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Amanda Fouts
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22/03/2021 12:46 am  

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What are the demands of the Science of Soul?

 The first demand of this Science is, "Thou

shalt have no other gods before me." This me is Spirit.

Therefore the command means this: Thou shalt                       Two chief

6 have no intelligence, no life, no substance, no                        commands

truth, no love, but that which is spiritual. The second

is like unto it, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."

 

The Science of the Soul demands that one not worship the false gods of the universe such as money, drugs, alcohol, fashion, etc. Concentrate on spiritual things. Material things mislead the spiritual seeker and lead to false perceptions of the world. Under the material influences one does not experience the same world as not. When the goal becomes more spiritual and less material, the Science of the Soul becomes much clearer and easier to discern. 

To throw off materialism is the first step in the Science of the Soul. It is the most important step and is placed before love thy neighbor. The material world is a lie that must be uncovered to reach spiritual heights. The lie is literally everywhere. Movies, books, tv, and high school drill in the physical material world lies every day. Alcohol literally deludes an individual. The demand of the spiritual world is that one sees through the lies to find the truths of the spiritual world. 

Love thy neighbor as thyself - Do good for others to reflect goodness and a positive spiritual sense for thyself. Guilt and bad karma make the summits of spirituality difficult to reach.

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29/03/2021 8:29 am  

ASSIGNMENT FOR 3/29 - 4/4 Question 8

Dear Fellow Healers:
  In our class time together, we continued to unpack the scientific statement of being for quite a few days though we often tackled more than one question a day.  This question, "What is Life," was covered on the same day as questions 5-7.  You may find it helpful to reread those questions/answers in Recapitulation before diving into this short answer. 
  It's interesting that while Mrs. Eddy does talk about the necessity of acknowledging our preexistence if we expect to demonstrate post-existence, she more frequently refers to our co-existence with God.  It will be of value to ponder those concepts in study and prayer, reviewing your class notes and seeking to understand the metaphysical emphasis on co-existence. 
  It is a joy to work with you on this assignment this year.  We are reaffirming the firm foundation on which Christian Science treatment is based, and better healing is the outcome.
 
Joyfully,
Sarah

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Sarah Hyatt
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04/04/2021 11:03 pm  

ASSIGNMENT FOR 4/5 – 4/11 Question 9

Dear Fellow Healers,
  We're continuing our journey of taking class instruction directly from Mrs. Eddy's class notebook (the chapter "Recapitulation" in Science and Health) and seeking divine inspiration and guidance as we work with each question. There is much to be learned as we insist that there can be but one infinite Mind; and allowing that Mind to be in us which was also in Christ Jesus, assures us of fresh insights and increased understanding of this Science of Soul.
  Our question this week, "What is intelligence?," continues to unpack the first sentence of the scientific statement of being.  The groundwork is being laid for further unfoldment of the spiritual understanding that results in a better grasp of the spiritual facts of being and a more consistent practice.  You can't lack the ability to grasp these spiritual ideas and to move beyond just intellectually understanding the words. This understanding is yours by reflection from the one Mind, and it carries with it the power of the Christ to heal.  We mentioned in class that the word intelligence comes from the Latin roots inter (choose) and legere (between).  That origin helps us to see that intelligence, as the primal quality of Mind, allows us to choose between the tares and the wheat, the true, spiritual perspective and the false, material one. Isn't this what Jesus did constantly as he beheld the perfect man?
  Like the last 2 questions, this one is short but packed with infinite implications and applications!  Your desire to be more effective healers is being molded and exalted by our dear Father-Mother God, and you are expecting and experiencing more of the light of Christ with each effort to implement the ideas in this chapter in your daily lives.
  Continuing our reading of Love Your Enemies (MW p.8-13) is also strengthening our practice.  We need to expect and insist on new insights each time we study it.  Remember, "it's the Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" - the spiritual understanding that takes us higher, brings greater light, and reveals that kingdom here and now.
 
Joyfully,
Sarah
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11/04/2021 10:39 pm  

ASSIGNMENT FOR 4/11 – 4/18 Question 10

Dear Fellow Healers,

  As we continue our journey through Recapitulation, we're reminded that it is Mrs. Eddy's own class notebook.  It's designed to be studied as we seek a deeper understanding of the principles of Christian Science. Like any good textbook, this chapter builds on what has gone before and lays the groundwork for what's coming up next.  When we approach our assignment with this in mind, we find valuable connections, repetitions, and expansions that allow these revolutionary ideas to unfold in our consciousness.  We already include them all, and we're simply letting God teach us by drawing out from within the truths that may seem hidden from us.

