“Age Brilliantly’ states the cover title this month of a well-known magazine. The articles inside give examples of individuals of different decades and the various ways – mentally and physically – they have aged ‘brilliantly’ with vigor and joy each year.
Amid these incredible stories, however, ran also a theme of how our culture fears getting older and our concern that the current health care system will buckle under the pressure of the growing, graying population.
Are there ways to escape the ‘burden’ label? Are there ways to let go of the fear associated with aging? Aging, after all, is not a malady/illness – and it need not be associated with the specter of expense and lack of productivity that comes with yoking it with a ‘disease’ label.
“We are not victims of aging sickness and death”, says Deepak Chopra. “These are part of the scenery, not the seer, who is immune to any form of change. This seer is the spirit, the expression of eternal being.”
The idea that Spirit is eternal and unchanging and man is an expression of this eternal being is brought out clearly in the Old Testament, which gives this promise: “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing. ” (Psalm 92:12-14 NKJV)
My friend, Don, an active senior, had an opportunity to see just how a spiritual insight into his true being could result in his immunity to any change related to age.
A recent visit to the optometrist brought a diagnosis of early cataracts. Don was scheduled for a follow-up appointment in a few months. He chose this time for quiet prayer and study of the Bible – as he has found spiritual study to be effective in his health care for many years. He began by being grateful for a growing understanding of an ever-present and all-powerful Divine presence in his life.
His Scripture study, along with inspiration from the works of Christian healer Mary Baker Eddy, made it even clearer to him that the true Principle underlying health laws was not one of decline and deterioration, but one of ‘fresh and flourishing’, unaffected by calendars or human events. Age could not interfere with his expression of health and harmonious being. “Neither age nor accident can interfere with the senses of Soul,” writes Eddy.
On the return visit, the optometrist, after examining a digital image of the eyes as well as a close manual exam, stated that there was no trace of the problem. Although the doctor was totally amazed, Don was not. Health, including his eyesight, was just normal, no matter how many years had passed.
The recognition that we are the expression of an eternal being is a great way to stay healthy for life.