We can learn from Scarification in botany. Some seeds need to be banged around or burned to be broken open to germinate. So to some dreamers need Life's trials & tribulations to open them up to a Life path with deeper meaning.
"The wound is the place where the Light enters us" - Rumi
We can view the obstacles we come up against on our Hero's Journey towards the manifestation of our dreams just like a seed that is banged around on rocks in the river. The banging around is necessary for the seed to lose its tough outer shell in order to germinate. This process with seeds is called "scarification". Another method of seed scarification is fire. The Sequoia tree requires fire to release the seeds from its cones and the opening of the canopy that the fire creates also helps the seedlings grow. For some of us, the bad things that happen to us in life are the things that had to happen to break us open to our deeper purpose.
"Scarification in botany involves weakening, opening, or otherwise altering the coat of a seed to encourage germination. Scarification is often done mechanically, thermally, and chemically. The seeds of many plant species are often impervious to water and gases, thus preventing or delaying germination." - Wikipedia
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