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Meditation 48 – Steps to Enlightenment

A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop- a hundred, sixty or thirty time swath was sown.

Matthew 13:3-8

When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the world and at once receives it with joy. But since he has not root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received the seed that fell among thorns is the man who hears the word, but worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.

Matthew 13:19-23

The parable of the sower is a message that prompts the individual to search for who they are. Everyone goes through a stage in their lives when they are searching for answers and wondering what their purpose is. No one is a stranger to life’s ups and downs or to the fact that no matter what your problem, there is someone always worse off than you. The burden of riding the crest of the wave of discontent can be twice as hard when we are blind to the truth or our purpose. It’s at these moments of pain and anxiety that we tend to do a lot of honest soul searching. If we take on this task and apply our efforts diligently, thoroughly, and whole heartedly without doubt, we will uncover the truth and the spirit will arise out of its slumber, giving us clarity of vision for the direction of our lives. Awakening the spirit or becoming aware of its existence has many layers of truth:-

  • The fact that we are not just physical flesh, but have a spiritual existence too.
  • The fact that we are sons and daughters of God and that we have a purpose and inheritance that we must lay claim to.
  • The fact that you belong to God, his spirit is a part of you and holds the truth to how you should lead your life so that the kingdom of God can reside within you, giving everlasting joy, peace and fulfilment.
  • The fact that when your spirit is acknowledged it is given the strength to recall its destiny and is then compelled to press forward and to fulfil it.

The Sower is God or Jesus. The seeds that are being sowed are representations of the nature of waking up or becoming aware of ones spirit (the spirit of God residing within us). The scattered seeds are depicted landing and germinating in various locations; each location signifying different circumstances and types of spiritual awakening. The parable is an analogy of

  1. The gift of the spirit being sowed.
  2. How the spirit wakes up in each individual.
  3. The degrees to which we allow the spirit to manifest itself and work in our lives.

The seed sown along the path represents a person who becomes aware of their spirit, but does not have a fertile heart. They cannot embrace or accept the fact that this phenomenon is the spirit of God. The power of the spirit is unable to manifest itself or flourish in their lives because it has no root or foundation in their heart.

The seed that fell on rocky places represents those of us who receive the spirit with joy, acknowledging the usefulness of the doctrine in our minds, but not in our hearts. Because we have conceptualised it we are unable to fully experience its power, so when we face life’s tribulations we resort to our old habits of associating with the pain and frustration. Instead of being the shining jewel that facilitates us in riding the storm of our problems, the doctrine appears as empty meaningless words on a piece of paper, offering no comfort or respite. We cast it aside and denounce it as useless.

The seeds that fall among thorns and are choked represents those of us who wake up the spirit but are outnumbered in our social circles by those who do not believe in a spiritual truth. We are told that searching for an inner truth is like not living in the real world, a complete waste of time that is likely to ostracise you and limit your ability to progress in life. You are told that if you have found the jewel that you profess to have found why are there not miraculous things happening in your life. Why has your life not taken a turn for the better? Why have you not turned into this charismatic character that impacts the lives of others? So one in this situation wavers, having not yet developed the spiritual strength to stand firm in their truth. They weigh up their circumstances and seeing only subtle changes they slowly but surely allow the fire of enlightenment to die out.

The seed that falls on fertile soil represents those of us who search for the truth with an open heart, who discover the truth and with a fertile hearts accept the truth. They devote time and effort to developing their experience and knowledge of the truth of the spirit within them. They understand the value of what they have discovered and acknowledge the phenomenon of tuning into the power of their father in heaven. They set aside time each day to partake in spiritual food and by so doing they stand like a mountain in the middle of a stormy sea in times of physical /emotional hardships and when their truth is questioned or mocked.

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