Light – Love – Life
Light – Love – Life
Bliss Garden’s is a community based non-profit project that seeks to create and maintain a public garden which forms the basis for spiritual experience and education. The layout, design, and activities will be pulled from different religions and spiritual traditions of the world. The hope is that our garden will provide several meaningful experiences for those participating in its activities as well as for those volunteers involved in creating and maintaining this garden. Often translating the mystical understandings of the seers across language, culture, and context is difficult. Our garden will be filled with practical and experiential activities and devotions that seek to deliver the light of understanding directly through the practice and pierce through barriers created by culture. By combining practices from multiple traditions we can find unity in the human condition of seeking happiness, light, love, and connection. Our intention is that individual transformation and development will be achieved by creating space for community as well as commonality in all those who choose to participate.
Back To Bliss describes spirituality as any practice or philosphy that helps soften our ego’s dominance over our thoughts and actions. The experience of being out in nature combined with activities from various religion and spiritual disciplines can be synergistically powerful. Our goal is to open people of all faiths up to the intentions behind the activites. If we leave the cultural bias behind we can see that all of humanity is striving to reconnect with our deeper heart. By learning about different traditions we can come to a more compassionate and universal place of mind and see that we are all connected.
Thus by design of the specific activities, by the beauty and vitality of the garden itself, and through the educational space we hope to inspire, teach, and uplift all.
Design: The walks and paths of the garden are layed out to show symbology from several tradtions. Symply walking the paths and seeing the shapes and angles of the garden itself can be a learning activity. The garden is designed with a circle sitting on top of a long rectangle. The Tree Of LIfe from the Jewish tradition is represented in circular points along the rectangle. Through the center of the garden seven activity spaces corresponding to the shapes and energetic tones of the Chakra system are aligned as well. The circular space at the top of our garden holds a Labrynth from the catholic tradition and also represents the crown chakra. Walking the garden to find all of the points and chakras inspires us to learn about the symbols as we encounter them. The garden is designed to help express and teach about that symbology in a way that cuts through culture to get at the core experience which those symbols attempt to impart.
Group Activities: At the root chakra activity space will be a ceremonial fire pit from the Hindu tradition. The havan will be available for use in this capacity by any group that wishes to perform puja. While this is a little more specific to groups that participate in Havan practice, there will be a workstation where anyone that walks the garden can offer up their issues to the fire by creating a symbolic bundle of sticks and writing their specific issue onto paper. By tying the paper and sticks together a bundle is made, much like a prayer is spoken at church. This bundle of sticks becomes the prayer of transformation and as it is offered into the element of transformation, fire, it gains multi dimensional synergy. In this way both Hindu, yogic, and non- all have ways to participate. We make the cultural specifics of the Havan practice accessible to other cultures and all can find the intention behind the ceremony and use it for their personal development.
Individual Practices: We will host a variety of guided practices on our website where individuals can choose specific traditions or intentions and find quick or longer personal practices to do in the garden space. For example, someone wishing a quiet walk or meditation space can simply slip into the garden and practice anywhere. If you want a practice of relationship building, we will offer a “links of love” fence where a couple can come and speak a vow or intention together and as they say it lock a padlock to our fence. The key will be discarded in the wishing well at the entrance to our garden. In the linking we will have several vows from various traditions written and available on our website as ways to enhance your intention as well as a workshop space where you can tie specific pennants or cords to your lock. Each cord would represent various emotions.