A strange new beginning to a strange new year, and yet the spring shows its familiar face. We respond to the spring sun – and in the etymological sense, this means that we pledge ourselves to him. As Christ’s blood spilt unto the earth, so we offer ourselves to the sun, and receive ourselves through him.
We perceive clearly that the spring sun is an element to which we feel ourselves deeply connected, and the warmth of the heart with which we welcome the coming spring becomes the imaginative perception of the sun’s warmth – its very being.
For what is heartfelt is personal, and there is no distinction between what is heartfelt and that which the heart feels. This hints at the oneness of World and Self, or as Thomas Mann expressed it: “The omnipresence of soul”.