  We can examine this question, "What is Mind?," from the standpoint of its connection to the scientific statement of being.  Why is this the next question?  Are there examples of a priori reasoning (reasoning from cause to effect) included in her answer?  Why does that matter? How does that strengthen our trust in the revelatory nature of her discovery? Why is creation discussed in the answer to this question? These are just a few diving in points as you expand your understanding of the allness of divine Mind and the power that accompanies that spiritual fact. 

  I encourage you to share your insights and ask questions on the forum on our web page at https://www.sarahhyattcsb.com/community/association-assignment-2021/assignment-letter-for-2021-and-february-1-7-assignment/paged/2/#post-206 .  We all can learn from each other, and each of you has something unique to add.

  Thank you all for the wonderful healing work you're doing and for your efforts to see more of the Christ expressed in you and in others. Sometimes we see the effectiveness of our work more quickly than we do at other times, but Truth is always effective.  It's brings us into harmony with what God has already established. 

 

Joyfully,

Sarah

 

 

 

 

 


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Amanda Fouts
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14/04/2021 10:27 pm  

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When you are young you think of intelligence as the ability to read the words in the book. 

When you progress, you think of intelligence as the ability to read both what is in the book and what is not in the book. 

Intelligence is the ability to discern what is not from what is, what is from what is not, what always was but was never seen or heard, and what is from what is. It is the progression of comprehension and soul. 


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Sarah Hyatt
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15/04/2021 8:21 am  
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When you are young you think of intelligence as the ability to read the words in the book. 

When you progress, you think of intelligence as the ability to read both what is in the book and what is not in the book. 

Intelligence is the ability to discern what is not from what is, what is from what is not, what always was but was never seen or heard, and what is from what is. It is the progression of comprehension and soul. 

That’s perfect, Amanda. Thanks for sharing. 

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18/04/2021 11:24 pm  
ASSIGNMENT FOR 4/19 – 4/25 Question 11
 
Dear Fellow Healers:
 
   How quickly we're progressing through our study of Recapitulation and our review of our class notes!  We've almost completed the first week of class!  In looking at the question "Are doctrines and creeds a benefit to man?," we find that we need to stretch a little bit more to make the connection to the scientific statement of being. When we asked what do doctrines and creeds purport to be (truths), we found that it was easier to make that connection. We also discussed the presence of s's in the question that led us to see the basic error of doctrines and creeds: plurals that indicate something other than the oneness of God, Mind as All-in-all.
 
  While this is a fairly short question and answer, the depth of the ideas shared is remarkable. In 2 short paragraphs Mrs. Eddy reveals the fallacies and shortcomings of human doctrines and creeds and then proceeds to explain what Christian Science teaches. There are 9 ideas shared there.  It is helpful to ask not only how these ideas differ from doctrines and creeds, but how are we bringing our thoughts and actions into alignment with what is shared there.  How does this answer build on last week's question: "What is Mind?"
 
  These ideas are shared as "diving in" points to make this study as meaningful as possible to you.  Last week we had only one comment on the assignment, but it was powerful.  I hope you're taking the time to read the posts and that more of you will consider adding your thoughts and inspirations. 
 
Joyfully,
Sarah
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Lauren Raycroft
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21/04/2021 2:41 pm  

One passage from our notes this week stood out to me. It speaks to so much going on in the world and in my life.

God has built a higher platform of human rights, and He has built it on diviner claims. These claims are not made through code or creed, but in demonstration of “on earth peace, good-will toward men.” Human codes, scholastic theology, material medicine and hygiene, fetter faith and spiritual understanding. Divine Science rends asunder these fetters, and man's birthright of sole allegiance to his Maker asserts itself.
(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 226:14)

 There are 6 people (including a toddler and a baby) and 2 cats living under my roof. I've been holding on to the fact that there are not "many ruling minds" there is only One Mind. When faced with multiple discussions about things like parenting techniques, discipline discrepancies, behavior modification, material medicine and hygiene, it has been nice to know that I don't have to "dive into the shallows of mortal belief" in order to help bring about a healthful and harmonious home for us all.

I can lay claim (for all of us) on that higher plane of thought that brings us up into the freedom of everlasting Love. And, I can look to the example of Jesus for guidance on how to handle any situation that might arise with gentleness and patience. 

Let us serve instead of rule, knock instead of push at the door of human hearts, and allow to each and every one the same rights and privileges that we claim for ourselves.
(Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 303:13–16)

I'm grateful to apply these ideas in prayers for the world, knowing that God's goodness "cannot be lost nor remain forever unseen."


