Sunday, April 5th, 2020 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

PRAYER FOR YOURSELF – I am the child of God. His care and love surround me. Animal magnetism cannot reach me to make me fear or be afraid.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 63

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENTIST’S PRAYER – There is no matter and no mortal mind. God is All-in-all. All is harmony, health, holiness. This is the prayer ‘unceasing’ to be used on all occasions and at all times. It lays the axe at the root of unreality, materiality (that forbidden tree) and cuts it down. Preserve a sacred silence on this subject of prayer. (Signed, Author of S. & H.)

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 63

Discussion points

109 — WATCH lest you regard the attainment of spirituality as a purification of your own thinking rather than a receiving of wisdom from God. The purification of thought is the preparation, and this requires a certain amount of study. But study will not bring spirituality, unless that which one learns is put into practice. Spirituality is reflection. It is what flows through the pipes after they are clean rather than the effort to cleanse the pipes.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

Keep your slate clean.

— Plainfield Roundtable

Golden Text — “God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” — II Corinthians 4 : 6

Psalms 91:1 — I dwell in the secret place of the most High (consciousness of good), and abide under the shadow (protection) of the Almighty.

Psalms 91:2 — I will say of the Lord (Supreme Ruler), He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.

Psalms 91:3 — Surely He shall deliver me from the snare of the fowler (temptation) and from the noisome pestilence (uncleanness, impure thoughts).

Psalms 91:4 — He shall cover me with his feathers (omnipresence), and under His wings (omnipotence) shall I trust: His Truth (omniscience) shall be my shield and buckler (defense).

Psalms 91:5 — I shall not be afraid for the terror by night (mental malpractice); nor for the arrow (aggressive mental suggestion) that flieth by day;

Psalms 91:6 — Nor for the pestilence (mental contagion) that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

Psalms 91:7 — A thousand (false beliefs) shall fall at my side, and ten thousand at my right hand; but it shall not come nigh me.

Psalms 91:8 — Only with my eyes (personal sense) shall I behold and see the reward of the wicked (unrighteousness).

Psalms 91:9 — Because I have made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, my habitation;

Psalms 91:10 — There shall no evil befall me, neither shall any plague (inharmony) come nigh my dwelling.

Psalms 91:11 — For He shall give his angels (spiritual intuitions) charge over me, to keep me in all my ways.

Psalms 91:12 — They shall bear me up in their hands (power of right thoughts), lest I dash my foot against a stone (belief in matter).

Psalms 91:13 — I shall tread upon the lion (animal courage) and adder (subtlety): the young lion (blind enthusiasm, mortal will) and the dragon (malicious animal instinct) I shall trample under my feet (understanding).

Psalms 91:14 — Because I have set my love upon Him, therefore will He deliver me: He will set me on high (spiritual exaltation), because I have known His name (manifested His nature).

Psalms 91:15 — I will call upon Him and He will answer me; He will be with me in trouble (human experience); He will deliver me and honor me (manifest Himself through me).

Psalms 91:16 — With long life (immortal being) will He satisfy me and show me His salvation (preservation).

— Attributed to Mary Baker Eddy, page 60

496 — WATCH that you realize that you are a terror to error, that your consciousness of God is so effective and powerful, and you are the custodian of such vast power, that the moment you apply it, it does things, it dissipates error and leaves the infinite good filling all space. The time must come when we recognize ourselves as aggressors, rather than merely defenders of the faith. There is a temptation to feel that there exists a great lie claiming to be power, and that we must forever protect ourselves against it. Like the knights of old we must ride forth with shield and sword to defend ourselves against error, so that we may destroy it. Yet this conception does not fit Mrs. Eddy’s statement that she used to do her work with the realization that God is All. The answer is that this phase of our experience is a necessary but passing one. We must recognize ourselves as terrors to error, until we can rise to the realization that there is no error, since God is All.

Some students fail because they regard animal magnetism as a lion, and themselves as but a rabbit. We are the lion equipped with God’s power. The lie retreats when we face it with divine courage.

Mrs. Eddy once said, “Animal magnetism is powerless — but you must declare against it as though it had all power.”

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.

— Psalm 46 : 1-5 from citation 2 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

— Psalm 46: 10 from the King James Bible

In the home of Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, those whom she called mental workers were instructed to sit quietly in their rooms and watch and pray, usually for an hour at a time. These periods she called watches, after the Master’s query, “Could ye not watch with me one hour?”

It was her custom to furnish these workers with written texts or outlines of thoughts which she expected them to amplify. Calvin Frye, her secretary, would pass these papers around to each worker. When there was a special need, the amount of such work was increased. Gilbert C. Carpenter relates how, in 1905, the workers watched for three days and nights, without going to bed or removing their clothes, being permitted fifteen minute rest periods from time to time. When the work was done successfully, Mrs. Eddy told them so, and the home returned to its normal schedule of three main watches per day, in which everyone, including Mrs. Eddy, participated.

