Picture Number 11
No blight, no broken wing, no
Truth's fane can dim;
Eternal swells Christ's music-tone,
liveth and believeth in me
shall never die. - Christ Jesus
This eleventh picture, which at first view seems so
mystical, when analytically examined is seen to identify every footstep of
Church in both its ascending and descending phases. "The Way" in this picture
presents both the ascension and descension, [both the climb upward from earth
to heaven, from cross to crown, and the pouring forth of Life, Truth and Love
in the message of the descending dove and in the all-embracing radiance of the
broad beam of light.]
The Scriptural basis promises, "And whosoever liveth
and believeth in me [the spiritual idea (S&H 115:17)] shall never die."
This promise of life takes one beyond Mrs. Eddy's definition of "Church" as the
"structure of Truth and Love" (S&H 583:12) into the universe of Life. It
shows that our life must become divine, and thus one with Truth and Love.
Church as the "structure of Truth and Love"
disciplines [and uplifts] the natural life that is one's own seemingly inherent
consciousness until that life becomes divine and thus one with Truth and Love
in the heavenly trinity of forces. Thence this trinity of Life, Truth, and Love
descends to earth as the City foursquare (Revelation 21st chapter; S&H 575)
with "omni-action" as its fourth side, before expanding through the footstep of
"no temple [no material body] therein" (Revelation 21:22; S&H 576) to the
unwalled "city of our God (Revelation 22nd chapter; S&H 577)
which "has no boundary nor limit."
This "city of our God" is generic spiritual "Idea,"
boundless, infinite and undying, and it contains the "tree of Life" as "eternal
reality or being" (S&H 538:13). This is our consciousness
when we will have embraced the heavenly forces of Life, Truth and Love. In both
the first and second editions of Science and Health we read Mrs. Eddy's
prophecy: "At present we know not what we are, but certainly
we shall be Love, Life, and Truth, when we understand
This eleventh picture types the "city of our God"
(S&H 577), which is reached through the step of "no temple therein," [just
as the multiplication table has no physical structure, no material body]. This
is the final step demanded after the City foursquare had been descendingly
identified in the Word of Science and Health. Thus this picture embraces all
the previous elements in Christ and Christmas.
Inasmuch as Mrs. Eddy says that each picture in Christ
and Christmas presents both "the type and shadow of Truth's appearing"
(Mis. 33:9), each and every symbol in this picture, from cross to crown,
including its central emblem, (the garlanded cross combining the qualities of
both cross and crown), is but the "shadow" of this picture as compared to the
broad beam of light embracing each and all.
The crown in this eleventh picture represents the
highest point of scientific Christianity as Truth. The broad beam of light
impersonally types heaven. It represents all the elements of the heavenly
trinity of Life, Truth, and Love in one, or Womanhood [meaning Science].
The deeply rutted mass on the left-hand side of the
picture suggests a dragon's body [alias ecclesiastical despotism]. Its water
ruts draining off to the stagnant pool on the right-hand side characterize it
as the drag-on of age-old Theology. These elements, together with a serpent's
upraised garlanded head, were very plain in the picture as Mrs. Eddy left it.
In clearer pictures, the serpent is obvious, its upraised garlanded head facing
the bare, dark cross in the foreground.
Mrs. Eddy called The Mother Church "the cross." It is
typed in this eleventh picture by the large bleak cross in the foreground. In
1908 Mrs. Eddy detached the branch churches from The Mother Church with the
statement, "The branch churches continue their communion seasons, but there
shall be no more communion season in The Mother Church that has blossomed into
spiritual beauty, communion universal and divine" (My. 141:26).
In the earliest version of this illustration there was
only one cross, a large garlanded cross standing in the foreground where the
bleak cross now stands. When Mrs. Eddy added the second uplifted cross in the
middle of the picture she transferred the flowers and birds to it, leaving the
foreground cross bare. At the same time she garlanded the head of the serpent
facing the bare cross, a warning that if the work of The Mother Church as "the
cross" should be repeated, it would share the fate of all static
The dragon (old theology) of outgrown form would
triumph over its spirit, as prophesied by Jesus from the thirteenth to the
nineteenth chapter of Revelation, which Mrs. Eddy says, "depict the fatal
effects of trying to meet error with error" (S&H 568:8).
