Starflower of Boston – Part 3

by MJSmith

CHRISTIANITY AS THE CHRIST – “SCIENCE OF BEING”


CHRISTIAN SCIENCE HEALING

First Edition

Christian Science Healing

Christian Science Healing (with the bearded man and white mantle)

Christ was not crucified — that doom
            Was Jesus’ part;
For Sharon’s rose must bud and bloom
            In human heart.*

Forever present, bounteous, free,
            Christ comes in gloom;
And aye, with grace towards you and me,
            For health makes room.

* “God was manifest in the flesh.” — St. Paul.  {Christ is the manifestation of God.}

Scriptural basis:
            If Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin but the Spirit [God-likeness] is life because of righteousness. St. Paul.

            But such as I have, give I thee:  In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. — St. Peter.

            In Helen’s book it is said that Sharon’s rose is the Church of Christ, while this may be true, I have another explanation for Sharon’s rose.  I feel that Sharon’s rose is the understanding of the Unity Matrix and Sharon’s Rose Matrix.  And this understanding has come only in the last twenty years (give or take a few years).  And it is what I am presenting to you in this four part series (specifically part 2, 3, and 4).
            Mary Baker Eddy stands for the Christ spoken of in this Illustration’s second stanza.  I also feel that the woman in the background, in grey, is like the Mary Baker Patterson in Illustration II where she holds her hands in prayer (the woman on the Side of Light), and like the angel of Illustration V.  However, in this Illustration there seems to be more distance between Christianity and Science (Mary Baker Eddy).  And now, Christianity seems to be on the Side of Life, unlike in CHRIST HEALING.  What better chapter from SCIENCE AND HEALTH to go with this Illustration then “Science of Being”?
            “In the material world, thought has brought to light with great rapidity many useful wonders.  With like activity have thought’s swift pinions been rising towards the realm of the real, to the spiritual cause of those lower things which give impulse to inquiry.  Belief in a material basis, from which may be deduced all rationality, is slowly yielding to the idea of a metaphysical basis, looking away from matter to Mind as the cause of every effect.  Materialistic hypotheses challenge metaphysics to meet in final combat.  In the revolutionary period, like the shepherd-boy with his sling, woman goes forth to battle with Goliath {a giant that is decapitated by David’s sword of Science after the first stone (divine Mind) hits the giant’s head}.” (S&H 268:1)
            In the first Illustration VI is a bottle of medicine and a glass of liquid and spoon.  I believe that these represent regular medicine (material medica) and homeopathic remedies.  Yet in the second Illustration VI is another type of medicine.  I believe that it might represent semi-metaphysical systems that “afford no substantial aid to scientific metaphysics, for their arguments are based on the false testimony of the material senses as well as on the facts of Mind.  These semi-metaphysical systems are one and all pantheistic, and savor to Pandemonium {are experiences of hell}, a house divided against itself.” (S&H 268:14-269:2)
            “Human womanhood, typed by the woman in grey,” another possible explanation provided by Alice Orgain, “having failed to discern a higher light than commemorative Christianity as manhood (typed by the first organization of the Boston Church), feels the weight of static Christianity.  Commemoration is but the ‘dead body’ of a previously living idea.  The first organization of the Boston Church commemorated the word and works of Jesus before his crucifixion, for Jesus neither taught nor healed after his crucifixion, merely explaining the Scriptures to two of his disciples on the walk to Emmaus (Luke 24:13, 15, 27).”[1]
            Is it also a possibility that the first Illustration VI represents the type of church organization (representing the Side of Life, specifically pointing to the life of Jesus – hence the dark mantle found on Mary Baker Eddy) spoken of in this previous paragraph, while the second Illustration VI represents The Mother Church (The First Church of Christ Scientist) in order to represent the Side of Light?
            “Beyond this, St. Paul declared, Christianity could not go.  As the then highest evangel, he said, ‘For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified‘ (I Cor. 2:2).
            “Christian Science is not thus limited.  Mrs. Eddy says, ‘The second appearing of Jesus is, unquestionably, the spiritual advent of the advancing [not static] idea of God, as in Christian Science’ (Ret. 70:20).  Specifically refuting St. Paul’s static bounds for Christianity, Mrs. Eddy says, ‘Christian Science says:  I am determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him glorified‘ (S&H 200:27).”[2]
            Illustration VI “signals the beginning of WOMAN’S {God-crowned} mission {which I think really took place during the first transit of Venus on December 9, 1874.  But perhaps it came full force on December 6, 1882?}, as set forth in the THIRD EDITION of Science and Health.  The woman in white {who is Mary Baker Eddy} is healing the man, when she (in the words of the poem) {heals him} ‘for health makes room.’  The Womanhood of God (having encompassed Jesus’ teaching, the manhood of God) looks heaven-ward, and extends her hand to the patient.  Woman’s mission as separate from Man’s mission really starts here.”[3]  At first I was not sure what the author meant by “Man’s mission”.  For sure she is referring to Jesus’ God-crowned mission – the First Advent of Christ – but she does not really make it clear at this point.
            In the third edition of SCIENCE AND HEALTH Mary Baker Eddy used feminine pronouns to describe God – this was her understanding of God’s true identity, for God spoke to Mary at age eight with Mother’s voice (not Father’s voice).  In this edition our Leader put her whole revelation into Motherhood.
            Orgain believes that the Star is the CHRIST.  This is possible, but I also think that the Star is divine Science.  The woman doing the healing is Christ, the “divine manifestation of God, which comes to the flesh to destroy incarnate error” (S&H 583:10).  And the way this definition is worded with the asterisk for this poem stanza; could not this Christ manifestation be Mary Baker Eddy as Sharon’s rose, as well as, Jesus during the First Coming of Christ?  Is it not possible that until Christian Scientists recognize and accept Mary Baker Eddy as the second manifestation of God then CHRISTIAN SCIENCE HEALING will be lacking in the Field?  Is not the spiritual understanding of Sharon’s Rose Matrix point to Mary Baker Eddy because each Illustration tells the story of her Life and her Light?
            “…The static Christianity of the first organization of the Boston Church, which commemorated Jesus’ first coming, had crucified the ‘Christ’ of Jesus’ ‘second appearing.’  Instead of the first Scriptural ‘basis’ of this picture — ‘If Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin’ — it presented the reversal in a ‘body…dead’ to the ‘second appearing’ of Jesus as the Christ”[4] as spiritual idea instead of a mortal persona.
            “Inasmuch as the intent of Christ and Christmas is to reveal ‘the God-anointed {God-crowned} mission of our Leader,’ it is necessary to figuratively identify Mrs. Eddy in every picture.  Mrs. Eddy’s subjective consciousness at this point is typed by the heavenly woman in white.  Woman [standing for the Christ] was a heavenly idea.  In the third edition of Science and Health, which this picture correlates, Mrs. Eddy said, ‘this earth and heaven are now and forever the male and female of spirit…’ (S&H Vol. II, p. 120).
            “Composite Womanhood, in this third edition, goes beyond Mrs. Eddy’s previous revelation of manhood in the first edition as an earthly idea, typing Christianity, upon which the First Organization of the Boston Church was founded.”[5]
            Orgain points out that the title is not A CHRISTIAN SCIENCE HEALING but is CHRISTIAN SCIENCE HEALING.  “The Christ idea as the Principle of ‘Christian Science Healing’ is typed by the resuscitation of the man on the bed at the heavenly demand of the woman in white for a higher Christianity than that which blooms in ‘human heart.’  Womanhood, embracing manhood, ‘makes room for health with grace towards you and me.’  The TRUE sense of Woman [again, meaning the Christ] brings health to man.”[6]  I believe this means that while we must recognize Mary Baker Eddy’s place in Bible prophecy we must take our understanding higher to understand the TRUE sense of her Christ Being (her “Science of Being”).  “…Divine Love is infinite.  Therefore all that really exists is in and of God, and manifests His love.
            “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.’  (Exodus xx. 3.)  The First Commandment is my favorite text.  It demonstrates Christian Science.  It inculcates the tri-unity of God, Spirit, Mind; it signifies that man shall have no other spirit or mind but God, eternal good, and that all men shall have one Mind.  The divine Principle of the First Commandment bases the Science of being, by which man demonstrates health, holiness, and life eternal.  One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; filfils the Scripture, ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself;’ annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry, — whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes equalizes the sexes ; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed” (S&H 340:12-29).  {Notice that Mary Baker Eddy says “equalizes the sexes”.  She does not say annihilates one sex over another, which is what feminism is trying to accomplish today.  Today’s feminists are trying to annihilate men even though they say they like men they and the politicos are not helping out today’s American man.  According to mortal mind today’s American man seems to be in trouble.  Mortal mind claims that they are dying sooner, that there is more suicide among men, mostly men fight our wars so they come home missing limbs and have post traumatic shock, many of them who loose their jobs do not seem to find more work, there is less opportunity in getting scholarships for college, less men graduate from college, more men are living with their parents instead of getting married, and more children are being born out of wedlock, which does not help those children out.  Today woman do not make less money compared to men, the politicos have just fudged the data in order to make it look like men are still getting higher salaries.  Women do not want to marry any man who makes less money than they do, so there is less marriage taking place.  There is a war against toxic masculinity, which is a made up thing by mortal minded people, and it most certainly is a lie about God’s man.  People are trying to get rid of all words that have “man” in it!  Ridiculous!  The word “man” includes the idea of “woman” and it means “mind.”  So if you annihilate man then you are trying to annihilate mind.  We cannot annihilate one sex over another, we must spiritually understand that a man has both masculine and feminine qualities and likewise the female also has feminine and masculine qualities.  And this is what is meant by equalizing the sexes.}
            “[A number of the images Alice Orgain found in this picture are no longer visible.  There was the large head of a serpent, eating dust under the chair, his sinuous body winding down the left drape.  The face of the lamb was apparent in the upper right behind him; other animal faces appeared in the upper left fold of the drape.  A wolf could be plainly seen in the extreme lower right corner; a Leopard was nearby.
