Salt is such precious stuff. It is not food, but it is essential for food. It purifies, it preserves, it seasons. It is a crystalline mineral, found mainly in seawater as the main mineral ingredient. On our precious earth it is important for survival - being so essential it became not just an important article of trade but also at times the reason for war over it. Salt is used in the kitchen and in religious ceremonies, it is in use in the East and the West - it is everywhere.
Jesus teaches his audience - that is, us - that we are the salt of the earth. The ingredient that everyone needs for survival, the stuff that purifies, preserves and seasons. Anyone who listens to Jesus' teachings of the oneness of God and man is evidently salty. But how does the salt get into the food - and what does that have to do with us? Are we salty enough - noticeable in our expression of good? Is our thought purified and spiritualized enough to make a difference much as salt does in food? Are we really throwing ourselves into the world - not wandering or settling for less, letting a million injustices or sorrows appear on the mental scene without responding with prayer? "Pass the salt" might the world say.
Recently I could see more clearly that Jesus sees our spiritual identity as distinct from our material history. The salt is different - it is not the food itself, and in the same way Spirit is the one power that is really apart from everything else. The salt is pure - and so are we. We are free from a mortal self, free to feel the oneness with our Father-Mother God.
So how are we the salt of the earth? What could spiritual salt be? How are you salty?
Where is the distinct individual voice of moral courage? The tender willingness to walk the second mile? The quiet deed of good that helps to alleviate some negative streak, some sadness? There is something trenchant about "being salt", something unerring and precise. To be salt is not to be sugar. To be salt is to be distinct from a material sense of life, dull, always the same routine, predictable, boring. To be salt means to be individual, aromatic and flavored. You now when there is salt in the soup and when it is missing. Salt is noticed.
As spiritual thinkers we are salty when we use the three distinct qualities of salt in a spiritual way daily: We purify our motives, our hearts and our thinking to let Spirit move our days forward in a distinctly spiritual way. We preserve God-given qualities, such as courage, kindness, watchfulness, and perception. We are ready to season the dull days of materialism without spiritual glow by lifting thought up to the spiritual concept of day where spirituality dawns and freedom is perceived to be the natural habitat of man. We have a salty heritage of Spirit.
In "Miscellaneous Writings" Mary Baker Eddy writes (p. 110): "Beloved children, the world has need of you,—and more as children than as men and women: it needs your innocence, unselfishness, faithful affection, uncontaminated lives. You need also to watch, and pray that you preserve these virtues unstained, and lose them not through contact with the world. What grander ambition is there than to maintain in yourselves what Jesus loved, and to know that your example, more than words, makes morals for mankind!"
It is foundational for all of us to see the whole picture - the grander view. We are made for a reason and we are made whole, safe, and free. Life, pure good, is so very noble and generous and takes care of an infinite universe with full commitment and dedication. The result is the noble nature of man and the universe, so beautiful and kind. Spiritual sense sees this whole picture, the grander view --- as always knowledge is the solution to any challenge we have to meet. Knowledge enables us to rise. True knowledge is spiritual, it is fact-based, solid, realistic and testable. Because we base our lives - unknowingly or with intent - on what we know, truly know. And we can only work with what we truly know, and with that we can work.
In an interview with Maya Angelou she transforms the question "What do you trust?" to "What do I know?" Here is the excerpt.
"David Holmstrom: After so many different experiences in your life - early poverty, living in Europe and Africa, awards for writing, international recognition - what do you trust?
Maya Angelou: (after a long pause) I have to translate that into the question ``What do I know?'' I can only trust what I know, and the only thing I trust is the love of God. That is all, and even though my knowledge and understanding of that sometimes wavers, that is the rock in my life.
I believe I can do three things: I can cook. I can write. And I can drive. Given an assignment in any of those three areas, I believe I will carry out the assignment with grace and maybe even some flashes of brilliance. I trust myself in the kitchen, in a car, and with the yellow pad. But the big trust is that I am a child of God. That is the most amazing thing to me and [it] still brings me tears of joy." (Interview with David Holmstrom. The Voice of a Writer in Process. The Christian Science Monitor. October 1993)
Now is the time to check what we know, really know. And as there is no complete knowledge without taking into account the spirituality of God and man, we should ask ourselves, what we spiritually know, really know. It is a truism that whatever we inhale we exhale. In proportion as we welcome Love and its spiritualizing power into our consciousness and experience it is felt in the mental atmosphere we exhale. An atmosphere of generosity and magnamity. Like Maya Angelou and other individuals you may encounter. Like the one you are being yourself.
My husband shared often within his work a list of observations, which I am now sharing with you. They are from the article "The need of spiritual consciousness" by George Channing in the Christian Science Journal, and it can be found on JSH-Online easily.
He who spiritually knows he is triumphant
sees only the evidence of triumph.
He who spiritually knows he is whole (healthful)
sees only the evidence of health.
He who spiritually knows he is righteous
sees only the evidence of righteousness.
He who spiritually knows he is wise
sees only the evidence of wisdom.
He who spiritually knows he is loving and beloved
sees only the evidence of love.
He who spiritually knows he is harmonious
sees only the evidence of harmony.
He who spiritually knows he is free
sees only the evidence of freedom.
He who spiritually knows he is alive
sees only the evidence of life.
He who spiritually knows he is useful
sees only the evidence of usefulness.
He who spiritually knows he knows
sees only the evidence of knowledge.
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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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