This is something I thought I would share for some reason. Something I've been thinking about and feel that other people might find this helpful or at least interesting.
I'm currently trying to learn, about myself, about life, the world, people, etc. I thought the best way to learn is to look at nature. Nature's been around much longer than any of us have, therefore, I believe it has wisdom that many of us don't.
Today I was looking at a tree, trying to figure out what it was trying to tell me. The thought that we are much like trees, wanting to grow and become stronger and better came into my mind. So I began looking at what makes the tree grow.
I came to see that trees and things of nature, like grass, flowers, plants, etc need several things to grow. To name a few, Earth (The soil in the ground), Water (Rain), and Light (The sun). Without all of these things, A tree couldn't grow.
So I began looking at what each of these things mean personally to me.
To me, Earth stands for Love and Growth.
I think that the best way to grow is through knowledge, both learning and teaching. Of course, learning doesn't do much good unless you begin using the knowledge that you have gained but without knowledge, you wouldn't know how to grow or do things. And teaching also helps one grow.
Love I believe to be the most powerful and purest emotion. A emotion that is both selfless and self nourishing if the love is true and pure.
Water to me, stands for Gentleness, healing and cleansing/purity.
Being gentle is the best way to grow, if you push or rush yourself not only will you miss out on some things or forget of some things because you move from subject to subject too quickly - but it takes away the joy of actually learning and growing.
Healing yourself and healing another also helps you grow. Say if a person plays a sport, for example, and they get hurt while playing. The injury will effect their course of growing in talent in the sport, therefore, they have to rest and allow the injury to heal before they jump back into the game. Healing another person allows one to grow because it comes back to the love emotion, Love brings growth and healing.
Cleansing and purity is a lot like the idea of healing, if you aren't cleansed and pure, its like you're blocking the way of growth and results, in my views.
Light I believe to stand for strength, power and knowledge.
As for strength and power, Light is very powerful. It only takes a small amount of it to brighten a whole room. With strength and power, you have the desire and will to grow and you grow faster that way, like the example of a person playing sports again, if the person is physically strong - chances are they'll be better at the sport then someone who isn't.
Knowledge was explained earlier.
So I believe, some things needed for us to grow as beings is Inner strength and power, Knowledge and Love.
If anyone has any views on comments on this they'd like to add, feel free!
Just something I thought I would share.