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[Give false beliefs no power over you to influence, scare, hurt, tempt, derange, poison, imprison or impress you.]
Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson for November 23-29, 2009 on
“Ancient and Modern Necromancy, Alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced”
By Phebe Telschow, C.S. of St. Louis, MO
[with bracketed italics by Warren Huff]

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Ever heard the expression, “getting down to brass tacks”? It’s an old expression. It means, getting down to the basic facts or realities of a situation or problem especially for the purpose of fixing it. Experience has shown that “getting down to brass tacks” is usually the most efficient and effective way to handle any problem. This week’s lesson sermon tells us exactly how to take that caliber of direct approach to handling the false belief that there is a power other than God.

Before we get into the lesson, let’s define some of our terms. The belief in and study of magic, witchcraft, or the supernatural has been around for a long time. These days we might use the word “occultism” to sum up all those other terms. Necromancy, along with the general belief in the supernatural (which operates on the supposition that there’s another power other than God) comes under the heading of occultism. Necromancy uses black magic, witchcraft or sorcery, but it’s specifically used in an attempt to communicate with the dead for guidance, protection and even for predicting the future.

If you’ve studied ancient cultures at all, like Babylon, Egypt, Greece, and Rome, you may recall that they all have widespread traditions of occultism or necromancy. Remember the Egyptians and their elaborate pyramids and all the time, effort, and money they spent on their intense captivation with death? If you’ve read Homer’s Odyssey, you may remember how much time those characters spent trying to summon the dead for various reasons. As for modern day examples of necromancy, perhaps one could give some prayerful consideration to the vampire craze that seems to be sweeping the world? [The Twilight Saga: New Moon-a romantic fantasy movie about vampires and werewolves–opened last weekend and broke domestic and foreign records.]

If we’re going to talk about mesmerism, we must mention F. Anton Mesmer. Mesmer lived in Germany in the late 1700’s to the early 1800’s. His name is where we get our modern word, mesmerism. He was a physician and astrologist who firmly believed and tried to prove that there are spiritual forces which gather together to produce certain mental or physical effects. The so-called spiritual forces were called animal magnetism, and the so-called effects of those forces were called mesmerism. A few years later in the 1840’s, (that’s about 30 years before Mrs. Eddy wrote Science and Health) a doctor from Scotland named James Braid used Mesmer’s theories to develop hypnotism. Hypnotism lulls a person into a mental and physical state where he or she is highly responsive to and focused on the suggestions of the hypnotist.

What are we supposed to do with all of these troubling, fairly scary sounding, unseen mental forces and influences? Are these so-called forces legitimate? Are we, as God’s own ideas, in danger of being pulled in strange and unhealthy directions in spite of our divine heritage and spiritual nature? Is it possible that we could ever be under the control of something other than God? It’s fair to say that this week’s Bible Lesson Sermon provides a resounding “NO” to all of these questions, and proves with plenty of scriptural authority that there is in fact no other power, presence, possibility, cause or effect but that which proceeds from God.

Golden Text and Responsive Reading: It just doesn’t get any clearer than the Golden Text from Paul’s letter to the Romans. Next, take a good long look at the Responsive Reading. Make note of the things you find in this passage from Psalms that describe the nature of God, what God does, and what happens to all of us as a result. [God’s all-power dwarfs even nuclear power plant concerns like alarms last weekend again at 3 Mile Island.]

Section 1-[Give false beliefs no power to influence or impress you! “That don’t impress me much.” Country Western song version of “Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses” S&H 306:25]
“There is no power apart from God. Omnipotence has all-power, and to acknowledge any other power is to dishonor God.” (Science and Health, citation #1, p 228:25-27)
This statement from Science and Health is a perfect summary for the object lesson to be found in the story of Jehoshaphat. Jehoshaphat was king of Judah in the middle of the 9th century B.C. For much of his 25 years on the throne, the tribes of Judah were under attack from outside enemies, and also from moral corruption from within their own kingdom. Jehoshaphat loved God and was very careful to be obedient to Him in all ways. Despite what must have been a temptation to be fearful about the enemies on the doorstep, and the discouraging way that things were going within the kingdom, Jehoshaphat did not express his own personal sense of power in seeking a solution. He had the self-discipline, spiritual poise and maturity to prayerfully recognize God’s omnipotent power. His understanding of God’s government showed the humility and obedience that it takes to be faithful to the moral law. As a result of “being faithful over a few things”, he was “made master over many”, and he and his people were able to defeat their enemies from within and without. The Bible assures us that peace and rest resulted throughout the entire kingdom because of Jehoshaphat’s moral and spiritual wisdom and might.
• What happens when you put God at the top of your priority list no matter what else is clamoring for your time, energy, and attention? Can you give an example?