— from Watches, Prayers, and Arguments by Mary Baker Eddy, Foreword

The theology of Christian Science includes healing the sick. Our Master’s first article of faith propounded to his students was healing, and he proved his faith by his works. The ancient Christians were healers. Why has this element of Christianity been lost? Because our systems of religion are governed more or less by our systems of medicine.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 145

In a letter written in 1899, our Leader wrote: “All the people need to love and adopt Christian Science is a true sense of its founder. In proportion as they have found it, will our Cause advance. Some have believed that our Leader had, to some degree, relinquished her leadership of our movement, but instead her leadership rises today more grandly than ever. Christian Scientists are adding to the reverent appellation, “Our Leader,” the grander concept of her spiritual leadership of the world. Through the discovery of Christian Science, God is today proclaming His own government of the universe, and in resistance to this sublime government we hear one human voice after another crying, “No, I shall rule the world.” This clamor will cease, and out of the fire shall emerge a purified consciousness more ready to learn the way to live. Our Leader encourgaes us to seek and find her in her writings. The hostility of mortal mind endeavors to separate her from her writings and so keep us from more intimalte communion with her. Perhaps we sometimes read Science and Health without a thought of the author. May we not rather realize that we are not only reading the word of God, but that our communion with Him is through the message written by His chosen scribe? Also, in turning our thought to our Leader’s other writings, when we seek the teaching contained in her Prose Works, is it not heart-warming to know that she is herself instructing us on practically every subject and situation in life, just as truly as though we sat in her classroom? We may still feel her vital interest in each one of us which we always felt when looking into her face and feeling the warm clasp of her hand.

— from “The Writings of Mary Baker Eddy” We Knew Mary Baker Eddy, Volume 1, by Daisette D. S. McKenzie, page 40-41

SUN. The symbol of Soul governing man, — of Truth, Life, and Love.

— from the Glossary of Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 595

The churches and the students must be secondary to the example of Jesus and, if he was here personally, to his call upon his students, “Watch with me.” Had they watched with him one hour or one year, and so saved losing him, you can see where the history of Christianity would be today, and how many years it will take to recover that lost opportunity. Demonstration, healing the sick, and helping your Leader, is needed more than all things else at this date. Unspoken influences are mentally at work to keep you and all my students from doing either of these duties aforenamed.

— from Watches, Prayers, and Arguments by Mary Baker Eddy, page 134

Edward Kimball, one of Mrs. Eddy’s students, asked her what would happen to the Christian Science Movement if she should pass on. She replied: “It would degenerate into material prosperity.” He then asked what would happen if she ascended. She hesitated before answering with a beatific smile, “The Mother Church would be dissolved.” – MARY BAKER EDDY

— from The Prophetic and Historical Perspective by Paul R. Smillie

In the spring of 1879, a little band of earnest seekers after Truth went into deliberations over forming a church without creeds, to be called the “CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST.” They were members of evangelical churches, and students of Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy in Christian Science, and were known as “Christian Scientists.”

At a meeting of the Christian Scientist Association, April 19, 1879, on motion of Mrs. Eddy, it was voted, –– To organize a church designed to commemorate the word and works of our Master, which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing.

— from “Historical Sketch” The Christian Science Manual 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy

Love is all powerful.
Love is all seeing.
Love is ever present.
Thy kingdom has come.
Thy will is done here on earth as it is in heaven, and earth is heaven.

(Mrs. Eddy told her students to put this prayer in their pocketbook, and, if they did, they would never want.)

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,” by Mary Baker Eddy, page 60

It is often asked, Why are faith-cures sometimes more speedy than some of the cures wrought through Christian Scientists? Because faith is belief, and not understanding; and it is easier to believe, than to understand spiritual Truth. It demands less cross-bearing, self-renunciation, and divine Science to admit the claims of the corporeal senses and appeal to God for relief through a humanized conception of His power, than to deny these claims and learn the divine way, — drinking Jesus’ cup, being baptized with his baptism, gaining the end through persecution and purity.

Millions are believing in God, or good, without bearing the fruits of goodness, not having reached its Science. Belief is virtually blindness, when it admits Truth without understanding it. Blind belief cannot say with the apostle, “I know whom I have believed.” There is danger in this mental state called belief; for if Truth is admitted, but not understood, it may be lost, and error may enter through this same channel of ignorant belief. The faith-cure has devout followers, whose Christian practice is far in advance of their theory.

