The Song of Life in Divine Science
A profound question needs to be asked that is seldom asked: What came first, the principle or its manifestation? The answer, no matter what it will be, affects the way we look at our world and ourselves. It literally affects everything. And it has the potential to change everything.
So, let us repeat the question: What came first, the principle of gravity that shapes the universe from the smallest atom to the largest galaxy, or did the universe exist at its beginning without its ordering principles, like a homogenous void without a purpose?
One answer would be that the universe and its principles exist together, and have from the 'beginning,' meaning always, since the universe evidently had no beginning since nothing exists outside of its infinite All? This leads to another question to be considered. Was there ever a 'time' in this eternity when the universe and its principles did not coexist as one, meaning that the universe was not an active manifestation of its principles and thereby of itself?
If we assume that the universe and its principles are one, as they evidently are, then who or what created those principles that shaped the universe, that gave it form and light, and substance, and order? Who or what created those principles that are the universe, existing in the forms of its intricate order?
That order, which we are beginning to discern as human beings, is not haphazard but intricate and purposeful and intelligently arranged, ranging from the most infinitesimal part to infinity. Who set all this up? Was the universe self-created with an intelligent purpose? The simple answer would be to place the universe in the courts of God, and to recognize God as the creative principle thereof and as the creative Mind, as the forever source of its intricate order and its very existence.
We can also ask the same question about life. When the first molecule on Earth became complex enough to divide and thereby replicate itself, and thereby began to multiply, a question arose that needs to be explored, whether the principle that enables this complex chemical interplay to take place, which became life, preexisted its manifestation?
The obvious answer is that is that the principle of life existed before its expression, and exists with its expression, and in the forever moments of its expression. Of course, in the search for the origin of the principle of life itself all answers must fail. What causes a principle? Principles can be discovered. They can come to light. But what caused them, and is it still causing them? Are principles self-created, and continue to be created?
In this quest all roads lead to God, to the one concept that embraces all principles and all realities that are shaped by them, to the One that exist with the universe but above it in terms of being primary to it, even the One that is All and is reflected in all.
Since it is futile to search for the beginning of the infinite, as no answer will likely ever be found, it useful nevertheless, even essential, to explore the principles themselves, to explore the dimensions of God that are expressed in the universe, in life, and in mankind as the most profound expression of everything that ever was, and is, and possibly will be in our realm.
In this search of exploring the countless expressions of the principles of the universe, especially the principle life as the most complex of them all, we find wonderful stories unfolding before us, stories that unfold like a great song. Now we can search for a beginning, the beginning of the first faint tone of it, the first unfolding spark on earth of the principle of life. This exploration takes us back in time beyond 3.5 billion years before the present, of the 4.5 billion years of our planets existence.
It is believed that the song of life began when a complex molecule discovered the power to split itself apart and thereby reproduce itself. That power gave rise to an unending creative process that has brought to light great wonders over the billions of years since the first tone of its song.
A Song Spanning Three Eons.
In the history of the song of life we recognize three distinct eons. The earliest eon is called the Archean Eon. It spans the timeframe from the beginning of the Earth till roughly 2.5 billion years before the present. In this eon the 'idea' (or principle) of life unfolded in rare traces at first. But those soon grew stronger and eventually expanded and became the foundation for the entire song of life.
The creative processes of these smallest forms of life had an amazingly powerful effect on uplifting the entire planet as if they fulfilled a specific purpose for a future that lay still billions of years distant. The photosynthesis of the first algae in the oceans and similar forms of life, is being credited with having created all the oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere, without which the higher forms of life would not have become possible.
Building on this minute, but enormously significant beginning, the second eon in the song of life began, called the Proterozoic Eon. That part of the gong of life was the longest of them all. It unfolded over almost 2 billion years, till about 590 million years before the present.
In this second eon larger living things were created in the creative process of the unfolding principle of life. Those larger forms of life were of a type that were vastly more complex, but had no hard shells as yet. The principle for those higher forms to come evidently existed, but it obviously hadn't been 'discovered' yet. It appears that life is a discovery process with endless possibilities. It's like a book that one may read, which inspires ideas between the lines that are completely new, but for which the principles always existed.
When the song of life grew loud and clear the third and final eon of the song of life began, called the Phanerozoic Eon (the fantastic eon in terms of what life became, which seems limited only by the dimensions of it imagination). That's the eon we are now in. In this eon the unfolding of the principle of life became evermore progressive and evermore creative. It became a movement forward that never stopped, never regressed, and never ceased to unfold in new and amazing forms.
Since this final eon covers the majestic song of life from its first sure expression to the present, with all its countless shades and colors and variations of tempo and rhythm, the now evermore majestic song of life has been divided in three distinct stanzas, comparable to the movements of a symphony.
The Three Eras of the Current Eon - three movements of the Symphony of Life
We recognize three unique movements within this final eon. Each movement comes to light with its own distinct characteristic and its own story to tell as the creative expressions of the principle of life becomes more complex and more capable in bringing to light new forms of its expression. In this sense the flowing song of life becomes comparable to a grand symphony that is composed in three majestic movements. As in a symphony each movement is unique, but all carry a universal theme or variations of the same order, the theme of the explosion of life on earth is common to all its three movements.
The universal theme is the unfolding 'discovery' process of the principles of life in its infinite dimensions is never regressive, but always progressive, and becomes evermore self-directing the more it appears.