The dragon is alternately called "serpent" and
"dragon" in both the Bible and Science and Health. (Rev. 12:9, 15, 16; S&H
364:31-2, 567:18-21). [Mrs. Eddy knew that Revelation's chapters 13 to 20
prophesying the "beast," (the "serpent,") and the "dragon," would be fulfilled.
"Scripture cannot be broken," as Christ Jesus said.
Mrs. Eddy could not explain this in her time. It was
too early. But we are now going through that time that prophecy of Jesus to St.
Why are we going through that time?
Because Mrs. Eddy's Manual estoppels have
not been obeyed, the "rod" of Revelation has been broken.. This is why,
in this eleventh picture, we see the "garlanded serpent," facing the big, bare,
dark cross in the foreground of this picture.]
It is interesting to note that this garlanding of the
serpent's head facing the denuded cross bears an ominous likeness to the
prophesied victory of the dragon in the thirteenth chapter of Revelation. In
Jesus' prophecy to St. John, the dragon's (serpent's) ten horns were
crowned with victorious accomplishment.
In the twelfth chapter of Revelation the dragon (old
theology) persecuted the woman that brought forth the "man child." It stood
before her in the claim of "church" consciousness which had dragged-on its old
theological beliefs. This necessitated the "warfare in Science" (S&H 568:6;
Mrs. Eddy stated, "the ten horns of the dragon typify
the belief that matter has power of its own, and that by means of an evil mind
[typed by its crowned heads] in matter the Ten Commandments can be broken"
(S&H 563:11). It will be remembered that in the Biblical description of the
dragon in the twelfth chapter of Revelation, only its seven heads were crowned.
Thus only the seven of its ten horns which corresponded to those heads could
claim triumph. The dragon's remaining three horns type the success of Womanhood
as the trinity of Life, Truth, and Love in defeating the claimed power of the
That Mrs. Eddy's individual or subjective work was
with the serpent's head only, or claimed intelligence, is seen in the prophesy
that the woman would "bruise [only] the head" of the serpent" (S&H 534:29
The sonship of Mother is typed in the center of this
picture by the uplifted cross which is garlanded with the heavenly flowers of
divine purpose, floral apostles of Deity ["Deity" meaning "the kingdom of God
within your consciousness, your own real Mind]. Thus The Mother Church
"blossomed into spiritual beauty, communion universal and divine." This
eleventh picture shows our journey from cross to crown.
Mrs. Eddy called the Extension "the crown" (of
finished Motherhood.) The Extension, symbolizing the extension of Mrs. Eddy's
teaching into all the world, to all mankind, is typed at the topmost point of
this last picture by a human coronet. Although Mrs. Eddy, the Founder of
Christian Science, was not in attendance [at the dedication of the extension],
she sent greetings in which she declared that the "crowning ultimate" of the
church "rises to a mental monument, a superstructure high above
the work of men's hands, even the outcome of their hearts, giving to the
material a spiritual significance--the speed, beauty, and achievements of
goodness" (My. 94:24). The extension's true meaning is that Mrs. Eddy's
teaching rises to a mental monument. She emphasized
this understanding clearly by not attending any dedicatory service, and never
once setting foot in the Extension.
The Light in this eleventh picture types "the gentle
beam of living Love." Boundless and limitless it pours down from heaven,
its broadest beam being at the point of its earth contact. The descending white
bird a dove, typing heavenly inspiration might be defined as the impersonal
sense of the Woman in the tenth picture bearing her Message of Love. Mrs. Eddy
defines "dove" as "a symbol of divine Science" (S&H 584:26), and the
descending City foursquare as "the light and glory of divine Science" (S&H
The Message of the white dove started from heaven in
1902, in the 226th edition, as the Twentieth-Century progressive Revision of
Science and Health, spreading the generic ray of Light. It gradually
encompassed the labored footsteps of past ascending Christianity to the point
where in 1909 Mrs. Eddy said, "The truth of being is perennial, and error is
unreal and obsolete" (S&H 265:20), and "Christian Science teaches only that
which is spiritual and divine, and not human" (S&H 99:14).
