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February 22, 2010,
Claire Montanaro

I have talked before about this time of change, of moving forward and of determining what to retain and what to release in our lives.  Sometimes it is necessary to take life in order to enable life and this applies in micro and in macro ways.  It can be as simple as thinnig out a row of carrot seedlings:  keep them all and they will be crowded and unheathy, if not dead.  Take a lot of them out and those that remain will flourish in the sun and air and nutrients available to them.

Over the next two days, more trees in my garden will be removed to enable those that remain to flourish.  Every growing thing, whether it be a tree or a carrot seedling, has its own spirit, and I have done what I can to enable the spirits of the departing trees to move on to a new abode, hopefully the new trees I have planted elsewhere over the winter.   It is nonetheless a bittersweet time, and I do not enjoy the sound of the chainsaw doing what must be done.  At the end of the exercise the energies here will be changed forever.  There will be more light and all wildlife will benefit, but the ghosts of the fallen trees will linger for a while.

It is natural to judge and compare what is being taken away.  What is the difference between the removal of a carrot, or a tree, or a person?  Each has life, has spirit, and that life and spirit cannot die.  Sometimes there has to be a thinning out at many levels, including human, in order to achieve the greatest good, even the survival, of the species.  We may see a little more of this over time.  While we will have sorrow, compassion, while we may regret or mourn, if we can remember that from it good must come, it will help.

Meanwhile, when you are pulling a weed or cutting a lettuce, even buying your shop-bought vegetables, take a moment, if you can, to think about the spirit within, and what benefits that plant gives in giving its life.  The sacrifices of nature for us are immense.  What sacrifices do we make for nature?

Claire Montanaro is a spiritual teacher, channel and blogger with special interest in esoteric philosophy and the world in transition. Loves nature and wildlife. Author of "Spiritual Wisdom”.

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