After doing a few readings of Master Key Week 11, I was listening to the recording the Fab D did in the member’s area while I was working. This is the third year I’ve read and listened to this, but I was gobsmacked when I heard her read the middle of sentence 11.
MK 11:11 “Having recorded correctly the answers furnished by nature and stretched our senses with the growing science over her surface; having joined hands with the levers that move the earth; we become conscious of such a close, varied and deep contact with the world without, that our wants and purposes become no less identified with the harmonious operations of this vast organization, than the life, liberty and happiness of the citizen is identified with the existence of his government.”
WAIT – rewind. HAVING JOINED HANDS WITH THE LEVERS THAT MOVE THE EARTH.
Again: HAVING JOINED HANDS WITH THE LEVERS THAT MOVE THE EARTH.
Are you kidding me?!?! It just hit me (finally). By using our brain the way it was created – by focusing our thoughts on our ideal, an ideal that is good for us and takes no one else’s good, that is in service to others, we are JOINING HANDS WITH THE LEVERS THAT MOVE THE EARTH!!
Having been a Christian for the last 50 years, I think I’ve become numb to the meaning behind the words we use in the church all the time, such as ‘we are the hands and feet of Jesus’. Yep, I’ve understood that in helping others, being compassionate, etc., that we are ‘the hands and feet’, but what just struck me is that it’s much deeper than that. We are intended to become what we were created to be by God – our ideal – using the gifts, talents, and abilities He’s poured into us – – and by disciplining our mind, focusing our thoughts, concentrating on that ideal – we are actually joining with Him in creation.
OK – next step – find a photo for the blog. Of course, what immediately pops in my mind is the famous panel of the Sistine Chapel “Creation of Adam”. What better illustration of “joining hands with the levers that move the earth” than that? So going and finding that, I clicked on the source page (which I rarely do) and get a great article from History.com , including this:
“In the section entitled “The Creation of Adam,” figures representing God and Adam reach for each other with their arms outstretched. Their almost-touching fingers are one of the world’s most recognizable and widely replicated images. Some theorists think the scene also contains the unmistakable outline of a human brain, formed by the angels and robes surrounding God. According to Frank Lynn Meshberger, a doctor who pioneered this hypothesis, Michelangelo meant to evoke God’s bestowal of intellegence on the first human.”
WOW. This goes back to Lesson 10, sentence 8 – “. . .so the Universal Mind reaches down into the human mind and endows it with new, strange, wonderful an even marvelous qualities. ALL men or women who have ever accomplished anything in the world. . .have accomplished because of this process.”
I don’t know if Michelangelo did this on purpose, or subconsciously, or if it was Divine, but what an awesome thought – that God bestowed intelligence upon us, and it is our obligation to use the tools we’re learning to create the life He planned for us, which we deserve to have!