Friday, January 8, 2016

Chapter 17 - “What Is Simple and Natural Provides Everything You Need”

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It had been a while since I sat outside with pen and paper in hand to allow Mother Nature to convey a message. It was November, after all, and there had been a few cold snaps and even a little bit of snow. Because of this, I had been spending more time indoors. However, the weather had warmed up to the point that I didn’t need a coat, so, once again, I ventured to sit outside with a pad of paper and a pen in order to take notes.

As I sat on the front step, I was shocked to turn to my left and see one wild pink rose had bloomed since I last sat there. I thought this very strange since I would assume roses, like most other plants, would be unlikely to bloom after such a cold snap. After doing a little research, I discovered that it is actually not unheard of for roses to bloom during mid and late November. This said, I still wanted to ask Mother Nature the meaning of this rose blooming so close to winter.

Tuning into Her for a response, I would write down, “It is a message to value and cherish what you have and treat it as a gift or blessing. It is also a message for you to try not to expect too much from life. Too much expectation can lead to disappointment if an expectation is not met. Instead, embrace the power and the beauty of ‘what is’ within the present moment. Do not let the present moment become mundane or meaningless.”

“That’s a beautiful message,” I said.

“Yes,” She said before continuing, “For example, notice how you cherished this rose more than other roses that had bloomed in what appeared to be a more mundane fashion. You cherished this rose differently because you did not expect a rose to bloom so close to winter. Nevertheless, it is a rose just like any other wild rose that would have blossomed in a warmer climate.”

“Wow!” I exclaimed. “You are right. I did cherish this rose more because it seems special in some way.”

“You tend to wait for something special in order to see it as a gift or to know that you are loved,” replied Mother Nature. “The ordinary becomes too mundane to catch your attention or for you to see it as something to treasure.”

“That is true,” I said.

There was a pause for a while, and I thought about everything that had been communicated. Then I asked, “Is the message of the rose primarily one of love?”

“The pink rose is a symbol of love that is unconditional,” said my guide. “As said earlier, it is a message to embrace the power and the beauty of the present moment without placing conditions onto it. This allows you to more fully experience what it is to love and cherish the living spark, and to feel loved and nurtured by it.”

“Oh, I see,” I said.

“What is simple and natural provides everything you need,” She counseled. “In fact, you will find that the simpler you become—and the less demands that you have of yourself, of life, and of the world or environment around you—that you will have more to love, not less.”

“I’m sure many of us believe we will have more to love and cherish if the world and others meet more of our expectations,” I said. “But, I think you are right. If we lower our expectations, we will have less to feel disappointed over or to complain about.”

“Yes,” my guide said. “There is power in simplicity, if you employ it wisely.”

“I was wondering if it was an issue of application,” I said. “Because many of the past dialogues seemed to point to the reality that, at times, action is needed and to move out of complacency.”

“Most of what you are asked to move out of is what pulls you away from being simple and natural,” my guide said. “This is where some ‘action’ may be needed. You as humans tend to make the easy so complicated. You become complacent about what brings you stress and challenge without realizing there is another way to live.”

“I have another question about unconditional love and the idea of non-judgment,” I said. “I’ve noticed that we as humans can focus a lot on these ideals, and then we use these ideals to excuse our sense of entitlement and how we affect the world. Various websites are even linking new age idealism to an increase in individual and societal narcissism and entitlement rather than a reduction.”

“This effect results from applying a principle in part rather than in whole,” She said. “For example, when it comes to applying the principle of unconditional love, in order to have a sense of entitlement, one must move away from unconditional love into attachment and expectation. For if you truly become unconditional in your love—of self and others—you will not feel as entitled anymore. You will instead work to release your attachments and expectations rather than focusing on accumulation and self-gain. You will also begin to judge yourselves and others less on the basis of what the ego has acquired, but more on the nature of the indwelling spirit. You will feel less of a need to engage in damaging forms of ego-stroking—of your own ego and of others. Because of this, you will be less likely to enable others to focus so much upon external efforts and striving toward damaging goals. You will understand that it is this type of enabling behavior that keeps you maintaining hierarchies and feeling locked within your sense of competition with one another.”

