See the Sacred Stones Within Zen Living

 

The Japanese Garden with all of it's senses has been an instrument in reaching the sacred for many centuries. The Masters of Japanese Garden Design have passed on their knowledge for many generations in Japan and have influenced gardeners throughout the world. The art of the Japanese garden is to re-create the natural landscape. Stone placement has always been one of the most important design elements. Arranging stones within placement of the water has extensive meaning and representation in the history of Japanese Garden Masters. After sharing time with the Master Japanese Garden Designer Hoichi Kurisu in Portland, Oregon... the dedication and importance of his understanding was revealed to me in such a manner  that I now respect every stone that I work with. Sometimes stones need to be removed from a design or a Koi pond for they serve no greater purpose other than covering or filling in a space. In a Japanese Garden, we are in awe of the garden and the tranquility that seems to transcend us to another level.

In our every day Zen Living, not all of us have a Japanese Garden or a Koi Pond or possibly even want one. Yet we are still intrigued by those we visit.. locally in Chicago there is beautiful Osaka Garden in Jackson Park, the Malott Japanese Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford and the intimate Fabyan Japanese Garden in Geneva, Illinois. Here at The Koi Whisperer Sanctuary I have a two acre canvas of which the Japanese gardens I have visited are an inspiration for me to continue my work here with the Koi and their environment. We all have a canvas, and it is what we see and expose ourselves to that will place the imprint on our very soul.

Seeing the sacred, whether it is a stone, the wind or rain is a part of the Japanese faith of Shinto and is deeply rooted in the culture and traditions that sacred spirits take forms in the physical environment. Stones are an element that are respected as "Kami", a sacred spirit or Shinto God. Japanese Gardens have a strong spiritual connection and Shinto beliefs show respect in honoring  the stones, water, and trees of the natural world. Stone groupings represent mountains, islands and seas. So how can we see the sacred, the spiritual in our every day life? It is having respect of nature and seeing the divinity that lives in our very own garden.

Love and Light... M

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