Nature is cooperative, not competitive. It is this way because it is a part of a whole, part of the one system we call life. It has to be based on mutual collaboration because a house divided against itself cannot stand. Nature depends on constant two way communication, both internally and externally. It depends on information to achieve balance and maintain equilibrium. But this is never fully achieved. There is a constant dynamic between balance and imbalance, chaos and order. This movement, this tension is called life. Life is inherently unstable. This is how innovation can occur and growth happens. This is how Nature exists. Life is a force. It isn’t material. It’s a quality, a sensitivity that permeates and is a part of everything.
It takes time and patience to observe Nature. This has to be done with the senses, not with the mind. The mind separates us from Nature because it thinks there is a boundary between the two. In truth, there is no boundary between us and our world. We are all of a piece. If we come to Nature like a child, by our senses, we can experience Nature’s feelings, its sacredness and it’s touch on us. Surrounded by and enveloped in Nature, we slow down. We breathe more deeply. We become more aware of the will of Nature and less responsive to our own human will. Our hearts open and begin to communicate on another level with the web of life to which we belong, of which we are a part. It’s a lot like falling in love, this deep intimacy. Like love, the experience requires time and close association and care for true communication to flourish, for this bond to strengthen and for meaning to emerge as understanding and awareness.
This relationship between man and Nature requires a return to the ancient way of knowing and perceiving. It is a non-linear kind of exchange that is multi-dimensional, in which many facets of information are sensed simultaneously – from the general to the very particular- and appropriated through a variety of meanings on multiple levels of awareness. What is happening through this relationship is the interweaving of energies based on deep empathy, total openness and an absence of fear and judgment. Once interwoven, these energies become congruent with each other. They achieve understanding. They recognize their togetherness. They achieve at-oneness.
We sense Nature in only the grossest degree of this awareness spectrum because we are not practiced in direct perception. We rarely feel completely ‘in tune’ with Nature because our minds are constantly reminding us of our alleged separateness, our seemingly unique singularity. This filter prevents us from experiencing and feeling the many consciousnesses within Nature that are aware of us. Whatever sense of belonging and acceptance within Nature that we do intuit serves only to temporarily refresh and revitalize us. These are wonderful and meaningful feelings to be sure, but they are only the first blush of what is available through a conscious union with all of life. We seem to be content to experience Nature on the outside of our partially known selves, afraid to or unaware that we possess the ability to delve more deeply. Yet we wonder why we feel empty, discontented and unloved.
If we have the desire to grow and to live a more fully conscious life, we can learn to encounter our inner selves with acceptance and love and become trusting enough to open up our hearts. As our loving energy grows outward, it attracts and becomes more sensitive to the natural energies of the world. Nature assists us in this opening because it lives in this truth. It helps us raise our frequencies to that level of being so that we can become (recognize fully) who we really are. In being able to perceive this truth in Nature, we learn how to conform to it ourselves. And finally we become that truth like all of nature. We become congruent with all life (or rather we become aware that we have been congruent with all life all along).
Sound like a bunch of woo woo? Maybe this is because we tell ourselves we’re so much more evolved than every other living thing. It can’t be possible that Nature could, would, help us recognize the truth within us of our real nature. How could Nature know our very soul better than we do? How is it that humans are the only beings that don’t know their own truth? Why don’t we have the awareness of the meaning of life that all creation but humanity has? We have forced ourselves into a separation that exists only in our minds. We have lost the ability to perceive the meaning that Nature is full of. We’re interwoven into the story but we don’t even know it. To regain this awareness is to learn the way the rest of the world communicates and ‘knows’ and to feel a part of the meaning of the world. In fact, we co-exist with all other beings in a mutual relationship of healing and whole making. But because we don’t know this, we can’t benefit from this sacred teaching. It seems we are here to learn this truth from Nature.
How? By spending time – thoughtful, conscious time – in Nature. We need to develop ‘the eyes to see and the ears to hear’ the messages that are out there calling to us. The more we can directly perceive these teachings, the more we can learn and grow and change. There are signs along the way in all of our journeys, instructions for our souls to learn, truths meant only for us to hear. They exist to help us find ourselves. But first we have to find them and discern their messages for us. We have to practice opening up our hearts to the thin, small voice, learning the heart’s way of perceiving meaning in everything and finding (knowing) our place as part of the immense whole that is life.
This is a difficult life-long task, which is who so few people undertake it. But the rewards are immense. It is the work we were put here to do and it is not impossible for anyone to accomplish. In fact, children have this awareness without even trying. Know thyself and the truth shall make you free, we are told. Seek within. Open your heart and learn from Nature.
Seek and you will find.