About the series novels The
Lodging for the Rose
by Rolf Witzsche
discovery of Christian Science May Baker Eddy has laid the most profound
concepts before humanity about its very being, that far supercede anything
ever imagined about the grandeur of the human being. The scope of her work
is so vast and deep reaching, that it even now, a hundred years later, challenges the imagination of any fiction writer,
even the honesty of any
Many of her leading edge concepts that are deeply rooted in Christian Science have profound implication on how we recognize ourselves and one another as human beings. Many of these leading edge concepts are built on her revolutionary perception of God, and of man's relationship to God, that has overturned virtually all previously established concepts of God and man that humanity has clung to throughout all ages. Many of these leading edge concepts were introduced by Christ Jesus, but their significance became lost under the cloak of religiosity. Mary Baker Eddy reintroduced them on the platform of science and thereby increased the range of the human understanding of the divine, even the divine nature of man, and the spiritual nature of the universe.
On this basis Science lays the axe to outworn concepts, and that axe cuts deep. It cuts so deep that Mary Baker Eddy prophesied that it will take future generations to declare what the pioneer has accomplished. This reflects the tenacious stubbornness with which society clings almost desperately to its ancient concepts, many of which are totally false as revealed in divine Science. Yes, it will take in many cases, future ages to even acknowledge what the pioneers has recognized as truth, because the challenges are simply too great for the conventional, emotional world to even contemplate. Still, in the scientific domain we can contemplate these truths, and so build a bridge that leads to a profound universal understanding of these truths as the future ages unfold.
This bridge-building can be accomplished in the science fiction setting of a novel, where we can safely combat the worn out perceptions of the world with the scientific concepts of the reality of our being, that Mary Baker Eddy has laid before us.
So far, the healing power of Christian Science has been widely demonstrated in the physical world, in the healing of virtually every disease known. The same healing potential exists for healing the ills of mankind in the social, political, and economic world, where society is multiply divided and suffers tragically. Obviously, the challenges that one encounters there, are far greater, because society is much more inclined to have its physical ills healed, than to give up anciently held false beliefs and customs. That's where the real challenge begins.
For example, one of the great truths revealed in Christian Science is the singularity of Soul. Mary Baker Eddy defined God as Soul, which is reflected in man. She makes it very clear that there are no such things as spirits and souls. There is but one Soul that all humanity reflects. We are all married, as it were, to that one universal Soul that we all 'share'. The same holds true for every attribute that defines God, which also defines our humanity by reflection, our common humanity that we all 'share.' With this revolutionary concept Mary Baker Eddy has invalidated all forms of division in society as being without substance, on the entire front, beginning with the broadest religious, political, or ethnic divisions, reaching all the way down to the grassroots level of our social divisions, sexual divisions, and even division by marriage. Mary Baker Eddy declares that mankind is literally married to God, but she concedes that it may take a long time for this fundamental reality of our being begins to be acknowledged morally, socially, and civilly. She suggests that until this acknowledgment is made, the old ways will continue.
As scientists, however, we may well ask ourselves what this world will be like in which the reality of our being is fully acknowledged. It turns out that even just asking those questions poses huge challenges. We are simply not accustomed to think of love in universal terms, even though no other platform exists to manifest divine Love. My series of novels, The Lodging for the Rose, has been created to explore the dimension of universal love in the social domain, the very domain where the universal, divine nature of love is most staunchly rejected. But even there, if we peel away emotions and customs and are honest with ourselves, we will find ample evidence that the reality of our being is indeed exactly how Mary Baker Eddy has recognized and defined it scientifically.
My series of five novels is designed to bring out the scientific fact that in spite to all the evidence in the world to the contrary, humanity is incredibly deeply united in the reality of its being, in its oneness in Truth, or God, and is incredibly rich, incredibly beautiful, and incredibly courageous and resourceful; and most of all, it is incredibly truthful, because of its scientific dimension. That is what my five novels are designed to bring out, because that is the reality of our being. This perception of reality is fully supported in divine Science, regardless of the near universal denial of that reality by society. The novels that I have created, have the added purpose to show that if we become absolutely scientifically truthful with ourselves, that reality can be recognized. It may even be experienced; which is not an easy thing to do, and involves great challenges.
The series of novels carries the fictional story of a low level diplomat, who by the force of circumstances, in a foreign country, finds himself confronted with the need to become increasingly honest with himself and his love towards other people. He enters a world of bewildering challenges in which his perception of himself as a human being, and his relationship to one another, becomes uplifted high above the old, narrowly defined marriage concept. With this, a new challenge unfolds, that of uplifting his wife's perception to the same higher level that is defined by the scientific reality that he has begun to understand.
Uncertain of how to meet that challenge he accepts an assignment that takes him outside the country for a while, but the conventional world offers little to strengthen his scientific perception. Eventually he is forced the meet that challenge all by himself out of the deepest resources of his Soul, and he wins. He wins profoundly, which is symbolically celebrated in the morning light of a new sunrise.
