dimension of

Christian Science

discovered in the 1980s


 Contrary to popular opinion, the Universe is extremely ordered according to an array of fundamental principles which cannot be altered by human will, but which exist, which can be understood and be utilized for our benefit. An example for this can be found in music.

All advanced musical compositions, from times before Bach to modern times past the days of Stravinsky, right to the inclusion of modern pop, are compositional arrangements of tones based on the well-tempered polyphony of the 12 tone system.  It must be understood that the musical tones within this system are not arbitrarily chosen, but are  chosen to reflect natural physical characteristics which have been discovered and then used to create the whole vast volume of music that presently enriches our human culture.

If one looks closer at the 12 tone system one will note that the increase of the base frequency from tone to tone throughout the 12 tone octave is not a linear progression, but corresponds to the intersect values of an angular division of an expanding spiral as shown in the illustration below.

The figure shown illustrates the tonal division of one single octave of musical tones. This nonlinear progression, of course is carried forward from octave to octave, so that the starting frequency for an octave (starting with the musical C) is likewise not arbitrarily chosen. In real terms this progression corresponds to a geometric progression of the hexadecimal numbering system, a numbering system that is build on a base of 16 instead of 10 as in the decimal system. As you can see from the figure below, the Middle C musical tone has a base frequency of 256 cycles per second, or 256 Hz (or 16 times 16 Hz).

The progressions from octave to octave, therefore, is such that the base frequency of each successive octave below the Middle C is one order of magnitude less, and above the Middle C one order of magnitude more than that of the previous octave. (Note: the referred to "magnitude" of change is an order of magnitude on the scale of the binary system with a base of 2, which is the foundation of the hexadecimal numbering system with a base of 16) 

In recent years arbitrary deviations in orchestral tuning have been introduced that give the instruments a slightly higher pitch in an effort to jazz up the orchestral sounds.  This arbitrary deviation from the natural system, however, immediately causes problems with the register transition of the human singing voice. The natural tuning (C=256 Hz) corresponds to 430 to 432 Hz for the Middle A. Modern tuning has pushed the musical A as high as 440 Hz, even 444 in some cases, which severely strains the human singing voice and has ruined the voice of many a singer to the point that a campaign has been launched in the musical world for a return to the natural tuning, also called the Verdi tuning.

The point of all of the above is that a certain fundamental order exists in which we find principles reflected that are idea for useful constructs, such as the ones that give us music. Of course, these types of principles are not limited to music alone. Similar principles have been discovered that aid us in our quest for scientific understanding, for instance. In the natural order of these ideal principles the factors of 4, 12, 16, and multiples thereof, resurface time and time again in various ways. With this considered, it is not surprising that Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, has fashioned every one of her major works purposely as a construct of 16 elements, or multiples thereof as is shown in the figure below.

Obviously, Mary Baker Eddy was not the first to recognize that the construction of a 16 element square matrix presents an ideal platform for exploring complex interrelationships of ideas, which enables profound discoveries. The Apostle John evidently understood something of this natural foundation for discovery and scientific development. He understood sufficiently, even those many ages ago, that he presented it in metaphor as a city foursquare in his book of Revelation. He presented it in conjunction with his prophesy of the end of all evil. Scientific and spiritual development was evidently most highly rated in those distant ages. It was certainly highly rated by Mary Baker Eddy. With this in mind it is illogical to assume that Mary Baker Eddy would have ignored the underling principle of the Apostle John's metaphor. Evidence suggests that she went even farther than that, that she built everything that she created on this type of platform.

One may ask here, why Mary Baker Eddy never presented the nature of this tremendously powerful development structure directly in her writings. Actually, she presented a great deal about it, though she never mentioned it directly. She wrote volumes about it with very precise details referencing it.

The answer to the question as to why she never spoke about it directly must be similar to that which Beethoven might have given had he been asked why he never presented the functional characteristics of the constructs of his music.

Isn't it our own individual task to explore the underlying principles of the functional characteristics of the music we love, in order to more fully comprehend and appreciate the beauty of the great genius expressed in Beethoven's musical creations? Mary Baker Eddy presents us the same type of challenge.

We have two options before us for responding to Mary Baker Eddy's challenge. One of those options is that we close our eyes to the challenge and to pretend to ourselves that it is somehow irrelevant that all of Mary Baker Eddy's major works reflect a structural similarity to the biblical city foursquare, even knowing that Mary Baker Eddy has described the biblical city foursquare in painstaking detail in her writing. Unfortunately, we have chosen this option far too long already.  We have done this for a hundred years, and in the process Mary Baker Eddy has largely become lost to humanity, so much so that it is now deemed expedient to enshrine her in a museum.

Our second option is that we become scientific thinkers and investigators on a quest to develop in our own mind that structure for scientific discovery and spiritual development that has furnished the foundation for all of her constructs. In real terms, we have no option but to make this development effort for ourselves. Mary Baker Eddy never said that she would do all the development work for us, which indeed she could not. We have to replicate the process of discovery in our own understanding. She gave us a vast and comprehensive outline to aid us, with exquisite details and metaphor for verification. But taking the actual developmental footsteps is our task. It is our task to develop the benefits that can be gained through scientific and spiritual understanding. What we gain is up to us. In fact, she more than encourages us to take those steps. She requests it in writing, formally, stating that all class teaching in Christian Science must be based exclusively on a number of specific elements of her work that just happen to be intricately interwoven with her structure for scientific and spiritual development. It is as she was saying to her most advanced students, you must take up this development work if you want to understand what I have given to you. 

With this request in mind it can be said honestly that a new dimension of Christian Science has been discovered that will some day down upon human thought universally and in the process reshape the face of Christian Science and unlock its potential. The most immediate benefit that will be felt, will come from the effect this new dimension has on the Christian Science Bible Lessons as it brings Mary Baker Eddy's entire structure for scientific and spiritual development into the context of the lessons as it opens up a whole new dimension of them. A free preview of this new dimension of the Bible lessons has been provided on this website, covering a complete set of 26 Bible lessons. Please utilize the links below to access these and additional resources.

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