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Dwell in the conscious of Life, and lose all consciousness of death!

Kathy Fitzer, St. Louis, MO & Park City, UT
Posted Monday, April 20th, 2015

Dwell in the conscious of Life, and lose all consciousness of death!
Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson

Probation After Death
April 20-26, 2015

prepared by Kathy Fitzer
314-323-4083 kathyfitzer@gmail.com

Search as we may… we’re never going to find sustainable life in matter (in a limited sense of life that has a beginning and has an ending and is dependent on earthly circumstances for survival.) This week’s lesson teaches us that GOD is Life — that we live the Life that cannot die as we view Life as Jesus did and understand our relationship to God as His eternal likeness—His Son! Because God as Life doesn’t die or disappear or stop being, the life of man can’t die or disappear or stop being. The more we understand about Life as God, the less we will be fazed by the lie of death. We won’t be fascinated by it, or afraid of it. That leaves us freer to truly live!

Golden Text:
Where would “the world” have us look for life? [Not in the only place that satisfaction can be foundof awaking to “behold thy face in righteousness” (Ps. 17:15)—in right thinking and right acting… Instead,] we are constantly bombarded with messages that the “right” food, drink, activity, and drugs are what we require to live a long and satisfying life. But… are people finding that those things really make them consistently happier and healthier? I don’t think so. David wrote Psalm 17 during a time that he was running for his life from King Saul. But, David’s prayer is much more than a simple request that his life be spared. He is turning to God with confidence — knowing that God (Life) is present and active. And, David seems to understand that as he sees himself as made in God’s likeness, he will be safe. Bible scholar, Dr. Jack Hyles, wrote that “the Jews learned to use this Psalm when facing death”… for themselves or a loved one. As we know, David was saved. No matter what mess we find ourselves in — or even if life seems pretty good — the way to feel truly safe is to see Life as God sees it — as all things good — made in the image and likeness of God—of Life that lives outside the threat of death.

Responsive Reading:
God’s omnipotence and omnipresence comes through loud and clear here. There is no getting away from God — His power, knowledge, and tender mercy. Our privilege, then, is to know that we can never be separated from God and to acknowledge (and praise) God as the source of our help and our life. The Psalmist asks that his thoughts be examined and corrected to uncover anything that would keep him from being led “along the path of everlasting life.” (NLT) He knows that it is God’s nature to deliver man from death and “keep them alive.” So, it would only be a stumbling block in the human consciousness that would keep the fullness of that life from being experienced. Truth naturally removes those stumbling blocks of error. The prophet, Isaiah declares, “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces;” Let’s expand our concept of what death is as we think about what God is swallowing up — leaving nothing remaining. The original Hebrew is translated literally as “death,” but figuratively it can be thought of as “pestilence” (from the Latin, pestis or plague) and “ruin.” Webster defined death as a state of being in which there is a permanent cessation of vital functions. Theologically, it is a “perpetual separation from God.” So, God swallows up plagues (disease and epidemics) and ruin (financial, emotional, or physical,) the belief of separation from God, as well as any situation that appears hopeless. So, when things seem especially dark — hopeless — remember that Love wipes away the tears and reveals that Life — God, Good — being omnipotent and omnipresent — can never end!

