CONCEPT OF EIGHT – Part Two

            

 

INTRODUCTION

As the Concept of Eight – Part 1 blog dealt solely with verses in the Bible (KJV), Part 2 focuses sentences in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy.  For those regular readers of this blog, it is becoming easier to recognize which Number Concept a citation contains by following the pattern rule: always count the verbs first. Simple! 

With this Concept of Eight – Part 2, there are several other specific concepts to be found.  1. Balance of Love; 2. the four Omnis; 3. the city foursquare; 4. the Law of Love; 5. transitioning from the metaphysical to the spiritual. 6. Omni-action going full circle.  And two others that prove to be significant are the four types of sentences which indicate the level of thought underlying a specific part of a sentence, and what kind of man appears in the text. That’s a total of eight!   

 

 REVIEW OF ASPECTS 

A-1   DOUBLE PORTION OF FOUR

We continue with the Concept of Eight – Part Two, focusing on citations from Science and Health (SH).  As with the seven previous Number Concepts already described on this site, there is a pattern formed by eight verbs (always count the verbs first).  Altogether there are 12 Number Concepts. They can be read at OVERVIEW OF THE TWELVE NUMBER CONCEPTS and GOD’S LAWS .

Within the Concept of Eight sentence will be a double portion of any of the following types of Concept of Four:

Four Omnis,

Foursquare or the Holy City,

Balance of Love,

Law of Love,

or a combination of any two of these.  

For our purposes here, it won’t be necessary to be able to identify these specifically.

 

A-2   TRANSITIONING

A main aspect of the Concept of Eight is transitioning.  Sentences featuring this concept include a development of consciousness progressing from the physical or metaphysical level, often on up to the spiritual—to God, the origin of all. 

The intercommunication is always from God to His idea, man.”  (SH 284:31-32)

 They also include necessary steps for going higher, something we each wish to do.

 

A-3   OMNI-ACTION GOING FULL CIRCLE

The definition of Good in the Glossary of Science and Health (SH), page 587:19, is like an abbreviated description of Omni-action: God, Spirit’s omnipotent, reciprocal Law of Good constantly and actively blessing manMy blog post Omni-action and the Four Omnis  explains the correcting and healing power of Omni-action in greater detail.

Going full circle describes beginning at and returning to an original position.  Omni-action begins and ends with God.  In its infinite, ever-active round of good, it blesses man. 

 

A-4   FOUR LEVELS OF SENTENCES

Before diving into examples of this number concept, it is helpful to know that there are at least four levels of sentences in SH according to the terms which Mrs. Eddy uses.  These levels become more apparent in sentences containing the Concept of Eight. Starting from the lowest and working up, they are the physical, metaphysical, spiritual, absolute.

Mortal mind, in which error appears to be, resides on the physical level

The metaphysical level is where this so-called mind and material thinking begin to lose some materiality; thought is going higher; health and morals improve. 

Healing takes place on the spiritual level, and it is here where man is spiritual, whole, complete and perfect.

God alone, with no mention of man, is on the absolute level.  The quickest demonstration and healing also occurs here.

An introduction to the basic four types of sentences can be read on the blog Four Kinds of Sentences and is linked here.  

 

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B-1   EXAMPLE 1   Foursquare x 2– (Foursquare represents the ideal mental habitation for oneness with God and the needed mental dwelling for the metaphysician.)

They 1 are the sign of Immanuel, or “God with us,” — a divine influence ever present in human consciousness and 2 repeating itself, 3 coming now as 4 was promised aforetime,

5 To preach deliverance to the captives [of sense],

And 6 recovering of sight to the blind,

7 To set at liberty them that 8 are bruised(SH xi:15)

“They” is referring to “mighty works,” “physical healing of Christian Science.”  This example epitomizes Omni-action going full circle.  These kinds of Concept of Eight citations prove or illustrate Omni-action going full circle.  Without Omni-action, this Concept would include no transitioning higher.

Looking at the example above, can one find the words that indicate Omni-action going full circle?  Divine influence ever present; repeating itself; coming now as was promised.

And the blessings are?  To preach deliverance, recovering of sight, to set at liberty.

What has been revealed in this one sentence?  Immanuel, God with us, God’s presence, is Omni-action: “a divine influence ever present in human consciousness”! 

It’s blessings for us are ever available because God’s pre-established Law of divine Principle is omnipresent.

 

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B-2   EXAMPLE 2   – Law of Love x 2– (Love applied or performed.)

Wrestling of Jacob

Jacob 1 was alone, 2 wrestling with error, — 3 struggling with a mortal sense of life, substance, and intelligence as existent in matter with its false pleasures and pains, — when an angel, a message from Truth and Love, 4 appeared to him and 5 smote the sinew, or strength, of his error, till he 6 saw its unreality; and Truth, 7 being thereby understood, 8 gave him spiritual strength in this Peniel of divine Science.  M  (SH 308:16-23)

 

This example is one most Christian Scientists are familiar with as it appears in our BLs at least once a year.  Now that the Concept of Eight has been identified, the most remarkable point in this passage is the transition or progression higher, which is clearly apparent in the terms used and the change in Jacob.  He was alone with error on the physical (or human) level of thought, the lowest, struggling and wrestling.  Yet, as he works through this mental struggle (metaphysical), the Omni-action angel appears, still on the meta level.  Once he sees error’s unreality where Truth is understood, a demonstration is forthcoming.  He reaches reality and the spiritual level with “spiritual strength in this Peniel of divine Science.”  From the beginning of this passage to the end, uncertain thought rises to spiritual consciousness or transitions from the metaphysical to the spiritual, the understanding of true being.

The angel message from Truth and Love is Omni-action and goes full circle bringing blessings of healing. Omni-action took Jacob all the way!  Truth, Cause, being understood, gave him spiritual strength or omnipotent Love, Effect). The end goal of every Number Concept is healing.

Wow!  Without the SCA pointing out the Concept of Eight which includes the concept of transitioning, and the fact that there are four levels or kinds of sentences, this fact would have gone unnoticed. 

 

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B-3    EXAMPLE 3   – Four Omnis x 2 – (The Four Omnis are Principle, Life, Truth, Love and are based on the four omni-words in the definition of Good: Omni-action, Omnipresence, Omniscience, Omnipotence.) See SH 587: 19.

 

Condition of progress  

1 Hold perpetually this thought, — that it 2 is the spiritual idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which 3 enables you 4 to demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, 5 based (P) upon its divine Principle, Love, 6 underlying (T), 7 overlying (L), and 8 encompassing (Lv) all true being.        (SH 496:15)

Hold perpetually this thought” defines the irrefutable Law of Dwelling which states, “That which one dwells on most, grows.” What one holds in thought is going to increase.  If one keeps thinking negatively, the negative will grow … and eventually manifest itself either on the body or in one’s experience, for body is thought externalized. But when one fills consciousness with love or goodness or kindness, those qualities will be evidenced more and more in one’s experience.  The Law of Dwelling is also the Law of Going Full Circle.  Both are unalterable, unstoppable, never return void, but always fulfill their purpose. 

