“…your spiritual consciousness is the priest of your temple before your Lord who is your Father within you.” – from a letter dated March 8, 1937, published in “Letters to You,” p.29.
In Meeker’s view, your body is a temple within which the presence of God dwells, with consciousness (at least ideally) serving as the priest – mediating the divine presence outward to the world, through your body, your personality, your activity. In Jesus, this was perfectly the case. Is this true, to any extent, for me? Does my consciousness serve in this way?
It can be easy to see this as a project that I have to work hard at – pray more, meditate more, fret over aspects of my life and what I should be doing. And yet, if one believes Meeker, the reality of God’s life in us is always already the case. The key is to allow our manic self-activity to calm itself enough, so that we can realize who we are (the very Image of God), and allow the Spirit’s activity to take over. Somewhere else, Meeker advises: “Slow down, and love will change your fate.”
I have a fondness for Meeker, a homegrown unorthodox American Christian mystic, whose spiritual work began with a three day epiphany, right here in Nashville, back in the 1930s.