This nursery rhyme called, “Jack and Jill,” enables me to expound on some essential spiritual attitudes. First, although some terrible things may happen to us there can be residual benefits that can prosper us enormously. Second, while experiencing those terrible things, we may want to retreat in a manner that allows us to heal. Third, we should never convey ill-intentions towards those who attempt to respond in healing ways in the face of calamity.
First Verse “Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down and broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after.
Second Verse Up Jack got and home did trot,
As fast as he could caper;
And went to bed and bound his head
With vinegar and brown paper.
Third Verse Then Jill came in, and she did grin,
To see Jack’s paper plaster;
Her mother whipped her, across her knee,
For laughing at Jack’s disaster.”
In the light of spiritual inspiration the water that Jack and Jill fetches refers to the soft, moist, and tender qualities of the spiritual fruit. Also, “went to bed and bound his head” refers to separating ourselves from adversity in a way that allows us to heal and return another day in the spirit of goodness. And, “her mother whipped her…for laughing at Jack’s disaster” encourages us to relate in a fruitful manner to those experiencing tragedy and attempting to heal fruitfully.
“Jack and Jill” brings lessons relating to the divinity of the soul. Doing things together is a beautiful experience. Especially when those activities flow from a divine goodness. That divine goodness allows us to interact from the spiritual fruitfulness flowing from one person to the next. Within those fruitful associations exists a peacefulness in the social union. From those peaceful intentions we desire life that flourishes as we respect the sanctity of life of our companions. There is a compulsion to honor the light of our friends divine worth. In this event, positive energy would flow in our communication with each other. But, what happens when a loved one falls and somehow causes a breach in those amazing relationships? One person becomes desolate of fruitfulness and becomes a harsh person to be around. In fact, conflict and hostility begins to manifest because of a breach with the serenity of inner life. It seems that the fallen friend has no regard for the existence of your life at all. An ominous darkness appears over the light of the divine worth of wholesome cohesion. The interaction becomes plagued with negativism in what is spoken and done. Even then, something good can come of this. The fallen person loves the fruitfulness of the bonds more than the unfruitful feelings towards a friend. Regrets begin to circulate through the desolate places of the soul. From that regret comes an ardent desire to abate primitive responses within a social network. In fact, deeper roots into the divinity of the soul begins to grow with a plushness of spiritual fruitfulness. Unions with others become more durable. As the fallen acquaintance retreats to be alone, in a bath of remorse, we should allow that solitude, or time of reflection. When a person suffers the calamity of a break-up, that is not the time to add insult to injury. It’s not even the time to try to add advice or exert some type of superiority. It’s a time to allow the person to heal by reforming a relationship with the living divinity of the soul.
“Jack and Jill” brings lessons relating to the spiritual fruit of our inner life. Living together through fruitful bonding fills the relationship with joyfulness, and faith in the good intentions of one another. We are able to fill the bucket of our inner life with the waters of love, kindness, and goodwill which transfers from one person to the next. And from those spiritual waters flows a natural feel of patience, self-control, and the ability to persevere in those fruitful bonds. Our associations develop continuity through meekness, gentleness, and peace. Calamity happens when we fall and break our union with the yield of the spirit’s fruit. There are those moments when a partner lapses into unfruitful expression of their thoughts and emotions through their behavior. The tranquil cohesion becomes embattled with conflict, harshness, and fearful aggression. That can become very ugly when hate, cruelty, and ill-intentions is in the mix. Those unfruitful behaviors mingle with pessimism, sadness, despair, and a sense of evilness. An inner life like that makes a person want to quit and give up on trying to make a relationship stay together. In fact, the accord could erupt with out of control and unfruitful impulsive feedback. Even then, some people will retreat into isolation and silence upon displaying actions like that to someone they have fruitful feelings towards. They feel shame, sorrow, regret, and grief for what they have done. This time of solitude will allow them to reflect, replenish, and reverse those unfruitful feelings, thoughts, and deeds. As they allow the spiritual fruit to resurface within their soul a healing will manifest in social interactions. This is not a time to add insult to injury, but a time to allow this recuperation to progress. The spirit of love, peace, faith, and perseverance can develop new growth with stronger roots.