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Sarah Hyatt
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22/04/2021 8:50 pm  

One of our guests, Ellen Wallwork, asked me to post this for her:

 

In this week’s assignment with question 11, Mary Baker Eddy writes on p. 472:5-6,
“The way which leads to Christian Science is straight and narrow”. There are stones big and
small that may try to block our path forward, but being alert and focused on the Truth, the path
is always visible to us. In Matthew 7: 13 and 14; “the strait and narrow way” leads to life away
from the broad way of wickedness and destruction. Mrs. Eddy refers to the straight and narrow
as either being smooth or rugged but the ascent can be easy if we're always going upwards,
gaining spiritual growth. While looking up passages in Mrs. Eddy’s works under straight and
narrow, these words were shared by her: watchful, alone, sober, vigilant, care, real, eternal,
harmonious, heaven, Mind, Truth, Life, Love, God, Christian Science. These stepping
stones lead us to absolute Divine Science.

In Miscellaneous Writings p. 323-328, there is an allegory under “Fruit of the Spirit”. The
Stranger that comes down to the city in the valley views waste and destruction and looks for
ones who wish to follow him up and out of that chaotic scene. Only one individual is willing to
climb the hill of Christian Science ,which is the straight and narrow, and follow the Way-shower.


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Matthew Hoffman
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23/04/2021 9:14 am  

"Are doctrines & creeds a benefit to man?"

I have really enjoyed digging a little under the surface of this week's question and focus on doctrines and creeds.  If we think of a creed as that which is believed - a system of principles and doctrines as what Webster has to say as 'a principle or position in any science', we are led back to the overarching question as to doctrines and creeds of what? As we have often discussed in class and our beautiful association, if everything is a theological question ( a knowledge of God) then what is the doctrine and creed of God? You've got it - the divine science of Christ or Christian Science! 

The ongoing temptation and underlying challenge is not being lured into believing or accepting the often alluring idea that matter-any human or personal belief, opinion, system or situation has any power to influence or govern our lives.  This Christ-Science that we are striving to better understand and demonstrate is God-derived, God-driven and God-powered. The substantiating evidence for this doctrine or creed is the life of Christ Jesus who has shown us how to do it through his own demonstration. 

Are we putting our faith in the two-sided coin of matter and human belief? Sometimes alluring and feeling good, sometimes painful and full of woe or despair. Or, are we choosing to accept, demonstrate and follow that singular, clear and evident Divine Truth which is changeless, insurmountable and always available to drink in and apply? 

This declaration, acceptance and self-action of being in consonance with the living Christ-Science is how we bring our thoughts and actions into alignment with what is shared by Mary Baker Eddy in these two paragraphs of Recapitulation.  

The Narrow and Wide Gates

13 “Enter through the narrow gate.For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Matthew 7:13-14

And from Hymn 12 by Violet Hay:

Arise ye people, take your stand,
Cast out your idols from the land,
Above all doctrine, form or creed
Is found the Truth that meets your need.
Christ's promise stands: they that believe
His works shall do, his power receive.

We are fully equipped and totally capable of making this stand now and seeing the results in ours, and, other's lives. 

 

 


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25/04/2021 11:47 pm  
ASSIGNMENT FOR 4/26 - 5/2 Question 12
 
Dear Fellow Healers:
  When we look at the structure of Recapitulation, we don't do it as an intellectual exercise, but as an opportunity for God to teach us through the logical unfolding of the basic ideas of the Science of Christ.  After last week's question, "Are doctrines and creeds a benefit to man?," we find ourselves logically asking why does a question that deals with the nature of error follow?  As you review your notes, you'll find reference to the idea that doctrines and creeds (with their s's and their purporting to be Truth) are actually errors.  There are four main points found in the answer to Question 12 that lead us to understand with greater clarity what Mrs. Eddy means by the terms real and unreal, specifically as used in the scientific statement of being. Reviewing those points and letting them be guideposts in your prayers should result in a deeper understanding of reality and better healing.
  Please be sure and continue your study of "Love Your Enemies" from Miscellaneous Writings as well. It's instructive each week to read that article with the question and answer of the week in mind.  That approach brings the ideas into a fresh focus and allows us to find new ways of applying those ideas in our daily practice.
  A special thanks to those of you who have contributed to our web forums.   While the posts may be small in number, they contain powerful insights and are full of inspiration.  You can check them out here and add your own:   
  Our Association is blessed by your dedicated study and prayer for each other as we work through this assignment.  This truly is an opportunity to have class instruction all over again using the original source material and allowing only God to teach us.
 
