|A garden thoughtfully designed can become sacred, connecting you with Spirit and the divine.
The feeling of being in personal sanctuary - where you
go for peace, solace, safety and comfort for your body, mind, and spirit.
Conventional gardens are often functional, yet aesthetic creations, but may lack symbolic elements that can make them deeply meaningful to you on a personal and spiritual level. You can take your garden to a higher level by adding the right spiritual elements.
Here you will find valuable information, insight, advice, wisdom and resources different than most garden related sites. The topics and articles are thought provoking yet very useful and practical whether you do it yourself or looking to hire a professional in your garden and landscape endeavors - but with the premise that gardens are a portal to the sacred, to Spirit, and as sanctuaries that renew your soul and connect you with Nature and the divine.
Great Gardens Have Great Design
|What makes a great garden so visually captivating is the thought that went into the design. When you look beyond just an abundance of colorful flowers that catches your eye or a sculpture strategically placed with just the right proportion so that it looks like it "belongs" there -- you will see the designer's hand at work. The benefits of a garden are well known, but the unseen spiritual benefits can be tapped when a garden is designed to evoke feelings that go beyond its physical beauty.
Garden statuary reminds us of what the statue symbolizes and what is important in our lives
||Placing sculptures, statues and other manmade objects in the garden serve to manifest the essence of what that object symbolizes.
Placing a Buddha in a Sacred Garden could be for the purpose of reminding us to be compassionate, or to be kind, or to further the illumination of our souls and the souls of others we meet.
A garden is most enhanced by being mindful of focal points which can often symbolize the sacredness of the space. Symbolism is powerful and triggers the mind to form connections between the object and the essence of the meaning.
Statuary may use metaphor to convey special meaning or as an archetypal figure such as Gnomes, Faeries and Elves that suggest the garden is enchanted. In this way, statuary becomes a tool to make a garden sacred.
Nature Provides a Key
|When we recognize geometric shapes and patterns in Nature, we make a connection to the sacred cosmic order of the Universe manifested in form.
Sacred geometry when seen in nature inspires us to continue pondering the meaning of our mandalas and other artful expressions of the secret spiritual blueprint hidden behind these sacred symbols.
The harder it is to understand, the more sacred it becomes, beckoning our consciousness to awaken to a profound discovery just beneath the surface of our perception. We believe we can unlock these mysteries using a key found in our intellect but fail to realize there is no lock and there is no key.
Dynamic forms in nature are created like the ripples of a pebble tossed into a pond creating a perfect pattern of concentric circles that reminds us of something larger than the pond. Waves are like thoughts emanating from our minds. If only our thoughts could be as peaceful as the perfection of the ripples on a pond. As the ripple subsides, so do our thoughts, arriving once again at the peaceful center of tranquility.
|Feelings evoked from a garden are sometimes hard to describe
|Some aspects of design are self explanatory. The intended resultant effect of a design idea can be put into words and sometimes conceptually illustrated graphically but that certain intangible quality of beauty unique to one's own feelings and perceptions cannot be obtained given step by step instructions. Sometimes its better to not ask "What does it mean"?