Thoughts On “Dominion”

“Thoughts On ‘Dominion’” is one of a 12 part series of posts reflecting on the songs of Julia Wade’s CD, Solos, with lyrics from the writings of Mary Baker Eddy and Music by Peter Link.

“The enslavement of man is not legitimate.” — Mary Baker Eddy

The American Civil War was fought over just this issue between the years of 1861 and 1865.  Soon after this time period Mary Baker Eddy was writing her best-selling and thought-changing book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures and putting down her own thoughts on slavery

Wikipedia states, “After four years of warfare, mostly within the Southern states, the Confederacy surrendered and slavery was outlawed everywhere in the nation. (The slavery) Issues that led to war were partially resolved in the Reconstruction Era that followed, though others remained unresolved.”

So this issue, which had so polarized the mindset of a nation so that brother fought brother was clearly on the forefront of people’s thought.

She continues…

It will cease when man enters
into his heritage of freedom,
his
God-given dominion …

Though the slaves had been freed, at the time, the issues of slavery would certainly not have been solved or even agreed upon for that matter.  By the end of the war our country would have still been polarized in its thinking as Southern and some Northern farmers were forced to give up their free work force and begin again.

So Mrs. Eddy wrote of her time and took her stand on not only this national issue, but also went a giant step further in the finishing of this iconic sentence.

over the material senses.

Dominion over not just civil enslavement, but … over the material senses!

Though slavery had been abolished, she knew that the enslavement of man was far from being over until man was and is able to free himself from the chains of materialism.

Mortals will some day assert their freedom
in the name of Almighty God.
Dropping their present beliefs,
they will recognize harmony as the spiritual reality …

She speaks these healing words to a nation’s present and future struggles over the issues of enslavement – a nation that still struggles over even the civil meanings of the word enslavement.

“Dominion” is a word that has recently taken on great new meaning for me through the study and contemplation of this concept as I wrote the music for this song.  I used to say that what I was really searching for in this strange life on Planet Earth was simply happiness.  Isn’t that what we all seek ultimately?

But I’ve changed my goals in the realization that there is something beyond happiness that should be attainable in this experience.  She says that we have been given dominion “over the material senses” by God, and so, by God, that’s what I’m going to try to work on every day.  Dominion.

Entirely separate
from the belief and dream
of material living,
is the Life divine,
revealing spiritual understanding
and the consciousness of man’s dominion
over the whole earth.

What a wondrous objective to have in life!  To live a divine life that would reveal spiritual understanding and the consciousness of man’s dominion over the whole earth.

Happiness would certainly be contained in that concept and so thought is simply expanded here.  She gives us this freedom.  Abraham Lincoln gave us this freedom.  The Bible gave us this freedom thousands of years ago.

The Psalmist said:
“Thou madest him to have dominion
over the works of Thy hands.
Thou hast put all things under his feet.”

Freedom from enslavement of any kind was not a new idea.  It was and is still an age-old struggle of the human condition.  But the spiritual truth behind the solution to this struggle and the healing of world thought is this:

Life is,
always has been,
and ever will be
independent of matter;
for Life is God,
and man
man is the idea of God, …

Mind is the grand creator,
and there can be no power
except that which is derived from Mind.

Here she means “Mind” to be a synonym for God, the creator, the power.  Here, based upon these simple truths, we have freedom from not only civil enslavement, but also the enslavement of a material world.

As God’s idea we are free to practice this freedom, but practice it, we must.  Practice makes perfect.  We need to put these ideas into practice in our daily lives and live out our dominion over these material senses (the five physical senses among others) moment to moment.  “Not an easy task”, you might say, but well worth the adventure.

She further substantiates her thoughts with this definitive statement:

If Mind was first chronologically,
is first potentially,
and must be first eternally,
eternally,
then give to Mind
give to Mind the glory,
honor,

dominion, and power
everlastingly due its holy name.

Honor God’s gift to mankind by demonstrating it, by living it.  Though it may be a difficult road at first, because we would have to give up so much of our material pleasures, the reward at the end of this road is dominion over just these same senses – essentially the ability and the joy and happiness to live without them.  This is what we must honor and trust.

That …
Life is,
always has been,
and ever will be
independent of matter;

Pretty heady words for a song …  Lyrics that demand concentration and consecration.  But in the end the promise is great, the reward potent and everlasting.

The Psalmist said:
“Thou madest him to have dominion
over the works of Thy hands.
Thou hast put all things under his feet.”

Dominion!

 

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