Three blind mice, three blind mice
See how they run, see how they run
They all ran after the farmer’s wife
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife
Did you ever see such a thing in your life
As three blind mice
Just imagine the confusion of three blind mice running in every direction having little awareness where they’re running to and fro. An image that is common when people encounter mice is to run and holler and find a stool to stand on. In this scenario, we can envision the confusing and frantic behavior of the mice along with the farmer’s wife who had a knife. Fortunately for the mice, they only lost their tails and not their whole life. The farmer’s wife accomplished her purpose of ridding herself of the mice, without taking a life. Naturally, the chances of encountering three blind mice at the same time is astounding. Equally astounding is the unnatural ability of the farmer’s wife being able to chop off the tail of each mouse. However, by spiritual elements this nursery rhyme makes perfect sense. Spiritual blindness is associated with not being able to see the difference between a kind and helpful person and a cruel and hurtful person. Spiritual farming is associated with planting seeds that sprout with blossoms of spiritual fruit. In this light, the three blind mice represent those who unwittingly terrorize people who have constructive intentions towards their welfare. The farmer’s wife represents the motive to plant good seed, within fertile but hostile conditions, without harming the life of those who blindly oppose that endeavor. The knife represents the spiritual qualities that severs unfruitful attitudes from fruitful attitudes. This nursery rhyme was written in Great Britain about thirty years after the new United Staes of America declared independence from the tyranny of Great Britain. This essay, based on “Three Blind Mice,” will talk about planting good seed when people blindly interfere with that endeavor. God is with those who endeavour to plant spiritual seed and is merciful to the accident prone.
The ability to see what is happening on the inside determines the ability to distinguish fruitful from unfruitful endeavors. Three blind mice did not have that insight as they lost their tails while erroneously running after the farmer’s wife. By the mercy of God, the life of the mice were spared. Farming requires that there is moist, soft, and fertile ground to enable seed to sprout into desired blossoms. Likewise, a focus on the soft, moist, and tender qualities of inner life enable a discernment between behaviors that are conducive to the seed of spiritual fruit, and behaviors that are hostile to that fertility. The farmer’s wife had that discernment and had the spiritual carving knife for accompaniment. While planting good seed, the farmer’s wife had the ability to sever interference from hardened attitudes from her fruitful endeavors. Fortunately for the mice, they were blind and not intentionally opposed to the spiritual seed that the farmer’s wife was planting. Losing their tails was somewhat of a wake-up call, or an awakening of sorts. The three blind mice could not see her love because they were blinded by the hate within themselves. Acts of cruelty blinds kindness and bad intentions blinds goodwill. Three blinded mice could not see within themselves to comprehend the peaceful purpose of the farmer’s wife. Behaviors of aggression blinds meekness as harsh attitudes blinds gentleness. The three blind mice run after the farmer’s wife because the despair within their own life blinded them to the faith for fruitful results that lived within the farmer’s wife. Inner pessimism blinded the three mice to joy while evilness lurking within blinded their eyes to goodness. Within the three blind mice were thoughts and emotions prevailing with terminal and fatal interpretations of the eternal seed the farmer’s wife was planting. Their out of control reaction to run after the farmer’s wife blinded them to self-control and their impatience blinded them to patience. The three blind mice could not see fruitful outcomes within themselves and therefore could not envision fruitful outcomes from the farmer’s wife. Even so, the farmer’s wife, who had a carving knife, was able to remedy the situation while sparing the lives of the mice, and continued to plant the eternal seed of spiritual fruit. With the carving knife she was able to cut off the tail of hatred to produce love, to cut off ill-intentions to foster goodwill, and to cut off cruelty to encourage kindness. Farming to plant the seed of peace would produce blossoms by cutting off the tail of violence, cutting off aggression to foster meekness and to cut off the tail of harsh behaviors to induce gentleness. Faith permeated the inner life of the farmer’s wife because she was willing to cut off despair and hopelessness from her thoughts, emotions, and way of behaving. Joy was with her as she planted the humane seed of hope which was the knife cutting off the negativity towards others. Goodness is what she saw within herself and what she desired to blossom around her, which was the motivation for cutting off the tail of evil. Perseverance is part of the eternal seed that lived within the farmer’s wife which is the spiritual knife that cut off fatal attitudes of terminal endings. There was patience for the blossoms to come of the spiritual fruit and by that patience the tail of impatience was cut off. Self-control permeated every fiber of her inner life as the blindness of others would be tolerated as impatience was cut off from her attitude. In that light, we comprehend how seeing the good fruit of our inner life enable us to plant the seed of spiritual fruit wherever we are. In contrast, blindness to every good work makes us a stumbling block to fruitful endeavors. The spiritual carving knife is available to us for the purpose of cutting off the tail of unfruitful emotions, thoughts, and behaviors to foster fruitful words and behaviors.
