August 22, 2002
In Science, Mind is one, including noumenon and phenomena, God and His thoughts.
In working with our topic Oneness, our intention was to get beyond the scrim of duality which so roils the world to the underlying levers of power and perfection resident in and as the one Ego or God.
It was difficult to get the meeting started. Our chairperson designate was unable to attend and we needed to select a stand-in. Then a newcomer had to leave suddenly for physical reasons. After he left, we engaged in some discussion and work as to whether we had done all we could, particularly since most of us are students of Christian Science. One member quickly pointed out that here was a golden opportunity to practice our oneness with all good. We could do this just as well after the man's departure as before. By seeing ourselves as infinite divine idea we include all others in the same light. (Another member added that we had given him a Christian Science Journal on his way out and that he was taking care of himself in the best way he knew how.)
After the readings we had a brief exchange on oneness which might be summarized this way: The diversity of mankind is the way the infinite individuality of God, the one Ego, is seen by the human senses. This diversity will be disturbing, perhaps dangerous, until the oneness of being it represents is understood and lived.
Several members were bursting with healing reports, so we cut right to these.
1) One member had three outstanding healings during the week. First she told us of a man who used to sing loudly in a drunken state under her window. She often talked to him of his spiritual nature and recommended he go to AA. He disappeared for three months. This week she saw him; he's sober, clean, cheerful. He has been to rehab and is attending AA meetings.
Second, she has had a problem for years with the Christian Science understanding of God as Mother, because of her own upbringing with an abusive and finally abandoning mother. This week she read an article in one of the periodicals about the motherhood of God. It had such a healing effect on her that she now feels she can at least countenance God as Father-Mother.
Third, she got a bill from the IRS for past due taxes. This was serious enough to warrant a whole day of prayer. Next day she called them up and got a very kind and helpful agent on the phone. The conversation ended with him saying, "The Lord will help you. I'm giving you an extension till January."
2) Another member needed a series of adjustments from a chiropractor. The cost was beyond his means; so he prayed. When he discussed the situation with the chiropractor, the latter immediately reduced his rate to accommodate his capacity to pay.
3) Another member struggled with severe muscle pain during the week. He prayed to understand his divine substance. Once he saw it clearly, he was able to thank God for His perfection, before there was physical evidence of healing. His gratitude overruled any sense testimony. Very soon there was no pain.
4) Another member talked of what he called his "troubled containers" — whether seen as his apartment or body or relationships. As long as they are seen merely as matter-based there is trouble: e.g., smoke and cooking gases from nearby restaurants, water leaks from upstairs, body pain, cloudy friendships. As he sees the "containers" as divine ideas, problems fade and clear up.
5) Another member said he has now ended his "summer project" — i.e., running in the primary for the state senate. He had proved his point — or was it really His point? The district had come to life, constituents were roused, the seed has been planted for other minorities to run in the future. On a more personal level his name is now well known in political and legal circles. Those who have followed his campaign through our notes know of the many spiritual breakthroughs accomplished as he brought Christian Science to bear in the political arena.
6) Another member talked of his course through the Christian Science movement. Nearly two decades ago he had to proclaim his chastity in order to secure class instruction. After much suffering and growth he is now at the place where organizational back up is not needed to further his understanding of at-one-ment with God.
We had some time left to talk more directly of oneness.
One member had done Christian Science work on Lebanon, the Koreas, Zimbabwe, Israel/Palestine and the so-called Benes decrees which haunt Czech relations with Germany, Hungary and Slovakia. He found an article in the San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal (Issue 4 of 2002) by Thomas Singer helpful in getting at the mythology underlying conflict between cultures and peoples. It's often based on the same archetypal defenses that individuals deal with. In this case the Kouretes dancing about the baby Zeus protect him from being devoured by his father Kronos but they end up keeping him in an undeveloped, infantile state. Which is a fair representation of most of these festering international problems. What may at one point have been life protective can become an ingrained way of viewing and dealing with others.
