An answer is a mental door - and truly, we need this open door when tragedy strikes. Is there an uninterrupted authority of divine Life over any material interference however brutal? Is there comfort in the face of heartbreaking loss and senseless brutality? Where is the "available superiority of divine Mind", Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of the Allness of divine consciousness, speaks about in her wonderful book Science and Health (p. 143)?
An answer is a mental door --- and this door was opened for me with removing myself from staring and instead to start making use of divine intelligence, the only intelligence there is. We cannot afford to trust this world to make sense. I don't trust this world an inch, not one inch. This world does not deserve my trust and thus my entire trust lies in the goodness of Life, in the Principle of being, which is so above everything, everywhere around us, in us, above us --- everywhere. We can trust the goodness in everyone, everywhere. We learn early on in the education of spiritual sense that Principle is never in its ideas but always remains above them.
An answer is a mental door and, by persisting to turn away from staring at and asking the world for true meaning, I realized the glory of contemporaneity. It is totally wonderful to know about so many individuals being in our world at the same time, within this moment of infinite being. We are contemporaries to, for example, millions of fabulous thinkers, activists, inventors, discoverers, artists, being synchronized with billions of wonderful people expressing the same one Principle. This knowledge is invigorating, because it is true. This feeling of contemporaneity immediately enables me to feel the contemporaneity with God.
Spiritually we are neither behind nor two steps ahead of anyone. We all are synchronized with divine Mind. I can see that this is wonderfully true for everyone, regardless whether I see "her" or "him" personally - which I can't in this sphere of existence. It is enough to know them to be there. How much more so in the true and revealed being? If divine Mind didn't remember us we would not be immortal. An idea, which we essentially are, must be held in mind, thought about and this one consciousness is God, holding us eternally close, dear, right where we are. Yes, this is the true understanding of what is going on.
In a most exquisite, beautiful Psalm we read:
I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave, you are there.
If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.
I could ask the darkness to hide me
and the light around me to become night--
but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.
(from Psalm 139)
In the calm and unselfishness of leaving the answer up to the supreme judgment of the Infinite we can get a glimpse that everyone is safe in Spirit. It is not up to us to make this happen, because we are already synchronized with Life. In astronomy, long-time exposure ensures that we get the whole view, so we need to patiently and trustingly ask the question to unfold an answer we can live with. To reveal the real view.
An answer is a mental door, an answer everyone deserves and everyone will have. Elisabeth Salm wrote in the most magnificent manner about "Life-never interrupted", and as you honor the author and the insights she shares, you can see the ideas being true for her and for you. We are all one, being synchronized with God. The article you can find here.
About four weeks ago my husband passed on. He was the love of my life, my best friend for decades, my team partner and colleague since I can think, the father of our children, a trustworthy friend, a remarkable practitioner and teacher of Christian Science. So you can imagine my or my family's feelings - what this means to us and what inner work is involved to see the whole picture, to rebuild ourselves from the inside out. Without Love and Her eternal embrace, we wouldn’t feel the peace and gratitude, we feel. Love alone is Life.
Although there is so much good and spiritual power evident and although we all felt and feel the victory and progressive step this involves for himself, as well as the spiritual uplift with which divine Love is holding not only him but also us in her unique way, he is missed. There is a rhythm in Life, and this rhythm is healing, it is kind and it is right, and this rhythm leads me gently forward. There is difference between healing grief and learning to move forward in a new way, and I am experiencing progress under Love's divine care. We are giving ourselves the four seasons in their fullness to not only know that Life is continuous, transformative, grand, but to feel it without the blink of an eye and feel the normalcy of Life without my husband. Kindness with ourselves is the divine way to healing, as it is in the Christian Science practice, and this is true also for our family.
One particularly challenging day a friend, who with much spiritual power supported all of us, had written me a simple text: "Creation is intact, just feel it. Only that."
