The bright daffodils have always meant spring to me, but this morning I saw them in a whole new light, thanks to something I read.
Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of their own innermost being, their true nature.
The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness. The feelings of joy and love are intrinsically connected to that recognition. Without our fully realizing it, flowers would become for us an expression in form of that which is most high, most sacred, and ultimately formless within ourselves.
Flowers, more fleeting, more ethereal and more delicate than the plants out of which they emerged, would become like messengers from another realm, like a bridge between the world of physical forms and the formless. They not only had a scent that was delicate and pleasing to humans, but also brought a fragrance from the realm of spirit.
Using the word “enlightenment” in a wider sense than the conventionally accepted one, we could look upon flowers as the enlightenment of plants.
– Eckhart Tolle, “A New Earth”
Taking and posting that daffodil picture was inspired by a friend of mine who recommended this book from which the above quote is taken.
Amazon lets you read it online as soon as you purchase it (even a used hardcover like I bought).