I would like to share another story with you; this is about a day in China that I will never forget. While walking through the avenues of the bonsai gardens with my guide, Chen, I had the pleasure of meeting the master gardener. (It is interesting to note that the Chinese, like the Aborigines, address you by your surname. Why is this so? Both cultures have already evolved up into the Divine language of the unconscious mind!) Back to the story! This master gardener had been working as a caretaker in these same gardens for more than ninety years. He began his apprenticeship at four years of age. In all of those years, he had never taken a day off from his work; he explained to me that he had a responsibility to his “children” – which were these magnificent trees – as they were beings lesser than he, and so he must nurture them so that they could find their own strength. He taught them how to talk to him, and he encouraged the stimulation of their mind, through tipping and pruning their branches twice a year – once in the spring to prepare them for the summer, and once in autumn to help them prepare for the winter, as this stimulated and educated their life force. Remember the turning point that I previously spoke about in regard to humanity; for, we must also turn and face ourselves at these same times each year.
It took a period of twenty-eight years for this master gardener to finalize his apprenticeship, after which time, he could take full responsibility for his work and not have to rely on others’ judgement. His training was the same as his own master’s had been. He had promised the trees that he would be there for them, that he would talk with them and share their responsibilities. Some of these trees were many hundreds of years old, and yet they still survived in these small clay bowls.
As I looked into his magnificent eyes, he related his stories to me, all the while gently touching the old tree that he was working with. This tree was the oldest in the gardens; it had only the shell of its trunk remaining, with one small branch that had five leaves poking out at the top. According to its chart, this tree was around 1,100 years old. My heart shattered into a thousand pieces at the love that poured from him as he spoke his words. His own family had come and gone, and he was all that was left, so now he could devote the rest of his life to attending to his Spiritual family. My goodness! I could see how his strength had released through his power coming together in order for him to achieve his self-acclaim.
I did not want to walk away and leave this beautiful man; I realized that I was in the presence of wisdom. As I bowed to him and brought my hands together, I blessed him and thanked him for his time.
Chen and I walked away, and, as I dried the tears from my eyes, I felt ever so humble. Chen’s arm slipped through mine, as I was teetering along the path, and he said, “Let’s go on to the teahouse and have a small pause.” As we walked along, I listened to Chen humming to himself, and I noticed that he would repeat the same sound over and over again. I asked if the song was an old one, and he smiled at me, saying, “No, it is not. It is I, calling myself back into harmony. Some of my 10,000 personalities need attention, but they are of no consequence in this moment, so I am informing them that we will share with one another at a later time.”. My heart melted when I heard his words. How precious to be able to communicate so honestly with the self! What an easy way to be in control, to de-stress, and to release the pressure of the mind – all at the same time! it is so simple, isn’t it? We Westerners still have such a long road to travel!
Explanation: “turning point”. Through our allotted time, a self-awakening (review) automatically happens twice a year. In March through to April – it is known as the “Ides of March” through the interpretation of the Greek and Roman myths, and it was known as a day of infamy because of the assassination of Julius Caesar – one must turn around and face up to the responsibility of oneself! Again it occurs in mid-August through to September, when it is known as the “Winds of Change”. Through the Laws of Shamanism, we refer to both of these stages as the “Turning Point”. Every human has the opportunity to turn and face themselves (metaphorically); once after our summer months, and once after the winter, to review our life and face up to the responsibilities (of self) that we have forced ourselves to overlook.
Excerpt: O.M. Kelly, Decoding the Mind of God (O.M. Kelly is also known as Omni).
CHAPTER 170 - The Master Gardener – Chen
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