The work of healing, in the Science of Mind, is the most sacred and salutary power which can be wielded. My Christian students, impressed with the true sense of the great work before them, enter this strait and narrow path, and work conscientiously.

Let us follow the example of Jesus, the master Metaphysician, and gain sufficient knowledge of error to destroy it with Truth. Evil is not mastered by evil; it can only be overcome with good. This brings out the nothingness of evil and the eternal somethingness, vindicates the divine Principle, and improves the race of Adam.

— from “Faith-Cure”Retrospection and Introspection, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 54

Ephesians 6: 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

“We must stand without wavering. There need not be much mental work done, “Be still and know that I am God” is all that is really necessary. The harder you “work” mentally – sometimes – the more real the claim appears – so do as Jesus did – expect the – “WORD” – TO HEAL INSTANTLY. Now the next step is to hold fast to this – let this Christ rise in you. How? First practice Peace. Jesus said,” My peace I give unto you.” We do not recognize the importance of these words, nor of what Paul said – “None of these things move me.” Speak peace to the turmoil within – hundreds of times a day. Learn what the word means. Speak it to all things and persons, either verbally or mentally and especially to yourself. When you acquire quietness of heart, when knowing that you are one with – ALL THE POWER THERE IS, when you consciously feel peace because there is nothing else but that peace for God’s likeness, then you take the next step – possession. A sense of possession is as much a law of your being as the distinct eternal sense of health or the distinct sense of activity. Practice having this sense of all things and men having dominion over all things. Doesn’t Mrs. Eddy say, “God giving all , man having all that God gives?” Doesn’t that mean anything to you? I believe that this possession of what God gives us – and He gives all – is the step leading to the understanding of dominion – or that which gives us what seems to be lacking.”

— Forum Post by Chardelle from NJ

Forum post — “When we come to have more faith…”” by Joanne from FL

Being cannot be invaded now or at any time, because all Being is God. God cannot, and does not, invade Himself. Nothing can come to any nation but God, and God constitutes all Being. Being which is “I and my Father are one.” “Principle and its idea is one,” is all there is, and there is no other being. This understanding is the “all-out” to ourselves and to the people of all nations. This knowing is what we all want and what we must supply by knowing everyone already has all.

The “all-out” to any nation is the understanding which goes forth from Mind, that all Being is whole and complete within itself. Where is this being of activity taking place?

Is it over there? Are we working to objectify something in other countries? If so, we are working incorrectly. The demonstration is to be made here in your consciousness and not anywhere else.

Evil cannot invade good. Evil cannot invade God. The divine Mind needs no defense. As we see that God is the Mind of man, we can understand our position at this time. Wherever man is, there is Mind. And wherever Mind is, there is God. Mind which is infinitely good, recognizes no power unlike itself, recognizes no sinning evil man, no war. This determination of Mind to be Mind is an offensive to the belief in evil.

Say many times a day to yourself, “Where God is, I Am, and where I Am is the power of God.” Where the power of God is, there is no other power, no war, bombing, hatred or invasion. There is the freedom of infinite Being — valiant in its own strength, goodness and power.

— Belief of Invasion by Mildred LeBlond

Final Readings

There is no power, intelligence or principle, mesmeric or hypnotic, in materia medica, as individual or collective mind. Therefore, it cannot blind nor hypnotize mortals, through human beliefs or will-power, from seeking the true healing, as it is in Christ Jesus and Christian Science.

There is but one Physician, because there is but one Mind; whose medicine is Truth; which destroys all error; whose attraction is Love, which casteth out all fear. This is the one Mind, which was also in Christ Jesus, and this Mind alone can draw all men unto Him — divine Love.

Materia medica cannot hide under the guise of hygiene, witchcraft, magic, spiritualism, mind-cure, faithcure, or any other subtle form of carnality, for to be carnally-minded is death. Man (I) cannot be bewitched or mesmerized by alluring or high sounding phrases or methods, nor by any personality, individual or collective, which substitutes matter and materia medica for the healing power of Truth, Christ. The nothingness and impotence of materia medica is demonstrated through divine Science by its loyal students, who reflect divine intelligence, which destroys any claim of intelligence not in God, good, divine Mind. To enmity’s own hell of ignorance, superstition, hypocrisy and hatred, justice consigns the lie, which would slay man in order to satisfy its own beliefs in materia medica and false theology. God made man immortal and in His image, the image of His own eternity, and to this end gave him dominion over all the earth, over all the works of His hands. This is the Truth of being, and nothing can change the Truth into a lie.

Nothing can wrest man out of the Father’s hand, for “It is He who hath made us, and not we ourselves,” and hath given us life everlasting. Therefore, health, harmony and immortality are the everlasting facts of being. It is so.

— from Watches, Prayers, and Arguments by Mary Baker Eddy, pages 110-111

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