            “Were the twelve Apostles depicted on the overhang of the bedspread?  Very distinct faces were visible.  A man’s profile (an ancient face) was evident over the ‘I’ in ‘healing;’ another man could be seen in a face over the ‘ia’ in ‘Christian.’  There were animals and ‘men’ the full length of the bed.]”[7]  This may be so, that these things were seen in earlier editions of the book, I do see things, but not what has been described here.  But I do not have all editions of the book.  In the lower right hand corner of the first Illustration VI, where there is darker bedding (or a darker blanket) and the man’s shadow, this appears to me to be a body of water and a river.  I see where generic man’s knee is as a mountain.  And in the background with the woman, where her hands are in prayer, the form I see of her dress (between here hands and arms) looks like the shape of a wizard, with a pointed hat.
            And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, And unto wizards that peep and that mutter; Should not a people seek unto their God? — Isaiah.” (S&H 70 – Introduction to “Christian Science versus Spiritualism”.)
            “The light hued bed in picture six is in a reverse position to the black casket in picture two, but the girl in picture two, with one arm extended to the right hand of Jesus, is sitting in the same position as the man in this picture.”[8]  It is as if Illustration II and Illustration VI are reversed.  However, I feel that I have explained part of the reason for this in that the Left Side of Life is usually darker in tone than the Right Side of Light (Love) is.  In this Illustration Mary Baker Eddy is offering Life to mankind or generic man, and pointing to the spiritual Light coming from the Star of divine Science, of Love.   Although generic man’s left arm rests in the shadow of the valley of death his/her right arm reaches for divine Light.  “Here the man-patient is reaching toward the Womanhood of God, rather than to God’s manhood, and, unlike picture two, the hands do not touch.  The Scriptural message here (as given in the Glossary of Christ and Christmas) is:  ‘Such as I have give I thee; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.’  Note that the WOMAN points to the ascended Jesus, not the crucified Jesus of the Bible, and that she is not holding a BIBLE.  The patient finds that he does not need her help, since the message quickens him to his own completeness, where as the woman (his wife in Christianity) in dark clothes (Second Degree, moral) had tried to personally complete him.
            “When Jesus ‘fully and finally demonstrated divine Science in his victory over the grave,’ it was then that he rose into ‘WOMANHOOD,’ Life, — the first TRINITY quality of the ideal woman.  ‘The idea woman corresponds to Life and to Love’ (S&H 517:10).  Jesus was unable to fully reveal this, as he said, ‘I have yet many things to say to you, but ye cannot bear them now’ (John 16:12).
            “These ‘THINGS’ had to await JESUS’ SECOND COMING in Womanhood, which he prophesied in Rev. 12:1 with the words, ‘There appeared in great wonder in heaven…’  Mary Baker Eddy tells us:  ‘The second appearing of Jesus is unquestionably, the spiritual advent of the ADVANCING idea of God, as in Christian Science’ (Ret. 20:22).  ‘The female idea’ in the third edition of Science and Health is definitively given the full heavenly trinity of ‘Life, Truth, and Love,’ from which she definitively gives to man, out of the fullness of her own nature, the qualities of ‘Life’ and ‘Truth.’  The mission of WOMAN starts here, clearly separated in character from man’s mission.
            “Mrs. Eddy did not get her revelation from the Scripture, but got it directly from divine Mind.  She later found that it coincided with the Scriptures.  ‘No human pen nor tongue taught me what is in Science and Health.  I began where the Bible left off.’  Her writings are the ‘Comforter’ promised by Christ Jesus.
            “Remember, Jesus said, ‘When the “Comforter” is come [she] will reveal all things.’”[9]
            “This 6th picture shows us that to separate the Revelator from the Revelation and still maintain Christian Science healing is an impossibility.  They cannot be separated.  Our Church is built upon a recognition of her and of her revelation.  It is based upon Christian Science healing.”[10]
            Today there seems to be religious war taking place between the Muslims and the Christians.  There is also war against Christians by the communist leaders (like in China).  Mary Baker Eddy let us know that “a soldier’s love for his country — America — may save his life.”  Think about this.  Why would the soldier’s love for the United States of America save his life?  She tells us, “This is because he is loving and fighting for the nation that has a holy purpose; and whether he knows of Christian Science or not, he is protected because he is fighting for this nation’s protection.”  In response to this Hanna (?) comments:  “Think what a love for your Leader will do in your healing work.”[11]  Mary Baker Eddy knew that the United States of America has a holy purpose, yet today’s socialists (democrats, liberals, progressives) deny this fact.  In fact they paint the opposite picture – “You, the average American citizen, are to be ashamed of your country, after all, it once participated in slavery and so much more evil!  Be ashamed!  Don’t you dare think that there is any thing special about the United States of America – because you are immoral.”  What was this country’s holy purpose?  It was to bring forth the Second Coming of Christ with Mary Baker Eddy and her Revelation of Christian Science.  Likewise, the Christian Science hierarchy (board members and their cronies, practitioners, teachers, etc.) uses the same trick in regard to Mary Baker Eddy.  “You, member of this Church, do not dare think that Mary Baker Eddy was chosen by God, anyone could have written SCIENCE AND HEALTH, they just had to get to the top of the hill before she did.  She just got to the top before anyone else did, that’s all.  There is nothing special about her and to think that there is, well, that is personification, that is personal sense and you know better than to indulge in that horrible thing, how immoral that is!  So don’t you dare tell anyone that Mary Baker Eddy is the woman God-crowned, or that she is the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, or that she is the angel with a little book open, or that she is one of the two witnesses.  If you do, then you are indulging in personal sense and we will have to excommunicate you for this Mother Church (that we high jacked)!!!”
            CHRISTIAN SCIENCE HEALING, exemplified by Mary Baker Eddy, “is raising manhood above itself into purer desires, away from all that the bed means.  Womanhood has already been touched and is in an attitude of prayer.  {I agree with this.}  Manhood is the necessary ingredient to be a firm watcher.  Prayer, womanhood, is not enough.  Womanhood must lift up and include manhood.  Prayer must include watching.  Notice that both patient and practitioner are working properly. …Notice, too, that the mental work is effective as it is reaching the patient.  Her arm is extended.”[12]
            Remember that river on the bed I mentioned?  It is on the Side of Light – “Mrs. Eddy once stated, ‘I am the unresisting channel {river} through which Love shines with its full healing force.’”[13]
            Hanna (?) says that the hands not touching “is the nature of impersonal Christian Science healing.”[14]
            “…You will notice that womanhood is in the light, but manhood is part in and part out.  {Actually, I think the man is all the way inside the pyramid of light, just that the background is dark.}  This is much the same as in the picture ‘Christ Healing’.  This picture however is far more active than ‘Christ Healing.’  The entrance for Truth is wide in this picture, and it symbolizes an actual statement of the thinking of the world.  The time has come.  Her ear is uncovered, and she is listening for divine direction, the still small voice; and she is also listening for the call of humanity for help.
            {Because this Illustration, on Hanna (?)’s Major Pyramid Matrix of Truth, is the Apex, or Capstone, it is not coupled with another Illustration but rather, it is coupled with itself.}  “It is the center picture.  Only by recognizing Mrs. Eddy’s place, can we effectively heal in Christian Science.  Only by recognizing Mrs. Eddy’s place, can Sharon’s rose {matrix} bud and bloom—the Church prosper and grow among humanity.  This picture includes her life {Side of Life in VI a} and light {Side of Light in VI b}.  {I also think that these two Illustrations (on the Pyramid Matrix) also represent the tones of Truth as Truth (VI a) and Truth as Love (VI b).}
            “The white robe that she wears is typical of the Christ robe, or Christ-consciousness, without seam or rent.  Note how it trails under the bedding to the floor.  The white line near the foot of the bed is the continuation of her robe and symbolizes her thought reaching the foundation of sickness and destroying sin.  She is destroying animal magnetism and not the symptom.  She is bruising the serpent’s [old theology’s] head.  Malicious animal magnetism in its many phases is being handled by Mary Baker Eddy.  As Christian Scientists, we realize that Mary Baker Eddy handled every form of sin thrust upon her.  The darkness between the robe and her body is the world’s problems and sins that she has taken in to heal, but which are not weighing her down as a dark robe would represent.  Notice the Christ light about her head showing clearly that she is God’s anointed one.  [We will grow spiritually] by acknowledging her place, which naturally brings healing and naturally destroys the claims of malicious animal magnetism according to the law of divine Science.
            “The floor in this picture is the dissolving of the claims of ecclesiastic despotism from the black and white tiles in Truth vs. Error (tenth picture) to vague mingling of black and white.  Thus error’s foundation is being destroyed (dissolved) through the light of Truth.  She {Mary Baker Eddy} writes, ‘The Babylonish woman in the Apocalypse has thrown wormwood into the waters {teachings} to turn trusting thoughts to hatred against me, the idea; handle this and you will find your patients healed.’”[15]  It is possible that the body of water in back of generic man in the first Illustration VI (a) be representative of the poisoning of Mary Baker Eddy’s published spiritual teachings?
            “‘Christian Scientists must work daily to annul the prayers of the unrighteous, those who unrighteously pray that Christian Science prayers cannot heal the sick.’  [Mrs. Eddy has nearly 50 references to “daily” in Prose Works alone.]
            “As Elijah passed his mantle on to Elisha, so did Jesus pass his robe on to Mary Baker Eddy, and with it a double portion.”[16]
            “The bed in this picture is made out of brass.  The figurative meaning of brass is insensibility, baseness, and presumption or obstinacy of sin.  There must be a clear recognition of the sin in order to heal it.  Sin will not recognize our Leader, and sin does not want to be uncovered and healed.  This picture shows that Mrs. Eddy worked tirelessly to take false manhood away from this claim of malicious animal magnetism [hypnotism, error, illusion].  That work enabled her to build her Church.”[17]
            Before I move on to the next Illustration I would like to mention that Mary Baker Eddy’s left hand is a symbol for salvation (the open palm is like a palm leaf).  Salvation is to save man from sin, error, etc.  The following quote seems to fit with Illustration VI.  “By interpreting God as a corporeal Savior but not as the saving Principle, or divine Love, we shall continue to seek salvation through pardon and not through reform, and resort to matter instead of Spirit for the cure of the sick [as seen on the table behind the man].  As mortals reach, through knowledge of Christian Science, a higher sense, they will seek to learn, not from matter, but from the divine Principle, God, how to demonstrate the Christ, Truth, as the healing and saving power.” (S&H 285:23, [My interpolation.])

