by MJSmith

What does Mary Baker Eddy say about the divine infinite calculus?

“Material substances or mundane formations, astronomical calculations, and all the paraphernalia of speculative theories, based on the hypothesis of material law or life and intelligence resident in matter, will ultimately vanish, swallowed up in the infinite calculus of Spirit.” (S&H 209:25)

“Unfathomable Mind is expressed.  The depth, breadth, height, might, majesty, and glory of infinite Love fill all space.  [Notice she has seven words of description in front of Love.  Love as Mind = breadth of Love, Love as Spirit = breadth of Love, Love as Soul = height of Love, Love as Principle = might of Love, Love as Life = majesty of Love, Love as Truth = glory of Love, and Love as Love = infinite Love.]  That is enough!  Human language can repeat only an infinitesimal part  of what exists.  The absolute ideal, man, is no more seen nor comprehended by mortals, than is his infinite Principle, Love.  Principle and its idea, man, are coexistent and  eternal.  The numerals of infinity, called seven days, can never be reckoned according to the calendar of time.  These days will appear as mortality disappears, and they will reveal eternity, newness of Life, in which all sense of error forever disappears and thought accepts the divine infinite calculus.”  (S&H 520:3)

“Science is neither a law of matter nor of man.  It is the unerring manifesto of Mind, the law of God, its divine Principle.  Who dare say that matter or mortals can evolve Science?  Whence, then, is it, if not from the  divine source, and what, but the contemporary of Christianity, so far in advance of human knowledge that mortals must work for the discovery of even a portion of it?  Christian Science translates Mind, God, to mortals.  It is the infinite calculus defining the line [the Word], plane [the Christ], space [Christianity], and fourth dimension of Spirit [divine Science].  It absolutely refutes the amalgamation, transmigration, absorption, or annihilation of individuality.  It shows the impossibility of transmitting human ills, or evil, from one individual to another; that all true thoughts revolve in God’s orbits:  they come from God and return to Him, — and untruths belong not to His creation, therefore these are null and void.  It hath no peer, no competitor, for it  dwelleth in Him besides whom ‘there is none other.'” (Miscellaneous Writings 22:3)

“In Science all being is individual; for individuality is endless in the calculus of forms and numbers.  Herein sin is miraculous and supernatural; for it is not in the nature of God, and good is forever good.  According to Christian Science, perfection is normal, — not miraculous.  Clothed, and in its right Mind, man’s individuality is sinless [because of the Word], deathless [thanks to the  Christ], harmonious [via Christianity], [and the Law of Science demonstrates man’s individuality to be] eternal.  His materiality, clad in a false mentality, wages feeble fight with his individuality, — his physical senses with his spiritual senses.  The latter move in God’s grooves of Science:  the former revolve in their own orbits, and must stand the friction of false selfhood until self-destroyed.” (Miscellaneous Writings 104:9)  Notice that in these two quotes from M. W. that she uses the word “orbits” – does this not denote a circular or oval type of movement?

And the final quote is in a message to The Mother Church for 1901:

“I begin at the feet of Christ and with the numeration table of Christian Science.  But I do not say that one added to one is three, or one and a half, nor say this to accommodate popular opinion as to the Science of Christianity.  I adhere to my text, that one and one are two all the way up to the infinite calculus of the infinite God.  The numeration table of Christian Science, its divine Principle and rules, are before the people, and the different religious sects and the differing schools of medicine are discussing them as if they understood its Principle and rules before they have learned its numeration table, and insist that the public receive their sense of the Science, or that it receive no sense whatever of it.” (Message for 1901  22:15)


The following is from THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT by John L. Morgan, beginning on page 8.  Morgan explains the spiritually scientific layout of Jesus’ sermon and in doing so he must explain the divine infinite calculus (although Mr. Morgan does not ever mention the symbols, the divine infinite calculus is spoken of in the Bible as the four living creatures – the lion, ox or bull, the face of a man, and the flying eagle).

The System of Christian Science: the ‘Four’

 “What, then, is this system of Christian Science? Essentially, it consists in what God is and how He operates. Its synopsis is to be found in Mrs. Eddy’s definition of God in Science and Health where in the first question and answer in the chapter “Recapitulation” she writes.

“‘Question. – What is God?

“‘Answer. – God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love’ (S&H 465:8).