In health ways we can relate to Jack and Jill. What better feeling is there than to share connections that comfort us mentally, emotionally, and through behaviors? When we live day by day together with a common purpose to fill up our buckets with spiritual waters then we have that mutual content within our physical health. Even when one of our comrades is physically ill the other friend is there in the spirit of goodwill to bring comforting reassurance and encouragement for healing. The spirit of the union permeates with patience, perseverance, and self-control to allow fruitful qualities to endure. The tragedy of a relationship is when a partner falls and might be a contributing factor to their own physical duress, or to others. They begin to handle calamity with perturbed mental processes, troubled emotions, and unsettling behaviors. This is not only a difficult situation for the healthy associate but may result in further desolation of the inner life of the fallen companion. That fallen person may withdraw into the barrens of substance abuse in what they drink, digest, inhale, or just abuse themselves from unsanitary living. While they retreat from the adversity to relieve their stress they may experience a reawakening. The opportunity is there for them to crave the fellowship where comfort, pleasure, and soothing physical health came through the love, goodwill, and kindness, of one another. They will begin to detest their dependence on stuff that is contrary to the benefits of the spiritual fruit. During their retreat, this is not a time to dwell, nag, badger or otherwise annoy the fallen acquaintence. Instead, this is a time to accept patience for the restoration of fruitful health. This is also a time to rely on self-control to calm the consequences of the hardship the shaken person is experiencing. In addition, this is a time to persevere within the goodness of the divinity of inner life. Our health, the health of our friends, and spiritual health depends on endurance when we feel lambasted by various circumstances.
In safety ways we can relate to Jack and Jill. What better way is there to live together in a safe and secure world then to fill our buckets together with tranquil waters? That translates into allowing our inner life to become full with the spiritual water of meekness, gentleness, and peace. In that event, we approach one another in ways to suggest a calm, tame, or civil intent. That enables us to feel a serene comfort at home with everyone who lives there. That peaceful atmosphere provides stability from day to day as we relate to one another. A chaotic environment comes about when a partner falls from the grace of a peaceful union. That causes interactions to become unsafe and insecure with hostile behaviors. The fallen friend develops aggressive and harsh responses with hints of the possibility of violence. They become discordant. Even in this event, the discordant individual may retreat from the stormy situation in a bed of regret, anguish, and contrition. There is a sincere aching within their soul for the renewal of peaceful, safe, and secure bonds. From their inner life is a prayer within the “smoke” signals for the serenity once known. This is not an occasion to antagonize this healing process with various degrees of revenge, retribution, or vindictiveness. This is a time to allow the fallen person to reunite with the divinity of the soul where the source of peace develops. In that light, a safe and secure union will transpire through the soul of the meek and gentle peacemakers.
OUR PLACE OF BELONGING
Within our place of belonging we can relate to Jack and Jill. Desirable friends, associates, companions, partners, allies, acquaintances etc. comprise our social network or place of belonging. Within those unions we can go together in group cohesion to fill our bucket with spiritual waters. Those waters flow through our inner life in the form of love, kindness, and goodwill for one another. Various mixes of those fruitful qualities bond us together in compassionate and harmonic interactions. Sometimes, one of our companions may fall from the intimacy that permeates the family communion. For some reason they begin to let sentiments of intolerance and feelings of hate to creep into their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. They begin to exclude others and become somewhat abusive to benevolent relations. Even after this primitive display of unfruitful attitudes towards constructive bonds they continue to have a desire for that loving kindness they once knew. This person will retreat from the circumstances that brought on the anti-social response. During this retreat, they will begin to feel shame, regret, remorse and will yearn for those fruitful waters that once filled the bucket of their soul. Within their desolation they will begin to experience a renewal of their inner life with tolerance, acceptance, intimacy, and love for fruitful interaction. During this healing process it’s best to let it happen, the same as you allow a sprouting seed to blossom. This is not a time to ostracize or otherwise antagonize the person for their lapse of social graces. This is a time to allow the fallen person to realign with the divinity of inner life to let the fruit of love, kindness, and goodwill to restore their desire for civil responses to others.
Within our sense of worth we can relate to Jack and Jill. How wonderful we feel when people relate to all the best qualities that exist of our inner life. They are relating to us through the divinity of our soul. While around them, there is a light shining on our divine worth. Mutual respect transpires when we can build bonds by filling one another’s bucket with waters that appeal to our self-esteem, ego, and feelings of worth. That happens as we unite through spiritually fruitful aspects. In that fruitfulness exists tranquility with one another, a respect for the sanctity of life within the relationship, acknowledgment of the divine presence of each others soul, and the resulting positive energy in our communication. But, what happens when companions fall from the mutual esteem once present in the communion? They might respond to you with attitudes of ridicule, disrespect, mockery, and with intent to humiliate your existence. The association becomes desolate of the fruit of peace, love, faith, and the divine presence seems to disappear in the atmosphere of negativity. Even in that contemptible environment the fallen friend may feel hurt and detest the degenerate consequences happening to the accord. That fallen person will retreat from the calamity to sulk into their feelings of worthlessness. Within themselves they truly desire to cherish the mutual benefits that are found in reverence to the divinity of inner life. They want to have more value to the relationship by diminishing degrading behaviors and words. This is a time of healing for their own egos as they allow fruitful waters to fill the bucket of their inward being. This is not a time to add insult to injury, nor to belittle them, nor to convey an air of superiority. This is a time to allow the person to heal their relationship to the supreme being within themselves to live in the renewal of a fruitful relationship.
