“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” ~ The Parable of the Sower, Christian Bible, Luke, Chapter 8
As we look upon this turn of the Wheel of the Year, we are reminded that this is a time of fertility. In the above parable, we are reminded that it is not the farmer’s techniques or the quality of the seeds that ultimately caused the varying levels of success, it was the soil. When the terrain is poor, planting fails. When it’s good, the harvest is vastly abundant.
Without creating fertile ground within ourselves, we are just people trying really hard to do things. When we do not look to prepare ourselves, we wither. The seeds of action and purpose dry up in the presence of a dry, tangled life. To expect growth to spring forth out of this environment only sets us up for failure, again and again.
What kind of soil have you prepared for your growth?
Just as the farmer turns and fertilizes the soil, you need to spend time looking internally to make sure you are preparing yourself for spiritual growth. Are you spending sufficient time on inward exploration using techniques like journaling and mediation? Are you identifying and working through your mental or emotional issues, and do you know what they are? Whether it is through soul retrieval techniques (a method taught by my own tradition), shadow work, or other means, it is important to discover your blockages to fertile growth. It’s the process of digging through your physical and emotional makeup and reaching the essence of who you are as a person. Often healing is achieved by simple acknowledgement and forgiveness.
Do you have the right role models and mentors?
Do you question whether the popular ones are just telling you what you want to hear, versus what you need to hear? Do you take ownership of your thoughts and ideas? Raising your intellectual standards and refusing to accept fallacies and misinformation will help you keep the weeds at bay. Seeking deeper understanding will allow you to avoid a spirituality that is not planted on rocky soil and has little meaning or foundation, but on the spiritual ground that has substance and will allow the roots to go deep and strong.
Have you chosen a life of positivity?
Viewing life in a positive manner allows you to start thinking differently and refocusing your mind to a happy, healthy place. When you eliminate negativity and re-frame how you think of certain things and situations, you will notice that you are more receptive to positive growth.
Do you strive to keep your mind and body fertile?
You need to take care of your physical body also by eating better and exercising more. Reconnect to nature and disconnect from Facebook. Live a healthier lifestyle in general. Look around and learn the lessons that surround you.
Are you prepared for growth?
Once you have prepared your soil, you will grow a bountiful garden where there was once thorns and a tangle of weeds. Remember the parable and ensure that you spend time creating an environment of fertility so that you might yield a crop that consists of a hundred times more than was sown.