By David Alexander |

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Each month, we publish an excerpt from the vast wisdom collection of New Thought luminary, Dr. Ernest Holmes, founder of the Religious Science movement. The monthly teachings from Holmes are then summarized by Rev. Dr. David Alexander, community spiritual leader of New Thought Center for Spiritual Living in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

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Below is his January 2018 “Philosophy in Action” column:

This month, we start 2018 with the inspiration of Dr. Ernest Holmes speaking to us about how to renew and refresh our minds and bodies in the new year. One of the illustrations he uses is the question, “The thing that you are carrying into the new year, is it a new thing or a dead thing?”

That’s really powerful, and I want to expand on it. Imagine that this month is a threshold you are crossing and you are carrying with you a large bag filled with all the thoughts, ideas and conclusions you have made about your life from previous years.

Now, before you get to the gate of 2018, you need to go through the TSA (Time Sensitive Affirmations) checkpoint. At this checkpoint, you’ll need to remove your shoes (to ensure that you are grounded) and carefully remove every thought and conclusion from 2017 (or older) from your bag and scan them. This TSA system checks the thought, idea or conclusion to see if they are alive in you or if they are old, dead energy.

How will you know if an idea is alive in you or ready to be released? Well, does the thought itself breathe life into you — does it feel light and easy, refreshing and renewing? Or does it feel stale and weighted, burdensome and heavy? If it is the latter, get rid of it.

This is your moment to be mindful to only take things with you on your journey that are life-giving. There is no need to carry thoughts about your past, your body, relationships, career, family or aspirations that do not bring you more life, light and possibility every time you think of them.

Take the time to lighten your load and walk into 2018 with new life, renewed vision and power-filled thoughts about every aspect of your experience. If you don’t do it, who will? This is your moment of renewal, so take it. Now boarding all rows and all passengers for 2018.

Travel well.