Hello! The following are the Dig Deeper team’s selections to complement your study of this week’s Christian Science Bible Lesson on “Mind.”
Our first selection consists of verses we chose from “Science and Philosophy,” an article by Mary Baker Eddy. The article is from Miscellaneous Writings:
“Men give counsel; but they give not the wisdom to profit by it. To ask wisdom of God, is the beginning of wisdom…
God is the only Mind, and His manifestation is the spiritual universe, including man and all eternal individuality. God, the only substance and divine Principle of creation, is by no means a creative partner in the firm of error, named matter, or mortal mind. He elucidates His own idea, wherein Principle and idea, God and man, are not one, but are inseparable as cause and effect…
His ways are not as our ways. The divine modes and manifestations are not those of the material senses; for instance, intelligent matter, or mortal mind, material birth, growth, and decay: they are the forever-existing realities of divine Science; wherein God and man are perfect, and man’s reason is at rest in God’s wisdom, — who comprehends and reflects all real mode, form, individuality, identity…
Christian Science refutes everything that is not a postulate of the divine Principle, God. It is the soul of divine philosophy, and there is no other philosophy. It is not a search after wisdom, it is wisdom: it is God’s right hand grasping the universe, — all time, space, immortality, thought, extension, cause, and effect; constituting and governing all identity, individuality, law, and power…
Good health and a more spiritual religion form the common want, and this want has worked out a moral result; namely, that mortal mind is calling for what immortal Mind alone can supply.”
Mary Baker Eddy, Miscellaneous Writings, pages 359-368
Our second selection is an article titled, “The Resplendency of Mind,” by L. Ivimy Gwalter.
Ms. Gwalter writes, “All scientific reasoning starts from the basis of divine Mind.” She continues, “In ‘Retrospection and Introspection’ Mrs. Eddy writes (p.28), ‘Purity, self-renunciation, faith, and understanding must reduce all things real to their own mental denomination, Mind, which divides, subdivides, increases, diminishes, constitutes, and sustains, according to the law of God.’ When Mind divides, subdivides, and diminishes, it introduces no element of separation, disunity, limitation, decrease, or subtraction, for Mind remains forever one and indivisible, and Mind alone constitutes that of which it conceives. Consequently the idea of Mind, enfolded in Mind, is maintained at the standpoint of perfection and forever sustained by Mind…. When Mind multiplies, the product, though humanly apparent as that which fills the need, is not an increase of matter, for Spirit has no cognizance of matter and nothing cannot be multiplied; nor can Mind, which is already infinite, be increased either as noumenon or as to its phenomena. Multiplication in Science indicates Mind’s limitless capacity to manifest itself in multifariousness of quantity, quality, form, outline, color. The changing of water into wine and the multiplying of the loaves and fishes were fundamentally spiritually mental experiences. In neither instance was any thing added from the outside. The needed human supply evidenced Mind’s conscious self-completeness, interpreted in the language the human thought could comprehend. …. To understand being as the manifestation of Mind is to experience the limitless resources of being.”
From the September 1947 issue of The Christian Science Journal
The third article we selected was written by Clara Armitage Brown and is titled, “Gaining and Maintaining Health.”
She writes, “Christian Science elevates the concept of health from a material level to a spiritual one by declaring and proving that health is derived from divine Mind, does not have its source in matter and is not regulated by matter. Cognizing health as spiritual brings it into a correct perspective, where it may be seen as natural, normal, and permanent. In Mrs. Eddy’s enlightening analysis of the three degrees of human thought, called ‘Scientific Translation of Mortal Mind,’ found on pages 115 and 116 of ‘Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,’ the word health does not appear in the first degree, designated ‘Depravity,’ which is defined as follows: ‘PHYSICAL Evil beliefs, passions and appetites, fear, depraved will, self-justification, pride, envy, deceit, hatred, revenge, sin, sickness, disease, death.’ These qualities belonging to the physical are foes to health. Nor does the word health appear in the second degree, ‘Evil beliefs disappearing,’ which is defined thus: ‘MORAL. Humanity, honesty, affection, compassion, hope, faith, meekness, temperance.’ One must go beyond merely the humanly moral for the establishing of spontaneous and permanent health, because true health is based on a spiritual understanding of God and man. To gain and maintain true health requires the living of spiritual truth. In the third degree, ‘Understanding,’ the word health does appear. This degree is defined thus: ‘SPIRITUAL. Wisdom, purity, spiritual understanding, spiritual power, love, health, holiness.’ The qualities with which health is associated are all spiritual, and the presence of each one in consciousness is necessary for the continuous demonstration of health.”
From the July 1947 issue of The Christian Science Journal
We also chose a poem for this week. The poem is “Let This Mind Be in You” by Kathryn Ainsworth Grover.
“Let This Mind Be in You”
never grows by
going some where
doing some thing
or more material getting.
It establishes roots
through listening to God —
and buds and blooms with letting.
From the July 10, 1976 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
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