Christ Jesus’ affirmation that all consciousness is truly subjective was the key to his ability to heal every discordant human situation. His rebuke of the storm in Luke Ch. 4 clearly illustrates the pure subjectivity of his consciousness. Christ Jesus looked at all things from the perspective of God, subjectively, rather than up to God, objectively, as mortals commonly do. From the subjective perspective, everything valid which comes into consciousness is affirmed to be the representation of an eternal and perfect idea of divine Mind. In subjectivity, everything valid is calm, peaceful, eternal. Everything invalid in human consciousness appears to be out of control, and we appear to be its victim.
Everything, even in human consciousness is mental in nature, including the appearance of that which is discordant. This is because divine consciousness is the very image of the consciousness of God Himself, and human consciousness is but a misrepresentation of the divine. Therefore, everything valid in human consciousness is eternal, peaceful, calm, assuring, controlled, and is the manifestation of spiritual thought. And everything invalid in human consciousness is temporal, changing, discordant, and seemingly out of control. We also appear to be its victims, but we know that there are no victims in the infinite universe of Spirit, which excludes all that is unlike God’s nature, goodness. The seeming presence of chaos is an important identifying factor in the learning of what we need to dismiss from human consciousness and hence elevate it one step higher, to the divine.
We must also take care to remain subjective in our views of others in our consciousness. To do this requires the rejection of the belief of mortal mind as being attached, not only to ourselves, but to others. Whenever we view another as capable of thinking or acting in a manner contrary to anyone’s best interest, we are viewing them falsely, objectively, and as mortal humans. We must keep in check our own spiritual identity and reject the attachment of mortal mind to it, but we must never forget to so also treat the identity of every other man in the same way. If we do not do this, we lose the subjective view, the viewpoint from the perspective of God, as Christ Jesus viewed the world. To mistakenly accept another to be under the influence of mortal mind would be to view consciousness objectively, from man up to God, instead of subjectively, from God’s perspective as His image, man. The subjective understanding of existence effectively disarms error no matter what its assumed form, be it the weather, sin, disease, accident, war, human relationships, etc. Let us look at how Christ Jesus applied this line of thought to the stilling of the storm in Luke 4:36-39.
Jesus never could have looked on the storm as a substantial entity which needed to be calmed. Otherwise he could not have calmed it. He viewed the world subjectively, from the standpoint of the perfect Christ man acting as God’s direct image, observing God’s own infinitude of spiritual ideas. He knew his consciousness to be the divine consciousness, God’s own awareness of Himself. Therefore, the storm did not appear to him at all to have been an independent entity which could be outside of his control. He knew that because it appeared to be out of control, its appearance could only be the objectification of false, mortal thought. Whose false mortal thought was it then? It was certainly not his own mortal thought, for he kept that in continual check and never accepted its claims in his own experience. He recognized the storm to be the objectification of fear held in the mortal thought of the disciples.
There are two points to consider about this supposed mortal thought exercised by the disciples. The first point is that there was no mortal mind attached to the disciples in which the fear of the disciples could reside, and the second point is that the appearance of mortal minds belonging to the disciples had to be seen in Jesus’ own consciousness as invalid. This is pure and true subjective thought – the observation of his friends and environment in the true light of perfection, peace, and eternity. By understanding immediately that the storm was only the objectification of fear in the mortal minds of his disciples, and then understanding the invalidity of those mortal minds, which are but offensive attachments to the real man, Jesus was able to immediately remove fear’s only possible supposed residing place, mortal mind.
Thus we see that Jesus did not actually calm an entity called a storm, as it appeared he did to human sense. He calmed mortal mind and removed its supposed effects. The storm then vanished as a result of his mental elimination of any possible place for fear to reside in the thought of his disciples. He recognized first that a storm, a material condition which claims to victimize us, is invalid, and then he recognized that the mortal minds harboring the fear which was causing its appearance were also invalid.
This recognition of the invalidity of mortal mind in others, a step which must follow the mastery of mortal minds claims in one’s own self, is the key to seeing and handling any situation subjectively. We can heal any situation in exactly the same manner as Christ Jesus stilled the storm, once we understand this.
We must extend this subjective approach to thought to include not only the observation of things and events in consciousness, but to include every man as an idea of God, completely devoid of mortal mind. If we are to successfully undermine evil that appears to be perpetrated by others, no person can be regarded as possessing a corrupt mortal mind. This is exactly what Jesus had to mentally do in order to remove his disciples fear and still the storm. He had to understand the disciples as incapable of possessing a mortal mind which entertains fear. Mortal mind is only an attachment, and belongs to no one. The only thing that can make a false nature apparent to us in another human being is our own false acceptance of their possession of a mortal mind or of a mortal nature. When mortal mind is so disarmed and defeated, sin loses its only claimed residing place. It must then vanish, and our personal storm, in whatever form it attempted to make its claim, is seen as stilled.
We can think of mortal mind as an invalid vehicle. We are going to repossess it. When there is no vehicle in which fear, sin, dishonesty, etc. can operate, then it has no way to go anywhere. Perfect love casteth out fear by removing fear’s vehicle, mortal mind. All healing is ultimately based in a complete and correct sense of self identification in both ourselves and others.
How do we eject mortal mind? We must tear down its supposed foundation. On page 135:6 Mrs. Eddy says “Spiritual evolution alone is worthy of the exercise of divine power.” That which is valid can only evolve and unfold spiritually. But mortals look for signs of material evolution in cause. For instance, mortal mind always uses material excuses to justify itself, and leaves God out of the picture. And, of course it must leaves God out of the picture, for it is the very antipode of God and is a self evident impossibility. A storm for instance, we usually think of as having been caused by material forces, like the mixing of hot and cold air masses. That is only a cover, for its only entity is the objectification of false mortal thought. We make similar assignments when the claim is disease. We blame germs or the violation of physical laws for the generation of diseased conditions. But that is also a cover, for the only entity of disease is the objectification of false mortal thought.
To eject mortal mind, then, we must examine the issue for the presence of falsely believed material or human causes which seem to be fueling the problem. Then we must identify and expose them. In the same sense that an error must disappear when its residing place, mortal mind (the invalid vehicle) is removed, the inverse is also true. When mortal mind (the invalid vehicle) no longer entertains error, it ceases to be mortal mind and vanishes into its native nothingness, because its only reason for being is to entertain error. Any time a new false suggestion comes to thought which claims to further support an existing conflict, we must stop it in its tracks. With each accepted false and aggressive mental suggestion, mortal mind tends to weave increasingly complicated webs in support of its livelihood. We must take care to stop aggressive mental suggestions lest they cause the dragon to grow into an even more impressive but still powerless presentation.
An understanding of the completely mental nature of the of stilling the storm illustrated by Christ Jesus, also gives to us the power to tackle any and all of human life’s storms, in whatever form they may present themselves come to our human lives.