A mortal man possesses this body, and he makes it harmonious or discordant according to the images of thought impressed upon it. You embrace your body in your thought, and you should delineate upon it thoughts of health, not of sickness.  (SH 208:26-31)

 

This citation epitomizes this effective Law of Dwelling which is unique to and originated with the SCA.  This law works to spiritualize consciousness and to heal every time it is applied consistently and fully!  In fact, this Law itself promotes metaphysical transitioning upward to the spiritual!  Applying this law initiates Omni-action, setting it in motion, inviting the healing power of the Christ to operate on our behalf.

What are we to bring and hold thought to?  The consciousness of Principle, Love the absolute.  This is where healing takes place quickly through the Christ power and divine Science.  What indicates Omni-action in this sentence? Principle, Love underlying, overlying, encompassing … everywhere, all at once.  Acknowledging the truth of this statement opens receptive thought to receive it’s healing benefits.

One can make a great metaphysical self-treatment from this sentence in SH 496:15 to promote healing :

I hold perpetually this thought, — that it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which enables me to demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, based upon its divine Principle, Love, underlying, over‐ lying, and encompassing all true being.

 

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B-4   EXAMPLE 4  – Balance of Love – Four verbs or words indicating qualities of Love  See SH 454: 18-19

 

Perfect models

1 Let us 2 accept Science, 3 relinquish all theories 4 based on sense-testimony, 5 give up imperfect models and illusive ideals; and so 6 let us 7 have one God, one Mind, and that one perfect, 8 producing His own models of excellence. M          (SH 249:1)     

 

The marginal heading is inseparable from the Law of DwellingPerfect models must be held in consciousness.  The result is perfect models in one’s experience. Following some of the verbs, one can trace the full-circle action of Mind’s Omni-action: accept, relinquish, give up, have, producing. Exchanging imperfect models for perfect ones requires having one God, one Mind. (269: 14-16; 123:12-15)  And so, the Law of Dwelling is proved!

 

This sentence forms a nice self-treatment:

I do accept Science, and have relinquished all theories based on sense-testimony, having given up imperfect models and illusive ideals; I have one God, one Mind, and that one perfect, producing His own models of excellence. 

 

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B-5   EXAMPLE 5   – Transitioning –  see  SH 115: 2

A mortal not man

The great truth in the Science of being, that the real man 1 was, 2 is, and ever 3 shall be perfect, 4 is incontrovertible; for if (because) man 5 is the image, reflection, of God, (then) he 6 is neither 7 inverted nor 8 subverted, but upright and Godlike.  M          (SH 200:16)

 

The purpose of these Number Concepts is healing.  Knowing there is a transitioning quality to these Concept of Eight sentences, we can use them in treatment.  In this particular sentence, there is a conditional (if/then) cause and effect element which, by changing one word (if), turns the passage into a metaphysical tool for healing.  As illustrated in teal font, * if (it is true that) becomes *because (it is true that) and states a definite, unconditional truth about man. 

          Because man is the image, reflection, of God, then he is…

(*from “if to because or when to then” – The legitimate authority for this application was a CSD who had been one of the household workers for Mrs. Eddy at Pleasant View, and who shared it with the originator of the SCA. During the early 1970’s, she was living at the Chestnut Hill Benevolent Association where he worked as a CS nurse.  She explained and made it clear to him that in the spiritual and absolute, there are no “if’s,” but that conditional metaphysical statements are to be converted and used as treatments. CS Treatments have no “if’s! And this CSD was correct!)

 

In the SCA, negatives words are turned into positive ones in order to state the truth or true fact. (SH 123: 12) Mrs. Eddy has done this for us.

Because man is the image, reflection, of God, then he is upright and Godlike.

Including the beginning part of this sentence with a second because added, we have a lovely affirmation of truth, perfect tool to use for treatment:

Because the great truth in the Science of being, that the real man was, is, and ever shall be perfect, is incontrovertible, and because man is the image, reflection, of God, and then he is upright and Godlike.

Now one can see the transitioning aspect of this sentence.  It addresses the three kinds of man included in SH. (115:19–116:10)  The false belief of inverted man, subverted man (physical man); metaphysical man or real man who is image, reflection of God; and spiritual man, the perfect man who is likeness, complete, upright, Godlike.

 

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 B-6   EXAMPLE 6   –  Going Full Circle x 2 – (God’s Law taking one all the way.)  SH 2: 4-7; Isaiah 55: 1

Love imparts beauty

The modest arbutus 1 sends her sweet breath to heaven. The great rock 2 gives shadow and shelter. The sunlight 3 glints from the church-dome, 4 glances into the prison-cell, 5 glides into the sick-chamber, 6 brightens the flower, 7 beautifies the landscape, 8 blesses the earth. (516: 15-19) 

Sometimes the Concept of Eight flows over several consecutive sentences, but only if the theme is the same throughout. Example 4 includes three sentences, all foundational to this Concept. Omni-action makes its rounds going full circle, touching the highest, lowest, holiest places in world thought, bringing shelter, beauty, blessings.  As the marginal heading indicates, the actions described are Love’s impartations.  Love sends, gives, and all is blessed in myriad ways.  The transitioning is evident and glorious: brightens, beautifies, blesses.  With the alliterations of the verbs, the poetry of MBE’s writing is sweetly highlighted.

 

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The SCA has been a revelation over many years for the SCA Compiler, Instructor and Originator.  As we students of CS and the SCA have learned and applied its many concepts to studying our Pastor, beginning with the Twelve Number Concepts being presented on this blog, we in turn have gained many inspirations and revelations—as well as repeated demonstrations and healings.  And they continue.  As we find these concepts in the text of our Pastor, a citation seems to open up and reveals new views before unseen. (SH 264: 13-15) Putting several concepts together, we then summarize a verse or sentence in fresher, higher, more spiritual ways than is possible by just reading and gain incredibly new inspiring perspectives. Consulting Bible dictionaries and commentaries, or Bible sites on the computer is no longer satisfying.  Most often, Mrs. Eddy’s writings together with Concord offer the best research tools—and our conclusions remain unadulterated and true to CS.  After all, it is spiritual truth we are looking for, not human opinions or intellectual reasoning.  

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Many of us have been studying the BL with this method since 2013, and are very aware that we couldn’t have grasped what we do without guidance from the dedicated, experienced and inspired CS Practitioner, Compiler and Instructor.  There are several of us who are ready to help the followers of this SCA Blog who would like to be able to use it more effectively in their own spiritual study.  You simply need to ask!

 

2018 Beginner’s SCA Program

Also, a new FaceBook presentation of the SCA will begin in January, 2018 starting with the rudimental concepts which can be applied to studying the weekly BL. It shall be known as the 2018 Beginner’s SCA Program under the FaceBook site of The Spiritual Concepts Approach the Bible and Science and Health. It offers a wonderful opportunity for those interesting in a deeper, faster way of studying and growing in CS.  More details will follow in the coming weeks.

