By Steve Dragon
In the New Testament book of Mark, in Chapter 4, the Savior gives the Parable of the Sower. He talks about some seeds sown in stony ground, some seeds sown among thorns, and some seeds sown in good ground, and how the seeds responded to the respective environments in which they were sown.
We get a little further understanding from Alma in the Book of Mormon, Alma Chapter 32, where he expounds on a good seed planted in the heart, or, in other words, a seed in good ground. Starting in verse 37:
And behold, as the tree beginneth to grow, ye will say: Let us nourish it with great care, that it may get root, that it may grow up, and bring forth fruit unto us. And now behold, if ye nourish it with much care it will get root, and grow up, and bring forth fruit.
But if ye neglect the tree, and take no thought for its nourishment, behold it will not get any root; and when the heat of the sun cometh and scorcheth it, because it hath no root it withers away, and ye pluck it up and cast it out.
Now, this is not because the seed was not good, neither is it because the fruit thereof would not be desirable; but it is because your ground is barren, and ye will not nourish the tree, therefore ye cannot have the fruit thereof.
What does it take to nourish the seed? In real life, it depends on what it is we’re trying to grow. That’s pretty obvious when we look at the difference in local foliage between the cool and humid mountainous areas of the Pacific Northwest and the very hot and dry desert areas of southern Arizona. Pine trees and cactus require very different care to be properly nourished.
Some idea seeds, for me, have seemed like dandelions: the idea comes one day, and before I even have a chance to write it down—BOOM!—there’s the fruit ready to harvest. That’s what it was like with the funds I got for our Mentor and Facilitator Training. Beckie and I were discussing how we might be able to obtain sufficient funds; she suggested I call a friend of mine who worked where I used to work. When I called him the next day, that company “just happened” to have an immediate need, and within a week I had a lucrative contract.
Some idea seeds seem to be more like cactus: I plant the idea seed and a month or more later, I still don’t see anything happening. I was very diligent about repeating and feeling very strongly about my Mindset Mastery Phase 2 convertible goal every day. I finally decided that it just must not be the right time, so I stopped trying so hard. But something else has since occurred to me: There was one point while I was actively working on it that I had the thought that I should look into trading our current car for the convertible I wanted. Or maybe selling our car first so I had the funds to buy the convertible I wanted, thereby utilizing the Vacuum Law of Prosperity. Unfortunately, I too quickly dismissed those ideas as too much sacrifice or trouble.
I think that’s a very important part of the Law of Gestation. Seeds of all kinds take certain kinds of nourishment. Sometimes, as with plants and trees, we know what kinds of things we need to do to provide the proper nourishment for our seeds. For idea seeds, it’s usually the writing, frequent reading, and/or experiencing the emotion of the successful accomplishment of the goal that will bring its fruition. I certainly did that with my convertible. But often there may be some other things we need to do to, some action we need to take, to bring the goal closer to its fulfilment. With the convertible, I got the thought to take some action but ignored it. I’ll bet I would be enjoying that convertible right now had I followed through with that thought. But when I needed funds for our Facilitator Training, I chose to call my friend the next day as prompted. I could instead have thought, I’ll wait and see if he calls me, and then accept an offering of employment if he gives one. I’m glad I responded quickly.
The Laws are true, and they work for everyone when they are used correctly. Some idea seeds require more than just the thinking and goal-repeating to be nourished properly. Acting immediately on the promptings to “nourish” our seeds by some other work will often bring fruition about more quickly.
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