The Mystery of symbolism

I came upon this fascinating account of druid symbolism, especially liked this excerpt about trees here:

The name of the Canaanite goddess Asteroth means “sacred tree,” although this translation is redundant because all trees were sacred to the ancient peoples of the Near East and Europa – John Lamb Lash (Not in His Image)

“The groves were God’s first temples,” says Bryant. The groves, too, were among man’s first gods…Not only the Druids of Britain, but the Greeks, and the Semitic races of Asia were worshipers of trees. The giant oaks and the symmetrical evergreens were gods…”The worship of trees,” says Soury, “only disappeared in Syria at a very late date…The largest and tallest trees, and the evergreen ones, were adored as gods – John E. Remsberg (The Christ)

In Ireland certain very famous trees, usually yew trees, were closely connected with the tribes in whose territory they stood. They were held as sacred, and served as tribal meeting places. This custom was pagan in origin, but the trees continued to be held in reverence in Christian times. When Christianity was introduced, pagan sacred sites were often converted into Christian sacred sites – Alexander Stewart (A Highland Parish or the History of Fortingall, 1928)

In the religious history of the Aryan race in Europe the worship of trees has played an important part. Nothing could be more natural…From an examination of the Teutonic words for “temple” Grimm has made it probable that amongst the Germans the oldest sanctuaries were natural woods…tree worship is well attested for all the great European families of the Aryan stock – Sir James George Frazer (The Golden Bough, 1922)


What is Creation?

Reflecting on one of the many dharma talks of Ma Bhaskarananda (aka Ma Ba) of Ananda ashram, in Harriman, New York, she posed the questions, “Who is your mother, who is your father?” and I’m paraphrasing the rest ….

And “What did your mother really do, aside from birthing your body?”

“Even if we think the Sun is our Creator, aren’t there infinite Suns, Universes, galaxies?”

I studied the idea of “Creation” for years in A Course in Miracles, but I continue to search for the appropriate (symbolism) that feels like a better pointer to the meaning of Creation.

After all, it’s really all symbolism/mythology; our earthly perceptions, our earthly languages, our earthly concepts about everything.  But we haven’t sufficiently learned to read the maps yet.

But this season of “holidays” I’m contemplating again ‘what is Creation?’

Creator/ Creation/ Creating …….  All infinitely intertwined

….. Extending Itself beyond time’s comprehension.

Our ‘creations’ – like (God’s creations) are not of this world.

It’s beyond this earth world and could never be “known” here in earthly form, only symbolically represented. As our actions represent our thoughts.

So….. what did your mother/father really do?

Symbolically, they extended Love, as in the True Creation, by “giving birth” to a child.

Your real mother/father is the INFINITELY EXTENDING ‘thought of God’ which we symbolically play out as bodies on earth plane (symbolically creating others like ourselves) But these “bodies” could never be Creation Itself.

Some of the earth language ‘words’ that really resonate for me are written in an excerpt from:             Commentary on What Is Creation?, By Allen Watson:

“Creation is the sum of all God’s Thoughts, in number infinite, and everywhere without all limit. Only Love creates, and only like Itself. There was no time when all that It created was not there. Nor will there be a time when anything that it created suffers any loss. Forever and forever are God’s Thoughts exactly as they were and as they are, unchanged through time and after time is done.” W-pII.11.1:1-5

“We have a fundamental misconception that makes it difficult for us to understand what creations are. For instance, we think God created this world. When we think of creation, therefore, we think of something physical and material. We think our creations must be something in this world. Yet the Course clearly tells us this entire world is an illusion, a miscreation of our mind. How could our creations be here?

My creations, then, cannot be something like a book I write, a relationship I form, a family, or a business. My creations are not objects at all. They must be thoughts.”

“Creation is the sum of all God’s Thoughts, in number infinite, and everywhere without all limit.” (1:1)