The garden of the subconscious can host beautiful trees with life-giving fruit and fragrant flowers, or it can host a wide variety of weeds and diseased trees with rotten fruit infecting the other plants. We were left to tend the garden of our minds ourselves, and we’ve let it get unruly. We need to start tending our minds like Adam and Eve were supposed to tend the Garden of Eden. If you would like to listen to the video for this post, click here.
Matthew 13:18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19 When any one hears the word of the kingdom, and doesn’t understand it, then comes the wicked one, and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and immediately receives it with joy; 21 but since he has no root, he remains for only a season. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understands it; which also bears fruit, and brings forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
The Garden of the Subconscious Has Good and Bad
When you hear “the word of the kingdom” you’ve had good seed thrown into the garden of your subconscious. Everyone who hears it receives the seed, but where it falls and what it does is up to them. We have good seed sown by those who are walking in the Holy Spirit and sharing the good news of the kingdom, and we also have bad seeds by those walking in the antichrist spirit. Many people will tell others, “You can’t do that,” because they don’t think something is possible. The word “Christ” means anointed, and Jesus (Yehoshua) was anointed with the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:38). Thus, the Anti-Christ Spirit is against or in-place of the true Holy Spirit. So when someone says you are not able to do something, they are against the almighty power of the Holy Spirit that can do anything (with God all things are possible – Matt 19:26).
Those good and bad seeds can turn into little flowers or little weeds. They can also turn into good trees bearing bunches of fruit, or rotten trees bearing rotten fruit. Many people have an un-tended garden and everyone can use some gardening tips for their subconscious.
The Garden of the Subconscious is the Heart
If we see the parable of the sower being about our thought processes in the garden of the subconscious, Jesus (Yehoshua) calls it the “heart” of a person (Matt 13:19).
Matthew 15:10 And he called the multitude, and said to them, “Hear, and understand: 11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” 12 Then came his disciples, and said unto him, “Don’t you know that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?” 13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. 14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. 15 Then answered Peter and said unto him, “Declare unto us this parable.” 16 And Jesus said, “Are ye also yet without understanding? 17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever enters in at the mouth goes into the belly, and then is eliminated? 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: 20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defiles not a man.
Though some people think he was talking about being able to eat all things, we know this isn’t true. Peter knew it was a a parable that he didn’t understand, so Jesus (Yehoshua) explained it. The Jews had an oral tradition that stated that they needed to wash their hands ceremoniously before eating and he was explaining that YHWH never asked for that and clean hands are the least of your worries if you’re not clean on the inside.
Matthew 23:26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, so that the outside may become clean as well. 27 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside, but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and every impurity. 28 In the same way, you appear to be righteous on the outside, but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.
Notice he calls them blind in Matthew 23 also. We are blind if we are focused on our outward appearance while the garden of our subconscious is full of weeds and rotten trees. An example would be the thought of jealousy, it’s a bad seed that can be thrown on rocky ground where it won’t take root, or it can be planted in fertile soil and turn into coveting someone’s wife, which means you’re committing fornication in your mind (consciousness).
Matthew 5:27 You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
In order to have conscious sinful thoughts, (ones you are aware of) there must be a seed planted in the subconscious that allowed the “fruit” to show up in your conscious mind. In this case there is rotten fruit showing up because of a rotten tree that had been planted in the subconscious garden (heart).
Let Bad Seeds Fall on Rocky Ground
In the future, make sure that you don’t let the “bad seed” thought patterns fall onto fertile soil. If someone tells you that you can’t follow your calling because it’s impossible, don’t let their lack of faith affect you. When they say something that tries to throw water on that spark in you, reject it in your mind, and think about the fact that God can do anything He wants to. He created this world. If His will is that you do this thing, He will make sure it gets done.