The First Movement, the Paleozoic Era.
The first movement of the now grand symphony of the song of life is called the Paleozoic Era. It begins 590 million years ago and extends for 345 million years. This first movement covers more than half of the entire last eon, and for good reasons.
This first movement of the symphony of life unfolds with intense creativity. From it rise many complex forms of life that we still see today, such as corals, fish, reptiles and plants. The creativity in this era had so many forms of creative expression that we can recognize seven distinct periods within that era.
The first period is called the Cambrian Period, a 85-million-year period in which the eruption of abundant life unfolded with a profound richness in 'sound' that challenges ones imagination. The Precambrian relative 'silence' had ended. The oceans now were teeming with life.
As with any song, however, the tone changes as the creative process finds new expressions. In the second period, called the Ordovician Period, which lasted 67 million years, the symphony of life gave rise to rich 'melodies' of fish and land plants. Life had moved out of the ocean and spread its creative presence across the land.
However, the Earth was also constantly changing, adding a changing environment to modulate the symphony of life. Moved by the Herculean force of convection currents deep within the semi-molten mantle of the Earth, all the continents of the planet are constantly kept in motion. In Cambrian time the continents began to bump into each other and joined up to become the supercontinent "Pangea I." In the Southern Hemisphere large landmasses became grouped together around the pole. It was around this time that a major 'Ice Age' begun that is believed to have caused the Ordovician mass-extinction in the unfolding flow life. The extinction apparently occurred across much of the planet.
The process of extinction seems to be a part of the symphony of life. The principle of life appears to be highly intelligent in its unfolding as it utilizes the advantages of the prevailing environment to the fullest. By the same token, when the environment becomes modified contrary to the needs of the processes of life, extinction occurs. However, that doesn't change the overall song. It makes it richer as the song utilizes the available environments to the fullest.
Actually, the Ordovician Extinction wasn't the first mass-extinction in geologic history. A more deep-reaching extinction is believed to have occurred around 600-700 million years ago in Precambrian times, resulting from an Ice Age in which, as some suggest, the entire planet froze over in an Ice Age period with global glaciation that lasted for 10 million years.*235
After each extinction, however, the creative process began anew and often resulted in radically different forms of life, often more complex forms, creating new expressions.
The second major extinction of life on our planet ended the Ordovician Period. Nevertheless, the song of life continued, especially in the oceans, until 30 million years later, in the Devonian Period the first amphibians came out of the water-born creative process of the song of life. With that we saw the rise of the first land-living vertebrates.
As it turned out, 48 million year later, that period too ended with a mass extinction, called the Devonian Extinction. At this point a single huge landmass, called Gondwanaland, was grouped around the South Pole that gave rise to renewed glaciation and once again the subsequent extinction of life in large parts of the planet.
Nevertheless, the song of life continued its creative process. Half way through the subsequent 112-million-year recovery process the age of the reptiles began, and with it the last period of the first movement of the symphony of life, called the Permian Period.
In Permian times we saw the beginning of the age of mammal-like reptiles that inhabited the desserts created by the last Ice-Age extinction. The desserts became a place for multifaceted living. In this sense the Permian Period erupted like a great crescendo, though it ended once again with a whimper. It ended with yet another mass extinction, that became the greatest mass-extinction of all times in which over 90% of all life on earth perished.
The Permian Extinction, at about 250 million years ago, wiped the slate clean for still another new, massively expanding creative process of the principle of life. With that began the amazing age of the dinosaurs, the Mesozoic Era, the second movement of the symphony of life.
The Second Movement, the Mesozoic Era.
The now 'reshaped' song of life, in the second movement of its grand symphony staged the mighty 'drum-beat' of the dinosaurs, the age when massive creatures shook the Earth, and smaller ones that took to the sky filled the air, and tiny lizards roamed the land and some mammals.
The Triassic period was the first period in the dinosaur era. It spanned about 35 million years. That era became the era of a new beginning in the song of life on Earth. The Earth had become warmer. Large areas of the supercontinent had drifted out of the South and became massed in the equatorial regions. Life became 'good' again. With that, the second period of the dinosaurs began, the Jurassic Period.
The Jurassic Period lasted for 69 million years. It gave rise to the big meat eaters. This 69-million-year period became an age of astonishing creativity in the song of life, with a wide proliferation in the creation of new species, some of which developed independently as the ever-reshaping supercontinent (now "Pangea II") began to break apart. The breakup of the supercontinent left behind large areas of shallow and warm seas that brought moist climates to much of world, creating a biotic paradise that fuelled the dynamism of the dinosaur age.
The creative process flourished in the now warming and moist climate in which the fractured pieces of the supercontinent drifted further and further apart, creating a number of separate worlds, each with a separate creative environments. The song of life became a chorus now, of unequalled creative activity. That 79-million-year wildly creative process (the Cretaceous Period) was also reflected in the world of plants where it gave rise to flowering species, plants and trees. However, as it was the case in previous times, this majestic era of life, the era of the dinosaurs that had in its entirety lasted for 183 million years, ended once again in another mass extinction of life, bringing the Mesozoic Era to a close.
