“The Spiritual Idea” Part 2

by MJSmith

            The following excerpts are from Chapter 1 of AS IT IS, by Alice Orgain (beginning on page 17 and ending on page 90).  In this chapter she explains the difference between “a spiritual idea” and “the spiritual idea.”  She also speaks about Mary Baker Eddy’s illustrated poem Christ and Christmas.  This is a topic I have spoken a great deal upon, but I think that Alice Orgain has some interesting ideas upon the topic and this is the main reason for presenting this chapter to you.  I have made certain corrections in typing mistakes (misspelled words), punctuation, and when a magazine or book is mentioned I have used italics.  I will also capitalize all letters in BIBLE and SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES.  All of the words in capital letters, besides the titles of the BIBLE and SCIENCE AND HEALTH were originally in small caps in the book.  {All of my interpolations will be in grouping brackets.}  [When I am not quoting Orgain’s book my interpolations will be in regular brackets.]

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CHRISTIAN SCIENCE HEALING – Illustration 6 – TRUTH
            “This is where the mission of woman really clearly starts as separated in point of character from man’s.  Mrs. Eddy did not claim to receive her revelation from the Scriptures, but rather to base it on the Scriptures, as will be seen by SCIENCE AND HEALTH 269:21-25 under the caption of ‘Biblical Foundations’; SCIENCE AND HEALTH 123:19-23 shows this clearly ‘….through a spiritual sense of the Scriptures AND through the teachings of the Comforter as was promised by the Master;’ also Miscellany 179:25-28:  ‘Christianity and Science being contingent on nothing written, etc.’; and My 318:31-319:2:  ‘I do not find my authority for Christian Science in history, but in revelation.  If there had never existed such a person as the Galilean Prophet, it would make no difference to me.’” (p. 46-47)
            I would like to say, on this last quote, that I think Mary Baker Eddy was saying that Jesus was not of importance to her as a historical person, but that what is written in the BIBLE presenting Jesus’ God-crowned mission, or rather his revelation, is what was of importance to her.
            “In this picture ‘Christianity,’ typed by the petitioning wife, is put entirely out of the room ‘for health make room’ (Poem), showing the symbol of woman can be perverted unless the symbol is intelligently seen and upheld—the true sense of woman bringing health to man.  Mrs. Eddy calls this ‘Christian Science Healing’—not ‘A Christian Science Healing.’  Note in the picture where Jesus heals or raises the woman—CHRIST HEALING—he takes hold of the woman’s hand; but in this the man reaches for a helping hand, but finds he does not need it, as the message quickens him to his own completeness, whereas the woman in black {the woman in the grey dress in CHRISTIAN SCIENCE HEALING?} tried to personally complete him.” (p. 47)
            I am not sure that I agree with her on this.
            Her paragraph continues with, “Note Mrs. Eddy’s message in the Glossary for this sixth picture is, ‘Such as I have, give I thee; In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk’; but it is the ascended Jesus to whom she {Mary Baker Eddy} points; she is not holding a BIBLE with its crucified Jesus, and healing in his name.  Of course, Jesus ‘fully and finally demonstrated divine Science in his victory over death and the grave,’ S&H 45:6-7, but it was then that he rose into Womanhood—Life, S&H 517:10, which he was unable to reveal, because it could not be borne, John 16:12, and must needs await his second coming in Womanhood, as he prophesied in Revelation 12:1, and which Mrs. Eddy acknowledges, Ret 70:20-22:  ‘The second appearing of Jesus is, unquestionably, the spiritual advent of the advancing idea of God as in Christian Science.’  This picture corresponds to the period when Mrs. Eddy put her whole revelation into Motherhood in the third edition, as subsequently explained.” (p. 47-48)
            “‘Thou shalt not kill,’ 6th Commandment.  The woman in black in serving the personal sense of man—personal pleasure, personal love—is the slayer of man’s spiritual nature, and the body correspondingly dies.” (p. 59)
            I am not so sure that the woman is dressed in black, but rather grey which represents the Second Degree where evil beliefs disappear.  However, I am willing to concede that she is in black (the First Degree) or matter, but her dress looks grey (the Second Degree) or human, because she is standing in the light (the Third Degree).  This would mean that the material and human coincidence has hope of spiritually evolving, or spiritually progressing, to the human and divine coincidence because she is in the light of spiritual understanding.
            “Sixth Tribe, Naphtali—‘With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed,’ Gen 30:8—is too obvious to need explanation.  Rachel—spiritual Woman (Love) has wrestled with Leah (human law) and ‘prevailed,’—put her out of the room to make room for ‘health.’” (p. 59)
            This makes it possible for Jacob to prevail in his wrestling, after Joseph is born, with the angel in regards to seeing his brother through spiritual understanding (Third Degree).

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“SUFFER THE CHILDREN TO COME UNTO ME [CHRIST]” – Illustration 7 – LOVE
            “The BIBLE is closed before SCIENCE AND HEALTH in the manner of the Poem’s light:  ‘Thus olden faith’s pale star now blends in seven-hued white’—the seven days of Creation which are typed by the seven stars in Jesus’ right hand, Rev. 1:20, are the ‘seven hues’ which are gathered into the white light of ideas, S&H 504:23, 24.” (p. 48)
            These seven hues are the seven synonymous terms for God in the Word order:  Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love – these seven synonymous terms correlate with the Seven Days found in Genesis 1-2:3.
            “Surely Abraham, as BIBLE symbol, is not as great as ‘Fidelity,’ or idea in SCIENCE AND HEALTH; surely Moses, as BIBLE symbol, is not as great as ‘moral courage’ in SCIENCE AND HEALTH, etc., etc.  Note the old man has on heavy glasses, unillumined BIBLE consciousness, which hears, but sees ‘through a glass darkly.’  Paul said he saw ‘through a glass, darkly,’ even in his wonderful vision of abstract Love in I Cor. 13, because he had never acknowledged the symbol of woman, which was mentioned ‘last in the ascending order,’ S&H 508:22, as must be done before Love in the abstract can be comprehended.  As woman ‘corresponds to Love,’ S&H 517:10, she must be exchanged therefore.  I Cor. 11:7-11; Eph. 5:22-24; I Tim. 2:11-15, show that Paul did not see woman and therefore had no symbol to translate into Love—‘the material transformed with the ideal disappears,’ S&H 442:24, and ‘the ideal woman corresponds to Life and to Love.’” (p. 48)
            I would like to add that in early editions of Christ and Christmas you could see swirls above the closed BIBLE, the same swirls were seen in SEEKING AND FINDING above the visible talking serpent.  These swirls depict mental serpents, seals of error that attempt to keep the BIBLE closed up.  We could say that these swirls is hidden error.
            “The Bible contains the recipe for all healing,’ S&H 406:1, but it must be translated into the ‘new tongue’ of the ‘Inspired Word,’ Mis 188:5-8, and can be translated only through a woman (as the BIBLE being the revelation of the ascending consciousness of individual man, has come solely through men, so SCIENCE AND HEALTH came through one woman, as woman is ‘generic,’ and one woman embraced the whole); man can reach it by acknowledging it and its channel, in terms of SCIENCE AND HEALTH 508:21-25 and 560:17-19.  This is the open door through which this old man in the picture under consideration has seen the impersonal Womanhood of SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES, without even the channel of personal woman to present it to him—but only a little girl who has no claims to make for anything but her Message!  When the BIBLE is closed, the snarly head {the red dragon of ecclesiastical despotism} on the outside of the window is shut out, ‘for the accuser is not there,’ S&H 568:29.  ‘God never said that man would become better by learning to distinguish evil from good, etc.,’ Un 14.  ‘The beautiful countenance’ of this old gentleman is spoken of in The Journal of March, 1895, describing the window in Mother’s Room and his understanding of the child’s message; showing he is not just ‘Old Theology,’ as it is sometimes called.” (p. 49)

