Saturday, January 30, 2010

Spurred On To Greater Spiritual Accomplishments

Some readers may recall that "Far Side" cartoon in which a cowpoke is seen leaving an outhouse trailing toilet paper which has become snagged on one of his spurs. As an aside, I hope Mr. Larson periodically feels some malaise for prematurely abandoning his many thousands of admirers to the mediocrity of epigones. Shame! Anyway, how true it is that the toilet paper of subtle false beliefs are uncannily picked up by those out-of-sight spurs of material sense which skulk in consciousness, thereafter to be found tagging malevolently and tenaciously along.

Scientists cannot say, however, that they haven't been alerted to the problem by Mrs. Eddy. "Christian Scientists cannot watch too sedulously, or bar their doors too closely, or pray to God too fervently, for deliverance from the claims of evil. Thus doing, Scientists will silence evil suggestions, uncover their methods, and stop their hidden influence upon the lives of mortals." (Mis 114: 21-26)

It may take three days for fish and visitors to smell, but animal magnetism should offend instantly and be put summarily out or off. Mrs. Eddy doesn't say one extracts error from mortal mind with frugal dabs and dollops of Love, but "flood-tides of Love". Christian Science isn't fussy finger food, the metaphysical equivalent of dainty watercress sandwiches with the crust cut off. The student who sincerely seeks and desires Christian Science would do well to make daily a dagwood of truths from the Bible and writings of Mrs. Eddy and ingest every nourishing morsel of it he can. Thus materialistic thought rowels will be blunted or removed, the toilet paper left in the outhouse where it belongs, and the student's spiritual strength and vitality increased.

Note: For good or ill the primary intent of this blog is to convey content, thoughts, the wondrous musings and insights of its indefatigable scribbler. As has been said here before, poetry is a hard medium in which to convey information and expository tidbits. If a poet concentrates overmuch on content it is easy for him to end up with a "poem" that is merely prose broken up and arranged to look like poetry, thereby failing to become, as Marianne Moore desired, an imaginary garden with real toads in it ("Poetry"). I'm not shutting the door to more poetry as time and inspiration permit, but it is important that a cobbler stick to his last, however pedestrian the resulting shoes.

21 comments:

Regular reader said...

So well written. But then, you obviously think deeply and it shows.
Thanks for this one!

Near Boston said...

It's me,one of your faithful fans. Feel I just commented, which I probably did. Really like this blog post, too.

Anonymous said...

Your point about pouring in divine Love calls to my thought what our dear Leader says about our religion, that Love is its heart and soul.
Thanks much,

Hartford, CT said...

Being a fan of your poetry as well as prose, was interested in what you explained about writing poems. Still, would love to see some from you in the future.

London (UK) said...

Dear Blogger,
I've said this before and no doubt will many times again (if you keep blogging) what a pleasure it is for me to read something so well-crafted. A rare thing when it comes to CS writing.

CS Practitioner (Midwest) said...

Yes, our heavenly Father makes it crystal clear in the words He gave Jesus to give us that love is all important. And think of all the statements Mrs. Eddy makes on the necessity to express love.
A good blog post today.

Patrick said...

I do like the way you think and then put your thoughts into words. Very clear which makes me think you must surely be a teacher of writing, or an English major at the very least. Bound to have had a lot of experience in this field, in my estimation. In any event, always look forward to visiting your website.

Fellow traveler said...

"A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another, as I have loved you."
Christ Jesus

Oxford said...

Another fine little essay.
Many thanks for all your sharing,

Memphis said...

Love yourwebsite. You've got a winner here!

L.R. said...

Hi there,
Wondering if you are familiar with a wonderful book (very slim volume but packed with sublime things, in my view) "The Greatest Thing in the World" by Henry Drummond? I read once that Mrs. Eddy said she had considered writing a book on Love but that this one was so well done, it had saved her the trouble.Anyway I can recommend it to any of your readers. Probably available from the Bookmark I should think.

Anonymous said...

A very good posting here,blogger. Got a lot to ponder from this one and I thank you.

Riverside, CA said...

Appreciate so much your consistent efforts to help the Field understand what being a student of Christian Science requires. No walk in the park, but well worth every bit of work it takes. The rewards are great, and they stay with us.

Anonymous said...

Just love the way you write, Christian. Keep up the fine work.

Florida CS said...

Like your title. And what is the supreme spiritual accomplishment? Doesn't it have to be manifesting God's qualities which are nothing but love when we boil it down? A lifetime achievement this, but as followers of our dear Lord and Master, we are determined to do it.

Susan said...

Yes, living a life that is filled with loving thoughts and deeds, even a little bit, does wonderful things for you and me.
Enjoy your writing!

D. K. said...

You are one of, if not the, best blogger on CS issues I've run across, and I do appreciate all you are giving out.

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed reading your thoughts on accomplishing more spiritually. I've been helped by various points you've made in your blog posts, just want you to know.

NYC said...

How about another poem one of these days? I have looked closely at the ones you posted so I can learn something and would appreciate seeing some more.

W. T. said...

Thank God we have His inspired Word and the teachings of divine Science. What wonderful gifts our loving Father has given us.
And God bless you, dear blogger.

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