“The foundations of the structure and system of Christian Science in its Science are represented in that one sentence, with its seven nouns and its four adjectives. The seven capitalized synonymous nouns for God are the terms of definitions through which the infinite One can be understood. The four adjectives describe the four modes of offices through which that sevenfold oneness presents itself [as incorporeal], translates itself [as divine], demonstrates itself [as supreme], and interprets itself [as infinite Mind expressing itself as Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love].[1]

“The seven, in some ways, correspond to the ten digits in arithmetic, which are employed in four methods of reckoning, – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. These four are the processes through which the numerals are employed in practice. Another simple analogy is that of the notes in the musical scale which make music through the four of tone, rhythm, melody, and harmony. In terms of human life, the fourfold process of seeking, finding, using, and being permeates everything we do. In the Bible, we [I think he means his and Doorly’s students] are used to the four different Gospel views of the life of Christ Jesus, emphasizing respectively what he taught, what he did, how he lived and related, and what he was. The concept of the fourfold modus, therefore, is a natural part of the system of Christian Science.

“…We are treating the Sermon on the Mount as a practical guide to the system of Christian Science, and this divine system is no abstract structure but is a living thing. The Sermon in Matthew’s Gospel [the Word] is the one place in our two textbooks which methodically gives us a clear, concise picture of the orderly system in terms of life practice. It displays the structure of this system in a more accessible and obvious way than any other passage does. Many texts show us the sevenfold nature of God, and others again illustrate the fourfold divine modus operandi. But the Sermon shows us the two combined, the seven operating through the four, so perfectly that Mathew might well have written it for this very purpose, to show us what God is and what God does. Much of the teaching is found scattered about in Luke’s Gospel [Christianity] also, where the precepts are placed in relation to healing incidents, but Matthew has collected these pearls that Jesus had shared with them during his three years ministry and strung them all together as one coherent sequential whole.

“The way the text has four distinct divisions is really most striking. The first quarter, the Beatitudes, outlines the seven footsteps through which we align ourselves with divinity. It is the way of discipline. The second group spells out this divinity itself, which we adopt as our divinity; it is no longer conditional but factual. The third quarter is the utilization of this attitude in Christian relationships, where we prove that man is the reflection of the divine. The fourth quarter once again moves back from outward behaviour to the inner spiritual facts on which all being is founded.

“…if we get a clear sense of the skeleton[2] of the story, and see the scientific structure and order before we launch into the teachings, our Christian values will have divine authority and effectiveness. We shall no longer be trying to live Christian Science, but our lives will be Christian Science expressing itself.


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The City Foursquare

“The idea of a fourfold process, then, appears to be universal. [This is a proven fact, as we find the city’s layout throughout the world. The December 19, 2014 episode of Ancient Aliens on the History 2 channel was all about this holy structure. Unfortunately, the people on the show are ignorant of the divine calculus so they have no way of explaining the Holy City’s symbolic structure.] We find its archetypal model in the city foursquare which John describes in Revelation. On p. 575 of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy explains it spiritually, giving the characteristics of the four modes of divine operation and naming them as the Word, Christ, Christianity, and [divine] Science.[3] She writes, ‘This sacred city, described in the Apocalypse (xxi. 16) as one that “lieth foursquare” and cometh “down from God, out of heaven,” represents the light and glory of divine Science. The builder and maker of the New Jerusalem[4] is God, as we read in the book of Hebrews; and it is “a city which hath foundations.” The description is metaphoric. Spiritual teaching must always be by symbols. Did not Jesus illustrate the truths he taught by the mustard-seed and the prodigal? Taken in its allegorical sense, the descriptions of the city as foursquare has a profound meaning. The four sides of our city are the Word, Christ, Christianity, and divine Science.’

[The following pictures are from the episode of Ancient Aliens.]

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[The following is a matrix structure and a diagram of the Taj Mahal Garden.  Notice that there are twelve outer squares (like twelve stars around a circle) and four inner squares making a total of sixteen squares.]

Taj MahalStonehenge (56)[This diagram of Stone Henge reminds me of the Starship Enterprise’s shape.  It is supposed to correlate with the 56 rays of light that comes from the Star on the cover of Mary Baker Eddy’s poem Christ and Christmas.]