Section 2-[Give false beliefs no power to disturb, scare, hurt or control you in any way!]
Daniel in the Lion’s Den
Let’s consider some questions as we go through this beloved story, and the passages from Science and Health that follow:
• Who and what was governing in the kingdom where Daniel lived? Was it God, or man? (Or, who/what appeared to be in control, and who/what turned out to actually be in control?)
• Describe Daniel. What was his job? What were his qualities?
• Specifically, what was it about Daniel that the other Princes didn’t like, and what was their plan?
• Was Daniel ever disobedient to God’s law?
• What was it about Daniel that allowed him to be unharmed by human hatred and the lions?
• What are some of the challenges/problems/arguments that Daniel might have been handling in his thinking while he was in the Lion’s Den?
• Notice the huge ripple effect of Daniel’s beautiful demonstration of God’s power. What happened in the kingdom after Daniel’s emerged from the lion’s den unharmed?
• Extra credit: Does anyone know how much of the ancient world King Darius actually ruled? (Hint: It was a lot!) Extra, extra credit: What’s the modern day name of King Darius’ country?
• What are some of the larger lessons that we can take away from this story?
• Have you ever been in a situation that felt like a lion’s den? What did you do?
• What would you say/how would you help a good friend who was going through a lion’s den experience?
• Look at citation S-8 in Science and Health, p 103:15-28. What’s the definition of animal magnetism that you find there? How would you restate that definition in your own words?
• How does that definition of animal magnetism and the paragraph that comes after it relate to the story of Daniel and the lion’s den?
• Name at least two signature, tell-tale characteristics of animal magnetism. See S-8, p. 103:23
• Be sure to remember what Mrs. Eddy says in S-9, p. 387:26 “God never endowed matter with power to disable Life or chill harmony with a long and cold night of discord.” How can you take this truth into your activities next week?

Section 3-[Give false beliefs no power to impress or tempt you in any way!]
How to handle the temptation to believe in a power opposed to God
Please admire the clear and concise definition of who God is, and what He does, and what that means for us in Bible citation #5 from II Samuel 22:33: “God is my strength and power: And he maketh my way perfect. “

To precisely demonstrate the preceding point, we have the example of Christ Jesus when he was tempted of the devil in Matthew 4. Let’s consider a few points together:
• Where is Jesus in his career when this situation comes along – at beginning, middle or end? What can we conclude based on the answer to this question?
• What’s the Biblical significance of the number 40?
• Take out your Science and Health and look at the definition of “wilderness” in the Glossary. Think about how this played out in Jesus’ experience. Have you ever had any of this kind of wilderness experience?
• Notice the nature of the suggestions that Jesus faces. The first suggestion is a physical temptation. What’s the nature of the other suggestion that’s included in the lesson? (Note: Jesus was actually tempted three times. There’s a suggestion that’s not included in this lesson sermon. Feel free to open your Bibles and read “outside the blue chalk” in Matthew 4 to get the full story.)
• How does Jesus answer each temptation? Does he offer his own opinion or viewpoint as an answer? Does he argue? What kind of language does he use here? Why do you suppose he uses that specific kind of language? How would we go about following his example in this regard?
• Jesus answers one of the temptations with, “…Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Where have you heard that kind of language before? Does this statement sound familiar to you? Why would this particular declaration send the devil packing?
• What are the qualities that Jesus expresses in this scenario?
• What does he do right after he deals with the temptations and comes down off of the mountain?
• What’s the relationship between this story and handling animal magnetism?
• What’s the exterminator of error? (See S-13, p. 469:13)
• Look up the word “signification” in a good dictionary. Why is it important to have “the high signification of omnipotence”? What does that do for us? While you’re looking up “signification”, check out “pernicious” as well. (S-13, p. 469:25)
• Describe the specific action item that Mrs. Eddy gives us in S-14, p. 218:25. Give a specific example or two about how you can actually do what she’s describing. What do you suppose the effect of this activity will be?
• What’s the only way “…that evil can seem to be real…?” See S-15, p. 470

