True Spirituality Involves Digging Beneath the Surface of Life in Order to Find the Divine in Hiding There
"I was a hidden treasure and I longed to be known. So I created the Creation so that I may be known."
"My profession is to be always on the alert to find God in nature, to know his
lurking-places . . . "
Henry David Thoreau
I love seeking out the hidden beauties of nature and photographing them. As you've noticed, I post a lot of artistic lake-ice photos in the wintertime. To take these pictures, I have to lie down on the frozen lake surface just after sunset, place my camera into a depression in the ice, brace myself against the wind, and shoot. The result is a photo that offers an absolutely stunning perspective which few hikers or snowshoers see.
Similarly, the spiritual journey is all about ferreting out the Creator's hiding places deep within the creation. Thus, when we encounter difficult situations or challenging people, we can make a game out of looking beneath the surface in order to find the deep meaning that we trust is truly present there. This search in turn brings us quite a bit of fulfillment for it necessitates activating our imagination and creativity. And that is precisely one of the traits which makes us most human.
Photo: Natural ice carvings on The Loch, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO, December 28, 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.