Roses at Dawn in an Ice Age World

Rolf A. F. Witzsche

Element 4

The novel: 2b - Roses at Dawn in an Ice Age World
Textbook: 4 - Christian Science versus Spiritualism
Metaphors: Seeking and Finding
Manual elements: Meetings

First row: Day - the Word of Life, Truth, and Love - the North Star, the Polar Magnet of Revelation - divine omnipotence

1st column: The Word, the Polar Magnet of Revelation - northward dawn - God is incorporeal

River: Pison - The love of the good and beautiful and their immortality.


The title for the novel, Roses at Dawn in an Ice Age World, could just as well have been, How to Melt a Frozen Land, or Bringing Warmth to a Low Energy Environment. Those titles would have worked. Raising the energy level in a humanist system isn't a familiar process as it happens too rarely. It appears that Mary Baker Eddy encountered the same difficulty in describing the indescribable. Chapter 4 of the textbook, Christian Science versus Spiritualism, isn't really focused on the subject of communing with the dead, the "spirit  of the departed" as a spiritualism would have it. Facing the world's convention built on small minded perceptions she may have felt in many ways like talking to the dead, but as in spiritualism, there is no scientific justification for concern with such dimensions, for in real terms there is but one Mind that is the forever reference point for all communication, difficult as this may seem to be to accept.

That Mary Baker Eddy wasn't focused on the irrational concept of communing with the dead when she refers to spiritualism is evident in the metaphoric image of the 4th element in her illustrated poem, Christ and Christmas, that sequentially corresponds with the 4th textbook chapter. A totally different kind of seeking comes to light there, and the focus is on the discovery of the dimension of Spirit, the one Spirit that combines all and is reflected in all. In this high-powered environment the concept of communicating with the dead in every form becomes totally invalid. This doesn't mean that the concept of history is invalid. There have been some profound 'high-energy' humanist environments in history, synonymous to melting the Ice Age. Christ Jesus was the center of one. In exploring this history we come closer to exploring the dimension of infinite Spirit and the demands of divine Spirit in our age.

Mary Baker Eddy responded to the demands of divine Spirit, do we? The scene in Christ and Christmas, of Seeking and Finding, is reminiscent to the scene of the little upper room that she had rented in which she wrote her manuscript for the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. The light that she found didn't come from the past. It came from a brighter source that actually uplifted the past. Her textbook set a new stage that actually invalidated a lot of outgrown concepts of the past that had remained as rigid for long periods as if frozen in ice. Her work brought the energy of Spirit to a humanist scene that had been dead and motionless on spiritual issues for far too long. The high-power spiritual environment that she created became a light that coincided with the brightest period of peace in the world in the modern age as far back as the periods of renaissance that have been far too rare. In this sense the novel, Roses at Dawn in an Ice Age World might also be seen with the title, Seeking and Finding the Power of Peace. Of course it wasn't called that, because the logical and sequential connection of the novel with the 4th element of the foursquare structure that Mary Baker Eddy has outlined, hadn't been recognized until just recently.





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Published by Cygni Communications Ltd. North Vancouver, BC, Canada - (c) Copyright 2008 - public domain - Rolf A. F. Witzsche