Invisible in the Visible World

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Take a moment to see your own circle of friends as a beautiful grove of trees.  

"Every individual in our personal sacred grove - and indeed in all of creation - is a sacred space, where the invisible of all that makes them who they are is expressed in the visible person we encounter.  How might we revere the sacredness of each other?  Perhaps by making a more conscious effort  to tell them the particular ways in which we value them (and there is something to value even in the people who cause us the most heartache, if we take the time and trouble to search a little).  In what ways do we diminish the value of others and demean their personalities?  Do we try to build up our own self-esteem by shrinking theirs?  Do we tend to criticize more readily than we praise them?  The hospitality of the sacred grove asks us to enter each other's space respectfully, gently, and lovingly.  Without this reverence there can be no communion.  

Pause for awhile and reflect on one or two people in your own circle of friends - perhaps one person you are especially close to, and another with whom you feel less at ease.   . . . Imagine these people as trees . . . What do you know of their roots - their invisible reality - and how they have been shaped by their personal stories and the way their lives have unfolded?   . . .

When we recognize the importance of our own invisible roots, and respect that of others, we are moving into common ground, where real communion of heart and mind might become a possibility."

"The more we know of this invisible reality of each other, the more we understand, and the more we understand, the more readily we can forgive whatever needs to be forgiven."

Look at the trees around you.  Are their branches strong, or are they weak and broken?  Perhaps one holds and supports the breaking branch of its neighboring tree.  Perhaps some of our branch encounters are like that, too.  " . . . trees can teach us something of what communion might mean.   . . .In all things there is an invisible, as well as a visible, dimension, and the space where the invisible becomes manifest in visible is sacred."

Excerpts are taken from Sacred Spaces: Stations on a Celtic Way by Margaret Silf

© Rev.Mary Ann Tourjee 2019