Section 4–[Give false beliefs no power to disturb, unbalance or derange your mind in any way.]
Jesus handles personal sense and human will, and heals the man with the “spirit of an unclean devil”
Like Daniel, Jesus seemed to draw the ire of those around him. Let’s look at the way Christ Jesus handled the situation in B-7, Luke 4: 14, 23, 24, 28-36.
• What does it mean when it says that “Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit?”
• What’s the significance of Galilee in Jesus’ life? (Hint: It has something to do the reason he said, “No prophet is accepted in his own country.” By the way, do you agree that no prophet is accepted in his own country? Why or why not? Does that hold any helpful perspective for us?)
• What were some of the different elements or qualities of thought that Jesus was handling in the crowd? (Notice any similarities to Daniel?)
• How is the way Jesus taught/spoke/healed described in this story? How would you describe the way he spoke?
• After reading the way the man with the unclean devil referred to himself as “us,” how would you describe the main issue that Jesus was healing in this situation? (How many gods are there? How many minds? What happens if we believe in more than one mind? What happens when we understand that there’s really only one Mind?)
• Why was this story included in this lesson sermon?
• Look at S-19, p 451:19-3. Describe the role of human will in Christian Science. Why is it important to recognize the role of human will in Christian Science?
• What are the roots of all mental malpractice? (S-19 again)
• What’s the effect of mental malpractice? How do you recognize it when you see it? (S-19 again)
• How do you defend yourself against malpractice? How did Jesus do it in the wilderness, and in the story we just read in this section? How does Mrs. Eddy tell you to do it?
• What is the only power of evil? (See S-21, p. 186:19-20)

Section 5-[Give false beliefs no power to impress or poison you in any way.]
Knowing that there’s only one God, one power, and only cause and effect comes in handy…
• Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” What and perhaps more importantly where exactly did he mean? Using what you know of Christian Science, describe where heaven and earth are. Feel free to check the Glossary in Science and Health to define your terms.
• How can you tell if someone is a follower of Christ Jesus? Take a look at the list in B-9, Mark 16:17-18. Resolve these “things into thoughts” and talk about the qualities of thought it takes to follow Jesus’ example.
• Speaking of resolving “things into thoughts”, what’s the significance of the metaphor of the snake in Acts 28:3, 5 (B-10), and in the Bible in general?
• What’s the metaphorical significance of Paul shaking the snake off into the fire and feeling “no harm?”
• What’s the active ingredient in all the examples of protection in S-22, p. 243:4-8?
• What is despotism? (See S-23, p. 102:30-31 and the marginal heading on p. 103:2-5, S-24)
• Where’s the first place in the Bible where we hear about a serpent? Where’s the last place we hear about a serpent – or a member of the reptile family? Do you suppose there’s any relationship between the two?
• What’s the main claim of that “old serpent?” What happens if that claim goes unhandled? What happens if we actually do handle that claim?

