The pure white circle represents, completeness and inner contentedness.
Happiness is an attitude we are born with, and when we first start making judgements and lose our innocence, we also lose this quality of happiness and we begin to seek it outside ourselves. Happiness is not the same as enjoyment. We can do many things we enjoy but they do not make us happy. Most people will continue to search for something else they enjoy, others will give up in belief that happiness lies somewhere or sometimes that in now out of reach. An adult will think that happiness was left behind in childhood, while the child can't wait to grow up so that they can be in control. It is never found until we find out that it is an attitude that lies within.
Happiness is, indeed, inherent in a child, but is lost as soon as innocence is lost.. When we first make judgements, we get caught in a role of competitiveness, never being good enough as we are. The qualities that can be obscured in a child that is still happy are that it is happy to be itself, with no need to be better, it can be honest with where it is at, it has simple trust, and can be proud of each little achievement. When it doesn,t judge, it has no need to blame others for its failures and hurts. Unlike many adults, if a child falls off its bike it doesn't immediately blame someone, or think that God struck it down, or that it is a karmic debt from several lifetimes ago etc. These judgements come with a loss of simplicity, and take away our ability to feel contented within ourselves.
Snow drop will restore the innocence that has been lost, and with it the simple happiness that comes from within, so that we do not have to seek it elsewhere. This does not mean that we no longer seek to enjoy ourselves. Enjoyment is a separate issue from happiness. When we are happy, we can also enjoy ourselves more fully, because that joy is not burdened by the need to bring happiness. If we are not happy within, we cannot bear rejection, because we have become dependant on outside love to replace that what is missing within. It is not enough to deal with the hurts of rejections. Many people spend a lifetime trying to do that, and it is never complete, until the happiness is found within that will make those rejections less important.
This is our next most important lesson on our spiritual path. We cannot grow further without encompassing the energy called happiness. To do this, we need to realise that it is attitude, not something that can be found outside, that it depends on innocence, and that we once had it, but have lost it. Snowdrop will restore the qualities of innocence and happiness, and thus make us immune to outside rejections. Its signature is the pure white flower, growing out of the harsh winter before any other flower, signifying new life, hope and pureness of a new born child, untainted as yet by the illusions of the world.
From the works of Peter Aziz Spiritual Allies from the plant kingdom.
Exploring life in the country, foraging free foods from field hedgerow and garden to plate.
Luxury B&B Lochearnhead in the Loch Lomand & Trossachs National Park