suffer-the-children-window
            The same paragraph continues with, “The clock in this picture points to five minutes past five—the first intelligent step of Christianity (manhood) ‘towards harmony’ (Womanhood—the spiritual idea of the creative symbols of the BIBLE)—five o’clock typing the fifth day of consciousness, or the work in water—human intelligence—the delving and soaring in Mind—‘water symbolizes the elements of Mind,’ S&H 507:8.” (p. 49)
            I disagree with her about the clock.  The time on the Grandfather clock points us to Revelation 5:1-5 in the same manner that the Grandmother clock in SEEKING AND FINDING points us to Revelation 12:1-5.  There is no twelfth day of creation, so, her belief that the time on the Grandfather clock points to the Fifth Day of Life is wrong.  Revelation 5:1-5 is about the lamb – the spiritual idea that is able to unseal (open up) the book known as REVELATION, the last book in the BIBLE.  If the time on the Grandfather clock refers to anything else, besides Revelation 5:1-5, it would have to point to the Five Churches (five candlesticks, each of which have a Stargate angel) of the woman God-crowned, that begin with eight (one) and end with twelve (five) as Alice Orgain explains in the rest of the paragraph (as seen below).
            “This picture types Gad ‘haste toward harmony,’ S&H 586:21-22.  Harmony cannot be gained until the sixth day of consciousness humanly and demonstrably bears up Gad—‘generated’ restSeven, or Gad, claims rest in human passivity, but rest is activity in ‘the spiritual idea.’  ‘The highest and sweetest rest even from a human standpoint is in holy work,’ S&H 519:28-520:2—whole work, the generic idea, Womanhood, S&H 561:22.  Hence, the clock hastens toward the sixth day—the spiritual idea of the male and female—to support ‘rest’ in seven, — the silence that occurred in heaven ‘about the space of half an hour‘ when the seventh seal was opened, Rev. 8:1.  This shows that rest in inactivity is but half rest, to be embraced by the whole rest in the next picture of eight embracing seven on the same rung of the ladder, passivity or physical rest quickened to spiritual ceaseless activity starting in eight—Church.    The eight rays from the lamp on the left side of our ‘Quarterly’ (which design was given us by Mrs. Eddy) shows that Church starts in eight; and the twelve on the right side, that it ends in twelve; everything prior to eight being BIBLE association of symbols.  In this connection, Mrs. Eddy’s First Church {the eighth church} which started in 1875 (Sibyl Wilbur’s The Life of Mary Baker Eddy, pp. 226 and 266) in eight—with members before Association in seven—did not stand, because it was not founded on formed Association.” (p. 49-50)
            To make this clearer, the spokes between the numbers of 1 and 2, 2 and 3, 3 and 4, 4 and 5, and 5 and 6 on the clock represent the final five Churches (Candlesticks) belonging to the woman God-crowned.  These are Mary Baker Eddy’s five Churches.  And perhaps their five Star-Angels are:  Principle-Love, Science itself, divine Science, absolute Christian Science, and Christian Science?
            The chair that the girl sits in is foursquare, hence it represents the city foursquare.  However, it also represents Jacob’s pyramid (ladder).  The rung, or ramp, is not drawn as a real chair would look, the artist understands perspective and is incapable of making such a mistake, hence, the chair was drawn this way on purpose.  The purpose was so that the rungs of the chair (the ramp of the pyramid) would lead upward from Mind to Spirit.  The girl’s two feet upon the rung, even though she wears black shoes (the black representing the First Degree, as this girl has two material parents which must be translated back to Mother-Father God), her two feet rest upon the level of Spirit – in other words, she spiritually understands (Third Degree) what she is reading.  She is the spiritual idea (the lamb) who is spoken about in Revelation 5:1-5.  This is the ONLY copy of SCIENCE AND HEALTH that is open in the whole book of Christ and Christmas.  So this girl is most important, I believe that she represents Mary Baker Eddy’s successor (generic man).  The title on the Textbook in this Illustration is SCIENCE AND HEALTH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES.  This means that the whole Textbook is the KEY to the closed BIBLE on the round table next to the old man in the rocking chair.  It is because the little girl spiritually understands the matrix structure of SCIENCE AND HEALTH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES that the closed BIBLE upon the round table (table means matrix) is seen as the Open Bible Keystone in Window of the Open Book (the Word as the Word as Principle-Love).

The North Star and its Open Bible

            The other four Keystones that go along with Mary Baker Eddy’s four other Churches are:  The Big Dipper Keystone (Christianity as Science itself), The Concord Grapevine Keystone (the Christ as divine Science), The Golden Shore of Love and the Peaceful Sea of Harmony Keystone (the Word as absolute Christian Science), and the Harvested Wheat Keystone (Christianity as Christian Science).

Window of the Open Book
            There is also another important point to be brought out about this Illustration.  The seven-pointed star of divine Science (the morning star, a.k.a. the planet Venus) is shining upon this girl.  The pyramid of light is focused upon the girl.  I believe it is morning instead of evening.  This means that Mary Baker Eddy’s successor, who was not born (on earth) at the time of 1901, lives during the two transits of Venus that follow Mary Baker Eddy’s woman God-crowned mission.  This girl also has a woman God-crowned mission, for she is Martha, the third coming of Christ.  During her life mission Venus transits the sun (is clothed with the sun) twice – June 8, 2004 and June 5, 2012.  It is Martha’s God-crowned mission to open up the matrix structure of the whole Textbook; it is left up to her to open the STARGATE.
            “‘Thou shalt not commit adultery,’ 7th Commandment.  The adulterations of the translations of Truth in the BIBLE are a matter of much comment by Mrs. Eddy—notably:  SCIENCE AND HEALTH 545:21-27; 139:15-27; My 179:12-30; Mis 188:5-8, 187:13-20, etc.  As foremost of the dangers confronting the twentieth century, Mrs. Eddy has said:  ‘The robbing of people of life and liberty under the warrant of the Scriptures,’ My 266:4-5.  ‘Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures’ is the light of the twentieth century.  These adulterations are redeemed through ‘the inspired Word,’ S&H 497:3-4; 46:5-12.  Note the marginal topic—‘Spiritual interpretation’ explains the ‘Inspired Word.’  The BIBLE is foundational only, S&H 269:22-25.  This is strikingly intimated in Miscellany 318:25-319:4.
            “Seventh Tribe, Gad—‘A troop cometh,’ Gen. 30:11.  The BIBLE is the Science of individual units; SCIENCE AND HEALTH of the universal idea as a whole, of collected units, — no unit being more in value than a fraction. THE UNIVERSAL IDEA COMETH!” (p. 59)

