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Spring 2001

Spring Cleaning

Spring is the season when we may feel like cleaning. As the winds of late March blow the last of the leaves off the trees, and the April showers water the grass and encourage it to grow, we may find ourselves in the mood to go through closets and drawers, passing along the outworn good to someone else and preparing ourselves to receive new good. Spring cleaning creates in us an expectancy of good things to come, symbolized by the hyacinths and daffodils springing up everywhere. Until the trees get rid of their old dead leaves, they are not prepared for spring blossoms.

We in New Thought are particularly aware of the saying, "As within, so without." External cleaning symbolizes and connect with internal cleaning: along with cleaning our houses, we need to take a broom and sweep out our minds. We clear our minds of old, negative thoughts and imaginings. We sweep away the old limited ideas about money, health, or relationships, preparing ourselves for new, brighter ideas to bloom. We don’t just leave a vacuum, "swept and garnished," into which "seven spirits wickeder than the first" can move; we program our minds with powerful, positive ideas about what we and a loving God can co-create. We expect better things to come, better than we can imagine, so we leave God some wiggle room for even better ideas than ours.

It’s startling to realize that decluttering our dwellings can be a form of spiritual renewal, but that’s exactly what it is. Prosperity teachers tell us that if we want a business to succeed, we need to clean out the garage and the attic. Health experts tell us that if we want to lose weight, we need to clean out the clutter in our lives. The ancient Chinese art of placement, feng shui, tells us that the chi, or energy flow, is blocked by clutter. For health, wealth, and happiness, we need to spring clean our lives.

Perhaps you are already aware that there is clutter, outworn good, in your life, but you’re just too busy to clear it out, so you leave it out where you’ll see it. The sight of that clutter saps your energy. My friend, business consultant Jane Elizabeth Allen, says, "If you can’t do it now, looking at it won’t help you do it later. Looking at it will only make you tired." Get that clutter out of sight for now, and schedule a time to deal with it, listing it in your daily planner so you won’t forget.

Perhaps you are reluctant to let go of outworn good that is associated with happy times in the past. Save a few symbols of happy times and get rid of the rest, releasing angels to make room for archangels. The best is yet to be, if you don’t limit God with your thinking.

If you clean out your attic or garage and come across old New Thought material, consider donating it to the INTA archives. This is a way of sharing New Thought treasures with generations to come.

But the greatest symbol of all associated with spring cleaning is the empty cross, followed by the empty tomb. The cross is the great symbol of turning a minus into a plus, of turning seeming evil into unlimited good. When the disciples peered into the tomb and saw not the dead body of Jesus weighed down with spices, but collapsed and empty graveclothes, they realized that, as English poet laureate John Masefield put it, "Life’s everlasting spring/Hath robbed death of its sting, Henceforth a cry can bring/Our Master near us."

Your spring cleaning could bring a new flow of prosperity into your life just in time for the Congress in Las Vegas. Maybe you will come across a few spare shekels for the slot machines!  You may gamble on them, but you’re never gambling on God, for God is "a sure thing."