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Building the Great Model
So, let's build us a science model to answer the great question. Let's build a scientific model of man. But where do we begin? Who do we model ourselves after?
Let's begin by first creating a model of God, because man, as evidence indicates, is God's image and likeness. Let's become scientists for this, in the spiritual realm.
** Building the Great Model of God and Man.
On this path, let's explore what the most accomplished pioneer in spiritual science might have presented on the subject in his time. This pioneer is no doubt, the man Christ Jesus, who is regarded to have been the most scientific man that ever walked the earth.
Since no historic documents existed or remained from his time, of what he had actually said, let's explore scientifically what a leading-edge pioneer in spiritual science might have recognized, and might have inspired the people to understand in some degree.
What might this man have known about God? By what names would he have understood God?
He might have recognized seven specific names that are purely spiritual, and basic to all that we recognize about God. He might have chosen these to symbolize the fundamental completeness in God.
He might have done so in recognition of the seven basic colors in the rainbow as a symbol of completeness, since these are all the basic colors that we can detect in the sunlight.
But what must the model of God and man look like in real life, that incorporates these seven names? The model must necessarily bring all the names for God, and by reflection for man, together into a single, integrated structure where nothing is arbitrary, where everything reflects an intelligently designed purpose that is reflected in our being, in which God comes to light. The model evidently isn't as simplistic as what is shown here. What is shown here doesn't represent the dynamics of interrelationships.
** Christ Jesus, a Scientist
Let's explore what Christ Jesus, as a scientist, might say to us today if we could ask him all the weighty questions of our age, such as who and what are e as a human society? Are we natural slaves as Aristotle has defined us? Or are we the pinnacle of life, the image of God, as our brightest achievements have defined us?
These types of questions would all have to be answered with the model built with the seven names for God.
"The seven names for God," we would hear Jesus say, "are names for God that my mother has started to explore. These names combine into a seven-pointed star in the heaven that illumines the universe. We have developed these names over many years in Mother's Academy. Mother's scientific work in exploring the possible names has placed her into a category all by herself. To her, these names aren't just names. To Mother, they are points of the star that we developed in our academy into the Great Model of God and Man - a model that proves itself as a foundation for healing.
"We are stars," says Jesus to his audiences. "Mother keeps saying this to us. For us, in Mother's Academy, the model that we have developed from the star symbol, represents more than just a list of names, it represents us, all of us; and it represents also God, whose image we bear. We've developed a rigorous scientific framework for the various aspects that the names represent. We call, what came out of this effort spanning many years, the Great Model of God and Man.
"We call it the great model, because we have achieved some great in developing that model, something that has never been known before since time began, and is rarely known even now, but which has the power to heal the world.
"Mother refers to the model at times as the Christ; the impersonal Christ that Scriptures have referred to, which would bestow a new image onto humanity, a divine image, a scientific image. Mother also refers to the Academy itself, at times, as the Christ Academy, in recognition of the model that we have developed in the flow of God's self-revealing impetus, the Christ idea."
One wonders what society's response would have been to such types of statements, in Jesus' time, two thousand years ago. Few would likely have comprehended what the academy had laid before them, speaking as pioneer explorers of the divine world.
Let's listen in some more, to what they would say to each other, in their time long ago, for which no historic records actually exist. The gospels were compiled of memories that were compiled many decades after the fact, and in some cases centuries later.
As we listen with the mind, we would likely hear Jesus addressing his treasured friend one day, the woman, named Mary Magdalene, whom he had healed and supported as a teacher, speaking privately with her about the Great Model of God and Man.
"Your sparkling eyes seem to say that you want me to demonstrate the model for you," he says to her. "Let me surprise you. I won't do this. I'll do better. I'll let you build the model yourself. Let me guide you. A scientific model is not a religious doctrine. It is a living construct. It is by its very design, by being scientific in nature, fully understandable by anyone who wishes to understand it, who thereby becomes able to work with it, and also able to heal with the divine recognition that it represents.
**The Great Model of God and Man
"Building the Great Model is actually rather easy to do, Mary," says Jesus. "It's uplifting. Science is definitely a lot more fun than religion. You can prove this to yourself.
"Simply draw a triangle into the sand, pointing upwards. The form of the triangle becomes the foundation. A triangle is unique in geometry. It has no opposite sides. This is important, because opposites do not exist in the spiritual dimension.
"Another feature of the triangle is that everyone of its points is linked with every other. This is important too, for spiritual perception. Nothing stands isolated in the universe. In addition, a tripod structure, by standing on three legs, stands secure on the roughest terrain without wobbling . This too, is a critical metaphor in the spiritual dimension.
"Now draw a second triangle into the sand, below the first one, but this time pointing downward. Keep a generous space between the two. You have now created a model that two parts. One part is upward oriented, and one part is downward oriented.
"With this done, you ready to apply the seven names for God. We used the seven names for God that we've developed in the academy. With these names being applied, you build in your mind the Great Model of God. In the academy, we've put the name Mind onto the top, and Principle and Spirit at the side corners of the upper triangle. We have labeled the upper corners of the lower triangle, Life, and Truth, and have labeled the bottom point, Love. Having done this, left us only the name, Soul. We have placed the name, Soul, in the middle, between the two triangles.
