"Like a seed, our environment can affect our growth"
Environment here is about how the type of people, the type of job, the type of space in which you surround yourself with.
This article is bout addressing the importance of your surroundings because our environment can affect the way in which we grow much like the environment can affect a seed i.e. if the soil is fertile and water is plenty then the seed will thrive, but when the soil is dry and there is no water and sun to support it then the plant will wither.
Thus it is important to become aware of the ways in which we can use the environment to Catalyze our growth. This article is about becoming aware of the importance of our surroundings, of becoming aware of how our friends, our relationships, our jobs – our environment can be constructive and deconstructive to our growth.
Environment In Depth
We are like a seed. When we plant ourselves in a fertile environment then we can thrive. Realize that unlike a tree which cannot make a choice in its environment, we have the power to choose the environment that is beneficial to us and a lot of us do not realize this Power of Choice we have.
We have the power to choose our environment
Remember that our environment is what we choose to surround ourselves with and this includes not only the friends and acquaintances that we choose to hang around with but also includes our living conditions and the type of jobs that we do.
Importance Of Addressing Environment
It is important to become aware that we have the power to choose our environment.
When we lack such awareness we can end up being stuck with the wrong type of friends, with jobs that we are unhappy with or end up living in an unhealthy environment. We can also end up with the belief that we are just “unlucky” not realizing that the environment in which we have comes not from “luck” but rather simply from the “choices” that we have made.
Although we can still grow as a person regardless of the environment, we can thrive much quicker if within a more suitable environment. For instance, it is much faster to row a boat if there is someone who is rowing in the same way as you. However, if we pick up friends who go against our flow then we can easily stagnate.
Thus we can all use environment as a catalyst to push us forward in life.
Path Of Creator
Environment In Relation To The Path Of Creator
Our environment can be simplified into three main categories:
Our relationships with people, our living conditions, our jobs.
The Path begins with developing the Knowing of The Self – of developing the Knowing of what kind of environment is constructive and destructive to one’s spiritual growth (spiritual growth here means the journey towards greater happiness.)
And this journey is accompanied by developing the Knowing that we are the Creator of our lives – that all that has manifested up until now is a result of the choices we have made. And as we have the power to Create it, we also have the Power to Re-Create it, to re-change, re-structure – transform our lives.
The journey can be divided into two main phases.
The journey is about developing the Knowing that each individual will require a different type of soil to grow. We are all different type of seeds. For instance, some of us can grow in jobs like accounting whilst others cannot and thrive better in creative jobs like being a musician. And likewise, some people are more suited to being around extroverted people whilst some are more suited to being around introverted people.
Thus the first phase is about becoming aware that we all have our own unique Paths in life and it is up to us to discover it.
Secondly, throughout the journey one will gradually develop the wisdom and knowing within all type of environments there are always opportunities to grow. For instance, through having positive friends we can learn to be positive ourselves. Through negative friends, we can learn to overcome our own negativities. Thus it is
about developing the wisdom that there are no good or bad environments but rather opportunities. After one understands this, then one can then become a master of using environments to properly catalyze their sufferings.
On the Path Of Creator, the right environment is about choosing an environment which will help one to accelerate the Knowing of The Self to Transform and Release one’s Sufferings.
So let us look at the many catalysts we can use to help accelerate the journey.
First we can realize that the cause for the lack of Knowing of which environment is beneficial or not usually is caused by the habit of not making enough choices when it comes to pursuing one's own desires.Thus generally by taking more responsibility in making more decisions in life – especially with the intention to “improve” one’s life will help one to develop the Knowing in this area.
Blockages to choosing the environment can also come from the Fears that we carry.
All fears will always recede back to one root cause which is the lack of Self-Acceptance. There can be a fear of being rejected thus creating a fear of making choices. The belief that one is undeserving / unworthy of being in a beneficial environment can also turn one away from improving their environment.
As the Seed Cause to all forms of Sufferings including fears come from Negative Ideas, let us look at some Negative Ideas that can affect us in our choices of deciding what environments to surround ourselves with.
At The Idea Level
Let us look at some of the Negative Ideas that can create big blockages to choosing beneficial environment.
Sacrificial Ideas about Love are also Negative Ideas that needs to be addressed. See Catalyst – Direction of Love.
“It is not ok to be loved / loved more than the other”
“It is not ok to have more / I do not deserve more than the other”
The following article can help one to catalyze the release from the attachment towards unnecessary suffering.
“It is not ok to not Suffer”
There are some of us who carry the belief that suffering is necessary for growth.
People often misinterpret the idea that suffering is necessary to grow. Clarity will come when one realizes that one cannot grow simply from suffering. the moment of growth only happens when one realizes what the cause of one's suffering and
transforms and releases oneself from it The suffering thus disappears from Realization / Transformation rather than suffering for the sake of suffering.
Thus there is no growth from simply throwing ourselves into suffering environments, for instance a bad relationship or a bad job. Growth comes when we look deep within to see what is causing our negative reactions to the environment around us and this is how we can bring ourselves closer to see a clearer pictures of what our Sufferings actually is. Thus it is by having the intention to transform and release our fears that one can find a chance to grow out of a suffering environment.
Being in a suffering environment however can provide deeper insights to ourselves. But when we choose suffering environments this way we must have a good sense of how long to stay and when to leave and also carry a state of Stillness throughout the experience to help alleviate any blockages / confusions that may arise and block deeper Knowing because Suffering environments can push our minds into a "Reactive" state and this can greatly stimulate and unstill the mind. Thus sometimes it’s best to dip in and out so that we can have the Stillness to step out of the experience to observe what has just happened and go back in when we need a closer look again.
One will find it easier to grasp the use of environments for growth when one learns to take their journey one step at a time. Thus there is no need to dive straight into an extremely suffering situation to learn.
Develop Experienced Knowledge
You can begin developing the awareness of what environment is constructive and destructive to your well-being by looking at your living condition, your relationships and your jobs and asking yourself the question “Can this be improved?”
One can take small steps at a time to develop this awareness simply by simply re-arranging one’s room to improve it, learning to find inefficiencies in one’s lives, to question about one’s diets i.e. to become aware of just how healthy one is eating in life. By developing awareness of how to improve the little things in life one will become aware of how to find a better environment. See Catalyst – Improvement / Progress
The Creator's MeditationLink here
The Creator’s Meditation is best practiced in a quiet place where there is no music / no sound. This allows for non-distraction and total focus on The Self.
However, if there are noises or discomfort in the meditation session, one can use the suffering environment to catalyse the experience – i.e. by developing one’s focus by not wandering off and staying on the body journey, by overcoming all negativities towards the surrounding sounds, by developing Outer Stillness through not moving around when the discomfort comes.
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