← NEEDED: A Mythos for Planetary Culture
I live in western Washington and love to hike in the vast woodlands around my home. A tree hugger from childhood, I feel a personal affinity and connection to these wise and wondrous beings. On one trip, I found a beautiful old growth cedar jutting out over a hill. It was overlooking an island with verdant aquatic plants, lush ferns, and a canopy of trees where the sunlight trickled through, dancing playfully. I leaned my body out, wrapping my arms and legs firmly around the trunk of the cedar, resting my head upon the soft bark. I gazed at the beauty surrounding me, giving thanks in my soul and heart for the opportunity to be in the moment. I closed my eyes and silently said a prayer to the mother in which I thanked her for the many times in my life she has uplifted my soul, set me soaring like a songbird, free, alive and at peace and told her how beautiful she is. I heard a loud voice, from where, I was not sure, but it said, ” Ah, my beloved, you too are beautiful. Look.” I was a bit surprised by this voice and opened my eyes, half expecting to see her standing in front of me, yet instead, everything was wavy. My body, hands, legs, were a part of the tree, the island, the air, the plants, the insects, everything! I blinked my eyes, but this changed nothing and I saw that she was showing me my connection to all. I understood that she was telling me that while I admire her, I am a reflection, a mirror to her. I reveled in the moments that passed, extending my hand and leg out to embrace this oneness. It is something hard to explain, but sublime to experience. I did not tell many people about this. It was sacred, yet after reading Ann’s post, felt moved to share. I never forget and pray ardently for the moment when humankind awakens to know their beauty, their connection, their godliness.
Thank you so much for this beautiful testimony, Lisa. It brought tears to my eyes.
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