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CedarS Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on:
Mind” for the week of August 15-21, 2011by Dan Carnesciali, CS of St. Louis, MO (314.374.5616
[bracketed italic additions by Warren Huff, CedarS Camps Director and Met Editor.]

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This week, if you want to, you are going to grow in your understanding of the Mind of God. New ideas will come to you. They come to you all the time. They come as intuitions, angel messages, warnings and feelings.  When faced with a problem that seems to have no solution, you will have a solution present itself – from nowhere, it seems.
Golden Text:
God doesn't learn.  God knows. A few weeks ago friend mentioned that she had prayed with someone about what appeared to be declining mental capacity. The case was healed by demonstrating that “There is no ‘forgettery' in Mind.” [See proof of “God knows” in a Princeton exam room at the end of section 5.]
Responsive Reading:
It is possible to feel at one with God. (God is everywhere, so logically, we should always feel at one with God.) Jesus led the way. He said, “I and my Father are one.” This oneness already exists. You cannot make it; you cannot make it happen. Jesus said that the kingdom of God is within you. What joy exists in that kingdom! The kingdom of God (God's power and presence) is not “out there”. It's in here. It is always been in here. Psalms 139 begins with “O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me.” That is true because God already knows everything about Godself. Mind's Mind is your Mind.   Our hearts are glad through God's work. We are happy when we stand with God-good.
Section 1 – Seek God with Your Whole Heart
Do you remember how hard it was when you had to tell someone something that needed to be said, but the other person didn't want to hear it? The prophet Jeremiah had to do that. He had to tell a whole nation something they did not want to believe and something they were not willing to believe. Probably no prophet had a tougher assignment than Jeremiah. He had to tell the Israelites that their country Judah, including their temple in Jerusalem would be destroyed.   He prophesied the coming horrors and when disaster occurred he stayed on the job, unwilling to leave. (  The Babylonian army took the elite of the Israelites away to what is modern day Iraq, where they lived in exile. Jeremiah wrote those living in exile of God's promise to restore future generations to Jerusalem.  The first Bible citation is an excerpt of one of those letters. ‘For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.' (B1, New Living Translation) What is the condition for finding God? Listening, looking with your whole heart.  That sounds too simple, but, how often do you really give God your full attention for any real period of time? Have you ever tried being perfectly mentally still for 5 minutes? For five minutes try not thinking anything. Just be still. If you can truly quiet your thought, it will be easier to hear God's messages.  Here's an angel message that Jeremiah shared. ‘I will be found by you,” says the LORD. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes.  I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”' (B1, NLT)  This week's Bible Lesson features Solomon, who was the son of King David. One night, God appeared to Solomon in a dream. God asked Solomon if he could have anything, what it would be. Notice how respectfully Solomon replies to God. (We have all noticed how people respond better when we treat them with respect. Let's do the same with God. [Let's do our parts to obey the 3rd Commandment and to end the verbal epidemic of “Oh, my God … this or that”]) Solomon doesn't blurt out what he wants; he is careful to humble himself before God, calling himself just a boy. Unexpectedly, Solomon doesn't ask for victory over his enemies, a long life or wealth. He asks for an understanding heart. (B2)  Hmm, there's that emphasis on heart again. Seek God with your whole heart. Ask God for a caring, humble, understanding heart.  Why did Solomon ask for an understanding heart? To bless others!
