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Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Mind”
for February 23, 2014

by Rick Stewart, CS,  Dresden, Germany +49 351 312 4736

[Bracketed italics by CedarS Director Warren Huff.  Life-transforming camperships needed!]

I imagine that almost all of us have seen the classic Disney film, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”  I absolutely love it. And one of my favorite scenes is when Snow White kisses the Dwarfs good-bye as they “Heigh Ho,” head off to work.   And that scene made me think of our Bible Lesson.  I asked myself the question, “Who was the most intelligent of all the dwarfs?”  Doc might be a good candidate, after all Docs usually think they are quite smart, right?  But then as I thought a little deeper I realized my candidate is without a doubt, “Dopey!”  Dopey?  That’s right.  And it was a simple decision.  My opinion is based on the scene where Snow White kisses the dwarfs as they head off to work.  And which dwarf actually received two kisses, and almost a third, Dopey.  Pretty smart guy!

There is another “Dopey” that also demands our attention as a pretty smart guy.  And that would be Albert Einstein.  It is pretty much accepted that Einstein is considered one of the great thinkers of all time.  And yet his family maid dubbed him, “der Depperte—“the dopey one.” ( See the  book review by John Updike in the New Yorker Magazine, April 2, 2007)  Updike was reviewing the Einstein biography, Walter Isaacson’s thorough, comprehensive, affectionate biography, “Einstein: His Life and Universe” (Simon & Schuster); http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2007/04/02/070402crbo_books_updike?currentPage=2

It is clear that our Disney character, Dopey, was animated to portray a  simple individual, but he clearly was inspired with a great idea.  And the little boy, Albert Einstein, that the family maid deemed, “the dopey one,” did a fare amount of inspired thinking also.  Besides Einstein’s specific scientific papers, he also thought a lot about other subjects. 

According to the BBC documentary, “ Einstein’s Unfinished Symphony “ Albert Einstein did a fair  bit of thinking about God.   “As Albert Einstein lay on his deathbed, he asked for his glasses, his writing implements and his latest equations. .. In those final hours of his life, while fading in and out of consciousness, he was working on what he hoped would be his greatest work of all.  It was a project of monumental complexity.  It was a project that he hoped would unlock the mind of God.  He had said earlier in his life, “I am not interested in this phenomenon or that phenomenon.  I want to know God’s thoughts – the rest are mere details.”  http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/tvradio/programmes/horizon/einstein_symphony_prog_summary.shtml

The Mary Baker Eddy museum has done some excellent research separating fable from fact regarding Albert Einstein and his interest in Christian Science.  The following link leads you to this research:  http://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/research/einstein

An interesting document they refer to is entitled, “On Albert Einstein’s Interest In The Metaphysics Of Mary Baker Eddy” by William S. Cooper, Professor Emeritus, University of  California, Berkeley. ( If you have any difficulty in accessing this document just give me a call or write and I will see that you get a copy. Rick)  Below is the internet link that leads you to it.)    https://docs.google.com/a/csps.com/document/pub?id=1SePVIC-mFMAGJtzElow5B8K-Wbe9bKo4cj5h3XZLoG8

Our Bible Lesson this week leads us powerfully to glimpse something of this Mind that is God.  It begins with the affirmation in the Golden Text as to who is leading us.

Golden Text:  Isaiah 48:17
“ …I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow.   “  (New Living Translation)

Responsive Reading:   
Our Responsive Reading continues to clearly identify who guides us and pulls us out of tough challenges. I love this particular translation of verse, Psalms 118:5, “I called upon the Lord in my distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.”  The Common English Bible renders that, “In tight circumstances, I cried out to the Lord.  The Lord answered me with wide-open spaces.”

Section 1: Abram and Lot – Moving in Mind
 This is an inspiring section that has to do with someone leaving home, someone heading out on their own in obedience to God’s directing.  And  I  love the promise that as Abram follows God’s directing he will bring blessing, “and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

Genesis 12:1 “ Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:   And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.  So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.“

The citations from Science and Health  are full of assurances about following the Mind that is God.   (S-1), “The starting point of divine Science is that God, Spirit, is All-in-all, and that there is no other might nor Mind,”  (S-2), “…All that really exists is the divine Mind and its idea, and in this Mind the entire being is found harmonious and eternal.” 

