|Three separate symbols for community appear on the Hope Tree. More than any other symbol, community embodies what it will take to recover from this cancer journey. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton first coined the phrase “it takes a village.” And it will take your very own personal village to weather this storm intact. This communal symbol comes to us from the Aboriginal culture of Australia.
Indigenous Australians’ have a rich oral tradition and spiritual values based upon reverence for the land and a belief in the Dreamtime. They have drawn symbols to represent this Dreamtime for thousands of years. The U shape reflects the mark left behind by a person. Groups of U shapes around a circle indicate aboriginal people sitting around a campsite. They can be living individuals, gone but remembered individuals or dreamed individuals. These different plains rally now in love and support. Let us learn to sit quietly within the circle and receive this gift – knowing full well that we will gather around another when our need has passed.