THE WORD AS CHRISTIANITY – “MARRIAGE”


SUFFER THE CHILDREN TO COME UNTO ME

First Edition

I THANK THEE, O FATHER, LORD OF HEAVEN AND EARTH, BECAUSE THOU HAST HID THESE THINGS FROM THE WISE AND PRUDENT, AND HAST REVEALED THEM UNTO BABES. — CHRIST JESUS.

Thus olden faith’s pale star now blends
            In seven-hued white!
Life, without birth and without end,
            Emitting light!

Scriptural basis:
            Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God {like unto the order of Melchisedec}. — St. Paul.

            “The Scriptural text used as a title for picture seven, and the poem accompanying it, together point to ‘the dawn of a new light’ (S&H 35:10), which the ‘babe’ consciousness alone could receive.”[18]  Could this “new light” be the Third Advent of Christ taking place during the Seventh Day of Love?  “The Scriptural ‘basis’ given for the stanzas corresponding to this picture shows that the youth of the little child and the age of the ‘old’ gentleman do not appertain to themselves but symbolize the messages of Science and Health and the Bible as the new and the old.  The ‘wise and prudent’ and the ‘babe’ must refer to states of consciousness rather than to age and youth, for the Scriptural ‘basis’ denies ‘beginning’ or ‘ending,’ and the stanza proclaims ‘Life, without birth and without end, emitting light!’
            “Thus this picture illustrates the relative positions of the Bible and Science and Health and the two consciousnesses that type them.  The ‘old’ gentleman undoubtedly represents the old heaven and the old earth that pass away before the ‘new heaven and…new earth’ (Rev. 21), typed by the little child, who represents the ‘new birth,’ which Mrs. Eddy says is ‘heaven here’ (My. 158:12)—neither born nor borne to earth.”[19]
            “From the first edition of Christ and Christmas, in 1893, up to the last (ninth) edition, in 1910, Mrs. Eddy attributed to Jesus the authorship of the Scriptural title of this picture, but in the last edition she added ‘Christ’ to ‘Jesus’ as author.  Jesus prophesied that his second coming would be as the ‘spirit of Truth.’  Truth at the point of this seventh picture is a wholly heavenly consciousness which must be received on earth through a wholly heavenly channel, which Jesus identified as a little child.  ‘Of such is the kingdom of God [heaven]…Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein’ (Mark 10:14, 15).  By adding ‘Christ’ to ‘Jesus’ Mrs. Eddy accepted the position that it was the Christ of Jesus’ second coming which prophetically spoke through Jesus when he said, ‘I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.’”[20]
            While this is all true we must take into consideration that the window in Mother’s Room, patterned after this Illustration, has the title of “SUFFER THE CHILDREN TO COME UNTO ME.”  This means, “Permit the children to come unto me, the Christ.”  Does this refer to the Christ of Jesus a man?  No, it refers to the Christ explanation of Jesus as God’s spiritual idea, as found in SCIENCE AND HEALTH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES.  It is interesting to note in the Window seen below, that behind the old man on the grandfather clock there is the figure of an old man or an old woman (it is hard to tell), yet on the chair behind the young girl there is the head and partial figure of a young boy or a young woman.  If it is a woman I think it could be Mary Baker Eddy, yet if it is a young boy I am thinking that it ties this girl to Illustration X where the girl and boy are looking out the window at the Lone Stranger.  I like the idea that the figure on the chair is the young girl’s support and strength, which she later on embraces in Illustration X.  On Jan. 6, 2019 I saw the shape of a man in the beam of light which I thought could be Jesus, but as I look at it today (1/7/19) I see several faces in the beam of light.

Suffer [Permit] the Children to Come Unto Me

            “‘The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:  neither shall they say, Lo here! or lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you’ (Luke 17:21-21).  St. John was able to see ‘a new heaven and a new earth’ at the same time (as recorded in Revelation 21:1) ‘because St. John’s corporeal sense of the heavens and earth had vanished, and in place of this false sense was the spiritual sense, the subjective state by which he could see the new heaven and new earth…. This is Scriptural authority for concluding that such a recognition of being is, and has been, possible to men in this present state of existence’ (S&H 573:19).
            “‘Thus olden faith’s [typed by the old man] pale star {during the Day of Life and most of Truth} now blends in seven-hued white {for it is the Seventh Day of Love}!  Life without birth and without end, emitting light.’  This is typed by the little girl who is reading the fiftieth edition of Science and Health, published during the interim between the Boston churches.”[21]  So why would this fiftieth edition point us to the Seventh Day of Love with Mary Baker Eddy’s successor?  Because she, the girl, is not a member of The First Church of Christ Scientist, she is her own Independent Branch Church, as what took place in between the two organizations.  The only Christian Science churches during that time were the Branch Churches, independently governed.  Also, this girl came to Earth in the 1950s, the 7th year of the decade – a year of Love.  The tone during this time was Truth as Love, the latter part of the Sixth Day of Truth.
            When the first organization was dissolved in 1889 Mary Baker Eddy retired “for the purpose of revising Science and Health, which had last been revised in the sixteenth edition.  Her promised revision was the fiftieth edition, which was copy-righted late in 1890 and given to the field in 1891.  Thus the little child also types the branch churches, which alone remained during the interval between the dissolution of the First Organization and the formation of the second organization of the Boston church.
            “Since the field branches, as rooted in the Word as Bride (My. 125:26), figuratively kept step with Mrs. Eddy’s progressive revelation in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, they, as the only organized churches during the interim between the first and second organizations of the Boston church (1889-1892) subjectively type the fiftieth edition, published in 1891—the Branch-idea typing the objective fulfillment of the fiftieth edition.
            “Mrs. Eddy’s consciousness was for the first time fully revealed in this fiftieth edition, for it presented the final footsteps in even our present edition.  The fiftieth edition proved so complete as to make possible for the first time Mrs. Eddy’s later comment, ‘those who look for me in person, or elsewhere than in my writings, lose me instead of find me’ (My. 120:2).”[22]
            What was so important about the 50th edition?  This was when there was a reduction to the system (Science’s system).  The city foursquare was added to “The Apocalypse” chapter.  This is symbolized in this Illustration as the foursquare chair that the girl is sitting on.  Also added was the idea between true “Marriage” to “The Apocalypse” chapter – the Lamb and bride as one, the spirit and the letter – Church and College are one in spiritual wedlock.  This is the ONLY Illustration where SCIENCE AND HEALTH is “a little book open” and it is given its true title:  SCIENCE AND HEALTH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURE, meaning that not just the “Glossary” Key (given in 1886) was key but the whole book itself was KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES.  We know that in SEEKING AND FINDING Mary Baker Eddy was sitting in a foursquare chair, however, we do not see the four legs of the chair.  This is the only Illustration where we actually see a foursquare chair.  This foursquare chair does not have a giant body sitting in it, as in the Ghost Museum Vision-Dream, but the spiritual idea of the child thought.  Her head is present and accounted for, and in front of her body is the OPEN Textbook itself.  After looking more closely at the Window (seen above) I looked more closely at the chair and beam of light in the Illustration (what I saw is below).  I also see a form on the back of the chair; the head of a boy?  But I can also see several heads on the back of the chair.


