If you should come downstairs the day after Halloween and find that some pranksters had drawn ugly caricatures on your windowpanes and hung hideous pictures on your living-room walls, what would you do? Certainly you would take down the pictures and scrub the windows until all traces of the prank were gone. We love our homes, so we refuse to have therein pictures of unloveliness. We also know that there is no law that requires us to tolerate such pictures in our homes.
But how about our mental homes? What sort of pictures are we accepting there? If there be those that are not inspiring and uplifting, shall we not eliminate them before they discourage and vex us and others? Shall we not wash our mental windows clean, that the sunlight of Truth and Love may shine through into our human experience? The Christian Scientist goes about this task by realizing that God is the one perfect Mind, which creates only beautiful images of thought. He knows that man lives, moves, and has his being as the reflection of this perfect Mind. He recognizes that man is the compound idea of God, and he knows that there is no mortal mind to create or entertain ideas unlike God. On the contrary, every unpleasant concept, being unreal, must be relegated to eternal oblivion.
On page 264 of the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mary Baker Eddy tells us: "The crude creations of mortal thought must finally give place to the glorious forms which we sometimes behold in the camera of divine Mind, when the mental picture is spiritual and eternal. Mortals must look beyond fading, finite forms, if they would gain the true sense of things. Where shall the gaze rest but in the unsearchable realm of Mind?"