On Jupiter & Venus Hanging Like Grapes in the Evening Sky or Sowing the Seeds of …

I believe that within each and every one of us lie the seeds — the potential — to be great. All of us are born with the seeds of greatness within us.  Right about now one of you out there is thinking “What about Hitler???”  Yes, even Hitler.

So why do so few of us realize that potential?

I believe there are two things that are shared by those who realize their potential.  First, they have an eagerness to follow their dreams even when it becomes uncomfortable not only to themselves, but to those around them.  Secondly, those people have a singular vision – yes, they practice visualization.  Creative visualization is the practice of seeking to affect your outer world by changing one’s thoughts and expectations and visualizing the desired out come

Tesla, Bill Clinton, Michael Jordan, Walt Disney, Oprah and many more all had faced failure, fear and rejection on their journey to greatness. But they all stayed the course.  In religious terms they had their eye on the sparrow.  Notice that it is eye, singular –the spiritual eye — the all-knowing eye.  They kept to the path on their journey, they believed in themselves and eventually they arrived in the Promised Land – their Promised Land since they created their reality.

So despite the belief that successful people are born not made, the truth is we are responsible for nurturing those seeds of greatness within us to grow to their full potential.

All of us have special gifts and talents but without nurture and development, they will fade and go to waste much as an unkempt property will fall into disrepair. Recognizing those God given, born with qualities and attributes, and unique abilities that only we have and making a commitment to taking them all the way is actually the easy part. The hard part is sticking with it when the going gets tough. The hard past comes when we reach a standstill and we need to take the necessary measures to keep developing our abilities and continue growing towards our potential.  In hindsight, I can see so many times where I have fallen in the past.  I have fallen off my path many, many times; I have also found myself on paths not of my own making.  When this happens I remember a quote from the great Dr. Mayan Angelou grandmother:  “I looked up the road I was going, and since I wasn’t satisfied, I decided to step off the road and cut me a new path,”

Growing pains are real. Trust me, I know this all to well.  They are the most painful and challenging part of the path towards mastery and greatness. It is painful to have to recognize and scrutinize your weaknesses. It’s maddening to feel like you have to constantly start over whenever the time comes to learn something new so you can keep expanding your capacity to grow.

I’m going thru this maddening, painful part of the path currently.  I’ve been unemployed for over a year now.  I’ve had to reevaluate who I am and where I am in life as I go thru this period of my life.  I’m learning to travel new paths. I’ve been told I’m too fat or too old to be considered a serious candidate for jobs.  I’ve been told I have an extremely impressive resume and skill set and I’ll be hearing from them.  Sadly, I never do hear anything.  Not even a response to my follow up or thank you notes.  It drives me crazy, but still I press on.  I press on forging a new path – a path that is still shaded in darkness at times.  I press on, focusing on this new path and seeing what I must be — sowing, watering, weeding, nurturing.

I love the house I live in; I love the land I live on, land that has been in my family for nearly 100 years.  There have been times recently I wish I could immerse myself in an inspiring environment, to dive deep into my spiritual self and to take my art, my life to the next level. I can honestly say that I know I’m good at what I do but deep down in my heart and soul, I have never come close to the greatness that lies deep within me (I do know I’m great). Daily I work to nurture and express these gifts at the level of greatness and mastery that I know I’m capable of. I want to inspire others to do the same.

That’s the Utopian part of the story.  The fact is this work is grueling and painful.  Constantly I look at my weaknesses and commit to new physical, mental and spiritual practices that will address my faults and weaknesses. It means having to be honest with myself about where I’ve come from and where I’m at and gratefully accepting constructive criticism about things I’ve worked on tirelessly because I’m so make myself over. It means observing all my limiting beliefs about my worthiness, cleaning out all that old childhood programming from parents and teachers and my being good enough as they come up, and transforming them not once, not twice but as dozens and dozens of times as many times as it takes to have a real leap forward and exemplify the new belief. It means pushing through and showing up even on the days when I really don’t feel like it. And if the truth be told, I often feel like toast after having done the work.

We are meant to realize and express the greatness that is within each and every one of us. In order to do this, we must be willing to constantly shed layer after layer of assimilated knowledge, programming and experience to give way for the next lesson — the next level. And there’s no getting around the fact that growing hurts, — I hurt, and growing requires a great deal of humility.

The pain of regret and unrealized potential is even great. This applies to all aspects of life. It’s true in our spiritual quest, on the path of mastery in any creative endeavor, in our careers and in our relationships.

You have the potential for greatness. You are great.  You just don’t realize it yet.

8 thoughts on “On Jupiter & Venus Hanging Like Grapes in the Evening Sky or Sowing the Seeds of …

  1. Bala Gandikota

    Beautifully written! Everyone is sailing in their own boat. No one understands the other’s journey. What is the GOAL? The answer lies in our atoms. I was struck by this quote today: “Physicists are made of atoms. A physicist is an attempt by an atom to understand itself” – Unknown Author. We are all made of atoms, so we are all physicists!
    From the time of our birth, we are conditioned. We are either not good enough, or supposed to be a certain way, behave according to socio-norms or something like that….. Our parents or ancestors were conditioned too! The list of rules that was given to us grows and grows as we get older. We are told what to do! In all this, the child is not given an opportunity to explore themselves, speak up, speak the truth, leading to repression. Repression can be cruel on anyone!
    As children we only knew to love and trust. Whatever was given us we took trusted and believed? We couldn’t define “good” or “bad”. Everything was good. Everything had beauty. We lived in NOW. This is our true, original form, like nature itself.
    Nature always finds new ways of adapting itself and fitting in. What does it blame? The question is not in blaming, but understanding and adapting. This is where intellect comes in. It takes a transformational persona to understand this. In transformation, the time has begun, the time is NOW. A river flows continuously, not settling or compromising for anything below its potential. It tries to pave a path to itself. Hence life’s experiences teach just that. You are unique, coz you are seeing that “seed of potential”, as you called it earlier, in you. You are able to see the big picture and forming your own unique new path. Beyond these conditionings you have evolved. YOU ARE FLOWING!

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  2. Susan

    The idea of being “Great” sounds like too much responsibility to me. It seems like my life has been about proving myself to others all my life…please the parents, the grandparents, aunts and uncles, the teachers, the bosses, the church members, the boyfriends. I’m tired of trying to figure out their definition of greatness and I’m tired of trying to achieve it.

    I prefer the idea of “Alive” or “Authentic”. I think if we fully explore who we are, we will naturally live fully. We still need the constraint of “and it harm none”. I’m concerned about how relationship constrains fully being ourselves since we still need to live harmoniously with others, and, let’s face it, ourselves can sometimes be annoying to others.

    Anyway, I know what you mean about having seeds of greatness. Maybe showing those seeds some water and light of appreciation/nurturing is part of feeling alive and authentic. I certainly feel joy as I think of them.

    Thank you for your thoughts!

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    1. kenny.vandenberg@gmail.com Post author

      To live and authentic life is to develop the seeds of greatness within you. And yes, it is much responsibility, but it is your responsibility to develop and nurture those seeds of greatness within you. To not strive for greatness is merely going thru the motions.

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  3. sara

    An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

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  4. Hippolyta

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