Foreword: The Fourth Dimension, of Spirit
Foreword: The Fourth Dimension, of Spirit
In an obscure place in her writings, well separated from the outline for her structure for scientific development, Mary Baker Eddy writes about the line, plane, and height of Science, but then goes on to refer to a still higher dimension that she calls the "fourth dimension, of Spirit" which she mentions nowhere else in any of her writings.*(Miscellaneous Writings 22:12) It appears that she treats this concept like anything else that is deeply connected with her development structure, all of which had been wrapped in a cloak of silence. This final book in the series on discovering infinity is intended to open up an exploration of this higher dimension.
About taking ownership.
It may be interesting to note where this fourth dimension fits into the overall design of reality, and how this book series reflects this design. Appendix i, has been designed to illustrated this. Figure 1 shows the nine volumes of this series in a sequence of upwards unfolding. The intend is not to show a linear progression, but to show domains of thought and action, that must all be addressed together. The four dimensions, as related to Mary Baker Eddy's structure for scientific and spiritual self-development, rather than being physical dimensions, are related to the domains of perception addressed in volume's 3, 4, 5, and 6a. They also represent four different responses to the demands that the discovery of Mary Baker Eddy's structure for scientific development places upon mankind.
Volume 3 presents the mechanical aspects of the discovered structure. Indeed, if scientific development is to be successful there must be a certain mechanical compliance with the outlined design that was provided by the most advanced pioneer in this field. But mere mechanical compliance to the fundamental architecture of an idea, is not enough to experience the full benefit that it has to offer. One must also achieve a conceptual compliance. This means that the concept that the idea represents is sufficiently understood, by which it can be applied to seeing the world in terms of its fundamental architecture that the pioneer had outlined. This conceptual compliance expands the mental horizon. By this conceptual compliance, ideas and interrelationships come into focus that were totally ignored, previously. But this level of compliance, too, is not enough. One must also take ownership of the process of discovery and development. This means taking responsibility for it, for the way it affects ones existence, for the way it becomes a tool and determines one's existence. This taking ownership reflects itself in such considerations as assuring oneself that discovered ideas are true.
Let's consider an example. In Volume 3, the interrelationship between the matrix and various ready made structures were explored. One of these was the ready made structure of questions and answers that make up the chapter Recapitulation, in the textbook. The structure was related to the context of the matrix Foursquare in the manner that platform would be related, but it was done in a rather mechanical fashion. Now, if one were to take ownership, one might look at the process of interrelating the structures with such attention to details, that one recognizes that a more advanced interrelationship is possible. One might recognize, for instance, that the mere mechanical application leads to a result that does not fully reflect the basic functionality of the matrix. Therefore, one needs to ponder the process again.
We had recognized previously that the outer columns represent unmanifest concepts, and the adjacent inner columns represent their respective manifests. If one superimposes this characteristic upon the process of relating the Recapitulation questions to the matrix, one will recognize that the third question (applied right to left) belongs actually to an outer column, and the fourth question to the adjacent inner column. By this consideration their sequence becomes reversed. Naturally, this applies all the way through the matrix, and it even applies to the rows as well, so that the lower two rows also become reversed. But is the resulting structure correct? You may accept this rearrangement, because I say it is more correct. You may even understand the principle behind the process that makes it more correct, but are you willing to make this your own process that you can subscribe to, because you understand it fully to the degree that it may alter your life?
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