I don’t usually do this, but there’s always the first time. Today I thought I’d do a follow-up to Wednesday’s post “Is Life a Debris Field?” by going a little deeper into the spiritual concepts that can wipe the slate clean of the mental debris that may be clouding our lives.
We’ve all made choices that haven’t been the best. Some of them may have been downright detrimental to ourselves or to others. Whatever they may have been, we don’t have to live under their shadow. What do I mean by that?
As God’s children, we are made in the image and likeness of God—of Spirit—and are entirely spiritual. However, the material senses would contradict the testimony of Spirit and argue that we’re a mixture of good and bad experiences instead. But those matter-based senses simply can’t tell us anything real about our true identity. Not for a moment. Why? Because, as Mary Baker Eddy stated in Science and Health (page 318):
The material senses originate and support all that is material, untrue, selfish, or debased.
In other words, they have no connection to God. They are both the source and the continuance of the false idea—of evil.
But what about those bad experiences? Didn’t we have them or do them?
Well, it would certainly seem that way. All we have to do is remember them. And there’s the rub! It’s in the act of recalling/reliving that the echoes of those negative experiences keep reverberating against our present condition—keep binding us in those chains of guilt, wrong actions, and false identity.
But if we hold to the spiritual premise of an all-good God and of His offspring as being comprised of only the qualities of God—in other words of an all-good man—then the outcome becomes quite different. Mrs. Eddy also wrote:
The relations of God and man, divine Principle and idea, are indestructible in Science; and Science knows no lapse from nor return to harmony, but holds the divine order or spiritual law, in which God and all that He creates are perfect and eternal, to have remained unchanged in its eternal history. (Science and Health p.470)
And it’s that indestructible relationship which allows us—by God’s love—to see through the lies that would claim otherwise, and feel His ever-presence. If we’ve learned the lessons that we needed to learn from our experiences—if we’ve repented and no longer would think or behave in those ways—then there simply is no longer a hold on us. In fact, there never really was. It was just obscuring our true identity as God’s beloved, whole and complete child. It’s just as if a great boulder is no longer there to cast a shadow on us or to block our view of the light—of the allness of Spirit, of God.
St. Paul wrote in his Epistle to the Philippians (Ch. 3, verse 13-14):
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
I find that as I press toward God’s high calling, seeking and striving for it in each aspect of my life, the debris is forgotten, is eliminated, is destroyed. And it’s replaced by an increasing realization of freedom—a freedom that both feels and expresses the reality of God’s constant love for each of us. A freedom that makes us better and more effective healers.
A freedom that blesses all!