 

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CONCEPT OF EIGHT – Part One

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Because the Concept of Eight involves several fascinating and important aspects, there is much to explain.  Knowing about these aspects will enable the student of Christian Science to gain substantially more from our Pastor (The KJV Bible and Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy).  To prevent this post from being too long, there will be two parts, each one posted separately.  Part One focuses on verses in the BiblePart Two will be devoted to citations in Science and Health (SH)

The Concept of Eight, is cousin to the Concept of Four with its variations: Balance of Love, Foursquare or the Holy City, and the Four Omnis. Because the Beatitudes are included in this Concept of Eight (B-3, Example 3 below), a fourth form of Four is being introduced: The Law of Love. As with the Number Concepts already presented, the Concept of Eight is identified by a pattern, this time of eight words.  These may be verbs, nouns, adjectives

Concept of Eight passages in our Pastor are delightful to find, because they guide thought to transition upward from the physical or metaphysical to the spiritual.  Why is this significant?  Because healing takes place on the spiritual level of thought 

A.  FEATURES OF THE CONCEPT OF EIGHT:

A-1 DOUBLE PORTION of the CONCEPT OF FOUR

This Concept of Eight has double the power of the Concept of Four.  As mentioned in the introduction, the Concept of Four can appear as: 

Balance of Love

Or despisest thou the riches of his 1 goodness and 2 forbearance and 3 longsuffering; not knowing that the 4 goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?  (Rom 2:4)

Foursquare

Blessed 1 are they which 2 do hunger and 3 thirst after righteousness: for they 4 shall be filled(Matt. 5:6)

Four Omnis  −

What to material sense 1 seems substance, 2 becomes nothingness, as the sense-dream 3 vanishes and reality 4 appears(SH 312:5)

The Law of Love

And he 1 opened his mouth, and 2 taught them, saying, Blessed 3 are the poor in spirit: for theirs 4 is the kingdom of heaven.  (Matt 5:2, 3)

The Concept of Eight may be a double portion of any one of these, or a combination of any two of these, for instance Balance of Love and Foursquare. 

 

A-2 Transitioning thought

Healing takes place on the spiritual level of thought, not on the physical, and not on the metaphysical.  Concept of Eight metaphysical citations take one there, especially when applied as treatment.  Within them, the reader will find a transition of thought, a mental change that goes from the physical and metaphysical up to the spiritual, and parallels the “Scientific Translation of Mortal Mind” outlined on pages 115:19–116:3 in Science and Health.  Please notice the Marginal heading “Transitional qualities.”  

Here needs to be explained the four types of sentences described in a previous blog.  Rather than just relative and absolute, the Spiritual Concepts Approach (SCA) points out that there are four types or levels of sentences: physical, metaphysical, spiritual, and absolute.  Mrs. Eddy never mentions the “relative” in her writings. She does, however, mention the other four, and the SCA follows our Leader by doing the same, replacing the term relative with physical.  As you will see, these levels of thought have everything to do with the transitional nature of the Concept of Eight.

What impels this transition? God’s Omni-action!   

 

A-3  Omni-action

Omni-action is an inseparable part of this concept and may be felt even if not apparent in the text. It is the law of Principle, God’s Law of Good, ever in operation—fulfilling its God-ordained blessing for man to come to fruition, full circle, and it always completes its mission.  The definition of Good in the Glossary, page 587:19, is like an abbreviated description of Omni-action: God, Spirit’s omnipotent, reciprocal Law of Good constantly and actively blessing man 

Mrs. Eddy mentions Omni-action by name only this once in all her writings, yet it permeates Science and Health.  In the SCA, we learn that there are several other closely-related words that signify Omni-action in our textbook: acting, action, active, activities, activity, acts.

Each of the following citations includes Omni-action:

Action expresses more gratitude than speech.  (SH 3:26 (only))

He claimed no intelligence, action, nor life separate from God.  (SH 136:5-6) Fear never stopped being and its action (SH 151:18 Fear (only, to 2nd .))

Mind is all that feels, acts, or impedes action.  (SH 166:3-4 Mind)

Only the action of Truth, Life, and Love can give harmony.  (SH 169:27) Reason is the most active human faculty.  (SH 327:29 Reason (only, to 2nd .))

Such acts bear their own justification, and are under the protection of the Most High.   (SH 436:13) God. The great I am; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting(SH 587:5-6 (to 1st ,)

 

A SCA definition of Omni-action is the power of God’s established law of good for man.  This definition explains why we spell it with a capital O. It begins with God, flows out from Him, blesses everyone and everything, and reflects back to Him. How wonderful that the SCA has noted it throughout the Pastor, clearly defined what it is, points it out so that we can recognize and acknowledge it, be blessed by it, and bless others with it.  

 

Isaiah 55:10, 11 is an apt example of Omni-action. God is the center and circumference of all life.  What He creates and initiates encompasses all being.  God, Spirit, is Omni-action.  What starts with God, Cause, is everywhere, Effect.  Omni-action never stops or slows down, but is ever active, ever expressed by God, and then reflected by man.  It is never static or absent, but is present here and now.  This truth needs to be acknowledged in order to open consciousness to its blessings.

Omni-action is the Christ activity itself!

The law of Omni-action works without human interference, effort, or involvement.  Acknowledging it, however, functions as a door opening to admit Love’s blessings.  Acknowledging this law serves to uplift thought, transitioning from the physical, to the metaphysical, and finally to the spiritual The spiritual universe is teeming with unseen activity. Spirit is communicating right ideas and the spiritualized consciousness lets them in.  Acknowledging the absolute initiates Omni-action.

 

A-4  Going full-circle

In the SCA, we use the term going full circle regarding Omni-action.  In passages and citations where the Concept of Eight is found, Omni-action going full circle is present to be identified.  Again, Isaiah 55:10, 11 is an excellent example and beautifully exemplifies God’s taking us all the way.

 

“Full circle” means back to the original state or position, back to the starting point. Mrs. Eddy’s discussion of a circle or sphere is a fitting illustration (282:3) of Omni-action going full circle, especially the three-dimensional sphere which “represents good, the self-existent and eternal individuality or Mind.” Mrs. Eddy further applies the symbol of the sphere to Mind because Mind is “perpetual motion” – Omni-action! (240:14) Mind, is both the beginning and the end, the Alpha and Omega. (Rev. 1:8) What starts with Him is reflected back to Him.

 

Two of Jesus’ statements beautifully illustrate this principle of going full circle.  Speaking of himself, he states

“I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.”   (John 16:28)

At the end of the parable of the prodigal son, Jesus said:

“And he arose, and came to his father.”  (Luke 15:20 (to 1st .)

 

Jesus knew something about Omni-action. It applied to him, and since he included it in his story, he knew it applied to everyone. When the prodigal opened his thought to God, the Father, through prayer, he initiated Omni-action which soon harmonized his life.  Gratitude also is an initiator of Omni-action.

