A Prayer for Southern California in the Fiery Midst
Let not the political pyrotechnics of government influence your thought in bipartisan struggles that inflame the heart in myriad outward manifestations for there is only One principled governing agency and it is wholly (holy) divine. Let the gentle Presence of this oneness blanket our precious earth and every cherished idea as it safely abides within the palm of Her hand for, “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.” safely within the ark of divine Consciousness.
Because the higher always rules the lower, this divine Christ-consciousness is able to extinguish the fires of mortal illusion when we adhere to knowing there is only One Mind governing every opportunity for growth. For when we are consciously one with God and Her idea (always the saving Christ-idea), we are free from every form of error; free from thinking and acting in accordance with human and mortal reasoning. Therefore, free to listen to divine direction to experience the substance of goodness as it unfolds within every moment to free us from dualistic and materialistic thoughts. Free from the belief system that would attach us to physical claims through the physical senses; of uncertainty and the angst of being deprived of our innate identity.
When we are consciously one with the One governing Principle, we are freed from personal and unscientific attitudes that would deprive us of understanding the All-Power of spiritual demonstration to restore harmony in every situation; to experience Life in all of its fullness and perpetuity – refreshed, inexhaustible, flowing abundantly from the Sourced fountain wherein no lack or limitation may reside. We feel a sense of dominion over all error for our divine sonship with our Mother/Father is still holding us up. No fallen man anywhere for divine justice prevails as we recognize that we have never been abandoned to circumstances outside the control of Love divine, nor to hopelessness in this Advent of pure, undefiled Hope knowing that Love has a perfect plan, a universal design so beautiful and blest and witnessed by each one of Her beloveds – US.
May this prayer comfort each and every heart as we all abide within Love’s protective force.
(c) 12.11.17 Linn Moffett
A Red Tent Conversation
“Accessing Spiritual Consciousness”
Beyond DNA and the Psyche into the Realm of the Real
Understanding Our Evolutionary Pathway
Before we enter our Red Tent this evening, I invite you to take off your shoes and leave all of your preconceived ideas in the beautiful woven basket on the left. Don’t be afraid of this divine invitation to surrender those cherished ideas, for they will still be there to re-wrap yourself in IF that desire is still with you after this prayer-filled conversation. Now, as you enter into this space of communion with your sisters, please close your eyes for just a moment – allow yourselves to encircle as you mentally take each other’s hands … now, together, breathe in and hold …. while we pledge to uphold and support each as a precious and already full image of the One divine Consciousness – wholly spiritual. Now, slowly breathe out together … as we allow the flow of divine Love to each other … and now farther out into the Uni-verse, as the One Song, that it is ….. and of which we are fully embraced within! Now silently in full receptive mode readying for our deep spiritual listening, lets breathe in and flow out twice more with this same intention.
Thank you ~ I am so honored and grateful for your presence this evening and it is in this vein that our topic was birthed as:
“Accessing Spiritual Consciousness – Beyond DNA and the Psyche into the Realm of the Real – Our Evolutionary Pathway”. I believe we are ready to explore and expand into its pure divine essence with spiritual understanding. Therefore, I would like to begin with the poem, Still Small Voice by Joni Overton-Jung:
see the face of the sky?
read the signs of the times?
gauge the tenor of thought?
discern the state of things within?
is there a storm brewing?
Floods of fear, waves of rage, hateful righteousness
reaching a boilng point?
We are being called
not to be a barometer for world currents:
suggestion, projection, manipulation
but to sift real
to heed the
still small voice within
Elijah heard it on the mountain
as he faced wind – earthquake – fire
And right there –
he heard the still small voice
stilling the storm
lighting the dark –
peace breaking through
the world is seen
as God sees:
safe, intact, assured.
instead of railing, wondering,
blaming, being transfixed
by portent of the times
make our way higher,
find the center of our hearts –
not turn away,
but turn towards
the face of God
and there in some hush
an assurance –
insistent stillness –
hear, see, feel God-good
embracing the universe
in impartial, impervious
here is where we see the face of the sky
discern the signs of the times
storms find their stillness
fires burn but do not consume
the earth moves in wonder
all things are safe, intact, assured
everything about us
sings for joy!
1 Matthew 16:3. 2 I Kings 19:12.
Beautiful! Doesn’t this beg the question, “How can we discern the signs of our times” in our overstimulated age of information that is so polarized? And, how do we make intelligent decisions about our increasing technologically, politically, and socio-economically driven lives if we don’t understand the difference between the myths of pseudoscience, theological belief systems, big pharma’s influence and the testable proofs of divine Logic – from the root, Logos? Scientific reasoning is critical in the pursuit of this divine logic named Truth – with a capital “T”. For Truth is an entity unto itself that we need to recognize if there is any hope of reinstating the standard of integrity, of ethics and morality for a modicum of decency and for our own authentic selves to shine through the din of current events across the globe. We should be convinced that the hope of the future depends on a fundamental mutation of consciousness.
That is what our conversation will address and illustrate the ease of accessing spiritual consciousness as we begin to understand how it operates in a basic fourfold manner on three definite levels of understanding. This instruction will help us navigate through our daily lives, through our relationships and how we interact with each other as we embrace a deeper listening standpoint to discover the level of communication that we are attempting to relate to, and most importantly to gain a better understanding of where we honestly are in our journey Spirit-ward.
From time in memorial, three basic levels of communication have been recognized that the majority of us have either never been educated in or forgotten. The Tao ancients tell a wonderful little story dating back to the 6th Century BC China, and should help us grasp the importance of these levels.
