The human self is relational by nature. OTHERNESS is a constituent part of our very being. This life-principle might be viewed as our participation in the Sacred Feminine. Even our very thoughts and emotions participate in archetypal presences that dwell within our psyche. Because relationship is at the core of who we are, all of us seek for a worthy mirror in which to see and find who we really are. Parents, family, friends and lovers can indeed serve as shards of this mirror. But ultimately, only something much more vast and spacious - the Divine Beloved - can serve as this mirror. For me, Nature and meditation are the primary places where I discover this mirror. But when I do find it, I realize that I too am meant to be a mirror, not only for other human beings, but also for the Divine Beloved. Through my love, delight and appreciation, both this sacred Earth (the "Goddess") and the Great Beyond ("God") can see and know their own beauty and goodness. And the same is true for us all, for each of us is called to serve as a unique and one-of-a-kind mirror in which the Cosmos can delight in and celebrate Itself!
Photo: Fremont Culture petroglyph, carved sometime between 1 and 1300 A.D.), near Moab, UT, April 25, 2016
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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.