Creating a Serenity Garden - why? how? NOW
~ George Bernard Shaw
(above photo - sculpture by Ruth Moilliett)
We now no longer see the natural world as something to be tamed or conquered but, rather, as something to be revered.
And we understand Chief Seattle's 1854 admonition:
Looking at the natural world in this way is nothing new. The idea of sanctified outdoor space was the genesis for the sacred groves of the Egyptians, Indians and Greeks. It birthed the medieval labyrinths and Native Americans’ 'medicine wheels'. And of course, ancient Chinese geomancy, ‘Feng Shui’, and Indian ‘Vaastu’, which see the earth and her directions as living, vibrant forces, derive their power from our acknowledgment of ‘sanctified outdoor space’.
We have, up until recently, largely forgotten these traditions but, now, as our enthusiasm for plants, spirituality and the unseen has increased, we see there is something more to Nature than what we have been taught.
cascade and garden by Jan Johnsen