Editor’s Comment: The following post is a guest post from Kyndra Frazier (contact@KyndraFrazier). Its contents have only been edited for syntax and flow. As with all guest posts, the views reflected herein do not necessarily reflect the views of editors or the owner of NotCinderella.com.
Did you know your body primarily consists of water and salt? Both elements offer the capacity to heal; however salt has the spotlight today. Salt is the ultimate medicinal property! It is used in many cultures and healing rituals to pull out toxins, protect, cleanse, as well as used historically to preserve food.
Is it ironic Jesus informs the disciples and reminds us in Matthew 5:13, “You are the salt of the earth”? If you were like me as a kid, I would look at the remaining words and say, “It doesn’t make sense for salt to lose its flavor, because it will always be salty!” I now recognize the only way YOU, already being salt, lose your saltiness, is if you lack belief in your salt-esteem. Yep, salt-esteem, add it to your list of vocabulary words.
Salt-esteem is the belief in the capacity of your divine power, which is mediated by no human, and attached to the collective energy we call God.
Many Christian traditionalists think they are salty, but they ain’t really activatin’ all they salty! They are lacking in flavor and struggle with salt-esteem. Let me tell you why. Come closer, imma whisper in your ear… many Christians live underneath their saltiness because they believe Jesus to be the ultimate salter. He’s the away in a manger salt. The wrapped in swaddlin’ clothes salt. The Jesus fix it salt. The died for my sins salt. The resurrected salt. The Jesus on the mainline salt. The turn water into wine salt. The lily of the valley salt. The salt on your saltine salt. Despite Jesus telling us in Mark 10:18 he is not the Salt of Salts.
In Mark 10:17-18 a man asks Jesus, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus answered, “No one is good except God alone.” Jesus attempts to give clear insight that he is not an exception to humanity, but an example. I imagine Jesus grew weary of the disciples and those in the community isolating him as the Salt of Man. Look at the reprimand he gives the disciples in Mark 9:19-20 for their inability to heal the mute son. Jesus states, “What a generation! No sense of God! How many times do I have to go over these things? How much longer do I have to put up with this?” Let me translate for you: “I have been with you for this long, and ya’ll jokers still can’t deliver a demon? Do you not know God?! Must I do EVERYTHING?!” The disciples were probably like many of us. They were caught up in admirable worship of Jesus, and missing the practice and teachings of Jesus. So much so, the opportunity came for them to exercise what they learned and they missed the mark.
Jesus was such a brilliant man and shaman. Jesus’ response to the disciples’ inquiry of why they could not deliver the mute son is insightful. He expressed, “There is no way to get rid of this kind of demon except by prayer.” Prayer is a relational experience, a type of communion we have with Divine Source, a spiritual discipline. Imagine, the disciples were so caught up in trying to have a relationship with Jesus; they tainted the relationship with The Ultimate Salter, The One Salt, The Salt (Way) Maker, The Great I Salt (I AM), Jehovah Salter!
Our salt-esteem is often usurped by this ultimate reliance on Jesus. We don’t quite believe we’re supposed to be like Jesus in terms of self-actualization. We don’t really even get to see the fullness of Jesus in light of him being murdered at such a young age.
In addition, our salt-esteem lacks because we don’t believe we’re worthy to have a relational experience with the Divine Source, where we can be our authentic selves. Many of us hide behind our religiosity, traditions, big hats, and titles when Spirit beckons ever so gently, come as you are, and waits in anticipation for us to tap in.
The Divine is a presence that has been operating in us, as us, and through us since we were born. There has never been anything we have had to do to get more of God. However, we must grow in that awareness, which is a process of our individual and collective evolutionary journeys.
Imagine, you are made up of an element that is the ultimate healing agent. YOU ARE THE WALKING EMBODIMENT OF HEALING, OF MIRACLE, but you keep waiting on Jesus to be that for you. He already told you, “You are the salt of the earth.” I love Jesus, the Master Teacher. My desire is to operate in my salt-esteem even more than Jesus operated in his. Why? Because I remember Jesus saying in John 14:12, “these and greater things.” In this text, to believe in Jesus, is to believe and trust in the way he points to, where he is one with God, as you and I are also one with God. There is no-thing, nothing, and no man that can ever separate you from the Divine.
To the women who will read this post, do the healing work necessary to not internalize the patriarchy, misogyny, and sexism bequeathed to you by society. These systems will always hinder you from operating in your highest salt capacity. Never allow your saltiness to be devastated by any human who may say, “you can’t because you’re a woman”, “you get paid that much because you’re a woman”, “you can’t say those things because you must act like a lady”, or “stop actin’ like, talkin’ like, thinkin’ like a man.” Women be encouraged! If any one has a problem with it you tell them, “Oh, don’t mind me cause you Salty!”
Rev. Kyndra Frazier is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina. She holds a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University and is a licensed master social worker. She currently serves as the Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at First Corinthian Baptist Church in New York City. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.