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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


The Rhodora

On Being Asked Whence Is The Flower


In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes,

I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods,

Spreading its leafless blooms in a damp nook,

To please the desert and the sluggish brook.

The purple petals, fallen in the pool,

Made the black water with their beauty gay;

Here might the red-bird come his plumes to cool,

And court the flower that cheapens his array.

Rhodora!  if the sages ask thee why

This charm is wasted on the earth and sky,

Tell them, dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,

Then Beauty is its own excuse for being;

Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose!

I never thought to ask; I never knew;

But, in my simple ignorance suppose

The self-same Power that brought me there, brought you.



While cleaning out what will eventually become my healing room, I came across a book of poetry that belonged to my grandmother.  It has been in our family for years, and is full of early American classics: Emerson, Thoreau, Wordsworth, Longfellow – even the Gettysburg Address.  Several pages still had Gram’s bookmarks in them, and I opened the first one to this lovely poem.  The last line really struck me, because, for as long as I can remember, semantics and a tendency to intellectualize faith has kept me from feeling any sort of connection to the Divine.  I became a religion major because I loved reading the texts and learning about many different aspects of people’s beliefs, but never felt comfortable with the Christianity I was raised in (despite Methodist churches in New England being little more than town meetings with coffee and cake after); I just didn’t buy a patriarchal, war-mongering, one-dimensional deity.  As of late, I’ve been releasing a lot of the hate and fear towards spiritual belief that had been blocking me from fully accepting my life’s purpose and the interconnectedness of nature, humans, the universe and god… the dreaded “g” word.  Some of these patterns did not start with this life, and have been carried through many incarnations, manifesting in different ways:  the effects rippling to many whom I came in contact with.  I wasn’t even fully aware of my disdain for the very word “god”, let alone “God”, and the overtly righteous tone of monotheism until I looked closer at my own shadows.  I feared and hated because I actually yearned for a connection.  The perceived absence of a divine presence in my life had created a lonliness that was so buried I was oblivious to the cause.  I could intellectualize about everything in the universe being broken down into smaller and smaller building blocks until our very existence simply became energy vibrating at a high frequency, but only recently was I able to take that scientific explanation and add the element of divinity.  We are all inherently divine.  There is no set of rules handed down from the mountain, sacrifices made in the temple, or other signs of obedience we must fulfil in order for this to be true.  It simply is.  Accepting this notion that we – all manner of plants, stones, rivers, finned, furry, four-legged, two-legged creatures – are beings of Light and love, connected and infused with the same web of energy, feels far more marvelous than years of cynicism and denial.  Everyone must come to this realization in their own time and by their own path – it isn’t a truth that is easily accepted for many, but, by starting small, by working to grow and develop spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically, such understanding can be reached.  I can safely say, it is well worth the journey.


Ralph Waldo Emerson was one of several early American literary figures associated with the cultural movement that was formed in reaction to the rational, intellectualized assumptions about religion (among other reasons).  The “spiritual hunger” of New England at that time, along with more widely available non-Western scriptures, opened the door for a fresh perspective on religious truths.  Intuition, insight, and inspiration were soon considered gifts from a loving Divinity who gave them to mankind for a purpose, emphasizing the a priori conditions of knowledge regarding the unknowable character of ultimate reality over the empirical and material.  Much of Emerson’s poetry follows the principle that natural facts are symbols of spiritual facts, and the mystical unity of God’s love can be found throughout nature.

Emerson also said, 

“We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands, we will speak with our own minds… A nation of men will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men.”

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Learning to dowse changed my life.

As a favor to my mother, I agreed to accompany her to the American Society of Dowsers Annual Convention.  She had gone the year before with my aunt, and was excited to share this experience with me, as well as to spend a week with family in Vermont.  I had no idea what I was in for when I arrived for the pre-convention dowsing school, but I was ready for anything.  I had recently quit my job after realizing I couldn’t put the “happy face” on every morning and serve people eggs anymore, and was desperately seeking direction.  I knew I was meant to do more with my life than mindlessly bumble through, but the options were overwhelming.  This seemed like a perfect opportunity to escape the city, clear my head, and begin to figure out what I wanted.

The participants at the workshop ran the gamut, from old New Englanders who had been water witching for years, to young children, to people like me, who had an interest, but needed guidance.  A sense of empowerment started to flow through the two-dozen or so of us as we began to locate underground streams, the doors in trees, and each others energy fields.  One of the teachers there was Marty Cain, an amazing woman who told us you can dowse anything: locating your reading glasses, measuring how much to water the plants in your garden, making sure a car you’re about to buy doesn’t have any hidden problems, learning if there is water on the moon – you can do it all, and everyone has the ability.  Whether by a wooden Y-rod, bobber, metal L-rods, pendulum, or your own body; it’s not the tool that dowses, but you.  It’s the ability to tap into your intuition, that little voice we all possess (and sometimes ignore) that knows better, and can connect us to the higher conscious.  Now, before this starts to sound too airy-fairy, let me cover some basics:

Everything is conscious: humans, animals, plants, water, even stones.  We are all beings of energy living in a sea of energy, interconnected and able to change the subtle energies around us with every thought, action, and emotion.  Ever wonder why some people just can’t catch a break, while other seem to have all the luck?  Every negative thought and feeling puts forth detrimental energy into our environment, surrounding and filling us with fear, anger, and resentment, which can hold us back and make us physically sick.  By the same token, positivity promotes beneficial energies that bring us joy, abundance, healing, and success in all we endeavor to accomplish.  The more we understand these energies and their effects, the more we are able to take charge of the process.  Dowsing is a potent tool to explore the subtle energies and our connection to them, allowing us to take more control over our lives.

I received many gifts from this experience, the two most important being intuition and intention.  I learned that we all have the ability to dowse, because we are all part of the energetic web that connects us to everything around us, past, present, and future.  Our intuition is the key that can unlock the secrets of the universe, if only we trust it and learn to develop it.  Once we open the door to the higher conscious, we can stop being passive spectators and victims of circumstance.  By learning to actively engage the world around us, we can empower ourselves to break old patterns that may have hindered us, and shape our fortunes for the higher good of ourselves, our loved ones, and the universe as a whole.

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