Omni-action going full circle isn’t a process involving time, direction, distance, or place, but is an immediate and constant expression of completeness.  Spirit’s expressing and man’s reflecting are one, just as God and man are one.  Still, from our metaphysical point of view, God, Mind, Truth, is the only Cause, and man is Effect. Spiritually, God and man coexist and are inseparable. This is our true being.

 

B.  EXAMPLES OF THE CONCEPT OF EIGHT IN THE BIBLE

B-1   Example 1            Double portion of Love

Happy 1 is he that 2 hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope 3 is in the Lord his God: Which 4 made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein 5 is: which 6 keepeth truth for ever: Which 7 executeth judgment for the oppressed: which 8 giveth food to the hungry. M           (Ps. 146:5, 6)

Our first step is to find the correct concept by counting the verbs, the action words. The red numbers highlight them. This verse focuses on the loving acts of God for us, and how we can rely on Him for help and hope.  God acts lovingly, and we depend on Him, Omni-action. There is reciprocity here, a clear indication of Omni-action going full circle.  The loving gifts to man are constant, are repeated over and over throughout human time, so that they can be understood as laws about God: a source of help and hope, truth and judgment; Creator of the universe while sustaining man.  God gives; man receives; consequently, man relies on Him.  Therefore, man is happy – a transition of thought.

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B–2  Example 2       Concept of Four Combined with C & E

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things (thoughts) are 1 true, whatsoever things are 2 honest, whatsoever things are 3 just, whatsoever things are 4 pure (spiritual), whatsoever things are 5 lovely, whatsoever things are of 6 good report; if there be any 7 virtue, and if there be any 8 praise, think on these thingsM   (Phil. 4:8)

In this verse, the qualities add up to the count of eight.  Four are qualities of Truth, four of Love, a combination of Foursquare, and Balance of Love.  

          true, honest, just, pure = Truth

          lovely, good, virtue, praise = Love

 What are we supposed to do with these qualities? Think about them.  Dwell on them, thus utilizing the Law of Dwelling: that which one dwells on most, grows. And what is this law? Really, it is a manifestation of Omni-action! This Law also initiates Omni-action which cannot be obstructed.   

Simply pondering this verse and its virtues, determining the number concept(s) within it, is applying this unalterable, always fulfilling Law of Dwelling whereby what we focus on most, grows in our thought and experience. As we focus on honesty, that grows and expands; as we ponder purity, it develops and increases.  Consequently, others are blessed as well as ourselves. Such is the power of this Law.  Mrs. Eddy describes the beneficial effects of this law in her article “What Our Leader Says”:

“Beloved Christian Scientists, keep your minds so filled with Truth and Love, that sin, disease, and death cannot enter them.

“Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited.”  (My. 210:2-4, 7) 

Looking at the preceding verse, Phil. 4:7, one sees its promise bringing verse 8 full circle:

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

As the Concept of Eight is transitional, helping thought transition spiritually, so is the Law of Dwelling to its user.  An outcome of applying the SCA method to study our Bible and SH – our Pastor – is our own inevitable transition to the spiritual!

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B-3  Example 3       BEATITUDES – A SERIES OF VERSES

Sometimes the Concept of Eight appears as a repeated word pattern in a series of verses. Such a passage is Jesus’ Beatitudes.  There are eight of them, each beginning with “blessed are.”

         

1 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  M

2 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.  M

3 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.  M

4 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  M

5 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.  M

6 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.  M

7 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. M

8 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  M                                                                                                     (Matt. 5:3-10)

These eight qualities in blue add up to Love, a double portion of the Balance of Love.  They are all attributes of Love!

Poor in spirit means spiritually receptive.

Mourn means to grieve over (loss or misfortune).

Meek means doing God’s will without objection or protestation.

Hunger and thirst after righteousness means strongly desiring spirituality; yearning receptively for the spiritual.

Merciful aligns with the Golden Rule.

Pure is compassionate in thought and action.

Peacemakers are peace loving.

Persecuted, when reversed, means cared for, cherished – qualities of Love.

 

These eight Beatitudes are easier to understand when one reasons from the recommended quality rather than from the blessing.  One can also reason effectively from the reward, arriving finally at the beginning “blessed are.”  Either way, each can be used for a Christian Science Treatment or Thought Correction, depending on whether they are for a specific individual, or a non-specific group.

Each one of these Beatitudes moves with Omni-action going full circle.  Each can be divided into three parts: the blessing, the key quality or virtue, which leads to the reward or spiritual truth. And being truths, the Beatitudes are laws − loving laws: Laws of Love.

 The qualities received from Principle, Love, are on the metaphysical level of thought, expressed to everyone equally—they are qualities whose actions can be seen.  Love has no favorites.  As we reflect love, we are blessed and grateful. 

The rewards are on the spiritual level of thought, and are present, unseen truths.  Hence, there is a transition higher, from the seen to the unseen, the metaphysical to the spiritual.

Reasoning this way, one realizes that these aren’t promises for future rewards, but that they are blessings present now.  We, as spiritual ideas, have them now.  Correctly stated, “shall be” becomes IS, because God, Spirit, the source of all Good, is in the present.  With Spirit, there is only NOW. Spirit, Life, is omnipresence!

Each one of these Beatitudes is a wonderful example of Omni-action going full circle!

 1 Blessed are the poor in spirit (spiritually receptive): for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (harmony, peace).

The spiritual receptive have the peace and harmony of heaven now. And they are grateful. (Blessed also means grateful.)

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2 Blessed are T they that mourn L: for they shall be comforted Lv.

In the SCA, negatives are reversed, exchanging mourn with rejoice. (123:12; 269: 14) Rejoice because the presence of our Father-Mother Love and the divine Comforter are present and comfortingAnd they are grateful.

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3 Blessed are the meek (obey God without arguing, resisting, refusing): for they shall inherit the earth (eternal life). (SH 585:5)

Those who are truly meek have eternal life.  And they are grateful.

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4 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst (desire deeply) after righteousness (spirituality, the spiritual): for they shall be filled.

Those who hunger and thirst for spirituality or spiritual sense show they already have it.   And they are grateful.

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5 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Those who show mercy (forgiveness, love, tolerance), acknowledge they already have itAnd they are grateful.

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6 Blessed are the pure in heart (thought): for they shall see (understand) God.

The spiritually pure in thought do see/understand God. (209:31-32) And they are grateful.

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7 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Those who are peaceful are the representatives of God, Life, Truth, and Love. (582:28)  They bring harmony, peace and stability. And they are grateful.

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8 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake (because of their spirituality): for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

When individuals are persecuted because of their spiritual sense, they grow stronger spiritually; they are secure in the harmony and peace of the kingdom of heaven nowAnd they are grateful.