But this not where the challenge ends. The challenge expands, it becomes a challenge to uplift the whole world to the same level. That's where the second novel begins. The protagonist proposes a beach project that takes a person back to a time before the "tree of knowledge" was invented which caused humanity to become so small in its thinking that it became ashamed even of itself. The project is itented to unfold as a nudist beach associated with research workshops attended by the most advanced thinkers. For this the protagonist and his wife sell all of their possessions to purchase an isolated beachfront property. Then a lowly little artist prophesies to the protagonist that this project will never succeed because he denies the reality that he tries to establish. By insisting that he must carry the project alone, he denies that the whole of humanity has inherently the same interest; to establish the truth in the world. Thus, the project does indeed fail. It fails along with many other attempts to do the same on the political level where society habitually denies the truth it is aiming for, by resorting to manipulations in countless different ways. It really is miraculous, considering what we are doing on the political front, contrary to our deepest self-interest, that we are still alive.
In this second novel only a single profound aspect of truth comes to light, and this is not carried by the deeds of any of the scientific geniuses, but by the honesty of a girl, a newly wedded bride who carries out a long cherished dream to dance in the nude before her friends in the full recognition of herself as a beautiful human being, an image brighter than the stars that is worthy to be acknowledged rather that to be covered up.
Still, the challenge doesn't end there. The challenge of universal love becomes so great that it becomes almost impossible to implement its principle honestly, even among just a few friends. The third novel deals with that difficulty, and as it unfolds, the concept of marriage becomes evermore shifted into the universal domain to reflect the truth that the whole of humanity is 'married' to God and therefore to each other. Still, even as this concept comes to light scientifically, it is rejected vehemently at every step along the way, but in the end, the truth invariably asserts its claim to honest and open hearts.
Except, with that unfolds also a new challenge, that of uplifting humanity in the economic domain onto that same universal level where humanity exists as one. This means rescuing Africa from its economic and biological collapse caused by centuries of economic looting. That's no small challenge even to contemplate. Still, one's honesty with respect to the truth literally demands that this challenge be met.
That challenge is pursued on a higher level in the fourth novel. That novel is centered on a U.N. conference that is held in the shadow of a most devastating global financial crash in which hundreds of millions of people have died. In this shadow the conference is designed to reestablish the priority of property rights over human rights. The protagonist and his friends rip up the established agenda and slowly raise the platform to a new agenda that focuses on the divine right of a human being to be truthful with itself about all the dimensions of our humanity that we so carelessly deny and encumber with countless forms of homage to the 'property rights' mythology that society embraces on faith, often in respect to itself, and denies itself with it.
The uplifted conference not only overturns the property rights issue, but uplift the scene to embrace the logic of truth which literally impels society to support and enrich one another as a means for enriching the world in which we all live. The novel ends with the final chapter embracing Mary Baker Eddy's presentation in divine Science in which the concept of marriage, the marriage of humanity to one another, exists in a context all of its own. It unfolds there as its own aspect, in its own development stream, and being totally separate from the human aspect of sex. The aspect of sex unfolds in a totally separate development stream in Mary Baker Eddy's pedagogical work, developing towards the realization of mankind as the woman of the Apocalypse, clothed with the sun. The aspect of sex actually addressed twice by Mary Baker Eddy. It is addressed in still another development stream, representing the development of divine Science in human consciousness, where it unfolds towards the full realization of the divinity of man in the image of God.
But the 'serpent' aims to bite the heel of the 'woman' and destroys its unfolding, as the Apostle John points out in Revelation 12. There, John presented in metaphor one of the greatest challenges that humanity is facing, which lies at the root of all wars. The unfolding divine image of man presents a death threat to every imperial structure that has ever existed on the face of the planet, and the serpent will bite. It is committed to bite with unimaginable consequences to humanity, in order to prevent the divine image of humanity from unfolding that would eradicate all evil.
John projects that this battle will be won by the 'woman,' but it won't be won until 'the earth will help the woman,' that is, until humanity recognizes its divine birthright. All that the pioneer can do to aid the process, is walk in the shoes of an 'exemplar' and educator, a patient guide that lifts the thinking of society to higher levels, above the level where its problems are defined. Every other approach is self-defeating, as it represents a denial of humanity itself as a hopeless victim, living unaware of its own profound resources that the smallest idea of truth, when focused upon honestly, has the potential to ignite and become a fire that brings a new light to the world.
All of this is addressed in the fifth novel, in which the protagonist and his friends are forced to take a step back and reestablish themselves on that new platform. As the 'serpent' bites, they are forced to flee to China where this new work begins that takes on more and more an intellectual dimension.
This final unfolding reflects Mary Baker Eddy's recognition of God as Mind. She capitalized this term. She capitalized it as a synonym for God, and she capitalized it as a synonym that is reflected in man. In divine Science there is no such thing as a small mind, a non-capitalized mind. It doesn't exist. The closest concept that Mary Baker Eddy recognizes along this line, she calls "mortal mind", a mind (so-called) that is so small that it cannot support life much less protect it against the poison of the serpent and its lies against itself. Thus, the final novel ends with the recognition that this small mind is not the mind that IS reflected in humanity, but the capitalized Mind which forever makes it own claim to humanity to become truthful with itself about its infinite dimension.