: to remove dirty or harmful substances from (something)
: to free (someone) from guilt or evil thoughts
Purify (v.): early 14th century, “free from spiritual pollution,” from Old French purifier “purify, cleanse, refine” (12th century), from Latin purificare “to make pure,” from purus “pure” + root of facere “to make” (related to: factitious). Meaning “free from extraneous matter” is recorded from the mid-15th century.
“The purification of the mind is very necessary.”
Swami Satchidananda (1914-2002, born C. K. Ramaswamy Gounder, Indian religious teacher, spiritual master, and founder of Integral Yoga)
“I had to de-program myself. From myself. Had to reinvent rituals of purification. So full of the vagrant pollutions of others. It was time to detox. Not only from alcohol, sex, and drugs, but from needy leeches who looked to swab me with their sores. Detox from my own needy lechery. Had to locate the center wound and cauterize. Undo the original sin, the origin of my sickness... Had to learn to replace Them, It, Want, Hurt, Anger, Sorrow, Loss, with Power, Healing, Wisdom, Fulfillment, Satisfaction.”
Lydia Lunch (b. 1959, singer, poet, writer, actress, and self-empowerment speaker whose career was spawned by the New York No Wave scene; was named “one of the 10 most influential performers of the 1980s”)
“Our vision is so limited we can hardly imagine a love that does not show itself in protection from suffering.... The love of God did not protect His own Son.... He will not necessarily protect us - not from anything it takes to make us like His Son. A lot of hammering and chiseling and purifying by fire will have to go into the process.”
Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015, author and speaker, and one of the most influential Christian women of the 20th century)
“Suffering often draws us closer to God. Instead of being a sign of God's punishment or distance, suffering can purify us, lead us into the heart of God, and transform our souls.”
Allen R. Hunt (b. 1964, former Methodist pastor and now a Roman Catholic; nationally known speaker and best-selling author; and best known for “Confessions of a Mega Church Pastor: How I Discovered the Hidden Treasures of the Catholic Church”)
“[T]he concern of man is not his future but his present, not the world but his soul. We must be just, we must strive, we must engage ourselves with the business of the world for our own sake, because through that, and through contemplation in equal measure, our soul is purified and brought closer to the divine. ... Thought and deed conjoined are crucial. ... The attempt must be made; the outcome is irrelevant. Right action is a pale material reflection of the divine, but reflection it is, nonetheless. Define your goal and exert reason to accomplish it by virtuous action; success or failure is secondary.”
Iain Pears (b/ 1055. English art historian, novelist and journalist, best known for writing “The Dream of Scipio”)
“Oh external worshiper, know that worship without heart is motions. Oh seeker of knowledge, know that knowledge without purification is a dangerous weapon of the ego. Oh activist, know that work without orientation of heart is fruitless. Oh lover, know that love without God is pain.”
Yasmin Mogahed (Islamic author and spiritual teacher, best known for “Reclaim your Heart – Personal insights on breaking free from life’s shackles”)
“If there were not night, we would not appreciate the day, nor could we see the stars and the vastness of the heavens. We must partake of the bitter with the sweet. There is a divine purpose in the adversaries we encounter ever day. They prepare, they purge, they purify, and thus they bless.”
James E. Faust (1920-2007, religious leader, lawyer and politician, and former president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)
“The purification of the mind is very necessary.”
When I first started my practice of meditation over twenty-five years ago I could barely sit still for 10 minutes, and I definitely could not meditate every day. I had to start out slowly with only three days a week, if that. My nervous system was shot from an assault of stress, worry, and adrenalin over exertion from a life that I could no longer manage. Telling lies or manipulating myself out of my predicaments no longer worked. Actually, it only made things worse.
I had to confess, face myself, and eventually submit my soul, heart, and body to an initiation of spiritual purification. Most importantly, I also had to make a commitment to live a life of truth. I battled for myself and worked diligently not to revert back to my old patterns of thinking. I had to stay grounded in reality, what was before me, and resist the urge to check out from the noise. And when things got too tough, I checked in with a good therapist that helped me break spells of confusion.
It helped tremendously to develop spiritual disciplines and practices unique to me, those I am still expanding today. If I didn’t have my faith to ground me I know I could have lost my mind, even for a time.
My abilities to meditate and contemplate continues to open up the back doors to my mind exposing illusions masquerading as meaningful thoughts. Now, that I am able to sift through and choose those visions that align to my Inner Being and to my true self.
Sojourners, find those contemplating practices that are right for you, whether it be meditation, contemplation in nature, yoga, tai chi, walking, or the extreme activities of running, skydiving, mountain-climbing, etc. When you do, you will be amazed what Great Love you are able to avail.
Lovingly Yours, Tonya