Section 6[Give false beliefs no power to impress, enslave or imprison you in any way!]
Claiming the Freedom that comes from knowing there’s only one Mind.
It doesn’t seem like we read this story of the young woman with the “spirit of divination” too often, but it’s rich with meaning. “A spirit of divination” just means that this woman was something of a fortune teller or soothsayer. She was a slave, and the men who owned her most likely made a profit by charging customers who wanted to have their fortunes told. The most impressive feature in the narrative is that of Paul and Silas, who were imprisoned after healing the woman, and then were able to walk out of prison due to a “great earthquake”.
• Was it right for this young lady to be a slave and not in full possession of her faculties?
• Do we see any echoes of Daniel or Jesus in Capernaum in this story? If so, what?
• What do these stories about Daniel, Jesus and Paul being wrongfully accused, punished, and then freed have to do with this particular lesson sermon?
• Are we starting to see a theme developing in this lesson that the argument of more than one power, more than one God would (if it were possible) do all it could to be a dangerous injustice to man? Fortunately, Christ, Truth forbids such injustice and ensures man’s safety and release from prisons of pain and sorrow. [“Here from prisoning pain and sorrow have we all a sure release. Only God can bring us gladness. Only God can give us peace.” CS Hymnal 263:3] Refer to your favorite example of this from the lesson this week.
• Can you think of other times in the Bible when earthquakes are mentioned? Remember I Kings 19 and the story of the still, small voice? Or Matthew 24 and the story of the stone being rolled away from Jesus’ tomb on the 3rd day? What about Revelation 6 when the 6th seal was opened? Do you suppose this moment for Paul and Silas was of a similar nature and stature to those moments?
• In the case of this particular earthquake in Acts, even the foundations of the prison were shaken, the doors were opened, and everyone’s bands were loosed. What metaphorical significance would you assign to each one of these features in the story? (See S-27, p. 103:6 and S-29, p. 227:7-15,17-18,24-26)

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[PSST-“Pray and Play” (a game) to exercise your powerful right to remain “undisturbed” in all conditions!]
Possible Sunday School Topics
for The Christian Science Bible Lesson for Nov. 29, 2009
“Ancient and Modern Necromancy, Alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced”
By Tom Evans, St. Louis, MO
[with a P.S. and bracketed italic insertions by Warren Huff]

Responsive Reading: What power is God’s? Why does the Psalmist keep re-stating God’s good? There sure are a lot of physical senses mentioned. The Psalmist repeats himself as if each of the senses is another tangible proof of God’s good. What are proofs of God’s supreme power which we can see today?
To material sense, it seems like there are many conflicting forces, but the subject of the lesson this week says they are DENOUNCED! We have many ways to bless our Father-Mother God and recognize our divinely right connection to Spirit. What are some ways you can pray?
Look at verse 34:10. They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. I have heard this same “shall not want” from the 23rd Psalm translated as “shall lack nothing.” What does this mean for us if “They that seek the Lord…Shall lack nothing”?

Section 1: What did Jehoshaphat do that was so memorable? It was a simple decision to put God first.
[In 2 Chron. 20:20 we read how relying totally on God and praising Him with whole-hearted song causes error to self-destruct and saves the singers from “sure” annihilation. When the invading forces from Syria, Moab and Edom were closing in on Jerusalem and greatly outnumbering the army of Judah, Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah “exhorted his troops to firm faith in God. Faith inspires a man with true courage; nor will any thing help more to the establishing of the heart in shaking times, than a firm belief of the power, and mercy, and promise of God. . . . Never was an army so destroyed as that of the enemy. Thus God often makes wicked people destroy one another. And never was a victory celebrated with more solemn thanksgivings.” Matthew Henry Commentary See in the PS a game and poem about Jehoshaphat’s army.] What are we supposed to learn from this chronicle of Jehoshaphat’s kingship? The people all felt a sense of “rest round about.” Have you ever felt more rested after prayer? Have you ever felt more peaceful? Can you tell if an idea is from God or not by the way it makes you feel? For a fun, musical bio of Jehoshaphat, check out the song “Jehoshaphat” from the “Sing and Shine!” CD found in the Christian Science Reading Room. Or check out this song on YouTube by Don Francisco:

Do you ever see people acknowledging any other power? Sometimes we don’t do so directly, but more subconsciously after it has been repeated over and over. Mesmerism and hypnotism claim to have power when people are not standing porter at the door of their own consciousness. Create your own case study. How can you apply the statement from Science & Health in citation 4 to a material situation to arrive at the passage from S-5?

