A lot of spirituality these days focuses on the self - especially on self-love, positive self-regard and self-affirmation. This is, of course, necessary as a crucial step along the spiritual journey. But for those of us who are more relationship-oriented, the self functions simply as one of the poles needed in order for the divine Beloved to shapeshift into the human Lover and the human Lover into the divine Beloved. I find myself continually enamoured by the way in which the beauty of Nature reveals itself as a radiant Goddess, wooing me into union with a larger reality, thereby enabling my soul to melt and become the vehicle through which SHE knows and celebrates her own beauty and goodness. After all, awe and wonder are the point of the Universe, and such wonder is impossible without an Other - a shapeshifting Other - with whom we can fall head-over-heels in love.
Photo: Lake ice on a blustery day, Dream Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO, December 21, 2015
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Stephen Hatch, M.A. is a spiritual teacher and photographer from Fort Collins, Colorado. His approach is contemplative, inter-spiritual, and Earth-based.