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Demonstrate your oneness with divine Mind and find unity and harmony!
Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Quarterly Bible Lesson on

“Mind”
for August 22, 2021

by Lindsey Biggs, C.S of Maryland Heights, MO
541 460 3515 biggs.lindsey@gmail.com

INTRODUCTION
This week’s Lesson on Mind has so many wonderful ideas on the power, perfection, and allness of divine Mind. Recognizing the allness of Mind enables us to feel and express God’s order in business, enhances unity in our church and family, destroys the beliefs of mortal mind, and gives us greater freedom and harmony. As we study this week’s Lesson, let’s be open to feel more of our oneness with God and gain a greater sense of harmony, unity, and wellbeing.

GOLDEN TEXT (James 3:17)

This Golden Text contains a beautiful list of the qualities and attributes of divine Mind. Pure, peaceful, easy to listen to, merciful, full of abundance and fruitfulness. This is one way to know which Mind is influencing us. Do we feel peaceful knowing the presence of Mind? Do we feel the pure motives of divine Love? These are some good questions to ask ourselves to help turn our thought to the divine.

By flipping these qualities around, we can see the opposite nature of mortal mind as: impure, anxious, willful, and unforgiving. This helps give us a clearer sense of how we are being influenced, and enables us to reach out more towards the light.

Since divine Mind is all light, we want to live in and be governed by this perfect Mind. Then we feel at peace, calm, confident, and assured of God’s control. We also realize more fully God’s control in our lives, which helps relieve us of stress and burden.

RESPONSIVE READING
Wisdom and might belong to God. One of the amazing reasons to bless God’s name forever! (Daniel 2:20) Isn’t it nice to know that God is never going to run out of wisdom? I find this very comforting. God always has continuous, intelligent ideas to guide and govern us with. Just like the sunlight, the wisdom and might of God is ever present; even when clouds may try to hide God, the sunlight of Truth dispels these clouds so we gain a clearer sense of God’s unerring, intelligent direction.

“Do not be conformed to this world” (Romans 12:2) — do not be conformed to materiality, that which is popular today but gone tomorrow, etc. Be transformed instead! Allow the Christ – the Mind that was in Christ Jesus – to transform us, revitalize us, and make us in God’s image and likeness. Be conformed to God, good! Allow God to control and hold in captivity your every [ —not every other—] thought and action. Strive to have no want or aim apart from God.

I love how Mary Baker Eddy uses “conformed” in this passage:
“If this heart, humble and trustful, faithfully asks divine Love to feed it with the bread of heaven, health, holiness, it will be conformed to a fitness to receive the answer to its desire; then will flow into it the ‘river of His pleasure,’ the tributary of divine Love, and great growth in Christian Science will follow, — even that joy which finds one’s own in another’s good.”
(Miscellaneous Writings, p. 127:13)

Bible Lens Research has this to say about Romans 12:3:
“Paul’s warning against pride follows a call for Christly transformation and prefaces his charges about loving fellow believers (see vv. 4–21). For the apostle, true self-assessment comes through faith and shows all ability to be God-given. Soberly is translated from the phrase eis to sōphronein, referring to being in one’s right mind or of sound mind.”

This idea of “true self-assessment” is really neat. How are we assessing ourselves? As the image and likeness of God? That is the only true and real assessment we want to have of ourselves. This, of course, recognizes others as the image and likeness of God, too.

We are given beautiful instructions in this Bible verse for living in fellowship with one another: kindly affectionate towards one another, caring for one another, not rendering “tit for tat”, being honest, pure, and transparent. (Romans 12: 10, 16, 17, 21) What a gift to share this outlook and uplift our view with humility and grace.

SECTION 1 – KNOWING THE ONE EGO, MIND, HEALS AND UNITES US.
Knowing that there is just one Ego, and one Mind, is such a gift. (citation S2/p. 281:14) It is an antidote to business problems, relationship difficulties, indecision, confusion, etc. It calms us by helping us recognize our oneness with our Savior. It gives us the wisdom we need to solve challenges. It gives us hope, faith, and direction. And it helps us to live fearlessly.

“The spiritual man’s consciousness and individuality are reflections of God.” (cit. S4/336:14–15) This is you! This is the substance and essence of your individuality! The real you is never angry, afraid, disturbed, sick or lacking anything. The real, spiritual you is abundant and radiant with no false history – only a spiritual history of provision and oneness with God. The real you has never lacked anything or doubted at all. Claim this you, accept it, hold to this true model of you in thought, and it will help you feel happy, whole, peaceful, and satisfied.