Her message continued, “Right now, as I have discussed in other dialogues, many of your approaches to spiritual truths arise from a split perspective. While the masters taught the holistic approach, you have split that approach into those pieces you understood the value of and those you did not. You saw how an approach fit one area of life, but you could not see how it applied to all others. This is not intentional but comes from the lack of ability to understand a philosophy as a cohesive whole. Likewise, you lack the ability to understand its purpose in terms of the whole rather than just the self.”

As I paused to think about things for a while, my mind started wandering over everything I had written down over the past months, specifically related to our cultivating an ability to live in a more natural and pure way. I thought of an article that I had seen on the internet that was asking us to work on perceiving a sense of immunity to everything unnatural and chemical in the world in order to better endure it. The article suggested that anything telling us that we need to avoid unnatural foods, drugs, lifestyles, or other things was asking us to give into a fear-based illusion. So, I wanted to ask Mother Nature about this subject.

“What is the real effect when we lose touch with what is natural and rely too much on artificial quick fixes?” I asked. “I realize that the words ‘natural’ and ‘artificial’ can refer to something emotional, physical, mental, or other. Or are we supposed to see all this as an illusion and attempt to transcend it?”

“The point is not solely one of overcoming the illusion but also understanding why you engage in it in the first place,” was the message I heard back. “Yes, you can become increasingly more immune to an increasingly more lifeless and artificial world, but why would you want to? Why not think in terms of manifesting a gentler reality for yourselves where there is less to immunize yourself against?

“To express it in another way,” She continued, “when you try to blindly overcome an illusion, you then miss the point and fail to learn why you gave the illusion power in the first place. You are still choosing to remain blind after all. Without knowing why you gave your power away, you will keep repeating the process. For example, to overcome the illusion of why you need to be tolerant and invincible to all the artificial things you assault yourselves with, you need to understand why you would turn to what is unnatural to find a sense of completion or satisfaction. Begin to ask yourselves why you would rely on what is “unnature-al” when you could rely on what is “nature-al” instead? Meaning, why would you choose the path that leads you further away from finding your true nature and its intrinsic worth rather than closer to it? So, it is a matter of which illusion you are focusing on: the one that tells you that you need to give your power away to what is unnatural and to engage in an unnatural form of existence that leaves you out of touch with your true and natural self or the one that tells you to deny the effects of this.”

“That is pretty deep,” I said. “That is probably too deep for many of us to understand.”

“Even the manner in which many of you attempt to purify yourselves from the effects of engaging in what is unnatural can become unnatural, contrary, or extreme,” She observed.

“How so?” I asked Her.

“Many of you will embark upon purification programs,” She said, “in order to better cope with what is impure. That is, you will purify yourselves and then go back to living in the same impure and unnatural manner that led to impurity in the first place. This is contrary thinking since the act of purification is the act of becoming more natural, simple, and unpolluted. Instead of fighting a losing battle, you could instead realize that you can drop the impurity in whole.”

“What you say makes sense,” I said. “It is like we sabotage our purification programs from fully working for us in a lasting way.”

“The problem is not that your purification programs do not yield lasting results,” She advised me, “but that many of you suffer from cravings for what is impure or artificial and refuse to drop this craving. Your first step to turning this around would involve learning to understand why you so desperately want to move away from a natural state of living and being. You can start to ask yourselves why you find it so difficult to feel natural, to be natural, to eat naturally, to love naturally, or to express yourselves in a natural way, or why you cannot tolerate to be relaxed anymore?”

“As you have said before,” I said, “the more we focus on what is lifeless, unnatural, or artificial, the more what is natural, vital, and full of life begins to disappear within the material world.”

“Yes,” She responded, “and the more it begins to affect your bodies, minds, environment, and ability to relate to one another.”

“Despite all that, I feel this guy is in some ways right,” I challenged Her. “After all, if we focus on purification too much—feeling impure within ourselves—this can become a fear space to some degree.”

“Yes, there is truth in some of what he says,” Mother Nature spoke, “and with regard to a process of purification becoming something that creates a ‘fear space,’ the problem occurs when the intention is to try to purify in a superficial way, such as through a quick fix. With needing a quick fix, you are attempting to purify yourselves for an external reason—such as wanting more vitality to be able to do more things—rather than through dropping the need to be impure. The true process of purification involves connecting with what is pure within you while being able to release your attachment to what blocks this connection—such as your dramas, emotions, conflicts, and more.

