Directional Duality Single Definition


A Duality in One -  a directional duality. 

The fifth type of dual definition that exists, presents a contrasting duality that is, however, contained within a single sentence so that the contrasting aspects of the duality cannot be split apart from each other, but remain attached to the same definition. We have a kind of definition here that points into two opposite directions simultaneously. The effective direction depends on what is dominant.

This type of dual definition sets up a volatile element, an element with a transitional quality that can lead into opposite directions according to motivating conditions. An example of this type is found in the definition for the term, River, Temple, Earth, and Evening.

In each case there is a defining factor which determines the direction into which this definition takes one. In the latter case, the defining condition is the introduction of Christian Science into mortal thought.

Let's look at the terms. (Note: we have a duality presented in each case, in a single sentence that cannot be separated.)


Earth. A sphere; a type of eternity and immortality, which are likewise without beginning or end.

To material sense, earth is matter; to spiritual sense, it is a compound idea.

Evening. Mistiness of mortal thought; weariness of mortal mind; obscured views; peace and rest.

River. Channel of thought.

When smooth and unobstructed, it typifies the course of Truth;
but muddy, foaming, and dashing, it is a type of error.

Temple. Body; the idea of Life, substance, and intelligence; the superstructure of Truth; the shrine of Love; a material superstructure, where mortals congregate for worship.