A Sacredness in Everything

Behind the sometimes seemingly random or even chaotic succession of events in our lives as well as in the world lies concealed the unfolding of a higher order and purpose.

This is beautifully expressed in the Zen saying “The snow falls, each flake in its appropriate place.” We can never understand this higher order through thinking about it because whatever we think about is content; whereas, the higher order emanates from the formless realm of consciousness, from universal intelligence. But we can glimpse it, and more than that, align ourselves with it, which means be conscious participants in the unfolding of that higher purpose.

When we go into a forest that has not been interfered with by man, our thinking mind will see only disorder and chaos all around us. It won’t even be able to differentiate between life (good) and death (bad) anymore since everywhere new life grows out of rotting and decaying matter. Only if we are still enough inside and the noise of thinking subsides can we become aware that there is a hidden harmony here, a sacredness, a higher order in which everything has its perfect place and could not be other than what it is and the way it is.

The mind is more comfortable in a landscaped park because it has been planned through thought; it has not grown organically. There is an order here that the mind can understand. In the forest, there is an incomprehensible order that to the mind looks like chaos. It is beyond the mental categories of good and bad. You cannot understand it through thought, but you can sense it when you let go of thought, become still and alert, and don’t try to understand or explain. Only then can you be aware of the sacredness of the forest. As soon as you sense that hidden harmony, that sacredness, you realize you are not separate from it, and when you realize that, you become a conscious participant in it. In this way, nature can help you become realigned with the wholeness of life.

Excerpted from Eckhart Tolle’s A New Earth, pages 194-195



Peter fox 18th July 2015 3:45 am

Lovely!- thank you.

Jessica Celestia 21st July 2015 12:44 pm

Beautiful Eckhart... so true. There is great wisdom unfolding in every moment, in every experience, in every occurrence, at all times, for eternity. Such is the nature of reality. It reminds me of Mary O'Malley's six phases of consciousness philosophy... That life is happening for us at all times. It is not something to be survived, but something that is guiding us towards our highest good and self actualization. That all events we would interpret as 'negative' are simply showing us where we are not yet healed so that we may move into ever higher levels of awareness and consciousness. There's a great summary of it that I found here http://www.consciouslifestylemag.com/the-six-levels-of-higher-consciousness-how-to-make-the-shift/. As you state, everything has a higher purpose... a divine order and wisdom that most people miss and choose to resist for lack of understanding of the true nature of reality. Thank you for shining your light and wisdom... Jessica


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Eckhart Tolle

Spiritual Teacher and author was born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge. At the age of twenty-nine a profound inner transformation radically changed the course of his life. The next few years were devoted to understanding, integrating and deepening that transformation, which marked the beginning of an intense inward journey.

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