For example, imagine routinely watching a medically-based television show and then trying to pray for someone. How can one be alert to subtle suggestions on TV or other mediums in daily life? How do we stand porter at the door of our own consciousness? Characters in medical shows do not live by S-4. In the TV show they routinely give power to evil and feel helpless in the material realm. These same characters seldom experience the kind of restful feeling which Paul talks about in S-5. If a friend came to you who was “mesmerized” by world belief and thought they were suffering from an ailment (pick something) how could you use S-4 to help them? This verse from S-4 is the basis for your treatment, not the entire thing. You (and your students) have to make it applicable to the situation. Reason with the “great fact…that evil is not mind,” but express this idea in a way which makes sense to an individual who is not familiar with Christian Science. Help your students find a sense of peace about sharing Christian Science. They do not need to be mesmerized into silence by peer pressure or anything else.

What is the relevance to Christian Science with a snake eating dust? This is the reward for materialism. (From dust to dust.) This verse ties us back into the subject of the lesson. Can your class make this connection?

Work through citation S-3 p. 101:29-8. This verse says it all. With an older class you might just work through it piece by piece so they understand why animal magnetism is unreal.

Section 2: What is the importance of doing your own daily defensive work? [(even three times a day like Daniel did)? Check out how calm his prayers made him as portrayed by a contemporary of Mary Baker Eddy (Briton Riviere) in his Daniel in the Lions’ Den illustrations. In the scene where -hands bound-Daniel is put into the den, I imagine him courageously looking each crouching, snarling lion in the eye with a fearless smile of radiant love. In a subsequent scene, Daniel is looking up to the light — his back to the now-admiring and curious lions-turning only to his all-powerful God who “guides every event of our careers.” (Unity 3:28)] In The Message Bible, when Daniel is praying, he is “asking his God for help.” How would you be praying if you were Daniel? The citations from Science and Health apply perfectly to the story of Daniel and the Lions’ Den. Science and Health is “The Key to the Scriptures” so let’s look into the ideas from Science and Health from Section 2. I have heard about Daniel since I was little and am sometimes tempted to breeze over this story. Surely we are not in a actual den of real lions right now. We probably won’t ever be unless we become zoo keepers, but what can we learn from Daniel’s experience in the den? In citation S-6 (p. 514:26) Mrs. Eddy says Daniel understood “the control which Love held over all.” What can this understanding do for us? In the same citation, Mrs. Eddy goes on to say, “A realization of this grand verity was a source of strength to the ancient worthies.” How do we realize Truth with the consistency that Daniel did? Obviously he was fearless and didn’t try to hide his devotion to God for a moment. Work through the rest of the section with your class. This can be a valuable exercise for all Sunday School classes. Phebe Telschow’s CedarS Lesson application Metaphysical Ideas for this week provide some wonderful questions to work with. This lesson has several lions and vipers. In S-6 and S-7 the viper and lion are overcome by love since the spiritual always overcomes the animal. The New Westminster Dictionary of the Bible says lions often hid along the banks of the river Jordan. Imagine a sneaky, scary beast crouching, awaiting an unsuspecting victim in the very place where Jesus was baptized by John! This is just like error. It claims to have power and to even overpower something divinely right-but as Daniel proved with the lions, Jesus proved with the angry, animalistic mob, and Paul proved with the viper, “There is no power but of God”!

Section 3: Do you ever feel tempted? Just before Jesus was tempted, he was baptized and then God said “this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.” Jesus’ trust was fully invested in God. He was ready to handle the malicious animal magnetism which seemed to be coming at him directly. One practitioner said this story allows the reader to eavesdrop on Jesus’ thinking. She said Jesus never really spoke with a physical being called the devil, but had to overcome suggestions in his consciousness. What do your Sunday School kids think? How can we use the idea from B-5 to help us stay on the right path even when other material options are presented to us? Is it important to do all of the little things right? How do you know if it is God’s idea or your own? How can we be prepared for material temptations which seem to come right when we least expect it? We are supposed to resist evil. Look at Science and Health in this section for what, how, why, and when we are resisting. Read S-13 again. Think about the power that Greeks and Romans gave their gods and goddesses. No one today is concerned about offending Apollo or Zeus. Why should we be worried about disease and other false beliefs? Giving any power to material beliefs is “pernicious” to Christian Science. Pernicious means “causing death or injury; deadly; Causing much harm in a subtle way”, “Causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; injurious; hurtful”