The Morning Star

The Morning Star

“The application of the term ‘science’ to the knowledge and insight of God is as old as Christianity. Early Church Fathers such as Clement and Origen wrote of it in the second century as ‘divine science,’ [but not as divine Science] ‘the scientific possession of good…being the science [but is not written as “Science”] of things divine and human.’ It was this spiritual understanding that Mary Baker Eddy rediscovered in 1866 and subsequently reduced to system as the Science of Christianity or Christian Science. [I object to Mr. Morgan’s use of the word “rediscovered.” I object because Mary Baker Eddy is the Discoverer of Christian Science. Also, the word ‘discover’ actually means “to uncover” and it was Mary Baker Eddy, not Clement or Origen, who uncovered the methods of animal magnetism (the red serpent-dragon) and (placed [hid] leaven into three measures of meal) uncovered three important sections of Revelation in her chapter “The Apocalypse.” These three sections were about the angel with the little book open (which is Science and Health), the woman God-crowned (who is Reverend Mary Baker Eddy, the woman who presents God’s true Theology to mankind), and the (healing Medicine wheel) Holy City itself. Notice the italicized words make up the title for her chapter “Science, Theology, Medicine”.]

“After naming the four sides of the city, Mrs. Eddy continues by giving the four aspects of this state of divine consciousness [which describes the symbols found in Window of the Open Book]: ‘Northward [toward the North but not the Northern cardinal point], its gates open to the North Star, the Word, the polar magnet of Revelation; eastward, to the star seen by the Wisemen of the Orient, who followed it to the manger of Jesus; southward, to the genial tropics, with the Southern Cross in the skies, — the Cross of Calvary, which binds human society into solemn union; westward, to the grand realization of the Golden Shore of Love and the Peaceful Sea of Harmony.’ The cardinal points of a compass are used by the traveler to calculate his directions, and so we can very properly say that the ‘four’ are the direction in which we face, relative to our source. First, the Word is towards; then the Christ is from; Christianity is with; and Science is as, where the idea is as its Principle. [I feel that I must make a distinction here, that by the use of northward, eastward, southward, and westward, that these four sites are toward the cardinal points of the divine calculus but are not the cardinal points themselves, because the cardinal points belong to the city of God, not to the city foursquare.]

“In Christian symbolism heaven is represented by the circle and earth by the square. Compare the crown with the cross. Thus ‘to square the circle’ is to bring the natural order of heaven to earth. John’s heavenly city comes down and establishes the kingdom of God on earth. We could say that the heavenly ‘seven’ are made practicable and applicable to the human through the city foursquare. When we speak of this city as foursquare it does not mean that we should only envision it as a square box, thus –

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[We must visualize the city foursquare as being a pyramid structure like so –

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These four corners are actually where we find the four Major Stars on Window of the Open Book. These four corners represent the Word as the Word (with the Polar Star), the Word as the Christ (with the Daystar), the Word as Christianity (with Acrux), and the Word as Science (with the Moon – a satellite). So, we have as the outer square the Word’s Squared-Cycle and the inner square of the hub is the Capstone – Science’s Squared-Cycle.] To a mathematician or an engineer a square is a right angle – a draughtsman’s T-square, for example; so to represent the city scientifically we should also depict it as a cross [or a plus], thus –

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“[The above diagram actually is found in Window of the Open Book as the black spokes (accept that the center is filled with the “little book open” and the New Jerusalem artichoke) leading ones eyes from the twelve position on a clock to the six position and from the nine position to the three position. This plus sign depicts the four cardinal points of the Compass Rose (Flowered Window) for the city of our God (Christian Science).] Naturally we cannot adequately express in pictorial form what is really a state of consciousness, but the distinction is worth making so that we shall not fall into the error of boxing in the things of God. In fact Mrs. Eddy continues her description of the city [the Holy City’s tone of Christian Science as the city of our God]: “This spiritual, holy habitation has no boundary nor limit, but its four cardinal points are: [first, the Word of Life, Truth, and Love; second, the Christ, the spiritual idea of God; third, Christianity, which is the outcome of the divine Principle of the Christ-idea in Christian history; fourth, Christian Science, which to-day and forever interprets this great example and the great Exemplar. This city of our God has no need of sun or satellite, for Love is the light of it, and divine Mind is its own interpreter. All who are saved must walk in this light. Mighty potentates and dynasties will lay down their honors within the heavenly city. Its gates open towards light and glory both within and without, for all is good, and nothing can enter that city, which ‘defileth,…or maketh a lie.’]’ (S&H 577:12). By taking foursquare as four right angles, we have taken away any limiting sense of the sides of the city. The word cardinal, meaning ‘principal, or prime importance,’ comes from the Latin for a hinge or turning point [which is what we need when dealing with a wheel]. If we are working from the central One we are like Abraham, to whom God said, ‘look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward [in divine Science]: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it’ (Gen 13:14). What we call the city foursquare – the symbol of the calculus – is a matter of standing within our Principle [which happens to be the Christian Science Textbook], each one of us individually, and looking out from there towards God and from God and with God and as God. The points of our spiritual compass are spiritual attitudes. As the four directions, they are the actual directors [not the five board of directors] that govern the life of the Christian Scientist.