[What were some of these progressive revisions?] In
1902 Mrs. Eddy added the last bracketed interpolation in the statement: "'I am
the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead [not understood];
and, behold, I am alive for evermore [Science has explained me]'"
(S&H 334:25). This was evidence of Mary Baker Eddy's completion of the
mission of Jesus as "the masculine representative of the spiritual idea."
Thereupon began the mission of Womanhood, typing "the
spiritual idea of God's motherhood" (S&H 562:6), of which idea Mary Baker
Eddy was the revelator to human consciousness. The ascended Jesus had
prophesied to St. John merely its symbol as a "woman clothed in light, a bride
coming down from heaven" (S&H 561:11), just as the prophets had prophesied
the form of Jesus' mission, while he revealed its spiritual idea. Like Jesus,
Mary Baker Eddy will "remain unto the end" of Womanhood's completed mission in
the Bride (Word) as the boundless "city [consciousness] of our God."
Other significant revisions were made in the second of
the editions of Science and Health issued in 1907. One change was the
substitution of "Thy kingdom is come" in place of "Thy kingdom is within us" in
the Lord's Prayer. This change declared that Mrs. Eddy had completed the last
step of Jesus' prophesied Church and that the time had come for the fulfillment
of Mrs. Eddy's prophetic statement made at the laying of the corner stone of
the second Concord Branch, "...it points to the new birth, heaven here, the
struggle over" (My. 158:12).
A most interesting and vital change in this second
edition of 1907 was made in Mrs. Eddy's interpretation of "And I saw no temple
therein." Since this sentence was first added in 1891, in the fiftieth edition,
"Love" had been capitalized. Now Mrs. Eddy changed the statement to read,
"There was no temple, that is, no material structure in which to worship
God, for He must be worshipped in spirit and in love" (S&H
576:12). This change had been pre-typed by the humanizing of Life, Truth, and
Love in 1904 in the mottoes of the second Concord Branch. The statement, "He
must be worshipped in spirit and in love," embracingly forges beyond Jesus'
statement, "God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in
spirit and in truth" (John 4:24). Thus "love" dissipates the boundary and
limits of "truth" as considered separately from "love."
Also, in 1907 "Principle and its idea is [not, 'are']
one" was added to Science and Health on page 465, line 17, suggesting that the
time had come for the realization of primitive oneness, which knows no
separation between the male and female elements. It was time to go beyond a
sense of Church as the marriage of the Bride and the Lamb in heaven, or "Love
wedded to its own spiritual idea" wedding implying twoness to the composite
Bride as the Word that was "in the beginning...with God, and...was God
[your true Mind, "the kingdom of God within," or as your consciousness]" (John
1:1). Therefore there is no need of ascension or descension.
"Divine Science rolls back the clouds of error with
the light of Truth, and lifts the curtain on man as never born and never dying
but as coexistent with his creator [his creator is your own real divine Mind,
"the kingdom of God within your consciousness"] (S&H 557:18). This eleventh
picture "points to the new birth, heaven here, the struggle over"
"In Science individual good derived from
God, the infinite All-in-all, may flow from the departed to mortals; but evil
is neither communicable nor scientific" (S&H 72:23-26). Thus it is seen
that, even humanly speaking, "God requireth that which is past" to sustain the
unified manifestation of man in the present, in order that "the divine idea
[which] seems to fall to the level of a human or material belief" (S&H
507:31), may be realized to be the expression of the "man, not of the earth
earthly but coexistent with God" (S&H 68:32). This fact is fully seen only
in proportion as "human generation ceases," for Mrs. Eddy has told us that
"proportionately as human generation ceases, the unbroken links of eternal,
harmonious being will be spiritually discerned."
Mary Baker Eddy's mission cannot be defeated. Mrs.
