To get up and go. To stand up. To arise. Before we can experience the new, before we can be free - we need to get up. And go. This traffic-light woman is already doing it. Go!
Nobody can make this one decision for us. It is more a right than a must. We are free to do it, always. There is a mental space - an open space, a wide space, even if we feel trapped, in a tight spot, in a place where we don’t belong, in a work which has turned out to be a dead-end, a relationship which doesn’t work anymore, peer pressure which has pushed too far. This might be the picture, but we can go deeper. There is an assurance which has been inspiring me, from the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy: „There is moral freedom in Soul.“ There is the essential freedom to do what is right, to pursue what is good. To accept our true being.
The Bible is the essential book of humanity, and much more so every time I open it. Like millions of others, every day. In a few descriptions of healings by Christ Jesus we read: „Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.“ These words took on a much deeper meaning in the last week. While helping a friend this invitation by Jesus applied directly to our time and it translated for me like this: "Stand up for your freedom, stand up for God, discover the divine right of self-government, rejoice in this open space, in this space in which you can move freely. Be a law to yourself. Take up what you don’t need any more, pack up what is worn out. Take only the essentials. And go. Go into your own house, cherish your true identity as God’s child and be at home there. Do what is normal, be at home."
And then I opened a new book which a friend gave to me recently, „Short Notes from the Long History of Happiness“ by Michael Leunig. It is all here: The freedom, the movement, the essentials, the determination, the resilience and the joy of discovery. How to get there. You might be surprised to find that these insights apply to change as much as to healing. How to get there. Now you know.
Can we meet? Truly meet? We meet when we come together. We meet when we are truly there. We meet when we are in the same situation, in the same room, on the same sidewalk. Mentally in the same space. Everything else is just eyewash. In some languages the word „to meet“ includes a past tense of „to walk towards each other“.
From a wealth of meaningful encounters with people, Paul could hand out advice to the little tough group of early Christians in Corinth: „No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.“ So truly meeting is seeking your own in another’s good. What is good for the other will be good for you. Staying with the other is key, being there mentally is key. Meeting means listening without retreating to your own perspective.
To remain with our brother/our sister as we talk. To refrain from steering their perception of us. To be with them. To honor the space they occupy. „Where God is we can meet, and where God is we can never part,“ writes Mary Baker Eddy.
Where God is, is freedom, equality, dignity, and appreciation. Without freedom the mental space to rethink is wanting. Without equality we don’t move mentally towards individuality but delve on gender, age, race, class. Without dignity we have already forgotten what man is. Without appreciation we have no clue what Love is.
Mary Baker Eddy dictated to Adelaide Still in 1910:
„The deepest hallowed intoned thought is the leader of our lives, and when it is found out people know us in reality and not until then. The surface of the sweetest nut is often a burr…“
When we truly meet we will know each other in reality, and this knowing will set us free. Because we will give each other the gift of finding each other as we truly are.
So now: Can we meet?
Who is writing?
In my work as Christian Science practitioner and writer I draw on listening to God and listening to people.
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