Every year, as the season changes once again and Spring approaches, I can’t help but think about the metaphysical meaning of the Cycle of Life.
I’m looking at my garden, now dormant and somewhat bare, through my large patio doors. I’m waiting for the gardener to give him the OK for the yearly pruning and trimming; getting the plants ready so the blossoms can sprout in their full glory again in a couple of weeks.
I can see the plants and bushes are getting ready to grow. Small green leaves will be peeking soon into the warm California sun. Oh, how I enjoy seeing this growth, the unfoldment of nature - reflecting the workings of Mind. Limitless Mind unfolding its full potential.
Looking back at ‘Winter’, the dormant or reflective time, has passed, at least here in the desert. A new awakening is in the air. I can feel it, smell it – there is hope of warmer days to come.
I know that Winter represents a resting period in the mental, a time-out to allow rejuvenation shown forth in nature. Renewal, revitalization, refueling of Spirit, and getting ready for the abundant explosion of more Life.
Everything we see is a visible expression of our Consciousness, a mirror image of our innermost soul substance. ‘Thought in action’ you might say, acting out our own personal movie.
As part of my experience, even in my garden, I am the creator, the writer, director, and actor. I am in charge, good or bad, successful or not, I am writing the script and I am choosing the actors.
Reminiscing about the gentle awakening of Spring; representing the infancy state of Consciousness with its germs sprouting eagerly, unfolding tiny flora and curiously peeking out of mother earth’s fertile ground. Still small, yet powerful seeds of Life are always pushing upwards towards the light - just like the Soul wants to push upwards towards God’s glory. The gentle warmth of Spring embalms my Spirit and gives renewed hope to a new day.
And pretty soon we’ll be approaching the full splendor of summer. I embrace the life sustaining light and warmth of the sun. I fully absorb this invigorating force and feel the growth my Spirit has achieved.
Summer represents ‘Youth’ with its unlimited strength and fearlessness. The ‘Summer of our Mind’ is the time to reason and to make sound choices, the time to pave our paths. Enjoyment of the moment so desperately yearned for; this is the season to define who we are and to choose the road we will travel going forward.
As Summer dwindles and cooler days are on their way, I think about what comes next. Autumn, with its ripening of mature thought, it reflects ‘maturity of the mind’, fruition, fruit at its best!
At last, we have come to an understanding of our true purpose in life. We have reached yet another stage in our unfolding process. This season is the culminating mental state that defines who we are at this moment in time. And so we can rest once again.