“We have to realize that each of the four aspects, in whatever context, is as vital and important as the others. The four seasons, the four movements of the symphony, the four Gospels, the four sides of a house, the four cardinal points of the compass – in each case the four are of equal value. Indeed, in referring to the holy city the textbook describes its four sides as equal. The Word is not lower than the Christ; Science is not better or higher than Christianity: they are different aspects or phases of the same thing, akin to synonyms.

[However, we can take the meaning of foursquare in a different way; we can see that it also points us to four squared-cycles within the Wheel’s Matrix. By drawing chords from one Major Star to another we get the Word’s squared-cycle. Then by drawing chords from the four Minor Stars next to the four Major Stars we get the Christ’s squared-cycle and by drawing chords from the second group of Minor Stars we get Christianity’s squared-cycle. The final squared-cycle belongs to Science itself via the “little book open” with its four sides.]


The Divine Calculus

“For many people the use of the word ‘calculus’ in connection with spiritual things seems a little strange and somewhat intimidating. Yet every student uses the process even if he has never heard its name. Calculus is a process of reckoning or reasoning by the use of symbols. They symbols with which we reason represent the ideas of God, operating in their divine order and system. Every student intent on understanding the order of the days of creation or the relationships of the synonymous terms for God is engaged in the divine calculus. We are identifying ideas of God and computing their combinations and relationships. We are calculating the specific divine ideas that apply to human experience and resolve the so-called material calculus of false beliefs. For nearly a hundred years Christian Scientists have been at work using this process in part, but it was not until the work of John W. Doorly, in the 1940’s, that it began to be understood, spiritually and scientifically, as the fourfold ordered operation of God.[5]

“When Mrs. Eddy gives the spiritual exegesis of the days of creation in Genesis (S&H 501-520), her first statement in the first day is, ‘Immortal and divine Mind presents the idea of God’ and her last statement in the last day is, ‘and thought accepts the divine infinite calculus.’ Why does she say that Mind presents the idea yet thought accepts not the idea but the calculus? This is the point. The Word presents its idea as facts, whereas thought accepts those facts as functions. Mind gives light and banishes darkness; Spirit separates reality from the mortal concept; Soul gathers ideas and identifies them with their Principle; Principle reflected by its idea governs all in harmony; Life opens ‘the firmament’ to abundant inspired individuality; Truth expresses itself as man, the truth about all creation; and Love restfully enfolds all that it has unfolded [like a Rose Window]. We could say that the synonyms and ideas are nouns, whereas the ways they operate are verbs. Until a noun has a verb, it doesn’t act. So the ‘idea of God’ becomes ‘the divine infinite calculus’ for us as it unfolds from noun to verb, from theory into practice, from abstractions into employment, from fact into function. This, very roughly speaking, is the start of what we mean by calculus. Science is calculated or computed through numerals, numerals of consciousness called ideas. The textbook describes the seven days as ‘the numerals of infinity.’ The full ‘divine infinite calculus’ is the fourfold process represented by the city.

“‘His [Jesus’] mission was to reveal the Science of celestial being to prove what God is and what He does for man’ (S&H 26:16). What He is and what He does. There we see the sevenfold nature in what God is, and the four operations are what He does. Through the ‘seven’ He can be understood. Through the ‘four’ He can be demonstrated. ‘God, good, is self-existent and self-expressed’ (S&H 213:9). This sentence also points to the ‘seven’ and the ‘four.’ The self-existent is the sevenfold One, which is self-expressed through the fourfold calculus of divine operation.

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Some ‘Fours’

“…The Word, revealing what God is, reveals the way to the seeker; the Christ translates the divine ideal to the point of idea or manifestation, so that we find the answer to our prayer or our problem; then the Christ-idea demonstrating itself is Christianity; finally, Science explains or interprets the infinite One, and this comes to us as being, where we are completely at one with our goal.

“Again, we could say that in the Word we are seeking our true manhood through laying down the mortal sense; in the Christ we are finding our true manhood by adopting the divine status; in Christianity we are proving our true manhood by reflecting the divine nature; and in Science we are being true manhood as divine idea.

“In another illustration we see a correspondence in what, who, how, and why. The Word, revealing what God is, begins to answer our questions; through the Christ, we understand who we are, as the expression of God’s being. (Significantly at this point in the Sermon [on the Mount] the text changes over from ‘blessed are they’ to ‘blessed are ye.’) Christianity corresponds to how, because it shows how the divine demonstration takes place – by reflection; finally Science answers why? – for only Science can explain or interpret the heights and depths of being.

