We do build with thoughts, yes we do. We build relationships and houses. We build nations, peace, and for the future. We also build our bodies (the Bible, as well as avantgarde thinkers of modern medicine know this). So in a way you can say: thoughts build, thoughts create. If the structure is going to stand, thoughts need a plan. A good plan. A model.
It is my sense that everybody knows intuitively something about God's creative power because we all know what good does in our lives. Here is our model. We also know what evil does to our lives. It is destructive - unable to create. Scary only at first sight, but it is not self-sustained. Ambivalence, resistance to change or envy, f.e., are not creative, but erode our experience, spiral downwards, leading to more negativity.
So creating or building is really God’s thing, our thing. Whether you are praying for the dear people of Nepal or whether you are searching for a new home, whether you are changing places or perceiving that your relationships within the family are not improving: Open yourself to being a builder, not an observer. Accept your power as an architect and/or builder. See how you reflect „constructing“ by being constructive yourself. Check out your building materials and pick only the best, pick something from the infinite good qualities in your own individual way. This is building with solid masonry. Like a mason of ancient times, you can and should pick your bricks.
If you search for a new place, I wonder whether this is really what is happening. Even if away from the search engines or adds in the paper. We rather „build a new place“ in the thoughts we employ to find it. So we can nurture our understanding of spiritual qualities and see something new about constructing - that is reflecting more of the constant creative power of Life. Getting to know the good plan.
If you yearn for better relationships, create them. With a Paul-like attitude we can do this and serve right now. Starting from scratch, Paul worked tirelessly for the first little Christian communities, forming and mothering and strengthening them in their day to day troubles. Paul advises all of us - whether we help in Nepal or the French Alpes or deal with a colleague or friend right where we are: "Cheer each other up with the hope you have. Build each other up.“ Because „we are His building“. What will you build today? How constructive can you be?
When you expect guests - and even if it is a close friend coming over - you look around, and you do a little prep, a little organizing, a little cleaning, a little touch. Magazines are shoveled aside, documents stacked on a pile - a quick cleaning around the house, seven minutes.
We get sometimes more done in these short „prep minutes" before the door bell rings than in an entire week. We might think that the reason for that is that we want to look good and present home and ourselves in the best possible way.
I don’t think that this is the whole truth, we can look deeper. Negative thinking is so unimaginative and cannot possibly see the whole picture. It doesn’t know where we stand, what we are, it doesn’t support our upward ways and outward paths.
Spiritual intuition is showing us how the true motive is already there, hidden in small, good moments. And the true motive is this: We truly want to be better because of others. We improve and grow because of them. Even if they don’t tell us or don’t mean it. We are better because of others.
I wonder whether this is so because our most inner self knows that we all belong together. There is one Life only, one spiritual Life we all share. We are Life’s presentation - Life’s „speaking“ to Life listening with pure attention. The only life we have to live is the unselfish life, the life in which is merciful room for all.
On our inner website is a lot of web traffic going on. The blogger Seth Godin writes in regard to humanity and artificial intelligence:
"One reason we easily dismiss the astonishing things computers can do is that we know that they don't carry around a narrative, a play by play, the noise in their head that's actually (in our view) 'intelligence.'
It turns out, though, that the narrative is a bug, not a feature. That narrative doesn't help us perform better, it actually makes us less intelligent. Any athlete or world-class performer (in debate, dance or dungeonmastering) will tell you that they do their best work when they are so engaged that the narrative disappears.“ (Seth Godin - Blog April 12, 2015)."
I so love the possibility to be engaged with something wonderful and constructive, so patient and kind: The dimension of divine Love, our home. To be engaged with and in divine Love.
Beyond the mental chatter of fears, intrusive gossip with ourselves about ourselves, beyond the flibbertigibbety deviations, false prophecies, and withering assessments, based on idiotic assumptions, is the real thing: the quiet and immediacy of spiritual being, waiting to be discovered. Our thought is autonomous. Spirit is meaningful, your spiritual centre is sure.
Christ Jesus talks about „the closet“ as an image for a space in which to commune with Spirit. You could say in modern terms: A space in which „the narrative disappears“. We can relax and be at peace, and encounter something substantial, discovering what it means to be governed only by divine Love.
It is a natural desire to be drawn away from the narrative into the overwhelming peace of supreme Love. When the narrative is silenced we see what it means to be - and if then somebody says: „Come inside for a cup of tea“, as in Michael Leunig’s cartoon, we answer: "Yes, please, with a slice of fresh lemon."
Who is writing?
In my work as Christian Science practitioner and as a writer I draw on listening to God and listening to people.
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