The Flat Earth Society

Rolf A. F. Witzsche

Element 8

The novel: The Flat Earth Society
Textbook: 8 - Footsteps of Truth
Metaphors: Christian Science Healing - part 1
Manual elements: Mother Church and Branch Churches

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

2nd column: Christ - eastward, to the star seen by the Wisemen of the Orient, who followed it to the manger of Jesus - sunrise - God is divine

River: Gihon - The rights of woman acknowledged morally, civilly, and socially.


The novel, The Flat Earth Society, comes into play as an exploration of mental environments, the mortal versus the divine. This unfolds in conjunction with the textbook chapter, Footsteps of Truth. The chapter deals with a variety of aspects of the spiritual environment that is essential for healing. Into the chapter, as well as in the novel, it becomes imperative for one, if one wants to live in the light that one step into it. For scientific mental healing one needs to become intimate with the reality of the divine Mind and its all-embracing vast dimension. The novel echoes that, searching for an environment that is at peace and promises to become a sanctuary conducive to the needed progress for the healing of the world. Various types of environments become important here.

In Christian Science the institution of the Branch Church provides an example of such a sanctuary-type environment. The Branch Church stands sovereign. No leadership institution stands above it. Its leadership is provided by divine Mind, acknowledged by the membership as much as this is achievable. When this happens, the Branch Church becomes an oasis for good. The focus of the Church services is designed to be on the healing of the congregation. When the oasis becomes invaded so that this intimate process breaks down, the institution falls apart. When it functions as designed, the institution becomes an oasis of light, and the light unfolds in practice with a wider effect that just the healing of the congregation. The healing environment invariably reflects itself in wider form of healing in the community and in the world. It is a tall task to keep this Spirit-powered light shining, and to bring it to a world where much of the light has gone out.



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