A physician, a member of a family of healers, was asked which of them was the most skilled in the art. The physician, whose reputation was such that his name became synonymous with medical science in China, replied, “My eldest brother sees the spirit of sickness and removes it before it takes shape, so his name does not get out of the house.”
“My elder brother cures sickness when it is still extremely minute, so his name does not get out of the neighborhood.”
“As for me, I puncture veins, prescribe potions, and massage skin, so from time to time my name gets out and is heard among the lords.”
Within my own healing practice, I have found this story helpful in grasping levels of how Spirit translates itself right down to the human mist-understanding of genomes and DNA , but in a slightly modified form.
From the highest standpoint, the 3 levels are; Spiritual Understanding, the Psyche or Meta-physical, and Physical to include the molecular structure of DNA. Each of these levels operates in the same fourfold pattern but with very different phenomenon, as the story related. It might be helpful to lay these out in matrix form of 3 rows with 4 columns to better grasp this idea. Remember that a matrix is another word for womb – a place of safety where development occurs prior to giving birth! So, we’ve identified the rows. The columns – to use computer language – are: 1) Input or the Dynamic Impulsion of The One Mind of God as our only input; 2) Expression as a Timeless Process or The Ideal Standard – Expressed as Core Values of the Input; 3) Output or Integrated Being – a Unification of Wholeness; 4) Feedback Loop or Upward Spiral Operation – Evolving the Idea and since it is dynamic it feeds right back into the Input but from a higher standpoint as our understanding develops and grows, hence the spiral operation.
Spiritual consciousness, the highest level, is comprised only of spiritual ideas that are intrinsically equipped with the power to save – it is the still small voice of Truth speaking to the receptive heart. The good news is that we are so loved as pure spiritual beings, this Voice is not confined to the highest level only but speaks through to every level, to reach us right where we seem to be, even in the dregs of a hellish experience, or the Physical level. The higher always rules the lower. This is a critical law to remember as we explore the levels beginning with the lowest or highest denseness against understanding authentic spiritual consciousness.
The Physical is the realm where we most find ourselves operating from – it is the realm of opposites, the area of utter dualistic thinking that, over millennium has formed the DNA structure (don’t nibble that apple, Eve!) It completely distorts our perception of all things. I will call out the columns previously identified as numbers 1 through 4 as we go through the spiritual assets of each level …. That distortion is through 1) ignorance (ignoring our divinity), misinformation, confusion, and egotism that is 2) expressed through negative behavior as feeling worthless, despondent, and discouraged therefore 3) not able to effect change due to primal fears of being fragmented (instead of integrated being), chaotic, victimized, condemned, and even ambushed 4) because the feedback loop is at times stuck in the negative input of the Physical interpretation of dualistic thinking. Does chasing our own tail sound familiar?
If we stay on the level of the body, of DNA, we stand in the place of being assaulted – remaining a victim to the false stimuli of 24/7 broadcasts against all humanity … being under the influence of loveless thought that breeds only fear, divisiveness, separation and placing labels of all sorts – it has no pathway to wholeness which is where true Consciousness resides – with no access to creativity … it is actually what ‘no mind’ looks like … or mindlessness.
However, the good news is that as divinity impacts this lower level through our complete surrender and innate desire to lift our heads above the flood of misinformation, we see that it can become an error-correcting system through the saving ideas of Immanuel – God with us. Einstein’s statement, “You can’t solve a problem with the same mind that created it” is a great reminder at this juncture.
The next level is the Psyche or Meta-physical, which is transitional. It holds opportunities to purge, rethink priorities, and be intentional about new behaviors. Some qualities or spiritual assets associated with this level as we are divinely touched are 1) an openness, awareness, a receptivity that 2) purifies our heart and liberates it that we may express radical kindness and ethical courage, trust, honor, and enthusiasm that 3) is accepting, inviting, affectionate, and welcoming by all and 4) is practical, co-operative, discerning (righteous judgement) and adaptable. This level is an error-preventing place of healing as in the Chinese story of the eldest brother who sees the spirit of dis-ease before it takes physical form – thereby, error-preventing. Since this level is a transitional standpoint, misinformation is seen and able to be handled mentally prior to making its grand appearance on the physical realm of misunderstandings. Many confuse this transitional level and call it wholly spiritual because the psyche is a good trickster and we have not been effectively trained to recognize this. However, since we are still dealing with negatives, yet, in a different way, it is not wholly spiritual.
The level of Spiritual Understanding is that standpoint of true holiness. Rumi defined it perfectly in his statement: “Out beyond wrong doing and right doing, there is a field. I will meet you there.” Wrong doing – the physical, right doing, the psyche or meta-physical aspects, the field represents the only spiritual. This is where we are at one with our Source and can see that, in reality, we are actually unable to leave Source. The levels have just been a way, a method, for us to re-member, to re-unite with our innate spiritual being as 1) dynamically empowered, awake, inspired, filled with grace 2) that exemplifies truth, health in all things, pure consciousness in the fullness of our spiritual identity 3) encoded with immortality, goodness, peace, acting as the attractive force that is 4) spiritually structured, interdependent and inter-relational as light reflecting in all directions from the head of a diamond as embracing all Life.
