The power of elimination: Making room is hard to do
Pop singer Neil Sedaka had a big hit in the 1960s with “Break-in’ Up Is Hard To Do.” The lyrics went like this:
I beg of you don’t say goodby
Can’t we give our love another try?
Come on, baby, let’s start anew
‘Cause breaking up is hard to do
Sedaka’s song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in August of 1962. Why do I bring up this song? Well, the tune has been flowing through my head as I am cleaning up things for the new Kidszone at church, and as I get ready to put my house on the market. I have had to entirely clean out my office for the new space.
The tune going through my mind might be Sedaka’s song, but the lyrics going through my head are different:
I beg of you don’t through this away
It’s not like it’s an old Chevrolet.
Come on friends, we could use it anew
Just pile it right into Cottage Two.
Charles Fillmore, the co-founder of the Unity movement, wrote about the 12 powers that we all have. One of these powers is the power of Elimination. It is a very important power, but it does not get talked about as much as the powers of Love, Faith, Zeal, and Wisdom.
Through the power of Elimination, we can get rid of that which is no longer serving us. There may be things that are holding us back from being all that we can reasonably be. There is also an important metaphysical reason to eliminate things that we will not be using in the future. If there is a great deal of junk in our life, then the chances are good that there will be no room for that which is new and can help us along the path of spiritual growth. As we let go, we are making room for that which can really help us.
Yes, there are things that we will need and want in the future, and we should not toss everything out. But there is — physical, emotional, and spiritual– stuff that we really do not need. In these cases, we should say a prayer for the power to release and let go.
Neil Sedaka is right: Breaking up is hard to do– even if the items in question are leftover tickets to a church carnival that was held in the 1990s or the instruction manual to a non-working eight-track tape machine. But it is important to remember that we all have the power of Elimination, and we can use this power even when doing a normal spring cleaning.