If their purpose or endeavor is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop them. (Acts 5:38-39)
If you’ve decided to stop something you feel is bad for you, like smoking or drinking. You will be tempted. People believe this is “the enemy,” but it may just be a way to show your mastery. Once you decide to stop doing something, you can prove it to yourself by being tempted and ignoring that temptation by continuing on in your resolve. When you are tempted, that thought is like a bad seed, and you can either start fantasizing about giving in, start rationalizing to yourself that one more time won’t hurt, or you can mentally swat that seed away onto the rocky ground, like Joseph did with Potifar’s wife.
Jasher 44:14 And Joseph was eighteen years old, a youth with beautiful eyes and of comely appearance, and like unto him was not in the whole land of Egypt. 15 At that time whilst he was in his master’s house, going in and out of the house and attending his master, Zelicah, his master’s wife, lifted up her eyes toward Joseph and she looked at him, and behold he was a youth comely and well favored. 16 And she coveted his beauty in her heart, and her soul was fixed upon Joseph, and she enticed him day after day, and Zelicah persuaded Joseph daily, but Joseph did not lift up his eyes to behold his master’s wife. 17 And Zelicah said unto him, How goodly are thy appearance and form, truly I have looked at all the slaves, and have not seen so beautiful a slave as thou art; and Joseph said unto her, Surely he who created me in my mother’s womb created all mankind. 18 And she said unto him, How beautiful are thine eyes, with which thou hast dazzled all the inhabitants of Egypt, men and women; and he said unto her, How beautiful they are whilst we are alive, but shouldst thou behold them in the grave, surely thou wouldst move away from them. 19 And she said unto him, How beautiful and pleasing are all thy words; take now, I pray thee, the harp which is in the house, and play with thy hands and let us hear thy words. 20 And he said unto her, How beautiful and pleasing are my words when I speak the praise of my God and his glory; and she said unto him, How very beautiful is the hair of thy head, behold the golden comb which is in the house, take it I pray thee, and curl the hair of thy head. 21 And he said unto her, How long wilt thou speak these words? cease to utter these words to me, and rise and attend to thy domestic affairs.
22 And she said unto him, There is no one in my house, and there is nothing to attend to but to thy words and to thy wish; yet notwithstanding all this, she could not bring Joseph unto her, neither did he place his eye upon her, but directed his eyes below to the ground. 23 And Zelicah desired Joseph in her heart, that he should lie with her, and at the time that Joseph was sitting in the house doing his work, Zelicah came and sat before him, and she enticed him daily with her discourse to lie with her, or ever to look at her, but Joseph would not hearken to her.
Jasher 44:49 And she rose up and ascended to her temple in the house, and dressed herself in princely garments, and she placed upon her head precious stones of onyx stones, inlaid with silver and gold, and she beautified her face and skin with all sorts of women’s purifying liquids, and she perfumed the temple and the house with cassia and frankincense, and she spread myrrh and aloes, and she afterward sat in the entrance of the temple, in the passage of the house, through which Joseph passed to do his work, and behold Joseph came from the field, and entered the house to do his master’s work. 50 And he came to the place through which he had to pass, and he saw all the work of Zelicah, and he turned back. 51 And Zelicah saw Joseph turning back from her, and she called out to him, saying What aileth thee Joseph? come to thy work, and behold I will make room for thee until thou shalt have passed to thy seat. 52 And Joseph returned and came to the house, and passed from thence to the place of his seat, and he sat down to do his master’s work as usual and behold Zelicah came to him and stood before him in princely garments, and the scent from her clothes was spread to a distance. 53 And she hastened and caught hold of Joseph and his garments, and she said unto him, As the king liveth if thou wilt not perform my request thou shalt die this day, and she hastened and stretched forth her other hand and drew a sword from beneath her garments, and she placed it upon Joseph’s neck, and she said, Rise and perform my request, and if not thou diest this day. 54 And Joseph was afraid of her at her doing this thing, and he rose up to flee from her, and she seized the front of his garments, and in the terror of his flight the garment which Zelicah seized was torn, and Joseph left the garment in the hand of Zelicah, and he fled and got out, for he was in fear.
