The auditorium of the church I belong to has very high light fixtures which make changing lightbulbs almost impossible without special ladders and fearless people willing to climb up high and change burnt bulbs. Over the last few years, bulbs have been burning out, one by one, until several dozen were not working, and the problem finally got so bad, that an electrician was hired to fix the problem and replace all the bulbs and get the auditorium well lit once again.
After the bulbs were replaced, I walked into the auditorium, turned on all the lights, and was awed. The room was brilliant with light. All the shadows were gone, light was everywhere. The room felt bright, happy and joyous. Such a huge positive change had occurred.
As I searched for the metaphysical lesson, I realized that people often experience in thought what that room had expressed over the last few years as one bulb burnt out after another. Over time, the effect of gradual darkening in the room wasn’t noticed because when one bulb burnt out, compared to the other several dozen burning, it didn’t seem to make any difference. But with each burnt out bulb, the room got a bit darker. And over a few years, the room grew substantially darker, although it felt “normal” to inhabitants of the room because they had grown to accept whatever the present condition was.
To compare the room to human consciousness, it seemed to me that any type of “dark” thinking, such as resentment, anger, envy, pessimism, apathy, selfishness, and their kin, were like burnt out bulbs. They are void of light, and if enough of them are allowed to inhabit consciousness, consciousness can become a dark place. The effect may be so gradual over time, that the thinker doesn’t realize how dark thought is getting, just like the church members above didn’t realize how dark their auditorium was getting from the accumulation of all those burnt out bulbs.
The cure, I decided, was to “replace the bulbs,” promptly! Don’t let burnt out bulbs accumulate in consciousness. We must hold to a high standard of thought, one of pure Love and Truth, that keeps “all the bulbs,” or all thoughts, burning bright with inspiration, joy and gratitude.
Consciousness is indeed a “bright room,” when all the “bulbs” are shining bright, and it’s much easier to stay happy and healthy.
As Jesus Christ taught, “Keep your life as well-lighted as your best-lighted room” (Luke 11:36, The Message).