Many years ago when I was living in Northern California, in a town called Petaluma, we had a house with a charming big backyard. In the back corner of the yard we had a large wooden barrel planter that was filled with bamboo.

Bamboo is one of my most favorite plants. Having traveled a lot around Asia, it grows prolifically over there and when you walk in a bamboo forest especially when there is a breeze, there is the most beautiful swooshing sound as the leaves rustle in the wind.

Because of its hardy nature, bamboo can grow very fast and the wood is very strong, durable, yet flexible. If you watch bamboo in strong wind, even though the stems are tall and thin, they will bend and yield with the wind rather than resist and break.

In Asia, bamboo is often used as scaffolding for buildings, it is plentiful and low or no cost. It serves the purpose as well as, if not better than its metal counterparts that are used in the West.

There are 2 major types of bamboo, those that are runners and those that tend to clump or not run. The type we had in our barrel was the “runner” type. If they had been planted in the backyard itself they would have run and taken over the entire backyard in no time. By being contained in a barrel they could only grow in the container they were placed in.

I noticed that due to all the plants being cramped up for such a long time, they were not looking terribly healthy, so I decided to replant a few of the healthier looking ones.

I dug up all the plants and threw out all the sick and stunted ones and found 3 that looked like they were in relatively good shape. I repotted the 3 of them with fresh potting mix and dirt and watered them and put the freshly planted bamboo on our deck where I could go each day and keep an eye on them.

Within a week, 2 of the plants went black and died, so I removed them and there was one bamboo plant left that remained in the center of the large barrel pot. It was about 10 or 12 inches tall and looked rather lonely all by itself.

Every day I would go out and take a look at it. I’d talk to it, sometimes I’d sing to it and I made sure it got watered on a regular basis. One month went by and nothing happened. It looked like a forlorn twig without any leaves in the middle of the pot. 2 months went by, 3 months, 4 months, 5 months and then 6 months. Nothing happened. The stalk was still green so I knew it was alive, but it hadn’t changed at all. It wasn’t taller or thicker, there were still no leaves, it was simply doing nothing. Maybe it was in shock? I still went out to greet it every morning in the hope that one day there would be a change.

Then one morning, a miracle happened!

Just after the 6-month mark, I woke up and went out on the deck and overnight my silent sentinel of a bamboo twig was covered in leaves!!! Hurray!!! I jumped up and down laughing and singing and cheering my little bamboo plant on.

Within 3 months it had spiked multiple stems all covered with lush green leaves and the stems were all over 6 feet tall!

So what was happening for the first 6 months when it looked like nothing was happening? On the surface, the bamboo plant was continuing to live, without any real signs of change or growth. Under the surface level it was laying down massive roots, a massive foundation of roots that would later sprout into multiple shoots so that the plant could not just survive, it would absolutely thrive! The Life Force Energy was repairing, restoring and rebuilding the blue print of the plant so that it would be stronger than ever.

When we nurture our spirit, it builds the foundation of our character, who we are as a human being so that we can thrive in our life, healthy and vital just like the bamboo.

Life Force Energy deepens our connection with the Divine, the Creator that created us. It nourishes us from the inside out, to optimize our potential in all areas of our life. Just like the bamboo, it can do amazing things not just for plants and agriculture, but also for us as human beings. If it can do this for the bamboo, imagine what it can do for you! To learn more go to:
















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