Section 2 – God's Wisdom is Practical
“God is not separate from the wisdom He bestows.” (S5)  God answered Solomon's humble prayer and gave him wisdom and a big heart–as wide as the sand on the seashore. (B4) Solomon used this wisdom to settle difficult disputes.   Solomon's wisdom was so legendary that the Israelites thought that it was a gift of God. It was truly God's wisdom working through Solomon. (B5) Psalms 40 is a wonderful song about God's wisdom. “I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God.  Many will see what he has done and be amazed.  They will put their trust in the LORD.  O LORD my God, you have performed many wonders for us.  Your plans for us are too numerous to list.  You have no equal.  If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them. Then I said, ‘Look, I have come. As is written about me in the Scriptures: I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.'” (Ps 40:1-3, 5, 7, 8: NLT) “Spirit imparts the understanding which uplifts consciousness and leads into all truth.” (S6)
Section 3 – God's Peace
According to the Bible, when Solomon was king of Judah, Judah became enormously wealthy. Solomon built an enormous temple to God that was a home for the Ark of the Covenant using materials through an agreement with Hiram the ruler of Tyre. In the Bible, Hiram and Solomon had a treaty. Under the treaty, Hiram provided building materials including cedar trees from Lebanon, an architect, and construction workers. In payment, Solomon gave Hiram wheat and oil, probably olive oil. Hiram and Solomon received mutual benefit and formed a formal agreement that produced peace between the two nations. (Josephus, a Roman-Jewish historian of the 1st century, mentioned that Solomon received supplies from Hiram. However according to The Bible Unearthed by Finkelstein and Silberman written there is no archeological evidence of Solomon's wealth.) “In the scientific relation of God to man, we find that whatever blesses one blesses all, as Jesus showed with the loaves and the fishes, – Spirit, not matter, being the source of supply.” (S&H, 216:5) So often problems in our lives are caused by the concept of “many ruling minds.”  Recently, I heard a message while praying.  “When someone is angry with you, it is not about you. Don't take on their struggle.”  I prayed to really understand this. I recalled some statements by Mary Baker Eddy wrote to her students: “No mortal mind can affect you.” “Commence at once a prayer to Divine Love to deliver you from the temptation to believe that you feel other minds or can be influenced (sic) by them to love to hate or to suffer from them for there is but one Mind.” (From a 3-volume set in the Mary Baker Eddy Library called Advice to Healers: Selected Letters by Mary Baker Eddy, Volume 2: 1890-1899  page 58, also in Mary Baker Eddy: Christian Healer, Amplified Edition page 248)   A few hours later a woman sent some emails in which she was condescending towards me and seemed bitter. I didn't respond. That's almost always a good idea in situations like this.  The idea isn't to smooth things over, but to demonstrate harmony.  In this instance, I cherished her by cherishing the Christ in her (and me).
Section 4 – Temple of God is a Refuge
According to the Bible, King David united Israel and Judah and defeated his enemies, but his reign was one of constant fighting. Solomon's reign brought a period of peace. During that time a grand temple was built.  Did you know that temple means house of the Lord? (The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible) Solomon's temple was a permanent house for the Lord.  (Moses built a portable structure called a tabernacle, which was a place for worship as the Israelites during the exodus.) (B-9) In the verse from I Kings 8, Solomon installs the Ark of the Covenant in the temple, which is the religious climax of the temple's construction. (Harper Collin's Study Bible) Solomon had a treaty, an agreement with Hiram. The Israelites had an everlasting covenant, or agreement, with God.   God promised to care for the children of Israel and the people promised to obey only God. (B-10) When disasters strike, some religious leaders tell us that the disaster is God punishing us for our disobedience. They say that we need to turn back to God (repent) to avoid more disasters. Let's look at it differently. You don't have to go along with evil. “You must have no other gods before me.” This is where the rubber meets the road. This is where we have to be strong and not be fooled. When evil serves up a plate of evil beliefs (suggestions), we do not have to chow down. We don't even have to take a bite. This is not ignoring evil.  It is an essential step to destroying it. When storms strike, or rioters burn buildings, there is a drought, or there is an accident — that's darkness. Mentally turn away from the darkness to the light (God). It is easier to be mesmerized by evil and get taken in by the picture of hatred and injury. It takes courage to turn away from the darkness to the light. When bad things happen, pray for a greater sense of God's presence, God's nature and God's power. We turn to God for strength, answers, clarity and direction. Ask God what God's concept about the problem is. (“God, what is your concept of sports? Are they dangerous?”) Be quiet and let the answers come. When we turn away from evil and pray, we're going into the storeroom [or closet, as the KJV singularly interprets tameion] like Jesus talked about.  [in Matthew 6:6] We're going into the temple of thought, where God is.   When the answers come, be bold and vigorously declare the God's message. If error is vigorously asserting itself, shouldn't we vigorously protest its claims?
