As far as the mind is concerned, if the old isn’t cleared out, there won’t be room for anything new to replace it, but it won’t happened until it’s seen there’s a need to replace the old.
From the time one begins their life in this form, the mind is constantly processing and storing information. The incessant mind never stops this storing process and constantly draws on its familiarity, but this leaves very little room for anything new to become known. One’s instilled foundation would need something close to a miracle to dislodge it. But when one’s mind is allowed to settle, it creates room and the world as it is known ceases to exist.
Think of it this way, when a room is to be redesigned in a house, the first thing that needs to be done is to clear it out so the new furniture can fit in where it’s wanted. If one has to work around the old furniture it would make placing the new furniture in the room much more difficult, it just wouldn’t fit properly and it probably wouldn’t match either. Matching the new with the old takes a skill that most people don’t naturally possess. This usually has to be taught, as it is with meditation.
This is where the process of meditation helps to clear out the mind (the room). If this isn’t done, the mind, as it is with the room, will remain cluttered with the old, but the new although it may be put in, will not add any enhancement to the designing that’s sought. After all, this is what we are doing, trying to enhance life. No one changes anything just to change it, we change a philosophy or a belief because the one that’s in place needs to be redesigned, and for whatever reason it’s not working any more. Clear out the old and make room for a redesigning that will allow nothing in but what’s new. And when the new takes holds life becomes as it never was. The new allows one to delve into places that previous weren’t known because of the limitations the old creates. Even though the old may have not been totally useless, it’s the new that allows for the expansion of the mind into the place of one’s true existence. This is the place where all creativity is born. So clear out the old and experience the new like never before.