7th “In-ing” Stretch
Are you singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame?” It’s that time of year — and we’ve got a metaphysical metaphor for you to consider. One of the beloved traditions of baseball is that wonderful “Seventh Inning Stretch!” Did you realize there’s a similar concept in our spiritual enrichment and growth? The only difference is that we spell it “In-ing” because we believe our “In-ings” mean going within to stretch our Consciousness and manifest our good. And it comes from a Metaphysical interpretation of the Creation Story, found in the first chapter of Genesis. Let’s look at In-ings 1-6 that lead up to that 7th In-ing Stretch:
1st In-ing (Genesis 1:3-5) ~ intellectual understanding of Spiritual Truth or illumination;
2nd In-ing (Genesis 1:6-8) ~ faith in the constant availability of Universal Supply;
3rd In-ing (Genesis 1:9-13) ~ using our Imagination to visualize what we want to manifest.
4th In-ing (Genesis 1:14-19) ~ the development of our spiritual understanding and the will combined to choose what to manifest, at the highest possible level of Consciousness.
5th In-ing (Genesis 1:20-23) ~ the development of our wisdom, in order to discern Truth from error thinking.
6th In-ing (Genesis 1:24-31) ~ the union of our thinking and feeling natures, where Wisdom and Love come together to create the manifestation of our Divine Ideas.
And now — here we are — the Seventh In-ing Stretch!
This is found in Genesis 2:2-3: By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
What an amazingly powerful word: REST. Sabbath. A call to cease from our personal efforts, and rest in the consciousness of KNOWING. This is when we release any worry, any concerns or doubt — and we stand firmly in Truth, knowing all is well. This is a celebration of completed activity! This is our time to “be still and know.” We rejuvenate our spirit and refresh our soul. We take our 7th In-ing Stretch and know that it is good!
The seventh “In-ing” is our Sabbath, our true going within, connecting with that Domain of the Divine, and resting from human worry or concern. We Rest, knowing our manifestation is on its way, as we walk the spiritual path on practical feet!About the authors: In addition to their work with The Metaphysical Website, Revs. Drs. Bil and Cher Holton are co-ministers of a growing church in Durham, NC. They are prolific authors, dynamic speakers, and master facilitators. Learn more by visiting them at www.TheMetaphysicalWebsite.com