Let It Be – A Metaphysical Interpretation

2016.07.10 Beatles - Let It Be

By Rev. Lauri Boyd, Minister, Unity of Columbia, MO




The song Let It Be was written by Paul McCartney. The song is filled with words and images that appear in the Bible. It uses classic, archetypal imagery, though in a modern way.

“When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to, me speaking words of wisdom. Let it be.

And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me, speaking words of wisdom. Let it be.”

Trouble refers to calamity, difficulty or disaster. Metaphysically, it is the result of being trapped in the illusion that this physical world, the world we can take in with our five senses, is all there is.

Darkness refers to those times when we feel lost, when we are struggling with the experiences of conflict, grief, depression, anger, fear, and loneliness that go along with this human life.

From the limited human perspective, life can be really difficult sometimes, and it’s easy to start believing that we are separated from God. The phrasing times of trouble and hour of darkness help to remind us that these experiences are not permanent. In the Hebrew Psalms, we read, “Yeah though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” I walk through that valley – I don’t build a home a live there. Everything in this human experience is transitory. Only God is Eternal, and in God is all well.

Darkness can also have another metaphysical meaning. It also represents undeveloped capacity. In other words, it is a state of pure potential. And in that state of potential, growth is possible – enlightenment is possible.

The phrase find myself reminds us that the difficult experiences in our life are sometimes the richest in terms of spiritual growth. Times of trouble and darkness are a catalyst for transformation. In these experiences, we discover the Truth of who and what we are. These are the times that call us to a higher level of consciousness.

Metaphysically, Mother Mary represents the soul embodied in human form. She represents the emotional or heart aspect of our being, our mothering or nurturing aspect, and our intuitive nature. And in the chaotic moments of pure potential, this intuitive nurturing aspect of our self comes to us. In fact, she is standing right in front of us.

And she speaks words of wisdom – Let It Be. Metaphysically, the Word refers to the I Am that is the Truth of what we are – expressions of God made manifest. Wisdom is the intuitive knowing that rises within us from the source of our being. Words have creative energy. When we speak words of wisdom, we set in motion a spiritual process of unfolding.

‘Being’ is another name for God. And so, when we say Let it Be, that is a call for us to awaken to a consciousness of Being, a consciousness in which we know ourselves as One with God.

And so, when Mother Mary comes to us speaking words of wisdom, that is our own intuitive, feeling nature, stepping forth to lead us from the undeveloped state of pure potential into a higher state of consciousness in which we know ourselves as One with God.

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