The extinction of the dinosaurs some 65 million years ago is a mystery that led to many theories. The most likely one is that several cataclysmic impacts of large meteorites caused changes in the world's environment. The boundary layers above the Cretaceous deposits in many parts of the Earth are marked by traces of irridium, which is a rare element on the Earth, but not uncommon in meteorites. The end of the dinosaurs could also have resulted from a 'gradual' change in the global climate as large shallow seas developed across the continental shelves. It is known for example that of the 36 major species of dinosaurs that existed 10 million years before the end of the era, only 11 had remained right till the end when the 'extinction' begun that might have occurred 'gradually' over an extended timeframe of a major fraction of a million years.
The creation of life during the era of the dinosaurs appeared to have been shaped by the needs of the creatures versus the existing potential offered by the changing environment. The creature's needs were easily met in those times of warm climates as the supercontinent drifted across the equator where cold-blooded creatures could thrive perfectly well. The dinosaurs are thought to have been cold-blooded, which was an ideal feature for the dinosaurs, since the warm-blooded metabolism requires ten times more food to power the animal.
The smaller mammals and birds, for which the logistical factor of gathering food wasn't a big a thing, were believed to have been all warm-blooded. So it appears that the very specialization that had made big-monster species possible on earth had also been the cause of its doom. Thus, the entire species ended when the climate ended in which the 'drumbeat' of the dinosaurs had been staged.
Should this tragedy not have happened? Had the principle of life failed itself? Hardly! The dinosaur era gave us the most massive array of animal power in the history of the Earth, on a scale that could not have been staged on any other platform than the efficient cold-blooded platform that served the animal well for 170 million years. The dinosaurs were in fact the most successful species of life in the entire history of the song of life. But it too, gave way to new forms. That's what makes the song of life so rich. It pushes the creative edge forward unfolding a near infinite abundance.
It appears that we may never know for certain what really happened when the movement of the dinosaurs, which had been a majestic movement in the symphony of life, ended around 69 million years ago. But we do know that with the end of the age of the large reptiles a new era began in the song of life, the era of the world of mammals and birds, called the Cenozoic Era, our present era, which makes up the third movement of the symphony of life.
The Third Movement, the Cenozoic Era.
With the slate having been wiped clean once again, a new proliferation in the creative process of life started. The resulting change in the symphony of life unfolded in two distinct stanzas divided into two distinct periods.
The first period was the 63-million-year Tertiary Period, followed by the brief 2 million year period of the current Ice Age, called the Quaternary Period.
The Tertiary Period is made up of two phases that echo in a small sense the first two movements of the symphony of life, which is reflected in the names selected for those two periods. The first sub-period is called the Paleocene Period, a 40-million-year period in which the song of life swelled into a melody of forests and primitive mammals. In the second sub-period, is called the Miocene Period, a 20-million-year period in which the creative song of life became a melody of vast grasslands in which we saw the creative process of the principle of life give rise to the modern mammals. It is near the end of that second sub-period that we find the dawn of man, roughly 2.5 million years ago.
At this point another phase shift began in the symphony of life, in what is called the Quaternary Period, the period of the current Ice Age, which is also the age of mankind.
Mankind is the Child of the Ice Age.
Continental drift had shifted once again large landmasses over the South Pole and in addition large landmasses into the high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere. With that combination the conditions had been ripe once again for a new Ice Age to begin. Actually, the condition had been 'ripe' for almost 50 million years prior to the point when the glaciation began. As it was, the current Ice Age didn't begin until some other factors outside of the dynamics of the Earth contributed to it.
The Ice Age technically started 5 million years ago when the continental ice sheet in Antarctica began to expand. The Antarctic ice sheets presently extend across 5 million square miles and make up over 80% of the glacial area of the planet. The Greenland Ice Sheet, in comparison, is relatively small. It amounts to a mere 13% of the present global glaciation. In the current climate glaciation covers slightly over 10% of the entire land area of the world. Under full Ice Age conditions the ice-over increases to 30% of the world's land area. Most of the increase occurs in the Northern Hemisphere, amounting to a 15-fold increase in glaciation, which adds up to the conditions that mankind faced on its long historic journey across nearly twenty Ice Ages that were interrupted periodically with warm climates of short duration.
The Quaternary Period of the Ice Ages has only two epochs defined for it, which in a technical sense is inaccurate. The two defined epochs are the Pleistocene Epoch, which covers the 2-million years of the Ice Ages, and the Holocene Epoch, which covers the current exception, the presently ongoing interglacial warm period that it nearing its end.
From a climatic standpoint, some scientists argue that the whole Quaternary Period should be called the Pleistocene Epoch. They argue that the Holocene Epoch, which is our present interglacial warm epoch, like a holiday from the deep freeze, is but one of many such warm epochs that have interrupted the Pleistocene deep-freeze every 100,000 years for a brief spell of roughly 10-12,000 years. They argue that there have been too many such Holocene type periods for the present one to be given a special name without mentioning the others. They argue that the Pleistocene Epoch should covers the entire period, because for 88% of the Pleistocene the world is in an Ice Age deep freeze where the climate is rather inhospitable for the continuing song of life. Or isn't it?
Is the current warm period special?
So far it has been that way. During our present holiday from the Ice Ages, called the Holocene Epoch, the Symphony of life unfolded with a new melody that is unique in the entire creative dimension of life. The Holocene was the first epoch in geologic history in which a high level civilization was created. Modern civilization marks a phase shift in the entire song of life, representing another beginning that had no prior occurrence in all the eons since the song of life erupted over 3.5 billion years ago. For that reason, it may be argued that the Holocene Period that we are presently in is a period of profound significance in the symphony of life on earth that literally changes its very dimension, unfolding new principles, new capabilities, new opportunities, and new potentials to spread life across the universe.
