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No weeds shall grow
by Rev. Howard Ray Carey

"My Teaching goes forth. Simple it is, but remember, My friends, it embodies the Plan of God. Where the Plan takes root no weeds shall grow.'' Such is the surprising assurance the Christ gives us in His Message No. 111.

To get the full impact of the surprise element in this tremendous promise, let us see it in contrast with His parable of weeds and wheat ---- which He gave us long ago through Jesus in Palestine. In that dramatic word picture He tells us of the man who sowed good seed in his field. But while the man slept his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat. (Note the beautiful symbolism here; for it is while we are asleep spiritually that the 'weeds' get their start.)

His servants, fearing that the weeds would crowd out the wheat, asked their master's permission to pull out the weeds. But he replied: ''No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers: Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'' (Matt. 13:24-30)

So now let us realize that we are in the harvest time of the Piscean Age ---- the last days of that 2,100 year period. If we have eyes to see we will realize that the harvest of all the 'wheat' grown during that old age is happening all around us. And we can also see the other side of this parable-prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes. For the process of the burning up of the weeds which have grown so furiously has indeed begun. We might add that the fire of burning is getting hotter all the time!

How reassuring it is to be told on such high authority that, in this New Age, where God's Plan takes root ''no weeds shall grow.'' The meaning of this may be difficult for us to fathom at first. We have grown so accustomed to the weeds, it is hard to visualize a weed free world field! The key phrase in all this is: ''Where the Plan takes root.'' This indicates that it will be an ongoing process, not an overnight happening.

How do you and I help to speed up this process? One of the most urgent things we have to do, it seems to me, is to eradicate the weeds from our own garden spot, or life field. One family or grouping of such harmful weeds is that of fear, along with its more subtle and chronic forms: worry and anxiety. Which of us has not been aware of such noxious growths in our garden? Personally, when I look at my own glamours, I realize that at times I have enhanced their growth ---- watering them with my attention, and nurturing them with my nervous thoughts ---- focused on trivial things of the lower self (or not-self as some teachers call it).

The teachers of wisdom tell us, if we will listen, that not by fighting our fears do we get rid of them, but by shifting our attention to the light, love, and power of the Great Ones, and of our own true nature. One of the things I find helpful in this is to read over and over again the Messages from Maitreya. As I turn to these Messages for inspirational help, I find the Christ saying to me: ''My help is yours to command. You have only to ask.'' (Message No. 49) Don't you like that strong word 'command'? His great help is ours to command! We have only to ask. Encouraged, I find myself asking with more confidence. As a result I find His grace progressively pouring in and burning up my weeds ---- really eradicating them.

Many times the weeds take other forms, such as hostility, with its milder but persistent offspring of resentment and irritation. We could go on listing many other forms of noxious weeds which have shown such rank growth during the Piscean Age. Among these are authoritarianism, separatism, and pride, as well as pride's opposite ---- feelings of inferiority and lack of self-esteem, to name some of the more persistent ones.

Let us remember that the treatment for these is like that for fear and anxiety: not to water them with our tears and guilt, nor feed them with our fixed attention. But rather we are to let them be burned away by the fire of spirit. We do this as we open ourselves and our world to that light, love and power which is increasingly available, through increased use of the Great Invocation (see p. 201), and through the ongoing process of the externalization of the Christ and the Masters.

Let us then bask in this light. Let us serve in this love, in realization of our true stature as sons and daughters of the Most High. Let us also invoke this divine power. These divine energies will bring us into true focus, to fulfill our real purpose in life. In this way we will be doing our part to help humanity fulfill its true destiny also.

This article is a chapter from The Joy of Christ's Coming This book by the late Rev. Howard Ray Carey was published by Share International Foundation in 1988. It is not currently available in hard copy form. Copyright © Share International Foundation.  Biblical quotations are taken from the Revised Standard version unless otherwise indicated. 

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First published April 1999, Last modified: 15-Oct-2005