In our second chapter we have shown that the higher branches of this tree have not yet been represented in our institutions.
It is evident that the Bible writers of this account regarded our spiritual or religious life as twelve-fold. Yet up to the present time the Christian world has overlooked this important truth.
THE RIVER OF LIFE has its four heads in the four chambers of the heart, the two auricles and the two ventricles. These are marked RA, LA, RV and LV. From these four heads the arteries and veins extend upward or north, to the head; eastward and westward to the arms and lungs, and south to the trunk and lower limbs. We have supposed our man lying down, with his head to the north, as we would place a map of the earth.
THE WATER OF LIFE is the blood with its bioplasm and cells. It is three-fourths water, with living matter diffused through it. In the ancient sacrifices the blood was used as a true symbol of life and of healing forces. In the Hebrew there is no word that means pain, or penalty or suffering, that is ever applied to the sacrifices. The common idea about them is utterly false. In reality the ancient sacrifices were feasts. They expressed gratitude and good will, or spiritual healing and reconciliation.
The Latin word " sacrifice '' means " to make sacred," not to punish or destroy.
FORGIVENESS and atonement are both natural. They are efforts to restore the normal conditions of health and harmony. In the living body the power to heal is in the very nature of all the tissues. And so in the spiritual realm, atonement is not a Contra-