When I ask, “Do we see people as trees?” simultaneously there is the reminder that we know the type of tree by the fruit, or blossoms that is brought forth. In that light, there is obviously a distinction between seeing people as trees, and knowing people by the blossoms their “branches bring. In the first example, it’s like seeing everyone the same, like a forrest of trees with the covering of wood but not really seeing the inner workings within the branches that causes or prohibits blossoms. In the second example, we see the inner workings of people and the spiritual nutrition that flows through their inner being to cause good fruit, or good attitudes to develop. For example, one person contributes $50.00 to buy a violent gang member a pistol, but another person uses $50.00 to make a child’s birthday party a little happier. In the first example, we would not want to eat from the fruit of that “gift,” too much like poison berries or sour grapes! In the second example, we taste of the fruit that the $50.00 nurtures and it is deliciously nutritious with social benefits. From this, we can determine what is flowing within the person to make each one respond so differently with the $50.00 they have. Let’s continue with the article.
The divine spiritual presence that lives within our soul is like the roots of a living and blossoming tree. When those roots are healthy within us we develop an inner life that is constructive to the environment we are in. Consider how a tree functions to bring forth the blossoms on the branches; the roots embed in good soil, that good soil is moist enabling the absorption of water and various nutrients, within the tree is a soft substance we know as morrow which carries moisture through the trunk and branches to give life to blossoms of various kinds. Likewise, when our inner being is soft and moist, we are able to absorb the substances that the intelligent spiritual presence has to give. By the roots of the divine presence that embeds in our soul, we absorb fruitfulness into our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. With that, those divine roots enable us to remain soft, tender, and moist to respect the life that is in us and to convey the spirit of life to those around. By remaining open to the decency within us, we are regulating away the attitudes that cause the “morrow” in our “branches” to decay and rot. In essence, by living in the light of the divine presence within ourselves we are better able to recognize the spiritual qualities in others which enables mutual exchanges from one person to the other. With spiritual roots growing in the good soil of our soul, nutrients will flow through us to give beautiful blossoms of positive energy in what we say and do.
The spiritual fruit is the nutrition that gives life to our inner being. This is similar to the tree that absorbs moist nutrients into the branches, through the roots, to give life to new blossoms. Even though we refer to love, kindness, and goodwill as fruit that blooms from our spiritual fertility, there are actually many, many varieties of fruit that come from those three qualities. For example, being a nurse, philanthropist, or just a “good-deed” doer are blossoms that come from our “branches” when loving kindness is the nutrition flowing through us. In a similar way, that is true of peace, meekness, gentleness, or even faith, joy, goodness, and even patience, self-control, or perseverance. Once again, we know the tree by the fruit that blooms.
The welfare of our health requires we know the fruit that people give.
A safe and secure envieonment comes by knowing the kind of fruit that people issue.
OUR PLACE OF BELONGING
Our proper place of belonging comes from knowing the fruit that people bring forth.
Seeing people as trees is an impetus to form relationships with hateful people who are destructive to the loving people around. When we see people by the fruit they bring forth then we will choose to form bonds with tolerant, loving, accepting, and intimate people through the spiritual fruit of kindness, goodwill, and love.
Maintaining esteem within our sense of worth comes by the light of knowing the fruit that various people commission.
Positive self-expression comes from knowing who we are within a forest of fruit bearing trees.
Some people want to deny us the ability to blossom with the spiritual fruit within our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors, they are terminally ill with “root rot” exhibiting unfruitfulness. Because of their angry attitude they prohibit the fruit of peace from blossoming while exhibiting uncooperative and argumentative behavior towards the fruitfulness of others. In a similar way, their use of pessimism to convey depression at the beautiful blossoms in others prohibits joy and happiness from sprouting. Their extent of bargaining is to usurp all the water from the spiritual roots of others so they can claim the goodness in the world as their own, but their inner condition does not allow the spiritual fruit to absorb and blossom within their soul. Acceptance that the soft moistness of our inner being is the morrow, and the divinity of the soul is the root source allowing inner fruitfulness, is the only way to experience the blossoms of love, peace, faith, and perseverance.
There are reservoirs of people that grow and live with similar attitudes as seeing only the external “wood” of people, failing to acknowledge the inner life of the soul that comes from a divine and intelligent spiritual presence. The attitudes that exit those reservoirs trample on the divine roots, harden the inner moisture, and destroy the blossoms of spiritual fruit. They do that by opposing the decency of the inner being in what they say and do. Those attitudes transfer directly from people who want to be the source of everyone’s needs, but attack the source of inward spiritual desires. Indirectly, those attitudes transfer through people who believe their “fruitfulness” in life depends on the worldly resources of those who “master” them. They focus on external earthly possessions while neglecting the beauty of civil spiritual attitudes.
The attitude of focusing only on the external nature of the “tree” enter us because we want a sense of outer respectability from the praise and material resources of people who appear to be externally “fruitful.” In that event, they are finding acceptance into reservoirs of people who feel no worth for divine inner qualities. People who are susceptible to hosting “wooded” attitudes are those who are grateful for the external “charity” of those who supply their daily needs, but are blind to the spiritual “root rot” and hardness that is happening within themselves. They begin to relate unfruitfully to people who focus on harmony, positive connections, tolerance, love, and goodness.
We can interrupt the cycle of only seeing the external appearances of people by realizing that the life of the divinity of our soul has roots in the soft moistness of our inner being. That soft moistness absorbs into every fiber of our inmost being to produce the beautiful blossoms of the spiritual fruit. From within us comes fruit that everyone can experience, such as joy, goodness, kindness, goodwill, meekness, gentleness, patience, self-control, love, peace, faith, and perseverance.