Ash Wednesday is the First day of Lent and is a ceremony that the Roman Catholic church created of sprinkling ashes on the heads of men and women as a sign they were participating in 40 days of fasting and prayer which was symbolic of the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness. A priest would sprinkle these ashes and say: “Remember man thou art dust and shall return to dust.”
Every spiritual tradition has a practice of contemplating death as a way to live more fully. Charles Fillmore, our co-founder, wrote an entire book, Keep a True Lent on using this time as a practice of contemplation and realigning our mind with spiritual insight, called the Christ Mind.
We could use this time to fast from negative thoughts or behaviors that do not serve our life, hence we have the axiom, Loose every negative thought. Yet spiritual growth invites us to dive deep into our Being, and inquire who is this “me” that is inquiring.
John the Baptist came saying “Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” “The Kingdom of Heaven” is within our minds writes Charles Fillmore.
Just what concepts or beliefs are in your mind, running your life? Belief Systems, Concepts, even the concept of me are crystalized thoughts and those thoughts create the environment or structure of knowing for the energies of life to pass through.
Energies of life are like the wind; today the wind is howling outside my window, other days the wind expresses as a balmy breeze. I may prefer one over the other but in Reality one is not better than the other;
As Rudyard Kipling said in his poem If: “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, and treat those two imposters just the same…”
Here then is a Key to the Kingdom.
Blessings, Rev Janice