2004-08-10-A Lesson in Gardening
Topic: A Lesson in Gardening
Group: 11:11 Progress Group
Teacher: Thought Adjuster
The Beloved One: “Today, let us have a discussion about gardens. Gardens, you ask? Yes gardens! See your heart as a garden. Is it surrounded by a fence, and how high might that fence be? Is it an open, or a solid fence? Is there a gate, and is that gate open, or locked and inaccessible?
“You see, child, most hearts have a high fence around them, and are not easy to penetrate to let love in or out, because of a locked gate. Then the question also arises if that garden tended to and how. Is it cultivated or overrun by weeds, and how tenacious are those weeds?
“Let your imagination roam, and see in your mind’s eye what your garden looks like. Does enough sunlight penetrate, as in positive thoughts, or is it dank and dark because of negative thoughts. Can the flowers bloom because of the love, care and respect you give your physical body and your surroundings, or are they wilting and in need of nurturing be cause of the love you withhold from yourself and others?
“The Master gave two commandments: To love God first, then yourself and all others equally. Of course, you realize by now that I am not talking about selfish love and the ‘hoarding of things’ behind the locked gate of your heart. No, I mean a respectful love, in which you honor your mind and body by the thoughts you think and act upon, and the food you eat to feed your body-temple which houses your spirit.
“The garden of your heart can be a riot of flowers in various colors; a symphony of music when blended together harmoniously, and when you bring forth the fruits of the spirit in loving tolerance and service towards all, in a forgiving and caring attitude, inspiring hope and confidence in others, and being a comforting presence in hours of need. It is so very important to be an island of peace in this confusing and perplexing world, where there are so many floundering souls seeking their way ‘home’.
“Tend your garden with care, and see to it that the tenacious weeds of fear and anger, of envy and jealousy, of suspicion and intolerance do not take root in your garden, because these weeds tend to overrun and choke the flowers of truth, beauty and goodness. Be ever vigilant and leave the gate of your garden open, so others might find an easy entrance, and rest while their souls are being nurtured in your presence. Be likewise alert for other gardens which present a joy to you, for these moments of refreshment are the relationship builders of your solid friendships in the Hereafter.
“And, child, remember that I live in your garden.”