Just a note about patience with yourself as you seek to hear God’s voice and follow where Mind points out the way.  Don’t worry about what the world is saying about where, when, and what you should do.  Stop, look, and listen to God.  After all, we are all seeking to “know the thoughts of God,” as Einstein expressed it.  So it is God’s thoughts and not mortals that guide.

God’s timing is precise, but not based on mortal, limited thinking.  If you were scheduled to depart on a cruise, Friday, February 21 that is the time to be at the wharf.  If you go on Thursday and step out, you are going to get wet!  God’s timing for Abram was a little different than what the world says is the timing for leaving home.  Did you notice how old Abram was when he headed out from his father’s house?  Eighteen? Twenty five? Thirty? Forty?  Try, 75!  That’s right Abram got his call to leave home at least 75! (Genesis 12:4)

Section 2: Elijah, and the angel fueled marathon leads to the “still, small voice.”
Elijah was a prophet in  the northern kingdom of Israel at a time when the King Ahab ruled, around 9th Centruy BC.  And the wife of the king, Jezebel, had encouraged worship of the god, Baal.  Elijah stood for the worship of Jehovah and not only demonstrated the power of Jehovah, but also ended up threatened with death because of his stand.

At one point when he fled for his life, (B-5) and (B-6) I Kings 18, 19, he ended up in the wilderness.  He was ready to call it quits when he was fed by angels.  The two meals he received equipped him to travel all the way to Mt. Horeb.  And there Elijah faced a presentation almost as scary as the death threats he had received.  While in a cave Elijah faces a great wind, an earthquake, and fire.  After all that tumult he realizes God’s presence in a “still, small voice.”  (B-6)  I Kings 9:11,12.

The citations in Science and Health lead us to the understanding of how this quiet communication of Mind’s presence speaks right through the roar of mortality.  (S-6) S&H, page 559, “The still, small voice” of scientific thought reaches over continent and ocean to the globe’s remotest bound.”

This presence of Mind is still quietly cherishing, protecting and guiding those receptive to its message even in the midst of horrendous winds or fire.  A dear friend of mine here in Dresden once related her experience during the fire storm of February 13, 1945.  Near the end of WW2 around 10 p.m. Dresden was being bombed by the Allies.  It was a devastating night for residents and for the refugees passing through the city.  My friend, Monika Naumann, her mother and father, and her grandmother were under way in the open. (All were Christian Scientists.)  Their home had been destroyed and they were trying to find shelter.  All were praying as they made their way through the fire bombs.  At one point everyone but her father had made it to safety behind a high wall, when another bomb fell.  Monika said that up to that time each bomb had exploded and spread like a flower blossom in shape.  Suddenly with her father in the open, another bomb fell.  It seemed hopeless for her father.  But Monika said that it was just like a giant hand was held up before them and this particular bomb only exploded away from them.  Her father was saved. 

Section 3: Mind the source of all movement.
In citation( B11), Luke 5:17-25, we read the story of Jesus healing the palsied man.  Remember his friends lowered him down through the tiles of the roof so they could get him to Jesus.  It says that “when he saw their faith,” Jesus said, “Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.”  Well the scribes and the Pharisees took exception to that statement, but Jesus did not let it bother him.  He let the man know he was free.

Don’t we also sometimes look for why we are sick?  We try to find out what we have been doing wrong.  We search, seek, worry about some thought, word or action, some sin that has caused our ailment, our impairment, our sickness.  Well, (B-8), Jeremiah 30:13 “I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal the of thy wounds, saith the Lord.”

Becoming aware, becoming conscious of God’s, Mind’s thoughts  can break through any fear, false belief, or seeming law of matter. The citations from Science and Health point out the way.  (S-18) S&H page 283, “Mind is the source of all movement, and there is no inertia to retard or check its perpetual and harmonious action.”

But sometimes we do have to stand up courageously, faithfully before the tyranny and arrogance of those that would deny Mind’s presence. As our Leader explains, (S-15), “The metaphysician, making Mind his basis of operation irrespective of matter and regarding the truth and harmony of being as superior to error and discord, has rendered himself strong, instead of weak, to cope with the case; and he proportionately strengthens his patient with the stimulus of courage and conscious power.”  S&H Page 423

Section 4: Stilling seas, the right to peace.
 In this section we read the beloved story of Jesus immediately stilling a storm on the Sea of Galilee with the simple, “Peace, be still.”

