This past Sunday my wife and I spent a good portion of the afternoon cleaning up the “yard.” Since we have to cover a five-acre tract (we let the other five acres go wild to raise the water table and assist nature’s healing process) this is a chore for the young. Thankfully, my wife and I are still “young enough” to make a go at it. Someday however we will become too old to be proper stewards of this unique property.
I use the word “unique” because our landscape design is based around the theological ideas of Emanuel Swedenborg. In other words, it is cultivated in a way that most expresses (symbolizes) heavenly wisdom and order. It was a unique opportunity for us to arrange nature in a way that could offer a physical and visible model of expressing the more interior steps of human spiritual transformation.
Wisdom is everywhere for the taking —if one knows how to look. A garden represents nature reorganized into a higher order— just like wisdom represents the exalted re-organization of a person’s knowledge to more noble ideals. Swedenborg claimed that the “Garden of Eden” in Scripture, viewed from a deeper psycho-spiritual level, symbolizes a state of wisdom acquired through living by God’s tenets of mutual love through the Tree of Life. (There is no other way to acquire genuine Paradise.)
A balanced ecosystem with bio-diversity is an analog of the richness of the human spirit that seeks to be a positive and unifying influence in the world.
True, universal religion is “inner gardening.” The quality of our spiritual soil is a reflection of the quality of our soul.
This means I can continue to cultivate my heart and mind long after my physical body becomes feeble and can no longer work outdoors. That is why I have chosen to write special books in order to share a spiritual harvest with my fellow human brothers and sisters and continue to be useful to the world into old age. Heck, even after I die, my published works can still reach the minds (inner biospheres) of new generations!
In fact, my first published book was entitled Sermon From The Compost Pile and offers ways for the reader to find spiritual wisdom right in one’s own back yard or small vegetable garden. (I wanted to make hidden spiritual truths observable!)
After working hard on our property, my wife and I sat down in the breezeway to enjoy both the outer and inner peace that springtime was bringing to our minds through the plants, trees, birds and their orderly design.
Have a wonderful spring season everybody!