My perspective on the power of the Holy Spirit in the great gift I call die zauberflote is unique and eccentric, as I have lived with it all my life, so I am, so to speak, within it looking out. When I was little I believed I had to protect this gift, especially from my Mother whom, it seemed, had made a pact with the dark angel I called “Lermontov”. But, in truth, it was this gift that was protecting me — then and now.
Most everyone stumbles over die zauberflote at one point or another, myself included, so I am not speaking from a position of self-righteousness, but, instead, from an unshakeable understanding of my unworthiness to carry this great gift.
When I was a flute performance major at the UofM, as well as when I was being enticed to practice on the stage at Orchestra Hall by a group of players I have termed “Monostatos”, I witnessed daily the effect of die zauberflote on the ‘trained ear’. One, who later died from cancer, ran around me, crying, “Mozart! Mozart!” At the time i found all this fuss with no actual help extremely frustrating. Last summer a noted music critic from Chicago took aim at me on the popular music blog Slipped Disc. A few months later he was dead. Now, I can say, in hindsight, that the aisles of Orchestra Hall are already full of the corpses of those who have tried to block die zauberflote, target my children, and silence me. Why would I want there to be any more?
When I was at the UofM I said, almost jokingly, to a buddy, Greg W., that “someday there will be a Minnegeddon at Orchestra Hall.” Prophetic — yes, but also, in retrospect, painfully superficial. In fact, in those days, I was myself painfully superficial. I doubt that anyone who knew me at that time would contradict that statement! But now that that which I call Minnegeddon is playing out, it is far more profound and overwhelming than anything I could have imagined. And that is saying something, because I do have quite a vivid imagination.
But amazingly, through all the tumult and angst, Gd is using everything for good, and all the struggles and trials are turning into solutions that work. And I have learned that everyone who listens to die zauberflote with kindness and maintains a gentle heart is protected from harm. Though it turns everything upside down, it also gets the poison of our relationships out and brings us closer to Him. Die zauberflote helps with every issue of mental and physical health. I have witnessed miracles of healing and deliverance that leave me breathless. Of even greater importance than its connection to Mozart is the fact that die zauberflote is a gift of the Holy Spirit, and carries the attributes attributed to It. PTL!
*M4B=Mozart for Believers