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The Garden of Your Life

The Garden of Your Life - Louise Hay

Think for a moment of a tomato plant. A healthy plant can have more than a hundred tomatoes on it. In order to get this tomato plant with all these tomatoes on it, we need to start with a small dried seed. That seed doesn’t look like a tomato plant. It sure doesn’t taste like a tomato plant. If you didn’t know for sure, you would not even believe it could be a tomato plant. However, let’s say you plant this seed in fertile soil, and you water it and let the sun shine on it.

When the first little tiny shoot comes up, you don’t stomp on it and say, “That’s not a tomato plant.” Rather, you look at it and say, “Oh boy! Here it comes,” and you watch it grow with delight. In time, if you continue to water it and give it lots of sunshine and pull away any weeds, you might have a tomato plant with more than a hundred luscious tomatoes.

It all begins with that one tiny seed.

It is the same with creating a new experience for yourself. The soil you plant in is your subconscious mind. The seed is the new affirmation. The whole new experience is in this tiny seed. You water it with affirmations. You let the sunshine of positive thoughts beam on it. You weed the garden by pulling out the negative thoughts that come up. And when you first see the tiniest little evidence, you don’t stomp on it and say, “That’s not enough!” Instead, you look at this first breakthrough and exclaim with glee, “Oh boy! Here it comes! It’s working!”

Then you watch it grow and see how your thoughts create your desire.

Let’s affirm: Spiritual growth often comes in ways I do not expect, so I regularly sweep out negative thoughts to clear the way for the new.

Comments (10)

  • 1.

    October 3, 2012
    11:29 am

    thank you for all of the sunshine you bring to me! xxx

    – catherine
  • 2.

    October 3, 2012
    1:15 pm

    Dear Louise, I thank you for this post. Carefully read your writings to penetrate into the essence of things. As far as I understand, I must be always at the right time at the right place and doing the right thing always

    – olga
  • 3.

    October 3, 2012
    1:15 pm

    Knowing that spiritual growth often comes in the way that I do not expect I need to ignore any negativity to clear the way for the opening of a new door. Thanks for the light which give me and I will give everything of myself to achieve that.

    – olga
  • 4.

    October 3, 2012
    3:29 pm

    Hi Louise, what a beautiful metaphor. I think PATIENCE fits somewhere in there too. You water your seed daily with patience and trust that it will grow into something beautiful. It's certainly something I need to work on. Thank you for your wise words. Love Leeza (Wobbly Woman)

    – Leeza
  • 5.

    October 8, 2012
    10:28 pm

    A brilliant TEACHER--Louise, Have a terrific Birthday!--You will never know HOW much your books and CD's and your appearance in Sydney Australia --helped me to see my WAY to the brighter future,after marriage ended . THANKS to your teachings. May you have many blessings for the GOOD you give to ALL. happy,happy BIRTHDAY, to a gracious LADY!

    – Elena in Sydney
  • 6.

    October 12, 2012
    6:10 pm

    Dear Louise,Thank very much for teaching us everyday. Happy Birthady to you! God bless you! You are a beautiful Soul...........love, Ana

    – ana
  • 7.

    October 15, 2012
    8:42 am

    Dear Louise, love to you as your seeds grow still yet another day. You are inspiring beyond words....Love, Lisa

    – Lisa
  • 8.

    October 18, 2012
    1:17 pm

    Well said Louise, I love the metaphor. We often overlook the growth process and expect everything yesterday.

    – Jack Grabon
  • 9.

    November 15, 2012
    9:03 am

    Thank you for this inspirational message. I tend to be uncertain that the weeds I am pulling will actually diminish. I sometimes feel so overwhelmed with my negative self talk that the weeding can just be so unbearable. I then don't know where to start! I will reread your message and see if I can apply this on a daily basis. Again, thank you.

    – Susan
  • 10.

    November 18, 2012
    11:54 pm

    hello madame!! i always feel so damn invincible positive when i even read your single word...you are magical,my idol, i love you and alwways keep doing this fab work for all the suffering people and souls who need you and only you....gratitude and my heartfelt love and blessings to YOU!!!! i love you mam...may you live longest!!!:)

    – aditi

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