            Unlike the open SCIENCE AND HEALTH, the BIBLE is a closed book.  In the earlier books there are swirls of invisible serpents upon the BIBLE.  I believe with my whole heart that this symbolizes the seven seals (of error) placed upon the book spoken of in Revelation 5.  And it is the Grandfather clock that points us to Revelation 5:1-5 (Vision 1) about the Lamb and the seven seals keeping the all-important book – a closed book.  So I disagree with Alice Orgain when she puts forth that “the Bible is embraced in the light of the open book of the fiftieth edition of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.”[23]  However, it is SCIENCE AND HEALTH that makes it possible for the seven seals to be taken off of the book and have the Bible be embraced in the light of the open book of the fiftieth edition.  These seven seals are removed in Vision 2 from the point of Revelation 6-8:1 when we read about the four horsemen (etc.).  There is a long time (an Interlude) between the breaking of the sixth seal (Rev. 6:12-17) and breaking of the seventh seal (Rev. 8:1).  The signs of the sixth seal’s opening took place right before Mary Baker Eddy came to Earth and during her lifetime.  “For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Rev. 6:17)
            Mary Baker Eddy stood!  She also said of one of her other students, Augusta Stetson, that she stood!  Very few students stood.  In the Interlude of Vision II there are the four angels standing on the four corners of the earth.  These four corners are the four cardinal points of North, East, South, and West – the Word, the Christ, Christianity, and Christian Science (spoken of in “The Apocalypse”).  After the sixth seal is broken is when the twelve tribes of Israel are “sealed” – “a hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel” (Rev. 7:4).  The tribe of Dan is replaced by Joseph’s son Manasses because there is no more animal magnetism allowed in the twelve tribes (the stars of the woman’s crown), and Manasses represents the United States of America (specifically).
            “And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.” (Rev. 7:10)  It is interesting that in verse 14 that the robes are washed in the blood of the Lamb, yet, they remain white.  Would not the blood of the Lamb actually be spiritual Life in symbol, rather than, material red blood of Adam man?  Of course, another possibility is that the blood could be white wine instead of red wine, but I like my first explanation best.  It is possible that the girl is the Lamb, representing the third Coming of Christ; yet, I think it is more likely that the Lamb is the Christian Science Textbook.  Why do I say this?  I say it because of Revelation 7:17 – “For the Lamb which is the midst [center] of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters [spiritual teachings]; and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”  Since this same Textbook is found in the center hub of WINDOW OF THE OPEN BOOK, it must be the Lamb of God that unseals the seven seals of error placed upon the closed BIBLE (not understood or comprehended by mainstream Christianity).
            And so we come to the Seventh Day, the end of Vision II, when the seventh seal is opened (Rev. 8:1):  “And when he [the Lamb] had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.”  The presence of the completeness of heaven is felt.  All “phases of self-ignorance and all false thinking associated with lust [the first seal – the off-white horseman is nullified by the Word], war [the second seal – the red horseman is nullified by the Christ], greed [the third seal – the black horseman is nullified by Christianity], death [the fourth seal – the ashen horseman is nullified by Science], self-pity [the fifth seal], and human will-power [the sixth seal], have been silenced.”[24]
            “Translator’s note:  There have been six steps of development in this vision shown by the six seals and their unfoldment.  With the removal of the seventh seal there was a silence in heaven for an incomplete period so that the prayers of the saints, the spiritual thinkers, could be heard.  These prayers [Christian Science Treatments] helped make what is to follow possible.
            “As the six seals were revealed to John they were of things to come, but after he saw them, they had already taken place.  The pause marks the end of what has been revealed and shows what is yet to come to each individual.  He must dispose of every trial which besets him by understanding God and man’s relationship to Him.  When he does this all false thinking is silenced and all true thinking is established.”[25]
            I feel that what is meant by the events already taking place – is the structure of the BIBLE throughout the first five days of creation and then the final sixth day of creation with SCIENCE AND HEALTH.  The Sabbath, the Seventh Day, is not really a Day of Creation, but the Day of Rest (silence in heaven), because it is found at the beginning of Genesis 2.  So, we have the Word (North) taking place (with Day One of Mind, Day Two of Spirit, and Day Three of Soul) in the Old Testament from Genesis up to the point with the Kings and the sixteen Prophets.  Then the Christ (East) covers the Kings and the sixteen Prophets (with Day Four of Principle).  Christianity (South) begins the Fifth Day of Life with the New Testament, and (in the West we have) Christian Science (of course) takes place (during the Sixth Day of Truth) from year 996-1996, when the Day of Love (the center hub of activity) begins.
            Returning now to Helen’s book:  “In this fiftieth edition, Mrs. Eddy for the first time declared under the marginal topic, ‘Biblical Foundations.’  ‘I therefore plant myself unreservedly on the teachings of Jesus, of his apostles {Christianity with its Fifth Day of Life}, of the prophets {the Christ with its Fourth Day of Principle}, and on the testimony of the Science of Mind [Mind being the only exclusive quality of the fatherhood of God {the Word with its First, Second, and Third Days of Mind, Spirit, and Soul}].  Other foundations there are none’ (S&H 269:22-25).  This declaration took in the whole scope of the Bible.”[26]
            The girl’s feet are planted unreservedly on the testimony of the Science of Mind also, her right foot (dominant power) is on the first rung of the ramp (of the pyramid foursquare chair), while her left foot (secondary power) rests upon her right foot.  Her whole body covers the full Five Days of the BIBLE.
            For the first time, in the 50th Edition, Mary Baker Eddy “based each and all chapters…on Biblical texts.  This edition also retained the ‘Glossary’ (added for the first time in the sixth edition), which presented the metaphysical interpretation of the Biblical phases of manhood from Adam to Jesus, and the God-crowned Woman’s ‘man-child’ as Truth (added for the first time in the sixteenth edition.  Thus the ‘old’ gentleman is able to reassuredly close his Bible in the inspirational consciousness of its fulfillment in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures.”[27]  I do not agree with her on this specific point, and I think you understand why (because of Revelation).
            “Thus olden’s faith’s pale star [a distant, little understood promise] NOW blends in seven-hued white.”  Orgain explains this line:  “Science and Health, the ‘little book’ open, has explained the Bible {unsealed the seven seals of error that kept it shut (misunderstood)}.  Every personage of the Scripture becomes an impersonal quality; Abraham becomes fidelity, Moses becomes moral courage, etc.  An article entitled ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ in the fourth volume of The Journal, June 1886, types ‘Life, Truth, Love, purity, beauty, harmony, perfection’ as ‘the seven colors of the rainbow.’ [Mind (red), Spirit (orange), Soul (yellow), Principle (green), Life (blue), Truth (indigo), Love (violet)].  {The angel of Revelation 10 with “a little book open” has this rainbow consciousness.}  The seven days, or the seven stars, are the seven hues which are gathered into the white light of ideas; — ‘the rays of infinite Truth (the dry bones of Ezekiel) when gathered into the focus of ideas, bright light instantaneously’ (S&H 504:23).  Mrs. Eddy’s seven synonymous terms, understood as the numerals of infinity, have the white light of ideas.
            “‘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,’ since the translators of the original Word assumed that to be first which appeared second, and is mortal and material.”[28]
            Jacob’s Ladder is also the Major Pyramid Matrix of Truth – six sons on the Side of Life ascending and six sons on the Side of Light descending.  The King James’ Bible interpreters misinterpreted the Hebrew word in the Genesis text as “ladder”.  What it really meant was “pyramid” or “ramp”.

