Tending the Field

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Tending the Field

#1 Postby Elder Sarah » Sun Jun 05, 2011 9:16 am

Shabbat Shalom!

The Spiritual journey is one akin to the tending of a field. As we notice, the journey is one of drawing out our talents and God given gifts while at the same time noticing where mending and healing needs to take place and addressing discordant patterns. We could hear these two movements together as the power to bind and the power to liberate. We bind the good, as in draw in and out talents and we liberate those patterns that serve to obstruct the good. This power to bind and liberate is the power the Risen Savior grants the Apostles in the upper room. As we tend to this binding and liberating within ourselves we tend it for the people. We can say a talent is not owned by us and an obstruction is not owned by us, these are humanities, these belong to all beings. Now, we can say we have a specific talent and specific obstruction and this is our portion, it is what has been given to us. We can see this entire dance in the tending of a field.

As we tend a field first it must be said, we tend it for our subsistence. We tend it for what gives us life back. The tending is both about binding and liberating. To prepare the field that it might grow anything we have to remove all obstructions. We have till the ground, which is to loosen rocks from the soil, break up the soil and remove any weeds from the surface. After tilling, we plant that which we want to grow. We bind the seeds we desire to the ground. Now, we water, which activates life in the seed. From this activation the seed pops-up through the ground and begins growth. At this point, we guard the seed, liberating the seedlings from any unwanted guests. These are demons to the plant people and can come in a variety of forms. They can come in weed form, gopher form, deer form, all sorts of forms. We draw out the talent of the seed, which is its true being. We guard until the day of harvest. The harvest is a harvest of all the energy put in to binding and liberating and it is energy given back to the cycle of life. This energy given back is a refined energy, a purified energy and not only is it taken in, as in eaten, some is stored up for next years garden in the form of new seed.

The field cannot be tended unless both talents are drawn out and obstructions worked with. In this life, we are each given our portion to work with and it is a good portion. We are never given anything we cannot work with. St. Paul in his 1st letter to the Corinthians says it very beautifully,

“In whatever condition you were called, brothers and sisters, there remain with God”

We were called because who we innately are, we do not need to change who we are, we only need to bring awareness to who we are.

St. Paul also says in Corinthians,

“God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so you may be able to endure it.”

Nothing has been given that is outside of us. The ability to tend the field is not beyond our measure. Also, in this we can see we choose how far we want to go. How much rock do we want to dig up? How many seeds do we want to plant? How much can we really harvest? Our measure is our portion, and we must rejoice in our portion! To rejoice in the work is to engage in the work. As Solomon says in Ecclesiastes,

“This is what I have seen to be good; It is fitting to eat and drink and find enjoyment un all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of the life God gives us; for this is our lot”

May all beings be empowered to enact the portion given them!

Many Blessings and Shalom!
Sarah+

Brooke

Re: Tending the Field

#2 Postby Brooke » Tue Jun 07, 2011 9:30 am

Sister Sarah+ wrote: “In whatever condition you were called, brothers and sisters, there remain with God.”

We were called because who we innately are, we do not need to change who we are, we only need to bring awareness to who we are.


Shalom, Sister Sarah+ !

Thanks for this beautiful post that speaks to me of abiding and surrender. I think very often we may fall into the delusion of thinking we cannot serve until we've completely healed ourselves, but there's real power and empowerment in our Sophian-Christian walk -- which is our life, after all, abiding in the Way -- when we recognize that within every opportunity for service is the opportunity for greater tikkune.

Also, as you wrote, sister, "We can say a talent is not owned by us and an obstruction is not owned by us, these are humanities, these belong to all beings. Now, we can say we have a specific talent and specific obstruction and this is our portion, it is what has been given to us. We can see this entire dance in the tending of a field."

This beautiful dance is where we find ourselves and unless we can come to terms with ourselves within the dance -- accepting ourselves with all of our gifts as well as any shortcomings and personality quirks -- then the greater awareness you mentioned above is held at bay. So, acceptance means abiding in all that we are and all that we bring to God in service.

Indeed, this is such a worthy contemplation for all humans. May we all hold fast to ourselves as we reside within God, knowing our potential as who we already are in the Power and Presence.

Praise God!


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