Central Theme

This journal is written as reflections of a life lived largely outdoors. It stems from a life lived in devotion to discovering the sacred central themes in all of creation. It is based upon the profound conviction that, what I experience as my inmost being, is the same foundation upon which all of nature is built. It is an affirmation of the essential role of humanity in the household of the natural world.
Every thing in Nature has meaning far greater than we can fathom. In exploring outward phenomena, we end up, again and again, with a greater understanding of our Self. In the experience of our Self, we find the key to understanding the essence of everything in the Natural World. Humanity has a far greater significance and responsibility than we imagine.
This is a journal that gently urges us to discover our place in the household of Nature and gladly do our part.

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8 thoughts on “Central Theme

    1. Landscaping the Sacred Post author

      Thank you for liking and following landscaping the sacred. I have been an amateur photographer for 45 years. Most of the photos in my blog are mine. Other photographers have inspired me, and I would like to acknowledge their talent. But I haven’t been able to find sources. At any rate, I can claim very little of the content of any of these photographic images, only the framing and the focus. The rest is simply miraculous and sublime. I feel blessed to have been there to witness the moment.
      This stairs and wall I designed and built of native stone up a steep natural slope. The setting was there. Some of the plantings are by me. The theme and gesture of ascent is universal.

    1. Landscaping the Sacred Post author

      Indrajit, It is rare to find like minded souls in this vast world. Having now read a few of your articles, I have to agree with you. Reading between the lines, I see that we two have far more in common than either of our journals might demonstrate to the casual reader. Thank you for your poetry especially. Carry on your soul seeking journey, my friend!

  1. Christine Catapano Kelly

    Tom, it is refreshing and heartening to find a genuine naturalist who yet recognizes and respects “the essential role of humanity in the household of the natural world.” I encounter so many environmentalists, these days, who favor Nature over Humanity, as though humanity is not part of nature. It is true that we humans have mucked things up a bit and are dangerously close to destroying the world in which we reside; that we must learn again to respect the sacred wisdom inherent in the animal, mineral, and vegetable kingdoms. We must also, however, not forget to respect and nurture that which is sacred in our own great spirits.
    Your insight into the sacredness and relationship of all living things, and things created by humankind, recalls to mind the writings of Emerson, Whitman, and William Blake.
    “To see a World in a Grain of Sand
    And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
    Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
    And Eternity in an hour . . .”
    (from “Auguries of Innocence,” by William Blake)


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