An altar that was built by the Israelitish tribes of Reuben and Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh, who were left on the other side of the Jordan. They built this altar as a witness to the other tribes of Israel, who went over the Jordan and settled in Canaan proper, that they too believed in Jehovah. "And the children of Reuben and the children of Gad called the altar Ed: For, said they, it is a witness between us that Jehovah is God" (Josh. 22:34).
Meta. The established evidence of Spirit within us that Jehovah, our indwelling Christ, is the Lord of our whole being, the ideal which we worship and seek to become like in both mind and body. (An altar in consciousness is a state of thought wherein some definite truth is realized and acknowledged, and wherein lesser thoughts and activities are released to Spirit, that the substance, energy, and power that the individual has put into them may be transmuted and thus be utilized in working out in his life the higher ideals that have been revealed to him.)