Human beings are so delicately woven to nature that in essence we could say nature is us, and we are nature. As our awareness of this fine thread linking us to nature grows and expands, we can begin to comprehend the ever deeper levels of our union with every aspect of our natural environment. Our connection to nature is not new news. Many cultures before our modern society understood this vital link, and lived in harmony and reverence with all life. Yet for all the progress and benefits of the industrial revolution, we have managed to sacrifice our role as students of nature’s wisdom in lieu of control, misguided power, greed and domination. The consequences have been nothing short of devastating. As we sit on the brink of survival as a species and a planet, it is time to go back to the garden and begin to restore all that we have destroyed in our ignorance and arrogance. The wisdom of nature to unify humanity is a sacred call.
Nature’s wisdom is steeped in complexity, sophistication, elegance, wonder, intelligence and cosmic awareness. The resilient capacity of plant and animal species to adapt to their changing environment is astounding; the sensitivity of elephants and our dogs is extraordinary; the songs as language among whales and the metacognition of dolphins is mysterious; the evolution of the mineral kingdom is unimaginable; the intelligence of the moon and stars is remarkable. All of nature is in a constant state of dynamic change, as is humanity. While mankind has been preoccupied with polluting, poisoning, disrespecting, taking, controlling, manipulating and in every way attempting to dominate nature, she has quietly been endeavoring to maintain her course in sustaining life. As man pursues the deforestation of the rainforests, the rainforests continue to do their job of circulating moisture around the planet and being the lungs of our earth. As man continues to poison the soils with toxic chemicals, the soils are fighting to maintain their health. Every ecosystem is a small miracle of enormous complexity and efficiency, and offers us the opportunity to learn. If we continue to abuse and deplete our natural world, we may never get this opportunity again.
Each day science uncovers more amazing data regarding life in our natural environment. Recent studies reveal evidence that certain animals share similar patterns with human metacognition, the ability to reflect upon and monitor various states of mind. This capacity has always been relegated solely to the human domain, and confirms animals are far more evolved than we ever thought them to be. As well, other animal species show evidence of morality, and the ability to discern between right and wrong. And further, many animals display empathy towards fellow animals as wells toward humans. I posted a story not long ago about a herd of elephants traveling very far to gather around the home of a man upon his death who had cared for and protected them. There is much research now which clearly points to the interconnectedness and transpersonal consciousness in animals. When we begin to realize we share this planet with equally self-aware creatures as ourselves, this opens up a whole new understanding of unity. As many animals possess a rudimentary form of language, we will learn to increase our communication with animals in new ways. These new findings in regards to animals are paving the way for some countries to even alter their protective legislation for specific rights to include animals and in some case, plants.
As early as 1912, Nobel Prize winner Dr. Alexis Carrel, recognized the earth was ailing as a result of industrial methods of agriculture, and their propensity for chemical fertilizers and pesticides. He stated soil as being the basis for all human life, and our hope to maintain a healthy world rested in the harmonious restoration of the soil. Yet, here we are, one hundred years later using more chemicals than ever. All the rises in disease mankind faces are a direct result of poisoning the soils of the earth. The plant kingdom may not, yet, display evidence of metacognition, but it is the vital, intelligent ecosystem upon which we so depend.
While we humans share similar cells with sunflowers, the entire plant kingdom depends upon a complex, delicate balance of nutrients from the surrounding environment as well as cosmic energies. In this regard, we are not much different from plants in having common needs: nutrients, light, water and spiritual influence. Rudolph Steiner, the pioneer in biodynamic gardening and agriculture, explains the dynamics of soil and the process of plant growth as a phenomena based on multidimensional factors: the phases of the moon, other planetary attributes, essential soil requirements and even the amount of birds present. He even wrote about studies describing the affect of music on plant growth. In all this, we see a far greater intelligence at work which commands our respect.
If mankind would sincerely study nature and learn from her, we could rapidly utilize this deep wisdom for the renewal and restoration of our planet and thus, all of humanity. Without love and reverence for the natural world, our continued pride, greed and neglect will inevitably be humanity’s demise. Nature has been ever present with offerings of everything we need: clean energy from the sun and wind, medicinal plants in the rainforests, animals for both companionship and food, sources of clean water and fertile soils and an intelligence of how to close the gaps to prevent waste and live in harmony with the earth’s rhythms. Nature is proving herself to be the more intelligent in this mix of man and nature. We would be smart to heed her wisdom if we desire to close the gap on separation, and live a harmonious and unified future .