Joyfully,
Sarah

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02/05/2021 11:42 pm  

ASSIGNMENT FOR 5/3-5/9 Question 13

 

Dear Fellow Healers:

  The work we are doing is having some lovely results in strengthening our Association.  It's so encouraging to hear from you as you dig into this work and throw off the limitations of a false sense of self that would argue that you aren't able to heal or even that you aren't worthy of being healed.  God is working in each of us to uplift our sense of our true identity as precious children of one divine Parent, and we are open and receptive to the blessings that come as we acknowledge that fact.

  As we continue our work in reviewing the chapter "Recapitulation" and our class notes, our work this week will focus on Question 13, "Is there no sin?"  This answer includes an explanation of what sin is and what it isn't, and it develops the understanding of Christ as the antidote to sin.  After all, one statement of Christ Jesus' mission is "to take away the sins of the world."  A thorough study of this answer can clarify how to identify sin and how to destroy it as well as the action of the Christ is so doing.

  One of the most effective ways to uncover and destroy sin is in daily prayer for ourselves. That prayer for ourselves should include the 3 dailies in The Manual of The Mother Church (p. 40-42): "A Rule for Motives and Acts," "Daily Prayer," and "Alertness to Duty."   Since Mrs. Eddy refers to The Lord's Prayer as "the prayer that covers all human needs" (S&H 16:10), you might like to study that prayer along with those 3 dailies looking for connections that show their relevance to what and how Jesus taught his disciples to pray. Finding the Biblical basis for each of those bylaws can fortify our understanding and practice of Christian Science and will show forth in the uncovering and destruction of sin.

  The second part of our assignment, studying the article by Mrs. Eddy in Miscellaneous Writings (pp. 8-13) entitled "Love Your Enemies," is also bearing fruit, both within our Association and in the world at large. There will be some inspiring testimonies to share at Association this year!  Thank you for your dedicated work on our assignment.

  I will be working with The Citadel this week on possibilities for securing the Greater Issues Room there for our Association day, September 25. I will let you know what we can work out, and I'll appreciate your prayers in support of a God-directed decision.  It seems most likely that we will have a hybrid meeting so that those who need to join by Zoom may do so. I'm looking forward to seeing you in person if at all possible!

 

Joyfully,

Sarah


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09/05/2021 11:14 pm  

ASSIGNMENT FOR 5/9-5/16 Question 14 

Dear Fellow Healers:
  As we continue our journey through Mrs. Eddy's own class notebook included in Science and Health as the chapter entitled, "Recapitulation," we find that, like any good textbook, it develops the Science being presented logically and in progressive steps of unfoldment. Each question and answer builds on what has preceded it.  This is particularly clear as we move on to the study of question 14, "What is Man?"  The 2 previous questions, "What is error?" and "Is there no sin?" continue to be developed as she shows their relationship to the question that most specifically advances our understanding of the final line of the scientific statement of being. As you study this question and answer this week along with your class notes you will have the opportunity to expand your own understanding and conviction of the conclusion in that line: "Therefore man is not material; he is spiritual."
  Much of this answer is very familiar to many of us, so the challenge becomes to look at it with fresh eyes.  One good way to do that is to pray before you read, asking God to teach you, to truly open your eyes to the irrefutable truths shared.  Your expectancy of fresh inspiration is an expression of a right desire to know God better, and it will result in increased spiritual understanding.
  I have been in touch with The Citadel event management team this past week.  We are still penciled in for the September 25th date in the Greater Issues Room of Mark Clark Hall.  There are a couple of more steps that need to be completed before we are fully locked in, but we should be able to accomplish that this week. The steps accomplished this week unfolded beautifully.  I thank each of you for your support and for the tangible results of your faithful prayers.
 
Joyfully,
Sarah
 

 


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Amanda Fouts
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10/05/2021 1:56 am  

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My favorite quote regarding what is man:

"Through discernment of the spiritual opposite of materiality, even the way through Christ, Truth, man will reopen with the key of divine Science the gates of Paradise which human beliefs have closed, and will find himself unfallen, upright, pure, and free, not needing to consult almanacs for the probabilities either of his life or of the weather, not needing to study brainology to learn how much of a man he is." -MBE

It is the truth that the true sense of man is hidden under material lies and difficult to navigate. Material lies harness us and hold us down. Stubborn human beliefs persist even when irrefutable evidence is provided in direct contradiction to material belief. Truth is the door to the next world of the true nature of man.


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