1. - Levels of Spiritual Perception
in human consciousness
beginning of the Christian era, as it were a summation of mankind's
spiritual development up to that point, projected forward, the Apostle John
predicted in a profound metaphoric imagery the end of all evil through
scientific and spiritual development. The metaphor that he used was that of
a city foursquare descending from God out of heaven, recorded in the Bible
in Revelation 21.
Baker Eddy has used this metaphor of science, of the city foursquare, and
build all of her major works in conformity with that structure of the city
foursquare. In this manner, she brings all of her major works not only into
the context of a profound metaphoric prophesy, but also into a scientific
context to each other, and into a structural interrelationship that can be
explored and utilized for individual scientific spiritual development that
is as profound as her discovery of Christian Science and it's relationship
to the greatest prophesy of all times, namely that of the end of all
evil through the scientific and spiritual development of mankind.
the city foursquare represents a matrix we deal with four distinct levels
here, levels of consciousness, levels of spiritual perception.
describing the city foursquare Mary Baker Eddy defined four "cardinal
points" or main points which are evidently of fundamental importance
when one considers the spiritual reality of our being. She defined them as
and Health page 577)
(The city of our God)
This spiritual, holy habitation has no boundary nor limit, but its four
cardinal points are:
the Word of Life, Truth, and Love;
the Christ, the spiritual idea of God;
Christianity, which is the outcome of the divine Principle of
the Christ-idea in Christian history;
Christian Science, which to-day and forever interprets this
great example and the great Exemplar.
considering the nature of the cardinal points that Mary Baker Eddy has
defined, it becomes evident that the cardinal points themselves are arranged
as given in an upwards oriented hierarchical order, and can be so applied to
the matrix (see
addition, we can add the following hierarchical definitions from the Glossary
that likewise represent levels of consciousness. These are, Day,
Morning, Evening, and Night,
Kingdom of Heaven, Earth, and Hell.
2. The need for a partitioning of
We can also apply the levels of
the translation of
immortal mind and mortal mind from the Christian Science textbook (p. 115)
to the matrix structure, according to their various levels.
TRANSLATION OF IMMORTAL MIND
Divine Principle, Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Spirit, Mind.
MAN: God's spiritual idea,
individual, perfect, eternal.
IDEA: An image in Mind; the
immediate object of understanding. - Webster.
OF MORTAL MIND
First Degree: Depravity.
beliefs, passions and appetites, fear, depraved will, self-justification,
pride, envy, deceit, hatred, revenge, sin, sickness, disease, death.
Second Degree: Evil beliefs disappearing.
honesty, affection, compassion, hope, faith, meekness, temperance.
Third Degree: Understanding.
purity, spiritual understanding, spiritual power, love, health, holiness.
the process of applying these structures poses somewhat of a problem. We
have two separate structures of three parts each, but we have a four level
matrix to apply them to. In other words, we need some guidance. As it has
become obvious by now, this guidance can be found in the visual images in
Christ and Christmas.
look at the scene of the painting that is associated with the textbook
chapter in which the above two structures are presented we see an image of a
tablet in the lap of the woman in the rocking chair, that is divided in a
rather peculiar manner.
takes a closer look at the tablet the following image comes to light.
image may not look like much, but it is profound as it describes the global
partitioning of the entire matrix. It shows a global portioning
vertically down the center, and two horizontal portioning across the matrix.
(Actually the logical partitioning had been recognized in part, before the
image of the tablet was noticed, so that the discovery of it became merely a
verification. It is obviously easier to find something when one knows what
to look for.)
applies these partitioning to the matrix, the following comes to light.
Please note that red lines of partitioning does reflect the image on the
3. The horizontal partitioning into
can see, the vertical dividing line separates the matrix into two halves. If
one looks at the interrelationship between the two halves one will find the
left half deals with inward oriented concerns, related to the Word, and the
Christ; while the right half deals with outward oriented concerns related to
Christianity and divine Science. One will also find that the two halves are
so designed that they can logically overlay each other, as shown above, by
which the individual elements become logically matched. In other words, we
deal with two matched sets of vertical columns, that reflect each other in
spite of their different focus.
4. The confrontational structure
Baker Eddy's "translation of mortal mind" takes place in the three
lower rows. They create a confrontational structure of the
"spiritual" versus the "physical," or light versus
darkness. The dividing line of this confrontational structure goes right
through the middle of the domain of Christianity. Indeed, the domain of
Christianity has been a volatile domain, open to wars and the worst
depravities of the night of hell, but being open to the Christ at the same
time in practical repentance and through scientific and spiritual
applies the 144 Glossary definitions, from the textbook, to the global
matrix, one will find that the logical partitioning of the lower three rows,
as shown above, becomes highly significant. One will find that the size of
each of these partitions is such that we can have the seven days of creation
and the seven synonyms for God represented in each column, standing as
counterpoints of light to the corresponding areas of darkness in the lower
part of the confrontational structure.