Section 4: Sometimes mortal belief would try to stop the good which is taking place. Though you most likely were not assaulted by a mob on your way to Sunday School, you have probably experienced peer pressure. Have you ever defied the crowd or acted differently because you knew it was the right thing to do? How can you overcome world belief at a party, at school, or even on a bus or airplane when everyone is sneezing and talking about swine flu? (This is ignorant malpractice.) Look at S-19. What are the “works of the devil”? Why are “works” in italics? Mrs. Eddy hits the nail on the head with the ideas on mental malpractice. The group attacking Jesus is maliciously malpracticing him. Because Jesus saw there was no power in evil, there was no power in the angry crowd, it could not harm him. He saw that and was able to walk right through the group unharmed. What is “Malpractice?” In the business world malpractice is doing the wrong thing. It is doing something that does not benefit the client. In the legal realm, it could be talking to someone you are not supposed to, asking advice from the wrong source. Malpractice: “the improper treatment of a patient by a physician that results in injury or loss; improper or unethical conduct by a professional or official person”, “Professional negligence-an abrogation of a duty owed by a health care provider to the patient; it is the failure to exercise the degree of care …”, “Misconduct in a professional capacity through negligence, carelessness, lack of skill, or malicious intent”

Section 5: What does the serpent represent? Have you ever felt attacked right when you are doing something to help someone else? What was Paul doing? Mrs. Eddy talks about the “red dragon…cast out” in S-25. In the book of Revelation the serpent who snuck into the garden of Eden grows into a red dragon. What do we learn from Paul shaking the snake off and suffering no effects? Look at S-24. The following is not included in this week’s lesson, but reading on in the book of Acts, chapter 28, the venom from the viper is supposed to kill Paul right away. Of course, Paul does not die. Looking at S-23 I felt like this story of Paul showing no ill effects was completely natural. He went right on with his life-as he should. Material conditions claim all sorts of power which they have absolutely no claim to. For Paul the claim was life threatening. Yet, “Its so-called despotism is a phase of nothingness” (S-23). What’s a despot? The Bible lesson committee chose to quote Jesus in B-8 reminding us again of the Golden Text this week, that all power belongs to God. Citation B-9 says others can do the things Jesus did. Paul was an immediate example. Tie this section back to the subject of the lesson. Is it an automatic two-step process: 1) Denounce evil, 2) Perform miracles? Is it that simple? You have to live the Truth Jesus teaches. (Live what exactly? How?)

Section 6: So, what happened in this story in B-11? Why were the owners of this slave woman upset? What “customs” did Paul and Silas teach? If you want to, look this story up in The Message Bible. You can go to and look it up. It makes the events of the story very clear. You might find it easier to explain to your class. Why is a story about a psychic in this week’s lesson? People have used psychics today and sometimes they actually seem to be helpful. What’s the big deal with trusting in a false system? People gave power to this woman and to psychics in general through material belief. Think back to the Golden Text: “There is no power but of God.” What things do people trust in today which are powerless in reality?

S-27: “Destruction…blesses.” Explain that one. S-29: freedom makes sense. Please relate this back to the subject of the lesson, explain how we arrive at freedom. Freedom from material limitations does what for us? Why do we want it?

[P.S. Warren’s new game: “Undisturbed!” With so many great Possible Sunday School Topics and questions from Tom (above)–and with lots of insightful, lesson-application-ideas and questions from Phebe in this week CedarS Lesson “Met”– I am merely offering a new game idea that keeps coming to me. Sorry if it’s too late for you to use tomorrow. I hope to use it in classes in the coming weeks and will glad pass along what I am preparing. This game can be adapted each week and played at Sunday School and at-home. At its best, each game episode will be an individualized exercise–refined each lesson and tailored to meet the needs of each unique group of students. For a warm-up, you may wish to start with a “practice scrimmage” round and to progress in future weeks to games-maybe later even between classes. Feel free to use the incentive of giving points and extra points as well as–and even of figuring out a reward system as you feel inspired to do so. In any event, keep in mind the 2 main (and similar) goals: 1) for all participants to gain experience in giving Christian Science treatments on issues of interest; and, 2) for all to be aware of aggressive, mental suggestions about issues of the day and to get good, coached practice in calmly handling them as powerless lies. As we achieve those goals we can stay undefeated in every situation that comes our way and “meet every adverse circumstance as its master.” S&H 419:16
I’m calling the game: “Undisturbed”, but you may want to call it “Still Enthroned”, or “King or Queen of the Mental Mountain”, or . . . . (“Undisturbed amid the jarring testimony of the material senses, Science, still enthroned, . . . ” S&H 306:25)

