What exactly is my secret garden? I believe it is my precious mind. It is written…
“But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” Matthew 6:6
I believe in the metaphor of this statement. I believe that the “closet” he speaks of is the inner chamber of our mind. Shutting the door would be to shut the door on the world of outside conditions. In my Faith Philosophy, the word “Father” is that inward Presence that is Love and Law. It knows all our secret thoughts. There is a place within each of us that holds the key to our life experience.
I read a quote yesterday form the story, “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett. She said, ““Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow.”
I believe this is true. What is that rose? It is the Truth and Beauty of who and what we are. It is our authentic selves – perfect, whole and complete. It is our Good and every good thing we want to experience. Are we tending to our Garden of Good? If we are, it would be impossible for the thistles of negativity to grow. We cannot do two opposite things at the same time.
How do we tend our rose garden? For me, it is by affirmation. I must affirm the truth of my life and become disinterested in those things that disempower me and limit me. I must keep reclaiming the Infinite and limitless Spirit that I am. I must tend to the secret garden of my mind through treatment, affirmation and meditation and then act from that place as I walk through the world. Whatever confronts me, I see as an opportunity, not a thistle. Thistles cannot grown in a well-tended garden.
I invite each of us to go into our own closets and continue to tend to our roses – our dreams, our aspirations, our wholeness, our love. “Where you tend a rose, my lad or lass, a thistle cannot grow.”