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TREATING THE SICK – Illustration 8 – TRUTH
            The artist, James F. Gilman, drew a giant bed in Illustration 8.  The perspective is also off on this bed.  I feel that this bed symbolizes the material world which is full of distortion.  Orgain describes the bed as “a huge bed, without beginning or end, so to speak (although it has a suggestion of foot and head-boards in {the} background, otherwise, it might be said not to be a bed); the man lying on this bed has an intellectual—‘the intellectual wrestler’—face.  Mrs. Eddy formerly said in the first two editions:  ‘This mental healing of her Lord crowns Wisdom’s brow,’ showing clearly it is the second step (‘intelligence’) in ‘the ideal man’ yielding to the third—‘Truth,’ the last step, S&H 517:8-9.  It seems so strange that almost everyone who speaks of this Book considers this a dark picture with no healing; and below picture 6 in demonstration, and yet Mrs. Eddy distinctly says in our present edition, of Christ and Christmas:  ‘Christ’s silent healing; heaven heard CROWNS the pale brow’; and all the pictures are progressive.  The ‘pale brow’ is the character of the whole picture, the fading out of material sense, the human consciousness yielding to its last step, as above stated.  While there is no light of sun, moon or stars, it is the light of the Christ in human symbol, S&H 589:16-18—the purity of the thought of both the male and female, as evidenced by the white garments of the woman, and white bedding, which illumine the room.  The woman has closed SCIENCE AND HEALTH in the spiritual vision—consciousness—thereof, — in the same manner in which the BIBLE was closed in the previous picture; the written word yielding to the spiritual consciousness thereof.  The first man, in the sixth picture, is quickened; the second, in [the] seventh picture, is passive; while this one {man} in {this} eighth picture wholly yields—as universal man, as evidenced by the unending bed—to the ministrations of woman as symbol; acknowledging that Womanhood is man’s whole need!
            “These three pictures of woman’s lifting up man, first by the Spoken Word, second by the Written Word, and third by the Silent Word, fulfill John 16:8-11—the sixth picture ‘of sin because they believe not on me,’ the living Christ; the seventh picture ‘of righteousness, because I go unto the Father and ye see me no more’—idea, rather than its symbolism, is ‘righteousness’; eighth picture, ‘of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged’—human wisdom and judgment yields to the silent word, and mortal man with his struggles in human judgment passes to his native nothingness; not before ‘mortal woman,’ but before the silent Christ realization!—both man and woman in symbol ‘pale’ before the real idea!  ‘Man’s reason is at rest in God’s wisdom,’ Mis 362:5.  These last two pictures correspond to the ‘Glossary’ period—6th to 16th editions {of S&H}, —symbols yielding to idea.  The ‘Glossary’ is SCIENCE AND HEALTH’S acceptance in picture 7, and its application in picture 8; as Mrs. Eddy says it is an ‘open door, and no man can shut it,’ S&H 579—open to the eternal life of idea.” (p. 51-52)
            What is the “open door” if it is not the STARGATE Matrix?  I think that the author seems to miss a few things in regard to this Illustration.  For one thing, the bed represents world thought, distorted and belonging to the big giant head of mortal mind – Adam man who is asleep in the bed.  The word “treating” has to do with the handling of the serpent – animal magnetism, a.k.a., the red dragon of ecclesiastical despotism.  I believe that the practitioner (the woman) in this Illustration must handle animal magnetism in her silent treatment.
            “‘Thou shalt not steal,’ 8th Commandment.  Jesus said in John 10:8:  ‘All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers.’  All that did not give the full truth robbed man of some portion!  For instance, if we do not go beyond the third side of the city foursquare—‘Christianity,’ S&H 575:17-21, in presenting the Truth, we rob man of the fourth side {Christian Science} which alone reveals the fullness of his heritage.  Mrs. Eddy shows that Moses robbed man of something, S&H 592:12-15.  {“Moses.  A corporeal mortal; moral courage; a type of moral law and the demonstration thereof; the proof that, without the gospel, — the union of justice and affection, — there is something spiritually lacking, since justice demands penalties under the law.”}  ‘Woman is the highest species of man,’ Un 51, and when man does not acknowledge it, he robs himself of this higher unfoldment!  S&H 508:21-25.  This man as a universal idea is paying the full dept by yielding wholly to woman’s silent ministration of the Truth revealed by woman, realized by the symbol of Womanhood!
            “Eighth Tribe, Asher—‘Happy am I, for the DAUGHTERS will call me blessed,’ Leah, Gen 30.  ‘The woman in the Apocalypse symbolizes generic man,’ S&H 561:22.  ‘The pale brow’ (Poem) is fading sense of matter, as infinitude dawns on the sight.  The limitation of manhood pales before infinitude! ‘intelligence’ before ‘Truth,’ S&H 517:9.” (p. 60)
            For sure Mary Baker Eddy meant that a “pale brow” is limited thought, like the material brain enclosed within the skull, the Adam brain of mortal mind.  Pale means the opposite of bright or brilliant, the morning star of divine Science is bright and brilliant.

