Dear reader, we have now come to the end of this book.
We have seen the marvelous, illumined life of our Leader as it was prophesied
by Isaiah 54, and as it is unfolded for us in the chapter, Atonement and
Eucharist, and throughout her poem, Christ and Christmas.
Why is its record important to you?
Because it is not only the story of Mrs. Eddy's life;
it also tells the truth about you. Anything that is true about Mary Baker Eddy
and about Jesus is, in reality, also true about you.
Mrs. Eddy, the highest expression of the divine idea
in human form since Christ Jesus, lived a divinely mental lifeinfinitely above
just a bodily form of existence. Her history is a holy one. She followed Christ
in all she did, wrote, and taught, and the love, the spiritual purity and
selflessness that motivated her gave her great wisdom. Therefore it is safe to
follow her as our forever Leader.
Mrs. Eddy spent forty-four years endeavoring to open
the eyes of men to their present divinity. The world was little ready for the
divine revelation she was giving it, for only spiritualized thought can
perceive spirituality. Few understood what the enemy was, or what
she taught regarding it.
But this understanding will come. Because of Mary
Baker Eddy's teaching, every individual is destined to learn he is Mind,
Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love, and that his body consists of
qualities and attributes of these seven synonyms for God. You are incorporeal,
divine, but always spiritually tangible and recognizable as were Moses and
Elias at the transfiguration scene. The you that we see is the
tangible, visible expression of your invisible
Mind, Spirit, Soul, the Principle that you are.
There is nothing the carnal mind resists more
relentlessly than the truth, which robs it of its power to procreate. But, once
chastity and purity are enthroned, the carnal mind's power to maintain itself
through corporeal creationthrough human birthwill vanish. "Mankind is face to
face with the last enemy, human birth," Mrs. Eddy said, "and knows it not."
(Preserved by Gilbert Carpenter, Sr.)
"The real you," Mrs. Eddy said,
"never had a material conception or birth. The real you was not born of the
flesh, of mortal mind, illusion, and is not the reflection of mortal beliefs.
Your true identity has always been the 'I am that I am'the I AM
that God is."
The you that we see is the visible expression of the
invisible youyour invisible Mind, Spirit, Soul, the Principle
expressed as the visible you.
In Science of Man, answering the question:
"What is man?" Mrs. Eddy wrote:
"You are not man or woman, you are the Soul [true
identity, the Ego, spiritual understandingyou are the Principle, which is Mind,
Spirit, Soul, as one, expressing itself as Life, Truth, and Love]; and that
which is called man, are the shadows and ideas of you." Mrs. Eddy had just
previously said: "You will please remember as the leading points in Science,
that man has neither substance nor intelligence, that these belong to Soul [a
synonym for God"the kingdom of God within you, your real Mind and divine
consciousness] and that Soul reflects itself in man; therefore man is the
reflex shadow of the Soul [of spiritual understanding] and borrows all
substance, intelligence, and life from the Soul [your true divine 'I' or Ego]."
In the first edition of Science and Health Mrs. Eddy tells us many times that
we are Soul.
We learn in Science that spiritual facts have always
been; they never were created, just as 2x2=4 never was created; it has always
How The Healing Is Done
When an individual seeks help from a spiritual healer,
the healer is now the patient; as the Bible says, "Physician, heal thyself." So
the healer turns to God, Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love, and
knows that all that God, (infinite good,) is, man is. God, (infinite good)
constitutes man's being; "man is the expression of God's being" (S&H
470:23), just as the sunbeam is an expression of the sun or is the sun itself
expressed. This is why Jesus could say: "When thou seest me thou seest Him that
sent me." So when we see man, we see God or you, the
creative Principle expressing itself. And, we should heal as quickly as a
mathematician heals 2x2=5, meaning instantly. This is why early practitioners
who understood the teachings of Mrs. Eddy sometimes had 100 patients a day
and healed them all.
When the practitioner realizes this, it stops the
curse of universal malpractice from operating. It stops the malpractice that
says you are a mortal born of the fleshthis is the malediction laid on every
human being. Universally we ascribe to ourselves the sins of the carnal mind.
When this universal malpractice is removed we see only God's presence.
