CHRISTIAN SCIENCE HEALING
Picture Number 6
Christ was not crucified that
Was Jesus' part;
For Sharon's rose must bud and bloom
Forever present, bounteous,
Christ comes in gloom;
And aye, with grace towards you and
For health makes room.
* "God was manifest in the flesh." -
If Christ be in
you, the body is dead because of sin
but the Spirit [God-likeness] is
life because of
righteousness. - St. Paul
But such as I have, give I thee: In
the name of
Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk - St. Peter
The stanzas accompanying this picture read:
"Christ was not crucified that doom was Jesus' part;
For Sharon's rose [meaning the Church of Christ] must bud and bloom in human
heart. ("...God was manifest in the flesh." Paul)
"Forever present, bounteous, free, Christ comes in
gloom; And aye, with grace towards you and me, for health makes room."
The Scriptural texts given for these two stanzas
indicate the striking contrast between them. A similar contrast is evident
between the plane of consciousness of the man on the bed and the woman in the
doorway on one hand, as typing the first stanza, and the woman in white as
typing the second stanza.
This second stanza presents the woman in white in the
foreground as typing the "Christ," which "comes in gloom; and aye, with grace
towards you and me, for health makes room." She has done this by casting out
the "gloom" of Christianity, represented by the woman dressed in dark hues,
standing in the doorway, who represents institutional church, which has caused
the man's seeming illness. The dark-clothed woman, typing the man-controlled
spirit of the Christianity of Jesus' first coming, is still enshrouded in the
sackcloth of its "commemorative" form, typing the crucifixion of its
Human womanhood, typed by the woman in grey, having
failed to discern a higher light than commemorative Christianity as
manhood (typed by the first organization of the Boston Church), feels the
weight of static Christianity. Commemoration is but the "dead body" of a
previously living idea. The first organization of the Boston Church
commemorated the word and works of Jesus before his crucifixion, for
Jesus neither taught nor healed after his crucifixion, merely explaining the
Scriptures to two of his disciples on the walk to Emmaus (Luke 24:13,
Beyond this, St. Paul declared, Christianity could not
go. As the then highest evangel, he said, "For I determined not to know
anything among you , save Jesus Christ, and him crucified" (I Cor.
Christian Science is not thus limited. Mrs. Eddy says,
"The second appearing of Jesus is, unquestionably, the spiritual advent of the
advancing [not static] idea of God, as in Christian Science"
(Ret. 70:20). Specifically refuting St. Paul's static bounds for
Christianity, Mrs. Eddy says, "Christian Science says: I am determined not to
know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him glorified" (S&H
Thus while the blood of a crucified Savior in the
first coming of Jesus gave color to "Sharon's rose" which bloomed in the
suffering heart of Christianity, the "second appearing" of Jesus in Christian
Science demanded its glorification as "the smile of God" (S&H 175:10).
Picture six signals the beginning of WOMAN'S mission,
as set forth in the THIRD EDITION of Science and Health. The woman in white is
healing the man, when she (in the words of the poem) "for health makes room."
The Womanhood of God (having encompassed Jesus' teaching, the manhood of God)
looks heaven-ward, and extends her hand to the patient. Woman's mission as
separate from Man's mission really starts here.
This 6th picture represents Fatherhood embraced in
Motherhood. It corresponds to the period when Mrs. Eddy put her whole
revelation into Motherhood in the third edition of Science and Health, where
God was consistently referred to as "She" and "Her."
The Star is the CHRIST. Christianity, the organized
church, represented by the petitioning wife, is put out of the room, showing
the symbol can be perverted unless intelligently upheld. This ejection of the
woman in dark clothes also represents the end of the first organization of the
Boston church, which Mrs. Eddy dissolved. The static Christianity of the first
organization of the Boston Church, which commemorated Jesus' first coming, had
crucified the "Christ" of Jesus' "second appearing." Instead of the first
Scriptural "basis" of this picture "If Christ be in you, the body is dead
because of sin" it presented its reversal in a "body...dead" to the "second
appearing" of Jesus as the Christ.
Inasmuch as the intent of Christ and Christmas
is to reveal "the God-anointed mission of our Leader," it is necessary to
figuratively identify Mrs. Eddy in every picture. Mrs. Eddy's subjective
consciousness at this point is typed by the heavenly woman in white. Woman
[standing for the Christ] was a heavenly idea. In the third edition of Science
and Health, which this picture correlates, Mrs. Eddy said, "this earth and
heaven are now and forever the male and female of spirit..."