“God is the parent Mind” (cit. S4/336:28). So, you can never have another Mind, but God. We have only one Parent. One Mind. One source. One goodness. One cause. One history. One action. “When we fully understand our relation to the Divine” (cit. S5/205:32) – our relation to this one, perfect Mind, we lose all sense of and belief in separation. All sense of discord. We reflect the symmetry, order, and beautiful design of Love. We can realize and demonstrate our unity with this Father, Mind.

“With one Father, even God, the whole family of man would be brethren” (cit. S6/469:30–5)
The best part is that this one Father, this one Mind, unites us. It gives us a deep sense of spiritual unity because it recognizes we each are like sun rays shining from the same Source. It doesn’t matter where someone else comes from, their culture, race, socioeconomic status.

We can recognize and see each one as the child of the one Mind, just like we are. So, we are inherently united. Because of this we can value and appreciate one another as the offspring of divine Love. Knowing this enables us to love more deeply because it is a spiritual love. It doesn’t mean we are necessarily perfect human beings, but it enables us to look beyond limiting personality traits to see the depth of spiritual being – our inherent spirituality. As we do this, we sense our own worth as a child of God and feel our God saying “you are loved.”

SECTION 2 – HAVE THE CONTENTED AND PEACEFUL MIND THAT WAS IN CHRIST JESUS.
I love this passage from Jeremiah: “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (cit. B5/Jeremiah 29:11).
The New International Version puts it this way: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

One thing that I love about this passage is that the word prosper or peace is translated from the Hebrew word shalom, which means peace, welfare, goodness, prosperity, total and complete wellbeing. This really shows us God’s will for His children! So, if we ever doubt or feel anxious about something we can know instead what God is thinking about us – total goodness, loving us and caring for us! Sometimes I like to remind myself that I want to focus more on what God is seeing and thinking about me, than the limited way that I am thinking and seeing myself.

One time when I was feeling anxious about the future, I remembered this Bible passage and God’s promise. It reminded me that God is in charge and that God’s will is only good. God didn’t cause me to feel anxiety or doubt about my future, and I could overcome these thoughts by trusting God’s presence and power. I felt such a sense of peace and an assurance that God, good, was with me. The decision I needed to make was clear, and I could move forward with confidence that I was on the right path.

When we are tempted to doubt or despair, we can remember and trust that God’s plan is goodness, joy, peace, and wellbeing. So, God is enforcing goodness, health, and peace in our lives. This is God’s will for each of us and the power enforcing its rule in our lives!

This is a great translation of Philippians 2:1–3, 5/cit. B8:

“Does your life in Christ give you strength? Does his love comfort you? Do we share together in the Spirit? Do you have mercy and kindness? If so, make me very happy by having the same thoughts, sharing the same love, and having one mind and purpose. When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves. . . . In your lives you must think and act like Christ Jesus.” (International Children’s Bible)

Mortal mind is the opposite of the real and true Mind. (cit. S8/114:1–11, 13–17)  It’s not a mind that we want or cherish. We want to be so quick to give up mortal mind for immortal Mind, that we are able to quickly see what God is seeing and knowing about a situation. This means we are willing to relinquish our own human perspective and humbly open up to the one Mind who governs and guides the entire universe. We can recognize that the will of this Mind is better and wiser, and that it extends farther and blesses more, than any mortal mind or human will ever could. And then we go forward patiently knowing that this healing Mind is leading all of its ideas harmoniously.

Mary Baker Eddy writes about it this way:
“We should remember that the world is wide; that there are a thousand million different human wills, opinions, ambitions, tastes, and loves; … Then, we should go forth into life with the smallest expectations, but with the largest patience; with a keen relish for and appreciation of everything beautiful, great, and good, but with a temper so genial that the friction of the world shall not wear upon our sensibilities; …”

(Miscellaneous Writings, p. 224:11–13, 17–21)

This plank from what Mary Baker Eddy called “the platform” of Christian Science (on pages 330-340 of Science and Health) really sums it up: “Spirit is divine Principle, and divine Principle is Love, and Love is Mind, and Mind is not both good and bad, for God is Mind; therefore there is in reality one Mind only, because there is one God.” (cit. S7/330:20)

SECTION 3 – EXPRESS POISE AND GRACE AND STAMP OUT HOSTILITY AND FALSE PASSIONS.
Abigail is such a wonderful example of a peacemaker. She expresses spiritual discernment, clarity, resourcefulness, readiness, alertness to duty, humility, poise, and grace. Her humble sacrifice and courage are beautiful qualities of spiritual strength. She is given just as much commendation as David is in this Bible story that really shows forth the value of true womanhood and true manhood.

