I enjoy pondering this concept of harvest in the sense of the spiritual. It has inspired me to think about how the world of nature is a reflection of the world of the spirit; how existence itself is always the Whole, even when we neglect to consider anything beyond what we can see and touch.
The harvest is the culmination of and the most labor-intensive aspect of the growing season. After our efforts are invested in planting and cultivating the crops, we then have the opportunity to reap a bountiful harvest that will serve to nourish us through a winter that may be frozen and harsh. So too with a spiritual harvest – what we have given our energy to determines the outcome that manifests itself in our experience, and whether it is enough to fortify us through dark, cold periods that we may encounter. In this I see a connection between the workings of the tangible and the intangible. The invisible is a reflection of the visible.
I know that the “interdependent web of all existence” that our Unitarian Universalist principles reference is a way of looking at the Earth and how all life upon it is connected, each benefiting from the others thriving; but I think we can extend that to apply to all existence, and not merely the physical plane. And when we do – when we consciously consider the Whole – we approach that direct experience of the transcending mystery and wonder that we each seek.
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