This month’s 100 Years of Science of Mind theme is Spiritual Wisdom and How to Follow It. I took this opportunity to check in with our ministers and get a little insight into Spiritual Wisdom.
Rev. Karyn Allen is our creative arts minister. She shares her beautiful musical gifts with us often and finds herself not only on our platform, but also travels to other Center’s sharing her wisdom in song. It’s not surprising then that she found spiritual wisdom in Shakespeare’s “All the world’s a stage” dialogue.
From Rev. Karyn:
One of the greatest pieces of spiritual wisdom I have received lately was from a ministerial colleague who recently made his transition. His words forever resonate with me… “everyone is playing their part perfectly!” To me, it brings up, and is so reminiscent of, Shakespeare’s “All the world’s a stage” dialogue from As You Like It.
All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant, Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms. Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel And shining morning face, creeping like snail Unwillingly to school. And then the lover, Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier, Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice, In fair round belly with good capon lined, With eyes severe and beard of formal cut, Full of wise saws and modern instances; And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts Into the lean and slippered pantaloon, With spectacles on nose and pouch on side; His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice, Turning again toward childish treble, pipes And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all, That ends this strange eventful history, Is second childishness and mere oblivion, Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
To remind myself and others of this wisdom is freeing. It allows me to recognize that I need not judge the action of others. I am to love them for their part in this world.