Meta. The condition that man calls death (mute, dumb, land of silence, i.e., Sheol, a tomb); also the state of man wherein he is dead through his trespasses and sins (see Eph. 2:1). This latter state leads to the death experience; one must be awakened out of his belief in limitation, sin, disease, inharmony, and death in order to become established in abiding, omnipresent life. The "hill country" of Judah signifies a high consciousness of praise and prayer. Through prayer, words of Truth, and praise of life and good based on the Christ, one is raised out of the sin-and-death consciousness.