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:
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 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 man. My 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.
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.
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.
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. M (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.
B-4 EXAMPLE 4 – Balance of Love – Four verbs or words indicating qualities of Love See SH 454: 18-19
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 Dwelling. Perfect 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.
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.
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.
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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