Budding into New Life

Springtime signifies the budding forth of new life, as grain farmers in the Midwest are busy throughout the month of May planting their fields of corn.

But you ask, how does it know? A yellow brain is just not big enough to be so smart! Nor are its thoughts clear and crisp enough to reveal to us just what it plans to do. Iowa's farmer knows only that ... it knows!

It knows that now is the time to come alive. And the intangible heartbeat of a grain of corn causes energy to surge throughout its embryonic body. It springs forth into a new dimension of livingness. It is breathing into existence new life! It stretches. It sprouts. It has become a living, breathing organism of brilliant, green light.

But its of the earth and knows only of earthiness, you say. Yet it somehow knows that it must die that it might multiply. Imbued in its cellular structure is the unrelenting principle: "Unless a grain of corn falls into the earth and dies, it remains by itself, alone." (John 12:24)

The Kingdom of the Plants provides a metaphor for man's growing, budding relationship with God. Human awareness -- alone and without God -- struggles within a limiting paradigm or model, feeling abandoned and hopeless. Separated from spiritual awareness, one is cut off from the Source of an abundant supply of hope, energy, ideas, solutions, and possibilities. Simply stated, the human ego is required to surrender to the indwelling Christ Intelligence, even as the seed surrenders to the divine spark within the plant.

In the words of John the Baptist: "He (Christ) must become greater and greater, and I (Ego) must become less and less. He has come from heaven ... I am of the earth and my understanding is limited to the things of the earth. He tells what he has seen and heard ... and those who believe him discover that God is a fountain of Truth." 

In your daily meditations, you are drawn unto a Presence that calls you unto Itself. It is indeed the divine Christ that lives in you and has chosen you -- to guide you, stretch you, grow you -- that you might indeed produce a fuller, sweeter fruit.

So you surrender to the silent fountain of Super-consciousness, fulfilling your need. As the light shines forth, you sense the words of the Master: 

    "Take care to live in me, and let me live in you. For a branch 
     cannot produce fruit when severed from the vine. Nor can you
     be fruitful apart from me ... I have told you this so that you 
     will be filled with my joy. And I appointed you to go forth and 
     produce lovely fruit, always."  (John 15)

Authored by Reverend Virgil Brewer at Unity Chapel
March 1, 2001

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