No matter what error is presenting to us, as
practitioners, it is always a matter of "physician, heal thyself." "Error comes
to us for life," Mrs. Eddy said, "and we give it all the life it has." We are
never face to face with anything except our own ignorance of truth or our
understanding of truth. If we miscalculate in arithmetic it doesn't change
If the hypnotism of the five physical senses causes us
to see matter, corporeal bodies, sin, disease, death, we must instantly know
that these are not real entities with "life, truth, intelligence [or] substance
in matter" (S&H 468:9); and we must know that we are dealing only with our
own consciousness, where, in reality, "All is infinite Mind [our Mind], and its
infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all" (ibid). All we ever need, when
anyone calls for helpas Mrs. Eddy is telling us hereIS TO CORRECT OUR OWN
THINKING. When we "behold in Science the perfect man," then the
monstrous lie that we are corporeal bodies instead of divine, spiritual
consciousness alone, dies out because it never was other than hypnotic
suggestion, illusion. "And by his stripes (his struggle to know the truth about
all mankind) ye were healed." Remember, "The Christian Scientist is alone with
his own being and with the reality of things=" (Mess. '01. 20:8). There
is nothing "out there" to heal. Even the physical scientists today see that
there is no matter, that all is consciousness.
"Objects of sense, when correctly understood, are
really ideas of Soul. There are not two groups of creation," Mrs. Eddy told
Martha Wilcox, after explaining to her that "when a sense of personality rises
up before our thought and makes us think it is something outside and separate
from our thought, we must see it is all WITHIN OUR THOUGHT. If it wasn't,
we could not heal a single case. If it wasn't mental; if it wasn't
something within our thought, we would have no dominion over it."
When "I" know that a patient is God's presence, that knowing is oneness with
God; and one with God is a majority.
"This supposititious mortal mind," Mrs. Eddy said,
"outlines itself as a belief [illusion] of material personality, with form and
conditions, and laws and circumstancesin fact, with all the phenomena that are
embraced in what is called material life and personality" (DCC p.200).
Then she said that not one solitary thing in this whole fabric of
supposititious evil is true, and it is up to us to detect that all these mental
phenomena are only aggressive mental suggestions coming to us for us to adopt
them as our own thought. She said that error comes to us for life and we give
it all the life it has.
Our instant reaction to error should be, "God is the
only power, the only presence. I am a divine being, now, here; so "get thee
behind me, Satan [hypnotic suggestion]."
Understanding is the hinge on which everything turns.
Infinite good's creation consists of qualities and formations of divine
character which include every spiritual quality and attribute of the Mind that
is Love. Once you spiritually understand this, you will no longer believe the
lie that you live in a physical body, or have a material personality; but you
will realize you have a divinely mental individuality, a spiritual identity,
having the consciousness only of good. The time is coming when that "manner of
love which the Father hath bestowed upon [you]" (I John 3:1) will be realized.
You will then know that the infinite Mind that is God is your Mind; that divine
intelligence, infinite good, is your substance, and Love is your Principle.
In everything Mrs. Eddy wrote, it was always your
Lifeomnipresent, divine Lifethat she was talking about. Mrs. Eddy wanted us to
see: "I don't have to pray to God for Life, I am Life. I don't
have to pray to God for Truth, I am Truth. I don't have to pray
to God for Love, I am Love. Jesus proved this, and everything
Jesus was we are. He was our example. Mary Baker Eddy wanted you to see that
the "I" of you is God. She wanted you to turn to this "I," the kingdom of God
within your own consciousness, and listen for its voice so that it can reveal
itself to youREVEAL TO YOU YOUR DIVINITY. When this "I"
within you speaks, error disappears because it was never there, just as in
mathematics, when you comprehend 2x2=4, then 2x2=5 disappears because it was
never there. Error is never anything but illusion, hypnotic suggestion.
The vast human illusion constituting the human or
mortal mind can only be dissolved by the light of spiritual understandingthe
knowledge that "Love alone is Life," and Love constitutes our being.
Once this light of divine understanding comes to us,
we must continue to study and learn, so that we can see this light embracing
all others. No matter what the cost, "sell all thou hast" and pay the pricepay
the price of watching every thought. Moses, the prophets, Jesus, the apostles,
and Mary Baker Eddy are our examples. Only by watching our thinking to see that
it is in accord with reality, do we learn our oneness with infinite good, and
realize our "present ownership of all good" (My 356:1).
