November 16, 2017
I was having a conversation with a Unity person recently about the way we often put people—including ourselves—into boxes. I told him I have been thinking about this theme since January. (I actually wrote “letting go of boxes” down on my intention slip at the Burning Bowl ceremony.)
My Unity friend told me that one of his favorite Johnsmith songs is, “Don’t Put Me in a Box.” When I listened to it later, all I could say was, “YES! That’s IT!”
I am very excited that Johnsmith will be back this Sunday to do music at Unity, and I am hoping that he will sing that song for us.
There are so many ways that we put each other in boxes. It is particularly noticeable right now in the political climate of our country. But it is nothing new. Boxes seem to make life feel more manageable, like we have more control over things we don’t really understand. If we can just find a label, then it’s not necessary to go deeper. We can dismiss what we don’t understand or the parts of ourselves we don’t like. I think we even try to box up Spirit! Now that’s kind of funny, isn’t it?
Except it’s also kind of sad.
See you Sunday!
Quote to ponder:
We do a lot of looking: we look through lenses, telescopes, television tubes . . . Our looking is perfected every day — but we see less and less. Never has it been more urgent to speak of seeing . . . we are on-lookers, spectators . . . “subjects” we are, that look at “objects.” Quickly we stick labels on all that is, labels that stick once — and for all. By these labels we recognize everything but no longer see anything.
Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.