The koru, an iconic symbol in New Zealand, is the concrete representation of this concept. Like the labyrinth, we are drawn into the centre, and then re-emerge with a changed perspective.
Travelling in New Zealand will often provide the opportunity to experience places which offer an experience of each of these states.
A traveller will find him/herself in places where the energy is calm, serene and open, where understandings come unbidden. The clear, light-filled energy of Golden Bay seems to call a traveller to stop, to be at peace, and to reflect.
Trying to negotiate the dense, tangled undergrowth of the New Zealand rainforest, for example , in the Te Urewera National Park, where every space seems filled with a chaotic assembly of vegetation, where ridges and hills are draped in an overwhelming korowai (feather cloak) of green, can leave a traveller feeling lost and confused. But there are paths and tracks, and by staying on them, the traveller will find a way out.
Often, however, these tangled and tortuous bush trails will suddenly surface from this apparent green chaos at a place of perfection, where the view is so breathtaking, where the landscape seems so intricately and perfectly interwoven, that it is as if one is witnessing the living expression of the metaphor of Indra’s Net, as if one is witness to the perfection of Creation.
Each place has its own mauri, its own spirit/ energy, and these change radically and rapidly. A spiritual traveller to New Zealand needs to be prepared for this, to be willing to be open to a variety of different energies, and willing to put aside sufficient time to absorb the lessons and reflections each place will offer.