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Overcoming unreceptive thought

From the October 2023 issue of The Christian Science Journal

In telling The parable of the sower, Jesus says, “A sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up” (Matthew 13:3, 4). He explains that this refers to those who do not understand God’s word, or to what may be called an unreceptive state of thought. Perhaps the birds were able to eat the seeds that fell on the side of the road because the seeds did not take root, the soil being too hard to receive them.

“Soil” can be thought of as consciousness that either receives or doesn’t receive the “seeds,” or spiritual truths from God, good. If we are spiritually alert and receptive, we hear, accept, and embody these truths. However, if thought is materially based, fearful, or resentful, for instance, then it must be cultivated—prepared­—to accept the seeds of Truth. 

So, what can we do to ensure we are not rejecting thoughts from God? I’ve found it helpful to first pray to eliminate fear. Fear often accompanies unreceptivity, blocking thought from receiving the new, healing ideas that God, divine Love, is communicating to us, Love’s image. When fear is destroyed, the communication between God and His image is clear, sweet, and pure, piercing through even the darkest mental cloud. 

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