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!
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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