Flowers are the perfection of 125 million years of natural selection.
Before flowers, the earth was covered with green plants whose reproduction (via pollination) was dependent on the wind. One of the biggest mysteries still today, is when and how (cross pollinating) flowering plants came to dominate the globe.
This means that the flower not only invented sex (by attracting mobile pollinators) but it also developed the first packaging and advertising campaign for its reproductive parts! Just like the birds and the bees, early humans must have been irresistibly attracted to flowers.
So, primordial men and women began to adorn themselves with the beautiful and precious flora found in nature. Eventually we learned to make our own objects of desire from natural materials and manipulated metals. Our first forms of art were undoubtedly fashioned after nature and worn to capture her divine essence.
Ultimately, our man made jewelry became symbols of status for those that had the power to wear it. When we started to trade these objects of value as currency across cultures, we birthed the concept of beauty as a commodity!
Our whole concept of beauty started with the appreciation of the flower. Fashion is the evolution of that original attraction, put forward as an ideal, influenced by moral and political values, with commercial and economic pressures.
“… flowers would come to play an essential part in the evolution of consciousness of another species. Humans would increasingly be drawn to and fascinated by them.
As the consciousness of human beings developed, flowers were most likely the first thing they came to value that had no utilitarian purpose for them …
Seeing beauty in a flower could awaken humans, however briefly, to the beauty that is an essential part of their innermost being, their true nature.
The first recognition of beauty was one of the most significant events in the evolution of human consciousness. The feelings of joy and love are intrinsically connected to that recognition.
So when you are alert and contemplate a flower without naming it mentally, it becomes a window for you into the formless. There is an inner opening, however slight, into the realm of spirit.”
This excerpt is from chapter one of the new best selling book A New Earth: Awaking to your life’s purpose By Echart Tolle