Eddy has assured us, "If you or I should appear to die, we should not be dead"
Mrs. Eddy calls the process presented in this eleventh
picture "The Way" not her way, your way, or anyone else's way, but "The Way" in
which everyone must walk. In fact this picture portrays the progressive "states
and stages" of consciousness which Mrs. Eddy in "The Apocalypse" presents as
the way by which the human mind becomes so illumined as to see heaven and earth
The first "state and stage" is that of subjective
consciousness, "the atmosphere of the human mind, when cleansed of self and
permeated with divine Love" (My.265:24-28). An example of this state,
which Mrs. Eddy calls "a present possibility" (S&H 574:2), is "the
spiritual sense" of St. John, "the subjective state by which he could see the
new heaven and new earth, which involve the spiritual idea and consciousness of
reality" (S&H 573:19-23). This was the state of consciousness in which Mrs.
Eddy revealed, "Man is as perfect now, and henceforth, and forever, as when the
stars first sang together, and creation joined in the grand chorus of
harmonious being" (Mis. 188:3), [just as 2X2=4 will be forever
The second stage involves "journeying 'uphill all the
way'" (S&H 574:4) with "vials of wrath and consolation." The ascent of
human aspirations is clothed in the "sackcloth" of the cross, as typed by the
black birds in this eleventh picture, until it rests at last upon the garlanded
cross awaiting heavenly "consolation," heaven's Message of Peace from the white
dove. "Think of this, dear reader, for it will lift the sackcloth from your
eyes and you will behold the soft-winged dove descending upon you" (S&H
The third "state and stage" is the City foursquare,
typed in this picture by the descending beam of light, for Mrs. Eddy says,
"This sacred city [spiritual consciousness]...that lieth foursquare [the last
four-walled step of symbolic church] and cometh 'down from God, out of heaven,'
represents the light and glory of divine Science" (S&H 575:7).
The fourth "stage" dissipates the walls of the City
foursquare so that the boundless "city [consciousness] of our God" can be
attained. "There was no temple, that is, no material structure in which to
worship God, for He must be worshipped in spirit and in love," which
encompasses but goes beyond "truth." "The shrine celestial," wherein is no
symbolism, or walled idea, is typed by the expanding Light which progresses
beyond "Truth's fane" where the black birds sing on the garlanded
cross, the last step in Church.
In the fifth "stage" the Bride [Word] is declared to
be a "spiritual, holy habitation [which] has no boundary or limit" (S&H
577:12). The Light of this habitation as Bride [Word] is Love; thus the broad
beam of Light in this eleventh picture embraces all of the ascending footsteps,
even the crown, which types Truth at the highest point of human ascension. This
is the beam of love Mrs. Eddy speaks of in her poem "Christmas Morn," "Thou
gentle beam of living Love" (Poems p. 29).
Thus this eleventh picture takes the final step of
illimitable "Idea" wherein "...you see the whole universe included in one
infinite Mind and reflected in the intelligent compound idea, image or
likeness, called [generic] man [the Christ], showing forth the infinite divine
Principle, Love, called God..." (My. 269). As Mrs. Eddy quotes from
Pope's "Essay on Man," "All are but parts of one stupendous whole, whose body
nature is, and God [infinite good, your true Mind that is your true identity]
When Mary Baker Eddy and Christian Science are seen
inseparable, then we understand the true meaning of the "Star of Bethlehem."
The order of Christ and Christmas couples the first picture "The Star of
Bethlehem" with the eleventh picture "The Way." When we understand that she has
revealed Science, destroyed malicious animal magnetism [hypnotic suggestion,
illusion, error], uncovered two-faced ecclesiastical despotism, and revealed to
the world the true understanding of the Virgin Mary and Christ Jesus, we are
ready to understand and realize the Way in our own experience.
No destruction, lack of motivation, or lamentation can
obscure the vision of God's [infinite good's] Church, the structure of Truth
and Love. God [infinite Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth and Love]
and His idea is growing in concord the unity of the Christ. Whosoever liveth
(proves) and believeth (understands) the Christ idea, and acknowledges and
understands the two witnesses, the Fatherhood and Motherhood of God's
appearing, shall never die, but have infinite progression. This picture shows
us the Way.
The Way of the cross, the cross our Master so lovingly
bore, ever leads upward towards the crown of rejoicing. You will notice the
cross and the crown need to be understood in our human experience. The cross
represents the working out of error, all of the errors we bear, until dissolved
through an understanding of the crown. The cross is the overcoming of the false
concepts of false manhood, [old theology beliefs] and it reaches forth for the
crown of true womanhood--the womanhood that includes manhood--generic man.
