I have a large picture window in my office across from my desk that I look out through into my wife’s beautiful garden. To keep it clean, I must periodically go outside with my Windex and rag to wipe away the dirt from the weather and elements from the irrigation water that build up.
But, interestingly, I have to clean the inside of the window almost as often. There is a misty haze that builds up slowly over time on the inside of the glass. This haze is not created by anything obvious to the eye. There is no weather in my office, no irrigation water sprinkling the pane, yet, there is a buildup of invisible elements from the air that incrementally increase over time and obstruct the view. It has to be washed away to keep my view through the window pristine clear.
I’ve noticed that the same experience can happen in thinking. If we are not alert, a mental haze can slowly fog over our view of spiritual reality over time. It happens invisibly and incrementally, such that we might not even notice it. But to keep our view of spiritual reality clear, it needs to be recognized and wiped away.
This mental haze can take the form of lethargy, laziness, a growing negative attitude, grumbling, seething resentments, grumpiness, self-satisfaction, smugness, and more. These carnal attitudes may start out tiny at first, but if indulged, continue to grow until they become a significant problem. It’s best to wipe them out in their early stages! But it’s never too late.
To keep your mental window clear, hold to a high standard for your thinking. Expect to be manifesting the Mind of Christ every day. The Mind of Christ is full of love, joy, gratitude, peace, and spiritual mindedness. It is not grumpy, resentful, stubborn, uncooperative, or seething. It is delightful, inspired, buoyant and generous.
When your thinking is clear of evil, your view of reality will be clear, and that allows you to see more of God’s goodness all around and to experience more of it.
It takes work in the form of honest self-examination, prayer and study to keep thought clear of error, but it’s worth the effort. When the haze is gone, the view is inspiring, and spiritual healing happens with greater ease.