Don’t be like Gollum!

“We cannot understand – not yet – but we can see how the more we lose our sense of separateness in the knowledge of the oneness of all living creatures, millions of small leaves on the one single tree of life, the more we shall lose our sense of self-importance, and so be liberated from our self-pity; a bondage so horrible that I believe it can bring us at last to a state not unlike that of Gollum, the dreadful creature Tolkien created, living alone in the dark, talking to himself, murmuring, ‘My precious. My precious.’

“But if that ‘my precious’ were to be the song of the leaves on the tree, each leaf delighting in all the others, there could be no love of self, no hatred and no sin, and none of the suffering that springs from sin. And since a tree has no voice but the wind, and the leaves know it, they would soon know who it was who was singing their song with them and through them, and lifting and swinging them in the dance. If we can find a little of our oneness with all other creatures, and love for them, then I believe we are halfway towards finding God.”

From The Joy of the Snow by Elizabeth Goudge


  1. This speaks to me as few other words have. When we find oneness with each other, oneness with all of creation, we not only find God (however one wants to label that infinite being), but we find ourselves one with the creator. Thank you for this most meaningful post.

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