Section 5 – Unlimited Intelligence
Solomon is very famous for his wisdom. In I Kings it says he was wiser than all men. Legend has it that he is the author of three thousand proverbs. (B-14)  A proverb is a “short pithy saying in frequent and widespread use that expresses a basic truth or practical precept.” (American Heritage Dictionary) In the Bible, the Queen of Sheba wanted to see for herself whether Solomon was as wise as his reputation said he was. She was very impressed with his intelligence, wisdom and wealth. Sheba is an area thought to stretch from Saudi Arabia to Ethiopia. (B-15)  As reflections of God, we express the intelligence of God. There may be times where you do not feel like you measure up, or that you do not have enough intelligence. That is not the way God sees it. God declares, “I AM infinite intelligence. I AM the only intelligence of all being.” (B-17, B-18) The divine I is perfectly aware of its own perfection is constantly declaring itself with power and exactness.  God says, “What peace I AM. What peace I feel. There is no limit to My intelligence. What confidence I feel.” That is what Mind is declaring to Godself. If you are starting school this week or soon, remember that you already know what you need to because God never had to learn.  God knows [and remember flawlessly]. Mind is the Source of your intelligence [and your memory. God's got your back and your backup.] As a reflection you will have [all] the intelligence you need.
[I had an opportunity to prove this at the end of my freshman year at Princeton University. I had a close encounter with and demonstration of the infinite potential of divine Mind that was far more valuable than all the human learning that I had done that year. Over the weekend before final exams my attention was fully focused on overcoming the intense pain of an attack of appendicitis. Because I had already experienced many awesome healings through prayer alone, I again resorted to spiritual means alone and chose to affirm the spiritual truths of my spiritual identity and deny the false claims of this aggressive, mental suggestion.” I had a wonderful (and permanent) healing so that I could fulfill my obligations as a “Commons” (Food Service) worker for Sunday dinner, but I had been unable to academically prepare at all for a series of 5 tough, three-hour exams that fell one right after the other on Monday through Tuesday. On Tuesday afternoon I felt very good about my first four exams, but when I read the questions on the 5th exam (for a Sociology course), I felt like giving up and asking for an re-take due to illness. The professor asked us to compare and contrast a series of at least a dozen books out of the 40 some books that we were to have read for the course. I remembered a little bit about half of them and was to have read or reviewed the other half on my final weekend of prep. As I got up to turn in a blank exam and request a re-take, the angel message of “God knows” (from the Golden Text) came strongly to me. I had given the readings for our CSO (Org, or Organization) the week before which included this from Science and Health: “The mine knows naught of the emeralds within its rocks; the sea is ignorant of the gems within its caverns, of the corals, of its sharp reefs, of the tall ships that float on its bosom, or of the bodies which lie buried in its sands: yet these are all there. Do not suppose that any mental concept is gone because you do not think of it. The true concept is never lost.” (87:19) I had heard in Sunday School that I had immediate access to the same Mind that wrote all those books and that wrote and graded the exam. So, I calmly sat back down, and humbly started taking dictation from the one Mind. As an idea came I wrote it in the margin of my blue book and filled up several as I wrote almost as fast as I could for three hours! Much of it being about books I had never even read! (and on several that I had read before Spring Break.) I was awestruck by the experience and amazed when it actually raised my grade for the course from a B- at midterm to an A- for the final. “God knows”! It wasn't me and I know it!]