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CHRISTIAN UNITY – Illustration 9 – LIFE
            “Thus, it is realized that nothing is left but the ‘womanhood and manhood of God,’ Mis 33:10.  There never was and never will be but one man, and that is Jesus’ revelation of manhood and his identity therewith, My 120:2-4.  Note that manhood sits down before Womanhood (‘Stand, not sit,’ Mis 400:5, shows the relative value of both postures), and how much greater the light is over the head of Womanhood.  Note Jesus’ black robe (typing his limitation to impart his message) over his lap and woman’s robe is drab so long as they witness as TWO; however, Mrs. Eddy puts them into a perfect circle in contradistinction to the elliptical one in the fifth picture, as she says, S&H 282:8-9, ‘The sphere represents good, the self-existent and eternal individuality.’  These are the two hemispheres!  This is Mother and Child, S&H 565:6-13, as evidenced by the Poem, ‘Mind, mother, man,’ also the Glossary citation on p. 55 of Christ and Christmas is from Matthew 12:  ‘….the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.’  This ends the symbol of Motherhood! and shows why it is limited to ‘half a time’ always, Rev. 12:14.  This picture correlates the 16th edition, — woman bringing forth the man child in correlation of Revelation 12.” (p. 52-53)
            “‘Thou shalt not bear false witness,’ 9th Commandment.  This is most obvious when we remember that Mrs. Eddy characterizes the ‘two witnesses’ as ‘Christ Jesus and Christian Science,’ My 347:1-2.  The identity of one {witness seen in CHRISTIAN UNITY} is unmistakable (in fact Mrs. Eddy speaks of it as Jesus, Mis 374:20-22) and Mrs. Eddy has named the scroll in the hand of the other {witness}.  {The other witness is “unmistakably” Mary Baker Eddy.  I say that a scroll (book) cannot be a witness, because it is not alive.  Only being can be witness to God’s Being.}  So they are clearly ‘Christ Jesus and Christian Science {Mary Baker Eddy},’ the two witnesses, which forever witness against each other as two.  Matthew 10:34-36 and Luke 12:49-53 show the warring nature of Christianity, or the Michael thought, S&H 566:29-567:13, while the Gabriel thought is also portrayed in the same reference—until one embraces the other they seem to war; in other words, warfare, even ‘holy warfare,’ and Love (Peace) witness against each other.” (p. 50-61)
            It is Christianity and Science that are united in this illustration via Michael as the Christ Truth of Jesus (Christianity) and Mary Baker Eddy (Science).  Their hands are united and form a U shape for the symbol of unity.  Even the circle is a symbol of unity.  Mainstream Christianity seems to fight (forever) against Science because they these Christians think that Mary Baker Eddy is trying to replace Jesus Christ!  The opposite is true.  She could never replace Jesus Christ, however, she does embrace Christ Jesus just as Science embraces Christianity.  When Christians accept Mary Baker Eddy the same way that they accept Jesus Christ, then there will be no more warfare.
            “Ninth Tribe, Issachar—‘God hath given me my hire,’ Gen 30:18; ‘Issachar is a strong ass couching between TWO burdens,’ Gen. 49:14.  The two women—Love and Law (Life, ‘Thy law is life.’ Psalm) have come to agreement in Issachar, although the false sense would say through ‘lust,’ S&H 589, but Christ and Christmas must redeem each of these tribes to unfold woman—universal man—generic man, S&H 561:22.” (p. 61; Alice Orgain spelled Issachar two different ways in this paragraph – as Isaachar and Isaacher.  I am not sure why she spelled it incorrectly.)

Truth versus Error

Truth versus Error

 

TRUTH VERSUS ERROR – Illustration 10 – Science itself
            Alice Orgain does not really explain the first drawing for TRUTH VERSUS MATTER; she concentrates more upon the second drawing.
            The Woman “is the descending idea, standing on a square mat, with many squares on the floor under her feet.  The comparison of these two women will show that the one in the circle is extremely feminine in her every feature and position, and presents a listening attitude {I say she is Mary Baker Eddy, the second coming of Christ}; while the other is broadened, strengthened, and presents the assurance of seeing—knowing, S&H 64:22-25, — ‘White robed purity uniting in one person, masculine wisdom and feminine love, etc.’; fulfilling Jeremiah 31:22 {“How long wilt thou go about, O thou backsliding daughter? for the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth, A woman shall compass a man.”}.  This undoubtedly types Mrs. eddy’s unfoldment of the city foursquare, as the marriage of the Bride (Womanhood), Divine Science, and the Lamb (purified human consciousness)—‘To live so as to keep the human consciousness in constant relation with the divine, the spiritual and eternal, is to individualize infinite power; and this is Christian Science,’ My 160:5-8.  The ‘man child,’ Rev. 12:5, was ‘caught up unto God and to his throne,’ where he married his Bride in Revelation 19:7-9; and the Bride was ‘arrayed in fine linen, clean and white; for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.’  The saints parade in heaven on white horses with the Word of God, whose vesture was dipped in blood (purged of material misconception).  All of which the Bride weds as a City—‘the general assembly of the first born, which are written in heaven,’ Heb 12:23, and descends as the New Jerusalem—a city foursquare, resting on the human square, Rev 21:14.  Jesus as Lamb of God in his first coming demonstrated only eleven tribes or disciples, hence his Bride, or Womanhood, typed by Benjamin, the only child of ‘regeneration,’…was necessary to complete the twelve.
            “Note the picture is ‘Truth versus Error’—the true character could be determined by reversing her reversal; the reversing of woman in the embrace of the man in the ball-room, is man in the embrace of Woman, Jeremiah 31:22; also the woman in the ball-room is sitting down before man, when, in the previous picture, man has sat down before Woman.  Also note who sees the woman knocking—the little girl embracing the little boy.  Mrs. Eddy quotes Plato with approval on page 8 of Christian Healing, ‘What thou seest, that thou beest.’  So, as the little girl embracing the little boy sees the woman, she (the little girl) must be a faint glimmer in the human consciousness of what the Woman is.” (p. 53-54)
            I would like to say that I think that this girl/boy sees Mary Baker Eddy (the Lone Stranger) as the woman God-crowned, as the second coming of Christ in the first Illustration of TRUTH VERSUS ERROR.  This girl/boy represents Mary Baker Eddy’s successor.  And she must see Mary Baker Eddy as the first coming of Christ before she is able to see herself (as depicted in the second Illustration of TRUTH VERSUS ERROR) as the third coming of Christ as generic man.  For she, Martha, is also a Lone Stranger.
            “Note that there is nothing behind the descending Woman but light coming down directly from ‘heaven,’ no VISIBLE Mother Church (which ended in the picture before), and that she is knocking at a detached Branch!” (p. 54)
            “‘Thou shalt not covet, etc.,’ 10th Commandment.  Desire is covetousness, and desire is ‘fear,’ as Mrs. Eddy says, S&H 586:12.  To desire to be good, denies man’s perfection!  This picture brings man’s perfection down from above.  ‘God’s thoughts passing to man,’ S&H 581:4; 103:32-104:2; 284:30-32, could not possibly covet anything.  ‘Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine,’ Luke 14:31, is the refrain of such a thought.  When the thought is supplied from above, it has no need to covet.
            “Tenth Tribe, Zebulun—‘Now will my husband DWELL with me, “Gen 30:20.  ‘Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them,’ Rev 21:3.  This is the message of the city foursquare that dwells with the squared man in TEN.  The fulfillment of the Ten Commandments leaves nothing humanly wanting universally—squared man must serve as foundation for the city, ‘And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb’ {Rev. 21:14} —purified human consciousness!” (p. 61)

Second Edition

Second Edition

THE WAY – Illustration 11 – THE WORD
            Alice Orgain does not really speak about this Illustration much.  I feel that it represents Jacob’s only daughter – Dinah, as it has a feminine shape to it (a woman’s breast, or a loaf of bread, or half an egg).  The flowered (crowned) cross is planted firmly in the material organized ground of Church, while the flock of Israelite birds are seen around it.  The white dove is descending, however, there is no peace for there is no olive branch in its beak.  In the second THE WAY this cross is floating above the material organized ground of Church and the dove descends with the olive branch of peace.
            Dinah means:  “vindicated.”  Vindicated means:  “to set free; confirm, substantiate”.[1]  What is it that Dinah must set free?  She must set free man from the belief that he is born via sex into matter.  She must confirm and substantiate man’s spiritual existence.
            This Illustration does not depict a woman, but it does depict a man.  This man is either generic man or he is supposed to be Jesus.  If the ascending man is Jesus, he is being set free from Christianity’s false dogma and bogus scholastic theology taught in the Christian Churches – that Jesus (who is but a man) is God.  And there are other false teachings about Jesus that must be cast out so that Jesus (Joseph) can be vindicated.