            “Man is as perfect now, and henceforth, and forever, as when the stars first sang together, and creation joined in the grand chorus of harmonious being.  It is the translator, not the original Word, who presents as being first that which appears second, material, and mortal; and as last, that which is primal, spiritual, and eternal.  Because of human misstatement and misconception of God and man, of the divine Principle and idea of being, there seems to be a war between the flesh and Spirit, a contest between Truth and error; but the apostle says, ‘There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Miscellaneous Writings 188:3)
            “The ‘old’ gentleman in this picture, typing Bible consciousness, wears heavy glasses, representing unillumined Bible consciousness, which hears but sees ‘through a glass darkly.’  Even St. Paul, in his first Corinthians discourse on Love, said that he then saw ‘through a glass, darkly.’  St. Paul saw Woman through the limitation of manhood.  His (then dim) vision of Woman as typing Love (See S&H 517:10) awaited the channel of womanhood, typed by Mrs. Eddy, for its discovery and revelation.
            “The Bible being the revelation of the ascending consciousness of individual man, has come solely through man.  Science and Health came through one woman.  Woman is generic (all-inclusive), and one woman embraced the whole.
            “The Mind or intelligence of production names the female gender last in the ascending order of creation.  The intelligent individual idea, be it male [such as manhood’ my logic, my intelligence, my creative wisdom, etc.] or female [the love for it that sees it through], rising from the lesser to the greater, unfolds the infinitude of Love’ (S&H 508:21).  Love is Womanhood.  Since ‘WOMAN’ corresponds to Love, she must be exchanged therefore, — the material, transformed into the ideal, disappears.
            “Man (meaning my manhood, my logic, intelligence, and creative wisdom) can only reach my womanhood (generic man) by taking in and acknowledging my womanhood, and by acknowledging its channel, Science & Health, and its author, Mary Baker Eddy.
            “This is the open door through which this old man in the picture has seen the impersonal womanhood of Science, with only a CHILD to present it to him; she has no claims to make for anything but her Message.”[29]
            In this Illustration there is a window with a matrix grid of nine squares.  This could point us to Illustration IX – CHRISTIAN UNITY – up to the point of Christianity as Christianity.  When we see Christianity and Science united in CHRISTIAN SCIENCE then the red dragon (taking the shape of a bush outside the window) is not allowed to enter into the room and harm the Lamb of God.  But there could also be another explanation for this window matrix – that seems very possible, considering how we are working with Christ and Christmas.  That the three vertical columns represent (from left to right) Life, Truth, and Love while the three horizontal rows represent (from bottom to top) Christian Science, absolute Christian Science, and divine Science (three levels of Science).


            “{The} Little girl’s face is lighted, although her back is to the window {matrix, where the Star’s light comes from}, and there is no artificial light in the room.  The light from the Star, the CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS {I say it is the light of divine Science, and the girl is the Christ consciousness}, beaming through the {matrix} window shines on the pages of the opened Science and Health.  The light of the textbook’s pages reflects back into {onto?} her face as if from the mirror of divine understanding.  ‘Call the mirror divine Science’ (S&H 515:29).”[30]  The Textbook Lamb (the Word) is the reflected Light (Mary Baker Eddy’s Christ Lamb Consciousness).
            “One can readily see that Mrs. Eddy intended to show in this seventh picture the state of consciousness spoken of by Jesus when he set a little child ‘in the midst’ {the center hub of activity} and said ‘Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven’ (Matt. 18:3).  ‘The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:  neither shall they say, Lo here! or lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you’ (Luke 17:21-21).  It is the little child-consciousness alone that receives the Word without any preconception, and roots itself therein.  ‘Of such is the kingdom of God [heaven]…Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein’ (Mark 10:14-15).  [There must be a willingness to learn all things rightly.]”[31]
            This little girl is one of the fold, a Lamb-sheep, for she is “Innocence; inoffensiveness” and she follows her Leader (S&H 594).
            “Self-esteem, self-love, hatred, guile, dishonesty, etc., are the sins of the carnal mind—the aspects of animal magnetism {Dan}— that will keep Christian Scientists from accepting their Leader’s place.”[32]
            This Illustration is coupled with CHRISTMAS MORN on the Major Pyramid Matrix of Truth (Jacob’s Ladder) and with STAR OF BOSTON in Mother’s Room “because it indicates the level of thought we must attain to be able to follow the two witnesses.  The book, Science and Health Key to the Scriptures, is open.  The child-like thought is searching; and this searching is not going unrewarded, as you will notice the radiance in her face.  Her shoes symbolize mortality, but her age symbolizes innocence and inoffensiveness, which is the only way out of the mortal dream.  The understanding of the Christ is given only to babes.  These are spiritually-minded enough to perceive the message and the messenger.  This young girl aptly symbolizes that type of thinking.  Pure thinking understands what mature human wisdom does not comprehend.  Notice that child-likeness has risen above materiality to a certain degree.  She has a support to rest her feet.”[33]  Her support is the rung of Mind (the ramp of the pyramid).  I think that the black bow is symbolic of the birthplace of Mary Baker Eddy – Bow, New Hampshire.  It symbolizes the fact that Mary Baker Eddy fulfilled the Covenant that God made with Noah – a bow of light in the cloud – that was spoken of in Revelation 10 about the female angel with the rainbow (attribute of the goddess Iris).  Although the girl sits on a totally black (First Degree of depravity – unreality) chair she is clothed with the sun (Christ Light that is Love) and the “little book open” is clothed with a dark cloud, even though its letters are white (Third Degree of Understanding – Reality).  The black chair is safe for her to sit in because it is foursquare, it incorporates the divine infinite calculus.
            The man of Old Theology “has his feet on the floor, on materiality {again, the First Degree}…His vision is blurred, inadequate, and he thinks he needs ceremonies, creeds and dogmas, symbolized by glasses, to interpret the Scriptures, to view creation and to acknowledge the Christ idea.  He must listen to the child-like, the pure in heart, to receive his healing.  He must attain the humility, innocence and inoffensiveness, to do so.  When the advent of the Woman is revealed, then Old Theology will listen to the child-like.
            “Why is the child a little girl?  Because a little girl is symbolic of the beginning of the understanding of the Woman [Science].  The little girl is a type that has not been recognized in its maturity as yet.  Generic man is symbolized by a woman, [which stands for the Christ].
            “Old Theology will listen to this type of womanhood, though not yet in its mature state.  It is a recognition of her divine purpose.”[34]  I feel that the girl is a prophecy of the Third Coming of Christ as generic man.  Remember the child of the woman is called – a man child – this (to me anyway) means that the child is already an adult but not an adulterer.  In other words, the man child, or woman child, is pure and unadulterated.  This concept is brought out in Illustration X by the two children (really one child) peering out the window.
            “Immortal and divine Mind presents {the Lamb} the idea of God:  First, in light {seen as the Star}; second, in reflection {seen as the pages of the book upon the child’s face (the face of a man is Christianity)}; third, in spiritual and immortal forms of beauty and goodness {seen as the girl’s recognition of Mary Baker Eddy as the Second Coming of Christ}” (S&H 503)
            I believe that the girl is reading from the sixteenth chapter “The Apocalypse”.
            “The Biblical verse with this poem is a reference to Melchisedec, the priest of Salem {Peace}, a forerunner of the Christ-idea.  {We read about this Priest, for the first time, in Genesis with the Patriarch Abraham in the Third Day of Soul.}  What then is the true priest?  Christ-likeness, the child-like and pure in heart.  This child-likeness is the complete opposite of Old Theology who, for thousands of years, has been dwelling in darkness, the darkness of false manhood…The true priesthood is attained to the degree that we approximate the purity of thought of this little one—in other words, obtain an understanding of the woman’s mission and light, although at first it may not be the full recognition.
            “Mrs. Eddy was able to give us this Truth because, from the time she was just a small child, this purity, innocence, and inoffensiveness was expressed in boundless measure, and the retention of this purity enabled that consecrated one to give us Science and Health, Key to the Scriptures, as the textbook is entitled in this seventh picture.”[35]
            I have already mentioned the grandfather clock time of 5:05 and it speaks of Revelation 5:1-5 “which refers to the book being unsealed by the Lion {being the first living creature – the Word} of the {fourth} Tribe of Judah.  ‘And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?  And no man in heaven {spiritual man – Third Degree}, nor in earth {human – Second Degree}, neither under the earth {dead man in hell or “the underworld” – First Degree}, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon…And one of the {twenty-four} elders saith unto me, Weep not:  behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root {basis of the Word} of David {beloved or be Love}, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.’  The Christ has prevailed to open the pages of the book and have them revealed.  Only as we become as little children can we remove the signet of error from our own consciousness, because only then can we understand Christian Science, experience healing, and enter heaven.”[36]