No previous form of life had 'discovered' the capabilities of principles that makes us, the human species special. Even the mighty dinosaur that shook the earth under its stride was limited to the expressions of movement and actions that were immediately powered by the food-energy that it consumed. Mankind stepped beyond this threshold with increasing discoveries of the divine principles that shape and power the physical universe. We utilized technological power with technological energy resources to achieve what muscle power could never achieve. With the intelligence that we discovered in us we learned to utilize countless discovered principles that now give us capabilities that no other living being ever had. We can move mountains, fly across the oceans faster than the speed of sound; transport millions of tones of materials with ease; cultivate barren places into fruitful fields; dig deep into the earth to harvest its offerings; fly into space, to the moon and other planets, and soon to other solar systems. We can do all of these things and more, which have never been possible before in the entire history of life on this planet.
In this expanding sense in the dynamics of life the Holocene Epoch marks the beginning of a whole new symphony of life that is grander than anything imaginable, of which it most be said the we haven't heard anything yet. One day the Holocene Epoch will be recognized as the start of a brand new eon, the Divine Eon, the eon in which mankind embraces the principles of the universe and life and its expressions and makes them its own, building on them, enriching the universe with light.
We are not there yet, but the potential does no exist, and the first real test of that potential will be our response to the return of the Ice Age, which some evidence suggests might happen in 100-150 years from now. The presently demonstrated technological potential of mankind is such that for the first time in the history of life that capacity is at hand to side-step the periods of mass-extinction that are typically associated with periods of major glaciation and cold global climate. With the development of indoor agriculture on a scale to feed ten billion people throughout the coming next Ice Age period of over 90,000 years, we have the potential to steal the sting of the Ice Age that would otherwise prove fatal.
We came out of the last Ice Age with a 5-million world-population, because that was all that open-air agriculture could support. If we don't apply the human resources that we now have and create a new and protected platform for agriculture, the human presence will shrink back to a comparable size of an Ice Age population, to possibly a 100-million world-population that might be maintained with modern agricultural methods applied in the remaining agriculturally viable lands. That would still cover only 1% of the ten-billion world population that we will likely have in 100 years time. The loss of 99% of humanity falls well within the category of a mass-extinction. In fact, we are roughly the eighth major human species. The previous seven major species and groups of species have all become extinct and forgotten, possibly as the result of the many Ice Ages. Their names barely live on in scientific language as the Australopithecus africanus, Paranthropus robustus, Homo habilis-rudolfensis, Homo ergaster-erectus, Homo antecessor, Homo heidelbergensis, Homo neandertalensis. In fact we barely recognize ourselves as the Homo sapiens, the last survivors and the shortest lived of them all, at barely 200,000 years of age. Homo erectus had existed for 1.5 million years and became extinct. However, for the first time ever, and as the first species ever, we have the capacity at our present stage to steal the sting off the Ice Age and bypass its tragedy, provided we apply the capacities that we have developed.
Some people may doubt that we have the required capacities to achieve the necessary technological wonder that can save us from the coming Ice Age. In order to judge that potential, let us look at what we have already achieved.
Humanity has entered the Holocene Epoch with a relatively small presence. However, its journey through the difficult conditions of the roughly 20 Ice Ages of the Pleistocene Epoch has forced mankind's creativity to a higher qualitative level. A new phase in the creative intensity of life began that profoundly shaped the outcome of it. Mankind came into the Holocene from its 2.5-million-year history with a tiny 5-million world-population (variously estimated between 1-10 million), but it also came equipped with a richly developed genius, resulting from countless progressive discoveries and self-discoveries of the principles of life and the universe. Mankind came into the Holocene with a qualitative dimension that profoundly sets the human species apart from any other species of life ever created in the creative processes of the principle of life. That developed potential in combination with the Holocene warm climate set the stage for an astonishing explosion of human life.
Children of the Holocene.
We were demanded for two million years to become increasingly creative in our response to the ever-changing and often harsh environment. We became in this manner the first truly creative species of life in the known universe. The capacity for scientific and technological development, which defines our present age, has been created largely by our own doing under the intense pressures of a harsh environment. We literally 'created' ourselves as a new species on the planet that is as different in its complexity and capacity in creative power as day is from night. By this factor the Holocene Epoch became not just another cyclical phenomenon of climatic changes, but unfolds with a brand new melody of its own in the song of life that is carried now forward with a creative power never before seen on this planet. Right from the start, in what is deemed the cradle of civilization, we have seen active interventions by mankind in shaping the environment to make it more productive. We have seen irrigation systems being built, such as those built in the Indus River valley by the Harrapan Civilization that goes back more than 5000 years from the present.
The Holocene is the latest warm period of the Pleistocene Ice Age. It began with a much warmer climate than we have now. The Holocene Optimum was two degrees warmer than the present global average temperature, consequently there was far more moisture in the air. Evidence suggests that the Sahara was green 7000 years ago. It had rivers flowing in it and civilizations developing. The age of civilization also began in many other places on the planet, almost simultaneously.
