If you seek immunity from the sway of the forces of the contingent world, hang the Most Great Name in your dwelling, wear the ring of the Most Great Name on your finger, place the picture of ‘Abdul-Bahá in your home and always recite the prayers that I have written; then you will behold the marvelous effect they produce.
When I first disclosed my abuse in therapy and then to my perpetrators, I was feeling very vulnerable. Would I be killed? I’d believed that this would be the outcome of giving voice to my experience, all of my life, which is what had kept me silenced for so long, even to myself. Therefore, I was happy when I discovered this morning’s quote by ‘Abdul-Bahá. It was something practical I could immediately implement.
I went from looking over my shoulders and not wanting to leave home, to trusting that I would be protected from any recriminations. And I was! It was a heady experience!
Later, once my life had stabilized and I was experiencing triggers at work with abusive bosses, I would read that quote again, and realize I was again being protected. I had choices this time, where I did not as a child.
Even later, when I realized the impact of materialism on my life, and longed for a simpler lifestyle, this quote reminded me that by living on a limited income, I was being protected from the worst of it.
I love discovering deeper layers of meaning in quotes as I grow in faith!
“Reliance on God is indeed the strongest and safest weapon”
Although this is a quote to inspire those who are trying to teach the Faith, it appeals to me, who often feels powerless in the face of abuse. There were so many times when I was totally powerless against my oppressors. They were bigger and stronger than I. But when I found this quote, I realized I wasn’t on my own. God was with me. All I had to do was remember to turn to him.
It’s kind of like electricity – it’s always there, but until we plug something in, or flip a switch, we can’t access it. It’s like that with God.
So now, whenever I’m feeling powerless, no matter what the reason, I turn to God, saying my favorite prayer: “O God guide me, protect me.”
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