Yesterday I went to pick up a package that was deposited for me in a nearby studio. While I opened the door a little dog slipped out and started happily running away, up the street. And away! The photographer and her assistant started running behind her, trying to catch up, but to no avail. The dog ran across an intersection road, and then I couldn't see it no more, too. The customer had been asked to stay and watch the studio.
I felt terrible - I had opened the door, through me a dog was gone missing, through me a family had probably lost its pet forever, right?
I went back to my home right above the studio, yearning to move beyond feeling crushed to being part of the solution. I longed to see the situation resolved, the studio owner at peace and the dog owner - the dog was put into the studio owner's care for the day - united with her loved pet. I remembered the uprising scale of creation in which each idea has his/her distinct place. And that was the moment when I remembered LOVE, the All-in-all. Love grew in my art, my loving grew, too. Love is a unique, unopposed attraction, a powerful will to harmonize, rectify, strengthen, lead. Love is God, all good.
I took a box of chocolates for the owner and went back to the studio. She was back and told me, that after the fourth intersection, about half a mile away, they had lost the dog, she also assured me that I shouldn't worry, because it was rather her who had forgotten to leash the dog. Too much guilt on many sides, and sadness, too. She had already called the dog owner and told her that the dog was lost.
I asked whether I could stay.
I stood in the inside of the studio facing the street through the window and feeling Love, embracing all and reaching into infinity as well as into the infinitesimal. I stepped entirely out of the guilt story into divine reality. I felt Love's power as a home - a home for all creation, a home for us all, a home for a little dog. A home that can never be left. A home that is so near and dear and attractive. Gratitude and joy soaked my heart, the solution was so close. A minute later, this sweet little dog appeared at the doorstep, asking me with her beautiful eyes to please open the door. Tears of joy - and cries of joy over the phone, as the studio owner informed the dog owner. Is Love the basic law of the universe? You bet.
Interstellar by Christopher Nolan - An outstanding movie, thinks Robbie Collin from the Telegraph: "In the age of shopping-centre cinema, Christopher Nolan builds cathedrals. His films are cold, enormous, sky-puncturing constructions, echoey with triumphant gloom, rippling with the gasps and whispers of the faithful." The film, he continues, includes much "metaphysical bungee jumping":
"The film is a feast of extraordinary ideas, each one depicted by Nolan’s cinematographer, Hoyte van Hoytema, and his visual effects team with heart-swelling grandeur. But all the while, time passes, life vanishes, and the loss gnaws at Cooper like frostbite. As David Gyasi’s crew member quips earlier in the film, “That’s relativity, folks” – a shrugged-off reminder that time, whether flowing in a torrent or a trickle, is inescapable. To use a canvas this vast to make a point that searchingly intimate is the noblest thing science-fiction can achieve: it's the reason Kubrick’s 2001, Spielberg's AI Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, beyond their obvious visual astonishments, are so difficult to shake. Interstellar may be drifting a million miles out in the void, but it knows exactly where it's going."
At the centre of the movie is the message that geographical distance is a challenge while at the same time metaphysical distance even more. Both are challenged and dealt with as the protagonist Cooper encounters himself beyond the event horizon. And mankind's own struggles to overcome the restrictions of time and space are benefits in themselves.
I was reminded of this timeless classic: "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun." (Ecclesiastes 1: 9). One might add ...in every galaxy...really.
If the film is prophetic for the 21st century vision of the future, the role of women of different ages and experiences is heartwarming and straightforward. Women stand for independence, love, intelligence, and the adventurous spirit that eventually propels mankind forward to explore new territory. Into a territory where we will be if our thought can travel that far into the vastness of space - and into the human condition.
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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