“…If there is one incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite God there must be one incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite man as God’s expression. Incorporeal denotes not bodily. This is the Word loosening thought from a material basis, detaching us from objects of sense and spiritualizing our understanding of things. Divine means of God, and it is plainly the Christ office to present the divine in contrast to the human aspect. For example, in the first translation on p. 115 the Christ order of the synonyms is introduced with the single adjective divine, which appears three times also in the margin. Why can we not have the divine first? It is because unless the humanized personal concept of both God and man is first corrected by the function of ‘incorporeal,’ we might be trying to graft immortality onto mortality and the true idea could not be perceived. But once our thought has been detached from its material misconceptions we can respond to the Christ saying to us, ‘You are that which is divine.’ Such a statement has now to be accepted and proved to be true, and we move from the Christ to Christianity in order to make it practical and bring it into life experience. Supreme means that it can be [proved] or is proved. Proof is where we have established both that the fact is and that it is not its opposite. Supremacy, then, is a wonderful term for Christianity; it both proves man to be the divine nature and it disproves the belief that he is of animal nature. The fourth term, infinite, is the only possible term for representing Science, which is not finite in time, space, power, quality, or quantity. It is self-existent, underived, unconditional, omni-active.

“There must be unlimited ways in which we can voice these four divine modes. Once we have caught their tone, we can identify them everywhere. For example, Mrs. Eddy defines Christian Science as ‘the infinite calculus defining the line, plane, space, and fourth dimension of Spirit’ (Mis 22:11). The Word is the line of light, which we must follow in order to be aligned with reality. Then we go on to the plane – or plan, which has the same root; what we have seen in the Word now begins to appear as the plan, the Christ blue-print, or plan of salvation, which applies to every plane of consciousness. Space corresponds to Christianity filling all space with the divine nature reflected everywhere. It displaces the mortal concept, replacing it with the omnipresence of Life, Truth, and Love. Finally, the fourth dimension is what we call being, which the physicist terms the time-space continuum. When we come to consider the Science quarter of the Sermon [on the Mount], we shall see that time and space are dealt with in the fourth dimension. We dwell in Science, not in a material universe.


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“In another instance, we have, ‘man … will find himself unfallen, upright, pure, and free’ (S&H 171:8). We learn through the education of the Word that man is unfallen; he never fell out of God. Then in the Christ we learn that he is the upright man, the man who is upheld by the standard of Truth [as depicted by the woman in TRUTH versus ERROR. This woman represents the vertical post of the crowned-cross in THE WAY.]. He is the counterfact to horizontal man [depicted as two different men in the two differing illustrations of CHRISTIAN SCIENCE HEALING and a third different man in TREATING THE SICK (the woman in CHRIST HEALING is sitting up, she is not horizontal], who is the mortal, –he’s conceived and born horizontally, he’s sick horizontally, he spends a third of his life asleep horizontally, and eventually he’s carried out horizontally too [symbolized by the horizontal bar on the crowned-cross in THE WAY]. But the Christ man is just the opposite of all that story; ‘God hath made man upright’ (Eccl 7:29). Pure is the third one, a true sense of Christianity, where our nature is simply to reflect spirituality, to reflect the divine nature only. Then free is the fourth one, totally absolved from any more working out, – we’re there! The converse would be where mortals appear as ‘fallen, sick, sinning, and dying’ (S&H 259:10).

“[The following paragraph I think explains THE WAY quite well.] The chief negative example is S&H 450:29. The claim of animal magnetism [which would be depicted as the black cross] is that all evil combines in the belief of life, substance, and intelligence in matter ([which] the Word [nullifies]); in electricity, which is dualism, bi-polarity [a crowned-cross] ([which is nullified by] the Christ); in animal nature, opposed to the spiritual nature [the crown] and relationships of Christianity [which nullifies the animal nature]; and in organic life, which is the lie about the self-existent Science of being [when the light of Science shines it exposes the negative reality of organic life as being nothing more than a lie, a film].