As you can see, it is really quite simple when we understand that it is based on just those few root-notions that enable us to comprehend how pure Consciousness that is wholly spiritual operates. These key ideas are actually found in Genesis One. We are given the entire seed plot of what unadulterated creativity looks and feels like through the Seven Days, embedded with implied dimensionality. Then, Noah’s Ark further illustrates the dimensional landscape of 3 levels and it is in Exodus, where we discover that grand illustration known as the “pattern upon the mount”. Einstein also stated, “There is a fundamental order to all things”. And, while his research took him in different directions, he did recognize how varying dimensions of consciousness played an integral role in our overall understanding of relationships. For every thing is in relationship and we need to be asking the right questions, which this matrix is meant to help us with.
If we are to grasp these ideas that would enable us to exit the gross materialism of our age, with its accusations against true womanhood and manhood – it will be through the consciousness of true womanhood that is able to embrace manhood and allow us to be the light bearers of spiritual education for humanity’s survival. With all that appears to be going on across our globe, we should be convinced that the hope of the future depends on a fundamental mutation of consciousness – which, thankfully, is going on!
Therefore, we can look at the symbols of eras gone-by in this new way in order to see the chain of development and extract the divine laws that each age has represented with more clarity. This also provides us with an approach that gives us clear guidance for how to systematically cultivate spiritual consciousness through the lens of loving, honest, scientific investigation. Scientific investigation is another simple fourfold process – and parenthetically, you will begin to recognize that this fourfold process is a pattern across every scale of human experience because it is how divinity operates – so, of self-examination as: 1) observation, 2) which breed thoughtful, correct questions, 3) which must, through gentle experiments, test our inspiration by moving us out of our comfort zones and, 4) into places of healing as we are led up the ascending path of greater understanding and wisdom.
There is also another way that is much faster, but requires the undiluted Spiritual Understanding as the starting point – in this way we are light-speed expressed in a descending fashion, to some it is called demonstration, a timeless process. It is important to know that complete honesty with yourselves is necessary for either method since you cannot just think your way in the ascent or descent – it is a wholly spiritual experience.
Only in this way, can we mindfully embody the spiritual values up-linked by divinity, enabling them to vivify our way of life and provide the necessary context of our development on our evolutionary pathway…. So, we can either gently flow with it in a way of understanding spiritually ….. or go kicking and screaming. Either way, we are being ushered forward into a realignment, a reframing, of our attention to Source – the same paradigm shift that our ascended masters were led through. They were not divine exceptions, they were divine examples for us on our evolutionary pathway. In essence, they were – and still are – the prototypes of what we aspire to “be” consciously – awake – aware of our own divinity.
I would also like to express gratitude for some of our current pioneers from the physical sciences that have stood on the shoulders of their progenitors such as Mary Baker Eddy who also wrote about the three levels that she called Scientific Translations in her seminal work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, and Albert Einstein. They all risked their reputations when proving the higher metaphysical nature of all things through their fields of study including the spiritual law that the higher always rules the lower. Dr. Deepak Chopra, MD moved into Mind/Body Medicine and began proving that the human body is composed, not of matter but of material concepts that are energized and informed through the human mind, Dr. Masaru Emoto proved human consciousness or emotional energies have an effect on the molecular structure of water – of which is about 55-65% of the human body, and Dr. Bruce Lipton, a former research biologist and professor at Standford University’s School of Medicine proved that genes and DNA can be manipulated through one’s personal beliefs. His best-selling book, The Biology of Belief, has created quite a stir throughout the field of medicine. I believe that these mavericks and others in the physical sciences across scale even into astrophysics are proving that statement of Revelation (12:15-16) that Eddy retranslated when she wrote, “In this age, the earth will help the woman; the spiritual idea will be understood. Those ready for the blessing you impart will give thanks.”
Evolution has been, – – – for us, in other words – for women – – – a very slow dance. Until now, that is. Womanhood has been taking center stage, albeit through negative impulses that are finally being seen and understood in order to be corrected. Yet, through the magnification of the repulsiveness of false manhood widely broadcast as evil let loose, womanhood has been and is being illustrated within those divine qualities of patience in and through tribulations that has given birth to our wisdom; a deeper, more profound and pure understanding of spiritual power; and of Love so divine as to celebrate this ongoing uncovering.
Let us continue to recognize that we can never be deprived of our authentic womanhood as the sacred feminine that embraces the masculine, and our ability to express grace, tenderness, gentleness, and heartfelt empathy no matter the storm – individually and collectively – for our sanity, for our well-being, for our children, families, and for the inherent well-being of our planet and universe at-large.
Let’s live truly inspired lives with the gratitude of Thanksgiving every day for all that this still small Voice of Truth is gifting us every moment because we are so loved!!
(c) 11.21.2017 Linn Moffett
Decoding the Chart of Life
When Uncertainty Seems to Prevail
This talk was born in response to humanity’s questions, questions that have been asked within my own practice, that I have asked from my own devastating experiences, and even those questions that I have heard from other talks on spirituality. It is from our most basic and deepest desire to be comforted and to be able to comfort humanity not with truisms or platitudes but with divine beatitudes in their purest form, the blessings that keep on giving. For this, we need a more comprehensive understanding of Being as a oneness with Principle as its infinite idea. Jesus’ contemporaries did not understand this so it was left for future generations to discover. He said, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, the he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of Truth…..which is the Holy Ghost…..and shall teach you all things…” (John 14:16, 17, 26)
Then, in the 19th century, Mary Baker Eddy wrote in her seminole work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, known affectionately as the scientific Textbook, “This Comforter I understand to be Divine Science.” And, she writes, “Truth’s immortal idea is sweeping down the centuries gathering beneath its wings the sick and sinning. My weary hope tries to realize that happy day when man shall recognize the Science of the Christ…” (that infinite calculus of saving ideas) and love his neighbor as himself, – when he shall realize God’s omnipotence and the healing power of the divine Love in what it has done and is doing for mankind. The promises will be fulfilled.” (S&H 55:15-22, 27)
Eddy speaks of the chart of life in that same Chapter, Atonement and Eucharist, of the previous quote when referring to the Bible, and our need to be acquainted with the original texts. [For those interested, as a side note, the Syraic Aramaic Holy Bible translated by George M. Lamsa, a scholar of the same, is considered the most original because written before the Greek version. It was also Jesus’ native tongue.] So, it is our need to be acquainted with the original texts with a willingness to relinquish our human beliefs based on a false system of reference established by hierarchies and instigated by the worst passions of men. Is this still going on? Are we not caught up in the media’s daily bombardments – even if you do not watch the television, listen to radio, or participate in social media, don’t be fooled – since its influence is still being broadcast across the oceanic waves of human consciousness.
