In the Desert, We Feel "Deserted" on the External Level in Order to Find All Things Spilling Out of the Source, Present on the Inner Level
Desert solitude enables us to detach ourselves from the ever-shifting attitude society holds toward us and our calling and allows us instead to commune with the forces of the Universe that speak to us within our inner core. As a monastic friend once told Nature writer Ellen Meloy, "To feel that we belong to the world, we must be DESERTED." Only when we stop building our identity around what society thinks of us will we settle into a profound communion with the One who never fails to meet us in the solitary depths of our being. And yet - surprise! - we will then discover the entire world we thought we left behind spilling out of those depths like echoes of a never-spoken love-word arising out of nowhere!
Photos: Desert Paintbrush and The Windows, Arches National Park; Tiger Swallowtail in Professor Creek Canyon; Ancestral Puebloan rock art off the Kane Creek Road. All three photos were taken in Utah.
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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.