I don't know about you, but thinking back to the time before I became a mother, I was not as considerate of others as I'd like to think that I was. And perhaps to be fruitful and multiply has taken a whole other meaning, as I've grown older and wiser, taking on a meaning of getting on the right path early on.
Before I became a mother, I used to love mothering and tending to my younger siblings. I could do this easily, and at my convenience. Nothing interfered with my self-interests and in my world, I came first.
When I married, I wanted an only child. I thought this was intelligent, kind, and loving of me to be able to give everything to and focus on that child alone. Now, as I've experienced much more of life, I can see clearer that I wasn't thinking just of her; having an only child would give me more time, choices, and freedom to think about me and do what I wanted. Having more children would take all of me, as it had done with my own mother.
Getting 'me' out of the way is a lifelong journey for some of us. And as great spiritual teachers everywhere point out, our way to peace and fulfillment means finally letting go of ego, or letting go of 'me.' For many of us, this is not easy to do. And I'm still on this journey as I progress in my life.
Being fruitful and multiplying falls short unless it involves serving others; it's only as that benevolent, caring seed grows to maturity do we find real fulfillment. This doesn't just refer to parents or couples being fruitful and multiplying through having children, although having children certainly shows us how to give and sacrifice, and doing so keeps our focus off the 'me' more effectively than anything else! Self-sacrifice is one of the best measures for every action and choice we make and is perhaps the key to our abundance, as all the good we do is multiplied. When we meet other's needs and put their well-being first; we bring peace, love, and happiness to the world. And the ego will naturally silence to nothing, having been overwhelmed by grace.
What all of this comes down to is that now is the time to begin seeding today for our plentiful future harvest. There are already many around us who give us the opportunity to sow seeds of kindness and generosity, allowing us to begin multiplying our good fortune. This can be all that it takes to help soften our ego and spread peace to those around us. Setting this kind of positive example helps others to be fruitful and multiply, and share in the rewards available to all who set down their egos and make an effort to put others first.
Focusing on others, particularly our children allows us to naturally lose our self-obsession. And we don't really lose ourselves in doing so, but rather we find ourselves! The other side to being fruitful and multiplying might mean when we busy ourselves with fulfilling the 'me,' we might be dividing ourselves with things that are serving our ego; and those are the kinds of seeds we will spread. With or without children, we see, the fruit of our labors. It's just a matter of time when we see the results of the choices we have made and who we have served.
About Catherine Nagle: Catherine grew up in Philadelphia with 16 brothers and sisters, reared by loving, old school Italian parents. Catherine's artist father's works graced locations from churches to public buildings; her mother was a full-time homemaker. A professional hairdresser, Catherine worked in various salons while studying the Bible and pursuing spiritual growth through courses, seminars, lectures and inspirational books, including A Course in Miracles and the works of Marianne Williamson among many others. The mother of two children and a grandmother, Catherine lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and son. She is the Author of Imprinted Wisdom. http://www.amazon.com/Imprinted-Wisdom-Catherine-Nagle/dp/145256938X