It began of course, when the process of agriculture, which apparently had been created from much earlier discoveries, suddenly flourished in the ideally warm climate and formed the background for what may be termed a humanist revolution. Living in the Holocene climate, mankind's creative process, which had become a budding scientific process, had utilized the warm climate as a ready-made resource for expanded food production that enabled it to multiply. The tiny 5 million world-population that emerged from the Ice Age background after 2.5 million years of mankind's existence 'suddenly' became a 150 million world-population in only 100 centuries. This kind of rapid development represents a profound phase shift in the qualitative unfolding of the principle of life.
After the initial period of growth the dynastic and imperial age began on Earth. In its time the creative process was slowed to a snail's pace. By the mid-1600s, the world population had reached barely 500 million. At this point, still another phase shift occurred in the creative song of life. It occurred in the form of a Cultural Revolution. A new image of mankind had been created and put on the table. It launched a new renaissance, a renaissance of scientific and technological progress. In this newly created, intensely energetic humanist environment built on the wings of science, primarily divine Science, the human presence rapidly doubled. In only 200 years 500 million people were added to the world to reach the 1-billion mark around 1825. Then the world-population doubled again, adding an entire billion in half that time, to 2 billion by 1930. From this point on it took a mere 30 years to add the next billion, getting us to 3 billion by 1960. The fourth billion was added thereafter in only 15 years, by 1974.
What had happened? Obviously, this sudden increase in civilization and the human presence didn't reflect improvements in mankind's breeding habits, not after 2.5 million years of prior history. Nor did mankind experience a suddenly gain in intelligence that it didn't have when it came out of the last Ice Age. Coming out of the last Ice Age obviously hadn't change the nature of mankind from what it had become during the precious 2.5 million years. But something dramatic did happen in those final years of the Holocene Epoch. What happened may be termed a new development in divine Science. Mankind had gleamed something from the great periods of renaissance about the nature of itself as a divine manifest of life that has its roots in that one source that holds the principles of the universe, and the principle life, called God. With its new and advanced perception of itself, mankind became a creator in its own right, reflecting the creative principles of God on the wings of spiritual and scientific development.
Now that the present interglacial warm period is drawing to a close, one of the vital factors for our food production in agriculture will vanish, which is the present warm climate that our entire food infrastructure is built on. With that comes the challenge to create new food resources or to create technological infrastructures to protect the world's agriculture in indoor facilities. While it is possible to create the large infrastructures for indoor agriculture, and the technologies that are required to operate them, a higher identity of mankind is required than is presently accepted, the kind that we find rooted in our link to the source of the principles of the universe. The present face of mankind is too deeply soiled with mud, the mud of the fascism of greed, violence, war, even nuclear war, for the kind of Ice Age Renaissance to be possible that is required for building the Ice Age infrastructures. Obviously, the potential that we have as human beings is no guarantee in itself that the potential will be utilized.
This brings us back to the question of Divine Science. In Divine Science we find our roots in the principle of the universe, in the divine Principle that is without beginning and is universally reflected. By reaching for the potentials that we find in these roots, which are inherently spiritual potentials of a divine origin, potentials of intelligence, love, truth, reason, humanity, and so forth, we will make the coming Ice Age a non-event. That makes Divine Science without a doubt the most crucial element in the self-development of mankind. If we succeed, then the Holocene Epoch will never end. The rule of the Ice Ages will then be broken.
That victory over the Ice Ages is a goal that a highly developed spiritual mankind can achieve. We have made enormous progress over the last few centuries in discovering and utilizing the physical principles of the universe, or more correctly the physical manifest of divine Principle. However, in terms of reflecting the higher level manifests of divine Principle, those that unfold in spiritual expressions reflecting the universal principles of Love, Soul, Truth, and so forth, we behave more like babies in diapers. We cheat, lie, steal, kill, make war, make poverty, loot, destroy, hate, dominate, and build nuclear bombs (yes, that process has started again). What me most need, and this truly more than anything else, is a major breakthrough in Divine Science that helps us to discover, understand, and utilize more and more of the spiritual manifests of divine Principle, such as universal love, that enable us to get out of the present, utterly inhuman trap that we've been drawn into by fascist greed, social isolation, baseless division, and of course slavery to false ideals, and so forth. If we remain in this trap we effectively kiss the potential Ice Age Renaissance good bye, as unattainable. Few will survive that.
Towards this goal, mankind have been given a tremendous boost over the last few hundred years, and not only through the periods of renaissance that were created on this planet, but more profoundly by the efforts of a few pioneers, like Mary Baker Eddy who created in the mid 1800s a far reaching pedagogical structure for the advance of Divine Science among mankind. We can build on this foundation towards the needed Ice Age Renaissance that is required to save our civilization.
This book presented here is the first in a series of three books to explore the vast dimension of that pedagogical structure for Divine Science, which Mary Baker Eddy has out onto the table for mankind.
Divine Science is not philosophy
What exactly is Divine Science? The world is filled with a perplexing array of philosophies, ideologies, religions, theologies, theosophies, and so forth, all claiming to be the voice of the truth. Obviously none are. But can there be a science that supercedes all of them, a Science that is rooted in God for the discovery of ourselves as the highest manifest of life on the planet in terms of our roots in divine Principle, which are far from being recognized and much less understood. We need a science in which we can recognize ourselves as a divine idea and discover the principles of man and civilization that make us human by which the divine idea that we reflect comes more fully to light. We need a science that aids us to discover what almost seems undiscoverable, and then enables up to move with those discoveries.
