Early this morning I was thinking of "spiritual growth" and wondering if this is the proper light to view this matter.

Often we think of growth as a series of "events unfolding". Using an example of a seed growing to a tree we can see clear stages of growth. The seed sprouts, and with nourishing becomes a young sapling, with the right conditions this young tree grows to a mature tree in a full expression of it's growth potential.

And yet perhaps these stages are not so quite clear for the "seed/tree" of you and I. There is never a moment when the expression of a fully mature tree is not present. From the seed, to the sapling, to the aged tree in full maturity, and yes, even in it’s eventual decline. The essence of “treeness” is always fully visible if we look deeply. The captured stage of a moment of growth is only a delusion of time and belongs only to the eyes, and not our deep seeing heart and mind.

And so it is for you and I as well. We are the unfolding of a continuous presence. As infants we are the full expressions of our limitless nature. As children, teens, and young adults the changes of our flesh fail to capture the truth of who we are in every captured eye moment. Into full adulthood and our steady loss of mass and structure we remain as true to essence as ever. And even death does not change this truth.

Of course there is the appearance of inner changes becoming manifest. We note spiritual changes in others and ourselves. Yet perhaps this is not growth but the direct opposite? It is not essence that grows but the decline of “self” that allows our light to shine in ever greater intensity. And in any given moment we are capable of dropping the cloak selfhood and being fully realized of essence. It is said that Sai Baba is able to hold a seed within his hand and rapidly urge its growth into a small sapling. Sai Baba does not change the seed into a tree…he simply removes the illusion of “seed” from that which is present. He allows essence. As did St. Francis when he whispered to the Almond tree in the dead of winter…”speak to me of God” and the tree blossomed to full Spring beauty.

So perhaps there is no spiritual potential…. only spirit. There is no growth but only the dropping of what no longer serves. At any moment we can whisper to ourselves… “speak to me of God” and blossom to the fullness of ever present essence.

Whispering with you...…always.


Eric
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Thank you Eric.

This gives one a great deal to think about.
My own thoughts are a bit unclear at the moment. This is a wonderful post.

Originally posted by Eric

So perhaps there is no spiritual potential…. only spirit. There is no growth but only the dropping of what no longer serves. At any moment we can whisper to ourselves… “speak to me of God” and blossom to the fullness of ever present essence.


Love, Inda
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That what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Antoine de Saint Exupery
"Not thinking about anything is zen. Once you know this, walking, standing, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is zen. To know that the mind is empty is to see the Buddha...Using the mind to look for reality is delusion. Not using the mind to look for reality is awareness. Freeing oneself from words is liberation."

-Bodhidharma
Thank you dear Eric for sharing your captivating thoughts on growth.

Interesting point of view. These concepts remind me of the immense potential of human spirit. When we dive into the vastness of pure consciousness we touch upon the Divine essence in its perfection and wholeness ... the manifestation of I AM. We perceive the overwhelming beauty of completeness, where every process of growth is accomplished.

In our human form we experience "growth" probably as a step by step "reconnection" to the WHOLE. We say we are here to learn, to evolve, to grow in our awareness of being emanations of God. Why do we need to walk this Path, if not to attain perfection?
Matthew 5.48, “Be
perfect, therefore, even as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
This suggests that there is a way to be perfect. When we grow in this awareness, we may discover that perfection is our true nature. But still there is a process of growth.

My crown chakra is highly activated and I would love to listen to the flow of whispers ... but my body says it's time to go and rest. In the stillness of the night we immerse into truth. Those moments of perception of completeness are immensely gratifying and will show the way ... during the wake ... to harmonize with this completeness .... by GROWING.
So you made me think, dear Eric! Now is there any growth or not?
I LOVE the image of GROWTH, nothing is more captivating then to observe a little seed growing into a plant, a flower, a tree. The image of full bloom of a rose for example is surely always present, but to watch the unfolding of this beauty is always a glorious experience.
Psssssssssssssssssst .... God is watching us growing and He is delighted.

Silence calls ....
Love, Margherita 2Hearts
The Talmud tell us that above every
blade of grass there is a thousand
angels whispering..."Grow, grow."

Love,
Eric
Thank you Eric.
This gives me a lot to ponder about.
The unfolding of a continuous presence is an interesting point of view. Thank you for a great post.

Love,
Sue Cat Cat2
Thank you for this wonderful post Eric.

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Originally posted by Ericc:

So perhaps there is no spiritual potential…. only spirit. There is no growth but only the dropping of what no longer serves. At any moment we can whisper to ourselves… “speak to me of God” and blossom to the fullness of ever present essence.

Whispering with you...…always.





Love
Vicky 2Hearts
Wow, this is deep Eric! Clap

quote:
Originally posted by Ericc:
Of course there is the appearance of inner changes becoming manifest. We note spiritual changes in others and ourselves. Yet perhaps this is not growth but the direct opposite? It is not essence that grows but the decline of “self” that allows our light to shine in ever greater intensity. And in any given moment we are capable of dropping the cloak selfhood and being fully realized of essence.


You're saying we grow out of our self? Hmmm.. where did I grow? I mean go? Wisdom makes me grown/groan/growin' he he..

You're saying essence doesn't grow, but self does.. many people only know their self as their essence.. you are quite an impressive peoples dear Eric!

There is the eternal part of self, then there is the day to day self. Day to day self thinks it stays the same, when in reality it constantly changes and there is an essence that is always the same, though unfolding..

Very thought provoking post Eric! It is growing on me! I should stop thinking and do what Angela said: "Freeing oneself from words is liberation." Aaaahhh..

Love and light being, Teo Ying Ying

Have the heart of a gypsy, and the dedication of a soldier -Beethoven in Beethoven Lives Upstairs

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