Blindness results in the closing of our inner life to spiritual frut while farming good seed brings about openness to constructive attitudes. Can you imagine what it would be like to have thought processes blind to reasonable inspiration? On top of that mental blindness, there might be emotions blindly feeling things that lead you astray. That mental and emotional blindness would eventually lead behaviours to run after beneficial things in a negative way. That blind misdirection would eventually put you in situations where you would lose your tail in confrontation due to bad decisions. The inability to see the fruitful workings of inner life can lead to a search for comfort and pleasure for the physical flesh that results in harm. Health of the body is harmed when we attempt to substitute the comfort of the spiritual fruit for the artificial comfort of earthly substances. How we blindly treat the body can have detrimental effects to our welfare. For example, our body functions on water, nutrition, oxygen, sleep for rejuvenation, and being able to eliminate waste and live a sanitary life. Awareness of the good fruit within our body will lead us to live within that guidance to fill the body with healthy substance. Blindness to that fruitful guidance leads to drinking fluids that are poison to the body such as excessive alcohol, excessive caffeine, excessive sugar and so on. This is also true of our consumption of food that has no nutritional value, such as all types of junk foods without vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein, and good oils. Breathing oxygen seems like a simple procedure until people complicate that with various types of smokes and substances that impedes the ability of the lungs to intake oxygen. Restoration of the body only comes through adequate sleep but many people in a fast-paced society overlook the need for proper rest. Even the elimination of bodily waste should be a natural occurrence although some people may not want you to have the comfort of that necessity. Sanitation is within that same vein where it’s necessary to live free of disease-causing elements. Therefore, mental blindness with emotional blindness of indifference will lead to the destruction of health. Blindness causes people to run with hostility in the direction of lifestyles that would benefit their health. Seeing the fruitfulness of our inner life and living within that guidance is like a farmer who plants good seed and waits for the blossoms of good fruit to appear. Farming good health is to chop off the tail of habits that are destructive to physical welfare. The spiritual carving knife consist of patience, self control, and perseverance. When we see patience within us, we see how that chops off the tail of the impatience that might exist within blindness of reason and emotional reactions. Wait for easonable solutions and for fruitful feelings to manifest before we react. Seeing the self control of our inner life enables us to adjust our behavior in such a way as to chop off the tail of out of control responses. Perseverance that we discover within enable us to endure mental and emotional turmoil from day to day. Planting the eternal seed will blossom within us to enhance the possibility of good physical health. God cares for our physical welfare by guiding us through the inner qualities of the spiritual fruit.
Safety in our environment comes about because we are able to see the qualities within ourselves that contributes to that security. Blindness to serene qualities will cause hostilities to manifest. Envision three blind mice running around not perceiving the qualities that make the difference between peace and violence, meekness and aggression, or gentleness and harshness. In that blindness, they would be running destructively after the very things that would make them safe and secure within their bodies, within the home they occupy, and within their social order. However, not being able to see serene and tranquil qualities would lead to confrontations of bodily harm, domestic disturbance, and chaotic instability from day today. Feeling hostility towards those who farm seeds of peace, meekness, and gentleness is very destructive and self-defeating which often results in tragic consequences. As farmers of good seed, to enable a safe and secure environment to manifest around us, we should utilize the spiritual carving knife. By the spiritual carving knife we cut the tail off of violence to give blossom to peace, cut the tail off of aggression to give life to meekness, and cut the tail off of harshness to enliven gentleness. God cares for our safety and security by inspiring awareness of the spiritual fruit that exist in the soul. When we have knowledge of the spiritual essence of our inner life we can regulate behavior in such a way as to give us peace internally and externally. Our life is stabilized because we can see serene and tranquil qualities within ourselves and desire those qualities to exist with one another.