Section 1: Choose Life!
The Bible is full of promise! When things seem overwhelming, much comfort can be received by turning to the Psalms — the hymns of the Bible. No matter how dark things seem, we can be assured that similar challenges have been faced before, and victories won! The 23rd psalm is an ageless song of hope and deliverance — the promise that no matter what you’re facing, your shepherd — divine Love — is there to lead you through “the shadow of death.” Again we’re reminded of God’s goodness and mercy, and the promise that we will dwell forever in the house of the Lord (the consciousness of Love) forever. (B-4 & S-1) Eternal life is the eternal consciousness of Love. Another psalm (36) tells us that God is the “fountain of life” and the source of light. So, if you’re ever tempted to give up, jump into that fountain and get washed clean, and make up your mind to stand firm with David —“I will not die, but live.” (B-2 & B-3) And, what’s the next step after deciding to live? “Declare the works of the Lord.” Just by BEING, we are showing off God’s goodness. Life is living us — as surely as the sun is shining its rays. God needs us to express His fullness. Life can’t die — any more than water can lose its wetness. Life is a spiritual quality. We experience the fullness of Life as we “hold forever the consciousness of existence.” (S-4) I think that’s what it means to dwell in the consciousness of Love. As long as we refuse to lose sight of the continuous nature of Life, we will experience that Life. Life (like a circle) has no beginning and no end. Life is good, constituted of Love. CHOOSE to keep thought in line with Life (in the consciousness of Love) and no matter what the material (limited) senses throw at you… you can walk through the shadow and again stand in the full sunshine of the light of Life!

Section 2: Understanding our relation to God, we find Life
What a wonderfully fresh way to think about the value of understanding — as a “wellspring of life” — as a fountain that never stops flowing! (B-5) Solomon understood that if he were to do anything successfully, he needed understanding. A mathematician knows that when he really understands the principles of math, there is no problem that can’t be solved. So, there is no reason to be afraid of a problem that — as of yet — has not been solved. All that is needed is a better understanding of the principles of mathematics, and consistent practice of them. Solomon asked for understanding specifically to be able to “discern between good and bad.” (B-6) The psalmist is very clear… the key to living a full life is to “depart from evil, and do good” so that he could solve the problems brought to him by the people. (B-8) If we are to solve the problem of being (and overcome sin, disease, and death, we need to understand our relationship to Good itself — to God — which IS our Life. Man is governed by divine Principle — the rule or law of Life that “saves and heals” by eliminating everything unlike that Principle. Until we understand the Principle (the law of good that destroys all evil and reveals God’s allness) the evils of sin, sickness and death will continue to reappear in our experience. (S-10) But, we can expect to see more and more of the truth of being, as we seek and pray for understanding from God (as Solomon did.) It is SPIRIT (God) that gives us understanding. The source of understanding is not “intellectual” so it’s available to everyone and comes as reality dawning in thought. (S-8) The more we focus on the good of God (pure and unchanging good) and turn from the evil of everything unlike God (limited and changing) the clearer the view of reality becomes. We are, as God’s image, the inseparable expression of God (of Life.) As we “fully understand” that relation to God, we realize that we have the Mind of God, and with that comes an understanding of reality that can’t be shaken and that can’t be conscious of matter (limitation) or error. (S-11) That sense of Life that comes from understanding our relationship to God is what living Life — or letting Life live us — is all about!

