We hear a lot these days about big banks whose financial portfolios are bloated with and in thrall to hundreds of billions of dollars in what are frequently referred to as toxic assets. The huge amounts locked up uselessly in these financial instruments keeps the banks from being able to function normally because their money is tied up in stuff they can't get rid of because no one wants it, at least not at a price the bank would accept.
The thought occurred to me that many of us may be unable to demonstrate Christian Science as completely as we should because toxic assets in our mental portfolios corrupt and poison our sense of Truth, of Christ's everpresence within us. Unlike the banks' toxic assets, however, any bad stuff on our mental books can and must be gotten rid of. It is instructive to look up the few sentences in Science and Health where Mrs. Eddy uses the verb "rid" and then continue with renewed vigor the defenestration from the window of consciousness these detrimental states of thought which stifle spiritual progress.
The number of times Mrs. Eddy uses "rid" may be few, but as we set about ridding ourselves of all error, the days, months, and years of invigorating spiritual activity and progress awaiting us will be many.
Note: In Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" the Queen of Night padlocks Papageno's mouth shut for being mendacious and boastful. The birdcatcher is thereby reduced to silence or humming. Could this explain...? Surely not, but it's an intriguing possibility.