Section 6 – Solomon Strays
Although Solomon was wise in so many ways, he was not so wise in his actions later in life. Solomon became obsessed with wealth and power. I Kings 11 says that Solomon had 700 wives. Many of these wives were from foreign lands and these wives influenced him to worship other gods. He stopped obeying God and started to worship many gods. In the Bible, there are a lot of imperfect humans. Their failings could have been edited out, but they weren't. Did you know that in Islam the prophet Suleiman (Solomon) was the son of David, and was famous for his intelligence and wisdom? In the Quran, Suleiman never departed from God.  (S-18)  When Jesus states, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind.” (Common English Bible), he is quoting Deuteronomy 6:5.   Deuteronomy 6:4 says that there is only one God.  Temptations come to all of us. It is how we handle those temptations that make the difference. One thing that helps is to remember that when temptation comes, it is suggestion. It is not your thought. (S-17) “You must control evil thoughts in the first instance, or they will control you in the second.” (S-23)  When you feel battered, sometimes it is good to take a timeout from thinking. Sometimes, what you are feeling overrides what you are declaring. Consider taking 5 minutes to just be present with God. In that space, you can feel what God feels. If you don't feel peace, don't give up. Take a little more time to be still. Tell what is bugging you, “Hush now, hush.”
Section 7 – Wholeness of One Mind
[Setting the stage for] the 19th Bible citation in Luke 11:29-30, Jesus is speaking to the unbelieving generation who were asking for a sign. He responds with what is called “the sign of Jonah”. The passage continues [after the verse 31 in the lesson] that the people of Nineveh will rise up in judgment against to generation and condemn it. It is a reference to Jonah's three days in the whale, and then return to life outside the whale/fish. Jonah had been sent to the unbelieving city of Nineveh. Can you see the allusion (link) between Jesus' three days in the tomb and Jonas' three days in the belly of the whale? The next passage in Luke 11 is about if your eye is the lamp of your body. Jesus said that if your eye is single, healthy, your whole body is full of light. (S-19) The 26th passage has long been cherished by those who read Science and Health. The word behold means to see. It is a reference to how Jesus conceived of things, how he thought. In the Glossary, EYE is defined as spiritual discernment. To discern means to “perceive with the eyes or intellect.” (American Heritage Dictionary) Jesus saw the perfect man and woman of God's creating right where we would see suffering mortals. The correct view, the Christly view, is what heals. Are we willing to change our view to the view that Christ Jesus had? (S-26) This is simple, but not necessarily easy. But, don't be defeated before you start. Everything can change, because everything going on is thought.
Arthur M. Abell interviewed the famous composer Johannes Brahms John 14:12 where Jesus said, “The works I that I do shall ye do also, and greater works than these.” Abell asked Brahms, “… what has Jesus' divinity to do with how you draw inspiration when composing?” Brahms replied, “It has everything to do with it, my young friend, as you will see if you will possess your soul in patience. … You see, the powers from which all truly great composers like Mozart, Schubert, Bach and Beethoven drew there inspirations is the same power that enabled Jesus to work His miracles. We call it God, Omnipotence, Divinity, the Creator, etc.” We are capable of far more than we think we are. Jesus said, “The works I that I do shall ye do also, and greater works than these.”
Section 8 – Mind's Allness
Either there is one Mind, or there isn't. If there is only one Mind it follows that this Mind is infinite. If true, you are part of this infinity of good. “Our LORD is great and powerful!  He understands everything.” (Contemporary English Version) (B-22) “All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all.” (S-30) All is infinite Love, and Love's infinite manifestation. All is infinite Truth, and Truth's infinite manifestation. As you gain an appreciation of the infinite nature of God and of your spiritual nature, don't you think it is natural you will see progress?  “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)
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 [Camp Director's Note: This sharing is the latest in an ongoing, 11-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 subsequent emails.) 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 idea  are in no way meant to be definitive or conclusive or in any way 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 as available at Christian Science Reading Rooms or online at or 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-24) and the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (S-1 thru S-30). 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.]