“Most of these illustrations are self-evident. A favourite one is at the end of the story of the healing of Mr. Clark of Lynn: ‘I told him to rise, dress himself, and take supper with his family. He did so’ (S&H 195:17). Of course, in tracing these quartets we are merely seeking to confirm that they are not there in the text by accident, and that part of the purpose is to familiarize us with the rhythm of the divine infinite calculus.” (Pages 12–16)

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The System of Christian Science: the ‘Seven’


“Before elaborating further on the ‘four,’ which is the operational sense, we must look also at what is operating, and this is represented by the ‘seven.’ …the system on Christian Science rests upon what God is and what He does. We have looked first at the fourfold activity because this seems to coincide more obviously with everyday life than does the sevenfold nature itself. Even the textbook does not answer the question, “What is God?’ until Chapter XIV [“Recapitulation”], and then it answers, ‘God is incorporeal, divine, supreme, infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love.’ The entire textbook is devoted to an elaboration of what those seven capitalized terms are and are not, how they operate and relate to each other, how they are expressed, and what errors they resolve.

“These capitalized terms generate a range of ideas, which are always printed in lower case. For example, Life generates life, abundance, multiplication, freedom, spontaneity, newness, and so on. The uncapitalized ideas have no independent being of their own but are understood as the reflection of their capitalized origin – exactly as in the case of ‘man’ and ‘God.’ Equally, the capitalized terms include within themselves their own constituent qualities and expressions, just as ‘God’ includes His own self-expression called ‘man.’ As students of Christian Science, many of us started by learning what those seven capitalized synonymous terms are through studying Mrs. Eddy’s specific use of them throughout the textbook, and through the correlative day of creation.

“Let us briefly recapitulate what we know about them. We learn that Mind is cause and creator, that it is light coming to us as intelligence, wisdom, action and movement, and so on. We learn that Spirit is the firmament, that it separates, divides and cleanses, it gives discernment and perspicacity, and leads to understanding because it puts ideas in order; that this understanding yields the conviction that Spirit is the only substance and reality wherein everything is the reflection of Spirit. We learn from our study of Soul that it is the equivalent of the third day, that it makes all things definite and solid and established, that this dry land means that we can identify all things in their changeless, immortal essence, and that this ability to identify is a function of Soul, of spiritual sense and not of material sense; through Soul we identify ourselves with God so that we are like ‘the seed within itself’ – we can start to bring forth or reproduce the fruits of what we understand.

“The fourth day, characterized by the fourth synonym, Principle, tells us that the ability to bring forth is not of ourselves, but it is ‘the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works’ (John 14:10); in other words, it is the greater light governing the lesser light. Principle gives us a sense of the divine One, the central stillness, that which is fixed and set, that which is operative, that which operates systematically and infallibly and governs its whole creation in perfect harmony. We see next that Life, which is illustrated through the fifth day, gives us a sense of exaltation, soaring thought, limitless possibilities. Not only do we have the open firmament of heaven where the birds soar freely, but also the depths of the sea where the abundant fish float and swim. The ability to rise to spiritual heights is balanced by the capacity to plumb the deep things of God and to lay down the mortal concept. Then the sixth day presents the symbols of the animals and man who has dominion over animality within himself, over errors of deficiency of every sort; and correspondingly we learn from the textbook that Truth is wholeness and totality and completeness and health; it gives man dominion, – it gives us a standard with which to measure all things. Finally we get Love as the seventh synonym; in the seventh day ‘God rested.’ Figuratively that is where humanity can rest assured that Love has already done all things to perfection and we simply have to dwell in that perfection and let it be so. Love gives us the tone of dwelling, rest and assurance, perfection, fulfilment, achievement, consummation, mother, home.

“Each synonym has its characteristic tone, which is as unmistakable as the seven colours of the spectrum. Within each tone of colour lie innumerable terms or shades. Mrs. Eddy employs these synonyms with marvellous spiritual ‘feel’ and accuracy, and we learn to recognize their tones through a systematic study of the textbook. [In the Word order for the seven synonymous terms I apply the following colors: red-Mind, orange-Spirit, yellow-Soul, green-Principle, light blue-Life, indigo-Truth, and violet-Love.]

“‘Reasoning from cause to effect in the Science of Mind, we begin with Mind, which must be understood through the idea which expresses it and cannot be learned from its opposite, matter’ (S&H 467:29). The only way to learn what each synonym is and what it does is to study prayerfully the way it is used throughout the textbook. Every student has to put in some study on this groundwork. Don’t fool yourself into believing that there is a short cut. You may not have to do quite the same amount of work as the pioneers, or necessarily approach it in the same way, but the ground must be covered systematically. It is possible to learn by heart lists of words that Mr. Doorly and others have prepared for us, but memorizing is not spiritual. Once the ideas are extracted from their context and set down in a list, they tend to die there. The synonyms are best studied in their flow on the page. The whole nature of Christian Science is that it is life and not theory, and only by conscientious cultivation and embodiment of the true ideas and qualities (and the resolving of their supposed opposites) can we begin to touch their inner meaning and experience spiritual power.


