Burdening ourselves with all this takes us away from our natural, essential selves (the sprout). Mindfulness -- paying attention to what we're experiencing, moment to moment and without judgment or expectation -- is one way of bringing us back to ourselves. Our green sprout might seem small, but it's a life force with deep strength and resilience. It can be fortified with consistent, patient mindfulness practice.
What must that sprout experience before breaking through the ground? Pressure? Pain? Intense effort? Is it like Atlas holding up the earth? I can only guess.
To me, the practice of Ho'oponopono cleaning is like this. Thank you, I love you, Dewdrop, Lightswitch, or applying myriad other cleaning tools. Only, I have no concept of all the "dirt" (memories, data, crud, etc) my Divinity-within is lifting off as I do my moment-to-moment cleaning. It can seem like hours, days, weeks, months, or even eons before I see the sun -- or relax into peace (break through the ground). But eventually, this does come.
Dr. Hew Len has also said, "Once you do your part, Divinity has to do His part (transmute the memories into pure light)." A loving father would have it no other way.