Does your garden talk to you? Reach out to touch you, even?
I was weeding and removing dying leaves from the spring bulbs that were well past their best. Only a few weeks ago the freesias were bursting with fragrance and blossom. Now the flowers were gone and the long slim leaves were drooping.
As I weeded, I reflected on how I was like those drooping leaves. I felt spent.
The prolonged effort of getting my new book to the printer had drained me and narrowed my focus. I was weary from the tight task of looking at commas, semi-colons and apostrophes. I was empty of words.
Suddenly I glimpsed a flash of golden yellow on my left sleeve. Then another on my right. I had been dusted with pollen. But where from?
Then, in the centre of the amaryllis flower I spotted its stamens, laden with bounty, desirous of a recipient.
Now you may think me foolish, but I felt unaccountably happy that I had been chosen.
I might even dare to say that I felt blessed.
Different spiritual traditions speak of the power of transmission. It can happen through touch — the hem of the garment, a look, or even through a thought.
What happened with the amaryllis made me wonder if nature has its own way of reaching out and creating a transmission of energy.
The lost festival
The timing was serendipitous, for I’d been absorbed in a sad thought. I was wondering why we don’t celebrate Beltane, the festival of growth and resurrection. I was thinking that spring represented a lost opportunity for rejoicing.
Then in a flash I was dusted with gold. I was reminded that spring is a season loaded with pollen and flying with fertility.
On one level, this can be a nuisance if you suffer from hay fever.
But on another level, pollen is a symbol for the energy of propagation, that seeks consummation.
I was kindled by this transmission from the amaryllis. It stimulated new thoughts and ideas.
Opening to new possibilities
Where do you receive transmission and new energy? What kindles you, quickens you, and lifts you into something new?
A spring festival
What if you were to create a spring festival for Beltane or beyond, one that is about an exchange of seeds, flowers, leaves, song, taste — anything that sparks new life and regeneration?
You sit in a circle and gift one another with these symbols, and with them, a wish. You transmit hope and happiness into one another. You experience the kiss of spring.
I wish you happy spring days. May the plants and flowers speak to you, touch you and bring you joy.
‘If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.’
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