our job to make Truth happen.  Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient Principle does not need our help. Believing He does merely limits the healing.  (Healing is the human, being enveloped in the divine action for Good.)

The Omni-action of God’s healing power expands over more than just our limited focus. It includes all and continues eternally.  God’s law of Omni-action embraces everyone forever.  What is true for one family member, for instance, is true for the whole family.  After Jesus healed the nobleman’s son, those in his household believed in Jesus, – a healing of disbelief. (John 4: 46-53) Perhaps friends and neighbors were healed of disbelief as well.

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 BLESSING  and BLTS

 BLESSING illustrates what is and isn’t Omni-action.  The kind of blessing found in the beatitudes is impersonal. Being poor (receptive), for instance, quickens spiritual sense so that one can receive God’s blessings which are already infinite and constant and available to everyone. On the other hand, one individual blessing another individual is not Omni-action because it is humanly based, humanly initiated. 

God’s blessings never stop.  He never chooses who will be blessed and who will be bypassed.  Because Love is all, His goodness extends over all.  Expect to receive His blessings daily. In turn, we bless others.  Blessing, loving, thanking is a concept we learn in the SCA.  BLTS for short!  Blessing, loving, thanking (gratitude) are Omni-action initiators.  As one dwells on spiritual qualities, thus spiritualizing thought, the blessing, thanking, loving become natural.  Living these attitudes results in daily blessings.  They are also a way of defending oneself from animal magnetism.  One cannot be bombarded by evil thoughts (one’s own or from others) while filling thought with BLTS.

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 PRINCIPLES OF OMNI-ACTION

 Here is an overview of salient points to know about Omni-action.

 – It is God’s action. 

 – It emanates from God ONLY.

 – It is constant.

–  It benefits and blesses man impersonally, impartially, universally.

 – It is associated with all, always, everlasting, forever, only.  (SH 17:14-15; 169:27-28; 249:18-19; 290:1-2; 380:4 Truth (only, to 2nd .); 458:14-15 (to 1st .))

 – It appears as action words in groups of THREE.

 – It appears as action words in groups of FOUR.

 – It can appear as ABSOLUTE nouns, i.e. angels, Christ, substance.

 – It can appear as names and attributes for God.

–  It appears in sentences that are ABSOLUTE. (link)

 – It appears in sentences that are SPIRITUAL. (link)

–  It is an objective ACTION WORD not directly connected to the human or physical.  SH 89:22; 104:13; 109:16-22; 121:28; 136:1; 151:18 only; 169:27; 183:16-18; 187:18; 210:11; 225:25; 239:25-27; 282:4; 386:12; 419:20-22; 420:17; 427:30; 447:14; 480:10; 493:28; 519:25; 587:19.

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 CONCLUSION

 In closing, this final passage is loaded with words expressing Omni-action.  They show the incredible power which results from understanding this concept. As you read, remember that Christian Science (CS) means the laws of God (SH 107:1-3).  CS presents the complete manifestation of God’s great power and Love.

“The term Science, properly understood, refers only to the laws of God and to His government of the universe, inclusive of man.  From this it follows that business men and cultured scholars have found that Christian Science enhances their endurance and mental powers, enlarges their perception of character, gives them acuteness and comprehensiveness and an ability to exceed their ordinary capacity. The human mind, imbued with this spiritual understanding, becomes more elastic, is capable of greater endurance, escapes somewhat from itself, and requires less repose. A knowledge of the Science of being develops the latent abilities and possibilities of man. It extends the atmosphere of thought, giving mortals access to broader and higher realms. It raises the thinker into his native air of insight and perspicacity.”   (SH 128:4)

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After writing this blog, giving an overview of Omni-action, and highlighting the specific Omni-action words in this passage, I can feel the enormous power of Omni-action.  Can you? 

 

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MOVING from DOUBT to CONVICTION – A TESTIMONY

The events I am sharing will show just how powerful and effective a Bible verse can become when the Spiritual Concepts Approach (SCA) method is applied.

My younger son had wanted to move to another state for several years, but the slow housing market made it seem an impossibility.   Until the market improved, he felt stuck unless willing to take a financial loss on his condo.

In thinking and praying about this quandary, I was impelled to go to a passage in Mark 11:23, 24. 

“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

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Paying particular attention to the first verse, I began by counting the verbs – the action words.  In the SCA method, one counts the verbs first because God is Omni-action or all-acting (SH 587:6 only; 19). 

“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith  shall come  to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

There are ten verbs which indicate the Concept of Ten or the Law of Completeness.  All is complete in God’s universe because Life, Truth, Love is over all and governs all.

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Next, I looked for the spiritual meaning of some of the words, indicated in blue: 

 “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”

The SCA points out that mountain has either a positive or negative meaning: either “solid and grand ideas (SH 511:24-25)or else tremendous problems that seem to be insurmountable.  The latter matched the sense of the word in this citation.  Because Spirit is positive (SH 173:13 only), this negative had to be reversed.  Insurmountable problems became an open gate or passage to walk through.

“And shall not doubt in his heart (thought)” meant just that.  DO NOT DOUBT!  This appeared to be a key point to obey. Some mental discipline and effort on my part might be necessary. Again, the error of doubt (a negative) was replaced  with expectation (a positive). I knew I could expect only good. 

“Shall believe” means to be constant, to acknowledge –  acknowledge that one will walk through that open gate without any obstruction, “and it shall come to pass.”  When these guidelines are followed, then the promise follows: “he shall have whatsoever he saith.”

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The second verse is a cause-and-effect (when-then), metaphysical statement. 

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, WHEN ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and THEN ye shall have them.”

The note I jotted beside this verse reads: Because God is the only Cause, the good Effect is assured.  It cancels any apparent falsity of material sense.

Next I counted five verbs – highlighted in blue:

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

These five action words make this is a Concept of Five, having to do with the five senses and the need to refute them.  In this case, when listed in order, these words form five successive steps progressing upward. They lead one beyond the reach of the limiting fables believed and entertained by the five senses. 

                                                                                                5. have

                                                                                 4. receive

                                                              3. believe

                                               2. pray

                              1. desire

One begins with desire, then prays.   In true healing prayer, material sense with its doubts and limitations is shut out, and consciousness fills with Truth, Spirit.  Belief becomes understanding in which all doubt is erased. Finally there is nothing to prevent the receiving and having,  fruition or proof.  

By looking for all these concepts, thought was laser focused on the truth, on the spiritual sense of things rather than material limits, impediments, and impossiblities.  From start to finish, for about forty-five minutes, I focused solely and Soulfully on the truths in these verses. Truth filled consciousness.

 When this work was completed, there was a noticeable change in my thought.  I knew without a doubt my son would be able to move and that it would be financially viable.  The timing of this move was yet unknown, but that didn’t matter now.  My conviction was so strong, all wondering and doubting had vanished.

That was at the beginning of May. 

While the housing market in March had not been favorable, it had shifted upward by the second week of May.  My son’s realtor acknowledged it would be a good time to put his condo on the market because the price he desired was feasible. 

The house went on the market at the end of May and the closing took place mid July.  The process took just six weeks.  It is noteworthy that during the pending process, the market had begun to slow again.  The window of opportunity to successfully sell the home for the necessary price had been open for about a month. The timing of the sale was truly remarkable.

The praying I did with the two verses in Mark was effortless, compelling, joyous, enlightening, – and effective . The result was an immediate thought shift from doubt to conviction.  On my part, it was effortless.  Truth did the work.  I just filled my consciousness with it while searching the Scriptures by way of these two verses using the SCA method. It so focused thought that in the end, I knew and was convinced of the truth.  It is Truth that frees.

 

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