John Hargreaves

The Science of Spiritual Reflection


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This is a very insightful six-chapter essay, originally given as an Association Address, on the allness of divine Mind and the divine reflection that is the very nature of man.  In Science and Health, Mrs. Eddy writes, “The verity that God’s image is not a creator, though he reflects the creation of Mind, God, constitutes the underlying reality of reflection” (S&H 305:13-15).

In this booklet John explores the word “reflection” and the image of the mirrored reflection, both of which give rise to misunderstanding. As John explains, reflection can only be understood from the standpoint of its original. Only that which stands in front of the mirror can see the image.

In the Introduction, he discusses the evolution of thought over the last 300 years up to Mrs. Eddy’s discovery of Christian Science.  He then explores the oneness of God and man and the fact that, “… the only capacity to know belongs to the “all-knowing” Mind.  Man, or reflection, is not a knower.”  He builds on the theme that “That which constitutes yourself has to be Mind knowing itself, and nothing else”.

  • Chapter 1 – Scientific Reflection
  • Chapter 2 – Know Thyself
  • Chapter 3 – Indivisible Reflection
  • Chapter 4 – The Wholeness of Reflection
  • Chapter 5 – The World Stage
  • Chapter 6 – The Restfulness of Reflection

Only Mind, God, can know man. There is no inherent capacity in image, reflection. Science demands the jettisoning of time-honored attempts to understand reflection from the standpoint of personal sense, and a new and revolutionary outlook in order to see reflection as it is.

One main focus in all of John’s writings is to identify the line of demarcation between personal sense — that can be so subtle and destructive — and the scientific facts of being. His writings uncover the false premises that stand in the way of truly understanding the oneness of Principle and its idea. Additionally, he clarifies how one welcomes in Christ consciousness by jettisoning false beliefs about personal sense and acknowledging divine consciousness as our very being.  John is meticulous about documenting all of his statements with relevant citations from Science and Health and Mrs. Eddy’s other writings.