Here are possible ways that the game might work. Each round I plan to ask for a different volunteer (or assign a “volun-told”) to play the part of a calm, “undisturbed” counselor or practitioner, while other class member(s) persistently-but in a kindly-joking, game-mode-bombard them with aggressive, mental suggestions designed to upset, frighten, influence, control, lull, tempt, limit or enslave them. Before starting, make sure that the person trying to remain undisturbed has lots of needed tools in mind and at hand in the form of strong, applicable quotes from the lesson (or good ones not in the lesson) to repeat to help them reverse the stream of lies and remain happily undisturbed. Memorable quotes and even applicable cartoons from MyBibleLesson can easily be cut out and taped on 3×5 or 4×6 cards to have at hand. Or, such helpful gems can be typed or hand-written by the teacher or sent home to be written in by students. Ideally students could keep the Gem cards for themselves to review and commit them to memory throughout the week. (All of this is ideal preparation or “cross training” for great camp counselors! It also helps build strong, confident athletes, students, business managers, parents, Christian Science nurses, practitioners, church members . . .)

I might introduce the game with a lively show-and-tell reading of a couple of adventures from an illustrated book called The Adventures of Isabel by poet Ogden Nash. I’ll always remember the way a popular Big Band director, Kay Kyser who became a Christian Science Teacher & Lecturer, kept a huge, appreciative audience “in stitches” by his reading of a few Isabel poems at the 1971 Biennial Org Meeting in The Mother Church in Boston. In Isabel, Nash gives us an unflappable school girl who models how to fearlessly deal with all kinds of threats with a smile. Look at PPS below to read about how Isabel calmly dispatches an enormous bear, a wicked old witch, a hideous giant, a troublesome doctor, a night mare and a bug a boo. I have attempted to write a couple of verses that go along with undisturbed characters in this week’s Lesson so that students can read about or act them out in a memorable way that leads to our walking in their way of equanimity. (See Mis. 224:22) Here’s a verse about Jehoshaphat that I tried to write in Ogden Nash-style: (B-1) In Kay Kyser-style those who are “Undisturbed” have learned how to “Ac-cent-u-ate the Positive and Eliminate the Negative” (click and click again to listen)

[Once when everything was just about lost,
Jehoshaphat’s army won without cost.
With 3 huge armies nearly there,
They put God first and sang their prayer.
Ho, ho, Judah! The invaders boasted,
It won’t be long till you’re all roasted!
Jehoshaphat’s men didn’t scurry,
They didn’t even fight or worry,      (be unthankful in advance)
Judah just sang praise to God in advance,
And their foes killed each other with a lance.
(“the only power of evil”–S-21, p. 186:19-20)]

Here are some follow-up questions to discuss and get answers for before really getting into the “Undisturbed” game:
Have you (like Jehoshaphat’s army) ever felt surrounded by or overwhelmed by problems too numerous to count?
Here are some of those lies to denounce -some of the “army of conspirators against health, happiness, and success.” (S&H 405:10) Circle the numbers of any that you or your friends have struggled with. Underline twice those you’d like have answered first. Underline once the issues that you’d like to have answered next. Put a dashed line under those you want to have answered third. We’ll count all the class “preferential ballots” together and handle them in order of interest as soon as possible. Today we’ll start our search for spiritual answers and start a collection of healing idea cards with citations that are gems to remember and apply to remain “Undisturbed” and “Still enthroned” in the kingdom of heaven.
1. You have so many demands on your time that you never feel really caught up, guilt-free and/or rested.
2. Sufficient supply seems to be lacking and/or someone in your family is suffering from under- or unemployment.
3. You can’t seem to shake some temptations to do or think things that you know you shouldn’t.
4. An injury or illness seems like it will never leave you or a friend or relative. (circle what applies)
5. You haven’t gotten over the loss of a close friend or relative or pet. (circle what applies)
6. You feel lacking and cut off from God and/or from proper companionship.
7. You feel unappreciated, unloved, unloving and unlovable.
8. You were unfairly wronged and can’t wait to get even.
9. You are carrying a grudge and a hatred of a certain person or group of people.
10. You feel that getting good justifies using dishonesty to get it.
11. Write-in others:

