Upon my voyage in life, I have come to realize how the true nature of humans seems to have slowly changed over the past few centuries. Even more so within the past 60 years.
Essentially, at the core, all people seek food, water, shelter, warmth and companionship. The first four are all basic human rights, even though so many people still don’t have this in life. In our modern world of civilized society, great technological and scientific advancement, many still go without food, water, shelter or warmth.
I have always found this perplexing, given the advances in these areas, why the basic human rights are still not afforded to every human being on this planet. And of course, i am not placing responsibility upon the governments of the world, however, how can people, still not have these basic needs? I believe that the system of society in which we live is unhealthy, unequal, and too centralized. Essentially when the fate of the nation rests in such few hands, who holds those people accountable. And even more now than ever before, the influence and power has been given to even fewer people. This unfair distribution of wealth and health seems to have been accepted by many as part of a capitalistic system. But, what happened to our humanity? Everyone on this planet is worthy of being given the opportunity for good health and wealth
If we localized all of our needs, brought the communities needs back into the hands of the community, then things would be much different. Everyone’s actions would be far more focused on helping the community. This would include, governance, as well as production, agriculture, health and education. All of these things would encompass the others, acting as a web of inter-connected actions.
Companionship, sought by nearly every person on the planet has always played a central roll in defining humanity’s evolution. In fact, without this, we would never have been able to build the civilizations that we have over the past 100’s of millennia. The true nature of humans is to care for, protect, learn and grow by observing and interacting with the world around us, being curious and having the desire to know the truth. These are characteristics that define humans, in my opinion. We see it in children, the nature of curiosity, in fact in all life, but as we become adults most of these characteristics have been misdirected into artificial entertainment of TV and video games and when we socialize in society we use drink to let loose. TV can still have its place but should it be at the expense of a deeper understanding of our place in the world.
What happened to sitting round the campfire?
I think it is about perception! When we are able to have a more objective view to our life, we are able to actually see more of the truth. connecting with what our ancestors did, actually deepens our understanding of ourselves. Too much attention is paid to economic development, discarding the old, in for the new, without any thought to the consequences. Ignorance and greed heavily influence the society in which we live, more than ever before. I wonder what the ancient civilizations would write about us, if they were able to see what we have done to ourselves and our Earth.
I think, so many people are in a trap. Afraid to be themselves, they look to fulfil themselves in other, sometimes unhealthy ways. Freedom, is really about our ability to be responsible for our own actions. When we are in the natural rhythm with ourselves and life, our freedom comes from being full capable and self supporting.
How can we as human beings, be able to benefit from the nature of things? How can we live a life that is truly based on the fundamental principles of nature? What is the ‘Nature of Things’?
The nature of all things are, their own nature and that in relation to its surroundings. Everything has it’s own individual nature which is unique to the life force, it’s individual character is displayed in its appearance and determines what influence and power it has upon its environment. If you imagine that each life force responds to different influences and exerts a different influence on other things depending on it’s nature and appearance which determines it’s affect both in the internal causes and manifested outcome of it’s actions. An accumulation of these moments, which are the life experience, all determine the effect at that very moment. The initial gut reaction or instinct, is the natural response, inherent within the mind of that life. It is the conscious response to a situation that cannot only be determined by the cognitive process that would be used to solve a mathematical problem. The nature of things, is that life’s own in-built survival system, the way it harmonizes with the inter-contented web of life, determines the balance of life and to be able to understand and observe this, enables us to be able to relate this to our own life.
When we are growing in our mothers womb, as a human being, we are synchronizing our bodies with our mothers. Science is still yet to fully understand the connection. In my opinion, one thing is for sure, any disruption to the natural way of pregnancy or birth, will have implications on that child’s well being. I don’t condemn c sections, or any other procedure which is necessary to save the child’s life. However, the environment that most babies are born is sterile, noisy and takes away the connection of mother and child. The first several years of a child’s life is incredibly important. To be reared by your mother and father for the first few years is extremely important for conceiving the world and feeling safe and being curious in a safe space. Although this actually begins in the womb, as does the immune build response, it continues after birth, by direct observation through the senses and also through the chemicals the mother releases in the womb during.
Children, just like animals are very good at tapping into the natural rhythms and vibrations of life.. This coupling of the nature of the mother and child is still something that is hard to measure with modern scientific instruments, but that nature is still there. In fact, it’s this ‘Nature. which has enabled the human species to survive up until now, through every event on our planet. It’s our consciousness, and understanding of our connection to the universal consciousness that allows our full true nature to be revealed. In the end, we can only determine the nature of things, if we ourselves understand our own nature. This is why our modern way of living makes so many people mentally imbalanced.
The nature of things change with subjective view and experience. What I only see as a weed today, can transform into sustenance or medicine the next day, depending on what I have learned. Essentially the thing its self has an essential nature, yet, it is the human experience and consciousness which determines it’s power and influence. The true nature of something, is inclusive and inter-connected to the true nature of all other things. But, you can only see this when you understand the objective reality of all things in time and space. The true nature of things is both it’s subjective experience and objective reality. When we understand this principle, we can start to realize that all things have their relationship with our minds (subjective experience) and nature of an entity (objective reality). Our relationship to anything depends on our experience and relationship with ourselves. This is fundamental in understanding why so many people have subjective experiences that differ when within the same reality and this complex relationship between the two is incredibly important to adaptation of all life.
As human beings we have the benefit of being able to observe, from our inner life force, to the wonders of the cosmos. This ability to observe and contemplate leads us to understand ourselves. For when we observe our own mind and nature at work then we are able to gain insight into the nature of things. Essentially, they are one in the same. In our past, we were more deeply connected with the nature of things and still today they are isolated groups of people both ancient and new who are the ‘nature of things’, and this doesn’t mean we need to live in a forest. That’s each of our choices.
Every woman and man has a choice on how they live their life. I have learnt through my experiences that learning to let go is probably the most difficult thing we can undertake emotionally. It requires a lot of strength and faith in the unknown. But as an observer, I have learnt to observe my mind, especially when it is in conflict. This disparity between myself and my ego, drives a void between my freedom and my reality. When I feel this way, I know what I am dealing with. I am dealing with my own distorted reality that has been created throughout my life, where I have, certainly as an adult been disconnected from my true nature and I am not always connected to it now. Just by knowing what my mind is, allows me to understand what is fact and what is fiction. Nature teaches us that there is a purpose to all of our lives, and for me, this is a way of life that is in harmony with the natural world, plants, animals and other humans, working with the land to produce healthy food and learn to build and grow in many ways, not just food.
I’m not there yet, however, I am working my towards that goal. The most important thing for me is to keep seeking knowledge and taking action, to allow myself to engage with myself each day despite the white noise and to connect with others of similar mind. The creation of consciousness towards this goal is the path of most resistance and yet ultimately brings the most fulfilment and enables us to grasp the true nature of our own hearts, souls, bodies and minds.
All of my articles are written my own observations and interpretations, based on ancient beliefs and philosophies that are now being proved by science.
However, I do believe that everyone has the capacity to connect with the nature of things. In fact I believe it’s in our DNA. This understanding is the path to understanding our purpose.