Saturday, July 30, 2005

Galadriel's Mirror

If you're familiar with Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" then you will remember where, after their adventures in the Caves of Moriah which resulted in Gandalf falling to his apparent doom, the party of hobbits and and others emerged on the east side of the Misty Mountains and entered the enchanted forest of Lothlorien.
Lorthlorien was ruled by the elven queen, Galadriel. She possessed a mirror which reveals the truth.

The mirror of Galadriel can appaer quite unexpectedly. A small quantity of rainwater gathered in the hollw of a fallen tree branch reflects the sky. So by looking at the forest floor you see the sky. Look closely and you reveal yourself.

Seriously though, in the forest the light is fairly subdued and any water that catches the light will surprise the eye. After a shower of rain, if the sun comes out the trees glisten like they are covered in diamonds. In Zen we say a single dewdrop reveals the whole universe. Likewise droplet spangled trees resemble those described in Buddhist visions of Heaven. Jewel trees.

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