            Is not the girl a typification of the Seventh Day of Love, the time period when the seventh seal is actually broken, thus, it is only in the Seventh Day of Love that the BIBLE really becomes an open book to all humanity?  Michael descended with “a little book open” in 1875 (TEMPERANCE).  The second angel, Gabriel, descends with “a little book open” as well (THE STAR).  “And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea {right foot of Gabriel} and upon the earth {left foot of Michael} lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that giveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer.  But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel {THE STAR}, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.  And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.” (Revelation 10:6-8)  Card XIV is similar to the second Illustration XI – THE WAY.  Notice that in the TEMPERANCE card the angel’s divine teachings (the water) is poured from the higher feminine cup of Science to the lower feminine cup of Science, the teachings are kept private and contained among the congregation of Christ Scientist, but in THE STAR card the spiritual teachings (water) is poured into the sea (into subjective consciousness) and onto the land (into objective consciousness).  And besides the big yellow STAR, a symbol of the CHRIST SUN there are also seven white Stars.  Seven stars (angels) for seven churches (Revelation 1:20-3:22), and seven stars each for the Seven Days (Genesis 1-2:3)
            The girls right foot rests upon the rung of the chair while her left foot rests upon her right foot.  The right foot represents “the revelation of divine Science, the dominant power which stood upon the sea, had dominion over elementary, latent error, the source of all error’s visible forms.”  And the left foot rests upon this dominant foot.  The left foot is a secondary power that is exercised upon visible error and audible sin, which means that the left foot represents Christian Science. (See S&H 559)
            “The curtains in this picture are sheer.  They are letting in the light.  They symbolize the consciousness of the world that has been leavened by Christian Science and the recognition of the Woman.  The world’s thinking is being parted for the Christ light; it no longer obscures the brightness of divine Light.  Mortal mind is therefore giving up its false claims and beliefs.”[37]
            It is the two angels from CHRISTMAS MORN that are married in this tone, THE CHRIST AS THE CHRIST, and are depicted in Illustration VII as the girl.  The girl in this Illustration has dark hair, while the girl in “SUFFER THE CHILDREN TO COME UNTO ME” has lighter hair.  Does this mean that the two girls are different angels – one for Truth (Michael) and one for Love (Gabriel)?

THE CHRIST AS CHRISTIANITY – “PHYSIOLOGY”


TREATING THE SICK

First Edition

The Way, the Truth, the Life — His word —
            Are here, and now
Christ’s silent healing, heaven heard,
            Crowns the pale brow.

Scriptural basis:
            Heal the sick. — Christ Jesus.

            “Physiology is one of the apples {forbidden fruit} from ‘the tree of knowledge {of good and evil}.’  Evil declared that eating this fruit would open man’s eyes and make him as a god.  Instead of so doing, it closed the eyes of mortals to man’s God-given dominion over the earth {as in the first chapter of Genesis}.
            “To measure intellectual capacity by the size of the brain {the big giant head} and strength by the exercise of muscle {the big giant body}, is to subjugate intelligence, to make mind mortal, and to place this so-called mind at the mercy of material organization and non-intelligent matter.” (S&H 165:1-11, {My interpolations.})
            It is thought that the pomegranate fruit could have been the forbidden fruit on the tree of knowledge even though most religions depict the fruit as an apple.  Personally, I do not think that the forbidden fruit was any known fruit on earth.  Mary Baker Eddy tells us that one of the forbidden fruits from the tree in the belief of good (Spirit) and evil (matter) mixing together is simply “Physiology”.  And what was physical in the Garden of Eden (the body)?  It was Adam’s big giant head (brain) and the serpent’s big giant body (the spinal cord) coiled around Adam’s spinal column (back bone) – the tree of knowledge of good and evil is nothing more than the electrical communications between the brain and the body’s spinal cord of sensation in matter.


            What does a pomegranate symbolize besides the forbidden fruit?  Something of importance to us in regard to Mary Baker Eddy because the pomegranate is symbolic of Venus, the goddess, or the woman God-crowned.  In both Tarot cards (directly above) we see pomegranate fruit on the banner and on the dress of THE EMPRESS.  Both cards depict the Woman God-crowned.  Notice the pattern in THE HIGH PRIESTESS card – similar to Illustration X.  Card II depicts the woman standing upon the moon.  Her gown of spiritual teaching flows into Card III, where the woman wears the twelve-stared crown.  I see the pomegranate as a symbol for the nullification of the forbidden fruit of good and evil.  The pomegranate best describes Soul as it has the “seed within itself” (S&H 180:9) that is the “resuscitating {Soul resuscitates} law of Life (S&H 180:8-9) which bears “fruit after its kind (S&H 180:10).”  It is through “discernment of the spiritual opposite of materiality, even the way through Christ, Truth, man will reopen with the key of divine Science the gates of Paradise {Heaven} which {Eden} human beliefs have closed, and will find himself unfallen, upright, pure, and free, not needing to consult almanacs for the probabilities either of his life or of the weather, not needing to study brainology {Adam’s big giant head, the man depicted in the bed of Illustration XIII} to learn how much of a man he is.” (S&H 171:4, {My interpolations.})
            As mentioned in part 1 of Starflower of Boston, Illustration VIII (in its positive interpretation) depicts Mary Baker Eddy working one hour every night treating the world.  And the bed represents the world.  I believe that I have covered most of this territory (on TREATING THE SICK) previously, so this section may be shorter than the others.
            In the first edition of SCIENCE AND HEALTH Mary Baker Glover made it pretty clear that you and I are Mind, God.  She showed “us our present ‘here and now’ divinity — ‘our present ownership of all good’ (My. 356:1).”[38]
            This understanding handles all belief in physiology.
            In the first edition {of S&H} Mind was not capitalized as Mary Baker Eddy later did in order to distinguish Mind from mortal mind.  On page 11 she told us that “…all is mind {Mind}, and mind {Mind} produces mind {Mind} only…”
            We are Spirit, Soul, and not body {physiology}, and all is good that is Spirit…” (S&H 14)  “Mrs. Eddy characterized Spirit as reality, good, the only, understanding.  She characterized Soul as changeless divine identity, Ego.”[39]
            “Jesus regarded himself Principle instead of person:  hear his words:  ‘I am the way, the Truth, and Life.’”  And, “…to know we are Soul and not body is starting right.” (S&H 39)
            “But how are we to escape from flesh, or mortality, except through the change called death?  [Answer:]  By understanding we never were flesh, that we are Spirit [God, reality, understanding] and not matter.” (S&H 46:7)
            “…to gain this understanding of Soul, the Principle that gave man dominion over the earth, ‘tis necessary to understand one’s self Spirit, and not matter.” (S&H 38:5)
            “To be the recipient of Truth, we must begin to recognize ourself Soul.” (S&H 54:11)  “We must recognize ourself Soul.” (S&H 59:24)
            “To admit oneself Soul, instead of body [meaning to recognize our true divine identity], sets us free to master the infinite idea.” (S&H 76:15)
            We are Spirit.” (S&H 65:15)
            “The final understanding that we are Spirit must come.” (S&H 77:13)  “Note:  ‘must.’  What a bright and lofty promise this is!”[40]
            “At present we know not what we are, but hereafter we shall be found Love, Life, and Truth, because we understand them.” (S&H 77:15; Also found in the second edition.)
            “Could we ask for more?  Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane comes to mind, ‘And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self, with the glory I had with thee before the world was [before this dream of life in matter overtook me].’”[41]
            “Man has not a separate mind from Deity” (S&H 116:7).  Helen says that this means you are not separated “from your real, true Mind, the kingdom of God within your consciousness.  This is why we can master any subject because everything about that subject is already within our own Mind, our consciousness.  All of math, all of music and of every other subject is already within us.  A book can tell us nothing unless we have a deep desire to learn; then it can lead us step by step.”[42]
            “Jesus understood himself Soul” (S7H 137:20).  Soul is a synonym of God.  “Soul means changeless divine identity, spiritual understanding.”[43]
            “He who was God…” (S&H 137:20)  “Jesus knew that he and ‘the Father,’ his own right Mind, the kingdom of God within his consciousness, were one and the self-same.”[44]
            The quotes from the first edition continue on pages 200-202 of Helen’s book.  I have given you a selection of them because I feel that this helps you to understand what is brought out about your true identity (which is Soul) in the first edition of SCIENCE AND HEALTH.  (See also S&H 508:9-25, as this text is about the Third Day of Soul, and speaks of the “seed within itself” – a perfect description of a pomegranate.)

CHRISTIANITY AS CHRISTIANITY – “SOME OBJECTIONS ANSWERED”


CHRISTIAN UNITY

First Edition

For Christian Science brings to view
            The great I Am,
— Omniscient power — gleaming through
            Mind, mother, man.

As in blest Palestina’s hour,
            So in our age,
‘Tis the same hand unfolds His power,
            And writes the page.

