Secret gardens existed in the middle ages. They offered refuge from the madness all around. Plagues. Political power struggles. Extremes in weather. Things that could not grow outside in this crazy world, could take root and thrive behind the walls that opened into the secret garden. It’s a perfect symbol for what happens when the outer world no longer satisfies and we go in search of something more. Something spiritual. After traveling all over the world, eventually we turn inward and find this inner paradise.
I love this symbol of the secret garden. I first heard a wise Frenchman suggest that I keep my big questions and explore them in my “jardin secret”. When I traveled to the Tessin and lived in a little village called Brusino Arsizio (the village of the burning tower), a dear friend told me to explore my “giardino segreto”. It was the same symbol in a different language.
Many people don’t want to go inside to find it. I didn’t either until pain drove me there. It’s hard to stop and go inside. It means you have to face your self in a way you maybe have never done before. And often it doesn’t happen until all that you believe in in the physical and material world around you fails you. And you need to go deeper to find out what’s real and lasting. With this in mind I invite you to explore your inner secret garden. If you don’t know how to find the way in, give a listen to “Journey into the Secret Garden” and discover the miracles awaiting inside.
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The book, “Garden of Bliss” explores the secret garden in depth.
Debra Moffitt is the award winning author of Awake in the World: 108 Practices to Live a Divinely Inspired Life and “Garden of Bliss: Cultivating the Inner Landscape for Self-Discovery” (Llewellyn Worldwide, May 2013). A visionary, dreamer and teacher, she’s devoted to nurturing the spiritual in everyday life. She leads workshops on spiritual practices, writing and creativity in the U.S. and Europe. More at http://www.awakeintheworld.com.