The Four Orders of the Synonyms


“Sometimes there is a tendency for spiritual thinkers to resist the idea of order in divine things. We like to feel free. Yet freedom without order is chaos. To accept that there is order in the things of God, far from restricting us actually liberates us to be truly original and creative within the framework of divine Science. ‘Order is Heaven’s first law.’ Without order in the digits of arithmetic or in the notes of the tonic scale, we would be lost and unable to use those numerals correctly. Order truly gives us freedom because it is the basis of understanding. It is because there is this basic ordered system that Mrs. Eddy uses the synonymous terms throughout her writings with the freedom of understanding and not in what may appear superficially as a haphazard way.

“The complete sequence of the seven synonyms appears only three times – and each time in a different order. This might be confusing, until we realize that these several orders indicate and outline of calculus; that is, they represent the main flows of the ideas of God, each having a specific purpose.

“Let us consider these orders briefly. The primary sequence is to be found in the chapter “Recapitulation,” [as mentioned above] which is the appointed text for Christian Science Primary Class teaching: Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love (S&H 465:8).

“It is what God is that makes us ask what God is. Clearly this is the seeker’s order; we begin to enquire about God from the standpoint of Mind or enlightenment rather than that of any other synonym, and the whole sequence is then a logical unfoldment of spiritual ideas in mathematical order. (See Mis 57:27-29) The order here is the same as that of the days of creation in Genesis [1-2:3]. This generating sequence, then, corresponds to the Word – “In the beginning was the Word’ (John 1:1).


Major Pyramid Matrix of Truth 2


            The Word declares, God is Mind, but this Mind is not material, and therefore He is Spirit; this Spirit is not vague but is definite and knowable, and therefore is Soul; This Soul is not static, but is dynamic – it is operative and proves itself, and therefore He is Principle; what does this Principle do? It operates to exalt, to delimit, to bring abundance, and therefore it is Life. Is this Life illusory, transcendental? No, it is factual, positive, and present, and therefore it is Truth – the truth about everything. And to what purpose is God showing Himself as Truth? Why, to manifest Love, to lead us to accept His absolute perfection and complete salvation.

“Next, we go to page 115 where Mrs. Eddy tabulates the divine process called translation, where she shows how everything proceeds from the infinite One under the eternal impulsion of the Christ, translating Principle to its idea and simultaneously translating the misconception called matter out of itself back into spiritual reality. There we have the sequence Principle, Life, Truth, Love, Soul, Spirit, Mind. [This is the Christ order found within the Holy Tabernacle Tent of Meeting and the Holy Temple of Jerusalem (in the Bible) if we begin with the Most Holy of Holies, with its Ark of the Covenant – Principle. From here you move into the Inner Court to the Golden Candlestick – Life, then move straight across to the other side of the Court to the Table of Shewbread – Truth, and then move diagonally back closer to the Most Holy of Holies (but you remain in the Inner Court) to the Altar of Incense – Love. From here you move straight into the Outer Court to the Laver Sea – Soul, then onto the Brazen Altar – Spirit, and then straight onto the entrance, or Christ Door, that is wide enough only for one man to enter at a time – Mind.[6] I use different colors for the Christ order (seen below). This is because the Christ is complementary.]


The Holy Tabernacle


…This is what we call the Christ order, as it begins with Principle and ends with Mind or manifestation. Principle is forever impelling its own expression, its own ideal nature. What is this ideal? It is [the three items held within the Ark – manna, two stone tablets of the Law, and Aaron’s rod that buds and blooms that are reflected within the Inner Court] Life, Truth, and Love, ‘the threefold, essential nature of the infinite’ (S&H 331:32), or Father, Son and Mother. Life is the continuity of the ideal [Manna- “What is it, this Golden Candlestick of Life-Science?”], Truth is the form of it [the Ten Commandments for the twelve loaves (twelve tribes) of Shewbread (of Israel, those who are consecrated to God)], and Love holds it forever at the point of complete perfection [Aaron’s rod that buds and blooms with the aroma of the Altar of Incense]. Next comes Soul, which reduces this divine idealism into practical terms, translating it and also ruling out all possible lies about it [truth reflection of the Laver Sea]; Spirit brings it to birth irresistibly and in perfect order [spiritual rebirth via fire in the Brazen Altar], as the only true conception of being; and finally Mind manifests this ideal as the allness of the Mind of [the] Christ [door] and the nothingness of mortal mind or matter [only room for one man, not duality]. We call this the Christ order because of its keynote of translation and also because of its setting in the textbook.