5. The divine structure (vertical)
translation of immortal Mind evidently takes place entirely within the upper
row, related to the Word, and defined as Heaven, and Day. This is the row if
divine reality, and at the center is man in a structural oneness with God,
as the divine image of God.
interesting question presents itself here. Does man, as the divine image of
God, correspond with divine revelation. The Christ, evidently falls into
this category, Mary Baker Eddy writes: "Christ expresses God's spiritual,
eternal nature." (S&H p.333)
Baker Eddy writes under the heading of "Divine trinity"
Life, Truth, and Love
constitute the triune Person called God, - that is, the triply divine
Principle, Love. They represent a trinity in unity, three in one, - the
same in essence, though multiform in office: God the Father-Mother; Christ
the spiritual idea of sonship; divine Science or the Holy Comforter. These
three express in divine Science the threefold, essential nature of the
infinite. They also indicate the divine Principle of scientific being, the
intelligent relation of God to man and the universe.
(S&H p. 331)
becomes evident from this description that the Christ, Christian Science,
and divine Science, have the same origin as man, though with variances in
office. The divine origin of man as divine image is important for a correct
self-perception, and one's perceived relationship to the Christ and
Christian Science. They are all at the same level. They may impact human
consciousness in different ways, and in different domains of human living,
but they reflect the same authority and the same absolute divine Principle.
tempting to regard the Christ Science as the gateway to reality, which it
is. But the same must also be said about Christian Science and divine
Science at every level where they impact on human consciousness. Christian
Science operates in Hell, the domain of human error that God can have no
knowledge of because there is no reality in it, but it acts as a gateway to
reality by correcting erroneous perceptions wherever they may be found. This
universal effect of scientific and spiritual development of human conscious
is best expressed in the definition of Euphrates in the Glossary as: Divine
Science encompassing the universe and man. The full definition is as
Euphrates (river). Divine Science
encompassing the universe and man; the true idea of God; a type of the
glory which is to come; metaphysics taking the place of physics; the reign
of righteousness. The atmosphere of human belief before it accepts sin,
sickness, or death; a state of mortal thought, the only error of which is
limitation; finity; the opposite of infinity.
Euphrates defines the operating domain of divine Science in the highest
strata of human thought, the only error of which is limitation and finity.
Divine Science is our gateway to the infinite. It encompasses all and will
take us beyond the last challenge that we face, which is the human sense of
limitation and finity. The Glossary structure if symbolic for that. It
represents a structure for which there may never be a finite form as the
infinite unfolding of infinite Principle becomes expressed in it. This may
be the most challenging aspect of divine Science, the science of the
divinity of man, to understand and acknowledge that there can be a form
without finity and without limits as we find our existence in the domain of
6. Verification in metaphor
recognize the two unique operational structures that comprise
three parts each, in the construction of the crown in Christ and Christmas.
We find two three part clusters of jewels, and a construction at the center
of seven leaves. Thus, all the vital aspects are represented, especially the
two three part clusters. Both of these clusters are important to us, because
the crown descends from God out of heaven.
The recognition of Christian
Science as an emanation from God, unfolding from the great universal good of
divine Love, infinite Mind, and divine Principle, is important to our
understanding of Christian Science and our efficacy in healing. It tells us
that we are dealing with something that is divine, profound, eternal, and
complete. Nothing needs to be added to improve it, nor does anything need to
be added externally to improve our
understanding of it. Also the structures of divine Science that Mary Baker Eddy created for our
scientific and spiritual development, which are evidently designed to enable us to fully utilize her
discovery, are likewise divine, profound, eternal, and complete.
Mary Baker Eddy's work of
discovering and founding is done. It does not need to be repeated or
augmented, but it
needs to be replicated in individual consciousness. And this we can do. Christian Science does
not exist external to us. It is a
part of man, universally, today and forever, like the Christ and the universal good, or God,
divine Love. This aspect of Mary Baker Eddy's work needs to be cherished as
a precious element of our being, and be demonstrated in healing and in
uplifted and secure lives. The capacity to do this does not really come
from us, but reflects the operations of God. We are privileged
to give birth to them in our lives for the healing of humanity,