Every seed carries a secret.
We will never come to fully know this secret, because it belongs to the mystery of creation. Yet we can learn again what hundreds of generations did before us, namely to live with the secrets, to use them as gifts, and to honor them as a source of life on this planet.
The first step in learning to live with a secret is to listen.
When I was a young child, my mother gave me a seed of a bean. She showed me how to plant it into a pot filled with black soil and how to keep it warm and moist. And then I had to wait.
For a young child this took a very long time. Every morning I would visit my seed, invisible in the darkness of the soil, and because I could not see anything, I remember that instead I tried to hear something. It was around the same time that my mother was pregnant, and I used to put my ear to her belly to communicate with the baby I could not see or touch. So I did the same with the invisible seed: I put my ears close to the soil and listened. I do not remember if I ever heard something, but I remember the listening. It was like an intimate conversation, though silent and unheard by anyone else.
The seed is a symbol for the deepest mystery of creation, and at the same time it is the mystery. For thousands of years farmers have known how to listen to these mysteries, and so found ways how to grow and to harvest, how to preserve the seeds, how to provide for them the best circumstances, considering the conditions of the earth, the soil, and the weather, and considering how much they connect us with the past and the future, our ancestors and our grandchildren. This goes back to an ancient feminine wisdom about the connection with the Earth, the knowledge of light being born out of darkness and an intimacy with the circles of life.
Every seed contains a light. Through greed and disconnection from the sacredness of life, this light is threatened. Genetically modified seeds become sterile. If the fertility is removed from a seed, its light is taken away; it withdraws. The divine light that is present in every seed is manifested through its fertility, through the potential to grow and to be a source for new life. When this light withdraws from a seed, it withdraws from the whole of creation, and our souls begin to starve.
As every seed embraces an outer as well as an inner reality, we need to care in outer and in inner ways. We need to protect the purity, diversity, and freedom of seeds through outer engagement, but we also need to protect the sacredness of life inwardly. The inner way is to hold the awareness of the sacredness in our hearts, to remember and to respect the feminine mysteries of creation–and to deeply listen. The same light that is contained in the heart of the biological seed is also present within our heart; it is the seed of love.
Born in 1955, Angela Fischer is a Sufi, author of several books on feminine spirituality and the oneness of life, and has seminars and meditation retreats since her twenties. Excerpt above is from the book 'Sacred Seed'.
SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: What does caring in outer and inner ways mean to you? Can you share a story of a time you felt the need to protect the sacredness of life inwardly? What practice helps you become aware of the secret behind every seed?
Each of us is the seed that came out of love. Its up to us to be the blessing! I acknowledge the specialness in you. Namaste!
I was stopped in my tracks by this excellent article. . . I was moved . . . and I began to wonder: is this piece of writing not itself a seed? If it is, what "secret" does it keep hidden? I ponder deeply, but nothing is immediately forthcoming. So I continue to wonder: if it has light to shed, what form would it take? Perhaps it could show in the form of a lesson? I become impatient. I demand to know - now - as is the way of one steeped in this "instant everything" world: instant knowing, instant wisdom, instant revelation. So, I continue wondering: could it be that maybe, just maybe, this secret is not mine to know? Then the bigger question: could I be trusted with this knowing even if I got it? In my insistent pursuit of instant answers, and getting confirmation of some preconception of my own about how life and the universe is supposed to operate, do I have the patience to listen deeply for long enough, and am I sufficiently respectful of the sanctity of the mystery, to just let it be and to reveal itself in its own time, not mine? The questions keep coming . . . always followed by the nagging doubt: what would I do with the answers if I got them? Perhaps if I am patient for long enough, and am willing to listen deeply enough, I will find out. Maybe that's the lesson . . . maybe.[Hide Full Comment]
I deeply resonate with the last sentence of this writing. It is the seed of love. It says it all. It is pure energy- life creating and life sustaining, connecting within and without. It is both inner and outer. In pure love, the me and the other, the inner and the outer distinctions, go away.The tree of life grows from the seed of love. Such a tree provides shade and shelter, nurturance and nourishment to all forms of life. It is always full.
Greed, selfishness. what is it in for me, possessiveness, and such inner self-based wishes, thoughts and actions disconnect us from the seed of love.Truth and Love are the two wings of the Bird of Creation. They create the sacred life, the Divine Light. Our ignorance blinds us to see the Divine Light which is always in the here and now pure consciousness.We all have been blessed to have glimpses of the Divine Light. The sad part of being human is that we do not remain awake and go back to self created dark zone. With awareness and conscious efforts, we get reconnected with the Divine Light. the Pure Love and have inner and outer peace and fullness.
May we remain awake to receive and give the gifts of love in our everyday life!
Jagdish P Dave
Caring in outer ways means caring for the health and well-being of the physical presence of myself and others. Caring in inner ways means caring for my spirit and the spirit of others. This means recognizing that I and each of us is a spiritual being, a soul, a sliver or expression of the Divine, which means that I am respectful and compassionate in relating to my self and others. I've had a respect for the sacredness of life for much of my life, but that respect and the need to protect and nurture that sacredness deepened over the last ten or so years, when I got more deeply into Eastern wisdom thinking. Learning that we are manifestations of the Divine, we are the Divine incarnate, makes me more deeply and consistently attuned to the sacredness of life inwardly. Growing in that learning helps me grow more aware that it's more than that the sacred is behind every seed -- the sacred is every seed. The challenge is for us to realize and live that reality, and we are still far from that realization today.[Hide Full Comment]