PASSAGE: Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.
QUESTION: I just quit smoking. My positive affirmation is that the breath of God flows freely through me. I am also taking a Life of Prayer Class at Unity on the River in Amesbury, Massachusetts, and one of my assignments is to write a daily word. I would appreciate the metaphysical translation of this passage to assist me with both setting myself free from my cigarette addiction as well as to help me have a better understanding of the metaphysical interpretation for my assignment.
COMMENT: Many blessings on your new life as a nonsmoker! It was one of the most challenging and important shifts that I’ve been called to make in my own spiritual life, so I well know the grieving process it entails, and the rich blessings of body, mind and spirit that result.
The first chapter of Genesis, metaphysically, describes the creation of Divine Ideas out of Divine Mind—particularly the one overriding Divine Idea that is the Christ, our own true identity. The second creation story, which begins at 2:4, describes the same creative process as it pertains to us, i.e., the way in which we express our own innate divinity and create this human experience. We allow faith and imagination to suggest ways in which we can express the divine into the world. And then we breathe into that vision: we add the same breath of life and creative power with which God acts upon the waters and brings forth life. So the spiritual imperative behind the guidance to stop smoking is that we must never pollute our creative channel—the breath of the divine that is our true creative power.