Section 2: Here’s a verse about Daniel that I tried to write in Ogden Nash-style: (B-4)
Daniel was thrown into a den of lions
Daniel felt safe as a child of Zion; (See in advance spiritual definition S&H 599:6)
The lions were hungry, the lions were ravenous,
The lions’ big mouths were cruel and cavernous.
The lions said, Daniel, glad to meet you,
How do, Daniel, now we’ll eat you!
Daniel, Daniel, didn’t worry. (wasn’t “ungrateful in advance”)
Daniel didn’t scream or scurry.
His moral courage was “Head-Honcho Lion”; (See in advance S&H 514:10-14)
Daniel showed Love control of every cat-ion. (See in advance S&H 514:19-2) More on bombarding with positive ions for Teflon-coating to work]

Let no threats dethrone you. What seems most scary and dog-eat-dog about our world today? What answers will close the lying lions’ mouths? Today we’ll start our search for spiritual answers and start a collection of healing idea cards with citations that are gems to remember and apply.
1. For seniors: I feel such pressure about college applications, essays, finances and decisions.
2. I feel pressure about competing for grades, team position, companionship, __________. (circle or fill-in all that apply)
3. I’m deeply concerned about control of WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) and defense against terrorists.
4. I’m greatly concerned by environmental degradation and global warming issues.
5. Write-in others:

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Adventures of Isabel
by Ogden Nash
Isabel met an enormous bear,
Isabel, Isabel, didn’t care;
The bear was hungry, the bear was ravenous,
The bear’s big mouth was cruel and cavernous.
The bear said, Isabel, glad to meet you,
How do, Isabel, now I’ll eat you!
Isabel, Isabel, didn’t worry.
Isabel didn’t scream or scurry.
She washed her hands and she straightened her hair up,
Then Isabel quietly ate the bear up.
Once in a night as black as pitch
Isabel met a wicked old witch.
the witch’s face was cross and wrinkled,
The witch’s gums with teeth were sprinkled.
Ho, ho, Isabel! the old witch crowed,
I’ll turn you into an ugly toad!
Isabel, Isabel, didn’t worry,
Isabel didn’t scream or scurry,
She showed no rage and she showed no rancor,
But she turned the witch into milk and drank her.
Isabel met a hideous giant,
Isabel continued self reliant.
The giant was hairy, the giant was horrid,
He had one eye in the middle of his forhead.
Good morning, Isabel, the giant said,
I’ll grind your bones to make my bread.
Isabel, Isabel, didn’t worry,
Isabel didn’t scream or scurry.
She nibled the zwieback that she always fed off,
And when it was gone, she cut the giant’s head off.
Isabel met a troublesome doctor,
He punched and he poked till he really shocked her.
The doctor’s talk was of coughs and chills
And the doctor’s satchel bulged with pills.
The doctor said unto Isabel,
Swallow this, it will make you well.
Isabel, Isabel, didn’t worry,
Isabel didn’t scream or scurry.
She took those pills from the pill concocter,
And Isabel calmly cured the doctor.
Isabel once was asleep in bed
When a horrible dream crawled into her head.
It was worse than an dinosaur, worse than a shark,
Worse than an octopus oozing in the dark.
Boo! said the dream, with a dreadful grin,
I’m going to scare you out of your skin!
Isabel, Isabel, didn’t worry,
Isabel didn’t scream or scurry.
Isabel had a cleverer scheme;
She just woke up and fooled that dream.
Whenever you meet a bugaboo
Remember what Isabel used to do.
Don’t scream when the bugaboo says Boo!
Just look it in the eye and say Boo to you!
That’s how to banish a bugaboo;
Isabel did it and you can too!
Boooooo To You!”




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