 Enjoy!    Warren Huff, Executive Director]

Possible Sunday School Topics by Merrill Boudreaux
for the lesson: “Mind”
August 21, 2011

[P.S.S.T. Golden Text] –
A profound statement indeed, “God knoweth.”
Let's use each section of the lesson to ask students to identify what is revealed about what God knows, especially in the Bible portions.
[P.S.S.T. – Responsive Reading] –
How powerful a lead-in to the query, what does God know? Immediately is the clarity that God knows me and has known me.
[P.S.S.T. – Sections 1- 7] –
Now take each section of the lesson that chronicles the life of Solomon. Ask students to read the Bible story and follow with the question, what is revealed about what God knows?
[P.S.S.T. – Section 8] –
If God's understanding is infinite, then it must be conclusive that God knows me, and mine, and all. After reading about Solomon in the previous sections, ask students to spend some reflective time and write a response to the question, what does God know about me? By extension, what does God know about my relatives, friends, schoolmates, my city, my country, my world? See also S29 as a statement of what God, Mind can do. Why is this so? See S30 for the definitive statement about God, Mind, and us that also kelps provide an answer.

[PYCLs-Settle disagreements; ask for something spiritual; play hockey; address doubts!]
Possible Younger Class Lesson ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

Mind” for August 21, 2011
by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO (314) 406-0041
[bracketed italics by Warren Huff, Director of CedarS Camps]
[PYCL point:] Define Mind
It may be a good idea, once again, to start by defining this synonym. What does it mean to each pupil? Can they give any examples from their own experience that illustrate how an understanding of Mind has brought them an insight or healing? Can you share any of your own? Because they are synonyms these recent Bible lessons will certainly overlap in their ideas, but each synonym has its irreplaceable spot in defining God. Why is Mind, as a synonym, irreplaceable? I love that there are so many ways to look at Mind. It is clearly the source of wisdom, intelligence, ideas, inspiration, understanding (along with some other synonyms of course!), but it also speaks of creation and peace since with only one Mind we can have no conflicting ideas. If this is the truth, (and it is), then how should we look at disagreements we have with our friends or with family members, little or bigger siblings etc.? Obviously, these disagreements and misunderstandings appear to take place. How should we view them? What action can we take with our knowledge and understanding of Mind, to heal and to lessen such disagreements? Try to think of actual ideas and have them come up with solutions. This way they have some tools to prove in the field so to speak! When we are in the midst of an argument with, for example, a brother or sister, it seems especially difficult to stop and think of some aspect of Mind. Are there some thoughts they can take away that will remind them when they are “on the battlefield” to help them turn things around? What about memorizing citation S26 together?   If you are “beholding the perfect man” you are replacing a picture of someone who is doing you a wrong, with the perfection that would make it impossible for two ideas from the same Mind to collide in anger or disagreement. There are many references in this lesson to ways in which a right understanding can really change things. It’s important to note that this may not be easy! It can be challenging to accept the truth about a person, when we are angry and feel hurt. This is why this is a great thing to talk about and prepare our thought for. What are the rewards of seeing the perfect man? Is there any downside?  You may choose to talk about the advantages that King Solomon and King Hiram gained by their trade system as explained in this week’s lesson. Each idea is complete and individual, if we work from the standpoint of individuality rather than personality (you may recall last week’s work along these lines in the PCYLs for the lesson on Soul), then we start to see how the qualities that God bestows on one idea, from one Mind, necessarily benefit another idea. It isn’t that one person is given certain things that another doesn’t have, rather there is abundant and diverse gifts that we realize differently and with which we can bless one another.  
