Saturday, April 23, 2016

EARTH DAY - A Reprint From 2014 Calendar Of Virtues - "DEVOTION BECOMES SACRIFICE: THE SEED"


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CALENDAR OF VIRTUES - DEVOTION BECOMES SACRIFICE - THE SEED

This blog post is based on the Calendar of Virtues (http://www.calendarofvirtues.blogspot.com) which you can find on a separate page on this blog. You are invited to join an on-going exploration described on that page.

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EARTH DAY - HERE IS THE POST FROM 2014

This blog post was originally written for threesimplequestions.blogspot.com in 2014.

WHO AM I?
     I am the Seed. I am all about Devotion. In me I have bound together all of the genetic matter required to reproduce my species. This has been gathered over successive generations of plants. Some qualities have stayed, others fallen away over time. And, I can protect this special cargo for a very long time. Because I am a plant seed, I have enclosed the germplasm in a very hard seed-case.
    Human Devotion is a virtue and gains strength when one spends time with something or someone important to you- including your future plans and dreams.  Like the seed, a practice of Devotion is an active gathering together all the knowledge, insight and experience possible within yourself – and this can take time, lots of it.

WHY AM I HERE?
    Sacrifice. The Seed is all about Devotion AND Sacrifice. When the time is right, I have got to be able to transform myself – to sacrifice one form - the form I am most comfortable with, have spent so much time perfecting -  to become another – sacrifice my beautiful hard-shell to become re-born as a plant. I'm gonna need some help. When I’m planted in the dark earth and broken down by water, warmth, and life in the soil, that to which I have been devoted – will be released. Without Sacrifice the "new and improved me" cannot be re-born.
    Self-sacrifice is terribly uncomfortable. Sometimes if you are in the midst of personal change it can actually feel as if something within you is dissolving, something hard or fixed is breaking down.

THE OPPOSITE: Not Caring
    The Virtues of Devotion and Sacrifice depend upon Care. There is a risk that they can draw you in to a type of hyper-devotion such as dogmatism or fanaticism. To guard against these excesses, many may develop an negative virtue of distancing themselves by not caring or cynicism. The soul question is how to stay objective but devoted and engaged. How to come close without merging.

WHAT DO I WANT?
    The questions I ask myself are: Has Devotion been easy? Hard? Has it gotten stuck? And, how is it going with your self-transformation? Is it time to practice the Virtue of Sacrifice and give up that to which we are devoted so that something new can come into the world, and into yourself?

© Copyright 2014, Jean W. Yeager


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