The grocery store was selling beautiful African Violet plants. I bought three, brought them home, and grouped them on our dining table. As Del and I talked over breakfast I stared at the flowers.
They were beautiful. Each one was a shade of purple, with velvet green leaves. Each plant was different, each deeply gorgeous in its own way. As I stared at them, I realized that some of their blooms were spent, and some of their leaves had faded, so I began to pinch off the dead blooms and leaves.
Of course every gardener knows how important it is to prune a plant so that none of its energy goes towards maintaining what is dead or dying. Pruning allows all of the essence of the plant to go to its budding and blooming.
The plants became even more beautiful as I pinched and pruned and the older blooms and leaves were removed. With more light and air in the center of the plants I could see a large number of new buds in various stages of bloom.
How like our lives because most of us are not pruned well. We hold on to what is no longer needed in our lives, fearful of letting go of people, places, and things. We often live in the past because we believe that there is no future, not realizing that there are already new buds appearing. But, when we let the old remain, our energy and attention is drained away.
Just for a moment imagine yourself as a beautiful plant. Are you planted in nutritious soil that encourages, supports and feeds you? Or are you living in depleted soil? Are you well watered, or do you allow periods of drought, perhaps playing a game with yourself called, "let's see how long I can survive without this?"
Are you a plant that loves shade or sun? Where are you planted? Does it support what you need? Do you feed yourself well?
Are there still dead and dying blooms and leaves on you? Do you just wait for them to fall off or do you prune them quickly? Do you see how beautiful your current blooms are? Can you see how many new buds are forming that will continue to express what you are? Are you allowing yourself to bloom?
You live in a garden, called the universe. Have you noticed the beauty of the other plants around you?
In an episode of the TV show "Rebecca's Garden" she spoke of how beautiful a garden becomes with a large variety of leaf, branch, flower shapes, and color. It is the diversity of the garden that brings its beauty to life. How diversified is your life? Are you trying to survive isolated from what supports you?
The worldview constantly suggests that it is possible for our lives to not bloom. This worldview fosters fear by using the principle of lack as the groundwork of life. It encourages us to keep what we have, even if it no longer serves us. Although widely agreed with, either through discouragement, fear or ignorance, there is no need to live within these conditions. It is only a perception, and all perceptions can be shifted.
It's an active choice.
The shift to seeking and understanding the Principle of omnipresent intelligent Love, the governing force of all that is, reveals the ground of our being as a continual expression of the beauty of Life.
Each of us contains all that we need, and will continue to contain all that we need to bloom. All that is required of us is to make an active choice to tend our gardens well, and to let go of what is over so what is to come has room to bud and bloom.
After pruning the plants I headed to my office, with at least a slight hint of self-satisfaction. Later that day I stopped by the violets to admire their beauty. They did look beautiful.
However, lying right beside them on the table was a pile of dead blooms and leaves. I had forgotten to throw them away. As we prune those dead leaves and blooms out of our lives we may be feeling very beautiful, however don't forget to completely throw them away rather than leaving the remains for others to clean up.
Beca developed an easy system to do this called The Shift and has been sharing how to use this system to expand lives, and bring people back to the Truth of themselves for over 40 years.
Beca and her husband Del Piper are constantly working to develop new ways to support and reach out to others. Much of what they have been developed can be found for free at their membership site Perception U.com. They also founded The Women’s Council with the intent of “strengthening the connection to yourself, to others, and to the Divine.”