Thursday, June 23, 2005

Soul's self-portrait

Yesterday I contemplated Soul.

As one of the seven names for God in Christian Science, Soul is equivalent to Spirit, to Love, to Mind. To me, Soul is associated with art, music, dance -- expression. Soul is the original Artist of creation, the irrepressible creative force generating all that exists.

In an early episode of Joan of Arcadia (first season available now on DVD), a high school student is assigned to do a self-portrait in his art class. At first he produces only a conglomeration of materials with no real meaning. But his teacher challenges him to go deeper. He returns with a piece that reveals some of his private-most thoughts.

I watched this episode a few days ago, so when I began acknowledging Soul as the supreme Artist, the pieces began to come together. If Soul were going to do a self-portrait, what would it include?

Soul, of course, has no reason not to be completely honest. Soul's perfection, grace, beauty, wholeness deserve to be displayed and celebrated. Soul is unashamed in its own glory.

And, like any artist, Soul loves its own creation. Soul would be delighted with any self-portrait, because it would be a direct expression of Soul's joy and energy. It would be limitless in the light it shows, it would have infinite form and color, it would encompass all the qualities and attributes of Soul itself. For Soul is the infinite Artist, knowing no boundaries of space or medium. Soul merely has to think a creative idea, and it is so.

So what is this self-portrait? Do we recognize it? Do we acknowledge it? Do we celebrate it?

As I contemplated these things, a startling thought came to me that brought me great joy:

We are Soul's self-portrait.

Man, made in God's image and likeness, is the very self-portrait of God, Soul. This image is spiritual, since God is Spirit. This image is perfect, since God is perfect. This image is gorgeous, inspiring, joyous, strong, eternal, brilliant, holy. There is no other image, for there is only one Creator, Soul. And Soul creates nothing unlike itself.

Dwelling with this idea of being Soul's self-portrait continues to bring me inspiration. Think about it for yourself today: You are Soul's self-portrait, and Soul is the perfect Artist. What does that mean for you today?

Immortality, exempt from age or decay, has a glory of its own, — the radiance of Soul. Immortal men and women are models of spiritual sense, drawn by perfect Mind and reflecting those higher conceptions of loveliness which transcend all material sense.

Comeliness and grace are independent of matter. Being possesses its qualities before they are perceived humanly. Beauty is a thing of life, which dwells forever in the eternal Mind and reflects the charms of His goodness in expression, form, outline, and color.

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