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Sunday, May 31st, 2020 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

Be “of one mind,” “in one place,” and God will pour you out a blessing such as you never before received. He who dwelleth in eternal light is bigger than the shadow, and will guard and guide His own.

— from Miscellaneous Writings by Mary Baker Eddy, page 134


Oh, that an influx of divine light and glory may enter each and every one of our hearts, and that you be enduced anew with power from on high.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, (the “Blue Book”), by Mary Baker Eddy, page 61

Discussion points

261 — WATCH lest old theology tempt you to feel that there is virtue in paying one’s respects to the dead, as is done on Memorial Day. While we may have to go through the outward form at times, in order to satisfy mortal mind, in our hearts we should use the day wholly to break down the belief that there are any dead, since man never dies. When we assent to the world’s belief in death, we open the way for our dying. Therefore, we should always resist such suggestion and evidence strongly and strenuously.

Memorial Day is as much part of mortal mind’s plan to kill man as are the more obvious and gruesome ways. Memorial Day wars against life by bringing to people’s attention the universal inevitability and necessity for death. It serves to remind those that have forgotten, that death is inescapable and perhaps lurking just around the corner for them. If you do not believe that, take a look at the cemetery! Furthermore, one good look a year is enough to suit the purpose of animal magnetism — enough to quiet any hope or expectancy that one is not going to die.

Once when one of the students asked her permission to put flowers on the graves of Mrs. Eddy’s family on Memorial Day, she replied, “I love you, and thank you, but they sleep not there. Let the dead bury their dead. Jesus.”

Christian Scientists must break the belief that there is such a thing as death, instead of yielding to it, and making it seem beautiful by means of flowers. One cannot neutralize the smell of death by adding to it the perfume of lovely flowers. It must be done mentally. It is said that a mother pig once instructed her baby as follows: “Now I have just given you a nice mud bath; don’t you dare go out to play and get clean!” Memorial Day says to mortals, “I have just darkened your thought with the suggestion of the inevitability of death; don’t you dare go and cleanse yourself of that error!”.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter




Golden Text — “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.”” — James 4 : 8




Animal magnetism, I acknowledge your claims, but I denounce your power. When error speaks, nothing is said.

— from Divinity Course and General Collectanea, the “Blue Book,”
by Mary Baker Eddy, page 199




This material world is even now becoming the arena for conflicting forces. On one side there will be discord and dismay; on the other side there will be Science and peace.

— Citation 13 in this week’s Lesson from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, page 96




And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.

And Jesus said unto them,

Take heed that no man deceive you.

For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations;

— Matthew 24 : 1, 2, 4-7, 10-14 from citation 5 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson




This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

— II Timothy 3 : 1-5, 14-17 from citation 7 in the Bible portion of this week’s Lesson




Hold thought steadfastly to the enduring, the good, and the true, and you will bring these into your experience proportionably to their occupancy of your thoughts.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 261




What are you holding fast to?

— Plainfield Roundtable




In Collectanea, Mary Baker Eddy gives the following two instructions in regard to Watching:

WATCH — . . . sit down and first get yourself into a consciousness of your power with God, and then take up the Outside Watch. Sit until this is clear, — if two hours.

WATCH — . . . take up the Watch every two hours as long as you live or until you can make the right side real to your consciousness.


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The tool of the devil is to divide.

— Plainfield Roundtable




Forum post — Must Handle Mesmerism! by Florence Roberts




We have a solemn responsibiity not to be mesmerized and a duty to think correctly, to see what God has created.

— Plainfield Roundtable




O blest is he to whom is given
The instinct that can tell
That God is on the field, although
He seems invisible.

— Hymn 87 from the Christian Science Hymnal




Passion: origin of suffering.

— Plainfield Roundtable




The sermon, “Ancient and Modern Necromancy, alias Mesmerism and Hypnotism, Denounced,” is the only one in the series which has as its specific object the exposure of error,—its subtlety, its powerlessness, and its utter nothingness. Some Christian Scientists labor under the mistaken impression that they do not like this sermon, yet we all should realize that its teachings are very vital, else it would not have been given us. Its importance may be discerned to some extent if we will but remember that Mrs. Eddy was not able to publish the first edition of Science and Health until she had prepared the chapter on Animal Magnetism, as we read in “Retrospection and Introspection” (pp. 37, 38). On page 64 of this same work Mrs. Eddy states, “It is scientific to abide in conscious harmony, in health-giving, deathless Truth and Love,” but she immediately points out that “to do this, mortals must first open their eyes to all the illusive forms, methods, and subtlety of error, in order that the illusion, error, may be destroyed;” adding the significant warning, “if this is not done, mortals will become the victims of error.” This sermon exposes error and its “illusive forms, methods, and subtlety,” to the end that error may be destroyed, its nothingness made plain to us, and we are saved from becoming its victims.

