Reflection is about seeing with the inner eye and feeling with the inner sensory systems. The experience can take you into a genre of peace that is beyond the intellect. It begins a small retreat into solitude that gives meaning to your life and develops a beneficial relationship with the earth.

Water is especially helpful in your garden as it encourages a sensory conversation with an emotional impact. Reflections on the water’s surface have the power to pull your attention inward, allowing your attention to be pulled away from the stressful thoughts of the day. Black water creates the clearest reflection giving the appearance of depth that is felt rather than seen. Deep water in the discipline of feng shui symbolizes wisdom and abundance.

As light creates a mirror on the water’s surface, wind gives movement to a kaleidoscope of images. Your attention is captured by the pure joy of the moment. Your garden’s wholeness and harmony are sensed, felt and realized. It is a good time to ask for insight into a situation in your life or the perfect location for a new plant you recently purchased.

Shamanic garden tips:

  • Place the reflective water treatment to receive wind, sunlight, moonlight, and shadows.
  • Install in a quiet, secluded area of the garden. Frame it with lush growth, plenty of leaves that can capture the wind and create gently moving images in the water.
  • Create a comfortable seating space that allows gazing into the water. I use a bird bath, filled daily with fresh water that my husband and I can see from our breakfast table.
  • In a Japanese garden, a large stone carefully placed in the water symbolizes the presence of a sacred mountain.
  • Although a very simple water treatment, a large pot filled to the brim with water offers romance and elegance. As it reflects the movement of tree leaves, the light from the sun or moon offer pleasure to the senses.
    • Place to reflect roses for romance, a passion flower vine for developing faith or California Fuchsia, Zauschneria californica for healing repressed emotions.