The Seed and the Idea

Once upon a time there was a seed. It was an apple seed. It had landed on the ground last summer when the apple it was in fell from a branch high up on the apple tree.

Over winter, a deer ate the apple and left the seed on the ground.

The seed was a little sad because it was spring and it wondered if it would ever get the chance to reach its full potential and grow into a beautiful tree. But the apple tree growing over it blocked out the sun and had taken much of the soil’s fertility for itself over many long years.

Then one day, the seed had an unexpected visitor who came down from the sky and asked, “Why are you so sad?”

“I need to find a less shady spot and more fertile soil, so that I can grow into a beautiful tree,” said the apple seed. “Who are you? You look like me but seem very different?

“I am a seed from heaven. I am looking for fertile ground as well,” said the angelic visitor.

“What is a seed from heaven?” asked the worldly apple seed.

“I am a spiritual seed — an idea from God.”

“Where on earth are you looking to be planted?” came the inquisitive apple seed.

Just then, a gardener approached. She spotted the apple seed and picked it up. The spiritual seed followed the gardener as she carried the apple seed to a patch of soil that she had specially prepared. She then carefully planted the apple seed and watered it.

The two seeds, however, were able to continue their conversation.

“Now that I have found the perfect place to grow, where will you go?” asked the concerned apple seed.

“There is only one place you can plant an idea,” replied the angelic seed. And with that said, the heavenly seed went toward the gardener and planted itself inside her head. Suddenly the gardener’s eyes opened more widely as though she had gotten a new insight.

Over time, as the Gardener returned to the apple seed, which had now taken root and grown into a strong sapling, the two original seeds were able to continue to converse. One day when the gardener brought her son to see the young new apple tree, the two original seeds began a most instructive conversation.

“Look at me. I have taken root and grown into a small apple tree.”

“I have grown, too,” said the spiritual counterpart.

“But how were you able to take root?” asked the young apple tree.

“I have taken root in the fertile soil of the gardener’s rich experiences which are contained in her memory,” said the heavenly idea.

“What are you growing into?” questioned the curious sapling.

“Since I am rooted in the gardener’s mind, I must draw essential ingredients out of the gardener’s memory and reconstitute them into new mental structures. Instead of a tree, I am growing into a strong belief and faith in God.

“I have grown a stem, branches and leaves. And this year I made beautiful flowers. And look, I have even produced my first juicy red apple,” said the proud sapling.

“Yes, and I will do the same thing within the gardener’s mind. As I already told you my stem stems from organizing the rich material in her memory. This branches out into thoughts taking new directions. Each of these directions will allow her spiritual understanding to flourish like new green leaves unfurling at springtime. Following this, the gardener’s mind will blossom and flower, representing the special joy that comes with the anticipation of having her spiritual ideas bear fruit.”

“Wow,” said the apple sapling, “You can do everything that I do, except in a different place than I do.”

“That is because we both come from God and follow the same holy patterns.”

“I was made by God, too?” asked the sapling.

“Yes indeed, we both can equally express God’s infinite principle of proliferation. You will generate new seeds from your sweet fruit, which in turn will generate more seeds, forever and ever. I will do the same. As this gardener shares the fruits of her ideas with others, the sweetness of her kind act will plant new ideas in them as well. This will allow God’s ideas of love to pass from human to human, forever and ever.

At that point the gardener picked the first apple off the young tree and shared it with her young son. The two original seeds now found themselves working side by side – showing that the goodness of the apple was also the goodness of love.  

About thegodguy

EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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