Genesis 39:11 And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within. 12 And she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me:” and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.
Reject All Temptations
Joseph rejected every single temptation. He knew if he looked at her beauty a bad seed of lust or adultery might be planted, so he didn’t even look at her. To everything she said to him, he came back with a rebuttal focused on the fact that his body and life was but for a moment in time, and when he died, his eyes would no longer shine, and beauty would no longer be an issue. And he said what’s truly beautiful is praising God who created all beauty in the world. He would not let any of her tempting words (bad seeds) fall into his subconscious/heart. When she grabbed his clothes, he ran away (perhaps naked) with no thought of what others would think. We are to be humble in our weaknesses, but never give into temptations. No matter how weak we can get, we can always run away from temptations (resist the devil) and turn to God who will get us through.
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
Matthew 5:28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into Gehenna.
Jesus (Yehoshua) was speaking metaphorically, not suggesting to literally gouge out our eyes. We can see that this is the tactic that Joseph used. He wouldn’t let his eyes even look at a woman who might have made him lust and commit adultery in his heart.
Plant New Thought Seeds Into Fertile Soil
In the case of Joseph, he probably felt very tempted or he wouldn’t have felt the need to keep his eyes to the ground. So another thing he may have done was focus on new thoughts while he worked. He may have thought, “God will provide me the right woman in divine timing,” to keep himself focused on the fact that adultery is never God’s divine will. Joseph’s divine timing had not yet come for him to take a wife. But once he was exalted to be the right hand of Pharaoh (as Jesus (Yehoshua) was exalted to the right hand of God), then it was time for his heavenly rewards.
Jasher 49:32 And Joseph returned and came on that day before Pharaoh, and the king gave unto Joseph a possession in the land of Egypt, a possession of fields and vineyards, and the king gave unto Joseph three thousand talents of silver and one thousand talents of gold, and onyx stones and bdellium and many gifts. 33 And on the next day the king commanded all the people of Egypt to bring unto Joseph offerings and gifts, and that he that violated the command of the king should die; and they made a high place in the street of the city, and they spread out garments there, and whoever brought anything to Joseph put it into the high place. 34 And all the people of Egypt cast something into the high place, one man a golden ear-ring, and the other rings and ear-rings, and different vessels of gold and silver work, and onyx stones and bdellium did he cast upon the high place; every one gave something of what he possessed. 35 And Joseph took all these and placed them in his treasuries, and all the officers and nobles belonging to the king exalted Joseph, and they gave him many gifts, seeing that the king had chosen him to be his second.
36 And the king sent to Potiphera, the son of Ahiram priest of On, and he took his young daughter Osnath and gave her unto Joseph for a wife. 37 And the damsel was very comely, a virgin, one whom man had not known, and Joseph took her for a wife; and the king said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and beside thee none shall dare to lift up his hand or his foot to regulate my people throughout the land of Egypt.
When we are tempted to do things that are not in God’s divine plan, we should remember to focus on what His plan is for us and remember that we will be blessed. These are some thought patterns that we can try to remember and plant into our subconscious.
Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
You may not think of bible verses as affirmations, but these are. If you are mourning, and believe and meditate on the passage that says those who mourn shall be comforted, you are affirming that you will be comforted. You are planting the seed that when you mourn, you will be comforted. The seed when planted and watered with focused affirmation meditation will grow into a blossoming tree, whose fruit is comfort.
You need to believe it though. How much these seeds take root in your subconscious garden is totally dependent on how much faith you have that the affirmation is true. (By your faith you are saved). Trying to say, “I’m rich, I’m rich, I’m rich,” while believing that you’re not rich, is not going to get you anywhere.
“An example of how praying for wealth can go wrong is if you’re affirming you have $5,000 and you’ve got a rotten tree, namely the contempt-for-the-rich thought process, you may manifest in your life an accident where you get hurt and the hospital bills are over $5,000. Then you sue and receive $5,000 to pay for the hospital bill. You manifested in your life that you received $5,000 but you made sure you didn’t become wealthy with it and it also didn’t happen “under grace” because you got physically hurt in order to receive the manifestation.”