We see David acting uncharacteristically in this story – falling into a hotheaded, angry, boastful reaction. Abigail’s discernment shows her that this is not David’s true, spiritual nature. She is able to speak to him with peace and calm – not buying into the hotheadedness that is being presented to her. Her calmness and spiritual clear-sightedness help remind David of his true nature and true spiritual qualities. She is embodying the Christly nature, which in turn wakes David up to remember his true nature. He is grateful for the rebuke and accepts the gifts she has brought him for his men.

What a wonderful model for our own relationships. She discerns his true nature. How can this help us in our own family dynamics or business relationships? Her poise and meekness calms the situation. Again, this is another really helpful trait for us to embody as we encounter hotheadedness in ourselves, our relationships, and the world. Abigail doesn’t buy into it, and so she is successful in helping to bring peace to the situation.  [As Larry Groce summarizes the peacemaker Beatitude in a song about the Beatitudes that he wrote at CedarS “Blessed are the peacemakers in this world; they win without a fight.”]

“Here Christian Science is the sovereign panacea giving strength to the weakness of mortal mind, — strength from the immortal and omnipotent Mind, — and lifting humanity above itself into purer desires…” (cit. S17/407:10) The Christ is giving true strength – spiritual strength – which includes poise and dominion. It is the moral courage, instead of the animal courage, we all want to see and have expressed in our society.

The despotic tendencies of mortal mind, which are manifest in a false sense of power and control are actually tyranny and oppression. This is the opposite of the true, spiritual control that comes from divine Mind. The Christ – the true idea of God – requires us to stamp out evil and get the victory, thereby promoting affection, friendship and joy in our communities. We can rejoice in every victory over a bad temper, lust, selfishness, etc. and know that being “victorious over the passions” (cit. S17/407:10) gives us an enduring sense of health and happiness – exemplifying true manhood and womanhood.

SECTION 4 – GIVE UP DELUSIONS TO FIND YOURSELF MADE IN THE IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD.
I love this line from Hymn 565: “Holding your thought to the good and the true, Spirit will form you anew.” It gives us such a clear sense of what we are to do, and then what God’s job is to do! Holding our thought to the good and the true is the way that we “pour in truth through flood-tides of Love” (SH, p.201). It’s the way that binds the “strong man” (cit. S22/399:29–1) mortal mind (which is really an absence of true strength). We need to kick error out, so that we can be made new! “The great healer of mortal mind is the healer of the body”. (cit. S25/326:3–5, 12) This shows us that error only comes to us as suggestion or as thought even when it seems to be physical. This article The Power to Push Back is a great example of how we can demonstrate this.

“As mortals give up the delusion that there is more than one Mind, more than one God, man in God’s likeness will appear, and this eternal man will include in that likeness no material element.” (cit. S24/191:4) Give up the delusion! I love that! Having more than one Mind is simply a delusion! We want to give that up! Then the promise is that man in God’s likeness will appear. And the best part is that man will include no material element. Why is this important? Mary Baker Eddy writes that to deny matter is to deny all discordant situations. “Admit the existence of matter, and you admit that mortality (and therefore disease) has a foundation in fact. Deny the existence of matter, and you can destroy the belief in material conditions.” (Science & Health, p. 368:27–31)

So, we don’t want to man[-ifest] any material element. No element of imperfection. We want the real, true man to appear, which is spiritual, beautiful, whole, and intelligent. We can strive to give up this “delusion” a little bit more each day. Give your consent to harmony and wholeness!

“By lifting thought above error, or disease, and contending persistently for truth, you destroy error.” (cit. S23/400:9) Contending persistently for truth. Persistence is such a beautiful quality of God. We can express that “stick-to-itiveness” that Jesus and Paul expressed in their careers. Talk about persistence! What a wonderful gift to have these models to hold on to.

