Dormancy is a time of planting seeds – good seed and cultivating the soil. It is a time of focusing primarily on the soil, watering it, feeding it with our conscious attention. It means having a consistent daily spiritual practice of devotion and commitment to doing the action work that will bear the fruits of tomorrow. The fruits of tomorrow do not come by just waiting out the storm.
The universe rewards us by our devotion and through our patient diligence to keep showing up as an offering to do God’s will even when the fruits of our labors seem slow to harvest. As we move from praying that God remove our suffering from us to embracing what is and pray to be used by the Divine, everything else is added unto us.
The ‘everything else’ is what bears forth from the branches. Our focus is not on manipulating the surface or trying to figure it out. The tree already knows how to produce fruit. Our focus is on cultivating the necessary conditions for growth.
The farmer doesn’t focus on pulling the branches to get them to grow, he focuses on the soil and the branches naturally grow; simply by providing and cultivating the necessary conditions.
Spiritual growth is not about improving our human experience. We don’t reap a bountiful harvest by trying to fix, change, control or manipulate anything or anyone ‘out there’. Even some of this attraction and abundance stuff is really a manipulation in thinking that acquiring such things is going to provide us with the real peace, joy, abundance, safety and security we desire which has nothing to do with this world. Solving the surface problems puts our energy on trying to change, manipulate or strategize what is out there or to get more.
Initiations bring up our old structures that we have relied on to be challenged. When we release our dependency or attachments to these structures in relationship, money, health or even the ‘intellectual belief’ in God we release the resources and come to a deeper knowing of our true Source. Our structures can be rebuilt in alignment with the truth of who we are as divine beings of love and light.
This anchoring of our roots in the one and only true Source of all that is helps us withstand the storms, droughts and fires or whatever circumstances come our way. With deep roots we can reach higher heights from a place of stability and security, knowing that we are indeed nourished, taken care of supported and abundant no matter what conditions are external.
To grow and awaken spiritually, we need to dig our roots deeper and not just want to merely improve our human experience. We cannot awaken spiritually by trying to shoot upward as a means of escaping this world. We need to go within and sit with our stuff, our loneliness and feelings of separation, not to deny them, get rid of them or try to fix them somewhere outside or even wait them out hoping that with time all the suffering will just all go away.
During these times of deep inner work, may we be patient and know that all things are perfectly designed for our greatest good. May we also choose and cultivate those small and precious moments of grace and bliss. What we focus on persists. May our eyes be single minded towards the kingdom of God. Put one eye on the harvest while the other is in the moment choosing joy over suffering during these times of cultivation so we may reap an even more abundant harvest.