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I look at the natural beauty that surrounds us on this planet and I really feel that we are living in a paradise. Of course, the concrete jungles that we call cities and towns, in which a large percentage of the human population dwell, tend to make us forget what a deeply beautiful world this planet truly it. In these places, we don’t see the abundance of trees, plants and living creatures that populate the Earth, we don’t feel nature’s deeply harmonious and peaceful energy all around us. We see grey walls, grey roads and sharp edges everywhere. In these concrete jungles, we rarely hear the transcendental tone of a flowing river, the leaves blowing in the breeze, the magnificent birdsong echoing through the trees, the amazing night insects playing their divine orchestra.
Instead, we hear the dull monotonous drone of engines and machines everywhere, and we begin to attune to these frequencies without even realising it. We begin to feel uninspired, agitated, stressed and tired as all of these unnatural influences are absorbed by our deeply sensitive human nature. Such influences can make us forget our sensitivity, because our sensitivity is not being fed by the living, vibrant and deeply joyful energy of nature. This is essential soul food for every one of us, yet we forget it so easily. Instead we turn to entertainment and distraction in the form of technology and media. Our mind becomes hungry, and we feed upon the information that is streamed into our homes and work-places, even into our own pockets, upon our mobile devices that we carry around like holy books, checking religiously for a much awaited text, a news update, or a social media up date.
Yet when we finally get back into nature, into the sun, into the trees or amongst the grass and flowers, we realise how addicted we have become to the fast-hitting distraction and information that technology often brings us. We remember the beautiful feeling, the deep sense of peace and happiness that nature instils within us, which cannot be substituted. We remember our essential heartfelt connection to the natural world, from which we are truly not separate. We feel its providence and its deep beauty.
Being in nature is the best way to remind ourselves of what Love truly is. If Love were to have an appearance, a face which we could look into and gaze upon, it would look like the Earth. It would look like a luscious green valley, a deep green meadow abundant with wild flowers, a bluebell-thick forest floor, a stunning waterfall, a magnificent snow-topped mountain range, glowing radiantly in the setting sun. The power and beauty of the natural world clearly displays to us the power and beauty of Love. We feel its magnificence with us; it inspires us, takes our breath away, and excites our heart.
It is this sense of natural inspiration that we need to feel regularly. It is very important to us if we wish to maintain a state of inner-harmony, happiness and peace – our natural human state.
When we forget our natural state of inner-harmony, we get caught up in the expressions of an inner sense disharmony, in judgements, irritation, negativity, hostility, fear, anger, frustration and so on. These are all too common experiences in the Earth’s human population, especially in the places where people are living more separately from nature. This is why I believe that tools for inner-peace, like meditation, yoga, tai-chi and so on, are much more important in the towns and cities, where people are much more heavily influenced by dis-harmonious, man-made energies. A lot of these energies feed our mind, and make us conceptualise ourselves and the experience of life. Living becomes a thinking experience which occurs in the mind, rather than feeling experience which takes place in our heart.
We are very much creatures of the heart, yet the modern world turns us into creatures of mind. This is very clear to see and observe, especially in the way people communicate with one another. You usually hear people talking about what they “think” – their opinions about other people, about the world. It is often about who is right and who is wrong, what is good and what is bad. This is merely a reflection of the dualistic nature of the mind. It sees division and separation everywhere, thus it sees life as a process of conflict, where everything is battling with everything else just to survive.
This is very much a human perception, which is also projected upon the natural world. Thus we even allow the mind to taint the beauty and perfection of nature through it perception of life as a battle of survival. Yet the natural world is not fighting; it is simply dancing with itself. Every single living creature is but a small wave of form upon the ocean of living energy, and it is perfectly in harmony with itself. Yet the dysfunctional human mind projects it’s own inner-conflict and dis-harmony upon this magnificent theatre of light, sound and form which we call the world, and creates something which is devoid of beauty, and full of struggle and conflict.
It is a bit like taking a beautiful film of a wild sea creature frolicking joyfully in the water and then over-laying the very ominous sounding music of the shark film “Jaws”. Something of joy and beauty becomes something full of threat. This is what the human mind does with the world.
And it does not help that we endlessly consume news stories full of conflict and suffering, danger, violence and threat. Such information has a powerful effect on the way that we feel and the way that we perceive the world. It influences the collective mindset to such a degree that we sometimes feel that we are being pulled into a collective “bad dream”, which is being envisioned by millions of anxious minds as they project a future devoid of happiness and joy; and full of conflict and misery.
But it is no more than this; merely anxious minds envisioning an uninspiring and fearful future, this creating a totally uninspiring and fearful present-moment reality. After all, our reality is our state of consciousness in this present moment. One person can be in heaven while another is in hell. Which is true, which is real?
Essentially, what you are feeling is what is real for you in this moment. People often enter into debates about what is conceptually real, but opinions will always be divided within the realm of thought. But who can negate the reality of what you are feeling? It is very real indeed, because it is being experienced throughout the depths of your being.
We allow our thoughts to influence the way we feel to a very large degree, and because so many of humanity’s collective thoughts are based on fear, division and hostility we very often feel afraid, divided and hostile. We also feel insecure, incomplete, and lacking on a very primal level, because thoughts are very insubstantial things, like clouds in the sky. They cannot nourish us. Yet we so often try to get nourishment from them, feeding our mental perspective on the world, bolstering our ego, trying to find some security in our beliefs. But ultimately this cannot happen, because our true and deepest sense of security comes from our heartfelt connection to the Earth, to its providence and love.
When we feel the nurturing energy of Mother Nature in our heart, we know that we are part of her family, because it is a very tangible experience, beyond any doubt. We feel supported, we feel guided and provided for. As we attune ourselves to the guidance and love of Mother Nature, which is always communicating to our heart, we relax. We feel safe in a way that is beyond comprehension. It is simply a feeling of total security, which does not need to be sustained by thought. It is Love’s Reality, the place in which we dwelled in our joyful childhood innocence, before the mind grew sophisticated with its thought processes.
We can return there, simply by bringing our attention away from the complexity and duality of the thinking mind, and back to the undivided realm of our heart. How we do this does not matter. It can be through music, through meditation, through singing, playing, dancing, being in nature. All that matters for us is that we do it, and do it often. We do not need to dwell in isolation for a single moment more, because we are truly not alone. We simply shut ourselves off in conceptual boxes of thought, of opinions and beliefs, and we wonder why we feel lonely or separate. It is because we do not belong there, with our head amongst the clouds, unable to see the magnificence of where we truly are, unable to feel the depth of our being and it’s connection to the entirety of creation. Instead, we think about it. We talk about it. We even argue about it! Oh, humanity, how unwell you are. But the remedy is close at hand. It is the arising of your awareness of where you truly belong and what you truly need. It is Love.
As we re-attune our awareness to Love’s Reality, the Reality of our heart, we become deeply re-acquainted with what it is like to be there. We remember how totally natural it is to us. We remember how effortless it is to dwell there, because we belong there. It is not something new; it is something totally familiar on every level of our being. We recognise it instantly, and our mind, our heart, our body and our soul all join together and sing out in a heavenly chorus “Yes, yes, yes. This is it. This is what is real. This is where we belong. We are home.”
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