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And this last Beatitude brings us full circle back to the first one, beginning and ending with the “Kingdom of Heaven.”  Each Beatitude brings us full circle back to Spirit, the spiritual sense of things.  Each one is part of the definition of the Kingdom of Heaven, the reign of harmony (590:1) which is included in the definition of New Jerusalem, the kingdom of heaven (592:18).  The latter is The Holy City in Rev. 21 and 22, and which is described in SH pp. 572 to the end of the chapter.  It symbolizes one’s ideal, Godlike mental habitation.  Again, we are brought full circle to Mind.

These eight short verses at the beginning of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount are alive with the healing power of Omni-action.  Will you ever read them the same way again?

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The SCA provides marvelous tools for studying our Pastor, S&H and the KJV − the Word of God.  The sincere CS student is encouraged to linger over a citation, taking time to look more deeply in the text in order to identify the concepts contained therein, allowing fresh ideas to be revealed.  The SCA is a satisfying resource for understanding words and interpreting symbols – the language of the KJV Bible. (575: 13-14) The serious student is prompted to see the parts of a passage.  Rather than being misinterpreted as intellectualism, this spiritual attention to detail allows one to digest God’s Word gently and understand a sentence bit by bit rather than quickly swallowing it whole without savoring its sweetness.

Since studying CS with the SCA, consulting Bible commentaries, dictionaries and translations to find out the deeper meaning of a passage is very rare for the writer these days.  Applying the SCA to our Pastor, one need not consult those Bible reference books, but becomes a law to oneself.

Rather than looking to fallible human opinion, turning to Spirit, God to reveal a citation’s spiritual sense, which Mrs. Eddy says we should look for, is most reliable.  Both the KJV and SH are written in the same style, following the same cryptograms, so that when we apply the SCA’s principles and rules, they operate flawlessly. Only God could have guided the Bible writers and Mrs. Eddy to such accord. Through the SCA, the secret method of writing or cypher of all our Pastor’s writers has been revealed and is available to every earnest Christian Scientist. It is truly a most remarkable discovery! 

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The reason I am sharing this blog and the SCA is because this method has enabled the writer and anyone who learns and applies the rules of the SCA to understand our Pastor as never before.

 It isn’t necessary to find the Number Concept in every sentence or verse in a Bible Lesson (BL).  Choose one citation, determine the number concept, and write down its spiritual meaning. There is an overview of the Number Concepts and their meanings on the “Index of Blog Posts” Page.  The link is below. Doing one each day is great practice—it is a CS Practice, a mini application of CS Treatment for ourselves and the world around us. Therefore, like the Beatitudes, it automatically blesses all.  You will find them so spiritually enlightening just plain fun that you will be hungering and thirsting for more! 

 

    http://www.thespiritualconcepts.com/resources/index-of-blog-posts/

 

NEXT BLOG: CONCEPT OF EIGHT – PART TWO

 

© 2017 Mary Walls Kuhl

CONCEPT OF SEVEN including New Reflectionistic Art

This modernistic, abstract painting, titled “(Metaphysical) Carnival on Ice” is a new art form entitled Reflectionistic Art.

Created by a Christian Scientist for Christian Scientists, it is also known as metaphysical art.  This astonishing art involves the interaction of the art investor with the artist.  Following the artist’s simple instructions, the investor develops the primary design from one metaphysical theme, and chooses the colors.

The artist then designs and paints the color patterns to reflect the metaphysical theme.  In “Carnival on Ice,” one can find many metaphysical symbols and attributes.

For more information, or to invest in your own metaphysical work of art, please contact Mary Kuhl: kuhlmar@comcast.net

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 THE CONCEPT OF SEVEN   

 

INTRODUCTION

The Concept of Seven is an incredibly important one, especially for Christian Scientists.  Because we base our teachings in part on the Genesis 1 account of creation rather than the Adam and Eve dream account, we know that God created man and the universe spiritually, and that His work is finished, complete and perfect. This is key to understanding the Concept of Seven. Completeness and Perfection are two of the spiritual meanings of the number seven in Scripture.  This is true universally about this symbol.  Two more meanings are Allness, and unique to Christian Science, the Seven Synonyms

 In researching citations to include in this blog, it became clear that hidden behind the words/text containing this Number Concept was a truth about God and His creation. But it could only be seen spiritually, through the lens of Christian Science.  The Concept of Seven points out  the Allness, perfection, completeness of God and His creation, turning our view away from the literal to the spiritual. 

It’s important to reiterate that all the number concepts, the Concept of Seven in particular, are symbols with spiritual meanings.  Search “seven” in Concord, and up comes page after page of sevens paired with a variety of objects and actions.  Taken literally, they don’t mean too much to us and are often puzzling.  Taken spiritually, they are often enlightening and uplifting.

 

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 A.  EXAMPLES OF SEVEN IN THE OLD TESTAMENT

Some of the listings of seven in the Bible, some of which appear in our Bible Lessons are included below, as well as what Mrs. Eddy has written about them:

A – 1   7 days of creation (Gen 1): perfection, completeness and allness of God’s creation of man and the universe.

 The numerals of infinity, called seven days, can never be reckoned according to the calendar of time. These days will appear as mortality disappears, and they will reveal eternity, newness of Life, in which all sense of error forever disappears and thought accepts the divine infinite calculus(SH 520:10)

 

A – 2   7 days repeated in the story of Noah and the ark (Gen. 8): complete protection

 

A – 3   7 kine (cows) and ears of corn in Pharoah’s dream (Gen. 41:15-36) interpreted by Joseph as types of years: his spiritual sense saved his life, Egypt, his estranged family, and others!

 

A – 4   7 priests, 7 trumpets, 7 days in the story of Joshua and Jericho (Josh. 6:1-16): the ever present allness of God delivers and saves.

 They went seven times around these walls, the seven times corresponding to the seven days of creation: the six days are to find out the nothingness of matter; the seventh is the day of rest, when it is found that evil is naught and good is all (Mis. 279:16) 

 

A – 5   Naaman dipping himself 7 times in the river Jordan: complete healing of pride and disease; revelation that God is everywhere, All.  (II Kings 5:1-15)

 

A – 6   Shunamite’s son sneezed 7 times: full restoration to life; complete revelation of ever-present Life.  (II Kings 4:35)

 

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B.  NEW TESTAMENT – REVELATION

John’s book of Revelation is filled with symbols in sevens, all of which are to be interpreted spiritually.  Mrs. Eddy interprets some of these with such terms as: sum total, full diapason, myriad illusions, full compensation, full number of days, complete time or number.