Staying with this Chapter, Atonement and Eucharist, Eddy hints at our need to prepare ourselves to be At-One-Mind through the three (3) Scriptural Notations or necessary steps for this newly defined identity (S&H 18):
- the first is self-immolation which is crucifixion of the flesh – this is usually brought about through an experience by fire that brings us to our knees in utter humility to empty us of our preconceived notions – in order to receive
- the second – the new and improved principled interpretation thereby
- giving us the third, newness of Life, newly inspired spiritual intuitions
Yet, we still struggle and have anxiety with this false system of reference missing so much of the new inspiration of Life’s healing currents because we have not followed those basic three (3) steps as a first step. Do you doubt this? Just ask yourself if you are listening to Love’s plan or to deeply implanted fear-based beliefs? For we are either being host to the One Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love that we call God, or we are hostage to – enslaved by – the evil one as mortal mind, material beliefs, the physical body, fragmented and governed by lack and limitation, error, fear, and all those compounded wounds which show up as character defects. There is no middle ground, no neutral standpoint. Sandy Wilder put it another way – If the lens of our belief system is dirty, we will see dirt on everyone including God! So, which system are we acting out? What are we trying to ground to?
“Atonement – At-one-ment – is the exemplification of man’s unity with God, whereby man reflects divine Truth, Life, and Love. Jesus taught and demonstrated man’s oneness with the Father,….” (S&H 18:1-4) “Where did Jesus deliver this great lesson – or, rather, this series of great lessons – on humanity and divinity?” On a hillside, … a fishing boat … a grove …. the beauty of nature was his university. “In this simplicity, and with such fidelity, we see Jesus ministering to the spiritual needs of all who placed themselves under his care, always leading them into the divine order….” (Ret. 91:13-20) Are we listening for that divine order? Do we even know what it is? Is it relevant for our life today?
Just as Jesus utilized metaphors throughout his parables to effectively communicate spiritual ideas to his audience, under this same form or pattern, we can shift the vocabulary because divine Love is infinitely adaptable to meet the needs of every new generation – to effectively communicate with ourselves and all of humanity. And, just as the author of the Book of Hebrews in the Scriptures presented new and original ways of thinking about Jesus – who he was prior to his fleshly appearance and what his mission meant and still means – we too should not be afraid to take the initiative, to allow our inspired originality and creativity to negotiate changes and view the larger picture with map in hand. To be able to chart our life-experiences – i.e., to look out from the heavens of a city foursquare that hath foundations, and “represents the light and glory of divine Science, from the harmony that builds and makes of all things new and alone is able to restructure our limited viewpoints out of atomistic, linear, functional, and operational thinking into structural fluidity, dimensional, cybernetic, and comprehensive divine consciousness.
To follow Hebrews a step further, its author was asking the significance of Jesus’ death and ascension into heaven against the grid of sacrifice (that first step of self-immolation) and priesthood? Taking what looked like almost unrelated single elements (atomistic thinking) and interpreting the events as a day of reconciliation on a cosmic scale. Not as previous eras had done with that ritual on an annual cycle for a limited number of people in limited ways. Do we see here how progress is the law that keeps us moving forward? Jesus’ example accomplished the day of reconciliation, a rising to new Life from a certainty not from an unsure hope, for all people, for all time – on a cosmically conscious, comprehensive scale – to cleanse our hearts and minds – our memories – of all the things that we have done, in our ignorance or just ignoring our spiritual intuitions that would insult God by not following those spiritual commands – that still small voice within. If insulting God were even possible – instead, the truth is, we just hinder our own progress.
So Jesus’ example enables us to approach God, divine Mind through Love, with the expectation of favor, not with condemnation as of old. The old approaches to God were filled with fear, which we still see and experience today, depending on our lens of perception and how that drives our behavior. But what Jesus’ example has opened up for us is a warm and welcoming invitation to come to God, to approach the Holy Spirit with confidence that is free of fear, that we may seek, find, demonstrate, and understand this all-embracing Love as our own being. For each step taken in this new direction (please take particular note that it is never just a single step or a single lesson learned atomistically or in a linear fashion but always in relationship to the step before and after and always lifting consciousness into deeper considerations and newer dimensions of understanding – we call this modeling or patterning as in the pattern on the mount), it is structurally comprehensive, supported dimensionally, upheld and embraced simultaneously for each one of us as an interdependent whole – we are all divinely connected. Is this not the largess of Love expressed? Doesn’t your heart yearn for the flawlessness of this support system that is wholly sustainable yet not static? I now mine does….To feel the divine energy that is ever available as our true nature – never diminished, no obstructions, innately interwoven …… This will become more transparent as we enter through the open gates of our city foursquare and see the way that the simplicity of Christ has revealed its beautiful structure from the beginning – only the symbols have changed, not the divine Essence.
