27 April 2009
THE WRITTEN WORD: Eckhart Tolle on "The Flowering of Human Consciousness"
"Earth, 114 million years ago, one morning just after sunrise: The first flower ever to appear on the planet opens up to receive the rays of the sun. Prior to this momentous event that heralds an evolutionary transformation in the life of plants, the planet had already been covered in vegetation for millions of years.
The first flower probably did not survive for long, and flowers must have remained a rare and isolated phenomena, since conditions were most likely not yet favorable for a widespread flowering to occur.
"One day, however, a critical threshold was reached, and suddenly there would have been an explosion of color and scent all over the planet--if a perceiving consciousness had been there to witness it. Much later, those delicate and fragrant beings we call flowers would come to play an essential part in the evolution of consciousness of another species. Humans would increasingly be drawn to and fascinated by them."
Drawn to and fascinated by these flowers--tulips on a walk to Denver Botanic Gardens, and the exotic tropical bloom inside DBG's conservatory-- I returned home to reread the above opening paragraphs from A NEW EARTH: AWAKENING TO YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE by Eckhart Tolle.