Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Finding Your Voice: Part II

Yesterday I wrote about finding your voice and how important that is to the full expression of the Divine. Today I'd like to consider how to tell the difference between what is your authentic voice, and what is perhaps a detour, a delay.

And I think it comes down to this: Your voice must be good.

I've written too about each of us being the emanation of infinite good, which you can call God, Spirit, the Divine, any number of names. This Creator of all fills all space, and is perfect. A perfect Creator implies a perfect creation, since how could perfection create anything substandard? (This is the core metaphysical teaching of Christian Science, the healing system I follow.)

So no matter how individual our different voices are, in order to be authentic, they must align with that perfect Creator. Anything out of alignment with that Creator is not authentic, but is an imposition on us, delaying the complete realization of our voice.

How can you tell the difference? The Bible gives a good metaphor, "By their fruits ye shall know them." (Matt 7:20) What is the result of the expression of our voice? Do we bring more light, more joy, more compassion to the world? Are we more free, more intuitive, more productive?

There is an element of obedience to expression. It's the obedience of alignment with good. Now, "good" can't be defined by others for us, we must discover it for ourselves. I don't believe we can find absolute right and wrong, not in this human experience. What was good in one instance may not be good at another time, and vice versa. But as we connect more fully with the Creator through exploring the spiritual nature of things, we can discern more readily what is the highest good at any given time and live accordingly.

The point is that finding your voice is not an excuse to say and do whatever we want. And we can't justify hurting others by claiming, "I was just expressing myself." Yet there may be times when authentic self-expression makes others uncomfortable, rocks their world. It's up to each of us, as we grow in strength, to show compassion and understanding to those around us, even as we perhaps challenge them to consider new perspectives.

And the glorious thing to me is the infinite nature of good. It's like a kaleidoscope, ever beautiful, ever evolving. There's always more to discover, more to express. Several years ago, I used to think that just "being good" would be excrucitatingly boring, that it would make us all alike. But as I've grown and spent more time contemplating spiritual good, I find that my concept of good is constantly expanding. It's a delight to me to find today's good, which is new from yesterday's and will lead to tomorrow's. I never tire of it.

This, to me, is authentic. It's where we all belong -- in that space of good, ever expanding.

Here's a hint from Mary Baker Eddy about the continuing appearance of good:

As mortals gain more correct views of God and man, multitudinous objects of creation, which before were invisible, will become visible. When we realize that Life is Spirit, never in nor of matter, this understanding will expand into self-completeness, finding all in God, good, and needing no other consciousness. (264:13)

I'm still thinking about this, so perhaps there will be more tomorrow.

Some additional passages about perfection:

Remember that man's perfection is real and unimpeachable, whereas imperfection is blameworthy, unreal, and is not brought about by divine Love. (414:28)

Perfection does not animate imperfection. Inasmuch as God is good and the fount of all being, He does not produce moral or physical deformity; therefore such deformity is not real, but is illusion, the mirage of error. (243:31-3 Perfection)

In the midst of imperfection, perfection is seen and acknowledged only by degrees. The ages must slowly work up to perfection. (233:8-10)

Have a great day, filled with good!

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