"And, Mary, that's it! The model is complete. It is now up to you to explore it, and to ask yourself if the model that you have created is correct. This means that you need to explore in your heart if the model stands up in living, proves itself in healing, and reflects to the world in demonstrated healing what you know about God.
"What you see here, is in essence the model of God, the model of the Great I Am expanded into a structure that reveals the operating dynamics."
"But why do you use seven names for the model?" Mary interjects. "If you would use only five names, they could be seen to represent our five senses."
"You have asked the wrong question," says Jesus to Mary. "You should have asked why Mother has got us interested in these exotic names, such as Principle, Spirit, and Soul.
To answer that, we need to look back into history by a few thousand years, to the time of Moses. What type of language do we find scripted into the Decalogue that was written so long ago?
The Decalogue says, Thou shalt not kill.
Thou shalt not steal.
Thou shalt not lie.
and so on.
These are all negative demands. They reference murder, stealing, lying, and so on. These negative references didn't get society far. Killing, stealing, and lying has become epidemic.
The writer of the Decalogue should have used positive references instead, such as: Thou shalt honour all life; Thou shalt love one-another; Thou shalt honour truth.
Obviously, someone who honours life, cannot kill. Likewise, one who loves another, cannot steal from another. And someone who honours truth, cannot lie.
But have you ever asked yourself, Mary, why the writer of the Decalogue hadn't chosen these far-more powerful positive references, but had chosen negative references instead that almost invite what they aim to prevent?
It became obvious to us in the academy, that the writer of the Decalogue couldn't have chosen the the powerful positive references, because the language for advanced spiritual concepts didn't exist at the time.
The story of Moses was likely written at the very early stage of the development of languages. The terms for killing, stealing, and lying, did evidently exist in primitive written language, because these tragedies were happening and were talked about. But high-level spiritual concepts didn't get into the written languages until much later.
We have them now. We can talk about them now. Except, we in the academy, have taken the process one step further. We have used the most-extremely advanced spiritual concepts for our model of God and Man, that we can think of, such as Soul, Spirit, and Principle.
We have chosen concepts that are so far advanced of our time that we are still in the process of discovering for ourselves what they actually mean, in referencing God. That's why the Decalogue story in the book of Moses is just folklore fiction. It is not possible for it to be real. It is not possible that God would have offered his greatest law with negative references. The very concepts of killing, stealing, and lying are incomprehensible to God, because they fall below the threshold of reality. If these evils were real, held in creative Mind and reflected everywhere with the power of God, they would turn the universe into chaos, and civilization would vanish. Since this isn't happening, it is safe to say that God has knowledge of these evils, and if so, they definitely wouldn't be used as points of reference for his highest laws.
The biblical story makes no sense. It says that Moses received the law from God written on tablets of stone, which Moses destroyed in a rage.
When a second set was furnished by God, it was placed in the Ark of the Covenant that symbolizes the Israelites status as God's chosen people above all people on Earth. The ark itself was off-limits to all but the highest priests. What became known of the law, had been told by the priests, exclusively, who thereby gained power. The negative references were required for that.
Most likely the entire saga of Moses was a fireside story that originated in distant times and gradually developed over centuries; a story of heroes and trials and triumphs.
The story was eventually written down in the early times when written languages came into use. Of course, the writer of the story portrayed Moses in reference to his time. That's a common practice throughout all ages. Naturally, the writer of the saga had to make do with the early language of his time that was far too limited for advanced spiritual concepts to be conveyed. We still face this problem even now with defining seven absolute names for God. Our language is still too 'small.'
Another question you should have asked, Mary, is how we derived at the layout for our model for God and Man," says Jesus to her. "This question, too, isn't an easy one to answer. It appears to have originated in India."
While we lived in India, Mother became fascinated with a feature of Hindu temples. At the innermost sanctum, some temples had a sacred pool of water located, which was loosely referred to as the pool of abundance. Mother found it significant that the pool was surrounded by four pillars that supported the superstructure, and had a special shrine located in the wall between the pillars. The pillars and the shrine had no names given to them, as far as we could make out. Mother said to us in the academy, small as it was in those days, let's give these all a name with terms that reference God.
As I recall, we named the Pool of Abundance, Soul, for it being the very center of it all. We named the pillars ear the shrine, Principle and Spirit. And we named the shrine itself, Being. Mother used to say in those days, We exist, because God exists. Eventually, however, we substituted the name Mind, for Being. And the pillars farthest from the shrine, nearest the entrance to the area, we named Life and Truth. The entrance itself, we named Love.
"We moved the names around many times, but we always came back to what we has started with at the temple. Of course, we had played around with these names before, but never as seriously as in India. Also, we recognized in time that there is some special about this layout, which can't be created with less than seven terms.
Much later, John suggested that the spaces between the pillars on either side, should be named Temple and Church, respectively.
John said that these terms should added to the model, because both concepts, Temple and Church, reference in their operation the great pool of abundance that God is, that is reflected in man and the universe.