In this great age of exploration, we can set our sails to compass this city foursquare that hath foundations and discover, with more clarity than ever before, how these gates open. According to Eddy in the Apocalypse (575: 24). “It is indeed a city of the Spirit, fair, royal, and square.” Northward to the Word, the polar magnet of Revelation revealing God’s self-declaration of his own nature and our only accurate Source of information. Eastward, to the Christ, the divine manifestation of power that translates God-with-us and decodes the divine Source of information to transform and bless. Southward, to Christianity which then reveals the infinitely individualized spiritual reflection as true manhood and that binds human society into the family law of God where demonstration is the outflowing of this Love relationship that solves all problems, positive or negative. Westward, to Science that interprets our spiritually scientific being on the “Golden Shore of Love” as the only Reality of our being. And, it is a closed system of all good – “nothing can enter that city, which “defileth, … or maketh a lie.” (S&H 577: 25)
Eddy used mathematical terminology when discussing this city – terms such as the infinite calculus, categories, classifications, array, levels, states and stages of consciousness, symbols, matrix, mechanism, numerals of infinity, add, subtract, multiply, and divide, etc. We should not be afraid to utilize our symbols or think that through re-definition of the symbols, it somehow depletes the spiritual essence. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. For symbols, including language – for language is only a symbol – are not the reality of the subject. Eddy specifically addressed this when she wrote, “Spiritual teaching must always be by symbols.” She did not say that they had to be by her symbols since she knew that symbols change with every age. She was a great proponent of advancing the divine idea in human thought.
Now, mentally connect those compass points into a symbolic square that we call a matrix also known as a womb, that safe place where something is generated and developed. The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines matrix as 1: something within or from which something else originates, develops, or takes form; and the mathematical definition reads: a rectangular array of mathematical elements (as the spiritual values that we have been considering) that can be combined to form sums and products with similar arrays having an appropriate number of rows and columns. If we translate this matrix into today’s terminology we can symbolically refer to this city in computer language. Input (as the Word), process devoid of the time element (as Christ), output (as Christianity), and feedback (as Science). Being a partial computer technology geek, I prefer this updated version of the city foursquare since it helps me see everything in our world today from this comprehensive spiritual perspective and has been extremely helpful in speaking with others no matter what their religious or non-religious, cultural, ethnic, or political inclinations…
It is clear that Jesus expected his people to grow and mature in spiritual understanding. Those who don’t move beyond the basics – tasting the gifts and power of the new creation, partaking in the Word and Christ-spirit to bring forth fresh fruits – dishonor all that he worked to give us. There is no stagnate life in the kingdom. That same kingdom is come – is within us as spiritually scientific divine consciousness, the infinitely individualized spiritual reflection devoid of human ego.
And, it is also clear that we, all people of all nations, need to make a fundamental shift out of mortal fear and into divine Love where our every action is love-based and therefore, compassionate and hospitable toward each other – loving our neighbor as ourselves from a divinely inspired standpoint. When we love, we are quite literally being ourselves – when we withhold love we are in a state of self-annihilation – into deep discomfort, toxicity, and projecting outward blame. Does this sound familiar for the era in which we live? It appears to be an era of total uncertainty, of destabilization showing up as global financial crises, health pandemics, climate change, the genocide of cultural, educational, ethnic, racial, religious, and national groups of people and wildlife for political/financial gain, and the weapon of terrorism specifically constructed to place mortal fear into the hearts of humanity and keep us there.
Our need to rediscover our stability through a divinely scientific and systematic approach to divine Love in all things has never been more urgent to avert the destruction of personal security for each individual, every community, all global affairs, and the universe at large. Lets remember that the real meaning of uni-verse is One Song. And because this One Song is Love, it is intentional. It intends for our development and growth – to not be afraid of spiritual and scientific progress. But, how do we get there from where we think we are standing?
It has already been proved that individual or collective efforts, no matter how high, alone can do very little to cleanse and transform thought. In fact, it seems to allow the creation of more intricate forms of deviant behavior. What is happening? We are being called to no longer try and stitch ourselves together from remnants and patches of thought, perspectives and beliefs born of material concepts that are dualistic in nature, memories of linear definition. The mortal story is not our story. We are transitioning from body identification to Spirit identification – not as separate entities, but as a re-newed perspective of the One. For, it is only through the Christ-consciousness – that new covenant that Jeremiah spoke of and Hebrews echoed; “I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts…” i.e., the very heart and Soul of our authentic being already embedded within and as consciousness – that we can even hope to touch the fringes of this ongoing dilemma of evil run rampant for the healing and transformation of our world. “We run into error when we divide Soul into souls, multiply Mind into minds, and suppose error to be mind, then mind to be in matter and matter to be the lawgiver, unintelligence to act like intelligence, and mortality to the be the matrix of immortality.” (249:32-5)
Lets step into this new way to look at the divine Self-operating system through the symbol of matrix that Science has gifted us and will decode for us to more fully understand the I AM that I Am. All great religious stories are coded messages which speak, not just about the historical nature of a particular people, but to the timeless essence that applies to every era. The ability to reduce infinity to an understandable system, which is exactly what Eddy accomplished, and reframe this information into the symbol of a matrix is beautiful beyond measure since it enables a kind of shorthand look at the comprehensiveness of a fluid structure that systematically incorporates dimensions, is interdependent and inter-relational as a cybernetic system of divine consciousness reminding us that we are never disconnected at any level. And, we get to take everything true that we have learned since childhood – especially our abiding love of the Bible, the Chart of Life – we get to take it all with us into this new symbol of understanding spiritual reality that is in line with the questioning scientific age in which we live. Our era of quantum and astrophysical sciences, and the outcome of advancing human thought has been and is now forcing this issue of scientific religion to the surface. Einstein was very clear in his statement: “Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.” And obviously, Mary Baker Eddy concurred, albeit in language of the Victorian age in which she lived.
