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[PYCL: Use handcuffs that unlock only w/ a “key” thought that we’re not in body!]
CedarS PYCLs–Possible Younger Class Lessons for:

Soul and Body
The Christian Science Bible Lesson for November 24, 2013

by Kerry Jenkins, CS, House Springs, MO
kerry.helen.jenkins@gmail.com   (314) 406-0041
[bracketed inserts by Warren Huff]

[PYCL 1 – Help combat the idea we’re physical trying to get more spiritual & closer to God.]
This lesson builds on last week's (as they often do). It develops the theme that we are not physical beings that contain spiritual elements or a soul that is spiritual.  This idea is not that familiar to kids as a matter of dogma, generally.  But the idea that we are physical people, trying to get more spiritual and closer to God, is.  Here we have so many ideas to help combat that thought!

[PYCL 2 – Use handcuffs that unlock only with a “key” angel thought that we’re not in body.]
We can talk about learning to stand up to the thoughts that tell us we are limited and made of matter, that we can be sore, sick, tired, sad, and so on.  All of these thoughts stem from the belief that we are flesh and blood, not spiritual.  In this week's CedarS’ Met, Warren added that he would be bringing in handcuffs to represent how thinking that we are made of matter binds us and limits our infinite expression of Soul.  Citation S9 is most related to this activity, but there are many ideas in the lesson of how enslavement to the suggestions of the body keeps us from knowing God and experiencing genuine freedom.  You can explain what “fetters” are and what “forged” means as well.  Toy handcuffs are available at Wal-Mart for about $5.  [Real handcuffs like Warren’s may be found in a local pawn shop for about $10-$20.]  But you could easily just use a bit of rope to tie wrists together.  Handcuffs are just nifty and exciting because kids think they are cool, and you can continue the analogy with a key.  (See Warren's notes in this week’s Met for ideas about using the key not only to unlock the cuffs, but also to free us from the lies of matter that keep us in “chains”).  If you wanted to you could take turns with the cuffs thinking of what we are tempted to think is limiting us, then you get to use the key every time you think of an angel thought that would bring freedom from such a limitation.

[PYCL 3 – Be a spiritual being thru & thru, not a physical being with a spiritual “paint job”.]
One of the interesting things to talk to the slightly older grades about is the suggestion that the body can be a lot of fun.  It's fun to run and play, fun to eat treats, to play video games, etc. Unfortunately, that fun, if it's not grounded in spiritual thought, can have a “flip” side that includes the belief that we can be injured or become sick or even die from something we are doing with our bodies.  We are being challenged to think of ourselves not as primarily physical beings that “apply” a spiritual “paint job” to the things we are doing.  But we are spiritual beings, daily demonstrating this fact through elevating the motives for what we do (what are motives?), spiritualizing the activity, or changing it from a “thing” to a “thought”.  For example: soccer is a sport where you control a ball, mostly with your feet, and try to get it into another team's goal. Spiritually, soccer is an expression of grace, speed, accuracy, energy, joy, freedom, and intelligence.  If you have a barn and you paint it red, did you change the barn into something else?  No, of course not.  If you think of playing soccer as a physical activity only, and you pray while you are playing to be “better” at soccer – for God to make you faster, more skilled, etc., you are then putting a “coat of paint/spirituality” on a physical activity.  You are not seeing your spiritual nature, your true being as completely independent of matter.  We certainly do this by degrees, admittedly, but we have to realize that the goal is to understand that God and man are spiritually created and co-existent.  “Man is the expression of Soul.” (S5)  As we play soccer, our true intent should be to express the limitless freedom of Soul, because we love Soul.  Why does it really matter what we think about what we do?

