If you have a baobab in your heart, tear it out, because its seeds harbor fear, insecurity, disappointment, anger … Do like the Little Prince who, every morning, removed all the seeds from the gigantic baobabs of his little planet for fear that they would grow too much, that their gigantic roots would destroy everything he loved and knew …
There are intelligent and non-phobic fears that guarantee our well-being. These are justified fears that regulate our survival.However, these invading baobab seeds sometimes appear, and almost without knowing why. They are right there, in the basement of our psychological garden, growing sometimes in silence, but changing our balance, our approach.
"There are good seeds of good weeds and bad weed seeds, but the seeds are invisible, they sleep in the secret of the earth until it takes a fancy to one of them to Wake up, then she stretches out, and at first springs a lovely, harmless twig to the sun, if it is a twig of radish or rose, you can let her grow as she pleases. 'it's a bad plant, you have to tear it off right away, as soon as you know how to recognize it'– The little Prince –
Among all the reflections that Antoine de Saint-Exupéry left us throughThe little Prince, that of the baobab is undoubtedly one of the most interesting. In the book, the little protagonist tore up the "bad" seeds of his planet daily while he fed and watered the "good" seeds. The bad ones were those of baobab. He had to remove their roots before they destroyed his world from within. The good seeds were those of the roses, for which he felt a special predilection.
This subtle metaphor unquestionably symbolizes the face of our fears, of these dark areas where cognitive distortions occur. feed often. It is these germs orchestrated by rage, anguish or sadness that fogs and fills our mental palate with cracks.
A baobab in the heart, the one we all wear
We all wear baobab in the heart. However, it can only find its seed, invisible, asleep and without ramifications. Others, on the other hand, may already be suffering the effects of their growth. The impact of this baobab that develops its roots and returns everything, changes everything and destabilizes everything. Indeed, fears, like resentment, implode to put down internal order, logic, autonomy.
InThe little Prince , the protagonist comes to ask the pilot, at a given moment, if the lambs eat shrubs. He reacts with immense joy to the thought that he will finally be able to get rid of the threat of the baobab when he answers yes. The pilot quickly specifies: a baobab is not a shrub but a tree.These are trees as big as churches. So huge that not even a "herd" of elephants could eat an entire one.
The Little Prince, imagining the scene, suggests that the solution might be to place one elephant on top of another. However, he realized a few seconds later that the best strategy could only be to prevent their growth. Indeed, nothing can be done when a baobab grows too much.These destructive giants must be stopped in their early stages. When they are small, when they are still just seeds …
"The soil of the planet was infested with baobab seeds, and a baobab tree, if you take it too late, you can never get rid of it, it clogs the entire planet. If the planet is too small, and if the baobabs are too numerous, they make it explode. "
– The little Prince –
The importance of preventing a baobab from growing in the heart
Some see something more in the metaphor of the Little Prince baobab.Some people warn that besides the seeds of our fears, the germ of evil could also be there. This destructive force that makes the heart sick. Who is capable of committing the worst acts, shaping the most devastating scenarios of violence and destruction. Those who are already in our collective memory.
This baobab seed has always been and will always be present in us.Feeding it and letting it grow depends on ourselves. Indeed, as on the planet of the Little Prince, we have in us good seeds and bad seeds. That they germinate, that they take root, depends on innumerable factors: our education, the received teaching, the lived experiences …
We must not forget, however, that we decide ourselvesto be of goodt efficient gardeners to eliminate weeds in time, seeds that do not serve, that destroy the environment and break the natural balance of our personal garden. The Little Prince carries out this task on a daily basis. It was he who tore out what he did not want and who fed what he most valued: his roses.
We do not need sheep or an army of elephants mounted on each other to accomplish this cleaning task. If we have a baobab in our heart, we have the responsibility to pull it out in time or not to feed its seed.This maintenance task generates a balance. She brings wisdom and a sense of discipline. This allows us to be attentive to any changes. Any unusual growth also to avoid that small problems end up becoming huge and terrifying baobabs.