 “We must forsake the foundation of material systems, however time-honored…” (cit. S25/326:12)   We must be willing to forsake any foundation that is not from God and anything that is limiting and stifling. It doesn’t matter how long it has been a part of culture, society, church, etc. If we have outgrown it, then we don’t need it anymore!  Forsaking a false sense of culture and history paves the way for newness, freshness, and inspired ideas. These ideas are ultimately attractive to all of us! We all want to feel that oneness with divine Love, and a willingness to forsake false foundations can pave the way.

This is one false foundation that we want to be sure to denounce everyday:
“The foundation of mortal discord is a false sense of man’s origin. To begin rightly is to end rightly.” (Science and Health, p. 262:27–28) Beginning our day with prayerful recognizing our spiritual origin is a powerful affirmation. It is the right identification that keeps us on track throughout the day enabling us to quickly detect those lies and destroy them.

SECTION 5 –  EMBRACE THE UNIQUE TALENTS WE ALL HAVE & LIVE IN A SPIRIT OF UNITY.
This translation of this Bible passage is great:
“But I urge you, believers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in full agreement in what you say, and that there be no divisions or factions among you, but that you be perfectly united in your way of thinking and in your judgment [about matters of the faith].” (cit. B20/I Corinthians 1:10 from The Amplified® Bible)

Bible Lens Research found in the Christian Science Sentinel expands on this thought:
“Paul is not interested in imposing uniformity on the congregation, he is concerned that the community of Christian faith not suffer a tear in the fabric of its life that would weaken its faith and life in Christ.”

I love this idea of unity in diversity. We can be united in spirit and mind even as we are each a unique idea of God. This unity doesn’t imply sameness – we are not all identical twins. It implies we each bring our spiritual gifts and qualities to the table. Our spiritual individuality is so precious to God and is the unique way that we express God – with qualities such as patience, unselfishness, kindness, humility, delight, joy, spontaneity, freshness, compassion, hope, love… We all embody and express these qualities, and the way in which we express them makes us unique. Just like snowflakes, not two ideas of God are exactly the same.

As each of us grow closer to God, the one divine Mind, in our thoughts and actions, we will naturally become more united and in harmony with others. I’ve always loved the metaphor that just as the rays of light become closer together as they get closer to the sun; so each of us, as we strive, to become more like God – come closer to the divine center –  we naturally become closer with one another. A sense of separation diminishes as we recognize our oneness with divine Love, and, therefore, how natural our inherent unity with each other really is.

“Having no other gods, turning to no other but the one perfect Mind to guide him…” (cit. S27/467:13) This means relinquishing any of the “selfs” that get in our way: self-doubt, selfishness, self-will, etc. When we do this, we find “…man is the likeness of God, pure and eternal, having that Mind which was also in Christ.” (cit. S27/467:13) It clears the clouds away so the sunlight of God can shine more brightly in each of us!

“The children of God have but one Mind.” (cit. S28/470:16)  We can remember this as we pray. The children of God have one Mind and that Mind means perfect harmony and joy. No matter-based, hypnotic influence on thought at all! Just a clear and beautiful consciousness of who and what God is and how She is governing our lives harmoniously. See each person you meet today as having that one Mind. Don’t be tempted to believe that they can doubt or be fooled. God didn’t create a mesmerized person! So, we can refute any hypnotic suggestion that says that man doesn’t know the Truth, by the knowledge that there is one perfect man who is always in the full consciousness of God’s glory! This man doesn’t doubt or fear. This man is upright, beautiful, and subject only to the laws of God. We can rejoice that the children of God indeed can only have one Mind! Never accept anything less. This truth will harmonize and un-self you and the situation that you are praying about.

When we hold to this perfect model our “thought is turned into new and healthy channels” (cit. S26/276:19) towards the contemplation of immortality, hope, joy and harmony. And that’s what we want! We want to hold to those qualities in thought and bring them forth in our daily lives. We want to keep the thousands of thoughts we think each day focused as best we can on the Truth and spiritual reality! “Whatsoever things are true, … lovely, … of good report … think on these things!” (cit. B21/Phil 4:8)

There truly is only one Mind or consciousness – one spiritual consciousness filled with peace, harmony, and holiness. This is the divine consciousness, which we reflect! This consciousness is the true source of joy, health, and happiness. We want to let the kingdom of heaven reign within us and feel our oneness with God, good. “Man and his Maker are correlated in divine Science, and real consciousness is cognizant only of the things of God.” (cit. S26/276:4)

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