Can the scientific and spiritual development process in Divine Science bring us closer to the spiritual dimension of our humanity and to recognize their truth? The answer must be yes, because the unfolding principles have already been proven in part by the achievements in Christian Science healing throughout the world over the last 140 years since Christian Science had been discovered by Mary Baker Eddy and made a part of her pedagogical structure for Divine Science.
Some imperial self-interest groups would hinder this unfolding, especially Divine Science bringing to light the truth about the divine nature of man. The empiricist says flatly, and with a smiling face, there is no such thing as truth. The empiricist says whatever your imagination fancies, really is the truth, and no one needs to bother to prove anything. Aristotle says, whatever you can see with your eyes is the truth. That's prove enough. Plato says no. He raised the standard to a new and higher level. He says whatever you can see with the mind's eye comes closer to the truth.
If there had been railways tracks laid in 300 BC Plato would have shown that the tracks do no get narrower in the distance and merge into a single line as the physical eye tells us they do. He would have pointed out that the mind's eye corrects the errors of the physical senses with an understanding of the principles of the real world. His whole career was centered on seeing with the mind's eye to discover the underlying universal principles that the physical senses cannot see, thereby he aids mankind coming closer to understanding reality.
Plato is sometimes said to have been the precursor of the emergence of Christianity. It is said that Christ Jesus built on the foundation of scientific and spiritual discoveries of that age and then took the discovery and development process several steps further, also building on the Hebrew historic background of a long spiritual history. Christ Jesus' spiritual achievements, especially his healing works, were deemed miracles throughout the world, and still are, because that is how they must appear outside of the realm of Divine Science where the spiritual fact is deemed not a fact, and divine Principle is deemed beyond comprehension. Plato would likely have disagreed. I am certain that to the people of Jesus' time air travel and space flight would have seemed as miraculous and beyond comprehension as the Christ-manifests of healing appear to many in today's age of spiritually small-minded thinking, a kind of 'flat-earth-mentality' type of thinking.
The best comment that sums it all up seems to be the one made by the man who was healed of blindness by Christ Jesus. What should have been so obvious to the priesthood at the time, the once blind man had to spell out for them. "Whereas before I was blind, now I see."*236 Indeed, what more did he need to say?
The evidence points to a truth. The truth of course, since the process isn't understood anymore in the scientific age, is placed into the court of God as a mystery or arbitrary divine act. Period! But what about those cases in which the process has been repeated with equal result in the modern age, on a scientific basis? This has happened in countless cases all over the world for almost 150 years. Shouldn't we be able to develop the science that underlies those processes and all processes of that type, including the still greater ones that are required for the needed Ice Age Renaissance?
To describe that as divine miracles, which is not understood, but is happening regardless, is a cheap way of dealing with the paradox. All this miracle talk about Christ Jesus' works actually cheapened his profound achievement. A scientific investigation in Divine Science would have revealed the operational principles behind the works and made the re-applicable, and applicable to greater challenges still. To speak of his healing demonstrations, which resulted from understood and acknowledged divine Principles, in term of miracles is like saying that an airliner flies not by the utilization of understood aerodynamic principles, but flies by the grace of God. That tramples on the achievements of countless scientists, researchers, engineers, technicians, workers, operators, who discovered the aerodynamic principles, who created the technologies based on the discoveries, and who dedicated their life to making the resulting process work reliably and efficiently.
Of course the operational understanding spiritual and divine principles can be traced back to a divine quality that we all have as human beings, or rather to a multitude of spiritual qualities, such as intelligence, cognition, and love, to name just a few. Their truth, of course, is just as fundamental to what is reflected in a Boing-747 crossing the Atlantic with 400 passengers on board, than it is healing a blind man in scientific Christian healing. It seems to be the efficient human way to travel, flying at slightly less than the speed of sound, 40,000 feet above the ground, with in-flight meal service and movies for entertainment. What happens there is a symphony of mankind's universal spiritual qualities becoming manifest. By the same token it has been said that Christian Science healing, when it is properly achieved, as it has been achieved in countless way, is by far the most effective form of healing attainable.
In both of the above cases we are presented with evidence of a truth that has its roots many layers higher than what the eye can see. The farther we follow these layers we find them converging on one source in which the principles of the universe are located.
In ages past the search for this underlying truth has involved the discovery of primitive spiritual healing processes. From shamanism to the religious practitioner, in crisis after crisis, people resorted to prayers or rituals or ceremonies for the healing of sickness, as if to persuade some higher power to reshape the reality of the universe or to grant exceptions from it. Few however came yet close to the near flawless success-rate and magnitude in healing accomplishments attributed to Christ Jesus. It was as if he had gathered together all the leading-edge achievements of the ages and had taken them many steps further.
Such an event, as the emergence of the Christ, had been foretold in prophecy. Some of the anticipation had evidently a lot to do with wishful thinking, and some resulted from alert individuals who could see the progressive unfolding of the ongoing trend. Some even called Christ Jesus the Son of God, and he didn't dispute this, but agreed. Thus, by not disputing his divine nature as a man he drew everybody else into this sphere of the divine with him, calling himself the Son of God and also the son of man, and this as it were in the same breath. He attached to the human being a boundless divine image.
