Patti Kadick: Angels unleashed
Angels unleashed . . .
The word “unleashed” intrigues me. It feels like it should be used exclusively about things good. Happiness, intelligence, grace, joy―not negative power as in floods and fire, anger. Hatred. Fear.
”unleashed” reminds me of a film we watched in third grade―I can still see my small self reacting to a river bursting through a dam. As if alive, water took everything in its path barreling over fields leveling barns, rushing through city streets. Terrifying. Not sure if our teacher used the word “unleashed” but I do remember her satisfaction at the effect the film had, no doubt to alert us to not be foolish, since we lived near the great Hudson River.
Yet now, having felt a hint of true power, spiritual power, I love picturing rushing water―for to me it feebly imitates the unleashed presence of God’s goodness. Of spiritual power itself. After all didn’t Moses and Joshua prove that God’s power was greatest when they divided the Red Sea and River Jordan by calling on God. As if turning on a light switch?
And that teacher’s reaction makes me think of the uncertainty of even noble efforts to guard and save from danger, disease, and death.
No doubt our days are different―yours and mine―maybe about going to work, for a shop or a walk. The kids. Maybe about having a cure or being one, getting fit. Yet beneath it all isn’t there the hope for lasting good. For an inner peace. Undefined by materialism. Unconfined by materialism.
The world glimpsed a graceful good in the enduring power of Jesus’ teachings and doings. Feels it, however hidden, with works of enlightened thinkers-activists-doers in humanitarian advances, technology―that always begin with a pure good idea, not greed or control. Isn’t that the real hope―to find Good actually foundationing and defining those advances. And to be able to hold that Good. Letting its ideas guide and guard our lives. Propelling all society.
So where do angels come into this picture―particularly the thought of angels being unleashed?
Mary Baker Eddy, a thinker and author I esteem, who fought for the idea of scientific spiritual healing through Divine Love. Who claimed the conscious awareness of an inner peace and of spiritual and physical health to be natural, also claimed angels to be spiritual ideas companioning our very steps.
Her stimulating and provocative assertions of God’s active loving presence in our lives delight me. Make me exercise my capacity to reason intelligently by relying on divine Intelligence, bigger than all of us. And to reap the joy of that exercise when I allow spiritual sense and its angels to take my hand.
The very thought of ideas-on-wing being unleashed on my day delights. Moves me out of myself to glimpse in new ways, “it’s not all about me.” Rather about God’s Good reigning. Enables me to feel part of supporting that possibility. That eventuality. To watch, moment by moment, angels unleashed. Dissolving the claim of power to whatever is not good.
But Eddy says it better in her “Miscellaneous Writings 1883-1896”:
“When angels visit us . . . we know their presence by the love they create in our hearts. Oh, may you feel this touch, — it is not the clasping of hands, nor a loved person present; it is more than this: it is a spiritual idea that lights your path! The Psalmist saith: ‘He shall give His angels charge over thee.’ God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies. Never ask for tomorrow: it is enough that divine Love is an ever-present help; and if you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment. What a glorious inheritance is given to us through the understanding of omnipresent Love! More we cannot ask: more we do not want: more we cannot have. This sweet assurance is the ‘Peace, be still’ to all human fears, to suffering of every sort.”
. . . unleashed . . .
Patti Kadick lives in Salisbury. This first appeared on her blog: aroundabovebeneath.com