In an interview with Caryl Farkas in the April 2013 issue of the Christian Science Journal she states, “It’s vitally important to recognize that all we think and do has a mental starting point, and then to be conscious of what that is.” In the following Sentinel article, entitled “True Planting”, Regina B. M. Nash explores this idea a little more fully. Enjoy!
In the spring, more than at any other season of the year, there is much activity of preparation—the breaking up and the turning over of the soil—for the planting and sowing of seed. The prudent farmer and the thoughtful gardener or florist are very careful that the soil is put into the right condition for the seed; and the seed too is closely inspected as to its quality before planting, and if not good it is cast aside.
In the gladsome spring the birds sing for very joy, the little green buds come forth: these and many other manifestations of this joyous season remind the Christian Scientist of the possibility of eternal spring in his consciousness. Truth has dawned on his thought, and, if faithful, good is continually unfolding to him. Then, should not he be even more careful of his mental garden than is the agriculturist of his soil?
Any wrong, pernicious, or stubborn thought which may be so imbedded as to be almost hidden, should be torn up by the roots, and cast out of consciousness—destroyed. The consciousness thus purified is fit to receive the good seed—spiritual ideas. When these are carefully tended, nourished, and watered by truth and love, they will blossom into righteous deeds of healing, manifested through men and women with lives made noble by purified thinking. But let us be careful that our work is not in vain; let us be watchful it is not false belief we are nourishing; let us be sure that only thoughts of Truth, Life, and Love are planted in our mentality. For Jesus said, “Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.” It will be more difficult to root up or to destroy noxious weeds—beliefs of error—after they have been sown, than to prevent their planting.
If wrong seeds have been sown and ugly weeds or briars have come forth, we must work until these are destroyed. There is little to be accomplished by merely cutting off the top of error—that which shows most plainly, and appears to be most harmful. Mrs. Eddy writes in “The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany” (p. 122): “Sin is like a dock root. To cut off the top of a plant does no good; the roots must be eradicated or the plant will continue to grow.” It matters not how strenuous the work may seem, the arguments of discouragement, procrastination, and such like, cannot be listened to; and however innocent and harmless a belief of evil may appear, the work of the consecrated Christian Scientist must continue steadfastly, until error in its every phase is rooted up, destroyed. If there is no soil—receptive thought—to receive evil, it perishes.
It requires constant watching and working and many sacrifices to prevent planting the subtle seeds of jealousy, envy, greed, which may appear good unless examined by selfless endeavor. Even when our mentality is sown with right thoughts,—thoughts of goodness, love, kindness, health, happiness, joy, affluence, mercy, and justice,—the gateway to our mentality must be carefully guarded and protected by sentinels of Truth and Love; else seeds of discord will be wafted into consciousness by the seemingly active breezes of error.
If our planting is right, and our mental realm carefully tended, kept clean and pure, we need have no fear or anxious thought concerning what we shall reap. If our planting is of spiritual good, then our reaping will be spiritual. Paul writes, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.” This fruit is the harvest of true planting. It is manifested through divinely natural demonstrations of healing. One with the single purpose to plant correctly not only will reap the reward of righteousness,—abundance of good,—but will be able from his wondrous barns and storehouses of goodness to share with others and show them also how to plant properly.
To some this right planting may appear easy; but unless thought is cleared of fear, doubt, procrastination, disappointment, discouragement, and other kindred errors, they will be like fallen trees and boulders in the path of the true planter. To sow thoughts of righteousness, the soil must be rich and fertile in goodness; and the soil can be made good only by right thinking. Right ideas of divine, infinite Love are the seeds of Truth which germinate and grow into the qualities of goodness. Those possessing such godly qualities will always be safe and secure from any attacks of so-called evil. As Micah has prophesied: “They shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.” These have erected strong citadels and fortresses of Truth around their mental gardens. Therefrom they reflect and radiate goodness and put into practice the religion spoken of by James. “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”