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Start Sowing The Seeds Of A New Life - by Guy Finley
I live on top of a small mountain in southern Oregon where each morning, from a chair seated next to a large window in my small house, I sit quietly and watch the world turn. Right outside, usually less than ten to twelve feet away from where I am seated, it is as though Mother Nature mounts a wildlife parade just for me.
Deer, wild turkey, gray tree squirrels, rabbits and more than a dozen species of birds all congregate and then move through an area just beneath a cluster of spreading oak trees. The birds come for the seed I provide in a number of stations and the turkeys come for their table scraps. Why the rest appear as they do is anyone’s guess. Maybe they just enjoy the party!
At any rate, come early March, signs of spring appear and this change means many things to my visiting friends. For most birds, mating season begins in earnest. This usually means lots of singing, posturing and aggressive, territorial behavior, while for some of the other creatures, this time heralds a season for giving birth to young conceived some months before.
But regardless of these varying conditions, one thing remains in common to one and all and it is apparent to anyone watching with an eye willing to observe and learn: these creatures are constantly active. They are as alert and as sensitive to life going on around them as is a silk spider web responsive to the slightest summer’s breeze.
And along with this natural feature of all wild creatures, in fact very much at the root of what enables them to expend so much vital energy, is another highly noticeable behavior: their lives are a never ending search for food. Apart from propagating their own species, feeding themselves is their principle work on this earth.
The silent turning of the seasons, the latent desire of all creatures to fulfill the purpose for their being, the invisible hand that ensures that necessary supplies of food stuffs will be there for them at the right moment; these elements, their balance and concert with one another all speak of what the Wise have called (and still do) the “Invisible Eternals”.
These Invisible Eternals are the unseen Timeless Principles that sit behind the expression of our physical world and that are to its existence as is the sun to the shadows that pay silent witness to their creator. To be able to see these Eternal Forces as the true backdrop of a greater reality is to become a witness to an Intelligent Universe at work.
For the one who would become consciously aware of these Invisible Eternals, the same is brought into a whole new order of reality where intelligence, action and harmony are as one thing; herein the Light shines upon and animates all creatures alike. Even conflict serves something greater than its lesser causes.
This journey of awareness between one’s first glimpse of this Higher Reality and one’s realization of it as the ground of one’s own being, is the true spiritual path and task of those who would know and be known by Truth. And we are created to enter this Higher World, to know this heaven and its Love while we dwell on earth. Make no mistake about this.
All Scripture, the Wisdom teachings regardless of origin, confer this same truth. To take one example, the great Christian mystic Boehme points out that Christ taught, “My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me and I give them the eternal life.” Here Christ did not say, “You may know life eternal in a time to come (i.e. after death),” but now, in this life.
If anyone has “eyes to see” these Invisible Eternals -- where the celestial is hidden in the common -- and “ears to hear” the truths about themselves and their relationship to these everlasting Principles, then such a person is ready to begin the inner work required for the next step to make this change in their being. Yes, it takes work and any who teach otherwise mislead.
What is the nature of this inner work that we must do and how can we be sure it is required of us? When is this work to be done and who or what determines all of the above? These are the questions that seekers have been asking since time began.
Our need to discover and realize these Invisible Eternals cannot be over-stated because, the truth is, we are their embodiment. It is this same fact that makes it possible for us to awaken to their existence, align ourselves with their will and to realize our oneness with them. Now let’s take one of these Timeless Principles and see how exploring its Wisdom increases our own.
One Timeless Principle that is evidenced throughout creation is that all things “lesser” have their origin in something “greater”. For instance, the branch owes its being to the vine from which it originates; the rivers run back to the seas that give them birth. And so it is when it comes to these Invisible Eternals; amongst them are found “greater” and “lesser” Truths.
With these insights to guide us, let’s look into one of the greatest of these Principles taught by every great teacher since time began. In these so-called progressive times, this all but forgotten Principle is as simple as it is prophetic: “We reap what we sow”. Share this fact with someone who hates his life and he will hate you for the truth you tell about why he feels as he does!
Everywhere you look today people are only concerned with getting what they want, when they want it and as fast as possible. The fires that fuel their appetite (for this envisioned success) create so much smoke that they lose sight of the fact that all they reap for their insistent sowing is one regret after another. And of course when things go badly, there is always someone to blame.
If we are ever to realize our Timeless True Self, if we long for heaven on earth while we live here, then we must sow the seeds that help bring that Higher Life into fruition. One cannot expect to reap what one does not sow and imagining or hoping for a higher life is not the sowing of true spiritual seeds any more than dreaming about climbing a mountain is the same as reaching its top.
To sow spiritual seeds means that we do spiritual work. Spiritual work is always interior work first, even if, as a matter of course, this work becomes manifested through some outer or social action. What is this interior work by which we sow the seeds of the celestial within us? Following are four ways to work at sowing the seeds of a Higher Life.
Make your own list of ways to work at sowing the seeds of a New Life, being careful to remember the infallible Principle behind another of the Invisible Eternals: the inner determines the outer. Set yourself to the task of being an inwardly awake person and watch how you begin to reap the awareness that makes all things possible.
This article is reprinted from Guy's monthly chatroom classroom (March 2003). To visit Guy Finley's website for more inspirational resources click here