Quotes about Sacred Land and Ceremony

                “In a garden or a forest, roots grow together to form a complex network, a web that shares nutrients, water, and structural support. Arthropods, earthworms, and bacteria live among the lacing of roots, which cradles stones, sustains fungi, and wraps around bones left behind.
                We who walk on the surface of the earth rarely see this dynamic labyrinth, but we are a part of it. We are a part of the flow of water as it slips up trees and whispers into the sky, as it falls on the soil and returns to the sea. We too are a part of the burn and glory of sunlight, which sparks all life on Earth. We are the gardeners, the stewards of the land.”          
                                                                                                      Sacred Land by Clea Danaan, p. xi

                                                        Emily's Garden

                “The sacred land is the original vision of the world in its balanced and paradisiacal state. This state of being surfaces in all natural areas but it is stronger in some. All natural places are an outgrowth of this deep abiding pattern or vision, which is alive and active in the sacred land. Nature, left undisturbed, reflects the sacred land into the surface world as surely as the moon reflects the sun’s rays onto our planet in the dark of night, but with softer, silver rays of light.”  
                                                             The Faery Teachings by Orion Foxwood, pp. 112-113

                                                                Stream at Wellspring Hill

       “Say what you will, whether religion or spirituality acknowledge it or not, all human experiences—including spiritual experiences—are set in the matrix of Creation itself. Our existence is totally interdependent with  the existence of stars, planets, the sun, rocks, water, plants and trees, flowers, birds, supernovas, galaxies, atoms, the fireball that was the origin of this universe.”
                                                                       One River, Many Wells by Matthew Fox, p. 27

                                                              Fungus at Wellspring Hill

"Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty." John Ruskin

                                                           View from Wellspring Hill

"In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." John Muir

Fall Walk at Wellspring Hill

“Ceremony . . . is typically magical, creative, and healing, and provides a bridge between the material and spirit worlds. It’s a felt demonstration of how the power of the universe works, and it provides an excellent way to honor all those events in our lives that we want to sanctify. Participating in sacred ceremony helps us bring our being into alignment with the natural flow and rhythm of life.
My friend Jade Wah’oo Grigori, a shaman and ceremonialist from Sedona Arizona sums it up admirable: ‘Ceremony is the intentful construction of the bridge which spans the barriers that we’ve created between our soul and our mundane life. Through the creation of ceremony, we allow the free movement of our soul into the mundane and of our consciousness in the realm of soul. It’s a two-way bridge.’” 

                                                     Sacred Ceremony by Steven Farmer, pp. xvi-xvii

                                    No, this dancing tree is not on Wellspring Hill, but I wish it was!

           "The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself."

                                                                                            ~ William Blake