Mary Baker Eddy
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Mary Baker Eddy 'died' on December 3rd, 1910 as a corporeal mortal, but before she did, she asked the following to be written down: "God is my life."
It is as if this statement sums up the total of her existence. She did not speak about this in the past tense as her days drew to a close. She never did speak in the past tense in such matters.
The past was important to her in terms of historic relevance. She wrote, "God has been graciously preparing me over many years..." This statement refers to the budding idea that she always deemed to be eternal in its manifestation. Then she explains this manifestation as; "...the final revelation of the absolute divine Principle of scientific mental healing."
This part of her life is still with us. It lives through all time.
In a sense she acknowledged her divine and eternal status by assumed for herself the status of Pastor Emeritus for her church, which she never relinquished, as well as the status of the President of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College (her teaching institution), which she likewise never relinquished.
Obviously, she did not imply with her retaining of this status the possibility of any form of personal spiritualism. To the contrary, she denied this possibility unequivocally in her textbook chapter, Christian Science versus Spiritualism.
Instead of her continued personal leadership, she gave to mankind the structures for scientific and spiritual development that she had developed and had evidently used to built all of her works on, which she also had designated to be the foundation for every level of formal teaching in Christian Science.
In these structures, that all of her works are a part of, we find her scientific genius expressed, as a deep acknowledgement of the spiritual nature of man. There, Mary Baker Eddy's real life is still unfolding. Her legendary ability for healing, which speaks volumes by itself, does not belong to a bright past that has ended and is almost forgotten is if those healing accomplishments represented a personal dispensation of a divine status that applied only to her. Instead, she presented the divinity of man, which she personally represented in full measure. We find her still represented in this divinity, that is also our divinity, and in the universal divinity of all human beings.
She spoke of Christian Science as the final revelation of absolute divine Principle. She also spoke of divine Science, which clearly pertains to the unfolding of the divinity of humanity. She demonstrated in her own healing work the standard of all Christian Science healing in which the divinity of humanity is revealed. Our Christian Science healing work must be deemed incomplete, and to have something spiritually lacking, unless it reflects the standard that she has established for such healing work, which she has made attainable through our working within the channels she has established for it.
In these channels for the scientific development of our spirituality, which is already the reality of our being, and the structures within which these channels unfold, Mary Baker Eddy remains forever alive as a profound scientific teacher, a pioneer of divine genius, and an exemplar of the divinity of man; even as our forever teacher whose final statement was, "God is my life."
Christian Science healing will likely disappear from the planet, and its church organization and its branch churches with it, until her status is established in human consciousness as the President of the teaching institution in divine Science that she has established, and her status is understood and acknowledged as the Pastor Emeritus and exemplar of the divinity of man that we find reflected in Christian Science healing enabled by the structures of divine Science that she pioneered..
Rolf A. F Witzsche
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