The Way

The Way

THE WAY – Illustration 11 – THE CHRIST
            “‘The Way’ shows the ‘ascending’ thought as crucifixion (dark cross); resurrection (flowered cross) {it has been vindicated, hence it is resurrecting from the belief that life is material}—note {the} open grave to {the} right with {a} shadow-head rising out of the opening; and ascension, typed by the crown {replacing the man in the first THE WAY}.  Note that this is a man’s crown, coronet, as unfolded in {the} June Journal, {of} 1908 in distinction from the ‘celestial crown’ which we now have on our books; however, as Mrs. Eddy left this man’s crown in this picture (although adding features to the book after the June Journal, 1908), it is inevitable that this is the last step in ascending man’s thought.  Joseph and Jesus typed this ascending way—Joseph, sold into Egypt by way of the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver, afterwards saving the other eleven tribes; Jesus, sold into the darkness of the tomb for thirty pieces of silver, afterwards saving the other eleven tribes (as typed by his eleven disciples), Judas being lost to him; and he being forced to take Judas’ place in Twelve.
            “The birds are also significant, ‘corresponding to aspirations soaring beyond and above corporeality,’ S&H 512:1.  Six are on the cross and four off—the tenth bringing the olive branch of peace to the others, two flying above and one beneath the cross.  The analogy of the birds to the first ten sons of Jacob—the eleventh being the crown and the twelfth the light—is illuminating.  Mrs. Eddy says the twelve tribes ‘SHOW THE WORKINGS OF THE SPIRITUAL IDEA,’ S&H 562:18.  The branch was out in the white bird’s beak at the same time that the detached branch was placed on the door of the tenth picture, and the squares were placed on the foundation upon which Woman stands—(all three of these changes in the fourth edition in 1898 were made just after the Concord New Hampshire Branch Church was remodeled and given by Mrs. Eddy, the latter part of 1897, My 145-147—her first individual Church building work as subsequently shown).  Does not this suggest that the tenth son of Jacob (Zebulon) is the fulfillment of the Ten Commandments and the point at which man bows the human intelligence to the divine in Church demonstration?  The birds that are off the cross are ascending, but, like the white bird {a dove = divine Science}, will be forced to descend again as the light above them descends, since there are no unsatisfied aspirations in heaven—‘Thou shalt not covet’ (being the Tenth Commandment) ends ‘aspirations,’ S&H 511:28-512:3, and is the highest position of the birds.  There could be but six struggling aspirations, as the sixth day of consciousness finishes man’s struggle, and the seventh day is the day of rest.  So there are but six birds on the cross—three are above it, and one below it.  May not this bird below be the Reuben thought that counterfeits ‘I and my Father are one’ in the defilement of his Father’s bed until his thought is redeemed from matter?  Certainly, the first son was the only son and awaits spiritual redemption of the descending idea refusing the struggle; hence Mrs. Eddy does not redeem Reuben in the ‘Glossary,’ which is BIBLE consciousness of {the} 6th to 50th editions before the city foursquare, where the twelve tribes are the redeemed twelve {Star}gates of the city—Complete Church, as subsequently unfolded.
            “The descending light and dove of peace type Woman’s descending way, which embraces man’s ascending steps one by one, beginning at the highest and reaching below the lowest—thus redeeming Reuben even though under the cross.  ‘Truth immortal idea is sweeping DOWN the centuries, gathering beneath its wings the sick and SINNING, etc.,’ S&H 55:15-16.   ‘No mass for me’ is the message of the tenth picture.  The descending idea brings the Christ healing embracing the ‘mass’ of the ‘ascending’ thought.
            “The trees to the left have double trunks—‘knowledge of good and evil’ coming from the same root.” (p. 55-56)

                                    DRAG-ON OF OLD THEOLOGY

“Are the deep ruts on the left suggestive of the serpent’s body, whose garlanded head faces the dark cross—the drain from which ruts create the stagnant pool on the right?” (p. 56)
            Illustration 11 “Has no commandment to fulfill, as the offspring of Love is never under law, but is founded on law.  This picture types the two sons of Rachel—the two Mother Churches—Jesus (Joseph) and Benjamin (Mrs. {Mary Baker Eddy} Eddy).” (p. 62)
            “In the spring of 1879, a little band of earnest seekers after Truth went into deliberations over forming a church without creeds, to be called the ‘Church of Christ, Scientist.’  They were members of evangelical churches, and students of Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy in Christian Science, and were known as ‘Christian Scientists.’
            “At a meeting of the Christian Science Association, April 19, 1879,[2] on motion of Mrs. Eddy, it was voted, — To organize a church designed to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing.” Church Manual p. 17.  This is the church that Orgain is referring to in regards to Joseph/Jesus.  This church was dissolved in 1889.  This means it became a spiritually organized church, having no material body or physical church to pray in.  The crowned cross, that was planted in the material ground, is dissolved.
            “On the twenty-third day of September, 1892, at the request of Rev. Mary Baker Eddy, twelve of her students and Church members met and reorganized, under her jurisdiction, the Christian Science Church and named it, The First Church of Christ, Scientist.” Church Manual p. 18.  This is the church that Orgain is referring to in regards to Benjamin/Mary Baker Eddy.  Benjamin is the crowned cross that floats above the material ground, it has no ties to material organized Church because of the estoppel clauses in the Church Manual.