(S&H Vol. II, p. 120).
Composite Womanhood, in this third edition, goes
beyond Mrs. Eddy's previous revelation of manhood in the first edition as an
earthly idea, typing Christianity, upon which the First Organization of the
Boston Church was founded.
Note that this picture is not called "A
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE HEALING," but "CHRISTIAN SCIENCE HEALING." The Christ
idea as the Principle of "Christian Science Healing" is typed by the
resuscitation of the man on the bed at the heavenly demand of the woman in
white for a higher Christianity than that which blooms in "human heart."
Womanhood, embracing manhood, "makes room for health, with grace towards you
and me." The TRUE sense of Woman [again, meaning the Christ] brings
health to man.
The Woman's gown, the man's apparel and the bed linen
in this sixth picture are all light greys, unlike their darker hued
counterparts in picture two, while the woman's stole here is white in contrast
to the black stole of Jesus in picture two. As noted before, shades of
brightness stand for degrees of purification; black for first degree, gray for
the second, white for the third or highest degree.
[A number of the images Alice Orgain found in this
picture are no longer visible. There was the large head of a serpent, eating
dust under the chair, his sinuous body winding down the left drape. The face of
the lamb was apparent in the upper right behind him; other animal faces
appeared in the upper left fold of the drape. A wolf could be plainly seen in
the extreme lower right corner; a Leopard was nearby.
Were the twelve Apostles depicted on the overhang of
the bedspread? Very distinct faces were visible. A man's profile (an ancient
face) was evident over the "l" in "healing;" another man could be seen in a
face over the "ia" in "Christian." There were animals and "men" the full length
of the bed.]
The picture on the wall shows a new day dawning;
medicine is seen behind the man in bed.
The light hued bed in picture six is in a reverse
position to the black casket in picture two, but the girl in picture two, with
one arm extended to the right hand of Jesus, is sitting in the same position as
the man in this picture.
Here the man-patient is reaching toward the Womanhood
of God, rather than to God's manhood, and, unlike picture two, the hands do not
touch. The Scriptural message here (as given in the Glossary of Christ and
Christmas.) is: "Such as I have give I thee; in the name of Jesus Christ of
Nazareth, rise up and walk." Note that the WOMAN points to the ascended Jesus,
not the crucified Jesus of the Bible, and that she is not holding a
BIBLE. The patient finds that he does not need her help, since the
message quickens him to his own completeness, whereas the woman in dark
clothes (second degree, moral) (his wife in Christianity) had tried to
personally complete him.
When Jesus "fully and finally demonstrated divine
Science in his victory over the grave," it was then that he rose into
"WOMANHOOD," Life,the first TRINITY quality of the ideal woman. "The ideal
woman corresponds to Life and to Love" (S&H 517:10). Jesus was unable to
fully reveal this, as he said, "I have yet many things to say to you, but ye
cannot bear them now" (John 16:12.)
These "THINGS" had to await JESUS' SECOND COMING in
Womanhood, which he prophesied in Rev. 12:1 with the words, "There appeared a
great wonder in heaven...." Mary Baker Eddy tells us: "The second appearing of
Jesus is, unquestionably, the spiritual advent of the ADVANCING idea of
God, as in Christian Science" (Ret. 20:22). "The female idea" in the
third edition of Science and Health is definitively given the full heavenly
trinity of "Life, Truth, and Love," from which she definitively gives to man,
out of the fullness of her own nature, the qualities of "Life" and "Truth." The
mission of WOMAN starts here, clearly separated in character from man's
Mrs. Eddy did not get her revelation from the
Scripture, but got it directly from divine Mind. She later found that it
coincided with the Scriptures. "No human pen nor tongue taught me what is in
Science and Health. I began where the Bible left off." Her writings are the
"Comforter" promised by Christ Jesus.
Remember, Jesus said, "When the "Comforter" is come
[she] will reveal all things."
(See Alice Orgain's As It Is, 46-47, S&H
269:21-25; 123:19-23; My. 179:25-28; 318:31:2).
The healing Christ named Christian Science could never
be crucified; nothing can hinder it except a blurred vision of our Leader. The
doom of the crucifixion was the cup the Two Witnesses had to drink. It was the
world's hatred of the Science.
