Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Roots and Parables: The Parable of the Sower, explained: part III

Angkor, Cambodia

The Parable of the Sower Explained... twice.
(Matthew 13:18-23)

But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Here Christ advises us that in real in our work, it is possible to receive seed into the good ground.

 This is an inner place; not an outer one. There can be good ground in our Being; it is inherent, although it is well concealed by our upbringing and the way we form ourselves as people.

What is this good ground?

When He refers to hearing the word and understanding it, the hearing is an inner hearing. The word needs to be heard by our soul itself, not just the mechanical or automatic parts that are formed through habit. It is, in other words, a conscious and a living thing, an organic part of the organism and of Being itself. When we speak of the living Word of God, we speak exactly of this inherent quality of life, this organic state, which includes a sensation of one's atoms and an inherent comprehension of the sacred, of the presence of a higher level, of angels — even of God. This ought to be a naturally occurring state, yet we are bereft of it.

To receive this see, this word, into the good ground is to have the tree of the soul grow healthy, grow strong, and receive not only the influences that come from deep in the earth, the minerals, the darkness, and the water — each one of which is, mind you, an analogy for the way that impressions fall into us and the substances they form, which found expression in countless ancient myths, including the underworld of the Maya — but also the influences of the sun, of a much higher level. Both sets of influences are, exactly as in a plant, necessary for the growth of the tree. And it is only through the interaction of these forces within the nature of being itself that the fruit Christ speaks of can be brought forth.

Even this fruit is not an outward thing. It is an inner bearing of fruit, that is, sustenance, a sweet food that can be eaten and bears more seed. This is not to naysay the outer effects; yet our attention on to be turned always to the inward first, because if it is tended to properly, the outward takes care of itself.


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