“When you work at cross purposes with yourselves, it is only natural that your purification process would involve efforts to increase your external striving rather than allowing yourselves to let it go,” She continued. “This inability to let go enough to become more simple, pure, and present in the moment leads to your addictions. It is these various addictions and cravings that pollute you, stress you out, or lead you to feel that you need various forms of cleansing and healing to find relief. It becomes a vicious circle in which even the act of engaging in various purification rituals can become another compulsion or addiction that serves to move you further away from purity and simplicity rather than closer.”

“Can you give an example so we know how to put what you are saying into practical application?” I asked.

“Sure,” She said. “As an example, in the Western world, many of you will ignore your natural cycles, eat unnatural foods, farm the land unnaturally, enjoy artificial consumer goods, and/or indulge in artificial pastimes such as alcohol, TV, social media, and other addictions that offer you artificial highs. You never ask why it seems that the whole way that many of you live your lives is as if to conquer everything that is natural and replace it with something artificial, hoping somehow you will find the elusive key to understanding the universe and your salvation. Then, as you look at the collective consciousness and your environment, you wonder why everything appears to be a mirror for where you have forgotten how to honor what is natural anymore or how to treat life as sacred.”

“I admit I do see this pattern within us as humans,” I confirmed. “As I have said before, even at an emotional level, many of us cannot be natural anymore.”

“Yes,” She said. “Many of you can also suffer from anxiety, panic attacks, addictions, or other forms of imbalance. These issues are on the rise despite all your efforts to mediate them, medicate them, rationalize them, deny them, practice yoga and meditation, and more.”

My mind turned back to the article that had inspired this topic of conversation. I just wanted to make sure I fully understood the message being imparted, so I asked Mother Nature, “Is the person who wrote the article right that our fear of vaccinations, medications, chemicals, unnatural foods, etc., are illusions?”

“Yes, everything is an illusion,” She answered. “But, everything is also a mirror. As such, you can use this mirror to start asking yourselves, ‘What are the illusions beneath our illusions?’ For example, why is it you don’t want to be natural anymore? Is it because you are all in a race to reach an imaginary finish line? Are you attempting to have more of what is unnatural because what is natural is not enough?”

“It does seem that we need more and more and more,” I said.

“As we have discussed in previous dialogues, you believe in the illusion that you are never enough,” She offered. “You also believe that you never do enough and can never be enough. This conditioned and core belief system drives you to continually feel that you need to do, be, and have more, whether this is in your own best interest or not. Many of you do not even want to know what is in your own best interest anymore because you think your best interest lies with the ‘being more,’ the ‘having more,’ and the ‘doing more.’ So you strive to do things that are unnatural, you go against your cycles, and you end up feeling exhausted and polluted. All the symbols of the world begin to scream at you concerning where you have gone off course, but you are so distracted by all your desires and pursuits that you cannot heed nature’s gentle and simple wisdom anymore. You think the task being presented to you is to become invincible to it all. Yes, you can become invincible to it all, but this is not necessarily the point. Even if it was the point, achieving invincibility would require becoming enlightened and aware of what most of you are currently unaware of.”

This all made me think back to when I had developed various issues with my health and my main goal with healing techniques was to achieve health as a means to achieving another goal: social approval.

Then I heard Mother Nature remind me, “Health is about returning back to the natural for the sake of being natural.”

“Do we even know what that means anymore?” I asked.

“Natural foods, respecting the earth, respecting natural cycles, developing a practice of moderation, and finding balance,” I would hear next. “What do you have to lose or fear through being natural? What illusion is telling all of you that you need vaccinations, quick fixes, chemically or genetically altered foods, and to tolerate all this other unnatural clutter?”

“It seems to be a pretty complex illusion,” I said.

“Yes,” She agreed. “But, only because your greatest fear is to love and to be gentle and kind to yourselves.”

And there was the crux of it.

With this, I thanked Mother Nature for her wise words and ended our dialogue. I then sat outside with my two cats and watched them play for a while.

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