Meta. A thought activity in consciousness that is of a separating nature (cleaving, cutting, dividing). Its work is to separate good from apparent error in the earth life of man, that the error may be cast out. The first work of Spirit in an individual is always a separating work, since before one can become established in spiritual love, peace, and unity a breaking up of old material ideas and habits must take place; hence the words of Jesus, "Think not that I came to send peace on the earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword" (Matt. 10:34).
Persis is thought to have been a woman; therefore the thought activity that she symbolizes is of the soul. She was a Christian to whom Paul sent salutation: "Salute Persis the beloved, who labored much in the Lord." The definitions, pure, splendid, are a result of the separating work that Persis signifies.