Good Company

Since the Corona arrived, in Norway we very fast realized that we might starve to death and after we had bough ut all the toilet paper we bought seeds.

I dug up quite some beds in my garden and planted lots of seeds inside in March. Mostly tomato seeds. I had trust and planted two seeds in a big pot for what I was certain to be a formidable grand bush of tomatoes.
In one month it grew to the two first tiny leaves – and there it stopped. It stem never grew thicker than a sowing thread. Then it withered. And so it went with the others too .

Then after 2 months of this I decided to toughen in up and let it stay outside all the time.That helped – it now grew up more robust, but still max 1/2 cm tall.

That lasted until three days ago, when I asked both plants – in their big pots – what was wrong. At once they started to wail, and one of them said with a low voice ” we’re lonely. We need company!”

I felt ashamed but happy that they were so straightforward. And I promptly placed them in my mint bed with roots from here to China.
Two days later one has sprouted new leaves and smiles at me – the other seems a bit crippled but we will see what happens now when he is in a loving environment.

Smiling and playing music for plants

In a spiritual group recently I posted this:

Deepening practice week 8: I made an intention to SMILE AT PLANTS.

IT FEELS WONDERFUL. I smile a lot now, and of course they smile right back.

Today, I received this:

Next week, Barcelona’s Liceu opera house will emerge from its lockdown-induced siesta by throwing a concert to a rather unusual audience. The attendees will not need masks or gloves, nor will they be required to follow physical distancing rules.

However, they might like to take along a nice comfy pot and some water to prevent their roots from drying out as a string quartet serenades them, fittingly, with Puccini’s Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums).

A total of 2,292 plants will occupy the venue’s seats and listen to the opera house’s first post-lockdown concert when it reopens next Monday. Non-vegetal music fans will also be able to enjoy the performance as it will be live-streamed.

According to the Liceu’s artistic director Víctor García de Gomar, the Concert for the Biocene, played the by Uceli quartet, is intended to help us ponder the current state of the human condition and how, in lockdown, we have become “an audience deprived of the possibility of being an audience”.

For Eugenio Ampudia, the conceptual artist behind the concert, the project will serve to reflect what has happened across Spain and around the world as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to retreat from shared public areas.

“At a time when an important part of humankind has shut itself up in enclosed spaces and been obliged to relinquish movement, nature has crept forward to occupy the spaces we have ceded,” said Ampudia.

After the concert, the plants will find themselves in a new home, with each one of them being donated to 2,292 health workers as thank you for their efforts over recent months.

 

Thunder and lightening

It feels like I have come up from really murky heavy drugged waters. Been there for weeks – short periods of peace in between, but mostly feeling drugged. I dragged myself out in the garden to remove some sticking shrubs: Japanse  berberis. LONG THORNS! I worked with thick gloves, and still was stung again and again and again. I got angrier and angrier, telling the bush that I hated it. I allowed that hate to grow, it felt dangerous….”now I will be punished” told the ego, and I sort of believed it… dark clouds gathered, and a sudden strong rain came. I was inside when the first lightening and thunder started, and pulled all the plugs, sitting and asking for help to see this differently.

There was a little pause – and then a clear decision was there: “I am not willing to be a pawn for the ego thought-system.”

Within 2-3 seconds, the state of druggedness and fogginess evaporated. I have felt like 98 years for a long while – now I feel like 30.

The ever-present pressure to “do something useful” that has felt like a heavy steelband around my temples has gone too.

Once more – a reminder:

“I am not willing to be a pawn for the ego thought-system.”

Japanse berberis (Berberis thunbergii)

“This was a mistake

Today, this stands out:

T-22.VI.5. Before a holy relationship there is no sin. 2 The form of error is no longer seen, and reason, joined with love, looks quietly on all confusion, observing merely, “This was a mistake.” 3 And then the same Atonement you accepted in your relationship corrects the error, and lays a part of Heaven in its place. 4 How blessed are you who let this gift be given! 5 Each part of Heaven that you bring is given you. 6 And every empty place in Heaven that you fill again with the eternal light you bring, shines now on you. 7 The means of sinlessness can know no fear because they carry only love with them.

When i read this, I sensed a sweet release at the words ” this was a mistake.” I remember that I am only ever reviewing the past – having the choice to condemn it or forgive the illusion of it.

I used it several times today. My neighbor drove me down to the nursery to buy plants, and poured out her complaints about being with an Alzheimer-patient and trying to correct her each time she spoke something wrong. I felt a momentary headache – confirmed “this was a mistake” and asked for help what to say. Instantly I was led to tell my neighbor that the reason she felt so exhausted, was because she felt responsible to correct the Alzheimer-patient – sort of taking her out of the sickness. What a burden! I suggested that next time, she might just enter the patients story where she believed herself to be, and meet her there.

What a great reminder to allow things to be as they are.

Please note that nothing written here is intended as medical advice. Readers who think that they need help with a physical or psychological condition are advised to seek a qualified opinion.

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