Few are able to capture the exquisite intricacy of life, that enchanted realm of existence so familiar to fairies, as Chief Seathl, when he said: ‘Every part of this soil is sacred in the estimation of my people. Every hillside, every valley, every plain and grove has been hallowed by some sad or happy event in days long vanished. Even the rocks, which seem dumb and dead as they swelter in the sun along the silent shore, thrill with memories of stirring events connected with the lives of my people, and the very dust upon which you now stand responds more lovingly to their footsteps than yours, because it is rich with the blood of our ancestors, and our bare feet are conscious of the sympathetic touch.’
Everything in creation is impacted by our presence. Our joy and sorrow leave their mark on the world. The way we live and feel is imprinted on the walls of our home, on our furniture and clothes, on our jewellery even. That’s why some people can pick up a ring or a watch and accurately describe the characteristics of the person who wore it. And that’s why certain places are holy, because they have been tended with love until everything about that place is uplifting.
What if we were to make our relationship with the space around us a conscious one? Like Chief Seathl and his people, we can imbue our world with beauty. There is probably no better time in human history than now to do just this, because our tiny jewel of a planet is struggling right now. When we do leave positive imprints on the space around us, everywhere we go is blessed by our presence, inspiring those who come after us.