Section 3: Jesus shows us the way to a victory over death
Solomon’s wisdom was so well known, and so respected, that the Queen of Sheba came to learn from him — especially about his God and the worship of Him. (Matthew Henry’s Commentary) In citation B-10 Jesus rebuked the Jews for refusing to accept him as the Messiah. They repeatedly witnessed the healing power of the Christ, but continued to question him — not understanding the Principle that governed him. Christians certainly accept Jesus as God’s “begotten Son.” It occurred to me that it is worth asking ourselves…. Am I completely “ready to follow his teaching and example”? (S-16) We, like the Jews, have witnessed the healing power that Jesus was crucified for doing. And, we acknowledge his resurrection. But, are we really accepting (as evidenced by demonstration) the message of that resurrection — the message of eternal life? I’m seeing that we’ve been given the opportunity to expand our sense of life to embrace the Life that is fully expressed — eternal and incapable of interruption or corruption — in Christ. Jesus demonstrated that Life by overcoming death. (B-12 & S-12) Jesus demonstrated the ideal man, or perfect manifestation of God (the Christ.) I love that God has “given us an understanding” through Christ — through “the true idea voicing good” (S&H 332) as demonstrated by Jesus, and again thoroughly explained in Christian Science. At times, people are tempted to think of death as a friend — an escape from present problems — leading to a “better place.” We have to be careful that we don’t buy in on that. If it were true, why would Jesus have given us the example of overcoming death? (S-12) During his three days in the tomb, Jesus must have been actively and fervently working to “solve the great problem of being.” He didn’t give in to the temptation to accept death as a stepping stone. Instead he overcame it — not only for himself, but mainly to teach us by example that we shouldn’t accept any suggestion that would limit the full expression of Life. Life cannot be stopped because Life is God — eternal, without beginning or end. This Life is symbolized by a circle, not “a straight line in decline” (as Christian Science lecturer, Christie Hanzlik, reminds us in her lecture, “You Can Be a Healer”). [See PS to attend her webinar this Saturday.] Mrs. Eddy asks the question, “Who is ready to follow his [Jesus’] teaching and example?” (S-16) Let’s respond with a confident, “I am!” God has given to each of us the understanding of Himself and of His Christ. We, too, can express the Life, the Love, and the Truth that leads to eternal life. Demonstrating that life isn’t something to put off. We can demonstrate it moment by moment, day by day, as we watch thought and determine to only entertain thoughts of Life — without limitation. No matter what the material senses would try to make you believe, stick to the Science (the knowledge of God’s law as taught and demonstrated by Christ Jesus) and live!!!

Section 4: Be just as willing as Jesus to face your testing times, expectant of progress!
More tough questions at the end of this section… “Am I living the life that approaches the supreme good? Am I demonstrating the healing power of Truth and Love?” And, the questions are followed by this promise, “If so, then the way will grow brighter ‘unto the perfect day.’” (S-20) To me, the question can be, am I following God’s law of good the best I can? Am I demonstrating the healing power of Truth and Love as much as I possibly can right now — without comparing myself to others and without fear or discouragement that my understanding isn’t enough (S-20). I find it so encouraging to realize that even when we’re tempted to just give up and head in the opposite direction (as the disciples did when they headed out of town on the road to Emmaus) Christ (the Word of God) is there to wake us up and turn us back. We learn from the experience of the disciples that Christ meets us where we are — opening our understanding to recognize the fact that life is not in matter. The disciples didn’t recognize Jesus from the appearance of his physical body. It was his words and the familiar act of breaking bread (sharing the Truth) that allowed them to realize they were in the presence of their Master. (B-15 & S-19) Jesus was around for 40 days after his resurrection. (B-16) This “probationary” period was further preparing Jesus to rise above all material limitations and disappear from human view. (S-19) The Christ — the divine manifestation coming to the human consciousness — is EVER with man! Jesus’ understanding of his identity as the Son of God allowed him to make the demonstrations he made. Each of his human experiences moved him forward in that understanding — including the crucifixion, resurrection, and his time before his ascension. We are working out our salvation (freedom from material bondage) just as Jesus did. [And Jesus wanted us to be just as conscious of our one-with-God identity when he said “the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20). That will help us] to be just as willing to go through whatever testing times we are faced with, and to expect progress!

Section 5: Are we expecting to overcome death?
Have we accepted that death is inevitable? We shouldn’t — we can’t afford to! God is Life and God is all, so Life is all there is. Jesus proved this and the Bible promises, “Death is swallowed up in victory.” (B-18) Our lives will be fuller as we understand that we don’t get to heaven (harmony) through death. Jesus didn’t! If we’re going to follow Jesus’ example, we need to focus (set our affection) on the unlimited possibilities of spiritual things and not on the material view presented by “things on the earth.” (B-17) We can (and should) be working to overcome death every day — throughout the day. How? By working moment-by-moment to overcome sin. Sin is any suggestion of separation from God (missing the mark of oneness.) As we “lay off a false sense of life, substance, and intelligence” (in matter) and realize our identity as the complete expression of the Life that is Love, Principle, Spirit, we lose all sense of death — all belief of irreversible finality. The Science of Christ (the truth of being) teaches us how to get to heaven. Two things: know “good, God and His reflection” as the only reality — “and rise superior to the so-called pain and pleasure of the senses.” (S-23 & S-24) These demands — and rewards — are attainable! Jesus wouldn’t have asked us to follow his example if it was out of reach! Let’s accept the challenge!