Scriptural basis:
            For whosoever shall do the will of my Father, which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. — Christ Jesus.

            And there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. — Christ Jesus.

            In this Illustration the two witnesses’ left feet (secondary power of Christian Science over the earth) are depicted.  The scroll in Mary Baker Eddy’s hand is “Christian Science”.  Alice Orgain feels that this Illustration “types the last estate of Mother as Love (S&H 592:16).  It shows ‘Love wedded to its own spiritual idea [“man child” as Truth]’ (S&H 575:3), in heaven (harmony).  Heaven is here; the bare feet of both the ‘man child’ [Christ Jesus] and the ‘mother’ [Mary Baker Eddy] fulfill God’s command, ‘Put off thy shoes…for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground’ (Ex. 3:5).”[45]
            Jesus is not standing in this Illustration, plus we only see his toes.  Yet, the woman stands and we see her whole foot.  She stands upon a square area of the earth.  This symbolizes the city of our God (the symbol seen on the angel in THE HIGH PRIESTESS card is what I use to symbolize the city of our God) with its four cardinal points of North, East, South, and West; while when we get to Illustration X the square rug symbolizes the city foursquare (divine Science) with its four sides.  They are one and the same city (the Holy City), but one is for Christian Science in the objective earth where healing is manifested taking place and the other is for divine Science in the subjective where healing is mental.  The rug symbolized the walled in city, fortified for protection (to keep out evil, erroneous thoughts, from entering one’s consciousness).  It is in Illustration X that we see the woman’s right foot (dominant power).  She too is bare footed.
            This is the only Illustration with the shape of a circle or sphere.  This means that the center hub is the most important part of the image.  In the center hub of activity we see Jesus’ left hand of Life holding Mary Baker Eddy’s right hand of Light, and they form the shape of a “U’ for UNITY.  Life and Light (Love) are ONE, this is also the center of the image, therefore it represents the Truth – so, we have the Tri-Unity of Life, Truth, and Love.  What is also of importance – circle wise – is that the Christian Science Seal (of Good) gives us four commands as Christian Scientists – which the Son and Mother in CHRISTIAN UNITY performed works of during their God-crowned missions.  This command is:  CAST OUT DEMONS [EVIL THOUGHTS] * HEAL THE SICK * CLEANSE THE LEPERS [HEAL THE TERMINALLY ILL] * RAISE THE DEAD [THOSE BURIED IN THE DOGMA OF HUMAN BELIEF].


            “The sphere represents good, the self-existent and eternal individuality…This is mother and child (S&H 565:6-13) as evidenced by the poem, ‘Mind, MOTHER, man;’ and also from the scriptural basis, ‘…the same is my brother, and sister, and MOTHER.’  The wedding of Love to its own spiritual idea is shown by the circle of Love which encompasses the ‘man child’ [Jesus] and the ‘mother,’ and by their clasped hands signifying union of thought.”[46]  This does not mean that Mary Baker Eddy was the reincarnation of the Virgin Mary; it simply means that Mary Baker Eddy was mother to Jesus’ spiritual identity and explained it to the world – so that Jesus could be spiritually understood instead of merely worshiped as a corporeal man believed to be God on earth during some point in human history.
            It is of interest and importance that Mary Baker Eddy’s left arm is at a right angle (of thought) and her left hand holds the scroll of Christian Science (to be applied to the objective).  Jesus’ right arm also forms a right angle (of thought) but rests upon his dark mantle (his God-crowned mission).  Mary’s mantle in this Illustration is slightly darker than her under-dress.  To me this simply means that she is a human and divine coincidence.  “The man [Jesus] has taken off his black robe which he wore in the second picture, but it still lies across his lap.  Laying off his robe shows dominion.  This robe represents the flesh.  It denotes the limitation concerning what Jesus was able to teach because people of his time were not ready.  He was not able to fully impart his message, because, as he explained, ‘Ye cannot bear it now,’ etc.  {Is this why we only see a portion of his bare foot?}  Instead, the man, Jesus, is passing his work on to the woman, to Mrs. Eddy, who bears in her hand a scroll entitled ‘CHRISTIAN SCIENCE.’
            “The attitude of the ‘man child’ as sitting on ‘the rock, Christ [Truth]’ is one of imparting to woman [Science] all that he is; while the fact that the woman is standing—‘Stand, not sit’ (Mis. p. 400)—indicates that she still has another step to take as Bride [to teach all mankind how they, like Jesus, have the Mind of Christ, the kingdom of God within their own consciousness].
            “The passing of the mantle from man to woman follows the order of the ascending days of consciousness in Genesis, for as Mrs. Eddy says:  ‘The Mind or intelligence of production names the female gender last in the ascending order of creation’ (S&H 508:21, emphasis added).”[47]  And nothing was created in the Seventh Day of Love (Genesis 2:1-3).
            Mary Baker Eddy’s “interpretation lifted Genesis from the presentation of things to that of ideas.  Because of this she placed more light upon the Woman’s head than upon man’s in this ninth picture throughout all the editions of Christ and Christmas.”[48]  There is also Scriptural reason, which is brought out on page 206, as to why the woman’s head has more light around it, and this is that in Revelation 1 Jesus has only seven stars in his hand (as power) while Mary Baker Eddy, as the woman God-crowned, is given twelve Stars.
            In CHRISTIAN UNITY “it is realized that there is nothing left but the manhood and womanhood of God.  (See Mis. 33:10.)  There never was and never will be but one Woman, and that is Mary Baker Eddy’s revelation of Womanhood and her identity therewith.  [In My. 120:2-4 she says:  ‘Those who look for me in person, or elsewhere than in my writings, lose me instead of find me.’]
            “In relation to the unfolding history of church, this ninth picture also types the wedding of the edifices of The Mother Church and the Extension [Joseph].  The Mother Church is typed by the ‘man child’ sitting on ‘the rock, Christ [Truth],’ Manual, p. 19, representing ‘the cross.’  The Extension is typed by the Woman [Science], representing ‘the crown’ (My. 6:18)—the extension of her teaching into all the world.  ‘It’s crowning ultimate rises to a mental monument, a superstructure high above the work of man’s hands, even the outcome of their hearts, given to the material a spiritual significance.’”[49]
            The reason I give Joseph to the Extension is because Joseph means “extension”.  But I also refer to the Extension as Joseph because Joseph was given the coat of many colors.  This type of coat was given to female virgins not men.  So the symbol of Joseph being given such a coat means that symbolically Joseph represented Womanhood.  Also, he is God-crowned, as he becomes second unto the King of Egypt, and this is why he dreamed that his brothers’ sheaves bowed down to him and why he dreamed that the sun and moon and eleven stars made obeisance to him.  Joseph, being in the center hub of activity (During the Third Day of Soul that center hub of activity was Egypt.) means that he prefigures the woman’s God-crowned mission during the Sixth Day of Truth.
            I am not sure why Alice Orgain would go backward from the 50th edition for Illustration VII to the 16th edition for Illustration IX, but she says that this Illustration “correlates with the 16th edition—woman bringing forth the man child in fulfillment of Revelation 12.  Throughout the 16th edition of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy dropped the title of Mother, and simultaneously dropped ‘creator,’ ‘intelligence,’ ‘wisdom’ and ‘substance’ from God to man.  This ends the symbol of motherhood, and shows by this ending that it is limited to ‘half a time’ (Rev. 12:14).”[50]  Her going back to the 16th edition makes sense if we are to look at this Illustration on the Major Pyramid Matrix of Truth, as it would be placed on a lower level.  But I am not sure that she was thinking along these lines.  Also, it was in 1903 when Mary Baker Eddy officially gave up the title of Mother.  In the Bible’s Third Day of Soul (with the Patriarchs) the Mother often dies before her son can marry his bride.
            Mary Baker Eddy writes, “The Lamb’s wife presents the unity of male and female as no longer two wedded individuals, but as two individual natures in one; and this compounded spiritual individuality reflects God as Father-Mother, not as a corporeal being” (S&H 577:4, emphases added).  This statement explains Revelation 21:22:  “And I saw no temple therein:  for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.”  “Your real divine Mind, the kingdom of God within your consciousness and its expression, or manifestation, the Lamb, ‘are the temple of it.’”[51]
            On the Major Pyramid Matrix of Truth this Illustration is on the same level as SEEKING AND FINDING.  “Through Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy has revealed the two witnesses [Christ Jesus and {Mary Baker Eddy presenting} the Science of being, as set forth in Science and Health].  It is the revelation of the same Light, but to human sense it appears as two different revelations.  The magnitude of the Light does vary in its brilliance.”[52]
            “Notice the one ray of light reaching the clasped hands, illuminating that unity, that forward step, that progressive understanding.  The clasped hands symbolize the unity of the Christ in Christianity and Science.  If Christian Scientists take Christian Science to the world in that light, creation shows anew.”[53]
            On page 209 it is explained that Mary Baker Eddy is still standing and working for us because her mantle is still on her, “she is still carrying error [working to reveal good’s reality and allness, and error’s nothingness].”
            Mary Baker Eddy’s “lifework revealed the true concept of the Master.  At the start of her life’s work in 1866, the black robe is on the Master (second picture); that was her understanding of him at that time.  Notice it is now put off through her enlarged understanding as demonstrated in Christian Science.  The mortal is discarded through the supreme power, or the right hand of Christ.  Jesus’ right arm holds down the discarded mortal robe.  His palm is also outstretched, symbol of salvation as seen in CHRISTIAN SCIENCE HEALING.
            “As an early worker said of Mrs. Eddy, ‘When she spoke of Christ Jesus it seemed as if time and space, the barrier of two millenniums and two hemispheres, were swept away.  She spoke at this time with ardor of her work on her illustrated poem, Christ and Christmas.  It was evidently dear to her heart.’
            “‘One day when [Mrs. Eddy] asked to be left alone and not be disturbed, [Laura Sargent and Martha Wilcox] both listened attentively for a summoning bell, but none rang.  After several hours had elapsed and she had not come out nor called for anyone Laura and Martha began to worry that something had happened.  Finally, after a good deal of deliberation, they decided to go in.  As they listened at the door they heard voices, and as they opened the door to see if everyone was all right, Mrs. Eddy said:  “Girls, why did you disturb me?  I was talking with Jesus.”’ (The Healer, The Healing Work of Mary Baker Eddy, op. cit., p. 170-171)”[54]
            In Part I of this piece I matched Illustration VIII with two Windows from the little Edifice depicting Mary Mother of Jesus and Mary Anointing the Head of Jesus.

