This post primarily consists of a quotation from Mirra Alfassa, known as the Mother, partner of Sri Aurobindo. The quotation is from the book, “Flowers and Their Messages”, and contains more than eight hundred flowers arranged alphabetically. She says:
A deep concentration seized on me, and I perceived that I was identifying myself with a single cherry blossom, then through it with all cherry-blossoms, and, as I descended deeper in the consciousness, following the stream of a bluish force, I became suddenly the cherry-tree itself, stretching towards the sky like so many arms its innumerable branches laden with their sacrifice of flowers. Then I heard distinctly this sentence:
“Thus hast thou made thyself one with the soul of the cherry-trees and so thou canst take note that is the Divine who makes the offering of this flower-prayer to heaven.”
When I had written it, all was effaced; but now the blood of the cherry tree flows in my veins and with it flows an incomparable peace and force. What difference is there between the human body and the body of the tree? In truth, there is none; the consciousness which animates them is identically the same.
Then the cherry-tree whispered in my ear:
“It is in the cherry-blossom that lies the remedy for the disorders of the spring.”
There are certain illnesses – which the Japanese cure with teas made from cherry-blossoms. I did not know this when I had the experience.
Life must blossom like a flower offering itself to the Divine.
Each of the posts in this little series of the soul-expressions of Nature are fashioned from the kind of identification with Nature described here by the Mother – that is, the mind is quieted, the presence of an expression of nature – water, or trees, or ever-greens, or space, … and so on, are bodily intensely sensed so that the heart fully opens and is filled with the physical, soul, and spirit of each expression of Nature.
The intent of the resulting descriptions, or the result of this sort of identification is to come again to experience fully what it is like to be a physical-soul-spirit being of Earth. The deeper intent is to remember that the body always, always, lives within a geocentric cosmology.
A cosmology expresses how to live and move intelligently within the whole universe. Up until Copernicus, in about 1508, proposed that it is the sun rather than the earth that is the center of the universe, we lived as full Earth beings, receiving the Love from the Divine and longing to be with the Divine.
Copernicus’ cosmology is indeed higher than a geocentric cosmology – more mind centered, and it is more abstract than being body-centered. Living abstractly continues to develop, while the fact that the human body is far more than an assemblage of physiological process is forgotten and we continue to lose presence with the holiness of the body, which now been handed over to the coming time of technocracy.
Only re-membering the body will halt the human being from becoming united with artificial intelligence – the so-called singularity. If singularity comes about, earth will continue to become a dump ground and the artificial human being will take up residence on another planet in order to continue a kind of “life” in the absence of the Divine. It is so strange, so very strange, that I have to speak this message via the internet, which wipes out bodily presence altogether – unless something like these little practices are bodily felt and heart-intelligence developed. Then human presence can perhaps flower once again. I hope you wait, listen, hear, and develop your own practices.