Remember who you are
God and man are linked by an unbreakable connection and forever at one. Mary Baker Eddy writes:
"It is only by acknowledging the supremacy of Spirit, which annuls the claims of matter, that mortals can lay off mortality and find the indissoluble spiritual link which establishes man forever in the divine likeness, inseparable from his creator." (Science and Health, p. 491) So the link is already there, man would not exist without it. But for the human perception this vital link is sometimes unseen and unfelt - being unacknowledged by the material senses. And this is understandably not a great position to be in. How can we acknowledge the supremacy of Spirit, Mary Baker Eddy talks about? Spirit being the essence of limitless being, of talents without limitation, of the continuous movement of being? When we have someone to nudge our spirituality and to help us remember who we are, we are getting there more easily. We remember who we are, we remember how good we are, how well made we are. We remember that God is Love.
In the metaphysics of Christian Science this "someone" is the Christ. It is the power that comes to us to remind us of our spiritual link, so that we recall our true individuality and step into a real life. The Christ is enabling us to wake up and remember who we are.
Some years ago I worked for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and had the great honour of meeting many world-class musicians, with some even forming closer friendships. One of those musicians is Maria Joao Pires, a phenomenal pianist with a much acclaimed list of recordings. It happened in 1999, that she had prepared for a lunch concert the wrong piano concerto by Mozart. The moment the conductor Riccardo Chailly opens the concert, she freezes in shock realising her mistake.
And here it comes. You can see in her face something that we can see in ourselves and have most likely often seen it. At first she is deeply shocked and unable to know what to do. But the conductor doesn't buckle. He doesn't move into the problem, he doesn't believe her information that she can't do it. He knows that she knows the right concerto (the Mozart concerts were her specialities) and continues to encourage her. This is my favourite moment: To see Riccardo Chailly encouraging her with full confidence, 100% confidence. You can observe in her face the moment she realises that she can do it. With confidence. And then she is there. She plays with full confidence, inspiration, authority the right concerto. She played the whole concerto, all three movements, without any mistake. Mary Baker Eddy again writes:
"Knowledge that we can accomplish the good we hope for, stimulates the system to act in the direction which Mind points out." (Science and Health, p. 394)
This clip has served me often as a reminder of what the Christ does to us and what a practitioner in the Christian Science practice has to do: To acknowledge - really say "yes" - that the good we hope were is here, to not buckle down and not be deterred. In your case it might be something different than playing the D minor concerto KV 466 by Mozart, but there is an infinite wealth of infinite good in you waiting to be used. No one can be Maria Joao Pires, no one can be you. You can trust this wealth which is infinite. God has laid it into your being right from the start. The key is to know that it is all there - and if in doubt, look into Maria Joao Pires' face when she finally realises that she can do it.
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