[PYCL point:]What does Mind know? [ask Mind for something spiritual]
The Responsive Reading really makes clear what the divine Mind knows. “For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.” Talk about what this means. Does it mean that God knows when you say something unkind to someone? Does he know everything you do? We know that God isn’t a big “guy” that keeps track of our activities in that way. He is divine Mind; He knows only of His creation and that this creation is all good!   This is not always easy for kids to get. But it is so helpful in developing our understanding of God to know that He knows only good and that in order for us to know as God knows we must turn away from the false testimony of sense toward Mind.  And this is reinforced by citation B1.   Along these lines it is good to discuss that what God knows, we know by reflection. Think of Solomon’s plea for wisdom. Did God really give him a special dispensation, or is this a gift that we all have access to and can gain this access through prayer and communion with Mind? Talk about the story of Solomon’s request. What would you ask for? If it is a material thing, would God know about it? Wanting a bicycle, for example, may not be a bad thing, but we need to allow Mind to elevate our desire, or prayer, and trust that our needs are always met. Through this activity, we find so much more good at our disposal. Ask them to try this week to ask Mind for something spiritual that they want and then spend just a minute or two listening for an answer. 
A new insight that I found inspiring in this week’s lesson is from citation S10. If you think about that passage carefully it becomes clear that with one Mind there is in reality, no selfishness because we are all connected ideas in Mind. Whatever we do for others, we are doing for ourselves. That means we can never deprive ourselves of anything good by benefitting others. This is really very exciting. It also means that if we are prayerfully doing something good for ourselves, it benefits others as well!
[PYCL point:] Solomon’s wisdom in the trenches
The story of Solomon helping to solve the dispute between the two “harlots” is an excellent one to share with the kids. They love the idea behind him suggesting that they split the child in two. But you should make sure that you ask them why he suggested it. It seems obvious, but a younger child may just think it was a funny thing (or strange thing) to suggest. Did he really expect to cut the child in half?  How did he know which was the real mother? You may need to modernize the term “her bowels yearned for her child…” In those days people believed that the “bowels” meaning the lower abdomen, was the seat of tender feelings, there is a reference to this in  Doesn’t this story show us that there are all sorts of unexpected ways to express wisdom? How are disputes usually arbitrated? Why didn’t he get into details of which woman the child looked most like, etc.? Isn’t that because if you try to solve difficult disputes by relying on logic alone, you can cause terrible wrath, even war over perceived injustice. Even on a small scale, I’m sure you’ve all witnessed how difficult it can be to smooth over a dispute over a toy or some such things between children. It just goes to show that approaching every action through the lens of Mind will always bring a wise and just answer. It is also helpful to note that this story illustrates the fact, in Science, that there is always a divine solution.
[PYCL point:] A game of “hockey”
Looking at citation S6 there is a passage that says “Understanding is the line of demarcation between the real and the unreal.” It then speaks of the fact that understanding “unfolds” God, “demonstrates” divine sense and gives the “proof” that we seek through this demonstration. Because this understanding “is not intellectual” or scholarly, our littlest ones have equal access to it. How about a line on the table made of the word “understanding”. Discuss what this line represents: that as we understand more about God’s goodness and love for us we can understand what is real and what is not. Then the “pucks” consist of multi-folded pieces of paper maybe two inches in diameter with real and unreal thoughts on them. They can “shoot” the unreal thoughts off the table or into the “unreal” category, and the real ones into the “real” category. This just gives them something to do with their hands after discussing the ideas in the lesson. You may come up with something that might be less prone to chaos. As we know, Mind already knows all…  There is a related passage in citation S15 speaking of the sides of “discord and dismay” and Science and peace. Maybe there’s a simple board game style sheet that could have it divided into fields and you place your “pucks” on the correct side. Maybe you could discuss a bit why something might not be real, and why something is real even when it might not seem so. It has to do with its lasting qualities, its eternal nature.
[PYCL points:] Extra ideas
It may be helpful to look at citation S18 as well for those kids heading back to grade school. It’s a good opportunity to address any lingering doubts about their abilities to prosper in all areas of academics, etc. There are some big words in this passage that you may find fruitful to break down together.
Have a great Sunday.

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410 Sovereign Court #8
Ballwin, MO 63011
(636) 394-6162

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19772 Sugar Dr.
Lebanon, MO 65536
(417) 532-6699

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