The first cross is dark black; it is the mortal, the
first degree; but Love's light still shines there to show the Way. Notice that
the Way is wider at the bottom than at the point of the light. The Way always
grows narrower as we reach forward for heaven, the crown of righteousness. It
is an upward ascending path. The light of Truth must shine upon mortal mind, in
its dense darkness, before it can see out of its maelstrom of misery. The woman
has brought the light to the first degree.
In Science and Health Mrs. Eddy says, "The
floral apostles are hieroglyphs of Deity." (p. 240) Flowers then are symbols of
Deity. The second cross is garlanded with morning glories. Mrs. Eddy says, "I
love the symbol of the morning glory with its bright promise of the coming of
the light" (Twelve Years with Mary Baker Eddy, p. 157). This second
cross is the second degree, the human experience. It is lifted aloft on its way
with an adherence to the Ten Commandments which stifle and suffocate the claims
of animal magnetism [illusion, hypnotic suggestion, error].
The crown represents the third degree, spiritual
understanding. Speaking to Mr. Gilman, the artist of Christ and Christmas,
about this particular picture, Mrs. Eddy said, "Now I suggest this picture
for you to draw that possesses my thought of 'The Way.'. . . Make the crown
still fainter in form but distinct. Put the top of it in line with the top of
the plate, thus giving the thought that all matter disappears with the crown or
There is no short cut to heaven. There is only the
straight and narrow way; the shortest distance between two points is a straight
path. The sufferings of sense with its materia medica are depicted on
the left of the path. The pleasures of sense, that would take us away from the
straight and narrow way, are depicted to the right of the picture.
Notice that the birds form a progression of one, two,
three and four flying. The highest bird coming down from the crown, from the
third degree, is a dove with an olive branch in its mouth. Mrs. Eddy tells us
that the dove is "A symbol of divine Science; purity and peace; hope and faith"
When Noah sent the doves out into the world, you will
remember, there were three of them. The first had to return to the ark for
protection; this was symbolic and prophetic of the First Advent going forth
into gross materiality, of how Christianity was subverted by the intent of
ecclesiastical despotism. The second time the dove was sent out, it returned
with an olive branch in its mouth. This is symbolic and prophetic of the Second
Advent, Mary Baker Eddy, coming to tired humanity. So the dove in this picture
is symbolic of the Second Advent as it has an olive branch in its mouth. The
third time the dove went out, it did not return, and is a prophecy of that time
when the spiritual appearing of the Christ is universal and generic, and there
is nothing from which it needs to be protected, hence it does not return to the
This white-winged dove with the olive branch is the
Second Advent, Mary Baker Eddy, bringing the understanding of the Christ from
the crown, the third degree, into the second degree, proving the "human and
divine coincidence." Mary Baker Eddy is the swift-winged messenger that brought
us this precious Science. Notice that some thoughts, birds, are reaching out
for the understanding of divine Science. Others are content to wait and watch,
others still see its coming, but don't really care.
In Matthew, we read these words of Jesus, "A wicked
and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be
given unto it; but the sign of the prophet Jonas." (Matt. 16:4) The word Jonas
means dove, and this is the only sign to be given the sign of divine
Mrs. Eddy tells us, "The loss of earthly hopes and
pleasures brightens the ascending path of many a heart. The pains of sense
quickly inform us that the pleasures of sense are mortal and that joy is
spiritual" (S&H 265:26). To the right of the cross, the pleasures of
sense would attempt to take us from the upward ascending path and away from the
path that would make us outstanding followers of our Leader. The pleasures of
sense would keep you away from the recognition of the swift-winged messenger.