Its time to take off our shoes because we are on Holy Ground, anchored in the city of our God as the Word, Christ, Christianity, and divine Science – the foundations or root notions –i.e., the actual infrastructure being the days of creation. More accurately, these days are revelatory, (revealing, decoding, opening us up – whatever term appeals to you) opening up to us first their divine order, then melting into divine values. As these divine values permeate the intellect and touch the sentiments through studying the letter, imbibing the spirit, and following the behests of God (S&H 495:27) into the vastness of Science, we begin to experience these values as a tonality of consciousness that resounds and expands within – touching every aspect of our lives. It is a beautiful journey that we can take together in later talks if interest is shown. And yet, it is so much more than just a journey – it is a dynamic dance as a spiritual calculus of saving ideas that lead ever on into the pure understanding of God as Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love operating through omnipotence, omniscience, omnipresence, and omni-action or the city foursquare. The more we grow in the divine aspect of this Christ-consciousness, ripples of stability will foster positive changes and as a result you are transforming whole fields of human experience whether you realize it or not. This is not a statement of ego but an experience of great humility.
Another aspect of this wonderful Spirit-infused matrix is that it takes into consideration four basic dimensions or levels of understanding. Eddy has called them states and stages of consciousness. She has also been very clear about her usage of: “The terms Divine Science, Spiritual Science, Christ Science or Christian Science, or Science alone, she employs interchangeably, according to the requirements of the context. These synonymous terms stand for everything relating to God, the infinite, supreme, eternal Mind. It may be said, however, that the term Christian Science relates especially to Science as applied to humanity.” (S&H 127:9-14) Partially based on the Scientific Translation of Immortal Mind as it impacts mortal mind on pages 115-116 in the Textbook chapter, Science, Theology, Medicine; it give us the true constituents of God-with-us as a method of discovering that error is unreal and resurrects thought to a complete resolution of mortal, limited consciousness. It uncovers all that is unreal, as in the 2nd record of creation, and illustrates that divine Love comes to every level of consciousness – you, me, everyone, no matter where we think we are in the process, that “if I ascend up into heaven, thou art there; if I make my bed in hell, behold thou art there” (Ps 139:8 KJV) – to show us all that is real in whatever language we need – be it verbal, signs, symbols, or whatever (?) …. since nothing is beyond the scope of Love’s infinite reach or its adaptability.
So, lets take a quick look into the first statement of the Exegesis of the Textbook with accompanying comments (pgs 502:21 – 503:5):
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
The pure level of Science in the matrix illustrates, “The infinite has no beginning. This word beginning is employed to signify the only…”
In Principle, the I AM revealed itself through the harmony of the compound idea – God is a Self-revealing, Self-organizing Principle – the indivisible infinite One. The question of error does not arise because it does not exist. But, “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son…” (John 3:16) and therefore, demands translation – like a universal translator in a science fiction movie that is able to translate other species languages to be understood. From the spiritually scientific standpoint, it is because Love is Soul that demands translation and retranslation, formation and reformation, etc.
The divine Science level illustrates, “…that is, the eternal verity and unity of God and man, including the universe.”
The translation is a Self-manifestation of the Principle of the one creation…it shows the inseparability of divine Principle and its idea as the divine ideal. As Life, Truth, Love, divine Principle, Love is this ideal or Christ – the Son of God which is also the standard bearer. This level deals with the All-in-all as divine oneness of the unbreakable interconnectedness, a coherent and logical (from Logos), loving and warm unity as the Synonym itself – always out from the Word. For “in him we live, and move, and have our being.” (Acts 17:28) It is that crystal clear consciousness that is so transparent there is nothing contradictory – no unsolved problems, no unanswered questions. This level is the divine Comforter promised by Jesus wherein we find true rest and freedom from all human conceptions, misconceptions, and opinions. Because this divine Principle, Love is the stimulator, it translates to …..
The absolute Christ Science level which illustrates, “The creative Principle – Life, Truth, Love is God. The universe reflects God. There is but one creator and one creation.”
….translated from the stimulator as the “divine infinite calculus” or the mathematics of ideas operating as a system of saving ideas. The focus here is on ideas as translated from the divine ideal – from the first 2 levels, Science and divine Science. However, these levels never stand alone since we have moved from atomistic thinking into the beauty of structural, dimensional, comprehensive consciousness to grasp the fact that all is founded in and out from the Infinite One Principle. This level is where the ideas are seen in their saving office as the Savior. It illustrates the inter-relationships of all ideas to each other as a system of ideas wherein positive problems are calculated. Eddy referred to this positive problem solving as the prophylactic or preventative aspect of the healing arts wherein the error is handled mentally prior to it taking a specific form. (S&H 369:23) It is also the reason she placed such great emphasis on understanding ontology, “the science of the necessary constituents and relations of all beings,” and she states, “it underlies all metaphysical practice.” (S&H 460:3-5)
Now, for the Christian Science level illustration, “This creation consists of the unfolding of spiritual ideas and their identities which are embraced in the infinite Mind and forever reflected. These ideas range from the infinitesimal to infinity, and the highest ideas are the sons and daughters of God.”