He argued that, in the temple, one is intimately in love with God and with oneself as God's reflection in the fullness of God's creation. He argued that this dimension, as it were, unfolds between the pillar of Principle and the pillar of Life.
John argued further that the concept of church has a different focus. In the church we are in love with God and with all humanity, as God's reflection, focused on the wholeness of God's creation. He said that this unfolds between the pillar of Spirit and the pillar of Truth.
Eventually, we dropped the two terms, because both are subsequent phenomena, and not primary to what God is. Nevertheless the two concepts keep coming back into focus as an attachment to the model. The two concepts are significant in this respect.
Luckily, you didn't ask me anything about those scientific complexities," said Jesus to Mary.
"You asked me a much simpler question that I think I can actually answer. You asked me why we have created seven names for God. You said that if we would use only five names, they could be recognized to represent our five senses, the senses for seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and touching. You said that the model would be much simpler with just five names.
"Indeed, we had started with just five names as I have just illustrated, when we named the big, obvious features of the temple in India.
But when we opened our eyes, we saw more than just five features. We saw a shrine. We saw an entrance-way. We couldn't ignore these. We needed to define them too as a part of the structure.
"And, Mary, I am happy to say, that we were correct to have chosen seven names, almost from the from the beginning, and I am happy to say that this choice matches also your suggestion, because as human beings we have seven types of senses available to us, and thank God for that, as you have experienced yourself routinely.
We have, in addition to the commonly acknowledged senses that we need for seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and touching, also the profound sex-sense that is hard to ignore, which we need for expanding intimacy. And beyond that, we have a profound soul-sense with which we recognize beauty, feel joy, satisfaction, and experience sublimity in countless forms, such as in music, dance, art, and so forth, which altogether raise life above the stage of mere living. As some holy person has pointed out to us in India, our seven basic senses also match in number the seven colors of the rainbow and the seven days in a week, and the concept of the seven days of creation.
The colors of the rainbow are not inherent in the physics of light. The sunlight is a seamless band of colors. It is our perception of this light that causes us to recognize seven distinct groups of light, as separate colors. This means that the seven is rooted in us. We 'see' the characteristics of God, likewise in terms of a group of seven concepts that we can recognize in the light of God, so to speak.
"In this sense, the seven colors in the rainbow, and the seven names for God, can be seen symbolically as the seven-fold completeness of the divine. Just as the colors that we seen in the sunlight, are not inherent in the light itself, but in us the beholders, so that the colors are seen alike by everyone. Thus the seven-fold dimension of the divine, reflected in everyone, is recognized everywhere.
Which means that the seven-fold dimension of our Great Model of God and Man represents something profoundly real that goes far beyond religious mythologies.
"How can anyone know that this is right?" interjects Mary. "What would hinder you to swap the names, Principle, and, Spirit, for example? Isn't one as important as the other?"
"If you do that," says Jesus, "you have to swap the lower names too, because there exists an inherent link between the two lower and upper sets of names. Principle and Life are linked. Life is Principle. Principle is Life. Both are a unit of one. Principle and its idea is one.
"Likewise, Spirit is Truth. Truth is Spirit. The unit is one. Truthfulness and justice are prime spiritual qualities. One cannot understand justice other than as Spirit, God, coming to light. Also, there is a certain sequential priority involved.
** Principle (fullness) - Spirit (wholeness) - Life (highest type of Principle) - Truth (Highest form of wholeness)
Principle can be seen as the divine creative animus, and the universe and man its creation. Spirit, in turn, defines the nature of creation. It defines the wholeness of God reflected in the wholeness of the universe and man. In this context Principle relates to fullness, and Spirit to wholeness.
Life, in turn, is the highest type of Principle, and Truth the highest type of wholeness.
Principle and Spirit are of the house of Mind, and Life and Truth of the house of Soul. Both houses together, bear the color of Love.
"You asked me if the model is right?" says Jesus to Mary. "One knows that it is right when one cannot improve it anymore. At this point it is right for the moment, until Love invites a more-advanced perception. Love inspires the path. It designates the adventure. It leads us on the way to ever-grander forms of recognition. So for now, I would say that the model is right. It is after all, an exploration model. It is a high-level model that gives us a chance to step away from living as a corporation. The human being is not a fleshly corporation, in which our individual life is located and confined. The human being is the complex objectified form of a divine idea, which includes a vast array of constituent ideas, neither of which are bound to a closed system.
"The door is always open for discovering the truth."
We try to figure out in Mother's Academy the dynamics that define us in broad terms, which, by our reflecting them, also define God. This is possible by us stepping away from the concept of us being a personal corporation, to being a part of infinite being.
"We are God's expression, of Mind, Soul, Love, and Spirit and Principle, and also of Life and Truth. From this basis we can discover what makes us tick. It gives us a powerful starting position for stepping away from the myth that man is a fleshly, self-made corporation."
"What you say, turns religion upside down," Mary interjects.
"I have never claimed to be a religious man," adds Jesus. "I am a scientific explorer, a Christ scientist."
** I am a Christ Scientist.