FIVE STEPS OUT OF MORTALITY, ERROR, SIN, SICKNESS, DISEASE, DEATH
“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.
*steps – Steps 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 challenge. Thought 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.
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.
- 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.
2 – OVERCOMING THE BELIEF IN ERROR
Mrs. Eddy defines error in SH 472:13-22 as:
- Pleasure and pain in matter
- Intelligence, substance, life in matter
- Contradiction of Truth
- Belief without understanding
- 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.
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 ↑
*claim – It 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.
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 is — 4 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.
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 thought – How 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.
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:
- Mortal Mind
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.
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 protection. Having 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.
A REQUEST: Because the Concept of Five Steps is such an important one for healing, please send in the five-step citations you find in Science and Health and they will be posted together under Pages: FIVE-STEPS CITATIONS IN SCIENCE AND HEALTH. It will serve as a terrific reference for all of us as metaphysicians. Thank you.
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