Visio Divina: Sacred Seeing in Modern Art Forms

brown deer standing near tree

We believe that there is a healing power in the forest. The trees can speak to our condition and touch our hearts. This was certainly our experience while creating the visio divina aspect of our virtual retreat, Sacred Spaces: Contemplation and the Celtic Spirit.

We would find a beautiful place, set up the tripod and camera, and open our hearts to the divine presence all around us. All of our footage (with the exception of the wolves, owl, and eagle which were filmed in a nature reserve) is filmed on Manitoulin Island.

Manitoulin Island is a Thin Place.

Manitoulin is actually an English butchering of the Aanishnaabek name Mnidoo Mnising which loosely translates as ‘spirit island’. This holy island is the largest freshwater island in the world, with several inland lakes of its own, nestled on the northern shore on Lake Huron (which is essentially a fresh water sea).

For me, the spirit of this island comes through in our video. Somehow, the camera manages to convey that presence through what is essentially a combination of Visio Divina and Slow TV. The videos in our retreat are sacred windows which give you a glimpse of the spirit of this island.

In the video below we filmed a quiet spot where we knew the deer like to visit. If you are willing to immerse yourself in the stillness of that place, the deer will touch your soul. Watch it prayerfully and see if you can allow yourself to become one with the music, nature, and sacred story which is being presented to you.


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4 thoughts on “Visio Divina: Sacred Seeing in Modern Art Forms

  1. Hello-

    I loved yesterday’s post! Is it possible to submit a post from an author? I have a lovely one from a British author about “Next Year’s Bluebells” that I’d love to send if so.

    Thank you, Sharon

    On Sun, Apr 19, 2020 at 4:01 AM In Search of a New Eden wrote:

    > Justin posted: ” We believe that there is a healing power in the forest. > The trees can speak to our condition and touch our hearts. This was > certainly our experience while creating the visio divina aspect of our > virtual retreat, Sacred Spaces: Contemplation and the Celt” >

    Like

  2. This was a special communication from a dear friend…We are sisters in Christ & long time personal friends✝️ She knows my family heritage is Irish so that is wby she passed this beautiful video and meditation on to me🙏 I have spent my entire life studying the different aspects of Irish history. I would be interested in receiving your newsletters❣️

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