The soul is like a garden, and, like a garden, it needs to be watered, tended, and cared for. Our thoughts, beliefs, and feelings all contribute to creating the garden of our life. If we want the garden to be beautiful, we have to make sure that we remove the weed thoughts that can eventually choke the blossoms of love, joy, creativity, and abundance. Weed thoughts and feelings are the negative beliefs rooted in fear. Removing them is really fairly simple: We release any belief that is contrary to love, because the truth about the universe is that it IS love. In every moment, we are seen by the Cosmic Principle that runs through All That Is. We are loved. We are supported and upheld. Accessing that truth is a matter of quieting the mind, and surrendering into the stillness within. Entering the temple in the heart, we find the Divine Spark inside of us, the Ascended Master that awaits our recognition of it. Here is where we find the answers to all of our questions. Only here.
Nurturing the garden takes many forms. Create relationships with people and beings that know what love is. Connect to a spiritual path that speaks to your heart. Mine is an ancient one, the path of the Mystic. It includes all living things, animals, plants, stones, trees, the stars, and people. I avoid situations and people that as the Desiderata says, are “vexations to the spirit”. ( I love the Desiderata, written by Max Ehrmann in 1927. I have it printed out, it is inspirational. )
Some of the things I do to nurture my garden include reading, meditating, connecting in the heart to the people I love, diffusing essential oils like Rose, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Myrrh, or Vetiver. Rose and Vetiver together are lovely. The Stones that nurture and uplift, as well as healing the heart are Rose Quartz, pink Mangano Calcite, Rhodocrocite, and Rhodonite. These are the gentle healers, that bathe our energy bodies with love. Animals play a significant role in my life as well, my own, and the wild ones that I can see in my yard. Right now, I am watching the Hummingbirds visit my feeders. The birds are winging past, always a delight to see. Bears and porcupines stroll through the backyard, on their way to somewhere else. I have a small pond with Water Lilies, which I planted when we moved here 9 years ago, that fill the pond with pink lotus-like flowers. The frogs discovered the pond, and sit on the Lily pads, and sing to me every night. My Wisteria is blooming for the second time this year, dripping purple blossoms that the butterflies are enjoying. I brought in some of my Stargazer Lilies yesterday, their fragrance is filling my room as I write this.
These are all simple things that bring me joy, that nurture the garden in my heart. It is important to be in the world, yes. But it is essential to not be devoured by it. Staying on our center, doing what we can, when we can, means that we need to cultivate our garden, making it as beautiful as possible. Then we can share it with the world, which sorely needs it. On this beautiful summer day, I send you flowers, hummingbirds, dragonflies, butterflies, and love, from my garden to yours. Blessings, Judith