Old growth and spirit   Monica Jakuc
  Jan 28, 2006 19:35 PST 

Dear ENTS,

I think for many of us being in the presence of an old growth forest
takes our breath away, puts us in touch with the sacred. I love this
quote from spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle's newest book, "A New
Earth," pp. 194-5:

"When we go into a forest that has not been interfered with by man, our
thinking mind will see only disorder and chaos all around us. It won't
even be able to differentiate between life (good) and death (bad)
anymore since everywhere new life grows out of rotting and decaying
matter. Only if we are still enough inside and the noise of thinking
subsides can we become aware that there is a hidden harmony here, a
sacredness, a higher order in which everything has its perfect place and
could not be other than what it is and the way it is.

The mind is more comfortable in a landscaped park because it has been
planned through thought; it has not grown organically. There is an
order here that the mind can understand. In the forest, there is an
incomprehensible order that to the mind looks like chaos. It is beyond
the mental categories of good and bad. You cannot understand it through
thought, but you can sense it when you let go of thought, become still
and alert, and don't try to understand or explain. Only then can you be
aware of the sacredness of the forest. As soon as you sense that hidden
harmony, that sacredness, you realize you are not separate from it, and
when you realize that, you become a conscious participant in it. In this
way, nature can help you become realigned with the wholeness of life."

Re: Old growth and spirit   windbear@juno.com
  Jan 29, 2006 03:50 PST 
Dear Monica,

Well said - from the heart. And a good quote. I feel that when we step into an old growth forest we sense the immensity of the family of Earth - something we cannot now find in abundance in many other places. We recognize one of the last remaining places where we can feel, with all of our senses, the power and love of the Oneness of Earth's children, and at the same time the tremendous diversity of expression of that Oneness. It has always struck me as the feeling of coming home. It is akin to being immersed in the most beautiful music and feeling it to the depth of your being, eh?
Warmest regards,