The statement in this picture from the book of Psalms is an oft-repeated statement in Christian circles; sung in songs, repeated as part of responsive readings and used in sermons. It hearkens to a belief in a personified God that holds a hand over the world and creates each circumstance and moment. In metaphysical spiritual studies, we look at this a bit differently, beginning with the term ‘Lord’.
Different from the concept of the personhood of the Divine, in metaphysical spiritual studies we use the word ‘Law’ in lieu of ‘Lord’. Ernest Holmes said it – though he was not the first and will not be the last – that there is a power for Good in the Universe. This power is available to all, and has been interpreted across cultures and time through many lenses: Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and many, many more.
The standard (Christian) interpretation is one that accepts that someone (God) gave us the day, and we should be happy. It sets up an expectation that we are helpless receivers and not at all a part of the experiences that make up our lives. Metaphysical wisdom looks at this in a slightly different way and restating this passage is a good place to begin the explanation:
This day belongs to spiritual Law. We have a choice: to rejoice and be glad in it – or not. It’s all on us.
Spiritual teachers often use the example of gravity to teach the impersonal nature of universal laws. If you’re reading this you’ve no doubt heard that a nun and a thief can both jump out of a 10-story building, and the laws of gravity and velocity will work on them equally.
So it is with spiritual law, and what this verse is telling us: each day we have the opportunity to use our minds to tap into the infinite nature of the spiritual universe, and create the day that we choose. We can have a wonderful day, we can have a lousy day – it’s our choice.
A wonderful day may include a flat tire, getting soaked by rain as we run from the car to our office, or stubbing our toe on the couch. A lousy day may include sitting in a nice executive office, being paid a generous salary and driving home in a luxury car. The wonderful or lousy qualities are the way we choose to ‘be‘ in any circumstance; the way we react to our world – no matter where we are, what we have, what has happened.
When we learn this truth, we know that each day is ours to create. We have no one to blame when it goes wrong; no one to thank if things go well.
There’s a Law that’s as impersonal as the Law of Gravity, and it relies solely upon our ability to work with it – so, good day, bad day or somewhere in between – it’s up to us.
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