That’s a fine question. Certainly that last line in the Affirmations gets commented on more than anything else in there – mostly it’s appreciative feedback, but it’s also gotten its share of strenuous objections, too. (We leave it in because it comforts far more people than it upsets.)
I suppose at the earthbound level of physical safety, it’s nothing but one big, not-so-safe crapshoot for all of us – and certainly more dicey for the residents of Gaza or Darfur than for you or me. I would never deny that.
But at the wider perspective, where reality is structured in a more complex way, this affirmation can stand on its own merit. If at this level we’re all energetic beings, incapable of being destroyed (transmuted or transformed, perhaps), surrounded by invisible forces of protection and guidance, where everything that happens has meaning and purpose, then you can say we’re all safe – it’s just a much longer view… a way longer view. In religious terms, you can say we all have eternal souls and we’re here forever, one way or the other, and we transcend suffering and death. But even the laws of chemistry and physics tell us that nothing disappears – they just change.
This is probably an unsatisfactory answer, but it’s a start. After all, this is the subject of entire books, not to mention philosophies and religions. Maybe some others would like to add to it.
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How Can You Say We’re All “Safe” in that Last Affirmation?
What is meant at the end of Affirmations about being safe? Usually I would think of something like a protective bubble around me. If you’re in Gaza what does safe mean? Unemployed, what does it mean? Safe conveys to me the idea of no harm. Explanation, please.*
* The writer is refering to the controversial line, “I know I am held in the hands of God and I am perfectly, utterly safe.”
Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award