Forest Vision Seeds and New Creation

Welcome to Friday and the theme of Seeds and New Creation!

In his book "The Triumph of Seeds," Thor Hanson describes a seed as “a baby in a box with a lunch.” In other words, everything the seed needs to root and unfurl can be found within the seed covering. The seed also needs certain things outside itself such as soil, sun, water, and protection from seed eaters; the seed needs certain conditions to support its growth.

Within each of us, seeds have been planted, with the potential to grow and become new creations when the conditions are right. Our deepest hope is that with this week of creativity and contemplation a deeper rootedness and new unfurling has begun. We pray that you have found conditions to support your growth as a budding artist of creativity and of life.

Every moment of every(one’s) life on earth plants something in (their) soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of invisible and visible winged seeds, so the stream of time brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of (people). Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost because (we) are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the good soil of freedom, spontaneity and love. -Thomas Merton

Opening Prayer: Root us and unfurl us, O God, in your infinite love.

Art from Our Community:

Pine Family by Jamie Tucker, March 2020

Cyanotype, Calligraphy and Mixed Media, 8" x 8"

Inspired by the pine forests of the Northwest, this Cyanotype photograph contains Douglas Fir, Ponderosa, Cypress, Western White and Blue Spruce pine needles. The family of pine references deeper meaning with handwritten letters and calligraphy over the top from the book of Joshua along the edge of the piece.

Art from Our Community:

Nurturing Nature by Glenn Doering, 2013

Ponderosa pine cones, glass beads, metal wire, 5" high x 6" diameter (approx.)

Glenn writes, "I have always loved pine cones, and the pine cones at the Grunewald Guild are fantastic! So what better pairing of my art form (bead jewelry) and the beauty of the local nature than these pine cone 'fireworks' sculptures?

On a historical note, I came up with the idea for this series while we were living in Chicago, and I asked Diana Leonard to collect some pine cones and I paid to have her ship them to me. So these pine cones are from the Guild trees/property, and hand-picked by a former staff member. For me, they embody a lot of the spirit of the Guild community."

Artist Prompt: Describe how seeds have come to fruition in your life and in your creative work.

A Poem for You:

The Guest is inside you, and also inside me;

You know the sprout is hidden inside the seed.

We are all struggling; none of us has gone far.

Let your arrogance go and look around inside.

The blue sky opens out further and farther,

The daily sense of failure goes away.

The damage I have done to myself fades.

A million suns come forward with light.

When I sit firmly in that world.

— excerpted from Ecstatic Poems by Kabir

Sending Prayer: To the one who scatters abundant seeds, we thank you for the gifts of this week. We thank you for fruitful lives. We thank you for our companions on this journey.

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