Within the expression of our identity we can relate to Jack and Jill. How refreshing we would be when joining together to fill our buckets of communication with fruitful waters. Our words, behaviors, and attitudes would convey the optimism found within the spirit of faith, goodness, and joy. We would associate our identity with all that is delightful, edifying, and encouraging. But, sometimes we fall from the place of positively constructive expression of who we are. The relationship falls victim to despairing sentiments full of pessimism and hints of evilness. The mutually beneficial qualities in the union disappear through the negativism spoken and the deeds performed. It seems as though we no longer know the person we knew before. Even in that event there is hope for the recovery of fruitful self-expression in the bonds. That recovery comes about when the fallen partner suffers a distaste for the primitive person beginning to manifest through ugly self-expression. During this time, the shaken partner may want to be left alone to escape the unfruitful situation and to allow a more apologetic spirit to develop within the soul. This is a time to allow the person to be alone in the same way you allow a seed in a garden to be left alone in muddy soil. This is not a time to scold, tease, berate, or otherwise aggravate this healing process. By reconnecting and identifying with the divinity of the soul our self-expression grows new fruit within barren places. The restoration of beneficial interactions comes about.
There are causative proponents that do not want fruitful “Jack and Jill” relationships to form. Their intent attempts to deny the partnership of spiritually fruitful waters. They thrive on seeing friendships fall from uncivil interactions. Those people will even aggravate the inner desolation of the fallen friend to inhibit healing of the union. Their use of harsh and angry tones are prevalent towards those who express tones of peace relating to a spiritually fruitful association. The extent of their conversations is like a bargaining session that demands more loyalty to their dictates while downplaying the fruit of love, kindness, and goodness within affiliations. Agreeing to their third party terms robs friendships of joy while inducing sadness and pessimism within the “union.” But, acceptance of our need to fill our bucket with the waters of spiritual fruitfulness is the pathway to harmony with one another. During those times when we do succumb to unfruitful impulses it’s OK to retreat to a place of solitude to recover the civil blossoms of our inner life. And during this time of healing, it’s important to have a partner who is willing to give you some time of peace to mend.
There are populations, groups, reservoirs, or cultures who oppose watering relationships by filling the bucket of our inner life with fruitful qualities. The attitudes exiting people from those crowds are hostile to relationships forming from the divinity of the soul. Their words are hostile to communication flowering from the goodness of loving interactions. The behaviors they exhibit interfere and are destructive to bonds of a civilly wholesome kind. Those attitudes transfer directly through third parties who insist on being the dominant authority within social bonds. Indirectly, those attitudes transfer through people who are only able to interact with others when the bonds of the spiritual fruit does not exist.
The attitude of contending with a cohesive “Jack and Jill” relationship enter us because of what we feel within our sense of worth, and where we desire to be socially. If we believe we will fall or fail because we desire love, peace, joy, and goodness in our bonds then we will avoid that humiliation. We will seek social networks where we feel acceptance even if that involves grievous and difficult associates. In essence, we would contribute to the fall of our partner from inner fruitfulness while impeding the ability to heal within the divinity of the soul. Then praise, recognition, and approval would come from dominant third parties.
Those susceptible to contending with fruitful relationships want a physical union so ardently that they depend on third parties to establish that structure. They are willing to exchange the inward qualities that form civil unions for a partnership rooted in discrimination, prejudices, hatefulness, and conflict. That union lacks happiness, equality, and prerogatives. We can interrupt that cycle of rejecting the fruitful waters that glue our bonding together. We do that by accepting the divine worth of one another and allowing the waters of the spiritual fruit to fill our bucket and flow through our spirit.
We can assess that as people go up the hill to fill their bucket with spiritual waters it is possible to fall and injure that relationship in some way. But, we can retreat into the solitude of healing with the divine goodness of the soul. The diagnosis is that some people want to prohibit the drawing of fruitfulness in relationships, intend to cause an unfruitful breach in those bonds, and attempt to inhibit the healing of inner life. Even then, we plan to interact with others through the blossoms of peace, love, faith, and perseverance. We implement that plan by filling the bucket of inner life with the softness of spiritual waters, to realize there will be times when people lapse from constructive responses, and to allow people the time necessary to heal. We are successful in that plan as we revere the divinity of the soul that exist within the human animal. In that event, moist qualities such as goodwill, gentleness, joy, and self-control will permeate our spirit as we relate to others.