Relating the 56 element structure
to the 144 element Glossary matrix

Structures of light
and structures of darkness

Two structures of 56 terms each.

There are exactly 56 rays of light surrounding the star on the front cover of Christ and Christmas. What does it mean?

If one divides the lower three rows of the matrix in half, centered on the central elements of the center row, each of these halves will contain 56 definitions. 

The interesting aspect is that one can map seven structures of eight definitions each, into the upper part of this structure according to the seven days of creation and the seven synonyms for God. This gives us seven elements each for the seven days of creation, and another seven elements each for the synonyms for God, standing as rays of light in each of the four columns to eradicate the corresponding elements of darkness associated with Hell and Night. These counterpoints of light to the elements of darkness create a symmetric confrontational structure that counteracts the existence of Hell and Night in consciousness, as shown below.

Hell. Mortal belief; error; lust; remorse; hatred; revenge; sin; sickness; death; suffering and self-destruction; self-imposed agony; effects of sin; that which "worketh abomination or maketh a lie."

Night. Darkness; doubt; fear.


In the diagram shown the central element of the second row is shown to be shared between the upper and lower part of the confrontational structure. These central elements are of the dual directional type.

In the upper part the numbers represent terms that reflect the nature of the seven synonyms for God in the sequence presented in the Glossary definition for the term God, together with the characteristics of God presented in the same definition.


The great I AM; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence.

It appears to me that the synonym of Love corresponds with two characteristics, pertaining to the higher and lower levels where the synonym appears in the central position. It appears that Mary Baker Eddy has separated the last two 'characteristics' definitions for this reason.

The seven 'rays of light' also correspond with the sequence of the seven days of creation or divine reflection, as outlined in Genesis 1.

In the lower part we find their corresponding hellish elements that will be lost when the structure of 'Hell' becomes eradicated in human consciousness.

What authority do he have for looking that the last three rows of the city foursquare in a manner in which the hellish elements are drawn into a confrontational context with the seven synonyms for God and with the seven days of creation? Again, we can find an answer to this in the metaphor of the crown in Christ and Christmas.

3, 5, 7, 9, and 16: dimension of the development structure for Christian Science

As you can see, there are seven leaves surrounding the central jewel. Also, throughout the paintings in Christ and Christmas we the stars presented as seven pointed stars, including the star on the front cover that is surrounded by those 56 rays of light. We have a strong metaphor here that unites the elements of seven with the rays of light that outshine all points of darkness until there will be no night there.

Another confirming metaphor can be found in the shape of the stars of the five star crown of divine Science that is a part of the cross and crown seal which Mary Baker Eddy has placed on the cover of all of her books. The stars on the crown are small, but they are all seven pointed stars.


In building the Glossary structures, especially at the level of Christianity, the challenge is that we do not bring concepts into association with the downwards oriented part that draws us into Hell, which represent concepts that need to be eliminated from the human scene. We need to keep away from those positions all aspects of our human existence on Earth, which need to be elevated and purified, rather than to be eradicated. One such human concept that must evidently be protected to be uplifted, is Heart.

Heart. Mortal feelings, motives, affections, joys, and sorrows.

Who has not found that ones most honest feelings and affections, and joys and sorrows, even ones motives, have all dragged one through hell at times? Who has not said on occasions: I don't want to go through that again? One certainly wouldn't want to throw away what is preciously human, as Heart, even though it involves great challenges. Depravity, on the other hand is something that we don't want to have in our experience, ever. Those we can assign to Hell and let go.

Perhaps a guide for what belongs into hell, to be eliminated from human experience, can be found in Mary Baker Eddy's translation of mortal mind (S&H 115-6).

First Degree: Depravity. - ( HELL )

PHYSICAL. Evil beliefs, passions and appetites, fear, depraved will, self-justification, pride, envy, deceit, hatred, revenge, sin, sickness, disease, death.

Second Degree: Evil beliefs disappearing. - ( Christianity )

MORAL. Humanity, honesty, affection, compassion, hope, faith, meekness, temperance.
(we want to protect those)

Third Degree: Understanding. - ( The Christ )

SPIRITUAL. Wisdom, purity, spiritual understanding, spiritual power, love, health, holiness.

It has been suggested to me that we can keep our heart save from any accidental self-annihilation by way of a false sense of purity, which is readily accomplished by focusing on the process of Baptism.


Baptism. Purification by Spirit; submergence in Spirit.

We are "willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." (II Corinthians v. 8.)

Rolf A. f. Witzsche