The first Mary window.

The second Mary window.

            Notice that Jesus sits in the Second Mary Window on the Christ rock as he sits in CHRISTIAN UNITY.  Do not these two Windows represent Mary Baker Eddy’s double portions of the Christ mantle as the Mother of the manchild and as the Lamb’s Bride (many believe that Mary Magdalene was the wife of Jesus)?  These two Windows are the First and Second Mary Windows (of the four Mary Windows).  While the Virgin Mother gave physical birth to Jesus and Mary Magdalene may have been the physical wife of Jesus, Mary Baker Eddy gave birth to the spiritual idea of Jesus and was bride to the spiritual idea – the Lamb of God.
            “The woman holds the scroll, the final and complete revelation of Truth to this age and all ages, CHRISTIAN SCIENCE.  Jesus’ mission is finished; his ear is covered.  Mrs. Eddy’s ear is not covered because her ear is still listening that her work might go on.  She is listening that she may still stand with us on the field of battle.  Jesus’ and Mrs. Eddy’s left foot is forward, symbolizing the secondary power over visible error.  Notice that her foot is fully revealed; his is not.  Her mission was to reveal the complete workings of animal magnetism, hypnotic suggestion, illusion and bring forth the whole understanding of the Christ—generic man the Christ.
            “…Their missions are equal.  Note also that there is a stronger beam of light directed upon their heads and a secondary light encompassing them.  ‘God [infinite good] hath thrust in the sickle, and He [infinite good] is separating the tares from the wheat.  This hour is molten in the furnace of Soul [true identity, spiritual understanding].  Its harvest song is world-wide, world-known, world-great.  The vine is bringing forth its fruit; the beams of right have healing in their light’ (Miscellany 269).  ‘The truth in regard to your Leader heals the sick and saves the sinner,’ Mrs. Eddy told Judge Septimus J. Hanna.”[55]
            “Some Objections Answered” is the chapter for this Illustration.  This is the one Illustration that people objected to.  Why is that?  It is because the halo around Mary’s head is greater than the halo around Jesus’ head.  Those who were objecting to this fact were really objecting to Mary Baker Eddy as the fulfillment of Bible prophecy being that she is the woman God-crowned, is the angel of Revelation 10, is the second witness, and is the Second Coming of Christ.  “Christian Science alone brings to view the great I AM.  This all-scientific power gleams from God, through our Mother in Israel—Mary Baker Eddy—and heals humanity.  It came from divine Mind and was given to Mrs. Eddy, and she gave it to mankind.
            “The second witness has come forth.  Her mission is fulfilled.  It is the same hand of divine Love, the living Christ idea, that unfolds God’s [infinite good’s] power and writes the revelation of Truth.”[56]  And this is partially the title I have given to the painted Window at the head of Mother’s Church in Mother’s Room.  In this Window, she is writing, unlike in SEEKING AND FINDING.  (In the print that the Christian Science Publishing Society placed underneath the picture below, it says “The boarder reads ‘Seeking and finding.’  However, I have not been able to see any boarder writing on this window at all.  Plus, it would read:  “SEEKING AND FINDING”.


            With their objections to their Leader being quashed by this Illustration “the workers in the field” were able to “go ahead and build the original Mother Church.  They did this by overcoming a false estimate {objection to her true identity} of their Leader, [which was] revealed in picture four, ‘Christmas Eve.’  Science and Health in picture three leads to the perfection of generic man (the Christ) in ‘Christian Unity.’  [So again] it is this picture [nine] ‘Christian Unity’ that enabled the Mother Church workers to overcome the false estimate of their Leader given in ‘Christmas Eve’.”[57]
            “The strictures on this volume {SCIENCE AND HEALTH} would condemn to oblivion the truth, which is raising up thousands from helplessness to strength and elevating them from a theoretical to a practical Christianity.  These criticisms {objections} are generally based on detached sentences or clauses separated from their context.  Even the Scriptures, which grow in beauty and consistency from one grand root, appear contradictory when subjected to such usage.  Jesus said, ‘Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God’ [Truth].
            “In Christian Science mere opinion is valueless.  Proof is essential to a due estimate of this subject.  Sneers at the application of the word Science to Christianity cannot prevent that from being scientific which is based on divine Principle, demonstrated according to a divine given rule, and subjected to proof.  The facts are so absolute and numerous in support of Christian Science, that misrepresentation and denunciation cannot overthrow it.  Paul alludes to ‘doubtful disputations.’  The hour has struck when proof and demonstration, instead of opinion and dogma, are summoned to the support of Christianity, ‘making wise the simple.’” (S&H 341:1-342:4, [Mary Baker Eddy’s interpolation.]  {My interpolations.})

 

End of Part 3

[1] STAR OF BOSTON The Life of Mary Baker Eddy, by Helen M. Wright, attributed to Alice Orgain, p. 161

[2] Ibid, p. 162

[3] Ibid

[4] Ibid, p. 162-163

[5] Ibid, p. 163

[6] Ibid

[7] Ibid, p. 164

[8] Ibid

[9] Ibid, p. 164-165  (See Alice Orgain’s As It is, 46-47, S&H 269:21-25; 123:19-23; My. 179:25-28; 318:31-319:2).

[10] Ibid, p. 166; attributed to Hanna (?)

[11] Ibid, p. 166-167

[12] Ibid, p. 168

[13] Ibid, p. 169

[14] Ibid, p. 170

[15] Ibid, p. 170-171

[16] Ibid, p. 171

[17] Ibid, p. 172

[18] Ibid, p. 174; attributed to Alice Orgain

[19] Ibid, p. 175

[20] Ibid, p. 175-176

[21] Ibid, p. 176

[22] Ibid, p. 176-177

[23] Ibid, p. 177

[24] Studies in the Apocalypse of John of Patmos; by Edyth Armstrong Hoyt, p. 165 [My interpolations.]

[25] Ibid

[26] STAR OF BOSTON The Life of Mary Baker Eddy, by Helen M. Wright, attributed to Alice Orgain, p. 177 {My interpolations.}

[27] Ibid

[28] Ibid, p. 178

[29] Ibid, p. 179

[30] Ibid, p. 181

[31] Ibid

[32] Ibid, p. 181-182, attributed to Hanna (?)

[33] Ibid, p. 182

[34] Ibid, p. 182-183

[35] Ibid, p. 183-184

[36] Ibid, p. 185

[37] Ibid, p. 186

[38] Ibid, p. 198

[39] Ibid

[40] Ibid, p. 199

[41] Ibid

[42] Ibid

[43] Ibid

[44] Ibid

[45] Ibid, attributed to Alice Orgain, p. 204

[46] Ibid

[47] Ibid, p. 204-205

[48] Ibid, p. 205

[49] Ibid, p. 205-206

[50] Ibid, p. 206

[51] Ibid, p. 207 – Helen Wright’s words

[52] Ibid, p. 207; attributed to Hanna (?)

[53] Ibid, p. 208

[54] Ibid, p. 209

[55] Ibid, p. 210

[56] Ibid, p. 210-211

[57] Ibid, p. 211

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