Christian themes are found throughout Lindbergh’s meditations. She leads us to the first—that of patience and faith—by setting up the beach atmosphere. One arrives at the beach not able to work, to read, to write, or to think—at least at first. The tired body takes center stage, and one is captivated by the primeval spell of the sea. One sleeps. Then slowly the mind comes back to life—but a beach life, not a city life. One never knows what will surface in the conscious mind, but one must not seek or dig for it. The sea does not reward greed or impatience or lack of belief. The sea will offer its rewards when one has learned patience and faith.
The second prevalent Christian theme deals with the inward journey to peace and serenity. The answers we seek are within, are always found within. However, one must learn how to travel inward—not to look for the answers on the outside.
The third theme—that of fear and love—appears in the chapter on the argonauta. The intricate and instinctive dance between two people moving together in a light, easy rhythm must be free of cling or clutch or heavy hand. Why is this dance so difficult to achieve? What makes us cling to the last moment or clutch for the next? Fear. Fear destroys the grace of the dance. How can we exorcise fear? With its opposite—love. When there is love in one’s heart, there is no room for doubt or hesitation. This absence of fear makes possible the dance and gives it life and rhythm.