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The rose has a long history in many cultures of symbolizing an unfolding of consciousness and understanding. Many other cultures use the red rose as a symbol for the presence of God. The rose has long been a symbol of the Virgin Mary, Christ’s Passion and martyrdom.

In Rome a wild rose would be placed on the door of a room where secret or confidential matters were discussed. The phrase sub rosa, or “under the rose”, means to keep a secret – derived from this ancient Roman practice.

We use the rose here on the Hope Tree to symbolize the pealing away of our doubts and fears – revealing the pure heart of life, love and the will to live – despite the thorns we now endure. But let there be know secrets here: we need all the knowledge available to find that kernel of truth about potential recovery. It may just be a seed of hope – but we will do everything in our power to grow it into a magnificent rose bush that will bloom again.

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Food For Thought

Hope does not cast a veil over perception and thought. In this way, it is different from blind optimism. It brings reality into sharp focus.

- by Richard Davidson, PhD