Sharon's rose, the Church of Christ, is built upon
healing and it must bud and bloom in the human heart. The Second Witness has
revealed this; it needs only to be practiced. It is the Word made flesh, or God
manifest in the flesh. This 6th picture shows us that to separate the
Revelator from the Revelation and still maintain Christian Science healing is
an impossibility. They cannot be separated. Our Church is built upon a
recognition of her and of her revelation. It is based upon Christian Science
Mrs. Eddy once said, "This Cause depends upon healing,
healing and wisdom. If these are not added, the salt will lose its savor
and this Cause drop down into the darkness of oblivion for centuries."
Again she stated, "The true Science divine Science
will be lost sight of again unless we arouse ourselves. This demonstrating to
make matter build up is not Science. The building up of churches, the writing
of articles and the speaking in public is the old way of building up a cause.
The way I brought this Cause into sight was through HEALING: and now these
other things would come in and hide it just as was done in the time of Jesus.
Now this Cause must be saved and I pray God to be spared for this work."
In Twelve Years with Mary Baker Eddy, Irving
Tomlinson records: "On one occasion, Mrs. Eddy said to a member of her
household that the way to establish the Cause through reason is through writing
and preaching, teaching and lecturing. This is temporal. But the way to
establish the Cause through revelation is by healing, and this is permanent" (p
When the New York Scientists presented Mrs. Eddy with
two hundred dollars worth of flowers, she looked at the latter sadly, and
afterward, with tears in her eyes said, "But they are not doing the work as I
want it. 'If ye love me keep my commandments.'"
In a letter Mrs. Eddy wrote, "The truth in regard to
your Leader heals the sick and saves the sinner." Mrs. Eddy is the focal point
of this sixth picture; without her there is no Christian Science healing then
or now. She must be included in every portion of our healing work [since she
can never be separated from her revelation]. She tells us that a soldier's love
for his country America may save his life. This is because he is loving and
fighting for the nation that has a holy purpose; and whether he knows of
Christian Science or not, he is protected because he is fighting for this
nation's protection. Think what a love for your Leader will do in your healing
Mrs. Eddy tells us that the enemy attempts to
sever her from her revelation more than they attempt anything else. All
claims of malicious animal magnetism [illusion, hypnotic suggestion--aggressive
mental suggestion] are handled when resistance to her place in Bible prophecy
is handled. The tender love that she expressed in her healing work must be
emulated, and extended throughout all of our healing work too. If
we handle the world's hatred of her, that love will come forth abundantly in
our healing work.
The tender presence of the Christ, Truth, is always
present; it is bountiful and free. Christ comes in man's extremity with love
for you and me, mankind, and Mrs. Eddy. The mental purity of the Christ, which
is the only real health, makes room in thought for Christian Science healing.
If the Christ, Truth, is in you, the body has no more power because sin is
removed, and there is room for this Scientific, healing Christ. As God's idea,
the Christ, you live and move and have your being in His perfection, [since
"the kingdom of God is within you"is within your consciousness as your true
Mrs. Eddy's most precious gift to the world was the
Science of Christian healing. She alone gave it to us. She is speaking to all
mankind and telling them to rise up and walk in this Christ-likeness. It is
your divine right.
The two portions of the poem represent the material
giving way to the spiritual, the human becoming imbued with the divine. The
Christ, not crucified, is shown clearly in this picture. The healing Christ is
the proof of its eternality and vitality. God's Church has budded and blossomed
in one individual, "manifest in the flesh," said Mary Baker Eddy; and a
recognition of her place will continue this Church built upon healing.
The star of the Christ idea is shining, is healing, is
proving, is loving.
Her face is looking for the Mother's presence. She has
no idea of herself as the healer. She knows that Christian Science, the Word of
God, is the healer. [It is "the kingdom of God within" her consciousness as her
right Mind, that is the healer.] Her right hand is pointing to the Christ light
as Jesus' left hand is doing in "Christ Healing." One is the acceptance of the
Christ as the healer, the other a scientific active power at work vitally
reforming human consciousness. There is enough light so that no human touch is
In this picture, "Christian Science Healing"
exemplified by Mary Baker Eddy is raising manhood above itself into purer
desires, away from all that the bed means. Womanhood has already been touched
and is in an attitude of prayer. Manhood is the necessary ingredient to be a
firm watcher. Prayer, womanhood, is not enough. Womanhood must lift up and
include manhood. Prayer must include watching. Notice that both patient and
practitioner are working properly. The patient is receptive who will not move.
