The Law of Growth: Whatever we think about grows. What we forget atrophies.
Once upon a time, a long time ago, a wise man wrote: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what has been planted.” A time to sow and a time to reap. Emerson wrote about this dichotomy in an “Essay on Compensation”; the Law of cause and effect.
My assignment this week is to visualize the planting of a seed, to see it come to life. The seed begins to grow, the cells are dividing in an orderly fashion. The roots begin to search down into the soil for nutrients. The stem stretches upward toward the sunlight; there it will draw life giving energy into its being. How does it know which cells to manifest, to multiply and become the various parts of the plant? It is destined to become a beautiful, glorious flower, pushing up through the muck to bloom as a Lotus blossom. So too, I grow as the plant, pushing up into the light to blossom, to fulfill my purpose, to manifest and become what I am capable of becoming; to show my light.
In life’s journey, I am simply a sower and nurturer, and the farmer who feeds and protects the tender young plants. With support and encouragement, plants are programmed to grow to their full potential naturally, for that is what they are destined to become. I have the “easy” part; the seeds already contain all that is endowed by the creator. They are waiting to be germinated. Apostle Paul wrote: “I have planted. Apollos has watered, but God gave the increase.”
Words give life. Words are “things.” The creative aspect of words have their genesis, as you will, in Genesis: “In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God…all things were made by Him.” Words shed light, they open understanding, they are powerful. A few years ago I wrote these words in a song: “…can you see how full of might a tongue can be…Let’s speak with words that kindle joy, that strengthen love and edify, and through the gospel word increase the ties of unity and peace.”
More and more I realize how important it is to be a watchman to my mind, ever vigilant, to allow only positive and good thoughts to enter, thoughts of love and forgiveness to flourish. Simultaneously, letting negative, judgmental thoughts to atrophy; not to give them any power by harboring them. Hence, the “Seven Day Mental Diet.”