By Pamela Laurence
When we tightly pray with desperation
And limit our vision,
We fail to hear – we fail to see
We fail to breathe a natural breath.
Nothing real comes of this.
When we notice we are caught in this self-man-made model thinking
It is then to remember – I say, “Go into the woods, sweet Pam,
Walk along the beach or take deep into the gardens!”
It is here and now that the connection is made to the unseen worlds of Power and Creation. They present all around me.
In fact, I let go of the me of my face and any attachments and specific desires.
For it is here that communication is a communion.
All conversations lie beyond the furthest reaches of the Universe - closer than the most delicate, sweetest scent of a flower.
A quiet joy – a full heart of thankfulness. –
The healing begins with alignment of mind, body and soul.
The Universe is abundant – we only have to recognize this to never feel any lack in our lives again. My advice, go to your gardens for metaphysical, spiritual lessons – those that you may not even obtain at your local mosque, church or synagogue. There are many secrets of the Universe, which are universal to us all. When known – truly known – they are not secrets anymore. And once you know them…well, you will see.
Joie de vivre: Notice how many different plants, weeds, trees and shrubs that there are. Many variations on each breed. There are natural hybrids. Learn that even though you may have a thought in mind as to how you want something done or what kind of turnout you want for your problem or situation, note the Universe will provide. It cannot help but provide for it is creative and your mind/thought is its creative spark and avenue.
Abundance: Each plant, flower, tree, watermelon has an abundance of seeds to produce over a hundred times the one you hold in your hand. So it is with you; you have an abundance of opportunity, an abundance of helpful people, an abundance of ways and means to achieve your goal. Do not think that there is only one way. The sunflowers drop their seeds. The birds fly away with many. The squirrels take some too for their late fall meals. The winds carry some, others fall to the ground. Next spring there are ten times as many sunflowers growing – abundance – it is all there for our joy and everlasting love. Do not limit yourself. Never is a path straight and narrow unless it is man-made. Follow your path – your goal – knowing that your path may twist and turn at times. Even your goal may be presented to you to change. Yet know the Universe always guides you to your highest good. It is always bringing you forward with abundant and most successful ways for your expression – your seeds to share.
Work and Satisfaction: It takes work to have a beautiful garden. You will sweat, you may curse and cut yourself on a thorn, you will get dirty, your back will ache and you will wish you never started. This is also true in life; any goal you have will, at times, take its toll on you. Yet the satisfaction of success – whatever that personal success may be to you – is priceless. You will feel a satisfaction and self worth that holds you erect as the tallest sunflower. Each flower is different in height, shape, color and scent. Each is beautiful in its own right – even the prickly cactus of the desert blooms in the spring more amazing than a tropical flower. Know you are beautiful.
Sharing: Watch the birds, butterflies, squirrels and chipmunks as well as the deer, turkey and moose. They share the woods and gardens with the plants and trees. And the plants and trees share themselves to the others and each other.
Honoring the four elements of Earth, Wind, Water and Fire: All plants bend with the breeze and go with the flow. They adjust to the place where they grow.
Rebirth: When it is their time, they wilt and die. Observe how they let go. There is a beauty; a right order to it all. It is not an acceptance – it is a way. A right order for new birth – continued life.
I suggest that you take a time-out. Sit quietly. Feel your life force flowing throughout you and that of your garden. Look outside yourself to your quiet surroundings as if you are not separate. Expect nothing; observe with out judging; do not call anything beautiful, lovely, hot or cold – just see and feel what is. See what is there without you. Trust that soon you will see. Soon, maybe after days of this practice, you will know the secrets of the Universe.