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.