Barn House, 24 March 2000

You may care to ponder S&H 574:3 to 575:6. This chapter describes the city of God in three ways, and this first way, as you see, meets the need of that which thinks of itself as a mortal, a weary pilgrim. It takes in the view, but you do not need to be taken in by it! The experiences that seem harsh serve to elevate the “seer” (but not man, who has no need of elevating) to behold the consciousness or city of God from the standpoint of God,—which harsh experience is the only sense of what Life is not that does this, even though Love knows nothing about it. Mrs. Eddy refers to this experience (which belongs to the human concept and not to Love) as “… the wholesome chastisements of Love” (S&H 323:6). But it is only if necessary that the human seems to go through the “wrathful and afflictive” experience (S&H 574:28-29). Your Christ-being is never in it. The “…full compensation in the law of Love” (S&H 574:17-18), brings us back always to the fact that Love wedded to its own spiritual idea—the oneness and allness of divine Love—is all that is true and present.

S&H 467:29-31. Mind understands the idea that ex- presses Mind. To begin with God, Mind, means that the idea will always be present in appreciable form even though it is not material (S&H 332:29-32). This is because the human concept cannot wholly hide that which is divinely present. The distorted view of material sense cannot make something material (S&H 507:28-2). As Mind-knowing, our only concern is with the idea in consciousness and not with outcomes. Man is the outcome of Mind. Only if thought begins with the human concept, and then tries to reason back to the idea by saying “this can of beans is really Spirit”, do we get into pantheism. The human concept evaporates before the idea, but never becomes it.