 

B – 1   Seven churches (Rev. 1:20):

 He (the Revelator) goes on to portray seven churches, the full number of days named in the creation, which signifies a complete time or number of whatever is spoken of in the Scriptures.  (’00 13:6)

 

B – 2   Seven seals (Rev. 5:1, 5): of error which Truth opens:

 Love fulfils the law of Christian Science, and nothing short of this divine Principle, understood and demonstrated, can ever furnish the vision of the Apocalypse, open the seven seals of error with Truth, or uncover the myriad illusions of sin, sickness, and death.  (SH 572:12-17)

 

B – 3   Seven thunders (Rev. 10:3,4):

  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.  (SH 559:12-14)

 

B – 4   Great red dragon with seven heads, ten horns, seven crowns (Rev. 12:3):

 This dragon stands for the sum total of human error. The ten horns of the dragon typify the belief that matter has power of its own, and that by means of an evil mind in matter the Ten Commandments can be broken.  (SH 563:10)

 

B – 5   Seven angels, seven vials, seven last plagues (Rev. 21:9):

 sum total of human misery …has full compensation in the law of Love. (SH 574:16-19)

 

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C.  SEVEN SYNONYMS

C – 1   As with all the six previous number concepts on this blog, there is a pattern of words, seven this time, embedded in a verse or sentence.  This number concept should be very easy for a Christian Scientist to grasp.  The Seven Synonyms together represent God’s Allness and completeness and perfection.

C – 2   Mrs. Eddy uses this number concept to clearly define God by the seven divine synonyms.

God: 1 Divine Principle, 2 Life, 3 Truth, 4 Love, Soul, 6 Spirit, 7 Mind.  (SH 115:13-14)

  

C – 3  In their textbook it is clearly stated that God is divine Principle and that His synonyms are 1 Love, 2 Truth, 3 Life, 4 Spirit, 5 Mind, 6 Soul, which combine as one. The divine 7 Principle includes them all.  (My. 225:22-30)

 

C – 4   Part of the fun in applying this concept to a passage is to decide which attribute best applies: Allness, completeness, perfection or the seven synonyms.  Of course, with God, the first three apply at the same time.  They are identified as Life, Truth, Love − or LTLv – that is God.

Allness = Life

Completeness = Truth

Perfection = Love 

 

C – 5   Spirit is similar to Life, Mind aligns with Truth, Soul with Love, and Principle covers them all.  This is the All-in-all of God.  Mrs. Eddy confirms this line of reasoning when she refers to three qualities as the seven-fold shield.  This shield is the seven synonyms collectively:

 

What holds us to the Christian life is the seven-fold shield of honesty, purity, and unselfed love(My. 200:17-19)

 

Honesty = Truth (Mind)

Purity = Life (Spirit)

Love = Love (Soul

Holds = And Principle covers them all.  All seven are inseparable!

 

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 D.  IDENTIFYING THE SYNONYMS

D – 1   Further relating the Concept of Seven to the divine synonyms, also the marginal heading, Mrs. Eddy writes:

All 1 substance, 2 intelligence, 3 wisdom, 4 being, 5 immortality, 6 cause, and 7 effect belong to God.  (SH 275:14-15)

 

D – 2   Each one of these attributes should pair with one of the seven synonyms. A good way to this pairing is by using Concord or a concordance to see how Mrs. Eddy uses these words.  Most will be identified easily this way, although one may find that a couple are not so obvious. Sometimes the one that seems to be the hardest to identify becomes the easiest when all the others are matched up.

Substance = Soul          SH 468:21; 280: 11-15

Intelligence = Truth     SH 282:26; 467:32

Wisdom = Mind            SH 205:32; 283:6-7

Being = Spirit                SH 63:9; 264:20

Immortality = Life        SH 487: 27

Cause = Principle          SH 262:30; Mis. 217:2

Effect = Love                 This one is obvious, being the last one. Also, the SCA shows repeatedly that with the Concept of Two, Cause and Effect, Truth and Love, Love is always the Effect.

 

D – 3   See how helpful and illuminating the SCA is?  The seven attributes may have signaled God to the reader, but now one can discover how they also align with Mrs. Eddy’s usage of them in the textbook.  Isn’t this exciting to realize?  After doing this exercise with other groups of seven words, one develops a more accurate understanding of each synonym, and is, therefore, able to apply them with precision in one’s own identification and treatment work

 

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D – 4   Here is another entry of seven qualities under the Marginal Heading of “Perfect models”:

Let 1 unselfishness, 2 goodness, 3 mercy, 4 justice, 5 health, 6 holiness, 7 love — the kingdom of heaven — reign within us, and sin, disease, and death will diminish until they finally disappear.   (248:29)

This time these seven pertain to the kingdom of heaven and its perfection. The Marginal heading “Perfect models” gives this away! And being seven, they align with the seven synonyms. Where is this heaven?  In consciousness, as are these qualities which we reflect from God. 

Because of Mrs. Eddy’s precise, orderly, and consistently logical writing, we should be able to match each of these qualities with one of the seven synonyms.  Doing so hones one’s discernment of each.  Mrs. Eddy chose her words carefully and with great specificity.  Again, using Concord or the Concordance to discover how she uses each synonym, helps us refine and apply with exactitude each of the seven in prayer and treatment.

Which synonym does each quality match?

 

Unselfishness = Soul              This is the one that is left.

Goodness = Principle             3:7; 147:29

Mercy = Truth                         538:7

Justice = Mind                        36:19

Health = Life                            428:30

Holiness = Spirit                      229:9

Love = Love                             This one is obvious.

 

D – 5   While sharpening one’s understanding of the seven synonyms, this type of exercise is like a word game, a useful one because we focus thought on God and things that relate to Him, and grow spiritually while playing!  Studying the Bible Lesson this way becomes a daily activity to which one looks forward to.

 

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E.  SEVEN STORIES TO ILLUSTRATE

 

E – 1   Mark 5:33                   (Healing of woman with issue of blood)

But the woman 1 fearing and 2 trembling, 3 knowing what 4 was done in her, 5 came and 6 fell down before him, and 7 told him all the truth. M

What needed to be healed is a seeming lack of health, a sense of incompleteness.  The woman, however, had complete faith that she would be healed just by touching Jesus’ clothes … touching the complete sense of the Christ idea.  And she fully accepted the healing! She did not doubt. In spite of potential legal peril to herself, she fully acknowledges the healing with humility and honesty. 

Where is God in this verse?  The healing brings newfound completeness and wholeness to the woman!  Jesus’ power to heal comes directly from God.  She has witnessed this Christ-power, testifying to it publicly.  The Omni-action of God through the healing power of the Christ has come full circle.

 

E – 2   Matt. 14:19                  (Jesus feeds 5000)

And he 1 commanded the multitude 2 to sit down on the grass, and 3 took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and 4 looking up to heaven, he 5 blessed, and 6 brake, and 7 gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.  M

There appears to be a total lack of food needed to feed so many people.  Jesus has complete reliance on God and gratitude for His plenitude. Notice the initial quantity of food: five loaves, two fishes. 5+2=7!  Even the numbers indicate completeness already present!  Loaves of bread symbolize Truth. Fish symbolize Love. They represent the spiritual nourishment of Truth and Love, Christ’s message.

