Are you feeling mentally heavy? Are cobwebs inhabiting your mental corners? Has dust settled on the coffee tables of your being and tarnished your spiritual clarity?
If so, then it’s high time for a good mental, spring cleaning to weed out the old and to make room for the new! How do we do this? We go to God in humility to show us the way.
The words from the 3rd stanza of the Communion Hymn written by Mary Baker Eddy is a good place to start,
Sinner, it calls you,—“Come to this fountain,
Cleanse the foul senses within;
’Tis the Spirit that makes pure,
That exalts thee, and will cure
All thy sorrow and sickness and sin.”
A dictionary defines “foul” as dirty, mucky, grimy, soiled, dullied, offensive and repugnant. Another dictionary defines “foul” as unkind, malicious, mean, nasty, unpleasant and unfriendly. You can make your own list of whatever seems foul in your thought in order to clean and heal all that is offensive. You and I were made in the image of God, and we know He doesn’t see you in a negative and destructive way, having thoughts that are unlike and separate from Him.
So we begin with God. What does God know? How does God see me?
Thou art of purer eyes then to behold evil. (Hab. 1:13)
Perhaps your thinking is not dirtied. Could this be because you’ve done the daily work, as Mrs. Eddy admonishes us to do to keep your mental household clean?
In Miscellaneous Writings Mrs. Eddy writes,
Pray without ceasing. Watch diligently; never desert the post of spiritual observation and self-examination. Strive for self-abnegation, justice, meekness, mercy, purity, love. Let your light reflect Light. Have no ambition, affection, nor aim apart from holiness. (p. 137:23)
This is preventative work in its purest form.
Simply begin where you are in this moment. Don’t make it too difficult. Quiet your thoughts and ask divine Love to purify your thoughts to better reflect His clear, loving knowing of His precious and beloved child, you.
Mental, spring cleaning feels good!
Dear spiritually poised child of Mine,
I am here to carry you over the waves of despair and give you hope and peace. I promise to stay close to you and not leave you when the winds of chaos, confusion and turmoil blow. I promise to nurture you, comfort you and feed you with tenderness and compassion. I promise to keep you safe from the arrows that seem to be trying to pierce your heart and cause you to feel depressed and despondent.
You see, you are Mine. Let me ask you, "what is the life lesson you seem to be immersed in? What are you learning about yourself ? What are you learning about Me?”
This is “earth’s preparatory school” and your life lessons are here for you, now. This is the curriculum that is here for you to work with, not bury with food, push away because it’s “too hard” or blame everyone else for.
Please see this time as a time to “draw closer to Me” and see this challenge as holy and sacred. Please see this challenge as an opportunity to know Me better and who you are in my eyes.
This challenge is for the refinement of your soul. It is giving you the spiritual fortitude and perseverance needed for the advancement of your path heavenward.
So, stay spiritually poised. Stay aligned with Me. Know this challenge will not take you down but raise you up! Your seeming problem is here to make you stronger.
Trust Me now. Plant your feet in the ground, drop your shoulders and unclench your teeth. I am your strength. You are not doing this alone. I am with you, always.
I love and cherish you.
Always with love,
It’s such a common theme. “I will be happy when I have a bigger house". "I will be happy when my spouse changes". "I will be happy when my bills are paid, when I lose this weight, when my children get a job, when I get a new car.” This mental chatter goes on and on.
When we use the words, “I will happy when...” it causes our happiness to be forever out in front of us as an unobtainable goal. It makes it dependent on human circumstances. It makes us think happiness is a state of human accomplishment - something that we have to “get”. And let’s face it, do we ever really get it?
In the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures Mary Baker Eddy writes,
For true happiness, man must harmonize with his Principle, divine Love... (p. 337:7)
To harmonize with divine Love means…
If you and I are made in the image and likeness of God, wouldn’t it seem effortless to be in harmony with divine Love? Isn’t it God’s plan and will for our lives enough? Do we really have to control every aspect of human existence to be happy? Can we really trust God? He knows our heart and deeply loves us as His dear children.
Let’s make the choice to be happy now, independent of human circumstances. Let’s make the decision to feel God’s love for us and quiet our minds and hearts with the love that is present for us in this moment. Just think of all He has done for us already!
God has our backs. He is continually working on our behalf.
Father/Mother God, I pray to hear your voice today. It is your will that I want to listen to and follow. I know that you have only good in store for me. I know that when I harmonize with who you are, and what I am as your likeness, I will experience abundance in the form of health, opportunity and abounding joy and happiness. My hope is in you, dear God. I thank you for all that you have so graciously given me. I trust my future to you, wholeheartedly, as I humbly forge ahead with my hand in yours. I am happy because I am in harmony with you and I thank you for this heavenly day.
Thank you dear God.
Here’s to a Heavenly Day in harmony with Love ~ Enjoy...
As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you. (Isaiah 66:13)
With Mother's Day fast approaching it got me to think about my own mother.
I remember a time long, long ago when we were on a family outing. My dad was driving, my older sister was in the front seat while my mother was in the back seat with me and the rest of my siblings. I am the second of their four children. I was known to acquiesce to anyone that seemed to need more than me. I was the peace-maker in the family, the adapter and the child that didn't want to make waves. I was always happy to take-one-for-the-team, if it meant maintaining harmony.
Back to the story….
At a quick glance I noticed my mother's lap wasn't "taken." Everyone was busy looking out the window, talking or reading a book. Finally, Mom's lap was mine. It was all mine. So I gently laid my head on her lap, so content to have her to myself for but a moment. And a moment it was. She tenderly began to stroke my hair and comfort me with her touch. I was so very happy that I simply melted into her and took it all in. My life was perfect in that moment.
All of a sudden my mother abruptly pushed me away. She wasn't angry or upset. My younger sister needed immediate attention. My time was "up." My mom was completely oblivious to how I was feeling and how I had internalized my hurt. In that moment I bought into the idea that I wan’t important, loved and cherished as her daughter.
I can recall deep feelings of sadness and grief when I was shushed off my mother's lap. My young, tender heart felt abandoned by my mother. It felt like her love had been ripped from me. After all, I was always the one that waited for everyone else to have their turn. Wasn't it my turn now? The comfort from my human mother was temporary.
Fast forward many years later . . . .
I do have a mother and Her name is Love. I didn't know it then, but I certainly know it now! I've proven this over and over again. I was tired of the same old pattern of thinking and, most definitely, feeling that I wan’t worthy of my mother’s love. I decided to change my thinking and replace the pain I once felt with a deep knowing and acceptance as God as my Mother.
My "take home" lesson: My Mother’s lap is always available to me; I am enough. I am the loved of Love.
Here's to a beautiful, flowery, love-filled Mother's Day!
Although slightly unrelated, I love the song "Mama" by the Spice Girls. It was introduced to me by my firstborn. We used to dance to it, and I would shed “happy tears” because it would touch my mother heart so deeply. Enjoy ~
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Let us feel the divine energy of Spirit, bringing us into
newness of life and recognizing no mortal nor material power as able to destroy. Let us rejoice that we are subject to the divine “powers that be.”
~ Science and Health
with Key to the Scriptures,
by Mary Baker Eddy