It is here that we see “Science as applied to humanity” to the human problems as the therapeutics of the healing arts that comes to the aid of a negative problem that has taken a material form such as sin, sickness, disease, and death, limitations, lack, fear, etc. (S&H 369:23) – It is the scientific system of divine healing, a system of saving ideas as Immanuel – God with us. It answers the questions of how Truth clarifies the relationship between Truth and error. It is also seen as a battleground of Truth vs. error.
This has been a short synopsis of the dimensional standpoints, levels, or states and stages of consciousness – whatever term appeals to you – all of which I have experienced through the healing arts. And, my experiences have certainly proved to be Love’s divine adventure.
We have been empowered … Our desire to spiritually understand in the fullness of our experiences – to see, hear, feel, taste, and touch the divine Esse – has never been calling for our attention with such imperativeness. Today we stand on the edge of a new breakthrough in the spiritual realm and if we are honest with ourselves, we can feel it. So, it is only reasonable that we embrace a new way of expression, presentation, and terminology, if we do not want to be bound back to an outdated position. We need to be able to communicate with the world around us. And, lets remember that it is the living God that reveals himself – not only in the past, but in the now, and in the future. “The infinite never repeats itself; thus revelation is always new, unique…..the revelations of God are progressive and go on and on forever. Our heart, thought, and desire cannot stay with the interpretations of the text of past revelations but must also turn to the fact of continual and progressive revelation. Here we are helped by understanding that Science does not only imply interpretation but also includes a second component, that of discovery, revelation, creative genius.” (4 Levels book by Max Kappeler pg.26)
“The Christ-idea will not rest until this new change, this shifting of the accent from scientific interpretation to progressional revelation takes place within each one of us. Whoever is consciously open to it will be used by Principle as a revelator.” Eddy states in Miscellaneous Writings, “The Scriptures and Christian Science reveal ‘the way’ and personal revelators will take their proper place in history, but will not “be deified” (Mis.308) The Chart serves as a guide on this way; it offers the spiritually scientific method…” (4 Levels book by Max Kappeler pg.28)
This is an infinite subject and it has been my great honor to be able to present this scientific method of spiritual understanding since it is from my own practical experiences and the undeniable results that have been evidenced through practice. The Bible and the Textbook have been the main resources used for this talk but I would also like to credit John W. Doorly, C.S.B. and his student Max Kappeler for their deep and abiding love of the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s life’s works to enable a more expansive and continued revelation of our Chart of Life and the matrix. “Eternal Truth is changing the universe. As mortals drop off their mental swaddling-clothes, thought expands into expression. “Let there be light,” is the perpetual demand of Truth and Love, changing chaos into order and discord into the music of the spheres.” (S&H 255:1-6)
Let this music play on ……. Thank you all for your contribution of receptivity!
(c) 03.12.2016 Linn Moffett
What have Facebook, Einstein, the Internet and Trees to do with each other and with the Science of Being?
A Conversation Across Continents . . .
In this scientific age of research and investigation, we discover that we have entered an era of extreme information. How we take in this information, process it, express it and give appropriate feedback has the great potential to effect change.
As a Facebook user, I often post great quotes to keep my status updated. One recent update, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou. With a further comment by yours truly,“Therefore, be very caring that your motives and intentions come only from the standpoint of Love as this is the spiritual residue that is felt and remains.” Because this “information” was inspired, an entire conversation ensued from around the world with other spiritually minded thinkers.
It is always exciting to me to feel the divine energy of pure reflection alive with loving purpose that expands consciousness in this beautiful web of design that actually perfectly patterns the Divine. “The divine Science of man is woven into one web of consistency without seam or rent. Mere speculation or superstition appropriates no part of the divine vesture, while inspiration restores every part of the Christly garment of righteousness.” (S&H* 242:25). Are you starting to see the connective tissue?
What really got this whole ‘think’ going was someone else’s status update on Facebook. A friend in South Africa posted that he was interested in feedback on the following thoughts as he was in the midst of reading the book, “The Language of God (A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief)” by Francis Collins. This friend’s observation was that formal religion seemed orthogonal to science – changes in one had no effect on the other. He further writes, “However, faith may have a definite impact on the way that scientific investigation is pursued and interpreted, (Just my opinion!) What do you think?” Well, this certainly opened the door for a great conversation across the timeless/spaceless-ness of consciousness and continents!
First I queried as to his use of the word “orthogonal” so as not to impose speculation. His clarification included that changes do not necessarily provoke or effect changes in one area or in the other, and also that he is “careful in distinguishing between formal religion and faith”.
My comment in response: “Personally I happen to agree with Einstein, “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” Science’s elements are curiosity, investigation, observation, discovery/initial evidence, testing/experimentation, proof through evidence, testimony/written articles, recognition of a truth ….. are these not the same elements that are found in religion and if not, then religion has no right to the name!
“Since there is really only one thing going on, God and Her idea expressed in infinite ways, whenever consciousness accepts a truth or deeper understanding of the divine Source (God) and how it operates, everything changes. Its impact is felt throughout all creation as a shift however small or large, quantum or the rolling of worlds. All human sciences (all good things for that matter) mirror the divine as its image & likeness. It can do no less since we all sprang from the same Source….the pattern is set “as in heaven, so on earth” – we reflect!