Rather than viewing this story literally: consider Jesus feeding the multitude by first acknowledging His Father, God, then giving the understanding of the truth through the substance of love to each of his disciples, and the disciples to the people.  Those listeners sitting on the grass gaining as much as they can grasp in one afternoon, but some of Jesus’ teaching wasn’t understood and imbibed.  Those leftover fragments figuratively filled the twelve baskets (verse 20)The Omni-action of God’s supply was flowing full circle through the power of the Christ expressed by Jesus, to the disciples, and blessing the multitude abundantly.  

 

E – 3   Mark 2:9-11                (Jesus forgives sins)

Whether 1 is it easier 2 to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins 3 be forgiven thee; or 4 to say, 5 Arise, and 6 take up thy bed, and 7 walkM

Jesus gave a complete refutation to the objections of the scribes, that it was blasphemous to say one could forgive sins.  To them, only God could do that.  Jesus knew otherwise, that his authority for healing came directly from God his Father.

 

E – 4   But that ye 1 may know that the Son of man 2 hath power on earth 3 to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I 4 say unto thee, 5 Arise, and 6 take up thy bed, and 7 go thy way into thine house. M

Fully confident that forgiveness of sins is valid, Jesus proves his God-given power to heal sickness by forgiving sins.

These three verses present a strong refutation to the scribes, or any human or theological suggestion, who consider Jesus’ forgiving the man of his sins as blasphemy, and include a double portion of his Christ-power to heal and forgive completely as God’s Son.

 

E – 5   Mark 6:48     (Jesus walks on water)

And he 1 saw them 2 toiling in 3 rowing; for the wind 4 was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he 5 cometh unto them, 6 walking upon the sea, and 7 would have passed by them.  M

Jesus shepherds his disciples fully and completely, even at sea. The fourth watch would have been 3 a.m.  How was Jesus able to see them on a dark and stormy night from the shore?  Reflecting the all-seeing Mind, Jesus fully nullified the material laws governing human eyesight and gravity, and overcame the unreliable properties of water.  He fully proved his spiritual nature, the coincidence of the human and divine. The laws of God’s Allness and the spiritual universe are unaffected by matter. Two declarations of truth are fulfilled in this event.

If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. (Ps. 139:11)

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.  (John 8:12)

 

E – 6   Mark 10:19    (Jesus’ overview of commandments)

Thou 1 knowest the commandments, 2 Do not commit adultery, 3 Do not kill, 4 Do not steal, 5 Do not bear false witness, 6 Defraud not, 7 Honour thy father and mother. M

This is about fully following God’s law and being Godlike.  Complete obedience is required. The five “do not’s” should be reversed.  The SCA refers to this as “positive reversal.” 

Do not commit adultery → be faithful, loyal, true; pure

Do not kill → preserve, protect, revive, sustain.

Do not steal → bless, give, provide, share.

Do not bear false witness → defend, tell the truth, vindicate.

Defraud not → assist, contribute, support, help, remunerate.

What is odd about this verse?  Only the last six commandments are mentioned by Jesus.  Why did he omit the first four which are about God?  Because the young man wasn’t putting God first in his life, but rather himself and his wealth.  Verses 18, 21, 22 point this out.

 

E – 7   Luke 6:49     (Parable of house built on sand)

But he that 1 heareth, and 2 doeth not, 3 is like a man that without a foundation 4 built an house upon the earth; against which the stream 5 did beat vehemently, and immediately it 6 fell; and the ruin of that house 7 was great.  M

House, spiritually, represents one’s consciousness.  When based on material beliefs, one’s mental foundation is vulnerable to shifting currents of thought.  Failing to follow Jesus’ teachings absolutely leaves one unprotected from the vagaries of mortality.  The one who hears, and follows the teachings of Jesus completely, is secure.

 

E – 8   Luke 15:32       (prodigal son)

It 1 was meet that we 2 should make merry, and 3 be glad: for this thy brother 4 was dead, and 5 is alive again; and 6 was lost, and 7 is found.  M

The once-lost youth finds complete restoration to his perfect sonship with his Father-Mother, God − Immanuel.  Error is fully annulled: dead becomes alive; lost becomes found.  This parable is about God’s forgiveness and man redeemed.  Actually, what we perceive as God forgiving is really changing our view to see man the way God always sees him: perfect and whole.

 

~ PART TWO ~

 

A.  MIND IDENTIFIED BY COMPLETENESSAND SPIRIT BY ALLNESS

 

A – 1   Completeness of Mind

The divine completeness

Divine metaphysics, as revealed to spiritual understanding, shows clearly that all is Mind, and that Mind is 1 God 2 omnipotence, 3 omnipresence, 4 omniscience, — that is 5 all power, 6 all presence, 7 all Science.           (275: 20)

 

A – 2   What is the difference between the three “omni” words and the “all” words?  Using Concord, one makes an incredible discovery: that Mrs. Eddy uses the “omni” words with Spirit, Soul, Mind, and the “all” words with Life, Truth, Love.  Such specificity!  

 

A – 2    Why does this differentiation matter?  For accuracy.  We need to be accurate in our application of Science.  

Omnipotence = Soul              Ret. 56:5

All-power = Love                       466:3-4   

Omnipresence = Spirit           109:32; Ret. 56:5

All-presence = Life                     466:3-4

Omniscience = Mind              275:20; Ret. 56:5

All-science = Truth                     466:3-4

 

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B.  HOW TO APPLY THE CONCEPT OF SEVEN

B – 1   Gen 1:28 is a good illustration of God’s work as it relates to man who is made in His image and likeness.  The seven days are a symbol of the Omni-action of Spirit, a constant unfolding of completeness and perfection rather than a one-time occurrence.

 

And God 1 blessed them, and God said unto them, 2 Be fruitful, and 3 multiply, and 4 replenish the earth, and 5 subdue it: and 6 have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that 7 moveth upon the earth.

 

B – 2   Counting the verbs first, we find seven.  “Said” has been crossed out because what was said is already included in the count and would be redundant if counted again. 

B – 3   Once the count is verified, one needs to find out why.  Check what the verse says with one of the meanings for this Concept.  Does it align with Allness, the synonyms, completeness, or perfection?  This verse follows God’s creation of man in His image and likeness in verses 26 and 27 in which man and his role of dominion is complete and perfect.  Nothing can be added, changed, eliminated. This is God’s law for eternity. This is why the verse contains the Concept of Seven

 

B – 4   Every number concept within a verse or sentence of our Pastor is ALWAYS in sync with the text!  It is part of our metaphysical work to discover why.  This work is not a chore, but part of our spiritual study which invigorates the student, enhances one’s understanding of this verse and declares the truth about man: ourselves and everyone else!  See how wonderful the SCA application is? 

 

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C.  TREATMENT

C – 1   The following passage from Science and Health relates to reversing and replacing in treatment:

“When an accident happens, you think or exclaim, “I am hurt!” Your thought is more powerful than your words, more powerful than the accident itself, to make the injury real.”

C -2   Now reverse the process1 Declare that you 2 are not hurt and 3 understand the reason why, and you 4 will find the ensuing good effects 5 to be in exact proportion to your disbelief in physics, and your fidelity to divine metaphysics, confidence in God as All, which the Scriptures 6 declare Him 7 to be(397:17)

Reverse the process” is metaphysical, instructional, positive reversal and a directive for us to follow.