In this example, the person who wants to have money, needs to cut down the rotten tree of “contempt for the rich” before being able to grow a tree where they are rich. If you believe you’re not rich, you need to cut down that thought process also. What happened is that you planted the thought process that you were poor at some time in your life, and you’ve been watering it, and the fruit of the rotten tree is poverty.
Gardening your subconscious mind requires you to get rid of the weeds and rotten trees, so that the good thought processes can start to take root and bloom instead. Stop thinking about yourself as poor, and come up with ways that you are rich. It may feel like a stretch at first, but it would be beneficial to count your blessings and write them down.
Consider making a journal and listing all the ways you were blessed each day.
5/31/18 I was blessed to wake up today as some may have died in the night. I was blessed that my friends and family are safe, because those who died had families who are mourning today. I was blessed to wake up in a home, because others are living on the streets. I was blessed to have good food, because some are starving or forced to eat food they don’t like. I was blessed to go to work, because some people don’t have a job and are struggling to find one. I was blessed to have a vehicle to get there, and that it worked, because some may have car trouble today.
I am blessed. I am wealthy in blessings. I am wealthy. Thank you Father.
If you can do that every day, it will help a lot. It doesn’t matter if there are repeats. It’s awesome to be blessed repeatedly. Then, over time, you will start to look for the blessings to write down later and you will see more and more blessings come into your life.
If you are at a job you don’t plan to spend your life at, you can affirm that this job is yours, currently, to prepare you for the perfect job in the future. You will find things at your current job that are benefiting you so that you can be more productive in your new job. You can write down, “I am blessed to be learning how to do xyz, so that I will be awesome at that in my new job.”
You can also affirm in more general ways than specific ways, such as: “Everyday I’m learning more and more,” “Everyday I’m earning more and more,” or “I’m getting healthier and wealthier every single day” (while believing you are wealthy in knowledge). The more you say that while believing it, the more it will come true.
As stated above, if we have rotten trees that are taking up space in our subconscious garden, we need to remove them because they can wreak havoc on our positive affirmations. This is similar to the way a tree with a disease may be able to spread it to another tree and they will both become rotten. So, another suggestion is to take some time to go somewhere comfortable and quiet and relax and pray for Father to show you any beliefs (thought processes) that are unhealthy in your subconscious. Just pray for Him to bring one up for you.
Once a negative thought process has been shown to you, focus on it. Perhaps ask why you have that thought process. Perhaps it’s easy to figure out. Then ask yourself if you felt that it was beneficial to you at all in the past. Can you figure out why you thought this way originally? Understanding how the mind works will help you to undo the damage. Once you feel like you know why you allowed it into your subconscious, then you may try visualizing the rotten tree being torn down.
Then think about what the opposite of that thought process was and plant the positive new thought process.
For example, if you thought, “I’m so ugly, no one will want to date me,” then you can ask yourself why you believed that, and maybe you realized that children in school told you that you were, and made fun of you. You may have realized that they were struggling with self-esteem issues themselves and were trying to feel better about themselves at your expense. You may have started to see yourself through their eyes once this seed got planted and watered, and the fruit was acne, oily skin, unruly hair, etc. Our subconscious can bring forth the look that we believe we have. This is why it’s important to cut down this tree.
So, in this case, the opposite would be, “I’m beautiful, and people would love to date me. I’m a great catch.” You can try to find a scripture or quote that you feel is true and say it along with your other affirmations.
Psalm 139:13 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.
After figuring out what you feel was a negative thought process, and constructing an opposite, positive one, consider writing down the positive affirmations (and scriptures or quotes) into a journal.
You can do this exercise once a day, once a week, or if you have more time to meditate, you can pray for another unhealthy thought process to be brought to your mind in the same session.
Matthew 15:13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.