— from excerpt from “Tokens of Divine Love” Christian Science Journal, 1915,
by Luman a. Field




My reluctance to give the public, in my first edition of Science and Health, the chapter on Animal Magnetism, and the divine purpose that this should be done, may have an interest for the reader, and will be seen in the following circumstances. I had finished that edition as far as that chapter, when the printer informed me that he could not go on with my work. I had already paid him seven hundred dollars, and yet he stopped my work. All efforts to persuade him to finish my book were in vain.

After months had passed, I yielded to a constant conviction that I must insert in my last chapter a partial history of what I had already observed of mental malpractice. Accordingly, I set to work, contrary to my inclination, to fulfil this painful task, and finished my copy for the book. As it afterwards appeared, although I had not thought of such a result, my printer resumed his work at the same time, finished printing the copy he had on hand, and then started for Lynn to see me. The afternoon that he left Boston for Lynn, I started for Boston with my finished copy. We met at the Eastern depot in Lynn, and were both surprised, — I to learn that he had printed all the copy on hand, and had come to tell me he wanted more, — he to find me en route for Boston, to give him the closing chapter of my first edition of Science and Health. Not a word had passed between us, audibly or mentally, while this went on. I had grown disgusted with my printer, and become silent. He had come to a standstill through motives and circumstances unknown to me.

— from “The Precious Volume” Retrospectionand Introspection
by Mary Baker Eddy, page 37-38




Mortal existence is an enigma. Every day is a mystery.

— from Science and Health, 1910, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 70




When you have fallen away, trace back to the first suggestions to prevent it from happening again.

— Plainfield Roundtable




Posterity will have the right to demand that Christian Science be stated and demonstrated in its godliness and grandeur, — that however little be taught or learned, that little shall be right. Let there be milk for babes, but let not the milk be adulterated. Unless this method be pursued, the Science of Christian healing will again be lost, and human suffering will increase.

Test Christian Science by its effect on society, and you will find that the views here set forth — as to the illusion of sin, sickness, and death — bring forth better fruits of health, righteousness, and Life, than a belief in their reality has ever done. A demonstration of the unreality of evil destroys evil.

— from Retrospection and Introspection by Mary Baker Eddy, page 61-62




The greater works referred to by Jesus may quite well be the prevention of problems from arising. Certainly the best demonstration is to prevent a situation from arising.

— from Addresses by Martha Wilcox, page 37




…since he did not continue to inquire of him (God), but went to a diviner, it was all one as if he had not inquired at all; for he did it faintly, coldly, and indifferently. … He whose heart is perfect with God, lifts up his eyes unto him, and fixes them on him; hoping in him, though he doth not presently hear him; and perseveres in his expectation and confidence, firmly setting a resolution to wait upon him. But so did not Saul, who was remiss and negligent, saying in his heart, If God will not hear me, I will go and consult a familiar spirit.

— from Benson Commentary I Samuel 28




Nothing but the wisdom of God can handle the wisdom of the serpent.

— from Mary Baker Eddy’s Lessons of the Seventh Day, the “Brown Book,”
by Mary Baker Eddy, page 88




Forum post — Refuge in Truth by Sharon from NJ




Forum post — Draw nigh to God. by Lynda from NJ




The Pie and Cheese

Once Mrs. Eddy and a student had a luncheon in a Lynn cafe, and the menu read, a cut of pie and cheese 10 cents. When it came, there was no cheese. Mrs. Eddy asked the waiter for her cheese, and was told they were out of it. She asked that the proprietor be sent to her, and asked him, “Where is my cheese?” He also said they were out of it. She said, “Are there not stores near where you can get it, and thus carry out your word?” So, after a little talk, seeing she was determined, he sent out and got some cheese.

To her student, who was listening with astonishment, she explained: “I care but little to have the cheese, but if I don’t correct error in stealing little things, it will steal bigger things,” and she gave the student a lesson.

There is another version reporting that Mrs. Eddy said, “if I let it take my cheese, it will next take my life”—showing the importance of stopping error in the small things.

— from Edward Norwood Reminiscence by Edward Norwood




Forum post — “…familiar spirits and wizards that peep and mutter…” by Joanne from FL




Forum post — Medical Mesmerism – Some Amusing Facts by Parthens




At this point my lead pencil demands a hearing. It reminds me that it is built of particles so far apart that were my vision keen enough the pencil would look more porous than a sieve. Not one atom touches its neighbors. The law of attraction holds them in their respective orbits. No man on earth is strong enough to pull the pencil in two — strong enough to separate the atoms from one another. Why are they so clannish? Because they like one another. Here shines forth, not the strength of materials, for matter is a phantom, but the power of adoration.

How silent is the atom in its ceaseless activity. The patriot is silent. Never does he boast of his patriotism. It is so much a part of him that he scarcely knows he has it. So of one who is strong in love. The emotion is his very self. It seldom occurs to him to announce it.

