Becoming a Spiritual Gardener
There is actually no contradiction between the idea that we are responsible for our own fate and also that powers beyond our scope must complete the creative process. Consider a gardener who must prepare the soil, but who does not make the plant grow:
- Preparing your own consciousness is like the gardener preparing the soil.
- Eliminating wrong concepts is like the gardener pulling up weeds.
- Removing your blocks is like removing rocks in the soil that hinder the spreading of the roots and later the plants.
- Implanting truthful concepts is like planting the seeds.
- Cultivating the proper attitude and patiently waiting until the seed has taken root and can sprout is like tending the soil, seeing that it has sufficient light, moisture and nourishment.
With these steps, the gardener fulfills his or her job, calling the creative process into existence, making it possible for it to take place. But it is not the gardener who possesses the ability to make a tree or a fruit or a flower out of a seed. If the gardener wants a certain plant, the proper seed must be sown, but it is not up to him or her to accomplish the growth.
There is nothing in the world the gardener can do to actually make the seed develop into the plant. A creative process is at work that requires the gardener’s cooperation for coming to life. There are certain conditions the gardener alone can fulfill. But then nature must do its job.
We often wish for a specific result, but what we sow is the seed for the very opposite result. This causes distrust of life. Seeing how we bring forth exactly what was sown – even the negative results – must strengthen our confidence in the principle of the creative process.
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