The Morning Star

The Morning Star

            Let us finish by speaking about the Morning Star, the seven-pointed star seen on the cover of Christ and Christmas.  This seven-pointed star is seen throughout the poem and it is also found in the windows of the Little Edifice of The First Church of Christ Scientist in Boston, Massachusetts.  This Morning Star is Venus, the planet, which represents the woman God-crowned of Revelation 12 when Venus transits the sun (it becomes clothed with the sun).  The Morning Star is first seen on the cover, as mentioned, but it must represent Jacob’s twelfth son Benjamin.  The seven points of light are Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love.  The Morning Star has fifty-six rays of light (7 days x 8 weeks = 56 days or 2 months or two sons).  Is it possible then that the fifty-six rays of light represent the two sons of Rachel (Love) – Joseph and Benjamin?  Are they the two churches spoken of in the Church Manual?
            “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
            “And I will give him the MORNING STAR.”—Christ Jesus.
            These are the last words written in Christ and Christmas, before the names of the two authors.
            “The Twelve Tribes wandered from the Promised Land because these two tribes, Joseph and Benjamin, had never come to spiritual demonstration.
            “Joseph prefigures Jesus, The Nazarite {Nazarene}, God-crowned, set apart; unable to impart himself to his brethren, having the spirit without the letter, S&H 483:19-21; 144:30-145:7.  Note the Crown in this picture is the human coronet; see article ‘Cross and Crown,’ Journal, June 1908.  As previously stated, Joseph was sold by Judah (law) into Egypt (via the Ishmaelites) for twenty pieces of silver; Jesus was sold by Judah (Judas) for thirty pieces of silver into the darkness of the tomb.  The similar characteristics of these two characters are presented by the Bible Dictionaries.  Jesus (as the Joseph type) is the ascending thought by way of crosses and crown; Benjamin is the descending thought by way of revelation and light.
            “Of course, Jesus demonstrated the full Twelve Tribes (or embraced them) for himself.  Benjamin yielded up all individuality to Judah…until Shiloh came, Gen 49:10.  The revelation of Womanhood is the Shiloh, unto whom ‘shall the gathering of the people be’—Universal Man!
            “It will be found as Judge Hanna said in the January 1894 Journal, that Christ and Christmas also embraces the eight Beatitudes, as well, — their ending with the eighth picture.  As with the Commandments, so with the Beatitudes:  they are the ‘underlying,’ manhood thought.  As Woman is generic man, she must be the aggregate of these twelve BIBLE units of Tribes, which go further than the Ten Commandments or the eight Beatitudes, but exactly correlate or embrace the values of the latter two unfoldments of divine law as far as they go.
            “In the first two editions of Christ and Christmas, the poem was quite different in places; also the Sixth and Eleventh pictures.
            “When Mrs. Eddy said on page 308 of Miscellaneous Writings that advanced scientific students were ready for ‘Christ and Christmas, but those were a minority of its readers,’ it must be remembered that this was said at the time that Christ and Christmas was originally withdrawn after two editions in December, 1893 (with the exception that ‘were’ was used instead of ‘are’).” (p. 62-63)
            Today’s copy reads:  “are”.  She continues with, “In the early part of 1894, this article, now entitled ‘Deification of Personality,’ from which the above statement is quoted, appeared in the February Journal, 1894, under the title of ‘Hear, O Israel.’  Of course, this was one of her reasons for withdrawing it; but when the book was returned after four years’ withdrawal, the field was ready for it by Divine fiat.  Changes were made in both the ‘Poem,’ and in one illustration, the sixth, in which formerly the woman had a black robe over her shoulders, instead of white, as now, and was looking straight ahead rather than with uplifted eyes.  There was but one bottle of medicine on the table—whereas there are now two; and an entirely different appearing man—closely resembling a very old woman—was on the bed.”

C&C-C.S. Heal (A)

C&C-C.S. Heal (B)

