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Listening to the Hidden Heart of Seeds

Angela Fischer

Initiated by physicist and environmental leader Vandana Shiva, and compiled and edited by The Global Peace Initiative of Women, Sacred Seed offers contemplative essays from 34 spiritual leaders and practitioners on the sanctity of the seed. In clear and compelling voices, these writers affirm the wonder of mystery of life while warning of the biological and spiritual danger posed to it as corporations claim ownership over and genetically alter seeds. These essays provide inspiration and invite us to action.

Here is one offering from
Sacred Seed, reprinted with permission from the publisher.


Every seed carries a secret.

We will never come to fully know this secret, because it belongs to the mystery of creation. Yet we can learn again what hundreds of generations did before us, namely to live with the secrets, to use them as gifts, and to honour them as a source of life on this planet.

The first step in learning to live with a secret is to listen.

When I was a young child, my mother gave me a seed of a bean. She showed me how to plant it into a pot filled with black soil and how to keep it warm and moist. And then I had to wait.

For a young child this took a very long time. Every morning I would visit my seed, invisible in the darkness of the soil, and because I could not see anything, I remember that instead I tried to hear something. It was around the same time that my mother was pregnant, and I used to put my ear to her belly to communicate with the baby I could not see or touch. So I did the same with the invisible seed: I put my ears close to the soil and listened. I do not remember if I ever heard something, but I remember the listening. It was like an intimate conversation, though silent and unheard by anyone else.

The seed is a symbol for the deepest mystery of creation, and at the same time it is the mystery. For thousands of years farmers have known how to listen to these mysteries, and so found ways how to grow and to harvest, how to preserve the seeds, how to provide for them the best circumstances, considering the conditions of the earth, the soil, and the weather, and considering how much they connect us with the past and the future, our ancestors and our grandchildren. This goes back to an ancient feminine wisdom about the connection with the Earth, the knowledge of light being born out of darkness and an intimacy with the circles of life.

Every seed contains a light. Through greed and disconnection from the sacredness of life, this light is threatened. Genetically modified seeds become sterile. If the fertility is removed from a seed, its light is taken away; it withdraws. The divine light that is present in every seed is manifested through its fertility, through the potential to grow and to be a source for new life. When this light withdraws from a seed, it withdraws from the whole of creation, and our souls begin to starve.

As every seed embraces an outer as well as an inner reality, we need to care in outer and in inner ways. We need to protect the purity, diversity, and freedom of seeds through outer engagement, but we also need to protect the sacredness of life inwardly. The inner way is to hold the awareness of the sacredness in our hearts, to remember and to respect the feminine mysteries of creation–and to deeply listen. The same light that is contained in the heart of the biological seed is also present within our heart; it is the seed of love.

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Sacred Seed: A Gallery of Wonder and Mystery

Reprinted from Sacred Seed with permission from the publisher, The Golden Sufi Center. Learn more at

Images: Ana Castilho

Angela Fischer, of Germany heritage, has led spiritual seminars and meditation retreats since 1982 and is the author of several books on feminine spirituality, the oneness of life and the healing of the feminine and the earth. She has followed the Sufi path for thirty years and dedicated her life and work  to taking care of a meditation center, speaking, writing and finding ways of living a mystical life in the present time of transition and global crisis, with an emphasis on living the sacred in daily life. Central to her work is reclaiming a genuine feminine spirituality which leads to living women’s spiritual responsibility for the wellbeing of the world and future, as well as recovering the feminine principle in both women and men, in service to life.

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Comments (2)
  • Thank you, Angela.
    This article is thought provoking and sensitively written in a subtle and thought provoking way. I can feel the magic present in the description of the little girl listening to seeds growing and find this image a deeply moving one.
    It makes sense, sadly, that a seed loses its soul when it loses its fertility through genetic modification.
    May we all learn to listen again to what is Real.

    — Ronel Geldenhuys on January 7, 2015

  • Dear Angela,
    your article touches so movingly at the mystery of the feminine…  divine light hidden in the seed, hidden in your mother’s belly… through the deep listening of a little girl
    Thank you…

    — Veronique Mayne on January 15, 2015

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31 December 2014

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