As our neighbors in England have faced weeks and weeks of relentless rain many of us have been praying.  It has prompted me to think about Mary Baker Eddy’s approach to weather concerns.  There is the recognition that we do not  attempt to personally control the weather.  We affirm and rejoice in the divine fact that  indeed God, Mind is indeed a very present help in  seeming trouble and is already harmoniously governing all.  As our Leader declared, “There are no destructive elements in God’s universe.”

So several of my friends and I have been shifting thought from destructive criticism regarding what should have already been done by governmental authorities and instead affirm that Mind is in control;  governing, maintaining, directing, protecting, and inspiring.

A personal element entered in to these prayers last Friday night.  My son, Noah, was preparing to fly from Bristol, England to Newcastle, England.  (Noah is in England for a short internship. )  My prayers were first along the lines that there were no destructive elements in God’s universe.  I thought perhaps the gale force winds that were predicted and had moved into Bristol would ease and Noah could fly.  But instead the flight and many other flights were cancelled.  Hmmm.  As my wife and I prayed and listened for steps to take, Susanne, thought of friends that lived nearby.  I called these friends, and they immediately answered with  grace and love.  Within an hour Noah was on his way to a safe place (and fun place) for the night.  The airline provided him with a ticket for a replacement flight the next day.

As I thought over the situation I realized that as we pray to affirm Mind’s presence, power, and peace we have to remain receptive and open to Mind’s harmonious unfolding of events. And I found myself absolutely overwhelmed with gratitude for the morally courageous decision of the airline to keep its passengers safe.  When I called the next day to express my appreciation and gratitude I found receptive ears.  And I could even thank some of the ground crew by name. 

The day before this flight episode, when trying to get to his internship work place, the road was flooded  making it impossible for the car to pass through.  But as he and our friend, James, stopped at the beginning of the flooded section, along came a four wheel drive, Land Rover.  The driver gladly loaded them up, and drove them to the gallery and café where Noah was working.  And at the end of the day there was another ride available to them.  “ 2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you that ye always having all sufficiency in all things may abound to every good work.”

Once again a harmonious resolution expressive of Mind’s grace and provision.  As our Leader writes in (S-21)” The belief that existence is contingent on matter must be met and mastered by  Science, before Life can be understood and harmony obtained……Immortal Mind, governing all, must be acknowledged as supreme in the physical realm, so-called, as well as in the spiritual.”

Section 5:  Have we not all one Father….have we not all one Mind!
This sweetly short and powerful section affirms the fact that there is indeed one Father, one Mind.

I love the Bible citation, (B-21) Phillipians 2:2-5.  And this version from The Living Bible can be found in the My Bible Lesson from The Mother Church.  “Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others.  Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself.  Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing.”

(S-27) S&H page 467, “It should be thoroughly understood that all men have one Mind, one God and Father, one Life, Truth, and Love. Mankind will become perfect in proportion as this fact becomes apparent, war will cease and the true brotherhood of man will be established.”

(S-28) “When man is governed by God, the ever-present Mind who understands all things, man knows that with God all things are possible.”

Here is a little illustration that has remained with me as a truly sweet experience.  I was canoeing down Juniper Creek in the Ocala National Forest.  My cousin, Rick Nasby, was with me in the canoe.  This was the first time we had had a chance to spend time together for many years.  After several hours on the river, we stopped for lunch.  As I got out of the canoe I realized that my wallet was missing.  I realized it had fallen out and I immediately had an idea where it may have happened.  As the rest of our party settled in for a lunch among the palmettos and cabbage palms, I jumped back into the canoe with the announcement, “I have to go back and find my wallet.”  Everyone’s eyes kind of glazed over with a, “You are going to do what?”  But my cousin, Rick, immediately said, “I’ll go with you.”

My prayers had begun the moment I realized my wallet had fallen out somewhere upriver. And I was certain “I” would find it.  As I prayed and Rick and I talked with each other I realized that my certainty was actually a little selfish and arrogant.  I changed my prayers to the fact that “Mind” would find my wallet.  And then I realized that Rick and I were sharing this experience.  Rick had attended Christian Science Sunday School like me.  He had attended Principia also.  He had just come out of the Marine Corps flight training and I knew he must have had to use his understanding of Science.  So I began to affirm that “we” expressed Mind and that “I” did not have to find the wallet.  We had paddled about a mile upstream when suddenly Rick shouted out, “There it is.”  And sure enough floating down stream with the current was my wallet.  Not only has this remained an inspiring experience for me, it is also one of my favorites because it was a shared experience.  And I am very grateful to remember that Cousin Rick was receptive, listening, and guided in helping me find my wallet.  And those spiritual facts never change.  Thanks, Rick.