            “The woman behind was quite changed in appearance, and in the sense of being more as a shadow than the definite outlines of a woman, as we now have, etc.  The reference in Miscellaneous Writings above quoted could not be made to apply to the second presentation of Christ and Christmas in 1897, and since.
            “Too, Mrs. Eddy before 1897—the year that Christ and Christmas was returned to the field—had never taken the human sense of man and woman in the chapter on ‘Marriage’ out of ‘sex.’  This chapter always responded to her changes in ‘the ideal man’ and ‘the ideal woman’—S&H 517:8-10.  Previously in 1897, under the marginal topic of ‘Sex elements’ (then on page 267, comparison being made by the Note-taker between the 112th edition in 1896 and the 123rd edition in 1897), S&H p. 57, of our now revision, which is under the marginal topic of ‘Mental elements’—instead of ‘Sex elements,’ as then—where we now have ‘elements,’ line 9, and ‘qualities,’ line 12, we then had ‘individualities’ instead of ‘elements,’ line 9, and ‘man and woman’ instead of ‘qualities,’ line 12, as subsequently unfolded in a more orderly setting and detail.  Mrs. Eddy had not taken the human man and woman out of sex distinction.  Hence, the very charge that is today often made in contemplating ‘the spiritual idea’—that it contemplates ‘sex distinction’—and the consequent (upon this misconception) resistance that is awakened thereto in the human consciousness when not understood as ‘element’ and ‘quality’—was inevitable and inescapable at that time.  This was due to its being a revelation without its human founding; which is not the case now.  When Mrs. Eddy returned Christ and Christmas in 1897 this feature had been changed, as will be seen by the 1897 edition of SCIENCE AND HEALTH, as above, which went out simultaneously with Christ and Christmas and Miscellaneous Writings—the latter giving a key to the interpretation of Christ and Christmas, in fact, making its interpretation inevitable, when followed in the light of what Mrs. Eddy has said of the manhood and womanhood of God in her text-book and throughout her other writings.  This change made it impossible to charge ‘sex distinction’ in the presentation of Christ and Christmas or ‘the spiritual idea,’ but ‘quality’ distinction, the limitation of which is superable through the understanding of ‘the spiritual idea’ and in no other way.  For ‘sex’ (both sexes) must yield to ‘qualities,’ S&H 57:12, before man and woman can ever be demonstrably one, as in Genesis 1:27 (‘God is the father of mind, and of nothing else,’ S&H 208:17-18 {Mind is not capitalized here because it is a quote by John Young.}).  And in this way alone will the Adam dream of sex distinction and division of the second chapter of Genesis yield to the statement of the male and female in Genesis 1:27.
            “Even more primal in our text-book than the statement of ‘the attraction between man and woman will be perpetual, etc.,’ as it was in 1896 (superseded by our SCIENCE AND HEALTH 57:11-12 in 1897), was the statement prior to the 50th edition in 1891 (the city foursquare):  ‘The attraction between the sexes will be perpetual, etc.’ from the first edition of SCIENCE AND HEALTH in 1875 to the 50th edition in 1891.  Also from the first edition in 1875 to the 16th edition in 1886, our present SCIENCE AND HEALTH, lines 8-10, formerly read:  ‘These different individualities meet and demand each other,’ 1st edition, p. 315; 3rd, p. 153; 6th to 15th editions inclusive, p. 107; ‘demand’ changed to ‘need’ in the 16th edition, and thus remained up to 1896 inclusive; when ‘need’ changed to ‘elements conjoin naturally,’ from 1897, as we now have the reference, SCIENCE AND HEALTH, p. 57:9.  Also our now SCIENCE AND HEALTH, 57:20, ‘requires all mankind to share it’ was ‘requires an object to cherish,’ 1st edition, p. 315.  This was changed to ‘requires an object upon which to rest,’ in {the} 16th edition, 1886, p. 267.  Thence in 1897 it was changed to read, ‘but requires all mankind to share it (then on page 267 of S&H in 1896 and 1897).  Thus, it will be seen that when it becomes ‘elements’ and ‘quality’ in 1897 (simultaneously with sending out Christ and Christmas in 1897), ‘object to cherish’ changes to the diffusion of requiring ‘all mankind to share it.’
            “The above is a splendid illustration of how the evolutionary changes in the male and female idea are the basis of every change in our revelation and organization, …and how impossible it was to escape these changes in the statement in SCIENCE AND HEALTH of man and woman in view of the distinct and diverse prophecies the changes fulfilled—Revelation, 10th, 11th, 12th and 21st chapters.  Of course, the purpose of the premise thus sought to be laid is to the end of showing the true relationship of the evolution of ‘the spiritual idea’ to the evolution of our revelation, organization, literature and Manual, as subsequently unfolded, and that they are all based upon the evolution of this idea in SCIENCE AND HEALTH, and supported by Mrs. Eddy’s other writings, as has been doubtless particularly observed in this chapter.
            “In this connection, it might be interesting to note the value Mrs. Eddy put upon the reading and studying of all of her writings.  In the Manual of 1899, Mrs. Eddy forbade class instruction in the following language:  ‘Eligible for Examination.  Section 1.  A student of the books of Mary Baker Eddy shall not take lessons of another student, but is eligible for examination by the Christian Science Board of Education,’ Tenth Manual, p. 44.  That this reference was general in its scope and did not apply specifically to those who wished to be examined by the College is evident when it is noted that it was given under the general subject of ‘Teaching Christian Science,’ and this point is further borne out in the same Manual, p. 67, under the general subject of ‘Board of Education,’ and the sub-title of ‘Applicants and Examination,’ and the section title of ‘Students of the Books.’ Section 3.  ‘A person not having had class instruction from a teacher of Christian Science but who is a thorough student of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and all of its author’s writings on Christian Science—who also has proven by his acts that he possesses good morals and ability to heal the sick….may or may not apply for examination to the Board of Education….No Christian Scientist apart from this Board shall teach a student who is prepared as aforesaid [by being a student of all of Mrs. Eddy’s writings].’  Both of these provisions were dropped from our Manual in the 26th edition of 1902.  There were three editions of the Manual in 1902, and the 26th was the next to the last.  As the 10th in 1899 was the 1st in 1899, the By-Law was operative for approximately three and a half years, and as there were two classes a year taught as late as 1901, there was an increased—over now—opportunity for observing the operation of this By-Law.  Two instances of sad experiences from the freedom thereby granted came under the immediate observation of the Note-taker, at that time, suggestive of the seeming fact that Mrs. Eddy found that those who resisted organization would eventually resist her authority as its head.  Hence she was forced to thus found her revelation in the institutional activities leading to Church—Association—another instance of releasing us in Asher, the eighth son of Jacob, before we had demonstrated Gad, the seventh son…It will be noted that the above mentioned By-Law and withdrawal was altogether after (1899-1902 inclusive) her statement in Miscellaneous Writings 317:12-14, given to the Field in {the} March Journal {of} 1897.  ‘Again, it is not absolutely requisite for some people to be taught in a class, etc.’  So she was forced to again establish a rule to cover this point.  However, even yet, while there is decided approval of class-teaching (as evidenced in Mrs. Eddy’s statement in Miscellany, 240:22-251:9, Sentinel, May 29th, 1909; and also our Manual under ‘Class Teaching,’ p. 87, forbids any member of The Mother Church to ‘advise against class instruction’, still there is no demand that we will advise anyone to adopt this course.  ‘Approval’ of and ‘advice’ to pursue a certain course are quite different propositions; hence, the forever consistency of what Mrs. Eddy has said in Miscellaneous Writings, 317:12-14, with what she has said in the Manual and Miscellany, as above.
            “To further confirm this, no requirement was made for practitioners whose cards were in The Journal to be class-taught students until several years after Mrs. Eddy had ceased to be with us in ‘person’ as Leader—we must not ‘hide the talent of spiritual healing under the napkin of its form,’ S&H 366—although that form is all important as a means to an end, as will be subsequently shown in ‘Evolutionary Organization.’  Our forms must be constantly quickened by the ideas that they symbolize; else our ‘golden calves’ are just a little differently fashioned from Aaron’s.
            “The original object, however, of this little by-path was to show the great value Mrs. Eddy attached to the study of all of her writings, and Christ and Christmas gathers all the rays of her statements as the ‘Kohinoor gem’ to which Judge Hanna in the article mentioned likens it.  It is indeed the shining whole reflection of her life-work.  ‘It is the fitting capsheaf of the harvest-field of Scientific labor,’ Jan. Journal, 1894, p. 467.
            “Returning directly to our subject, ‘The spiritual idea,’ can we not now see with Judge Hanna’s editorial in the Jan., 1894, Journal, pp. 466, 467, that Christ and Christmas distinguishes Mrs. Eddy’s mission; and, further, that an understanding of ‘the spiritual idea’ and of Christ and Christmas as illustrative thereof is necessary to distinguish the mission of Mrs. Eddy from that of Jesus, for the purpose of completing the revelation that, in her own alleged words, as quoted by Sibyl Wilbur in The Life of Mary Baker Eddy, p. 218, she had ‘a mission from God to COMPLETE the work of Jesus Christ on earth’?
            “Judge Hanna (with Mrs. Eddy’s approval, as expressed on page 428 of the same Journal, Jan., 1894, in the following words:  ‘Judge Hanna’s editorial in this Journal gives no uncertain echo of the spirit and MISSION of Christ and Christmas‘) says:  ‘…but to the Christian Scientists whose eyes have been partly opened to Jesus’ mission as it is being exemplified in Christian Science today, it [Christ and Christmas] must be a new revelation of the God-appointed MISSION of our Leader.’”(p. 63-69)

