Lately, I’ve been thinking about the important difference between the absolute and the relative.
God is by definition infinitely absolute, free from limitation or restriction, independent and undiminished, without imperfection or fault, completely pure and unmixed, straightforward and uncomplicated.
On the other hand, whatever is relative is a mixture of elements, and is therefore comparative, complicated, and often contradictory. For example, the human consciousness is relative.
Prayer is returning thought to the absolute, instead of merely trying to fix things on the (sometimes mucked up) relative plane of existence.
Of special note, the absolute is where healing happens. Healing occurs when the ever-changing human perspective of things surrenders to the control of God, the omnipotent divine Mind that made and governs all as good.
A few days ago, I got a chance to prove the power of turning to the absolute, instead of wringing my hands in the relative. Just after having a pretty decent attitude about being highly inconvenienced while not having power or internet for a week, my blog crashed. The last time that happened, I got all balled up in the discouraging appearances put forth by the relative perspective, and it took two weeks to get it back. You may remember. This time, even though I couldn’t post, or even see twelve years of daily posts, I didn’t freak out. I remained an unruffled calm, simply because I made a difficult, but conscious choice to.
I stayed above it, contemplating the situation from the absolute perspective, instead of a crippling position of justified frustration. Mind you, a negative reaction seemed honest and warranted; I certainly didn’t deserve another road block. But as I advised in my blog post of a couple months ago, I responded instead of reacted.
I chose to think out from the standpoint of God (the absolute), instead of struggling humanly up to it. This was an incredibly better approach. From this point of view, I was positive my needs would be met, and I gave my full, conscious consent for a quick resolution. And since thought governs experience, that is exactly what happened. I didn’t miss a day of blogging, and only got out Friday’s post a little late. You may not have even noticed.
What seemed to be going on (in this case a thwarting, disempowering frustration) and what is really going on (God’s care without lapse in meeting every human need exactly and directly) were diametrically opposite things.
This shift has many applications in this weird pandemic year, where life feels vulnerable, isolated, and uncertain, exacerbated by an undercurrent of political concerns. As we follow through on what we need to do humanly, we can avoid getting sucked down into negative, unproductive feelings, and instead get really comfortable contemplating –and counting on– the absolute Truth instead.
Discerning spiritually (absolutely) instead of humanly (relatively) you too will notice much better, quicker, more satisfying resolutions. I encourage you to give this a try!