My friend responds, “The old adage about all religions leading to the top of the same mountain is probably true – except that isn’t where God lives! If God is to be known, then the only way that could happen is for Him/Her to do the revealing. Einstein’s comment remains valid for me, despite my need to make the above distinction.”
I chimed back, “And therefore, based on your premise I would have to agree that the majority of religions do not include all of the elements found in science such as proof…..and faith must be elevated to spiritual understanding for a blind faith is worse yet and does not ever include a proper premise to get to a conclusion of truth. So in both science & religion there is the definite need for truth…..And then, the next great question that has rocked the world since time began is….What is Truth?”
I was so surprised at his response: “How about “Who is Truth”
So the conversation went on: “’Who’ would very specifically imply a person in lieu of an Intelligent divine Principle that is the only creative Force.”
With his: “That is an interesting perspective Linn. It seems to me that the universe is an intensely personal place, so I have no difficulty in perceiving God as Personal.”
And mine: “Within that context, I would have to agree and particularly love your conscious use of capitalization assuming you mean God when used with the capital “P”, and his creation, man & the universe, with the lower case.
He: “Yes – that’s right. In my (limited) understanding, God is indeed Personal. That means that S/He is a communicator. Also, it’s illogical to assume that the created can discover the Creator by means of ritual. The Creator would have to take the initiative – which of course, leads to the person of Jesus Christ as the means of that revelation. Not a “popular” belief, because it divides – but it’s the only one that satisfies me – so that’s where I’m at.”
Me: “Again, I would agree with you within the context previously laid out that God is indeed Personal, the One intelligent and logical Principle that operates as divine Law. Because of this, I would offer a unifying concept that does not divide but supremely unites the concept of Jesus as the Christ, Immanuel or God with us; and true religion with the logic of scientific understanding that is demonstrable on every level of understanding. It also takes into account how this exquisite idea is an aspect of the biblically termed, City Foursquare, or divine consciousness in its full office of spiritual understanding – a fourfold idea.”
This conversation was a 2 day feast of interconnectivity, of sharing our deepest love of what we currently understood of God, Christ Jesus, and how that touches into the everyday practical, right where we live, not only as observing but participating in this deep level spiritual interaction wherein time and space were denounced by the clear perception of communicating heart to heart, speaking quietly through the keyboard.
It also brought to view that individuals are scientists by their very nature – wanting input, processing it through deep-level listening to the divine within, communicating their most cherished ideas in open forum, in an effort of discovering higher forms of unification. It is divine Science that allows us to reinterpret our experiences. It is so loving and warm that all may partake in the same system of understanding. Today, the internet has provided an open forum to information, to communication, to more deeply explore ethics, to overcome all sorts of misinformation that would cloud or distort one’s viewpoint, to rekindle random acts of kindness, to encourage collaboration, and to reframe collective consciousness around the globe.
Our conversation also penetrated the idea of scientists’ search for the God particle through a Grand Unified Field Theory once considered the TOE (Theory of Everything communicated through seven definite terms), but elevated to recognize that four-fold patterns are seen across the scales of every discipline. Music’s scale is pitch, melody, harmony, rhythm; math’s is addition, subtraction, multiplication, division; military’s and gaming’s is observe, orient, decide, act; computer’s is input, process, output, feedback, and the biblical ‘sacred city’ reconsidered by Mary Baker Eddy as Word, Christ, Christianity, divine Science.
Also, within the scientific community it is generally agreed that science may be compared to a tree branching out into many directions. As a self-professed tree hugger, I love this analogy especially in understanding that a tree’s root system, unseen to the senses, runs deeper and broader than the visible portion of the tree that it may support the tree in its growth. There is nothing separate about the tree. Every branch is connected to the sturdy trunk that is connected to the expansive root system that continually feeds itself throughout all four seasons.
For years scientists have struggled to define reality through seven terms and four operative modes recognizing the pattern across all scales. The book my friend was reading was named, The Language of God. Speculation and theory abound. Yet, through her amazing ability to deeply listen, the door of revelation opened wide for Eddy and we are the recipients and stewards of this precious Science of all the sciences, with the language of God, Spirit, inextricably woven into the finest fabric and the absolute beauty of this design is in its simplicity of pattern shown on the mount of revelation which “diversifies, classifies, and individualizes all thoughts, which are as eternal as the Mind conceiving them;” (S&H* 513:17-18).
So, as our conversation progressed in the fullness of ideas around this concept of consciousness as a city foursquare but without walls yet with an all-embracing understanding of how the Mind of God as the Word is the only true Source of all information that must be expressed (Christ). Much in the same way that we were expressing our love for communicating ideas with each other across the span of continents to gain a clearer understanding of our individual love for God. As this process of penetrating ideas were deeply expanded, we could feel the beauty of how simply this nature is seen in all things as the basic fourfold Self-organizing Presence, that we call God.
Within this, an opening could be divinely felt in consciousness wherein a shift was taking place as an enlarged understanding became our new base of operation. The divisiveness formerly felt had fled from thought and unification ensued. We call this healing! It was recognized and felt from South Africa all the way to Golden Shores of California!
This is the story of how Facebook, Einstein, the Internet, and Trees have come together in the most unique way, exquisite in its adaptation to prove that the Science of being – individual, collective, and universal – is seen operating in every aspect of life, clarifying, overturning false concepts, and letting in the light. ♥
* S&H = Science & Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy
© 09.24.2009 Linn Moffett