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Lillian DeWaters was another person who gravitated toward Mary Baker Eddy, but like so many brilliant women discovered that Eddy was intensely egotistical and and therefore had limited insights, While Lillian's first books were published by Christian Science Press, her genius was recognized so she was forced out of Eddyism due to
having too much creative initiative eventually forming her own publishing house.
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DeWaters concepts are especially uplifting to those with low self-esteem due to her teaching that each individual is "Perfect Now." She extends the New Thought teachings that each person is endowed with all the gifts of God. If one reads her works in chronological order, a transition can be observed from her early writings which are influenced by Eddyism to the point at which she awakens to the Light.. She shares this experience in The Voice Of Revelation, and cites it as the reason she left Eddy's Christian Science Church:
“I recall an early experience when I did not know my way out of acertain dilemma. I seemed to be in sudden great pain. Sitting alone, I wondered what to do about it. I began to ponder how I could feel pain if God is all, how I could even have a false belief; how pain could seem to be or I could in any way be connected with it. I could not deny that I was feeling pain, or could I reconcile pain with God; or did thought of another power beside God occur to me. In utter desperation and abandonment, I threw out my arms, calling to God aloud, 'Which is true, God or pain?'
I remember how instant the answer—it seemed to come as I was still speaking. Louder than any thunder, came the vibrant, ringing words, 'There is nothing true but Truth.' As certain as the Voice Itself, I knew, I understood, I was free—filled with an exquisite glory. The more I turned to God for my answers, the further I turned away from doctrines and practices which taught nothing of Self-Light and Self-Revelation, which to me was the most important thing of my whole life. Finally, I left organization, and soon afterwards -—1924—- I wrote my book, The Finished Kingdom ..".
DeWaters' teachings have some wonderful insights yet some of her works are characterized by the straightjacket of Eddy's views especially in regards to mental healing versus spiritual healing. DeWater's provides insight into the Science of Mind school of New Thought which is becoming increasingly popular today due to its focus upon individual mind mastery.
In The Christ Within she writes:
"Right here let the reader be fully familiar with the difference between mental healing and spiritual or divine healing. Mental healing uses the power in the individual mentality with which to heal, saying that the individual mentality is God.
Mental healing is a process of thought, wherein the healer sends from his own mind thoughts of health, strength, power, peace to the mind of another who has called upon him for help, or, in the case of self-healing, wherein the individual would help himself.
These thoughts of the healer have birth or origin in his individual mentality, and, as the river can rise no higher than its source, so one's idea of what is right and true "treatment" can rise no higher than his own viewpoint.
Spiritual or divine healing is not based on the healer nor the patient nor the mentality of either nor is it based on any mental cause or mental effect of that cause."
Spiritual healing is based on CHRIST and REALITY. It lifts the vision from the mind, from the thoughts, from the self, to the great I AM, and it bases all its declarations on Truth, on Reality, and the finished perfection of God and man.
Spiritual healing is not based on any method or any system of any individual on earth, but it is founded on Jesus Christ, Himself, and His teaching. Any books, based on the Bible, that point away from the self to Christ, Truth, are based on the Rock against which the gates of hell cannot prevail. . . ."
. . . The reading of spiritual books causes the reader to cease his own thinking, and to look on High, receive, feel, experience that which quickens him, blesses and illumines him. He forgets himself, and for the time lives in Spirit, above the body, and, later, when he takes up conscious thinking, he finds great uplift present, joy and gladness, for has he not been viewing heavenly Realities, listening to supernal glories, touching divine heights?
If one would hear, he must listen. If one would see, he must watch. If one would receive, he must be still.
Let it be understood, it is the Spirit in another that beareth witness of the Truth; the personal individual does not impart Truth to another. There is but one Path and there is but one Spirit. Acknowledge Truth when it blesses you. As no day is like another, though it is all the one day, so there is but one Voice: though many messengers, each bearing Truth according to his vision of Truth.
Let each follow the Christ urge within him. When we find the Living Bread within, then we are able to recognize the Living Bread without,—in books. All that inspires us to higher action is beneficial. Many prepare the way for us to higher things, while but One consummates it.
The Light that one sees is not his, but is The Light of the World. The Truth that one feels is not his, but is the Truth of the Eternal. The Way that one finds is not his, but is the Way of Life. The heavenly Bread that one inbreathes is not his, but is the body of Christ. The Living Water that one drinks is not his, but is Inspiration from on High.
Rejoice in all books that have raised your vision. Books that cause you to change your thinking into better thoughts are helpful on the way, yet, when the time comes and the Voice whispers to enlarge our borders, let us be obedient. The watchful student ever knows when the Spirit bear witness. We overcome the world when we understand that Christ in us hath already overcome the world. When we receive from above, it is to us a revelation, yet, each one receives the same Word, and hears the same Voice, and sees the one Christ. We are all stars in the one Crown, drops in the one Ocean."
DeWaters focused upon the challenges inherent within ontological anxiety.
In The Hidden Truth (1919) DeWaters explores the challenges inherent within awakening and sharing one's insights: "We have all been in this same wilderness of doubt and mental darkness. Those of us who have emerged into the vestibule where spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence can, if we choose, light the way for our friends and thereby, perhaps, save them many heartaches."
In The Finished Kingdom (A Study of The Absolute), (1924) Lillian presents what she terms the Science of the Absolute. She postulates a belief that transcendence is characterized by what Rev. Imp. calls "thoughtless dronehood," but in fact is simply a personal description of her embace of intuition as the guiding force in her life.
In The ONE (A Study of The Absolute) (1927) "Why is it more difficult for some to understand Absolute Science than it is for others? Understanding is not a mental function. Understanding is spiritual consciousness. Many have spent years in the study of Truth yet have not fulfilled the desires of their hearts because they have tried to mentally acquire Truth instead of to spiritually understand it."
The majority of Lillian DeWaters works are in the public domain which is fortunate for her. Many of her colleagues, such as Eric Butterfield whose works would previously be in the public domain by now, languish in the lost dimension of not being contemporary and fading from consciousness.
In The I AM THAT I AM (1938) we read: "As fuller revelation dawns, we see that it is God's man (for there is not other) rather than "mortal man," who entertains the dream of separation and so must waken and become disillusioned, (just as the prodigal did), and return to the truth of Being.
The Great Answer (The Message of Ontology) was published by Lillian DeWaters in 1940, and Greater Works in 1946 in which she writes: "Those who are prepared for these days await them with Praise and Thanksgiving---and joyous Expectancy. To us, the question is not if God is on our side, but are we on God’s side? How shall we know? Very simply. Do we have continuous Light and Illumination in our heart? Do we have Love, Unity and Freedom? Let each one answer these questions for himself."