Yes, I thought, through the veil of tears, I accept that, I feel it and I know that this is true. I really do. I spent the entire day feeling myself into the intactness of creation, into the divine energies of Spirit, Mary Baker Eddy speaks about, and understanding deeper than ever before the absolute power of Life to hold Her entire creation complete and intact without losing one single idea, not even the tiniest one, not to talk about my dear Klaus. The very next morning I awoke with this inspiring message directly from divine Love, it felt: "Creation, you know, has not been indented, not in the least.” I realized that Mind is thinking His creation by perceiving ideas and manifesting them. After all it is His world, we live in --- His world, we are, the world of infinite ideas. And this world is intact and has not suffered a loss.
I took out the Bible and did something I haven't done in a long time: I read the entire record of creation in one reading. I felt the power of the intactness of creation. Mind cannot stop creating and envisioning new and ever more glorious ways of showing forth its unending resources. Mind cannot stop remembering, Mind is the memory, the Cause and the beginning of everything. Because Mind never forgets, we are immortal - everything Mind thinks or creates is here forever. Right where we are.
So what followed the same day was the impulse to step into this divine, intact world, and the inspiration told me to start swimming with the whales, in a figurative way. I truly love and admire forever, like many of you, the depth of the ocean, the mighty blue, the majesty of the seas. So the sea is giving me a vivid example of the vastness of creation. While you read this, an incredible wonder of activity is going on out there - blue whales and sea turtles and sea lions and dolphins and clown fishes and crabs and lobsters and flying fishes and halibuts and humpback whales and krill and manatees and octopuses and oysters and plankton and sea cucumbers, and sea otters and a million other elements inhabit this mysterious, glorious kingdom of its own, like nations in their own right, expressing the richness and splendid grandeur of divine creativity. Before my inner eye this world unfolded a mighty image of creation, forever developing, expanding, progressing - alive. Such fullness, such richness, such goodness, such diversity – all in one.
Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures: "As a drop of water is one with the ocean, a ray of light one with the sun, even so God and man, Father and son, are one in being. The Scripture reads: "For in Him we live, and move, and have our being."
It is pretty obvious to me that in order to truly meet anyone, we must trust Mind to manifest it – we truly meet when we recognize each other as Mind sees us, and this communion is eternal. The whole picture shows us where and how we are. Human reasoning simply has not all the information we need, Mind knows it all, the mighty center and consciousness of all, the All-in-all.
So I started slowly "to swim with the whales" – to move forward and enter with a sense of expectancy the grand activity of Life itself, to answer Love’s gentle calling. "To swim with the whales" means to me being in Life and participating in the beautiful vitality of being - in my experience this translates into listening, nurturing a spiritual sense of expectation, of being really still and watching out for good, it means praying and exercising the skill of gratitude. Our daughter and I started a gorgeous puzzle with an artistic interpretation of Noah’s ark, I am reading a novel a friend gave to me, I met a friend, I am going to attend a concert of Schubert's String Quintett with our son. My husband and I had planned to spend a week at the seaside, and I will go this weekend, spending time at the Baltic Sea and “swimming with the whales”. I honor my husband’s infinite life and his noble and unique individuality --- and I can already see how choosing the narrow and straight path of Life leads into the wide open of Life, right where everyone and everything is and always will be.
When learning about my husband's passing, friends responded by sending us a hymn from the Christian Science Hymnal and adding that we should read this as a letter from him to us. We have done so many, many times and continue to explore the depths of its beautiful message - "the calm and joy of things immortal, the loveliness of Love is all around."
From sense to Soul my pathway lies before me,
From mist and shadow into Truth's clear day;
The dawn of all things real is breaking o'er me,
My heart is singing: I have found the way.
I reach Mind's open door, and at its portal
I know that where I stand is holy ground;
I feel the calm and joy of things immortal,
The loveliness of Love is all around.
The way leads upward and its goal draws nearer,
Thought soars enraptured, fetterless and free;
The vision infinite to me grows clearer,
I touch the fringes of eternity.
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In my work as Christian Science practitioner and writer I draw on listening to God and listening to people.
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