Organic Personal Growth

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Fertilisers and Pesticides
A GM-Free Zone
Growing from Wild Seeds

 

“Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.”Pearl S. Buck

Every living organism needs to grow. We can also call it development, evolution, or maturing. It is one of the vital signs of life.

Mystics, philosophers, and psychologists have long realised that humans are not fully developed when the body reaches maturity. We have to do something to promote the maturing process of our Consciousness. If we don’t, certain parts of us never fully grow up.

Different schools of thought focus on different areas to stimulate the maturing process of human Consciousness. In the spiritual traditions the idea is to grow beyond the mundane human experience, to become a kind of superior human being by reaching enlightenment.

In psychology the idea is to grow beyond the psychological wounds, which everybody has inevitably received during childhood. Psychotherapy methods are used to heal the injuries, so that we don’t continue to suffer from them as adults.

Personal development is a relatively new concept, and it can take many forms. The idea is to support our own growth process in order to function better in the world, become more successful, and improve our experience of life.

In an interview the German anthropologist Christina Kessler says, “Growth wants to happen all the time. And humans seem to be the only species capable of obstructing it. Especially in the west we have this tendency to hold on to what’s good, to preserve what we’ve got, to maintain a status quo… But life isn’t like that, it is not meant like that, it moves on, it wants to move us.”

 

Fertilisers and Pesticides

“Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.”Edward Abbey

Independently of discipline or tradition, the inner world of human Consciousness is perceived as our personal territory, which is ours to cultivate. The methods suggested to ‘farm’ this inner piece of land are surprisingly similar.

Virtually all approaches identify what they want to cultivate internally and what they want to eliminate. Then they go to work with mental fertilisers and pesticides of various kinds. (There are precious few exceptions).

Mental fertilisers are used to cultivate the beliefs, thoughts and feelings, which are considered positive, desirable and beneficial to the inner landscape. These can come in the form of written or spoken words, images, rituals, activities and symbols.

Mental pesticides consist mainly in an aggressive attitude towards negative, undesirable thoughts, beliefs and feelings. New technologies to eliminate them are being invented all the time.

All methods designed to suppress or eradicate obnoxious mental weeds may seem successful in the short term. But the long term side-effects are potentially disastrous.

Mental fertilisers – methods designed to cultivate specific mental specimen considered acceptable or desirable – are equally dubious. Despite apparent successes, the after-effects could be a lot more harmful than we currently realise.

Despite the growing awareness of the many benefits of organic methods to produce our food, the idea that the same principles could apply to the inner soil is surprisingly absent. What makes us believe in treating our internal environment with aggressive procedures, even though there is plenty of evidence that the techniques don’t produce the expected results?

 

A GM-Free Zone

“If we throw mother nature out of the window, she comes back in the door with a pitchfork.”Masanobu Fukuoka

The Japanese farmer Masanobu Fukuoka, founder of the One Straw Revolution, and various others have demonstrated that there are sustainable, healthy, and viable alternatives to the aggressive methods of modern agriculture. Many productive permaculture projects and organic farms prove that it is possible to grow nutritious food in harmony with our external environment.

Self-Knowledge Management and the Solo System show that the same applies to our internal environment. Using principles equivalent to permaculture and organic gardening we can engage in the natural cultivation of our own Consciousness without manipulation or aggression.

The inner environment seems manipulated and polluted in many ways. This is the normal starting condition for everyone. Here’s the bad news: Your Consciousness has been generically modified since conception. The generic modification of human Consciousness is called social and cultural conditioning.

The good news is that we are not stuck with our conditioning. As long as we are in a relatively healthy psychological state, we have the ability and power to do something about it. We have the capacity to transform our inner landscape into a thriving piece of paradise.

Of course this takes time, commitment, and patience. But it’s well worth it, and it is the only way to create a sustainable internal ecosystem, where healthy growth can take place spontaneously.

As a living organism human Consciousness regenerates itself all the time. Our main task is to make space for the natural processes of healing and creating. We can learn to support them rather than interfere with them.

Here are 3 vital factors to start the process of organic personal growth:

1 – Awareness

2 – Presence

3 – Authenticity

1 – Awareness means expanding our awareness of what’s really going on inside our own inner world. This is very simple, but it requires time and commitment. We have to make it a priority. If you knew how much of life is passing you by without awareness, you would make the time.

2 – Presence means being present with our own experience in real time. Once we realise the full extent to which real life is only ever happening now, and that real changes can only be made in the present, it’s easier to stop living in the past or future. Cultivating presence can start as a daily practice of only five minutes.

3 – Authenticity means being honest with yourself. Being totally honest with ourselves feels strange, and it may seem difficult. But that’s only because we’re so used to kidding ourselves a lot of the time. It takes practice. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll find that it’s a lot easier than being dishonest with yourself. With authenticity being the only way to become your ’True Self’ and enjoy your ‘True Life’, getting started soon becomes a priority

 

Environment and Soil

“The Wilderness holds answers to more questions than we have yet learned to ask.”Nancy Wynne Newhall

Most methods promoting the development of human potential encourage us to plant well established specimen into the inner soil. They might for instance teach us to adopt the 7 habits of successful people or follow the 10 commandments of good behaviour or take the 12 proven steps out of the inner prison.

All of these can be helpful occasionally. The most obvious advantages are that these specimen create a supportive framework and that you can see immediate progress.

The main disadvantage is that the purity and ‘fit’ of any pre-cultivated specimen is difficult to verify. Many might be generically modified. Some of them may not be compatible with our own inner soil.

For organic personal growth we recommend that you become familiar with the process of growing your own healthy inner plants from seed. This is convenient because the seeds of everything you could possibly want and need to grow are already lying dormant within your inner soil.

All of your own natural seed-material is uncultivated and ‘wild’, and the trouble with wild seeds is that they are unpredictable. When you first look at them you can’t tell at all what’s going to grow from them. And when they burst, they always produce a certain amount of discomfort.

American author and business woman Cynthia Ocelli knew this when she wrote, “For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.”

Something similar happens within our inner soil whenever a seed of our dormant potential cracks open. Something pops up and everything changes. It may feel like a crisis. It can appear very destructive.

This might explain why organic personal growth has not yet taken off as a viable method for cultivating our inner world. Why would you want to expose yourself to apparently destructive processes? Nobody wants to add to their pain.

(Un)fortunately, wild inner seeds germinate and cause pain no matter which method we apply. They stir even when we have no interest in cultivating the inner soil at all. As with the body, human Consciousness also has growing pains, and nobody is immune.

 

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