I was thinking about what Eckhart Tolle’s book says in his book, A New Earth about flowers. He says,
“Without our fully realizing it, flowers would become for us an expression in form of that which is most high, most sacred and ultimately formless within ourselves. Flowers, more fleeting, more ethereal, and more delicate than the plants out of which they emerged, would become like messengers from another realm, like a bridge between the world of physical forms and the formless.”
An “aha” moment!
This is why we use flowers in space clearing, on the altar or in the sacred ceremony. It helps us access the subtle realms of energy. Flowers can help us pay attention, be in the ‘nowness’ of life. One of my favourite artists, Georgia O’Keefe, painted the intimate world of flowers. In a passage as equally evocative as Tolle’s, she writes:
A flower is relatively small. Everyone has many associations with a flower – the idea of flowers. You put out your hand to touch the flower – lean forward to smell it – maybe touch it with your lips almost without thinking – or give it to someone to please them. Still – in a way – nobody sees a flower – really – it is so small – we haven’t time – and to see takes time like to have a friend takes time.
In the space clearing ritual we make – and take – time to experience the small and almost invisible thing of energy fields. It is a moment when all involved in the ceremony are awake — smelling the flowers so to speak. We really see the flower, which is ourselves and how we interact with the sacred space within and around us.
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