C – 3   What is the summary here?  This is a complete treatment, and declares God’s Allness.  When obeyed, it maintains our perfection! Following its guideline for healing, the law of reversal is activated, exchanging and replacing error confidently, trusting God’s law of perfection.  The lesson is to never leave error in its erroneous form, but reverse, replace, and move it off – completely out of thought.

C- 4     (The phrase in this citation “in…proportion” is another important term to keep in thought! It is about the application of the Law of Dwelling which means: “That which one dwells on, grows.” This law always works and we are reminded that our duty in this citation is to apply metaphysically what works and gives us the intended results, collaborating with the Law of Omni-action going Full Circle. This circle should not be broken but followed through each time. Obedience to the Christ brings results.)

 

C – 5  Self-treatment: Spiritual man cannot be hurt and man understands the reason why: God, Good, is All, omnipotent, omnipresent and the only cause; His law displaces any suggestion of physical law.  The spiritual idea man does not believe in physics; he has confidence in divine metaphysics.  Man knows God to be All.  The only effects of his clear understanding of this truth, and confidence in God as All, as the Scriptures declare Him to be, are good. Therefore, no accident has occurred and man remains perfect and whole. 

This treatment can be personalized so long as one knows that “I” is spiritual man.  We pray out from, not up to, perfection.

 

C – 6   I cannot be hurt and I understand the reason why: God, Good, is All, omnipotent, omnipresent and the only cause; His law displaces any suggestion of physical law.  I do not believe in physics; I have confidence in divine metaphysics.  I know God to be All.  The only effects of my clear understanding of this truth, and my confidence in God as All, as the Scriptures declare Him to be, are good. Therefore, no accident has occurred and I am perfect and whole. 

 

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D.  TREATMENT FOLLOW-UP

D – 1   The next passage in Isaiah 55 has been discussed before in the blog Omni-action and the Four OmnisVerse 10 is a reflection of verse 11, − nature metaphorically reflecting the Word of God.

(Each verse is a Concept of Seven.  Are they about Allness, completeness, or perfection? That is for the C S student to discover.) 

Verse 10:  For as the rain 1 cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and 2 returneth not thither, but 3 watereth the earth, and 4 maketh it 5 bring forth and 6 bud, that it 7 may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

D – 2   In nature, the activity of God is seen as the rain and snow fulfilling or completing their purpose to bless the earth and feed its inhabitants.  Taken spiritually, the Omni-action of God’s Word is ever flowing in a continuous round of benefits and blessings for all.  This is according to God’s law and is evidenced in every verse of Genesis 1.  God’s Omni-action of Good can be found throughout the Bible. It is present and active with each of us today.  The Omni-action of Good is unstoppable and constant.  The Omni-action of Spirit’s ever-operative law takes us all the way to fruition.    

 

D – 3   Verse 11:  So 1 shall my word  be that 2 goeth forth out of my mouth: it 3 shall not return unto me void, but it 4 shall accomplish that which I 5 please, and it 6 shall prosper in the thing whereto I 7 sent it.

Seven verbs = Concept of Seven.  Getting the count becomes easy with practice.  But we never want to stop there.  Determining why the count fits is equally important because one needs to apply spiritual reasoning to find the answer. 

 

D – 4   Reasoning spiritually and spiritualizing thought is the whole point of the Bible Lesson. Reviewing the blog on Omni-action, one knows that Word is Omni-action.  It comes from God, blesses everyone everywhere, thereby illustrating God’s Law of Allness.  The Word returns by reflection AFTER it accomplishes, completes and prospers – a perfect mission.  

D – 5  These two verses above from Isaiah are a strong and powerful conclusion to any treatment, affirming and acknowledging with gratitude God’s Allness, completeness, and perfection.  They are in the form of a promise and carry the omnipotence, omnipresence, omniscience, and Omni-action  of Good.

 

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E.  SEVEN STEPS UPWARD FOR CHURCH

E – 1   The second paragraph in the definition of Church in the Glossary illustrates the purpose of church.

 

The Church 1 is that institution, which 2 affords proof of its utility and 3 is found 4 elevating the race, 5 rousing the dormant understanding from material beliefs to the apprehension of spiritual ideas and the demonstration of divine Science, thereby 6 casting out devils, or error, and 7 healing the sick.   (583:14)

 

E – 2   In this steps diagram, one clearly sees the various aspects of church activity that comprise a thriving, growing, healing church.  These steps provide an exciting new way to view Church. Our Leader’s words are motivating, giving us the precise actions to take along with the knowledge that they are demonstrable and achievable.

 

                                7 Heals the sick

                           6 Casts out devils or error

                      5 to demonstration of divine Science

                 4 to apprehend spiritual ideas

            3 Rouses the dormant understanding

       2 Elevates the race

1 Affords proof of its utility

Church is that institution which ↑ 

 

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F.  CONCLUSION

F – 1   Studying Christian Science with the SCA method is like the difference between scuba diving versus snorkeling. The deeper one dives, the more spiritual treasure is revealed that cannot be seen near the surface.  There are gems yet to be discovered within the vastness of divine Science.  Deep diving into the text, pondering a sentence or verse at a time and examining its details, sharpens one’s spiritual perception and enables one to uncover even more riches. Spiritual sense is awakened and fine-tuned so that one easily exchanges the literal for the spiritual meaning of a citation.  Material sense cannot comprehend the things of Spirit, so the ongoing development of spiritual sense is vital.

 

F – 2   Every verse and sentence in our Pastor includes at least one spiritual number concept.  Often there are several.  These number concepts are symbols representing spiritual truths.  The Concept of Seven can represent allness, completeness, perfection, or the seven synonyms.  Each Concept of Seven citation relates in some way to one or more of its inherent attributes. Discovering exactly which attribute best fits, aids in understanding the specific text.  The words become illumined with spiritual light: a new world is being revealed.  

F – 3   Once the Concept of Seven is identified, one then searches the text to determine exactly how the allness, completeness, perfection, or the seven synonyms relates to it.  Ultimately, not only are the words in the passage illumined, thought is as well.  As we apply each concept to the text, we imbibe and learn unawares its truths through the Law of Dwelling.

Jesus said, Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”  (John 5:39)

Mrs. Eddy wrote, Take divine Science. Read this book from beginning to end. Study it, ponder it.  (SH 559:20-21)

This is what the students of the SCA do every day.  Come join us!

 

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F – 4   All the Concepts discovered through the SCA have been from unfathomable revelations. It takes an average verse or citation and opens up what the eye cannot see but spiritual sense uncovers and recognizes. There are so many avenues one can now apply to gain more than what is on the surface. This Blog surely and wonderfully brings most ways out to the open for our benefit. Without these revealed tools, look what would be missed! 

                              The Instructor and Compiler of the SCA

 

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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, 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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