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Gardens and sublimation

How can we know ourselves by ourselves? We can be known to ourselves through another, but we cannot go it alone. That is the hero’s way, perhaps appropriate during a heroic phase. But if we have learned anything from the rituals of the new life-form of the past seventy years, it is just this: we cannot go it alone. The opus of the soul needs intimate connection, not only to individuate but simply to live. For this we need relationships of the profoundest kind through which we can realize ourselves, where self-revelation is possible, where interest in and love for soul is paramount, and where eros may move freely — whether it be in analysis, in marriage and family, or between lovers or friends.”

—James Hillman, The Myth of Analysis

I think he also meant in and through gardens.  Knowing and being known, perhaps in the care of flowers, shrubs, grasses, and especially trees.  He also say, famously and repeatedly, "The oak is in the acorn." 
Now, the oak trees -- willow -- are thumming with anticipation, as are my many maples. Spring. Spring. Spring. Let the drum beat begin, slowly and softly, but beating all the same.
Today, the Lenten rose pushes toward the light, despite the chill.  Hellebore.... :)
Posted on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 06:49PM by Registered CommenterMinxterBloom | CommentsPost a Comment | References1 Reference

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    Spring is the most beautiful time in all round the year and all the creatures enjoy it ,some birds are symbol of spring when they sing melodious songs ,and chipping the gardens ,adds the beauty of it . Colorful flowers are the center of attraction for everyone .

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