Reap What You Sow; The Secrets to Inner Gardening

One day I asked the Universe “What is the most important job in the world?” Is it to be president of a country, how about CEO of a large corporation, a doctor or a scientist? The Universe answered, “The most important job is helping people to grow.” The people may be our children, clients, family, friends or co-workers. In order to help others to grow, first we have to grow.  
Imagine that your mind is a garden of fertile soil and that any seed (thought) you plant in it will grow and develop into what you will reap. In a real garden you cannot expect to plant a bean seed and be disappointed or upset when carrots pop up. That would be silly. It’s very simple, if you want beans, plant bean seeds. No matter how hard you pray, affirm or visualize or complain about it, your carrot seeds will never become beans. Still people who plant seeds of doubt, negativity, pessimism resentment and hatred (to name a few)  or try to make someone change into who they want them to be, become angry, disillusioned or depressed when their harvest is not what they have been asking for.

So how do we prepare and plant a mind garden that will yield the harvest we desire and long for?

Pull Out the Weeds! 
These weeds may come in the form of people, places, things, thoughts or actions. How do you
recognize a weed? A weed is anything that is not in alignment with what you desire to create. A weed strangles dreams. If you spend time with someone and his or her energy brings you down, makes you doubt yourself or encourages negative thinking in you, then that person is a weed. Pull him or her out of your life. If you own something that brings back unpleasant memories, pull it out of your space and donate it or give it away. Remember that something that carries a negative energy for you will not be the same for someone else as they don’t have the memories attached to it. If you do things that cause you to feel bad, stop doing them and likewise if you find yourself thinking thoughts that do not serve your highest good…stop thinking them! They are weeds in the garden of your mind and they will not yield the bountiful, beautiful crop that you wish for.

Prepare the Soil

All right, so you’ve been pulling weeds out but find that their roots are too deep and although you throw out the top, they grow back again and even multiply! What is a gardener to do?  There are two things that you need: weed killer and fertilizer. Weed killer is finding someone who can help you get to the core (often the root lies in childhood or past lives) and release the roots of the thoughts and beliefs that no longer serve you. You have to go down there and get dirty! Cry, scream or whatever it takes to let it all out! Those roots are just energy of the past. They are not about you being a good or bad person, only energy that needs to be released so you can fertilize your mind soil. This fertilizer comes in many forms: positive affirmations, classes, books, CDs, DVDs and anything that awakens you to the truth and inspires you. Also, there is connecting with positive, supportive people and making new friends. Friends who encourage you to be your best are a potent fertilizer for helping you change your thoughts and your life!

Remove the Rocks!

A rock symbolizes a hardened complex of beliefs that stand in the way of your new garden. Rocks shelter the weeds and often are composed of guilt and shame. Rocks could be a collection of beliefs from a religion, your family, society or any other source that has trained you that you must sacrifice yourself for the whole or believe and do what you are taught and not what your heart desires. Sometimes rocks need dynamite to break them open. Dynamite may come in the force of inner work and going back to the time before the rock was hardened so that you can take back the freedom and joy that is your true right. Close your eyes for a moment take a deep breath and just imagine who or what is a rock in your garden. Notice the first thought that comes to you because this is the rock you need to remove to grow your garden.

Choosing and Planting the Seeds

Make a list of the things that you desire in your life. Take time to think about what is really important to you. What are you passionate about? What do you truly desire? What is the reason you want these seeds to grow? To plant a garden you must make your plan first and be willing to nourish the seeds you plant. If you go to the store and pick up a handful of seed packets and put the seeds in the ground without much thought, you may forget what you planted or what kind of care each variety needs. Your garden may be haphazard and you may get too overwhelmed to care for it properly. It’s better to plant one seed, nurture it and see the results than to plant too many and lose focus.

Making a visual of your garden plan is a great idea to remind you of your seeds and of your intentions every time you look at it. You might take a piece of paper and make a colorful sign at the top with Your Name and garden; Like Suzie’s Garden and write the things that you desire on little seeds or signs in the garden. Make it pleasing to your eye; so it brings you joy to look at it. Then take care of your seeds as you would an outer garden. Make sure they get sunshine – play and happy thoughts, fun activities and joyful moments. Water your seeds each day: say your affirmations, read or listen to positive information to wash away the negative thinking and refresh your garden with thoughts that grow your seeds. Stay away from poisons that cause your seeds to shrivel and die: negative people, situations, movies, books, music and such. And one of the most important thing – imagine your garden is grown and you are harvesting the efforts of your work. Feel how it feels to already be at the harvest time and write on your garden “I feel such a great peace within” “I love and enjoy the abundance in my life” “I feel so grateful for this wonderful job”…or whatever you desire from your harvest. Read your statements and feel the feeling of living in this new life every day as you look at your garden plan.

If you prepare your soil, put intention on the seeds you wish to grow, focus on caring for your garden, and feeling the feeling of already living that new and wonderful life each day, you will, without doubt harvest your dreams. 
If you are interested in cultivating the soil of your subconscious mid, digging up and letting of the rocks and weeds and planting a garden of dreams then please check out the I Love Myself and Imagination – The Key to Your Dreams journeys at The Store

TThe Harvest


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original art by Vicki Fairbanks