If we compare our life with a garden, for many people their garden is overgrown by weeds. They come to a practitioner as they are overwhelmed or they cannot rip out the weeds they find in their garden and cannot loosen up and prepare the soil themselves. At least this is what they think. Some come as they do not know what and how to sow new seeds or plant new plants into their garden and how to foster their growth. If you see what you will read in my blog in the light of this metaphor you will understand that like in a garden we focus on one part first, rip out the weeds, prepare the soil with good nutrients and dig it over and then we choose the plants or seeds we want to plant into the ground. It’s about preparing the soil, then sowing and fostering and looking after what we sowed into the garden so it can flower and give us fruit and joy. Then we choose the next part of our “garden” and do it a bit differently as there might be different soil, different light or water conditions. Nevertheless with diligence we indeed can transform not only our garden but we also will learn how to keep it that way and how to keep our garden beautiful and change it again whenever we want it.
Let’s start: Please relax and focus for a moment internally on nature in your surrounding perhaps. So look at NATURE and focus for a moment on the ORDER we find in Nature. Observe the order when considering the simple fact that day follows after the night, spring after winter and autumn after summer. Every new season the earth beautifies itself with fresh green and new life, with flowers, with the scents of herbs, with new wildlife. It is always the same and as it is so normal nobody really thinks about this anymore. We enjoy it and reap the benefit. We like to walk through nature; we enjoy looking at the beauty we find in nature. We learn from nature and we use the healing powers for us from nature. There is never any standstill in nature. There is always movement. From the seed grows the plant and from the plant grows the flower and from the flower there grows the fruit and the fruit carries new seeds for a new circle in the future. There is always movement and all of that follows in an orderly one after the other fashion and each step of it is very important.
Not only important but inevitable as there cannot be any plant before the seed and there cannot be any fruit before the flowering. One grows out of the other. If we look at nature we will also observe that same can only bring same. No one can harvest mango where he sowed papaya. No favour of faith can spring the miracle of a yam harvest where carrot is sown. Same always brings same and we never get disappointed in that. In nature everything is intermingled with each other, a giving and taking and a constantly balancing out of energies. There is an order “between each other”, the order between animal life in the jungle, the order between the stars in space, the order between the plants in a landscape. Different groups can at the same time strive towards the same goal and reach it at the same time. We can observe this with the seasons and the life of animals and plants. During the seasons everything strives towards maturity, no step can be left out; one step develops itself onto the other.
We humans live in nature and the laws in nature apply to our human life too, not only for the physical world but also for our inner world. Everybody knows that nothing can come from nothing! If there is no sowing then there shall be no harvest to reap, or at the very best a harvest of our negligence to act… Our own inert yearning to act, to survive and master our life would drive us in the most natural manner to sow (to do something, to think, to feel, to react etc.), in some fashion at all times, a consequence of being active and striving. The Bible tells us that "Giving is more blessed than Receiving"! The Giving lies in the planting of the seed, which are the Action and the Origin. The Receiving is the harvest, which is the Reaction or the Consequence. We are all conversant to a degree and have an understanding of the fundamental rightness and balance of the Laws of Nature. If we want to have success in life we have to be in harmony with these Laws. We have to learn about them and adapt to them. What could we learn from nature? Let’s think on one example, on the simple fact of the cycle of oxygen production and consumption. First the tree needs the carbon dioxide which we breathe out. With help of chlorophyll the tree changes carbon dioxide into sugar. This sugar is in turn needed by the tree to grow. Through this transformation of carbon dioxide into sugar, oxygen develops, which the tree gives back to us in abundance. Would the tree have a free will as we humans do, and could say: "I want your carbon dioxide, but my oxygen you do not get…” it would already burn out internally after a very short time due to his own surplus oxygen. But nature functions totally reliably, we know that we can rely on it, as a tree works within the Laws of Nature and this enables the tree to grow. Only humans with their free will, can be unreliable and through this, human unreliability brings disturbance and stagnation into many happenings. People who do not give what others need from them, who rely on them, bring sorrow, the same with people who keep their personal gifts to themselves and do not use them. We sometimes fear to give, and forget the fact that only in giving we can receive again. A healthy state of being is if there is a balance between give and take, if we become aware of our responsibilities and consciously decide to fulfil them. Or let’s take another example. Look at nature. Further development can only occur on this Earth if strong forces continue to permeate & work here... A weakened planet cannot produce the healthy and the beautiful. This is why everything material undergoes a cycle of Waxing & Waning. The waxing & waning in Nature can be very well observed in the cycle of seasons: Plants germinate, come to flower and then wither. They leave their seeds. In the next year new and strong plants emerge. It is always in the last stages of development that the germ of the new beginning lies, of the new cycle. Death is but a birth into a new life, from the fruit of a plant springs the seed for a new growth, decay is followed by renewal as the spring comes forth from the winter.
