A guest post written by Blake Windal
I remember as early as high school learning the definition of the physics concept of inertia. As I recall, it is defined as the property of matter by which it retains its state of rest or its velocity or motion so long as it is not acted upon by an external force. While this sounds like a law in which only aerospace engineers or professionals in orbital mechanics deal, actually this concept challenges each of us, popping up in all aspects of our day-to-day life.
Take for instance the weariness each of us may experience when simply trying to get up early enough in the morning to accomplish some quiet prayer before the day begins. All too often, it simply doesn’t happen, since it’s just too hard to get up in time to beat the onslaught of activity that characterizes the start of the day. Or, have you ever felt un-motivated, fatigued, or caught in a rut? How about feeling that you’re moving so fast that you can’t slow down to experience calmness or quietude. All of these are the result of the hidden mental suggestion of inertia.
I’ve found freedom from inertia in understanding the spiritual opposite of this concept: seeing the universe as God created it. Translated back into the only true applicable law of God, inertia in its true sense can only represent the consistent and unstoppable impulsion of God’s harmonious activity.
When I feel unable to escape bad habits – spinning out of control with no method of stopping – I claim my freedom by knowing that inertia, or a feeling of inability to change, does not govern me. Inertia’s core platform is the concept of action and reaction, but Mary Baker Eddy, 19th century theologian and health researcher, states that “Mind is the source of all movement, and there is no inertia to retard or check its perpetual and harmonious action.”
With contagion so promoted as the winter season approaches, many react to the momentum of others’ thoughts about germs or disease. Colds are inadvertently advertised and promoted on television and in the media. Freedom from these effects comes from the knowledge that God is the only actor, the only motivator, the only environment, leaving no room for contamination of any sort.
So, when I find myself coasting along mentally – or even physically in my car, I remind myself that I am forever in the pathway of God’s perfect purpose and fulfillment, and I am not subject to inertia.