[PYCL 4 – Live the Daily Prayer to “water” the Christ seed & actions within you & others.]
Learn the Daily Prayer.  Today, as I was doing my daily work I noticed that the Daily Prayer tells us to “Let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established in me” and noticed how that relates to this week's lesson.  Having God established in us is like having a seed within us.  This seed is the Christ-man.  This is the man that is spiritual, has dominion, heals, blesses.  This is not something we have to make ourselves “be”; it is within each of us as spiritual beings.  But in order to understand the spiritual nature of ourselves, we must take care of that seed.  We need to water it, give it warmth and sunlight.  What are these things representative of?  How do we “water” our Christ-likeness?  What does the warmth represent, the sunlight?  You activate your Christ-like nature by what you do.  The deeds you do make the Christ visible. And don't forget, the Christ seed in us is not somehow Soul inside matter.  Rather it is all that we are in Truth.  Little kids could act this out by pretending to do some good thing after we “pour” (use a watering can, or just pantomime) good ideas about the activity or the child, on them.  Everyone can help to come up with the ideas/water that would help the child do a Christ-like activity.

[PYCL 5 – Protect pupils from the corrupt, complex idea of being both spiritual & material.]
The idea that man is made of two parts, a spiritual and a material is the “serpent” suggestion that there is good and evil.  Let's face it, spiritual is good, matter, not so much.  Looking at citation B4 you can see that it states that we should protect ourselves from being corrupted from the “simplicity that is in Christ”. This ties into the continued theme of purity of heart (S28).  In looking up the words “simplicity” and “duplicity” I noticed “duplicity” implies not only deceitfulness, but “double mindedness”.  This reminds me of the serpent (mentioned here in citation B5), that suggests that we are better off knowing not only what God tells us, but something “more”— evil.  Simplicity implies oneness, (“simplex — characterized by having a single element”).  Perhaps this is taking those words too far, but I feel like it lends a depth to this subject that is helpful.  It is a pure and simple idea that man reflects in totality, Soul.  The idea that man is part spiritual, part material is duplicitous and complex!  Check out citation B2 where it states that “he is in one mind…”.

[PYCL 6 – Talk of Joseph & the daily disobedience & complicated downfalls of human will.]
This idea also can be carried into a discussion of will-power.  Talk about what human will is.  Is it ever good?  Is it a separate “mind” from God?  These thoughts from citations S12 and S14 are linked to the story of Joseph when Potiphar's wife tried to seduce him.  I love that the story is so simple too.  Joseph isn't condemned for not being “wise” by being in the house without any other “men of the house” around.  His simple purity of heart ultimately leads to great power, and to safety and survival of thousands of people.  If we follow what we “want” regardless of whether it is an idea from God, we get into all sorts of complicated scenarios.  Can you think of some examples of how human will get things very complicated?  What if we choose to use a tool that mom or dad said we couldn't use.  In using that tool, maybe an object gets broken, or the tool breaks.  Then we hide the broken pieces.  Later, mom or dad is looking for that tool and can't find it, or find it broken and an activity that hinges on the use of that tool cannot be done… you get the idea… it just gets more and more and more complicated!  Meanwhile, we feel the stress of being dishonest and disobedient… you get the idea!  Maybe you can share a healing that came about where you experienced something like this.  It really doesn't have to be a big thing; we are talking here about day to day living.

[PYCL 7 – Talk about how viewing a sunset is like viewing the body as spiritual not material.]
I really like the idea, in section four, of how astronomy “reverses the human perception of the movement of the solar system…”  (S15)  Talk about what it looks like when we watch a “sunset”.  What is really happening?  Then look at citation S16 to see how Jesus “reversed” the human perception of man, of what he is made of, all those centuries ago.  It is a really cool analogy to put these two ideas together.  We don't believe anymore that the earth is the center of the universe, and we don't need to believe either that man is matter and Spirit, because Jesus proved it centuries ago!  (Not to mention that it continues to be proven today!).

[PYCL 8 – Talk of why Thomas is in this lesson. Stop doubting spiritual facts & trusting lies.]
Finally, take a look at section 6 and talk about Thomas.  Why is this in the lesson?  Can you discover something about this together?  Do we believe more in matter or the physical body than we do in Spirit?  (The allness of Soul and the nothingness of matter — see citation S23).  Citation S11 is also helpful in thinking this through.  How often do we find ourselves doubting the spiritual facts and trusting material sense?  How can we turn this around?  What do we need to do?

Have a great Sunday!   

 

 

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