Friday, September 18, 2015

A Seed Sprouting - aka courage.

A seed is tightly contained and held in by its shell. It's strong and durable. Some seeds last for a long time. Gorse seeds can survive for 50 years and still grow.

What changes when the seed germinates and sprouts??

Well, the science minded people would say a root grows down and a sprout grows up. And then it becomes a plant.

The analogy minded people would say that the sprout displays courage and determination in it's fight to the light and to moisture.

Spiritual people might say that the seed has stepped from the safe place out into the unknown. That the seed has previously stayed contained, safe and within a shell. Then something triggered the seed to grow and begin the journey to the light. It's a journey of possibilities and dangers, depending on your perception. The sprout has to push its way through soil and maybe stones/twigs/leaves/grass. It has to survive birds or animals eating it. It has to experience heavy rain, bright sunshine, heat and shade. And many other natural occurrences.

So, does the seed display courage? I suggest that the seed is following the natural triggers for growth. Some sprouts survive and some don't.

And a human stepping out of their shell and into the unknown of not knowing the detail of the future and the potential endless possibilities. Is courage felt? It seems to me that we often say that someone else displays courage but it is not recognised in ourselves.

I took that step out of my shell into the wide potential. I didn't feel courageous. I felt compelled to take the step. I felt a myriad of feelings arising, triggered by so many changes, adjustments and adaptations. I stepped from a safe place of predictability and containment, into many new experiences.

A journey to the light.

A journey in the light of my own being. Expanding and opening to the abundance of life.


  1. It would be the same for those 12 duck eggs I found today. Soon they will hatch and step out into the world.
    Enjoy your journey Annette

    1. Except the ducklings will have someone to guide and protect them for a while.