Notice, too, that the mental work is effective as it is reaching the patient.
Her arm is extended.
The artist Gilman records, "During the week past since
then I have been making the picture of the illustration 'Christian Science
Healing,' and in particular of Mrs. Eddy, as the type of the woman engaged in
this picture as healing the sick man. When we were considering the details of
the design of the illustration of 'Christian Science Healing,' the question of
what was the most spiritually appropriate disposition of the hands and arms,
was up for final decision. I reasoned that an attitude of peaceful composure
and calmness born of perfect faith in omnipotent Spirit, even perfect
understanding of God, should be considered as the most appropriate. I argued
that the likeness of the infinite would realize the perfect reality of all
things, hence would have no agitation of mind as to the outcome of the healing
thought or divine Mind, and therefore perfect repose and calm in the attitude
of the healer should predominate. Mrs. Eddy's reply to this I can never forget.
She said, 'Yes, but Love yearns.' From this I was led to see that my
reasoning was largely the loveless, cold, human, intellectual reasoning that
cannot at all see spiritual things in reality, but only the dead literal form
of its own vain mortal imaginings. Mrs. Eddy then took an attitude to express
her spiritual concept to some extent to me of what the spiritual posture of one
spiritually would be who was reflecting the divine healing capacity, in the act
of raising from a sick bed one who was being held in the bondage of belief of
the reality of evil or error. First, she looked upward with a meekly confident,
yearning, a faraway (from material sense) look, and at the same time with her
right arm and hand raised with the index finger in a childlike way pointing
upward heavenward. The other arm and hand was stretched out in a downward
direction as if toward suffering humanity, appealing and yet joyously all in
spiritual purity and adoration."
In a letter to Mr. Gilman, referring to the picture
"Christian Science Healing," she wrote:
My dear friend:
Do you know what you have done for yourself, for
mankind, for our Cause? No, you do not, perhaps, but I will tell you. You
illustrated and interpreted my life on the plate that you sent me.
As Mrs. Eddy once stated, "I am the unresisting
channel through which Love shines with its full healing force."
Speaking of the pictures in Christ and
Christmas, Mrs. Eddy told the artist, "Now carry out these designs with all
the skill of an artist and my story is told in Christian Science, the new story
of Christ, and the world will feel its renovating influence."
This bearded old man [in the bed,] symbolizes tired
manhood getting ready to give up its false pleasures and pains. He is leaving
medicine behind, and will no longer rely upon materiality to temporarily salve
Medicine cannot enter the healing work, and you are
not a good practitioner if you advise its use, nor a good patient if you use
it. You exclude yourself from Christian Science healing if you use it. Notice
that his hand is not touching hers, and that is the nature of impersonal
Christian Science healing.
Gilman relates, "When she was looking at some of the
sketched designs, she laughingly said upon looking at the sketch of the face of
the sick man who she was represented as healing, 'There! That man looks just as
if he was determined I should not heal him." The old man, tired humanity,
cannot resist the loving presence of the healing Christ.
Our dear Leader has already lifted womanhood out of
its chair, out of worry for a loved one, into active prayer. You will notice
that womanhood is in the light, but manhood is part in and part out. This is
much the same as in the picture "Christ Healing" [picture two]. This picture
however is far more active than "Christ Healing." The entrance for Truth is
wide in this picture, and it symbolizes an actual statement of the thinking of
the world. The time has come. Her ear is uncovered, and she is listening for
divine direction, the still small voice; and she is also listening for the call
of humanity for help.
This picture is coupled with no other picture. It is
the center picture. Only by recognizing Mrs. Eddy's place, can we effectively
heal in Christian Science. Only by recognizing Mrs. Eddy's place, can Sharon's
rose bud and bloom the Church prosper and grow among humanity. This picture
includes her life and light.
