How to Cultivate Your Mental Garden

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This is a transcript from Ernest Holmes radio show “This Thing Called Life” from Sunday, March 12, 1950

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It seems wonderful to me to think of the garden of the mind just as we do of another kind of a garden and to realize that a Power greater than we are actually produces the harvest. It is Life that gives us this garden. It is the law of God that causes it to grow. But, as the Old Testament tells us in the story of the Garden of Eden, man was given the garden to tend and water, and this garden means our plot in the creative Mind of the universe. We planted some seeds in this garden last week. Now we wish to be certain we are cultivating them rightly so they may receive the warmth of God’s sunshine and the refreshing rains of the outpouring of His love.

Our garden is a garden of thoughts and ideas, of hope and of faith from which will grow, if we carefully tend it, the fruit of our heart’s desire. Don’t you think it is very interesting to realize that the simplest child who pokes a tiny seed into the ground with his little finger will receive a harvest equal to that of a Luther Burbank, who spent his whole life in horticulture? Perhaps this is why Jesus said” “I thank thee that thou hast hid these things from the wise and the prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.”

And yet, Luther Burbank produced plants new to nature because he was in partnership with This Thing Called Life. I never had the privilege of meeting this remarkable man, but his wife told me that he actually talked to his plants and told them what he wanted them to do. Life has given us all the power to do something new and if you cultivate your garden carefully, you, too may find, when the harvest comes, that something new and wonderful has been created for you.

You see, your mind is really the place where you use the Mind of This Thing Called Life. The fruits which appear in your garden and the plants you are to harvest are the gift of a Power greater than you are. Let’s call this the gift or Life to you, to you and to me. We plant the seeds, God gives us the harvest.

We have planted seeds of hope, let’s be certain that we cultivate them with loving attention and with that enthusiastic expectancy that every gardener has. And let’s remember that we are dealing with the miracle of Life and see if we can keep that childlike wonder which is so necessary to our everyday happiness. You always feel enthusiastic when you meet people who have enthusiasm. And when you talk with those who have faith, your own faith is increased. The very contact of a lovable personality warms the heart and cheers the mind and restores confidence in life.

Yes, you certainly must keep the wonder of life alive in your imagination and keep your mind warm with the feeling of growing things, new things that are going to come into your experience because you are cultivating the garden of God.