Section 6:  Son shine, and Mind shine—“God has a beautiful plan.”
In Jude 1:25 we read  “To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” (B-22)

From Science and Health,  “Science reveals only one Mind, and this one shining by its own light and governing the universe, including man, in perfect harmony.” (S-29)

As we yield from our little, limited selfish, “what I think” path to simply bathe in the Son shine, Mind shine of God we will find ourselves discovering what Einstein sought, “I want to know God’s thoughts, the rest are mere details.”

Often these “thoughts” of Mind, God, only come to us when we are forced to seek Mind’s guidance.  We rise above the continual litany, the stream of mortal thinking, only when we are in a “tight place,” a tough situation.  Like earlier in the Lesson, in the Responsive Reading, “In tight circumstances , I cried out to the Lord.  The answered me with wide-open spaces.” Psalms 118: 5 (Common English Bible:)

A beautiful example of this is found in an article by Emmeline Quist, “God has a beautiful plan.”    (Christian Science Journal, June 2012.)  Here is a link to find the article and it is featured at the end of the My Bible Lesson for this week.  http://journal.christianscience.com/shared/view/6dsc6kog0?s=e

Emmeline wrote,  “when you listen and understand God’s voice in any situation, you’ll find spiritual solutions that meet your every need.“

Emmeline had sought a student visa to attend a college in America.  She was repeatedly refused even though she prayed each step of the way.  As her prayers continued she was led to a university that at first appeared beyond her means.  Then as prayers continued she was given a scholarship and granted admission.  She writes, “I am now in my third year of college, and God is still doing wonders in my life.  I can now see that He has a beautiful plan for each and every one of His children.”

Yes, the Mind that is Love is continuing to bless each and every seeker.  None of us are too humble (Snow White’s Dopey)  or too great (Albert Einstein) to discover this wonderful, comforting, universal. “still, small voice” of Mind’s presence.

Don’t you hear it?


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[Additional Director's Note: You can sign up to have these application ideas emailed to you free — by Monday each week in English; or by each Wednesday you can get a FREE TRANSLATION: in German, thanks to Manfred and Jeanette; or in Spanish, thanks to a team of Ana, Erick, Claudia and Patricio, or in Portuguese, thanks to helpers of Orlando Trentini in Brazil.  A voluntary French translation by Rodger Glokpor, a Christian Scientist from Togo (West Africa) has been contributed.  Thank you, Rodger and all translators! Go to http://www.cedarscamps.org/ and click "Newsletters" to sign-up for a free translation into these languages.  This sharing is the latest in an ongoing, 13-year series of CedarS Bible Lesson "Mets" (Metaphysical application ideas) contributed weekly by a rotation of CedarS Resident Practitioners and occasionally by other metaphysicians.  (Ask and look for "Possible Sunday School Topics "and "Possible Younger Class Lessons" in emails to follow.) These weekly offerings are intended to encourage further study and application of ideas in the lesson and to invigorate Sunday School participation by students and by the budding teachers on our staff. Originally sent JUST to my Sunday School students and to campers, staff and CedarS families who wanted to continue at home and in their home Sunday Schools the same type of focused Lesson study, application and inspiration they had felt at camp, CedarS lesson "Mets "and Sunday School ideas are in no way meant to be definitive or conclusive or in any way serve as a substitute for daily study of the lesson. The thoughts presented are the inspiration of the moment and are offered to give a bit more dimension and background as well as new angles (and angels) on the daily applicability of some of the ideas and passages being studied. The weekly Bible Lessons are copyrighted by the Christian Science Publishing Society and are printed in the Christian Science Quarterly and in a variety of useful formats as available at Christian Science Reading Rooms or online at eBibleLesson.com or myBibleLesson.com. The citations referenced (i.e.B-1 and S-28) from this week's Bible Lesson in the "Met" (Metaphysical application ideas) are taken from the Bible (B-1 thru B-26) and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (S-1 thru S-32). The Bible and Science and Health are the ordained pastor of the Churches of Christ, Scientist.  The Bible Lesson is the sermon read in Christian Science church services throughout the world. The Lesson-Sermon speaks individually through the Christ to everyone, providing unique insights and tailor-made applications for each one.  We are glad you requested this metaphysical sharing and hope that you find some of the ideas helpful in your daily spiritual journey, in your deeper digging in the books and in closer bonding with your Comforter and Pastor.]

 

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