The white robe that she wears is typical of the Christ
robe, or Christ-consciousness, without seam or rent. Note how it trails under
the bedding to the floor. The white line near the foot of the bed is the
continuation of her robe and symbolizes her thought reaching the foundation of
sickness and destroying sin. She is destroying animal magnetism and not the
symptom. She is bruising the serpent's [old theology's] head. Malicious animal
magnetism in its many phases is being handled by Mary Baker Eddy. As Christian
Scientists, we realize that Mary Baker Eddy handled every form of sin thrust
upon her. The darkness between the robe and her body is the world's problems
and sins that she has taken in to heal, but which are not weighing her down as
a dark robe would represent. Notice the Christ light about her head showing
clearly that she is God's anointed one. [We will grow spiritually] by
acknowledging her place, which naturally brings healing and naturally destroys
the claims of malicious animal magnetism according to the law of divine
The floor in this picture is the dissolving of the
claims of ecclesiastic despotism from the black and white tiles in Truth vs.
Error (tenth picture) to vague mingling of black and white. Thus error's
foundation is being destroyed (dissolved) through the light of Truth. She
writes, "The Babylonish woman in the Apocalypse has thrown wormwood into the
waters to turn trusting thoughts to hatred against me, the idea; handle this
and you will find your patients healed." Again, "Christian Scientists must work
daily to annul the prayers of the unrighteous, those who
unrighteously pray that Christian Science prayers cannot heal the sick." [Mrs.
Eddy has nearly 50 references to "daily" in Prose Works alone.]
As Elijah passed his mantle on to Elisha, so did Jesus
pass his robe on to Mary Baker Eddy, and with it a double portion.
The Two Witnesses ascended up to heaven in the last
verse of chapter eleven of Revelation. Picture number five portrays this.
Chapter twelve of Revelation starts with the mission of the Woman God-crowned.
This picture portrays chapter twelve of Revelation. The Woman in prayer
[looking heavenward] in "Christian Science Healing" symbolizes the fulfillment
of the twelfth chapter of Revelation, and symbolizes that this is woman's hour;
she has taken the lead. She is the Leader.
The picture "Christian Science Healing," portrays a
threefold treatment, perfect Father-Mother, perfect Son, perfect Holy Ghost
[Science]. Without a recognition and appreciation of the Holy Ghost, divine
Science or Christian Science, in our healing work, we will not find
The bed in this picture is made out of brass. The
figurative meaning of brass is insensibility, baseness, and presumption or
obstinacy in sin. There must be a clear recognition of the sin in order to heal
it. Sin will not recognize our Leader, and sin does not want to be uncovered
and healed. This picture shows that Mrs. Eddy worked tirelessly to take false
manhood away from this claim of malicious animal magnetism [hypnotism, error,
illusion]. That work enabled her to build her Church.
In Retrospection and Introspection, she states,
"Nothing except sin, in the students themselves, can separate them from me."
Mrs. Eddy wrote, "I am amazed when I see how little
Christian Science healing is done. So much is faith healing, little more." And
again, "Unless we have better healers and more of this work than any
other is done, our Cause will not stand and having done all stand.
Demonstration is the whole of Christian Science, nothing else proves it,
nothing else will save it and continue it with us. God has said this and Christ
Jesus has proved it." [Healing in Christian Science is always a case of:
"Physician, heal thyself": there is nothing "out there," since "God is All."
When a patient calls, the practitioner must heal himself of the belief that
there is error lurking somewhere. When the practitioner heals himself of the
belief that there is evil, the patient is healed, since there is only one Mind,
only one "I." When we don't permanently heal ourselves, the healing is merely
In this illustration we see the healer flooded with
the light from the star. All Christian Science healing comes from the light of
the star of Boston. Mrs. Eddy tells us in Science and Health: "This light is
not from the sun nor from volcanic flames, but it is the revelation of Truth
and of spiritual ideas" (504:9-11). "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth
rise up and walk" (Acts 3:6). "God was made manifest in the flesh" (I Tim.
3:16). All true Christian Science healing is God made manifest in the
Here we see the healer with eyes looking upward and
with uplifted hand. The mortal-mind helper is looking down to matter. We note
that materia medica has been discarded, for the medicines are behind the
patient. In this we see old belief leaving the bed medicine is behind him. The
white curtains, representing the first degree, are drawn back, and light coming
through brings the theological thought in the home to a state of prayer.
Note the picture on the wall "Breaking through the
clouds." The woman's white robe represents understanding. It reaches the base
of the bed, symbolizing her thought reaching the foundation of reality "the
omnipresence of present perfection."
Due to the Rector's
illness, Wednesday's healing service will be discontinued until further
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