“All the buried seeds crack open in the dark the instant they surrender to a process they can’t see. .. As a seed buried in the earth cannot imagine itself as an orchid or hyacinth, neither can a heart packed with hurt imagine itself loved or at peace. The courage of the seed is that once cracking, it cracks all the way.”
~ Mark Nepo, The Book of Awakening (4/5) ~
What a lovely reminder about the spiritual lessons found in nature!
We are surrounded by living wisdom teachers that demonstrate to us how to live fearlessly and faithfully. Their example is a divine testament about how to yield to a spiritual process that cracks us wide open so that we can spring forth from the perceived limits of our current situation and grow into the fullness of the divine being we were created to beand already are.
And Mark’s words also remind us that so much of our potential is actualized in the darkness and just beneath the surface.
And so it seems surrender and courage go hand in hand. It takes courage to surrender. And it takes full surrender to “the process'” — often without knowing the plan or purpose of what we are going through in the moment — to truly grow, to break ground, to see the light and to “be ye transformed”.
“At the pace of creation, all things breathe the same way. So, when we slow and open and center ourselves, we breathe in unison with all of life, and breathing this way we draw strength from all of life. When we slow down and breathe, we reach like trees into everything open, and whole skies of cloud drift in unison with the dreams of an entire people. If we can slow to the pace of creation, truth will sweep like a flock of birds from the mountains we climb. At the pace of creation, the beginning enters us and we are new.”
“The sweetness of living comes to us when the very humanness we regret and try to hide, our seeming flaws and shameful secrets, are worked by time and nature into a honey all their own. Ultimately, it is where we are not perfect-where we are broken and cracked, where the wind whistles through-that is the stuff of transformation.” Mark Nepo
The magnitude of our being comes not from being perfect (which is not only illusive but unattainable) but from looking at our humanness squarely, embracing our light and our darkness, and receiving the wisdom constantly being whispered to us about our life purpose.
If embraced and loved, our imperfections can inform our lives with a divine sweetness that makes life worth living. If we listen to, and learn from, the consequences of our choices, and view them as information and not mistakes, we change and grow and, ultimately … transform.