Sunday, September 3rd, 2023 Roundtable

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Morning Prayers

There is but one Infinity and that includes all. The ac­tion, force and power of truth is self-evident, self-sustaining; nothing can interfere with it; it is perfection,
and life. Infinity includes only man that is well, that is perfect, and harmonious.

The law of God includes a law that annuls every false claim, and we know it and must use it. Mental activity must be tran­quil-not lazy; it must express force, be exact and it must know the reality of man’s oneness with God, and the ut­ter unreality of evil in all its forms of beliefs.

You are the child of the loving God, surrrounded and protected by infinite Love. There is no hatred or evil to frighten you. You have no disease, you have nothing to fear, you are not in danger, you are entirely well, and continually held in the presence of God.

Abide in Love. Nothing can touch or harm you in Love. Know that you live in Love. Love is God as Life itself. Take this understanding with you and bless others with Love.

— from Collectanea, by Mary Baker Eddy, page 63

Discussion points

432 — WATCH that you perceive that animal magnetism cannot claim to prey on a student, unless he is harboring a sense of self — self-satisfaction; self-praise; self-condemnation; self-love; self-will; self-justification; self-pity; self-righteousness; self-aggrandizement. The selfless thought alone is immune.

If animal magnetism claims to creep in through the door of self-esteem, for instance, it would be foolish to strive to cast out the animal magnetism, while at the same time retaining the self-esteem. Self seems to be a cat with nine lives as outlined above; but when we see this animal nature as never man — never us — since God created us perfect, then the cat and all its nine phases is disposed of.

— from 500 Watching Points by Gilbert Carpenter


“Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.”

Who is Mary Baker Eddy? — Click here to go to a separate website about Mrs. Eddy, which is filled with information and pictures about her life and writings, and the history of Christian Science. Created by Tony Moore.

But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; Afterthose days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

from King James Bible Jeremiah 31:33

O God, my Father, Mother,

All, O Love, responsive to my call

Teach me, that I may clearly see

Myself as selfless, Lord, in Thee.

A ray of light, its

course to run

To tell the world of Thee, its sun;

A note of music, true and sweet,

Of Thy great Harmony complete.

A breath of fragrance from

the flower,

A sense of coolness from the shower,

A drop of water from the sea,

A message to the world, from Thee.

— “Self” from Christian Science Journal, April 1901 by BY JAMES F. FOSTER.

The Lord’s Prayer

Prayer, understood in its spiritual sense, and given its spiritual version, can never be repeated too often for the benefit of all who, having ears, hear and understand. Metaphysical Science teaches us there is no other Life, substance, and intelligence but God. How much are you demonstrating of this statement? Which to you hath the most actual substance, — wealth and fame, or Truth and Love? See to it, O Christian Scientists, ye who have named the name of Christ with a higher meaning, that you abide by your statements, and abound in Love and Truth, for unless you do this you are not demonstrating the Science of metaphysical healing. The immeasurable Life and Love will occupy your affections, come nearer your hearts and into your homes when you touch but the hem of Truth’s garment.

— from Christian Healing by Mary Baker Eddy, page 16

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

— Psalm 37:3-7

“Escape from the Supposed Law of Heredity” by William P. McKenzie

Final Readings

The psalmist says: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” The true man is the man made in God’s image and likeness, the perfect man, as stated in the first chapter of Genesis. Realizing but one cause and one effect, his meditation day and night is on the things unseen to mortal eyes but known to divine Mind as real, eternal, and substantial.

…the reward of the Christianly scientific attitude of thought. “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

The following verses of the psalm show the general trend of mortal thought, emanating from the man made of the dust of the ground, which is nothing but a supposititious counterfeit of God’s man. His meditation day and night is on the ways of the material world, believing as real all the manifestations of error, which God never created. When a man begins to realize that it is what presents itself as his own false way of thinking which brings forth discord and unrest, and when he listens for the “still small voice” of Truth, he is awakening from the false belief that life can possibly be in matter, and begins to change his meditation from a material to a spiritual basis, and partakes of that perfect peace which is promised to him whose thoughts are stayed on God.

As thought is changed for the better, and the manifestations of love, humility, and gratitude present themselves to the right thinker, he may declare with the psalmist, “O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.” In “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” (p. 261) Mrs. Eddy says: “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.” The sick man is sick because he meditates on sickness and clings to matter for his relief. The debtor remains in debt because he meditates day and night on lack and limitation which self-mesmerism is holding before his eyes as real. No mortal illusions such as mesmerism, sin, sickness, or limitation, can ever deceive the man who meditates upon God’s law continually, for they are to him as fleeting shadows that will be entirely dispersed just as soon as the light of Truth is given a chance to shine fairly upon them, that their nothingness may be revealed.

… All through the Scriptures the secret of right meditation is revealed to the spiritually minded man, enabling him to demonstrate the Principle of being, a knowledge of which, when rightly applied, gives him the ability to prove the spiritual idea of Truth and Love. Christ Jesus said, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life.” Is there any higher law for daily meditation than that contained in the Sermon on the Mount and given to suffering humanity by the best demonstrator of scientific Christianity the world has ever known?

When Love rules every thought and divine intelligence directs every move, there can be no failure in any honest undertaking, nor can there be any manifestations of evil, such as sin, disease, or death, which when given half a chance will slip upon the unguarded thought. The man meditating constantly on false law wonders why he is sick, why his business is a failure, and why discordant conditions are surrounding him, while he sees his neighbor happy, healthy, prospering, and finding success wherever he goes. When a man’s meditation enables him to understand how to dwell “in the secret place of the most High” he has risen above the testimony of false law and is able to face adverse conditions without fear. He knows and demonstrates his safety when in battle or on the firing line. He feels the perfect assurance that no plague shall come nigh his dwelling and in times of contagion he is not afraid to do his good Christian work in any emergency, knowing that there can be no bad results. Paul gives the rule for the overcoming of all mortal, discordant conditions. “Finally, brethren,” he says in his letter to the Philippians, “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

“Meditation” — from Christian Science Sentinel, MARCH 19, 1921 by Edward O. Auge

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