Actually what he did was the result of a long-drawn development. He didn't step off the train and was hailed as Messiah. It is said that some rather unusual circumstances surrounded the man's birth. That is not surprising. There was a national crisis brewing brought on by Roman rule, with a string of messianic prophesy standing in the background. The people at this time looked for a Savior. Also the platform of scientific thinking had been far advanced at the time. Over two centuries earlier the circumference of the Earth had been calculated with a surprising accuracy, though no one had even seen the Earth as a sphere. The spiritual reality reflecting discovered universal principles had become something tangible and real in those days. Some of that came together with an upsurge in spiritual expectancy surrounding the boy Jesus. Naturally, he fulfilled that role. He became the Messiah, a manifestation of the natural order in the unity of God and man, drawn in lateral relationship, standing side by side without distance. He was the Son of God in that sense, the highest manifest of the divine idea, man, the Exemplar of the divine reflected in all mankind. At the same time he said that he was just a man, and that anyone could have done the same and had the same powers. However, to develop that perception so concretely that it would withstand all tests and all challenges would take him thirty years of further individual work of self-development in Divine Science before his public career could begin, which turned out to be rather brief, actually.
After Christ Jesus' execution on the cross and the persecution of his followers that unleashed a wave of killing which echoed through the centuries, the spiritual dimension of his work became shrouded in mysticism and religiosity, and the underlying Truth behind it all became almost totally lost. With that the concept of Divine Science almost died. Only with the Golden Renaissance was a spark of it brought to the foreground again, which was soon drowned out once more in blood.
The next major renaissance in Europe, in the 17th Century, revived that spark and let grow brighter. It became a spark of universal love as an unfolding principle. Out of it came a wave of freedom that led to the founding of the first nation-state republic on the planet, the American republic, built constitutionally on the General Welfare Principle, a subset of the divine Principle of Universal Love. The unfolding of Divine Science was on the move again.
In America, the same scientific and cultural renaissance that had transformed Europe, continued, which had created the USA from the pinnacle of achievements in European culture. It continued in a somewhat protected environment while in Europe the renaissance-achievements were fast being destroyed again, drowned in violence and blood. America became a sanctuary in this regard for the renaissance spirit, almost the only outpost of it that remained at the time. The re-imperialization that had ravished Europe had failed in America.
In Europe it had began with the Venetian takeover of England, followed by the French Revolution, the Napoleonic wars that came out of it, and the corrupt Congress of Vienna, etc. The American Civil War was a brutal imperial attempt to break up the still unfolding renaissance in America. But that too was defeated. In the shadow of this victory for humanism over imperialism, the growing American renaissance became an evermore-pronounced scientific renaissance. And here once again that spark of the Christ idea was drawn to the surface in a profound manner. Only this time it unfolded in a majestic way in the background of a quiet development process in Divine Science.
It happened one day that a woman had suffered a severe spinal injury in a fall in Lynn Massachusetts. The doctors had given up all hope for a recovery. Death seemed near. Only she hadn't given up hope yet. She had reasoned that the healing works, which Christ Jesus had become famous for hadn't been miracles. The reasoned that in the real world miracles never happen. She reasoned that whatever happens, happens because an underlying principle enables it to happen, reflecting an underling truth. She reasoned that the principles that Christ Jesus' healing illustrated were still as valid and as accessible in her times as they had been then.
And so it turned out, she was healed in an instant on the basis of that kind of reasoning. Also she had suffered from ill health for decades prior to that time, which no one had been able to help her with. That too was healed as if a page had been turned to a new reality. That happened in 1866.
Most people would have left it with that. They would have felt that their highest payer had been answered. She didn't. She said to herself that she must discover the science of the process that that had enabled the healing in order that this process might be applied universally. She wrote later that she spent three years in an intensive effort focused on discovering a positive rule. She said that she kept aloof from society, searched the scriptures, and read little else. She said that this time was buoyant while she won her way to absolute conclusions "through divine revelation, reason, and demonstration."*237 The end-result was that she was able to heal others with the principles of the Science that she had discovered.
In those early days, a medical doctor whose hopeless case she had healed almost effortlessly, suggested to her that she write a book to document her discovery.*238 Little did he know that this work was already under way and that it would take nine years to be completed, and that even then, this achievement would mark just other beginning.
She called her discovered science, Christian Science, and her book that documents it, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. Her name, Mary Baker Eddy, has become synonymous with Christian Science as its discoverer and founder. However, her name has not yet become synonymous with Divine Science for her contribution that advanced this ultimate science beyond the tallest concepts that the people of her time could comprehend. It proved to be quite a challenge to get people to comprehend the Science of Christ healing which she discovered on the path of her own scientific and spiritual development in Divine Science. Her discovery was a specific event that came out this background. She didn't invent what she later called Christian Science. Its principles preexisted her profound expression that set up a new stage for healing. The discovered principles had existed together with all the other universal divine principles that are reflected in life and the universe. Her discovery of the scientific principles of Christ-healing resulted from her lifelong work in the larger sphere of Divine Science. She didn't pull Christian Science out of a hat, as it were. She wrote: "God had been graciously preparing me during many years for the reception of this final revelation of the absolute divine Principle of scientific mental healing." The breakthrough event of her work in Divine Science was her own instantaneous healing in 1866 of that injury from her fall on an icy street, which the professionals had deemed to be ultimately fatal and which was indeed trending towards that. She wrote: "I discovered the Christ Science or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and named my discovery Christian Science."*239
In a historic sense Christian Science came out of Divine Science, mankind's final frontier. Mary Baker Eddy acknowledged this by developing a scientific pedagogical structure for mankind's advancement in its own divine Science discovery process, which she put all of her major works into as parts of that larger whole, including Christian Science that is fulfilling a specific function within that larger whole.
