Posted by: Zane Maser | January 25, 2010

GONE GARDENIN’

In Muslim countries, the old part of their cities
is called medina or “holy place.”
And so it is when you enter into your garden or medina,
the center of the Universe is everywhere and nowhere.

Our garden doesn’t look quite like this at the moment, because we’ve had an abundance of our more typical rain-soaked winter than this 2008 snowscape depicts.

And our garden no longer resembles the fullness of summers past. Nevertheless, the Chinese proverb, “one who plants a garden plants happiness” captures the feeling of a radiant summer and the glory of our garden that year.


Gardens are a great and glorious laboratory of healing. All the elements of soil, plant life, water, air, and sunlight are present to rejuvenate the depleted outer self. Within the slower rhythm and hush of the garden, one can hear the pulse of deep silence, the voice of the Universe in its never-ending aum, aum, aum, aum, aum, aum. . . . In addition, time spent in a garden gets us nowhere, as Thomas Moore explains in “The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Living.”1 “A garden,” he says, “entices us to slow down and stop,” which he adds, is a vital dynamic of the soul, for anything of the soul requires time, which in turn means a lowering of outer productivity and effort.2

By temperamental affinity, the true worker in the garden generally does not have to take a break and consciously un-plug from the hectic doing, striving, and building required to create a “successful” niche in the outer world, where a highly visible impact is encouraged and lauded. The spiritual teacher, White Eagle, once said: “We are all in a wilderness within [which he described as the wilderness of the world, the chaotic condition of man’s collective soul] until we begin to discipline ourselves and turn our soul-wilderness into a beautiful garden. The term ‘wilderness’ in fact stands for the state of chaos, loneliness, and unhappiness, which is the lot of the soul before it is awakened.”

Rather, by moving in a sacred manner and with presence of mind, the true worker in the garden knows the ephemeral values and transitory possessions of the outer, material life are not the most meaningful or what motivates his or her being. Even the simplest task in a garden can be imbued with profound meaning, with an attentive quality that ultimately affects and serves the whole of life in ways that are more significant than is apparent. The true worker in the garden re-connects with the everlasting Divine Source and is thus tranquilly sustained.

Generally more “inward looking by nature,” Eckhart Tolle would call such an individual a “frequency-holder.”3 On the “arising new earth,” he describes their function as those who are meant to “anchor the frequency of the new consciousness on this planet” primarily through “just being” and through the activities of daily life and interactions with others. Many of the frequency holders appear to “lead an outwardly unremarkable, seemingly more passive and relatively uneventful existence” but rather they live in the peaceful waters and pools of the river of life, content not to make a great name or do a great work. They add Truth and a gentle, receptive, harmonious, balance to the collective consciousness of humanity.

Since our Zoe cat passed on, we haven’t felt much like working outside in the fresh air and amongst the soil and plants and rotting vegetation. In the breaks between storms, we were able to get our necessary “tree-pruning” tasks done and picked up debris scattered from a few days of intense gusts of wind. But after lunch, I think I’ll go to the garden and see if I can tap into the inner silence…. Perhaps Zoe and our other four cat kids—all free and healthy in the warm sunshine of the inner garden of Spirit—will join me! Their unseen, dynamic world of subtler vibration interpenetrates our world; thus, where there is true and deep love, separation from one another is impossible. Ah, going into the garden is ever more inviting….


Similar Offerings:

• Heaven is Earth

• The Temple Of Silence

• Families in Spirit

• Quiet Spring

• Slow Down!

• Memory Garden

• A Prayer of Love for the Earth


Endnotes:

  1. Thomas Moore. 1996. The Re-enchantment of Everyday Living. HarperCollins Publishers, New York, NY. 396 pp.
  2. Chris Maser with Zane Maser. 2005. The World is in My Garden: A Journey of Consciousness. White Cloud Press, Ashland, OR. 303 pp.

  3. Eckhart Tolle. 2005. A New Earth. A Plume Book, New York, NY. 316 pp.


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My editorial guru and technological wizard is Chris Maser, my delightful husband.


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