Occasionally when traveling by air, we may have heard the voice of a stewardess over the microphone: "Ladies and gentlemen, we are experiencing a little air turbulence. Would you please return to your seats and fasten your seat belts." Then the pilot, skilled in his knowledge of aviation and weather conditions, has flown the plane higher, out of the area of turbulence into a more peaceful atmosphere.
When we encounter turbulence in our daily experience—be it physical, social, or economic—do we think we have to fasten our mental seat belts and just sit it out? Isn't it wiser and more effective to rise mentally to claim that higher atmosphere of thought which is the realization of our unity with God, whose omnipresence and omnipotence preclude the very appearance of inharmony?
Christian Science teaches that God, divine Spirit, is good, and that discord of any kind does not belong in His universe and is not there. Any inharmony we may appear to experience is the result of our failure to recognize the presence and perfection of this universe. Our receptive recognition of the harmony and omnipotence of God's omnipresent government opens our eyes to its operation in our experience. The Bible tells us, "Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them." Ps. 119:165; Inharmonies in our life disappear as we rise to realize and understand our unity with our ever-present Father-Mother God.
How often it must have appeared that Christ Jesus was in a very turbulent, inharmonious situation. Surrounded by the poor and needy, the ill and hostile, deserted by his friends in his hour of greatest need, criticized, maligned, accused unjustly in court, and finally crucified—in all these circumstances Jesus did not surrender his elevated consciousness of his sonship with God and God's love for him and all humanity. He did not yield to error or allow it to control him; his consciousness of God ever with him annulled it, and he was the victor. Lines from a hymn say:
The storm may roar without me,
My heart may low be laid;
But God is round about me,
And can I be dismayed? Christian Science Hymnal, No. 148:
No, we cannot be dismayed, frustrated, limited, discordant, or dissatisfied in any way if we are truly conscious of the ever-presence of God. But how can we reach this understanding?
Mrs. Eddy writes: "Rise in the strength of Spirit to resist all that is unlike good. God has made man capable of this, and nothing can vitiate the ability and power divinely bestowed on man."Science and Health, p. 393; Man is spiritual, the direct expression of God's being. He is the reflection of his Maker, God, all-harmonious good. Nothing can come into his experience but what God is expressing.
Believing ourselves to be mortals—living in matter, surrounded by matter, dependent on matter—leaves us at the mercy of matter and its beliefs. As we mentally rise to realize our true being, inseparable from God, all-harmonious Life, coexisting with Him and expressing Him, we get above the buffetings of material belief that would make us believe we live in a discordant matter world.
So when turbulence threatens, we need not just sit down and fasten our mental seat belts and stick it out. We can rise above it into the higher level of thought where we know and experience God's presence and allness, where, as Mrs. Eddy says, "the divine understanding reigns, is all, and there is no other consciousness." ibid., p. 536.
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