Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Lightening the gray areas

Another question came my way over the weekend, and that was about “gray areas.” When you’re seeking spiritual healing and you also use physical means, isn’t that a free-fall zone where you don’t really know if you’re right or not?

My answer was, Yes, it’s a gray area. But then I said, Don’t forget that all of materiality is a gray area.

Over the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s no black and white, absolute right or wrong, in this material universe. The material universe is finite, temporal, mortal. By definition, it can never be 100% right, because it’s not 100% Spirit. If you’re really looking for the only true absolute spiritual healing, that would simply be ascending out of our bodies and this world completely as Jesus did at the very end of his career.

So what are we doing in the meantime? Each healing, each transformation of thought (which I talked about yesterday), is one step in the long journey of dissolving matter and realizing Spirit. When we’re done with that journey, it won’t seem long—we’ll be done and we’ll have all infinity to live otherwise. But now, in the apparent midst of the journey, we take it a step at a time.

To me, staying on the path involves finding or choosing at each juncture that which will bring the most harmony. Looking for “right” or “wrong” often confuses me; looking for harmony often makes the most sense. (Mary Baker Eddy uses the word harmony 151 times in Science and Health, it’s a worthy study if you’d like to dig in deeper.) What is the most harmonious will often pop out when the right/wrong thing eludes me.

In fact, I think disharmony is just about the only thing that motivates us toward healing in the first place. You could be sailing along, perfectly fine with the way things have been, but gradually you become unhappy with some aspect of yourself or a situation that you’ve been okay with before. I believe this is due to our own spiritual growth. As we grow, that which was tolerable before becomes intolerable. We seek healing to achieve harmony, not to be “right” or “wrong.”

Like, say you have a so-so job. You’re okay with it at first because it met a need and you learned some stuff. But then eventually you become dissatisfied because it’s not giving you opportunities to grow or your co-workers are unkind. You’ve grown yourself to a place where it’s no longer harmonious to go on as you have been. You then turn to Spirit for the transformation of thought that will help you rectify the situation, either with a new job or by transforming your current workplace. Either solution is progress, there’s not one “right” solution. The real solution is always increased harmony in your present experience as a reflection of the perfect harmony of Spirit.

I think this applies to physical healing as well. What is the most harmonious, for you, your family, for the community, for the movement? Certainly getting better is harmonious; so is the transformation of thought spiritual healing brings. So is easing the fear of the people around you, so is aligning your thought 100% with Spirit. These things do not have to be in conflict. It’s not a contest. And only you can know what next step brings you the most peace. This is where Spirit guides you to new solutions, unexpected results.

And you know? Even if we could all just ascend as Jesus did, that might not necessarily be harmonious. Because we’re all in this together. If all the most advanced spiritual thinkers just checked out ahead of time, where would that leave the rest of us?

We need each other in this journey. We need each other’s patience and spiritual growth, and inspired realizations of harmony. Then the gray will gradually turn to pure white.


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2 Comments:

At 1/24/2006 10:50:00 AM, Blogger Todd Herzer said...

Thanks for opening up this subject, Laura. I wonder if we can make it less of a gray area by considering Mrs. Eddy's guidance when she says:

S&H 444:7-10
"If Christian Scientists ever fail to receive aid from other Scientists,--their brethren upon whom they may call,--God will still guide them into the right use of temporary and eternal means."

Seems to me that we've created cultural traditions and protocals completely inconsistent with this--to the point of cruel and harsh treatment of our brothers and sisters often with the deepest need of our warm embrace.

Someone once observed to me that "radical reliance" is not necessarily the same as "radical defiance".

 
At 1/24/2006 02:27:00 PM, Blogger mnc6 said...

Laura I think this statement is sooooo important no critical!:

What is the most harmonious, for you, your family, for the community, for the movement? Certainly getting better is harmonious; so is the transformation of thought spiritual healing brings. So is easing the fear of the people around you, so is aligning your thought 100% with Spirit. These things do not have to be in conflict. It’s not a contest. And only you can know what next step brings you the most peace. This is where Spirit guides you to new solutions, unexpected results.

 

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