Death is powerless against a correct understanding of
the "I" that is God, the "I" that you are"the kingdom of God within you." This
"I" that you are "will never leave you nor forsake you."
Because the kingdom of God is within you, all
know-ledge of music, mathematics, and every other subject IS ALREADY
WITHIN YOU. This tells you that you do not learn anything from a book.
If you want to learn music or mathematics, you culture your sense of these
subjects, you practice what you learn, as you learn it. To a person who knows
nothing of arithmetic, giving him a book on that subject would mean nothing to
him. But as he step by step begins to learn that 2x2=4, and keeps learning, he
step by step can become a mathematician. He can become a mathematician because
all of mathematics is already within him. It is the same with music. To give
someone who knows nothing of music a Beethoven score, would mean nothing to
him; but if he has a deep desire to learn, he can become a musician. It is the
same with learning our divinity, our God-being. Jesus said, "Seek ye first the
kingdom of heaven, and all these things [the ability, finally, to do what Jesus
did] shall be added unto you." This is why Mrs. Eddy has many references to
"learn,""learning." and to "practice."
Christian Science has come to reveal heaven: "Thy
kingdom is come: Thou art ever-present" (S&H 16:31)I am come; my
kingdom of heaven is within me. I am the temple of the living God. The
plane we are now on is the only plane. Therefore, "Awake, thou that sleepest,
arise from the dead; and Christ shall give thee light."*
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God,"
the Principle of all being. This "Principle" of all being is the "I or Ego"
(S&H 588:9-11) of each individual. "There is but one "I or Us," Mrs. Eddy
taught. There can be no "Us" unless one sees himself as the One that is one
with God. It is only because this "I" is the I of everyone that there can be
spiritual oneness. This is also the reason healing can take place, because as
the practitioner sees the truth for his own "I," he sees it also for your
"I" since there is only one "I." "I am that I am," and that "I" is the
I of all, of everyone. This is why the Bible says, "Physician, heal thyself,"
and why "one on God's side is a majority."
It is your "I," your consciousness, that is God. And
out of this divine consciousness which you areas you go to the kingdom of God
withinflows spiritual understanding. Today you are gaining the realization of
it through an understanding of the Science, the "Comforter" Jesus promised, the
Second Coming of the Christ which Mary Baker Eddy brought in her writings.
"The hour is come, the bride (Word) is adorned"
(My. 125:26). "Come hither," the revelator urges, "I will show thee the
bride, the Lamb's wife." (Rev. xxi:9). "Come hither!" Mrs. Eddy repeats, "Arise
from your false consciousness into the true sense of Love, and behold the
Lamb's wife,Love wedded to its own spiritual idea" (S&H 575:1-3).
What is the spiritual idea that the bridethe Word (the
teaching that Mary Baker Eddy brought in the Second Coming of the Christ) is
wedded to? It is wedded to the spiritual understanding of all
Mary Baker Eddy has written in the Second Coming of the Christ, which includes
the teach ings of Christ Jesus. Then, as a result of this spiritual
understanding, "cometh the marriage feast [your marriage to Life, Truth, and
Love, where you find you are Life, Truth, and Love, bodiless bliss], for this
revelation will destroy forever the physical plagues imposed by material sense
[by universal hypnotic suggestion]" (S&H 575:4).
Mrs. Eddy writes: "Had we the understanding of our
God-being or the omnipotence of Truth, we should have no fear of matter
[illusion], and having none, our bodies would become harmonious and immortal; a
belief of Substance-matter would then give place to the understanding of
Substance-Spirit, for the spiritual body is the only real one, and tangible as
What is this "Substance-Spirit" that Mrs. Eddy speaks
of, and that St. Paul says is "freely given to us of God" (I Cor. 2:11-12)?
This "Substance-Spirit" is "our present ownership of all good" (My. 356:1).
God [infinite good] has freely given us all that God (Mind, Spirit, Soul,
Principle, Life, Truth, Love) is. Our work is to let this great truth awaken us
to a spiritual understanding of All good that is ours HERE AND
Don't let worry kill you
off--let the church help.
Mrs. Eddy, as she looked about the
time of her last class in 1898.
"NEVER ABANDON THE BY-LAWS!"
The concert held in
Fellowship Hall was a great success. Special thanks are due to the minister's
daughter, who labored the whole evening at the piano, which as usual fell upon
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