What happens when you add a drop of red dye to a glass of water? It begins to spread downward changing the color of the water gradually. As the dye spreads the water weakens the color. As you add more dye drops they spread out more and change the characteristics of the water from clear to red. This becomes more apparent when you insert a spoon and stir up the dye in the water. The water becomes uniformly more red than clear.
The same occurs with our repeated thoughts and subsequent behaviors. A negative thought or minor pattern of behavior seemsinnocent enough at first but after repeated occurrences changes the clarity of your being. They become a part of you as you acclimate yourself to their existence and repeat their occurrence. You accept them as characteristics of you and allow them to become ongoing behaviors.
Once the water turns red or your being adopts patterns it is hard to revert back to being clear unless you learn how to purge any adopted characteristics. But how do we purge that which has been etched so vividly into our subconscious minds? Are there any practices that can dislodge erroneous beliefs and ultimately free us from the chains of accepted negativity?
Prayer affords us a way to identify what we don’twant and what doesn’t work for us and consciously choose what we do want and what does work for us. It is the process of stepping outside of ourselves in order to elevate our awareness that we are extensions of Divine love.
Daily meditation allows us to regularly purge negative thoughts and patterns of behavior that are counterproductive to our growth and expansion into fulfilling our individual purpose. By effectively relaxing and allowing the Infinite Spirit of God to guide us into complete peace, understanding, joy and Divine love we are effectively removing that which distracts us from unfolding our Divine purposes in Divine order.
Finally, taking what we have learned from Divine communication we can go out into our communities and serve others with the blessings of Divine love that we have received. This leads us to complete and utter fulfillment AND the same for others.
Make the time every day to acknowledge the Divine in prayer, discharge the seeds of counterproductive behavior in meditation and feel the cleansing of your being through Divine service. The clarity will be astounding! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)