New Thought Editorials > Growing Bigger Feet

 

Autumn 2000

Growing Bigger Feet

One of the glories of a big successful INTA Congress such as the one just held in San Antonio is the enhanced energy generated by so many individuals drawn together by what they have in common. Each is still an individual, free to choose. Each goes to make up the whole and to change it, a little or a lot. We influence—and are influenced by—each other. We share a teaching of peace, health, harmony, success, and overall prosperity through habitual God-aligned mental self-discipline. What we have in common is far more important than our individual differences, yet our common message is improved as it is refined by those differences.

It is easier and faster to get our teaching out to the rest of the world when more of us come together to become more visible. This is known as creating a larger collective footprint, one that is easier to spot in a jumble of footprints representing various beliefs, attitudes, and actions. Our greatest asset in spreading our message is our common identity as New Thoughters, even though we practice our New Thought in assorted ways. We value our freedom and our attendant responsibility for our choices. Within our common footprint, we are free to disagree agreeably; and that is one way that we learn, for we are teachable. We therefore have no need to resort to "political correctness," which is a veiled attempt to force the values of one group on another, to reduce us to a least common denominator. Within our footprint, we find that ideas that are diametrically opposed to our own can be most helpful, either because they help us sharpen our own position or show us how to amend it. Our seeming enemy then becomes our friend, for we acknowledge the presence of God in each other.

Gloria Steinem, long ago when she was a fashion editor for Glamour magazine, wrote, "Don’t borrow; steal! Make it yours." What she meant was not to plagiarize, but first be inspired by someone else’s idea, then adapt it to suit your own personality and circumstances.

Psychologists consider it a mark of maturity to be able to entertain two diametrically opposed ideas simultaneously in mind. There is no necessity for both ideas to remain there; one lives with you while the other has merely dropped by for tea. By letting the opposing idea in out of the rain (to mix metaphors), you heap coals of fire upon your enemy’s head (Proverbs 25:21-22). And while you’re looking in the Bible, check out the sixth verse of Psalm 57 to find out what happens to people who try to entrap other people. It is safe to listen to the ideas of others as long as you remain centered in God.

We have nothing to lose and everything to gain by joining with each other to enlarge our common New Thought footprint while retaining our own distinct individual identities. However, bigger footprints imply bigger feet. In the symbolic interpretation of the Bible that is one of the hallmarks of New Thought, feet symbolize understanding. To form a bigger footprint, our understanding must grow. We must understand that each moment is an opportunity for us to co-create with God by saying yes to God’s wonderful possibilities for us. Our Web columnist, Noel McInnis, reminds us, "All of us know more than any of us." The more of us who are involved in anything, the more God-opportunities are present. So let’s get growing!