Hardness of our inner life is the cause of spiritual blindness. Think of this as charcoal powder in the eyes preventing you from seeing, and the only way enable sight again is by washing the eyes with water. Calloused attitudes are the charcoal in the eyes and the only way to be able to see again is to wash with the soft tenderness of the spiritual fruit. The three blind mice had hardened barriers within themselves and could not see the soft and tender qualities that should exist. Intolerance, hatred, exclusion of others, cruelty, sexual abuses, and ill-intentions are all attitudes that create barriers to social qualities. Blindly, the three mice were destructive to the farming of love, kindness, goodwill, tolerance, sensual intimacy, inclusion, and overall belonging with a civil community. Those are the soft, moist, and tender qualities that wash us to open our eyes to responsible social behavior. We need to cut the tail off of attitudes that harden and make us a calloused person to those who farm desirable places of belonging for others. Spiritual carving knives enable us to cut off the tail of hatred for the purpose of fostering love, to cut off the tail of cruelty to give life to kindness, and to cut off the tail of bad intentions so that goodwill will manifest. Possessing a pleasant place of belonging begins by welcoming the attitude of compassion, mercy, and desires to plant social seeds with one another.
Seeing God is essential for living a constructive life, so how do we know when we are seeing God? God is the source of spiritual fruit, God is within tranquility, God works through the soft moistness of our soul, God is Spirit with no name or gender, and God stimulates fruitful results. In this life, we are able to see how God works within our physical welfare, our safety, our social life, our sense of worth, and our self expression. The three blind mice were blind to the presence of the living God within their soul. They blindly desolated the spirit’s fruit, they caused conflict, they were calloused, they were irreverent to the spirit of God, and they expressed themselves through negative energy. We know that is true because the blind mice ran after the farmer’s wife who was farming seeds in God to produce spiritual rewards. The spiritual carving knife is a tool to cut off the tail of anything that separates us from God’s s work within our life. Cutting off the tail of things that desolate the spiritual fruit will cause us to blossom fruitfully in what we feel, what we think, and how we behave. God’s rewards to us are the spiritual fruit. Cutting off the tail of things that cause conflict will produce the character of a peaceful spirit. God is peace. Cutting off the tail of hardness towards the sanctity of life will cause a love for life to manifest. God is love and the root of life. Cutting off the tail of misdirection relating to God will provide us guidance through the character of God. God’s presence is with us internally and guides us in what we feel and think and do. By cutting off the tail of negativity we give life to optimism and positive energy. God is joy. As we
Comparing blind self-expression with enlightened self-expression is easy to do. Enlightened self-expression comes with the positive energy of optimism through the spirit of joy, goodness, and faith. That self-expression delivers hope. In contrast, blind self-expression comes with negativity of despair through hopelessness, evilness, and pessimism. That self-expression delivers gloom. Characteristic of blindness, the three blnd mice were so full of negativity that they could not see positive outcomes within their identity. The blind mice ran after the farmer’s wife with all sorts of negative sentiments including sadness within their ominous presence. Spiritual blindness caused the mice to miss the intentions of the farmers wife to plant hope and optimism for the future. Devilish was the nature of the blind mice towards a positive person, and that resulted in the physical consequences of having their tails cut off. The farmer’s wife identity was rooted in her association with the farmer of eternal seed. The spiritual carving knife enables us to cut the tail off of evilness to give sprout to the seed of goodness. Likewise, cutting the tail off of sad pessimism enables the blossom of joy. Furthermore, cutting the tail off of hopeless despair gives manifestation to faith. When we stimulate the optimism of positive energy then what we say, what we do, and what we believe motivates one another for edification.
We can assess that as we see the spiritual qualities of our inner life, we associate well to those who farm seed for an eternal purpose. The diagnosis is that blindness to fruitful qualities cause us to relate in unfruitful ways to those who plant good seed. Seeds are planted within us through thought processes, emotions, and motivation tactics. Some people disrupt the planting of the seed by causing mental anguish, frustrated emotions, and antisocial behaviors. Even so, we plan to welcome the good seed of the spiritual fruit to blossom within our life. We implement that plan by allowing the soil of our soul to remain soft, moist, and tender in the receiving and distribution of life’s experiences. The success of our plan is known by the fruit that is evident after the planting of that seed. When we see the good fruit within our own life then we know we have found the resolution to blindness. Enlightenment is known because there is the existence of love, kindness, goodwill, peace, gentleness, meekness, faith, joy, goodness, perseverance, self control, and patience.