Naturally, Mary Baker Eddy's name became with her book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which became widely known as the Christian Science textbook, and for good reason. During the 35 years of her career, since the first publication of her book in 1875, over 300 editions of it have been produced by her, apparently in a constant effort to clarify the scientific dimension of it. Over the years till the present, countless people have been healed by the mere perusal of the book. She also taught the science involved, in her own college created for this purpose, to train practitioners for public healing. She taught over four thousand students, personally, over seven years.
Since the churches of her time, almost as if with a single voice, had rejected the very idea of having a scientific foundation established for the principles of Christian healing, she saw herself compelled to create her own church, which became The Church of Christ Scientists that eventually spread into many lands.
Her final achievement, after an unparalleled success, was apparently in an effort to bring the principles of scientific Christian healing into the universal political arena. For this purpose, already far into her 80s, at a stage when most people sit back and celebrate their achievements, she gave up her beloved country home in Concord New Hampshire and moved to Boston to create a major international newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor.
Today, nearly a hundred years after her death in December 1910, these are the elements of her contribution for the advance of mankind that she is rightfully honored for. She had given mankind a vastly richer image than has ever been given to man apart from Christ Jesus.
In retrospect, only one question had been left unanswered by her, so it seems, as to how one comes closer to understanding the Truth behind the truth. The church wasn't moving forward. The churches that had been created during her time began to diminish, the congregations to dwindle, the healing efficacy to become less certain. In many cases healing is no longer experienced at all. With this trend her name gradually drifted into the background and from there into obscurity. But that is not where her story ends. In fact her real story is just beginning there.
Behind the unanswered question as to what is the Truth behind the truth stands a profound scientific element of her work that even now after 100 years remains largely unrecognized, namely her work in the larger sphere of Divine Science. That work is so little known that is even deemed not to exist. Nor is this scientific element a small part of her work. The pedagogical structure for the advance of Divine Science that she had created and outlined, is so large in its scope that every major element of her work is not only contributory to it, but is in fact an integral part of that structure. It is so wide in scope and so far-reaching that people couldn't see it in her time. It is one of those cases where the proverb applies about not being able to see the forest for all the trees.
The pedagogical structure for scientific and spiritual development that she created and has provided a precise architecture for, is a compound work that is made up of 11 major constituent structures. Some of these are simple, but most are complex structures in themselves. Even her textbook in its entirety, is a constituent part of this pedagogical structure by its very design. Nor is the largest part of it. The biggest and most complex of all the constituent parts is her Glossary of the textbook, a structure of 144 elements that are designed to stand in a position sensitive interrelationship. It is a vast structure all by itself, designed for exploring the science that is involved in her discovery and in the process of scientific and spiritual discovery itself. This single structure, the Glossary structure, is so extensive that its possible combinations would add up to a number that is 250 digits long.
However, her compound pedagogical structure is also unique in a different way. It doesn't provide many answers, or in most cases none at all. The term "pedagogical" comes to mind as it implies a kind of educational discourse that is designed to make one think and discover rather than adhere to doctrine. Instead of providing dogmatic answers her pedagogical structure merely invites a lot of questions that scientific development is required to provide answers for. That is how individual, spiritual and scientific development unfolds at the leading edge.
And so it should be. While religion is a structure of doctrines, science is a structure of discoveries, built on discoveries and practical results, results of healing for example. On this path, no finite doctrine will ever emerge, or limits be imposed to the discovery process. Thus the pedagogical opens the path to divine metaphysics taking the place of physics through an exploration of the infinite concept of God and of man's spiritual existence with God in a zero-distance lateral environment.
The irony is that this vast pedagogical structure has already existed for over 100 years and has remained largely unrecognized for all this time, and that even now, as it is recognized, remains largely regarded as if it didn't exist. But it does exist. It has existed for over 100 years right in the open, wrapped in the very book that countless people have studied on a daily basis for more than a century.
The reason for this continuing paradox may be that Mary Baker Eddy's book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, is exclusively regarded as the Christian Science textbook, which is a role that it fulfills. It is evidently not recognized however, that Mary Baker Eddy never called her book the Christian Science textbook in the book itself. She couldn't, because it is far more than that. It is not only an integral part of her pedagogical structure but also contains the major part of its outline. By giving her book a narrow definition, all of that becomes lost along the way. The irony is that the major part of its power to uplift civilization and benefit mankind has thereby remained unutilized, even while the future of mankind rests squarely on its development in Divine Science. Enormous progress has been made in mankind's discovering of the physical principles of the universe in its countless forms of physical Science while tragically little progress has been achieved in discovering the spiritual principles in divine Science that are reflected in life and in ourselves as the leading edge of it, which covers the far more profound part of the universe. The Ice Age challenge that is looming ahead cannot be met without both aspects of Science being applied together to the fullest degree possible, because our humanity is anchored in both of these aspects of principles that shape the universe. On a lesser foundation we are bound to fail.
This is what the exploration in Divine Science appears to be designed to address, as outlined by Mary Baker Eddy. It presents the discoveries of it by this author, not any form of official perception. The book presented here is the only book of its type in existence at the present time, and even so, it only covers the basics of what has been discovered about Mary Baker Eddy's pedagogical structure for scientific and spiritual development in divine Science.