Section 6: God raises US up as it raised up Jesus — drop the weighty thinking
Paul told the Hebrews to “lay aside every weight and the sin” that would creep up on us — and run the race that we find ourselves needing to run. (B-19) Jesus is our example. He did what he needed to do (even going through the crucifixion) — and God lifted him up victorious. It seems to me the secret is how we approach what we face. If we try to do things on our own — forgetting that we are Love’s reflection (that’s the sin) it’s like dragging a heavy weight around with us everywhere we go. [Our pulling partner, Christ, wants us to say like he does (in PS#2) “my burden is light.”] Imagine the difference between walking up a hill hand-in-hand with [such] a partner pulling you up, and trudging along alone carrying heaving baggage. Now imagine how different it would feel to do whatever you have to do each day knowing that you are one with all the power of God, or struggling through with the weighty thinking that you’re doing it all yourself. Just as a hot air balloon floats up once the extra weight is dropped, we find ourselves lifted up as we let go of the weight of believing we live in matter and must die out of matter. It’s our duty — and privilege to follow Jesus’ example, which shows us the way to health and happiness. (S-29) Jesus was fully aware of his inseparable connection to God. (S-26) As we embrace this same connection, we’ll get a sense of the consciousness of Life and Love that comes with it. Let’s let our lives — including our health, our relationships, our employment, and our churches — be lifted up as we drop the weight of worldly thinking and refuse to accept the possibility of an end to Life. God is ever conscious of us, as His idea. As we turn our consciousness to Him — as our eternal source — we live [Life with lightness], and cannot die!


[Bracketed italics were added by CedarS first camper and current director, Warren Huff.]

[W's PS#1: Hope you can join me this Saturday at a Christian Science lecture/webinar given by a former CedarS camper and counselor and returning resident Christian Science practitioner, Christie Hanzlik, CS! I pre-registered using the link near the end of this invitation from the CSO at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

"You are invited to an online webinar on “You Can be a Healer,” with Christie C. Hanzlik, CS, live from University of Wisconsin-Madison on April 25th at 2PM Central Time. This event is sponsored by the CSO at UW and the speaker is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship.

"You can register to hear the webinar live, which is also the way to get updates about replays that will be made available after the event. Follow this link to register: http://bit.ly/healingwebinar

See you there!

-The Christian Science Organization at UW-Madison"]


[W's PS#2: Whenever we are watching a pre-recorded victory at a point when a loss looks inevitable, we lighten up – are “of good cheer”— as we remember and confidently know that we are fighting a defeated foe. Jesus says “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Our confidence in divine Love’s ultimate victory and the faith we place in our Pulling Partner enables us to drop anxiety and earth weights in obedience to Jesus’ gift of the best rest. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 28]


[LETTING 3 SPECIAL NEEDS BE KNOWN –
Significant funding is still needed for these special opportunities:
1. Now that CedarS
video show circuit is in full swing, it is apparent that getting many to camp will depend on "Love's Provision" of campership assistance. Could you be one of the angels who gives towards camperships and the life-altaring and life-altering experiences they provide at CedarS?]

2. Over 100 needed items are featured on CedarS Giving Tree that could fit the budget of every grateful Met-recipient and camper. You can choose for yourself $1-and-up ways to give to support CedarS needs. Click here to see 2 young alumni tell their reasons to give.

3. Adopt the Herd” Matching Opportunity! Generous donors, aware of the ongoing need to care for CedarS herd, will match donations for our horse program! (~$20k needed to reach $50k goal)]


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