Christian Science: Mind Over Matter

Mary Baker Eddy (July 16, 1821 – December 3, 1910)

Circa 1850

After doing further research, yesterday, I came across this lady who had an interesting life. Anyone familiar with Christian Science will already know about her, but it’s the way she overcame a childhood illness that is the basis of her beliefs.

(From Wikipedia) “In 1836 when Eddy was about 14-15, she moved with her family to the town of Sanbornton Bridge, New Hampshire, approximately twenty miles (32 km) north of Bow. Sanbornton Bridge would subsequently be renamed in 1869 as Tilton.

My father was taught to believe that my brain was too large for my body and so kept me much out of school, but I gained book-knowledge with far less labor than is usually requisite. At ten years of age I was as familiar with Lindley Murray’s Grammar as with the Westminster Catechism; and the latter I had to repeat every Sunday. My favorite studies were natural philosophy, logic, and moral science. From my brother Albert, I received lessons in the ancient tongues, Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.

“Ernest Bates and John Dittemore write that Eddy was not able to attend Sanbornton Academy when the family first moved there but was required instead to start at the district school (in the same building) with the youngest girls. She withdrew after a month because of poor health, then received private tuition from the Reverend Enoch Corser. She entered Sanbornton Academy in 1842.

“She was received into the Congregational church in Tilton on 26 July 1838 when she was 17, according to church records published by McClure’s in 1907. Eddy had written in her autobiography in 1891 that she was 12 when this happened, and that she had discussed the idea of predestination with the pastor during the examination for her membership; this may have been an attempt to reflect the story of a 12-year-old Jesus in the Temple. She wrote in response to the McClure’s article that the date of her church membership may have been mistaken by her. Eddy objected so strongly to the idea of predestination and eternal damnation that it made her ill:

My mother, as she bathed my burning temples, bade me lean on God’s love, which would give me rest if I went to Him in prayer, as I was wont to do, seeking His guidance. I prayed; and a soft glow of ineffable joy came over me. The fever was gone and I rose and dressed myself in a normal condition of health. Mother saw this and was glad. The physician marveled; and the “horrible decree” of Predestination – as John Calvin rightly called his own tenet – forever lost its power over me”

This chart was already on my Kepler 7.0 program, so I’m leaving the timing as it is. Even so, that close conjunction of Uranus and Neptune (in Capricorn) must account for the sickly nature of Eddy as a young infant. Because these planets are trine to Jupiter and Saturn conjunct (in Aries), she may have truly believed she was connected to Jesus. There is no other way I can express this: her delusions may have been so ‘real’ to her that she created a whole ‘new’ science to explain them. There is one inconjunct.

Sun Inconjunct Ascendant

Your relationships with other people can be very intense. While you are young, they may seem quite difficult, because you feel that others will accept you only if you deny yourself in some way. Or you may constantly feel that you should put off doing what you want in order to do what you have to do. Usually your ideas about what you have to do come from the people around you. Also, contacts with other people will frequently force you to make serious, major psychological changes. Difficulties in your relationships with friends and family are signs of profound internal changes.

You may find that no matter how hard you try to show others who you really are, they misunderstand you somehow. This is because the angular relationship between your rising sign and Sun sign indicates that your internal energies are quite different from the energies that you show to the world. You are not intentionally dishonest with the world, you simply present a confusing complex of energies. As you get older, you will learn more about your effect on people, which will enable you to put the two sides of your personality together so that they work smoothly. Be patient and do not hurry. Look at each relationship as an opportunity to learn more about yourself through your effects upon others. You will know you have learned this when you no longer attract people who are psychologically difficult to deal with.

Family Connection?

I probably have more research to do, to fully understand this cousin of Pirani Ameena Begum (Ora Ray Baker), wife of Hazrat Inayat Khan. And my mind keeps wondering who she is today.

Hmm.

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1 Response to Christian Science: Mind Over Matter

  1. cdsmiller17 says:

    In 1907 Mark Twain described the appeal of the new religion:

    She has delivered to them a religion which has revolutionized their lives, banished the glooms that shadowed them, and filled them and flooded them with sunshine and gladness and peace; a religion which has no hell; a religion whose heaven is not put off to another time, with a break and a gulf between, but begins here and now, and melts into eternity as fancies of the waking day melt into the dreams of sleep.
    They believe it is a Christianity that is in the New Testament; that it has always been there, that in the drift of ages it was lost through disuse and neglect, and that this benefactor has found it and given it back to men, turning the night of life into day, its terrors into myths, its lamentations into songs of emancipation and rejoicing.

    (Wikipedia)

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