“For our third order – that of Christianity – we turn to the ‘Glossary,’ which ‘contains the metaphysical interpretation of Bible terms, giving their spiritual sense’ (S&H 579:4). The Bible illustrates the workings of the Christ idea in Christian history. We find here in the ‘Glossary’ [still part of the KEY] definition of God yet another sequence: Principle [“The great I am”]; Mind [the all-knowing]; Soul [all-seeing]; Spirit [all-acting]; Life [all-wise]; Truth [all-loving]; Love [eternal].[7] This one again begins with Principle but ends with Life, Truth, Love, which is the essential nature of Principle. Now we know from our studies that the characteristic of Christianity is demonstration, Principle demonstrating itself as supreme. So we can briefly say here that the sequence, illustrates Principle demonstrating itself as harmonious ideas (Mind), each one of which is identified with its Principle and is complete and entire in itself (Soul), and which reflect (Spirit) the nature of their Principle as the qualities of Life, Truth, and Love. We call this the Christianity order because it not only traces how the divine demonstrates itself as harmonious reflection but also shows the order whereby the divine demonstrating resolves the mortal concept.




[I give different colors to these seven synonyms because Christianity has to do with the circle symbol, and I use the Color Burst technology from television production equipment to help explain Christianity. Principle – white light, Mind – red light, Soul – yellow light, Spirit – blue light, Life – green light (the three Pri-Mary colors of light are red, green, and blue), Truth – cyan light, and Love – magenta light.]

“For the fourth order – that of Science – we find not another sequence, but another way of looking at the synonyms: we regard them now as a unit instead of as a sequence. The Old Testament here provides us with a suitable symbol – the seven-branched candlestick [that was made after the pattern seen in the shape of a mountain-pyramid] which Moses was bidden to make, to represent God’s presence. From the central shaft or trunk come three pairs of arms or branches, each bearing a lamp just as the central one does. So, looking at this symbol from the side, we could enumerate the seven lamps as Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love – the same Word order that we had at first. But this time we are looking at our subject not as learners on the outside, but from the standpoint of being one with Principle, ‘in the midst [the Inner Court].’ Therefore we should think of the Science order as order and not as sequence; Soul and Life; Spirit and Truth; Mind and Love; and Principle.” (Ends on page 22)


The Fourfold System Candlestick

Why does John Morgan list the synonyms in this order? He is giving us the divine calculus sequence. The Inner Branch with Soul and Life is for the Word, the Middle Branch with Spirit and Truth is for the Christ, the Outer Branch with Mind and Love is for Christianity, and Principle is for Science itself (the Principle Trunk). Yet if we look at the same synonymous terms as a pyramid matrix, what I call the Minor Pyramid Matrix of Principle, we find that the Foundation of the Pyramid is Mind and Love as Christianity. The First Step up finds us on the level of Spirit and Truth as the Christ. The Second Step up finds us on the level of Mind and Love as Christianity. And the Apex or Capstone of the Pyramid is Principle as Science itself being our main focal point. And this Minor Pyramid Matrix of Principle (or the Golden Candlestick) is what is presented to us over and over and over throughout the Book of Revelation. And the only way to help us really open up Revelation (to uncover it) is this scientific order.



[1] [my interpolations]

[2] When I read this I thought of it as a skeleton Key to the Scriptures.

[3] Many of Doorly’s students speak of the divine calculus as the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Science, which is okay, however, if they are speaking about the city foursquare they need to specify (and often they do not) that it is divine Science (not just Science) and that the city of our God is Christian Science (not just Science).

[4] The word “new” means “original,” so when we speak of New Jerusalem we are actually saying that this City of Peace is the original city structure of the Wheel, or the Cult, based upon the divine calculus found throughout the Bible via its symbols. When we take a look at the square matrix pattern we notice that there are twelve outer squares (like twelve Keystone Windows) and four inner squares (like the four sides of the “little book open” of Revelation 10 that is found in the center hub of the New Jerusalem artichoke. This New Jerusalem artichoke (sunflower) has its own matrix structure based upon the number 24 where it alternates between the tones of Christian Science and absolute Christian Science, which patterns the thrown of God spoken of in the first vision of Revelation.

[5] The reader is referred to Peggy M. Brook’s book John W. Doorly and the Scientific Evolution of Christian Science. Foundation Book Co. Ltd., London.

[6] I am not sure that the doorway was not wider within the Holy Temple, but it was made for only one man’s entrance with the Holy Tabernacle Tent.

[7] All the words in the brackets here are part of the definition for God found on page 587:5-6 of S&H.