THE BRANDT SERIES: AN EPIPHANY MOMENT AND A DAY OLD FAWN
On the 12th day of Christmas
my true love gave to me . . .
The eve of the feast of the Epiphany – January 6th
The Brandt Series –
An Epiphany Moment
Photography and text by Charles A.E. Brandt unless otherwise noted
An epiphany is an experience of sudden and striking realization. Generally the term is used to describe scientific breakthrough, religious or philosophical discoveries, but it can apply in any situation in which an enlightening realization allows a problem or situation to be understood from a new and deeper perspective.
Photo source unknown – forwarded to Fr. Charles from a friend
Excerpted from the introduction of Meditations from the Wilderness – by Charles A.E. Brandt
The wilderness experience offers great riches. Those who write about the natural world often bring us a deep wisdom and, above all, a sense of hope. Their personal relationship with nature and their expression of it brings us all into a deeper contact with the various dimensions of the universe, especially its spiritual dimension. The wilderness experience can be translated into one’s lifestyle, into meditative prose and poetry, into song or dance.
Through communion with the natural world one comes to realize firsthand that the earth – its creatures, the galaxies, the universe itself – is a great celebratory event that, through a series of irreversible transformations, has brought us to our present moment, to a new millennium, to the threshold of the the new age of the earth, an age Thomas Berry calls the Ecozoic Era. It is an age of great hope, unlike the terminal Cenozoic Era which is drawing to a close. We name it terminal because of what we have done to the earth in our exploitation of it. But we can have hope that as we enter this new age, we will see a transformation of human consciousness.
We will come to live fully in the present moment and embrace the spontaneities the universe has poured – and is pouring – into us, that led us into a loving relationship with the natural world and form a single sacred community. Those who turn to the wilderness will enter into a deeper relationship with all beings as they learn to listen to the voices of these beings articulating themselves.
Charles A.E. Brandt
A day old fawn, Vancouver Island
Cheers to all – Bruce Thomas W.
photo by Bruce