Dr. Ernest Holmes, founder of the Science of Mind, shared his wisdom about shock absorbers in 1952, almost 70 years ago. He said he remembered a time before cars had very effective shock absorbers and how, when riding in a car he “bumped along the road, clutching the side of the car to keep from being thrown out.” Our life’s journey is filled with bumps, roadblocks, detours, and unexpected hailstorms.
According to Holmes, shock absorbers allow us to have balance and safety. He adds, “too much of the time we are startled or frightened or discouraged by the shocks we encounter.”
In our every day lives, we experience many shocks to our systems. There are the shocks that come from the outside — wars, environmental disasters, health crises such as the pandemic, violence, illnesses, deaths, loss of relationships, abuse of others and self due to race, religion, sexual orientation, age, and many more. Life is filled with many potentially shocking experiences.
In our current time, we have mega-media noise in our faces, reminding us each second of every possible disaster that might be coming our way.
These external shocks vary in form and intensity, but they can all jolt us.
In addition, there are internal shocks to our system coming from our own mind and emotions. We can move into fight/flight mode very quckly. Shame is an internal shock to our systems. Our minds can be constant shock producers — fear of scarcity, what ifs, negative rehearsal, negative self-talk, unrealistic expectations of self and others.
Holmes asks: “If science can build a physical absorber that takes up the shock when we drive our automobiles, why can’t the mind build up a spiritual shock absorber that will absorb all the difficulties of the day with ease?”
Unity Principles provide us with a number of spiritual shock absorbers we can use when the going gets rough.
God is — in charge, present, a comfort, and a support to us at all times.
I am — a God-connected being, always expressing God’s steadfast love and compassion
I think it — my thoughts remind me that I am safe, whole and loved all the time.
I pray it — my prayers are connections with Spirit, helping me feel unified with God’s enduring love. I also pray for others.
I live it — I reach out to others with love, peace, and compassion, spreading joy and hope.
So we must let go, let God. We can learn to trust in God to be in the midst of all of life’s turbulence. Meditation, prayer, affirmations, compassionate action are all spiritual shock absorbers. Holmes concludes: “We must have a deep conviction that God is right where we are — one all-sustaining Power, one Divine Intelligence that knows everything, and one Law of God that can govern all things if we let it.”
We pray as if everything depended on God and act as if everything depended on us. We remind ourselves that we are co-creators with God.