No matter what or where

The celebrations of Passover and Easter for Jews and Christians, respectively, are already in the rear-view mirror of the calendar as we prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day in some form of altered arrangement during these irregular times. The world continues to experience an old foe, wreaking modern havoc in the form of the COVID-19 pandemic, caused by the novel (new) Coronavirus.

As the bad news and frightening statistics pile up, some turn to conspiracy theories and anger; while others turn to spiritual resources for hope, comfort and strength. This verse from the Psalms is one such ray of comfort.

Where can I go from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.

from Psalm 139

Sheol is a Hebrew word, and is described as a place of darkness where the spirit goes at the time of death. As it is within the Rabbinic tradition, there are variations on this definition, each with a slightly different interpretation (though it remains basically the same concept); and that’s before the Western biblical translations took over and replaced the word Sheol with the word Hell.

Regardless of the finite definition of the word Sheol, we can interpret the larger meaning: we are never out of the Presence of the Infinite.

This concept is repeated in many traditions, including spiritual metaphysics. In Divine Science: Its Principles and Practice, the writings of Fannie Brooks James and Malinda Cramer have been compiled into what is considered a “textbook” of the teachings. They wrote, “Since the living God is around us, above us, and through us all, we are protected and shielded by the perfect Good at all times.”

And still other traditions have noted, “We are never alone or helpless. The force that guides the stars, guides us too.

Today many people believe that we are in a sort of hell. At the very least, there are opportunities to be in a state of fear around the physical or economic health of our families, our communities, and ourselves.

When this darkness falls on our thoughts, where can we turn?

As the global community faces continued disruption in life as we once knew it, it’s a perfect time to reconnect with the Truth. The wisdom we seek is ever-available; the Divine is ever-present and no matter where we go, or what we do – we are never alone.

If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.

If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.

from Psalm 139

As the celebrations of Passover and Easter that we just passed mark freedom and release, we can free/release ourselves from the belief that we are ever left on our own. From the heights of heaven to the depths of hell, the Omnipresent arms of the Divine holds us and turns the “darkness into light“.

And so it is.

(C) 2020 Practitioner's Path

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