“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing which stands in the way.” …William Blake
Oh! The depth of poetry’s wisdom gives me goose bumps and feelings that reach all the way to my heart. Do you think William Blake “learned” this wisdom during his physical sojourn? Or do you think it was – and is – an attribute of his true Self that he “remembered;” an attribute that belongs to the state of being we’re all trying to recall and return to, which is that of LOVE?
We can all understand that his quote was mostly symbolic and metaphorical for what could there be about a “tree” that would move some to tears of joy? It doesn’t seem as if the tree he was visualizing was anything other than an ordinary green tree or as he referenced it, only a green thing. So what was it about this tree that would extract such a deep emotional reaction as to move some to tears of joy?
The deciphering of a poet’s words can never be accomplished by referring them to the ego and its intellect. For the ego, even though it would cover it up with an illusion of sincerity, would secretly laugh at anyone who, it believed, thought they could see any spiritual meaning in Blake’s words.
The quote is part of a letter he wrote in defense of the Imagination and the Creative Spirit to a priest who had accused him of having an imagination that belongs to “the world of spirits.” There’s a lot more to the letter than this but I’m not qualified, nor is this site the proper platform, to go deeper into the meaning. Even so, I will post more of the quote:
“To the eyes of a miser a guinea is far more beautiful than the Sun, and a bag worn with the use of money has more beautiful proportions than a vine filled with grapes… Some see nature all ridicule and deformity, and by these I shall not regulate my proportions; and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself. As a man is, so he sees.”
“Imagination will take you everywhere. Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.” …Albert Einstein
There probably has never been a person of genius more so than Albert Einstein to ever walk upon this planet. There are many definitions that attempt to define a genius, but there’s one by National Geographic, that I like more than the others, which is: “The truest measure of genius is whether a person’s work resonates through the ages.” I believe William Blake and Albert Einstein both have a place in this category.
Blake wrote his letter way back in 1799 and it still resonates with freshness and truth into the present. Einstein wrote his sometime in the first part of the twentieth century and it still resonates in the same way. I’m not trying to portray Blake and Einstein with any other similarities other than the genre of genius. For other than that they were probably as different as an ice cube would be from a fire ember.
The similarities between the two that resonate with me is their use of imagination and the downplaying of the intellect. For example, Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” And Blake wrote: “To me this world is all one continued vision of fancy or imagination…”
“Let your worries come and let your worries go.” …ACOL
So far it may seem as if I have strayed an immense distance from A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love but that’s not actually the case. This post is titled, Remembering or Learning, and I believe that both William Blake and Albert Einstein, along with many others, strayed from the intellect of learning to receiving from that which they already knew and remembered. I’m not talking about remembering things from the past as spent on this Earth but of who they really are. Not in the past tense as “were” but in the present as “are,” for what they are will never change.
The above quote is from Chapter one of A Course of Love, where Jesus is talking about our true reality, which is LOVE. Even though the Course is for everyone, here he’s specifically addressing those who have made the decision to look beyond the flesh and therefore, recognize the Spirit. Or better said, those who recognize LOVE. For as he also says, “Your recognition of what love is will return you to God and your Self.”
No one will ever be moved to tears of joy by the sight of a tree unless they recognize themselves as part of the same underlying Spirit that extended itself into this world as the tree. This recognition brings with it a memory of something not of this world but of their true home of LOVE. A memory so full of health, beauty, joy, happiness, safety, companionship and all other divine aspects of Truth that the tears of joy simply roll.
Let your worries come
For most of humanity in this physical world of illusions worries are an intrinsic part of that which we erroneously refer to as life. How could they not be when we view a physical body as our home and as what we are? Even those who have made the decision to look beyond the flesh and therefore, recognize the Spirit are not completely free of them. This is so because of the relentless attacks of the ego in its planned purpose of convincing us of the errors and foolishness of believing there is anything other than the flesh.
Let your worries go
The ego’s main goal during its miserable existence is to destroy you and it knows that nothing will do the job quicker and more thoroughly than constant worrying. And so it continuously plants fearful messages in your mind where it dwells.
It can plant no other messages than those filled with fear for its whole existence is built on fear. It was conceived in fear, born in fear and dwells in fear. The ego is all about fear because it is that part of your mind that believes it has separated itself from Love. And whatever is separate from Love is not real and knows nothing else but fear.
Worries cannot be let go by underestimating the power of the ego for the ego is your own creation and its power is given to it by you. The only solution to the ego’s power of negativity is to divert your attention away from the mind and to the heart, the home of Love. By taking your attention away from the mind you take it off the ego and without your attention it will recede back into the nothingness from which it came, taking fear with it. By placing your attention on the heart you allow Love to take fear’s place and this is how Perfect Love Casts Out Fear.
I’m going to close this post with a rather long quote from A Course of Love: “The world as a state of being, as a whole, has entered a time, brought on largely by A Course in Miracles, in which readiness for miracle-mindedness is upon it. A Course in Miracles opened a door by threatening the ego. All those who, with egos weakened, walked this world with the hope of leaving ego behind, with miracle-minded intent, have awakened human beings to a new identity. They have ushered in a time of ending our identity crisis. Not since Jesus walked the earth has such a time been upon humankind.”
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“Love is your safety. Fear does not exist. Identify with love, and you are safe. Identify with love, and you are home. Identify with love, and find your Self.” …ACIM