Attraction Energies in Nature
ATTN; DR. COHEN
With respect to a nature connecting
activity that you recommend to precede meditation (14), a response
you report is that people have said it was like "a flower
was holding my hand" or "the grove smiled its consent"
Doesn't it seem interesting
that the very "things" we claim to respect about nature
i.e. somehow gaining consent, becomes limited by our unique/linear
understanding. Doesn't it also seem as though nature's balance
is beyond our words...maybe some form of poetic justice could
be used...something where the pattern, not the words create feeling...it
seems to me that to explain nature with terms like "holding
my hand" and or "the grove smiling its consent"
are off the mark slightly, is it not enough to just be? To look
and feel and know? It seems like talking about the experience
belittles it to yet another human experience, rather than say
a spiritual experience. I'm not sure if this makes any sense
to you, but... I am very interested in psychology, phenomenology,
philosophy, and nature....the quilt like balance between all.
- a concerned neighbor
Thanks for sharing your excellent
Abstract by definition means
shortcut, to leave something out. In this light, all words except
perhaps words about language are abstractions of the world.
Nature in its wholeness is
mostly non-verbal, except for humanity. Authentic Nature is not
an abstraction. Rather it is a genuine non-verbal reality, the
relationships and process of the eons.
Humanity, however, is not whole
without its sense of verbal language. Verbalization is as much
a gift of Nature and part of our nature as is our eye or sense
Verbalization with respect
to most things is an abstraction. When you abstract nature you
disconnect yourself from its integrity because you lose its wholeness.
It becomes words, representations of the real thing rather than
the real thing. Thinking with words alone fools you into thinking
you know Nature, even when you know Nature is wordless.
We produce our troubles when
our relationships are based on abstraction alone. For this reason,
my work enables people to make thoughtful, non-verbal, sensuous
contact with authentic, wordless, Nature and thereby consciously
become whole with Nature for a time.
From that point on, the challenge
becomes to become whole as a human, to verbalize in way that
sustains human wholeness and supports personal, local and global
natural systems as well, for that is a major purpose of life.
In that thoughtful, word-congruent wholeness lies our personal
and global integrity.
It is usually the effects of
things that matter most and best measure them.
Abstraction of nature, verbal
or otherwise, is always off the mark unless it leads to behavior
that genuinely supports nature's wholeness. Then abstraction
is on the mark, even though it may be off by definition. (Definitions,
being words, are also abstracts).
is seldom off the mark because the person first gains consent
to make genuine contact with real nature via non-verbal attractions.
This enables them to register and embrace Nature in oneness.
They then share words emanating from their nature connection
with others. Their inherent sense of reason notes the effects
of their words. If the effect is for their words to somehow thoughtfully
further their or other's ability to support life in a balance,
can their words really be off the mark? If they say a tree held
their hand or a grove gave consent and that brought them or others
to further support all of life, whose mark are they off?
It's when we leave out any
one of these steps that we may be off the mark. We disrupt the
peace inherent in Our or Nature's wholeness and end up with the
conflict, wars and abusiveness that too often marks contemporary
life within and around us.
Owls and Howls,
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Web of Life Imperative