March 23, 2017 – Let me add the following to this post.  There are five extra stars in the woman’s crown.  There are five Illustrations that show the Morning Star in them.  So let us take a look at them.  The first Morning Star (Venus) that we see (which has seven points of light) is in the first Illustration – STAR OF BETHLEHEM.  This star shines upon the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus, this was how it was during the first advent of Christ.  Yet this poem book is for the second advent of Christ.  So in the upper right corner we have the woman bowing her head toward the Star of divine Science.  Mary Baker Eddy also gave the Star of Bethlehem a second name, as she called it the Star of Boston.  In Revelation 1, Scripture tells us that the Son of man (Jesus) calls the seven stars, to the seven churches, angels.  Angels are divine messengers sent from God.  So I call the seven stars, to the seven churches, Star-Angels.  But the woman has five more Star-Angels than the man.  So, these five Illustrations are of importance.  Two of them point to the first advent of Christ, four to the second advent of Christ, and one to the third advent of Christ.
            The Star-Angels in Illustrations 1 and 2 are Christ Jesus and Mary Baker Eddy.  In the second Illustration, CHRIST HEALING, the Morning Star shines its light down upon Christ Jesus (the masculine representative of the Christ) and Mary Baker Eddy (the feminine representative of the Christ).  The Star-Angel in Illustration 3 and 6 is Mary Baker Eddy.  In SEEKING AND FINDING we see Mary Baker Eddy in 1874 during the first transit of Venus across the sun, symbolically the time when Venus is “clothed with the sun”.  The Grandmother clock is set at 12:05 pointing us to the Woman God-crowned Keystone of Window of the Open Book and Revelation 12:1-5 which is about the woman God-crowned.  The serpent is behind the woman attempting to impede her spiritual progress bringing forth the spiritual idea.  But it fails, as we see Mary Baker Eddy healing in Illustration 6 via CHRISTIAN SCIENCE HEALING.  Again, the Morning Star shines down upon her.  I feel that this Illustration represents the second transit of Venus across the sun during Mary Baker Eddy’s God-crowned mission which took place in June 1882.  It is in one of the verses for this sixth Illustration that there is mention of Sharon’s rose, which must bud and bloom in human heart.  Who is it that discovers Sharon’s Rose matrix for Window of the Open Book?  It is Martha-Sharon-Dinah, the Star-Angel in Illustration 7 (generic man – male and female as one).  The Grandfather clock points to Revelation 5:1-5 where the Lamb of God (spiritual idea) is found with a sealed book (a closed book).  In the early editions of the poem book it was easy to see wisps of hidden serpents upon the closed BIBLE.
            So, going back to SEEKING AND FINDING we have the BIBLE as an open book.  It was Mary Baker Eddy who opened up the BIBLE and wrote copious notes upon Scripture.  This is the ONLY Illustration where the BIBLE is an open book!  In this Illustration there is no SCIENCE AND HEALTH yet, it would not be published until 1875, the year after the first transit of Venus.  It was her mission to unseal the BIBLE.  The talking serpent and its wisps of hidden serpents are behind her, attempting to impede her spiritual progress.  So why would the BIBLE be closed in Illustration 7 – “SUFFER THE CHILDREN TO COME UNTO ME” when it follows SEEKING AND FINDING?  In Illustration seven (Love) the BIBLE is locked up, a sealed book (with the serpent wisps sitting on top – making it a locked up book [the BIBLE is not spiritually understood by mainstream Christianity (the old man who sees through a glass darkly)])  The reason why the BIBLE is a sealed book in this Illustration is to symbolize the fact that the BIBLE remains a sealed, or closed book until the “little book open” – SCIENCE AND HEALTH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURE (a key unlocks something that is closed up) – is opened up (unlocked).  Since the book which is open in this Illustration is THE KEY to the closed book – the BIBLE – we must first unlock SCIENCE AND HEALTH.  The KEY must be read, the Word of God must be mentally digested and assimilated, once this is done all material error is then eliminated.  The KEY is not applied to the BIBLE until generic man is willing to open up SCIENCE AND HEALTH and read it.  The first transit of Venus, for the third advent of Christ, took place in June 2014.  This was a year after the book The Da Vinci Code was published and a year before the movie about the book was released.  What was this story about?  It was about symbols, keys, and most importantly, the feminine representative of the Christ!  I did not see the movie until it aired on TV.  Its message was of  upmost importance to me, as I comprehended what its message was really about – Mary Baker Eddy as the second coming of Christ.  Then I got the book and found out that it was even better in bringing forth its hidden message.  I was the one who was to explain Mary Baker Eddy to the world via my website, as it launched on June 5, 2012, when the second transit of Venus took place.  This second transit of Venus, I feel, is depicted as Illustration 10 – TRUTH versus ERROR.  As there is a girl embracing her own manhood (manchild) looking out the window at the Woman knocking upon their house (consciousness) of affliction.  There is no sign (symbol) needed of an actual Star at this point in the book because the Woman herself is the Star-Angel (the Christ Light).  At this time Martha-Sharon-Dinah still sees this Woman as the second coming of Christ.
            Mary Baker Eddy spoke of the three advents of Christ.  She gave them the names of Jesus, Mary, and Martha.  Now, let us go to the fourth Gospel, the book of St. John.  This Gospel presents the tone of Science itself, the fourth living creature to the divine infinite calculus.  Its elemental symbol is that of water.  The symbol of water us used throughout St. John.  At the wedding Jesus even turns the water into wine and this wine (later on) is symbolic of Jesus’ blood.  Upon the cross when Jesus bleeds it is described as blood and water (wine and water).  (I go into more detail into the meaning of this in my post – AS IT IS “Spiritual teaching must always be by symbols”.)   Anyway, also in St. John, is the family from Bethany, one definition of Bethany means “house of affliction”.  So to me this means “consciousness of affliction.”  In SCIENCE AND HEALTH 586:13 is the definition of fire.  Now fire is the elemental symbol for the Word of God.  Mary Baker Eddy defines (in part) fire as “affliction purifying and elevating man.”  Mary Baker Eddy also tells us that “Bride” means “Purity and innocence, conceiving man in the idea of God:  a sense of Soul, which has spiritual bliss and enjoys but cannot suffer.” (S&H 582:14)  She also tells us that the Bride is the Word.  So, it is this Word of God as the Bride consciousness which comes as “affliction purifying and elevating man.”  Now, Lazarus is well known because he was resurrected from death by Jesus.  Yet, does not Lazarus, even though he has a different name, symbolize Jesus own mission where he must resurrect himself from death?  Does not this mean, in this case, that Lazarus of Bethany represents the first advent of Christ as Jesus (the masculine representative)?  Lazarus has two sisters named Mary and Martha.  Do not Mary and Martha of Bethany represent the second and third advents of Christ as Mary Baker Eddy (the feminine representative) and Martha-Sharon-Dinah (the generic man representative)?
            Finally, in Mother’s Room, in the original Boston Edifice, there are three windows sort of taken from Christ and Christmas.  They represent, again, the three advents of Christ with – STAR OF BOSTON, T’IS THE SAME HAND THAT WRITES THE PAGE (modeled after SEEKING AND FINDING), and “SUFFER THE CHILDREN TO COME UNTO ME.”  Each window has a Star-Flower in it.  These Star-Flowers look like the flower “Star of Bethlehem” only they have seven petals instead of six.  So, these Star-Flowers are also Star of Boston flowers.  Along with these three Star-Flowers are the seven Star-Flowers in WINDOW OF THE OPEN BOOK’S final (its twelfth) Keystone.  This makes ten Star-Flowers.  There are two more seven pointed stars in the church, even though they are not flowers.  These two seven pointed stars are seen in the auditorium’s Skylight and in the Vestry.  This makes for a total of twelve Star-Angels in the original Edifice.  There is also, of course, the twelve stars upon the woman’s crown in the Woman God-crowned Keystone window (on the South side) and the WOMAN GOD-CROWNED window itself (on the West side).

 

[1] Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary

[2] This date was changed after December 3, 1910.

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