Introduction

Landscaping the soul is part of the work of being human. I would say it is the most important work. As human beings, we are largely emancipated from the world of nature. We are unsupported by the wisdom that lives in instinct, greatly isolated from the driving forces of the seasons, and generally protected from both the guiding and the destructive elements to which the rest of the living world are subject. We have created our own world, and live increasingly within its self-impose boundaries.

The sacred nature of Nature is all but lost to us if we don’t take this very human path of self-creation as a sacred commitment. It is only through quiet reflection on the phenomena that approach us in Nature, that we are impressed by their sacredness. Reflection comes with practice and self-controlled effort. If we are to create our own outer world, our human landscape, in harmony with natural wisdom, we must create our own soul landscape out of the depth of our ourselves. This depth is sought on the path of meditation.

Graciously, the source of world wisdom and strength is the same for all creations of the Creator. It’s just that we have to work inwardly and consciously to receive it again. For the rest of Nature it is a gift outright.

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