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PSST - PSST: Learn to lift consciousness momemt by moment to stay WOKE!

Aubrey McMullin, CS Godrey, IL

Learn to lift consciousness moment by moment to stay "WOKE!"
Metaphysical Application Ideas for the Christian Science Bible Lesson on

“Adam and Fallen Man”
for May 6-12, 2019

Aubrey McMullin, CS, Godfrey, IL
(618) 578-9407 aubrey.mcmullin3@gmail.com

PSST Golden Text: What “lifting up’ is taking place? Where is it taking place? When things seem to be at their worst, the Christian Scientist lifts up the standard of Truth in their own consciousness, and knows that in reality all is perfect and harmonious. Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 368), "The greatest wrong is but a supposititious opposite of the highest right." No matter how complicated or aggressive the material suggestions which are pressing themselves upon our attention may seem, we can remember that "the highest right" is at hand, is here now.

"There is lifting up” is an opportunity to realize that in God's perfectly governed universe nothing can go wrong. How are we lifting up moment by moment?

Responsive Reading: Unless thought is spiritually alert, the harsh sounds of mortal discord, or the seductive tones in which the careless are distracted from the straight and narrow path of righteousness, are often misleading. At each stage of the journey from sense to Soul the call to Zion, "Awake, awake; put on thy strength ... Shake thyself from the dust," is what we most need, even if it does not come in these very words. How are we making sure that our thought is alert? How are we awaking and putting on spiritual strength, and shaking ourselves from the dust? What are some ways that we can be awaking to Spirit regularly? How are we preparing ourselves to hear the call to awake, if it is not in these words?

Many individuals make the mistake of thinking that the voice of Truth, of Spirit, can be heard by material sense, a belief which Jesus rebuked when he said to those who sought to condemn him for healing the impotent man at the pool of Bethesda, that they had never at any time heard the voice of God, for the reason that God's word did not abide in them. It is ours to know that there can be no partnership between Spirit and matter, and then courageously to put this into practice. If we are honest, we will be intolerant of every lie that tries to enter our consciousness, and we will, through our understanding of Spirit, tread upon matter to its ultimate destruction. Dominion is being given to us continually. Let us then express it in thought, words, and deed. A people "saved by the Lord" must needs be a happy people, for the psalmist tells us, "Happy is that people, whose God is the Lord."

PSST Section 1: I was asked by several teenagers recently, “how do you heal?” This question is so common today and can begin to be addressed in this first section of this lesson! Of course, God heals, but what can we know about God and man that allows us to fully see His healing take place? Are we trying to understand healing by explaining or understanding the nature of material belief? Or are we recognizing that all we need to do is destroy the false belief in each instance through an understanding of God’s allness, which excludes anything unlike His goodness?

Do God’s “highest ideas” (S1) need to have a human experience? This citation gives us an opportunity to handle the common belief that there are 2 separate universes, the one made up of matter, in which it is supposed we currently exist, but must die out of, in order to reach the other one - which is Spirit. All of God’s ideas, including each one of us, have always lived, are now living, and will always live in the only place there is for us to live, in the perfect realm of Mind. What appears as a material world, where intelligence and substance are encased in limited shells of material bodies, and where we seem governed by chance, limitation, and disease - such a world has no genuine existence. It is not what it appears to be; it is an entirely mental concept, a waking dream. Let’s wake up!

PSST Section 2: Now that we’ve established the true story of creation, we are provided with “the story of error” (S3). What from Genesis 2 do we know to be false and how can we prove its falsity? If “Mind had made man… how then could a material organization become the basis of man? How could the non-intelligent become the medium of Mind, and error be the enunciator of Truth?” (S4)

God has never changed this assessment of His creation. Our heritage is to be sons and daughters of God, not of Adam. We are able to prove this by seeking to understand better our God-given spirituality and to follow the highest example of spiritual sonship, Christ Jesus. Understanding man as the reflection of God - as His spiritual image and likeness - reveals God's unending love for us and impels us forward. Our deepened spirituality gives us the means of overcoming life's challenges, and proving them powerless. Without spirituality we would be like the dust from which the Bible says God formed Adam (B2). But when we accept the reality that we are wholly spiritual (B1), we overcome material elements such as sickness, pain, or other trouble. Our love becomes purer, embracing all humanity.

PSST Section 3: Ahhh, the serpent. What are some serpents that present themselves to you? Jealousy, heredity, likeability, sensuality, social recognition, body image, acceptance, unoriginality, corporeal sense, etc.?

The serpent’s beguiling position is that by disobeying God, “ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (B2). This supposed “mingling of good and evil,” this “philosophy of the serpent” (Science and Health, p. 269), was the ruin of Adam and Eve: “From Genesis to the Apocalypse, sin, sickness, and death, envy, hatred, and revenge, - all evil, - are typified by a serpent, or animal subtlety” (Science and Health, p. 564). What is the antidote to this poisonous lie? CHRIST, Truth! “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (I Corinthians 15:22, B7).

