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.
Long time exposure is such a great concept and metaphor for perception. You see in this photograph order, beauty, balance, right? It is a long time exposure, released recently by the European Southern Observatory located in the Atacama Desert in Chile. When the attention span is long enough, the instruments are in place and used to perfection - a different world, an enormous world opens. What a difference between a glance and long-term observation.
God is all about long- term, on every perceivable level. "Long time exposure" of good --- in our human experience we are enabled at times to perceive something of this "long time exposure of good" the latest at a funeral. When someone we have worked with or known for a long time, fades away from our view, most often the qualities of the individual are more clearly seen and honored. Sometimes, as someone told me recently, only then. And then we understand why it was hard to get along when this individual was around: Personality gets in the way of spiritual identity as electric light will make long time exposure impossible in any observatory. The observing factor must be in the background, almost non-existent, to perceive infinity out there. Likewise human personality is such a distracting factor from the eternal glow of individuality in each single one of us. Each single individual, each single star. Long time exposure. It is unselfed love which enables long time exposure of the Mind.
In this week's Christian Science Bible lesson - for me the inspiration and uplift and fountain of wisdom, every week - is this pertinent observation by Mary Baker Eddy, the astronomer of the Mind for the modern age:
"As mortals gain more correct views of God and man, multitudinous objects of creation, which before were invisible, will become visible." (Science and Health, p. 264)
There is no end to discovery, as more "objects (...) will become visible." For some little inspiration, take a deep breath and a look at this stunning archive of the European Southern Observatory. And a look at your fellow man, a real look with the aim to see something good you haven't noticed before - how much good will become visible today?
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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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