Fruits of the Spirit
As we are fully into the swing of the season of celebrating the fruits of our labors, this presents an opportunity to discuss the seeds/fruits of the Spirit. We will explore this in a series of essays over the coming months. This is a chance to allow for deeper reflection on what , as Myrtle Fillmore would say, "thought seeds" we've planted and nourished that are now bearing fruit in our lives.
According to author Bruce McArthur, there are listed within the voluminous library of Edgar Cayce's readings twenty seven "seeds/fruits of the Spirit" which are referred to as "ideal aspects of God." Each of these are potentials within us to develop or let atrophy. As we open up to becoming the best person we can be, we will experience benefits or "fruits". Let's start with three of these that bloom when we live in accordance with our highest and best self, our God self, Christ mind.
Let's start with Brotherly Love. This is a seed that can grow in response to someone in need or despair. Right now, I am feeling this keenly when news of the wars crashes into my tranquil world. From this seed of an idea we can endeavor to find a way to act with compassion for their plight. Send prayers, send money, what else is there to do? We can practice more diligently loving our brothers and sisters that we are with every day to keep this fragile seed nourished.
Let's consider the fruits of Fellowship. When we feel connected with one another and safe to share what we believe, a community of common interests emerges. It makes light work with tasks shared and a sense of joy when we are in one another's company. This can be felt in working for a common cause such as world peace, by working in a human rights organization, or in a church community feeding the many people suffering food insecurity, so they too may celebrate with a Thanksgiving feast.
And then there is Meekness. This is a word that has different meanings. In this context, I don't mean docile or submissive or wishy-washy. What I'm talking about here is an ability to be non-confrontational, non-retaliating and attentive to your inner wisdom, bringing fourth the qualities of inner strength, gentleness, kindness, patience and humility. For many, Gandhi was a role model of a spiritual warrior who embodied these abilities.
We have so much potential for sharing with each other more fully from the bountiful harvest of our divine nature. It is our purpose to fully embody our divine nature, knowing these fruits are our reward. This is a life well lived.
with only more love,
Dana Consuelo LMC
Director of Prayer Ministries
Unity in Lynnwood