If you keep your eye, your perception, upon your Leader's place, you will not
get off the Way. The pains of sense that try to make us leave the message of
divine Science and seek material remedies, cannot have power in your experience
if you do not turn from your Leader. It is a straight and narrow path, and the
suppositional serpent [old theology] has many ways to take us from the one
On March 27, 1907, Mrs. Eddy stated: "The disciples
followed Jesus up to a certain point, and then deserted him, and darkness
followed. Follow the wayshower and you will follow the divine idea; turn away
from the wayshower and you turn away from the divine idea, which is like
turning away from the windowpane, you turn away from the light. It is not my
personality you are following, or that you love. You are being turned from the
person to the idea. When this is accomplished, then you will be free in health
to go and do for the world" (DCC, p. 26)
Gilman records, "The New York critics had written that
one objection to the Ascension picture (The Way) was that the scene was located
in Concord, New Hampshire (doubtless owing to the New Hampshire appearance of
the trees). I acknowledged to her that I myself had recently thought of that,
having had more time to consider it. 'But,' I said after a while, 'I do not
know as we need to go back to Jesus' day in Palestine to represent this
thought.' To this she quickly agreed and having been called to lunch some
minutes before, she arose and saying to me, 'Lunch is ready,' she extended her
hand and took mine and led me like a child into the dining room to the table.
'There is too much looking backward two thousand years. They will find,' she
said, 'that there is a Way here in Concord as well as in Palestine.'"
The following is recorded in the handwriting of Laura
Sargent. "In order to love God, we must honor and love the Way. How can we love
God unless we love His idea which shows us the Way and which is the Way; and in
order to honor and love the Way, we must have a true sense of the individual
through whom the Way has been manifested to us, else we are not keeping the law
to love our neighbor as ourself, or doing by our neighbor as we would be done
by. . . Our whole salvation rests upon the manner in which we treat her, since
the Way comes to us through her, and God [infinite good] demands that we love
our neighbor by having the spiritual sense of our neighbor, and the
spiritual sense of our Teacher and Mother as God's idea that we must love and
The clouds are brighter towards the center and darker
on the sides. The Christ light illumines every object. The Son of man is again
coming in the clouds with great glory. You will notice that there is neither
sun nor moon in this picture or in any picture in Christ and Christmas
because the Sun and Moon, the greater and lesser light, are clearly
revealed by His two witnesses.
You must not sit idly by as if you were a perfect
human. Six birds are doing just that as they are sitting on the cross. You must
fly out to reach the white winged dove descending from the crown of glory with
her message of Science. Try out your mental wings; they might be stronger than
In The Christian Science Journal, September
1886 (p. 133), we read, "He alone ascends the hill of Christian Science who
follows Christ, the spiritual idea who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Whatever obstructs this Way, causing mortals to stumble, fall or faint, Divine
Love will remove, and uplift the fallen and strengthen the weak, if only they
will forsake their earth weights, and 'leave behind those things that are
behind, and reach forward to those that are before.' Then, loving God [Mind,
Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, Love] supremely, and their neighbor as
themselves, they will safely bear the cross up the hill of Science."
Mrs. Eddy wrote in 1907, "What is the wayshower? There
is a human and a divine meaning. A wayshower is that which shows the Way; it
must be some thing or some one. Jesus was the Wayshower, the Christ with him,
and if he had not been, where would we be? He showed the way as the masculine
idea of Principle, then woman took it up at that point the ascending thought in
the scale and is showing the Way, thus representing the male and female
Principle (the male and female of God's creating)."
From "Prevention and Cure of Divorce" (My.
This time-world flutters in my thought as an unreal
shadow, and I can only solace the sore ills of mankind by a lively battle with
'the world, the flesh and the devil,' in which Love is the liberator and gives
man the victory over himself.
Truth, canonized by life and love, lays the axe at the
root of evil, lifts the curtain on the Science of being, the Science of
wedlock, of living and of loving, and harmoniously ascends the scale of life.
Look high enough, and you see the heart of humanity warming and winning. Look
long enough, and you see male and female one sex or gender eliminated [only the
Adam-dream said man was separate from woman--that manhood is separate from his
womanhood--that there were two instead of one]; you see the designation
man meaning woman as well, and you see the whole universe included in
one infinite Mind and reflected in the intelligent compound idea, image or
likeness, called man, showing forth the infinite divine Principle, Love, called
God, man wedded to the Lamb, [to all of infinite good] pledged to innocence,
purity, perfection. Then shall humanity have learned that "they which shall be
accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead,
neither marry, nor are given in marriage: neither can they die any more: for
they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God" (Luke 20:35.36).
8 new choir robes are
currently needed, due to the addition of several new members and to the
deterioration of some older ones.
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