If we want to be happy we also have to move with the time we are living in. And if we are moving with the time we are living in, this leads to change. A person who decides to stand still or a person who always looks back to the good old times, gets emotionally hampered. We are constantly invited to open our eyes to the present time we live in and find out what it wants to tell us or what it demands from us in form of us taking action, doing something or responding. If people nowadays suffer under the meaningless of their existence and throw away all possibilities for happiness, they forget that happiness waits only for whom who lives with the time he is in, who gets stronger in his daily existential fight who is open for his fellow man, who like him tries to master his own life. Where is the place for me in this world? Where is the place for me to contribute with my gifts and talents? Where am I needed? What is calling me to act? Nobody will be overlooked, and there is a place for everyone and life and the ability to live means that we are also guided from small beginnings to big and beautiful goals. As humans we can decide what we focus on and which goals we want to pursue and which projects we want to put our efforts in. Also a human being, similar like we observe in nature, should develop himself from a seed-germ into a blossom and from the blossom he should unfold the fruits and only if he carried fruits he may follow a time of contemplation and rest, which is like in nature only a transition period and preparation for new life. One step after another we should grow from childhood to youth, and then towards maturity of adulthood which brings the fruits of the deed which follows wisdom and the understanding of old age. In the work “In the Light of Truth”, Abd-ru-shin explains that the core of the human being is spirit. From our spiritual predisposition, we human beings are comparable to a seed-germ. We carry within us everything that distinguishes human consciousness, but this first has to ripen, has to be brought to unfolding. And it is precisely for the purpose of this development that we spiritual beings- for we are nothing else at our innermost core- immerse in this material world. The potential of the unfolding of our spirit is huge. We move out of the spiritual realm of our origin, initially in a not-yet-awakened state, down to the earthly world and cloak ourselves with “earthly material”, very similar to the way a plant seed is planted into the soil, when its latent qualities are to come to blossom. The “friction” with the material world can bring our consciousness to unfolding; the intensive currents in the material realm can awaken our “appetite for life”. They invite us to react to them, to strive willingly towards an experience of our choice and then “by the sweat of our brow” to struggle to translate this volition into deed, to reach our goals despite possible resistance.
We humans wish, we desire, we strive…… Only in using our strengths can we achieve something and everything around us says, “movement”, move yourself, give in order to receive, change, don’t stop but move, from one goal to the next, there is never any standstill and no I have not reached my end goal yet, but there is more to do, more tasks to fulfil. The opportunity for us human beings to wander this path of unfolding to an increasingly conscious existence on this planet earth, an ever greater depth and joy of experiencing, is an immeasurable and indescribable gift. Usually we just take this as self-evident-without even considering that this blessed possibility of developing our consciousness comes with an obligation to make grateful use of the opportunity to work in a life-affirming, furthering and constructive manner. Only with such a mindset or basic attitude do we human beings prove ourselves worthy of being permitted to live and to attain consciousness. If we do we can truly become the Virtuoso of our own Life with every simple task we fulfil and life sets in our way to complete. There are so many different paths we can take, adapted to each individual we can choose what fits to us, and everyone can act in a life affirming, uplifting way. Nobody is without an opportunity………. We as humans have all the capabilities and possibilities to work on our own joy of life and walk towards increased happiness. You might say, but this is all just your opinion. Where is the proof and is happiness really in my own hand? Perhaps you are waiting for your happiness since a long time but are blinded by your own perceptions of what happiness is and therefore the sight is fogged and you cannot see the path forward anymore. Or you perhaps think, I want to be happy, but there are so many demands on me, from every side how can I in all this hustle and bustle find time for happiness at all? What can we do? We can wait that happiness flies through our doors and windows or we can find the courage to look at our perceptions of happiness a bit more clearly and let go of wrong ideas perhaps, so that we can rediscover our path to lasting happiness again. If you are interested in the second possibility my blog might give you some ideas.
Edeltraud Jakob Grace: Love all things natural and always have a craft or art project on. Being surrounded with friends and people I love and who love me, animals and nature makes me happy. Since 2004 I see clients in my private practice. In my blogs I want to share things that might be beneficial for others (YOU) and just areas that interest me a lot. Wish you happiness and health! Edel Pictures on this line are all from my animals or garden or photos I took from nearby where we live on beautiful Mornington Peninsula.
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