Sunday, March 17, 2013

"in words and deeds..."

"It's only words,
and words are all I have..."

I've always loved the Bee Gee's song, "Words." As a girl, I felt that in the absence of physical stature, authority, or resources, words were all I had. Words represented ideas, thoughts, inspiration.

No matter what was going on in my life, I could always retreat to the space of consciousness, where thoughts and ideas waited like eager friends. I'd listen, they'd answer all my big questions, and we'd create beautiful word sculptures from the raw materials of ideas, thoughts, metaphors and symbols.

This was always enough for me. So what happened?

If you've read my recent post, "the evidence," you might sense that I am in the space of deep paradigm-shifting. It often seems as if inspirational texts that I once thought I "got," are so new to me. It's almost like I've joined Alice, and stepped through the looking glass. Everything feels a bit upside down, and I'm a wonder-filled child again.

Take this much-loved, and familiar passage from Science and Health with Key to the Scripture by Mary Baker Eddy:

"Desire is prayer.
And no loss can occur
from trusting God with our desires,
that they may be moulded and exalted,
before they take form
in words and in deeds."

Okay, so here's how I always interpreted this: I had desires. And those desires were prayer.  Meaning, I could trust them to be "of God," since prayer is, as Eddy states earlier on the same page, "God's gracious means..."

So, I'd continue:  I have these God-inspired desires. And I can trust them to be moulded and exalted by Him, before they take form in words and in deeds...

Isn't there something missing here? Aren't the words and deeds just a stepping stone to their final form? Actual things?  Well, not according to this statement.  It says that words and deeds are the form.

But that wasn't what I thought -- for a long time.  Somehow I'd gotten the impression that the words (or thoughts) and deeds, would eventually lead to more tangible forms.

For example,  take my desire for home. I would pray for ideas, and those ideas would take "form" in thought-based words.  Ideas which I understood to be the spiritual substance of home. Ideas like: "the spiritual foundation of home is kindness, respect, charity, a foundation that is deep, enduring, God-based, and reliable."  

It was my privilege, as a spiritual thinker, to spiritually cherish those ideas and put them into practice.  Then, when understood sufficiently, they would take form -- or have manifestation -- in a house. Thus giving "form" to a spiritual sense of home. 

But that doesn't seem to be what Eddy is saying in the above-referenced statement. And for that matter, it's not necessarily borne out in the lives of prophets and apostles.   I respected these Biblical thought-leaders for their deep spiritual sense of home and place.  Yet, when I thought about it I realized I didn't know all that much about their houses.  I knew about their peaceful resting places in the wilderness, countless deserts, "the valley of the shadow of death," and on dusty roads -- but nope, not much about their houses.

Eddy states that words and deeds are the form. And when I started thinking about the people I deeply admired -- Jesus, Gandhi, Mandela, Angelou, Lincoln -- I realized that I didn't know much about their houses, bodies, bank accounts, or neighborhoods. It wasn't their "things" that recommended them, it was their legacy of thoughts and deeds which were timeless -- eternal.

Suddenly everything became alive with spiritual reality -- right then and there!  The very atmosphere of consciousness felt pulsing with tangible, reliable, substantive forms.  Forms that were already completely, fully realized. 

Now, everything I am reading about "thought" has a new sense of promise. Take this stanza from Eddy's poem, "Satisfied:"

"And of these stone,
and tyrant's thrones,
God able is,
to raise up seed,
in thought and deed
to faithful His..."

Yes! Yes! Yes!  In thought and deed.  Not in the right job, houses, cars, more youthful bodies, improved stock portfolios, but in "thoughts and deeds." Thoughts and deeds that are the evidence -- the seed realized -- the fruition, the substance, the reality. 

For so many years I've expected good thoughts to resolve themselves -- when considered metaphysically -- into things.   For example:  an understanding of abundance, would resolve itself into the "demonstration of supply."  A deeper spiritual sense of motherhood unfolds as a tangible "demonstration of family" -- a loved one found, marriage, a child conceived or adopted, siblings reunited, improved relationships.

But I don't think this is what Eddy is saying.  She is encouraging us to "resolve things into thoughts," and to "exchange the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul" -- not the other way around.

So, perhaps our houses, our loved ones, financial responsibilities, our servant-bodies, the need for transportation, the demands of being part of a community -- locally or globally -- are simply the "things" that God lovingly provides as encouragement for going back to the spiritual well.  These divine gifts keep us invested in a deeper desire for the real substance of life -- those words and deeds that are indissoluble, good, eternal, and enduring.  Perhaps they are the things that Love gives us for resolving into more inspired thoughts, and kinder deeds.

This is a shift for me. To stop thinking that my desires are not going to take eventual form in "things."  And to discover that these desires have already been evidenced -- so perfectly --  in words, thoughts, and deeds.  

I am finding that to be truly "satisfied," with these forms is the simplicity in Christ I have been seeking.  In this space I feel happy, innocent, childlike, and free. Free to be completely grateful in every moment of trust, to appreciate each instance of faith, all inspired thoughts, a beautiful word, one kind deed.  No more waiting or wanting.

Last night I was lying in the dark and I realized that when I align myself fully with this deeper sense of being satisfied, there is nothing more to desire. I am completely present with every thought and word that comes to my heart.  There is no want.  My contentment is secure.  I know that no one can stop me from listening for God's thoughts, and watching them take form in words.  And immediately, I can bless others with those thoughts.

And really, can there be any greater deed that you, or I, or anyone else can ever do than to bless another with our God-moulded and exalted prayers of appreciation? Our Love-inspired gift of right spiritual identification? Our genuine desire for them to know God's presence and power in their lives?  Nothing can stop us from doing these good deeds all night and day.

These "forms" are enough. They are not the means to another "end." They are the end, the all, the everything I have ever wanted, needed -- or desired. 

As I've often said, this is my experience -- it is what is true for me, today.

shared with Love,



  1. Pmaye4:39 PM

    I started to think what food for thought this is!! And then realized I wasn't having to think all that much about what you were saying. I got it! in a kind of "gee, I could have had a V-8" moment. it made perfect spiritual sense. Thank you ever so much!

  2. This is a truly wonderful thing to contemplate about. It leaves me with a happy, simple, heart-felt smile on my face. It - thought and deed - is happening all the time, right now.

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  4. This is incredibly deep and very, very important. Well done for getting such an inspired view Kate, it has helped me tremendously today. It makes a real difference to my understanding.