This week we will continue our very popular series on decoding the inner meaning of the Bible, and in particular the Gospels which contain the teachings of the individual known as "Jesus".
"Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of Mustard seed, which a man took, and Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof". -- Matthew 13:31-32.
So what does he mean by this?
To begin to answer this question we can also look to the famous axiom from the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus several thousand years before:
"True without falsehood, certain most certain What is above is like what is below, and what is below is like that which is above. To make the miracle of the one thing. And as all things were made from the contemplation of The One, so all things were born again from one adaptation". -- From the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus.
Even this verse that begins the entire passage contains several layers of meaning, but for now we will look at the meaning relative to this discussion.
It would first be of benefit to look at a more recent statement of these truths:
"The great principle or beginning, Heaven is infused into the Man the Microcosm who reflects the star-like nature and thus as the smallest part and end of the work of creation contains the whole" -- Carl G. Jung
As an aside, every single human being has a "Star" nature. If you stand upright and then extend your arms horizontal to your body, and place your feet as far apart as possible, you will always fit exactly into a 5 point Star. This is always true no matter what your individual build.
So what is the Master teaching in this parable?
He is teaching that that everything in creation originates as a "seed" beginning with Source, The First Cause, God, and when it sprouts it begins to grow from something very tiny, as a Mustard seed is, before branching out in all directions into a mighty tree, soon growing so large that birds can shelter in its branches.
But even after thus growing, the tree always reflects its origins - the original seed.
It should be pointed out that the "Mustard seed" referred to here is not the seed often associated with "cress" for example, which is a small annual plant used as spice, but likely a bush or tree with Latin name "Salvadora Persica" which was common in Palestine in the times of Jesus, the seed of which was tiny but were ground at the time to produce a pungent substance known as "mustard". This is likely where "modern mustard" derived its name.
The seed is a "package" of latent life and intelligence which can sprout and eventually come to fruition.
Of course, because everything in creation is a perfect reflection of its origins, so does this metaphor have a further meaning that is worth mentioning at this stage, and one often mentioned by Jesus for example when he said "If you have Faith as a grain of mustard seed".
Here he is referring to the seed of a Thought Form planted in the Subconscious Mind which nourished with Faith, will sprout and grow as a Thought Form, through the inner levels of vibration commencing with the Causal Spheres of the Mental Plane, until it manifests as the fruit of the thought upon the plane of vibration from where the thought originated - always as a perfect reflection of the originating seed Thought Form.
Going back to the context of this parable, another very appropriate metaphor is the Hologram where every aspect of a hologram contains the whole. This also applies to everything in creation in that every atom of our body also contains all of Creation at a Quantum level.
So whatever applies to the Mustard seed as it grows into a tree, also applies to the Universe or more specifically Universes.
Quantum mechanics now recognises the existence of an infinite number of parallel Universes and potential parallel Universes with infinite Quantum Potential. Each potential Universe branches out into a a "child" Universe every time a sentient Being creates a Thought Form through the process of thinking and Mind, this process also occuring with "grandchild" Universes and so on ad-infinitum.
This also helps to explain why everything in the Universe takes place in the Eternal Moment of Now.
Each individual Universe remains stable in the Eternal Now - what changes Being the present Universe of the originator of the Thought Form experiencing a new "copy" of the Universe but which still includes the Whole which originated from the original seed.
In this way we can potentially have an infinite number of "parallel Universes" in which we concurrently reside, all with slightly different circumstances. But of course we are always focused in the current Universe until such moment as an alternative Universe "branches off" as with the Mustard tree starting from its seed.
So, starting with the original seed Thought Form, we can now see how it grows, constantly creating new branches until it becomes a tree with many branches.
This also applies to Source, the First Cause, God or "The Kingdom of Heaven" which, as Jesus said is "like a Mustard seed".
It helps to keep in Mind that everything in the Universe in all spheres of Life and Reality takes place in the Eternal Moment of Now.
If you were to think in terms of linear time, and things "happening" sequentially, for example you have a thought then something later arises from that thought, then this would be a false or at least erroneous view of the true workings of the Universe.
You will then come to understand that in reality what happens is that when your Mind creates another Thought Form, another copy of the Universe is instantly, in the same moment in the Eternal Now created to accommodate that current Thought Form where it can be experienced, your conscious awareness always following the "current train of Thought" - again in the Eternal Moment of Now.
As there is only the Eternal Moment of Now, there can only be one concurrent Thought Form, subsequent Thought Forms creating a new version of your Universe in the Eternal Moment of Now.
To illustrate this let us take the example of "manifesting a car parking space" with the Law of Attraction.
When we use the Law of Attraction to manifest that car parking space, it does not mean that the Universe has reached down and plucked out the car that was already occupying that place.
In reality there are an infinite number of versions of your Universe, some of which have that parking space occupied, and some of which do not, so when you create that particular Thought Form the Law of Attraction sees to it that a version of the Universe is selected that includes the vacant parking space.
Likewise you will have Universes where you are "rich" and "poor" and everything in between - all you need to do by creating a Thought Form is to shift your consciousness into your "rich Universe". The same goes for illness and health and so on.
I hope this has explains in understandable terms the true meaning of what is actually a extremely deep parable by the Master.
In case you are wondering why this parable, like the others is so deep, and why the theology of the church teaches something so completely different, refer again to the words of Jesus:
"And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive, For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them". But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower". --Matthew 13:10-18
By truly understanding these parables "ye shall hear" - your ears will no longer be "dull of hearing", "ye shall see" and you will no longer have a "heavy heart" that is "waxed gross".
When you know, beyond all doubt that you are an aspect of God and The Kingdom of Heaven, the more you can realise God, Source witin, the more all heaviness will be lifted from you and will rejoice.
Keep in Mind that nothing ever happens by "chance" and we are all where we should be in this perfect Universe.
So by virtue of the fact you are here "It is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven....." and for this we are all grateful.