The pure and simple truth is that “God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31, B1). The serpent cannot corrupt us from this “simplicity that is in Christ” (II Corinthians 11:3). Does placing blame or accepting consequences for actions demonstrate the goodness that God sees (S7)? How do we abandon the belief in the material origin of man (S7 & S8)?

PSST Section 4: "A little more grace, a motive made pure, a few truths tenderly told, a heart softened, a character subdued, a life consecrated, would restore the right action of the mental mechanism, and make manifest the movement of body and soul in accord with God." Mary Baker Eddy states this in Miscellaneous Writings (p. 354). The mental mechanism which she refers to must move in the right direction in order to produce a right result. Selfishness and sin, if not corrected, are disastrous to harmonious action. The Bible contains many lessons indicating that right action brings harmonious results. One is the story of Nabal and David in this section of the lesson (B5), found in the twenty-fifth chapter of I Samuel.

Abigail had won her first encounter with error, not by the sword, but by gentleness. She saved the day in this story! The record of her gentleness provides many lessons for our improvement. A business situation or a family disagreement or any inharmonious moment causing an “arena of conflicting forces” (S10) may stir up a storm of anger which, if not quickly countered with Christlikeness, may lead to a mental explosion and separation. The Bible draws attention to the divine power of Christlikeness. Gentleness, humility, dedication, and tenderness, like beams of light, pierce the clouds of fear and discord. The attributes of Love are our true riches, our real flocks and herds feeding on the good pastures, beside the still waters. Tolerance, steadfastness, and gentleness on the part of one business associate to another, the forbearance shown by a husband to a wife or a friend to a friend, will break up the dark clouds of anger and passion and restore the mental mechanism. “Love imparts the clearest idea of Deity” (S13).

When we are attentive and responsive to the Christ, the storms of anger subside, and Love is triumphant. Citation 14 in Science and Health is a good memorization opportunity (to the 4th ;). It encourages students to recognize what the recognition of “One infinite God, good” brings to all mankind and how that relates to Jesus’ command, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.”

PSST Section 5: This is the second time that this citation is presented in this lesson, from Isaiah "Shake thyself from the dust." What is the significance of this citation in this lesson on Adam and Fallen Man? What is the dust that we must shake from ourselves and walk away from?

Christian Science brings us a spiritual awakening the beauty and significance of which we realize more and more as we become increasingly aware of God's truth as taught in the Bible, demonstrated by Christ Jesus and his apostles, and clarified for our use by our Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and her other writings.

In this section, we have the story of the woman with the infirmity for 18 years. What is an “infirmity”? The 1828 Webster’s Dictionary defines “infirmity” as, “an unsound or unhealthy state of the body; weakness; feebleness; weakness of mind; failing; fault; defect; imperfection.” Are there infirmities that we have held to ourselves that have been collecting dust as they sit on our shelves of identity? Should we shake off that dust and shake those infirmities and finally be free? How can we be loosed of our infirmities? I love how in this story, Jesus answered to the ruler of the synagogue by calling him a hypocrite and then compared healing to allowing an ox or donkey to be led to water! He threw upon them “the truer reflection of God and lifted their lives higher than their poor thought-models would allow” (S16). Isn’t healing as natural and necessary as being watered daily?! I see this as a very big reason that they were ashamed for challenging him. It really is our divine right to experience healing and a “newness of life” (S19).

PSST Section 6: To the disciples' inquiry, "Why speakest thou unto them in parables?" Jesus answered in part, "Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given." Why do you think Jesus taught in parables? What are some parables that have helped you in understanding more about God and man?

Always prompted by Love, Jesus' comprehensive understanding of human nature led him to adapt his parables to the capacity of his listeners. In every instance he used simple and concise illustrations which would throw helpful light on the question under consideration. Jesus’s parabolic style might well engage our attention today, for right now, as in Jesus' time, humanity is hungering for divine guidance and assurance, hungering for tangible proof of God's love and protection.

The compassionate heart of Mary Baker Eddy, much like Jesus demonstrated, shows itself in words found in the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures (p. 367), "The tender word and Christian encouragement of an invalid, pitiful patience with his fears and the removal of them, are better than hecatombs of gushing theories, stereotyped borrowed speeches, and the doling of arguments which are but so many parodies on legitimate Christian Science, aflame with divine Love." She recognized the importance of uplifting consciousness (S20) and that by using similitudes and parables (S22) Jesus was able to uplift the understanding of those who followed his teachings. This is the spiritual leavening mentioned in citations 22 and 23 of Science and Health in this Bible lesson.

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