Here we have a hint of the heart of spiritual or metaphysical healing. It is more than a purely intellectual process. It has, at its highest, the warmth and ardor of devotion. It is the mood wherein evil is unthinkable and unrecognizable, wherein good is the natural and exclusive order, the all and the only.

— from “Law of attraction” Leaves Of Healing by Peter V. Ross




Endure: To last; to continue in the same state without perishing; to remain; to abide.

— from 1828 Webster’s Dictionary


Oh, my God, I offer as a consecrated gift upon Thine altar, a heart dedicated to Thy service, lips speaking only words of charity, love, and truth, thoughts striving to be only the true thoughts of the Mind of God. Help me to endure unto the end, strong in the faith, powerful in the truth, all the influence that I can bring to bear, all the force of tongue or pen that is mine, I offer in Thy service. May heaven help, consecrate, and accept.

— Mrs. Eddy’s Prayer, given at the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, found in both the April 1885 Christian Science Journal and in Mary Baker Eddy’s Six Days of Revelation, page 171




Final Readings

Ways That Are Vain

Certain individuals entertain the notion that Christian Science Mind-healing should be two-sided, and only denounce error in general, — saying nothing, in particular, of error that is damning men. They are sticklers for a false, convenient peace, straining at gnats and swallowing camels. The unseen wrong to individuals and society they are too cowardly, too ignorant, or too wicked to uncover, and excuse themselves by denying that this evil exists. This mistaken way, of hiding sin in order to maintain harmony, has licensed evil, allowing it first to smoulder, and then break out in devouring flames. All that error asks is to be let alone; even as in Jesus’ time the unclean spirits cried out, “Let us alone; what have we to do with thee?”

Animal magnetism, in its ascending steps of evil, entices its victim by unseen, silent arguments. Reversing the modes of good, in their silent allurements to health and holiness, it impels mortal mind into error of thought, and tempts into the committal of acts foreign to the natural inclinations. The victims lose their individuality, and lend themselves as willing tools to carry out the designs of their worst enemies, even those who would induce their self-destruction. Animal magnetism fosters suspicious distrust where honor is due, fear where courage should be strongest, reliance where there should be avoidance, a belief in safety where there is most danger; and these miserable lies, poured constantly into his mind, fret and confuse it, spoiling that individual’s disposition, undermining his health, and sealing his doom, unless the cause of the mischief is found out and destroyed.

Other minds are made dormant by it, and the victim is in a state of semi-individuality, with a mental haziness which admits of no intellectual culture or spiritual growth. The state induced by this secret evil influence is a species of intoxication, in which the victim is led to believe and do what he would never, otherwise, think or do voluntarily.

This intricate method of animal magnetism is the essence, or spirit, of evil, which makes mankind drunken. In this era it is taking the place of older and more open sins, and other forms of intoxication. A harder fight will be necessary to expose the cause and effects of this evil influence, than has been required to put down the evil effects of alcohol. The alcoholic habit is the use of higher forms of matter, wherewith to do evil; whereas animal magnetism is the highest form of mental evil, wherewith to complete the sum total of sin.

The question is often asked, Why is there so much dissension among mental practitioners? We answer, Because they do not practise in strict accordance with the teaching of Christian Science Mind-healing. If they did, there would be unity of action. Being like the disciples of old, “with one accord in one place,” they would receive a spiritual influx impossible under other conditions, and so would recognize and resist the animal magnetism by which they are being deceived and misled.

The mental malpractitioner, interfering with the rights of Mind, destroys the true sense of Science, and loses his own power to heal. He tries to compensate himself for his own loss by hindering in every way conceivable the success of others. You will find this practitioner saying that animal magnetism never troubles him, but that Mrs. Eddy teaches animal magnetism; and he says this to cover his crime of mental malpractice, in furtherance of unscrupulous designs.

The natural fruits of Christian Science Mind-healing are harmony, brotherly love, spiritual growth and activity. The malicious aim of perverted mind-power, or animal magnetism, is to paralyze good and give activity to evil. It starts factions and engenders envy and hatred, but as activity is by no means a right of evil and its emissaries, they ought not to be encouraged in it. Because this age is cursed with one rancorous and lurking foe to human weal, those who are the truest friends of mankind, and conscientious in their desire to do right and to live pure and Christian lives, should be more zealous to do good, more watchful and vigilant. Then they will be proportionately successful and bring out glorious results.

Unless one’s eyes are opened to the modes of mental malpractice, working so subtly that we mistake its suggestions for the impulses of our own thought, the victim will allow himself to drift in the wrong direction without knowing it. Be ever on guard against this enemy. Watch your thoughts, and see whether they lead you to God and into harmony with His true followers. Guard and strengthen your own citadel more strongly. Thus you will grow wiser and better through every attack of your foe, and the Golden Rule will not rust for lack of use or be misinterpreted by the adverse influence of animal magnetism.

— from Miscellany, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 210-213







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