April 22, 2010

The testimony of the corporeal senses cannot inform us what is real and what is delusive, but the revelations of Christian Science unlock the treasures of Truth.

Science and Health, by Mary Baker Eddy

"OK, where'd this topic come from?"

"We wanted to work on eliminating any blockages to healing."

"It's an idea from A Course in Miracles. We're still using the Christian Science Lessons as our study material."

"Well, here's a jewel from the Lesson on Unreality: 'St. Paul said: "For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified."(I Cor. ii. 2.) Christian Science says: I am determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him glorified.' (S&H 200: 25-29) I'd say to the extent we recognize God as our Life, that automatically unblocks us. We resort to Life without concepts — beyond concepts — so we can reorganize and even cure those concepts."

"The Christ saves the Jesus."

"Yes — exactly!"

"Thanks. I have something from the first section of the Lesson. Elisha hears that the food the sons of the prophets are getting ready to eat has 'death in the pot'. He orders up some meal, throws it in and everyone is then free to eat. I assume the point of the story is that he applied Science to the case."

"Oh most certainly. Here's the correlative passage from Science and Health: 'The realization that all disharmony is unreal brings objects and thoughts into human view in their true light, and presents them as beautiful and immortal.' (S&H 276: 12-14)"

"I went to the show Billy Elliot on Broadway with three friends who are artists. Their histories track Billy's. They all come from families which loaded the kids with parental projections about what they should do with their lives. They all had to exert superhuman passion to cut loose from these expectations and pursue their own truth, their art."

"Billy Elliot is an archetype of the individual that needs to throw off the pall of parental and societal expectations and come out."

"Come out!"

"Come out — yes. Not just physically but emotionally. "

"In the show his mother has already died but Billy still has to deal with the world of his father. And what a world! Conflict, drunkenness, poverty and depression."

"Is he Gay?"

"We don't know from what's given. It's possible, but the treatment of a kid, Michael, who is Gay is wonderful. To me it doesn't really matter whether Billy's Gay or not. So-called 'coming out' is a term used throughout popular culture today for all kinds decisions to let one's light shine and not get snuffed out by meaningless collective views."

"Well, at base it's about letting our divine self-hood take charge of our personal sense. All these hero stories are really about letting God be all. That's why they're so moving — we're dealing with the ultimate coming out.""Excellent."

"I had something come up with the little finger on my left hand. I thought I'd broken it and went to an emergency room. Of course, I called a practitioner first for support. There was plenty of time to pray in the waiting room since many much more serious cases were flowing through. After a while I just relaxed and prayed about the desperate scenes unfolding there. I was able to see the divinity of all — patients, doctors, nurses, orderlies, administrators, concerned friends and family members."

"You saw the structure of Truth and Love."

"Right. After all, a hospital is the highest human concept of church for many people today. Finally a doctor looked at the finger and said it probably was only dislocated. I needed an x-ray to make sure. I called the practitioner and we worked to see only as God sees. Later I reported to her that it was a dislocation and we worked on alignment of thought with God."

"How long were you there?"

' It clocked at five hours. Finally I was all alone in the emergency room. All the other patients had been taken care of. I thought 'What a privilege to be a humble practitioner on the job in this very needy place.' Eventually the doctor did come by and merely had to pull hard on the finger to get it back in place and functioning almost normally. Right away!"

"That quick? How'd you hurt your finger in the first place?"

"Looking back, I was in an ego inflated state over a success I'd just pulled off. I was kind of giddy and stumbled into a door."

"Mrs. Eddy says the Ego is God."

"She capitalizes the 'E'. I'm talking about personal sense. I needed to let an inflated sense of personal accomplishment fade before the innate perfection of everyone. A bit of insight from Jin Shin Jyutsu helped me see that since the left little finger represents male assertion.""I saw the play 'Next Fall' about two Gay guys — one an atheist and the other a Christian, in today's sense of a rigid dogmatist. Well, there are a lot of jokes a la Neil Simon, but after five years together the atheist says to the Christian 'I want you to love me more than you love Him.' The Christian can't quite go there and the relationship appears to founder."

"I think the end is worse than that.'

"Maybe. I don't want to tell too much. The point I want to make is that for me a a Christian Scientist, the supposed dichotomy between God and man doesn't exist. So, if I live myself and others as apart from God and from others, I'm in for a lot of suffering."

"The split between Spirit and matter was established by Descartes."

"Actually it harks back to the Aryan invasions that overthrew the matriarchy and its integration of thought and the world."

"Was that any better than the patriarchy? I mean, they're both dualistic. In Mrs. Eddy's book they both lean on belief, which is just another word for matter."

"Matriarchy — patriarchy: if you take them both into account we're hinting at Father-Mother God."

"Are we getting at something we could use for that volcano in Iceland?"

"Maybe. I did work with this from Psalms: 'The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.' (Psm 24:1)"

"I worked with this: 'He looketh on the earth, and it trembleth: he toucheth the hills, and they smoke."(Psm 104: 32). I figure if the Lord God can touch his finger to the mountains and make them smoke, he can touch his finger to the mountains and make them not smoke."

"This Lord God is the disconnected make believe sovereign of the Aryans. We're Christian Scientists and know how to reflect the all-power over all conditions in our world."

"I love that. I heard something Cornell West said 'I don't want temples in heaven. I want them right here on earth.' Exactly — the temple of God, also known as man, is the universe."

"Fine. Then let's see as God sees and have the power that God has. We can calm the volcano that's part of our being. Let's live the volcano as ourselves."

"What about all those poor stranded people?"

"I'd know the Truth: they're infinite, so they're already where they're going."

"Time is getting short. We need a topic for May."

"By the way, several of us will be away for the next two meetings. Should we cancel them or does someone want to head them up?"

"Not me."

"Let's cancel."

"OK. But we can still work on a topic."

"This problem in Greece with the debt and inflated budget — maybe there's a topic in there."

"The bottom line is there needs to be a bailout by other Europeans and then very tough local retrenchments in Greece and probably Portugal, Spain and Italy. It could throw Europe and even the world back into recession."

"Some of us are dealing with employment issues. It sounds like that's really where the world crisis is leading."

"OK. Employment?"

"Good. Employment of people, places and things in balance and harmony."

"So, it's Employment for May."

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