Whether individually or collectively, ongoing problems based on historical trauma need the most radical — "rip up the roots!" — Christian Science treatment. "The human history needs to be revised, and the material record expunged." (Retrospection And Introspection, by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 22:1) Anything less will prevent the Self (Zeus in the story) from being operationally what it is in fact, God.
The oneness of God-man and man-man is a tricky aspect of Christian Science. But through suffering and practice we can learn to tell the difference between ego humility in the face of God's all power and mere ego inflation. This is an individual and infinite quest.
Our topic for next week should help us feel our way to helpful discernment here. It's "To Let" — the human belief of itself letting the one Ego, God, have its all harmonious way.
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
The one Ego, the one Mind or Spirit called God, is infinite individuality, which supplies all form and comeliness and which reflects reality and divinity in individual spiritual man and things.
Atonement is the exemplification of man's unity with God, whereby man reflects divine Truth, Life, and Love. Jesus of Nazareth taught and demonstrated man's oneness with the Father, and for this we owe him endless homage. His mission was both individual and collective. He did life's work aright not only in justice to himself, but in mercy to mortals,—to show them how to do theirs, but not to do it for them nor to relieve them of a single responsibility. Jesus acted boldly, against the accredited evidence of the senses, against Pharisaical creeds and practices, and he refuted all opponents with his healing power.
Union of the masculine and feminine qualities constitutes completeness. The masculine mind reaches a higher tone through certain elements of the feminine, while the feminine mind gains courage and strength through masculine qualities. These different elements conjoin naturally with each other, and their true harmony is in spiritual oneness.
Denial of the oneness of Mind throws our weight into the scale, not of Spirit, God, good, but of matter.
Every object in material thought will be destroyed, but the spiritual idea, whose substance is in Mind, is eternal. The offspring of God start not from matter or ephemeral dust. They are in and of Spirit, divine Mind, and so forever continue. God is one. The allness of Deity is His oneness. Generically man is one, and specifically man means all men.
As in water face answereth to face," and in love continents clasp hands, so the oneness of God includes also His presence with those whose hearts unite in the purposes of goodness. Of this we may be sure: that thoughts winged with peace and love breathe a silent benediction over all the earth, cooperate with the divine power, and brood unconsciously o'er the work of His hand.
In the spiritual Genesis of creation, all law was vested in the Lawgiver, who was a law to Himself. In divine Science, God is One and All; and, governing Himself, He governs the universe. This is the law of creation: "My defense is of God, which saveth the upright in heart." And that infinite Mind governs all things. On this infinite Principle of freedom, God named Himself, I AM. Error, or Adam, might give names to itself, and call Mind by the name of matter, but error could neither name nor demonstrate Spirit. The name, I AM, indicated no personality that could be paralleled with it; but it did declare a mighty individuality, even the everlasting Father, as infinite consciousness, ever-presence, omnipotence; as all law, Life, Truth, and Love.
God's interpretation of Himself furnishes man with the only suitable or true idea of Him; and the divine definition of Deity differs essentially from the human. It interprets the law of Spirit, not of matter. It explains the eternal dynamics of being, and shows that nature and man are as harmonious to-day as in the beginning, when "all things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made."
Whatever appears to be law, but partakes not of the nature of God, is not law, but is what Jesus declared it, "a liar, and the father of it." God is the law of Life, not of death; of health, not of sickness; of good, not of evil. It is this infinitude and oneness of good that silences the supposition that evil is a claimant or a claim.
The infinite is one, and this one is Spirit; Spirit is God, and this God is infinite good.
This simple statement of oneness is the only possible correct version of Christian Science. God being infinite, He is the only basis of Science; hence materiality is wholly apart from Christian Science, and is only a "Suffer it to be so now" until we arrive at the spiritual fulness of God, Spirit, even the divine idea of Christian Science,—Christ, born of God, the offspring of Spirit,—wherein matter has neither part nor portion, because matter is the absolute opposite of spiritual means, manifestation, and demonstration.