"in the beginning was the Tao;
all things issue from it;
all things return to it.
Tao Te Ching, Verse 52
Have you ever wondered how you grow your hair? How you breathe? Shed your skin? multiply the cells in your body? Have you noticed that it all happens of its' own accord? You don't need to think about it to make it happen, it just does it. Have you ever wondered how a tree grows it's acorns? or a flower blooms into stunning glory from it's beautiful tiny bud? Science has come a long way in exploring these questions, and with research we can discover some of the apparent mechanisms through which all the magnificent natural phenomena happen, but we only ever produce models and theories - patterns of thought. When we take this as actuality we are guided to mistake the map for the terrain, and so through intellectualising 'the world' we feel like we are 'on the outside' of the Self?
What drives the spontaneous growth, behaviour, precision, and perfection that exists in the natural world, and in you? Asking this question, and exploring the answer through direct experiencing, feeling, and sensing (rather than through what we think we know) through the space of the heart, is an astoundingly powerful pointer to the Self (True Nature) - that which we are beyond all arising phenomena, the ground of being. Whatever is happening to make that flower bloom, that bird fly, and the whole of the planet to breathe - this is also happening with you.
How could it not be love?
The air that we breathe is in one moment apparently inside our body, and in the next is outside. Indeed, is there an inside and outside at all? That same air is also breathed by the trees, plants, birds, and all other life around. We exist as one big beautiful net, all working simultaneously, in symphony, with a precision that is unfathomable to the thinking mind. Yet the sense of 'I' that we move to the beat of seems to lead us to feeling that we only exist inside our own skin, or indeed - in our own heads, arising from a limited body, in limited time, and limited space. We have become so identified with our thinking (self concept) that we have grown to miss the reality, the truth, of our existence. This assumption of separation can make us feel worry, anxiety, and angst, as we move through life feeling the need to compete, achieve, and 'get' from 'the world outside' through a shared model of reality rooted in a belief that we are separate from the whole and need to find happiness and wholeness 'out there' in the world. We experience ourselves rooted in a deep sense of insecurity. This paints our experience of the world - projects out into our interactions, our relationship with life, including other humans, through a case of mistaken identity.
So what is this sense of 'I Am'? What is it's nature and from where does it arise. What is the true nature of our beingness? And is it separable from all else that is sensed in the wider living world? Exploring the answer to this question, through our own direct experience and seeing with the heart, is the movement of Nondual exploration and the pathless path to recognising the wholeness inherent in our experience of living.
Nature (life) as the bridge
Going out to nature, being in nature, simply, can help us with our recognition of what we are as the ground of being. Nature points us directly to our wholeness, truth, freedom, belonging, and change - all key qualities that when recognised and FELT beyond the distortions created through the ideas of the thinking mind and world of concepts, bring us a stunning sense of well-being and freedom to be our truest expression, spontaneously, as the moment . Nature can teach us how to flow as energy, bend with the wind, create our niche, and use our edge to step out of our comfort zones of models of thought about who we are and what reality is. The natural world invites us to rediscover the limitlessness of our being, and the truth of uncertainty and unknown, as well as feel the unity of this infinite moment and all arising expression. This can begin, and continuously deepen our recognition of that which we are always being, in deep belonging, AS LIFE, as it moves with the flow and harmony of all that appears to us.
"it's so easy to get pulled into the story of making more, attracting more, having more, being more, or different, to what is now...And we believe "Its me making this happen, it's because I did this, this is what matters, and this is me involved here. I'm entangled. I'm achieving, I'm failing, whats next?"...And so this is what we see life as ...this story running that we are a little me at the centre of the show making this happen, based on fundamentally limited, flawed notions that create tricks of the light, hypnotising us into believing that we have even the faintest idea of what is going on here. It makes the world look solid and fixed, when in fact its a dance of waves and spots and swirls and switchboards to infinite appearances...it's a heartiness, a dynamism that is constantly falling through our handless hand"
The resolution is in the unresolvibility
Not in conceiving what is
Not in concluding
But in seeing itself
“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.”
Rainer Maria Rilke
The big picture is THROUGH the detail
Dear soil & stone - I love you
When we shine the light of our Self upon the dark and lonely spaces, like golden seeds in fertile soil, our conditioned world is lit with the love that is here in its purity of consciousness, and those dark spaces bloom, as you, into the most beautiful garden. The medicine is you, reality, exploring and engaging with yourself wholeheartedly.
"you are already in full bloom. The problem is that you are only focussing on your search for butterflies. Let your eyes brush the soil and check out the mycellium"
I live my life in widening circles
that reach out across the world,
I may not complete this last one
but I give myself to it.
I circle around God, around
the primordial tower.
I've been circling for thousands of years
and I still don't know: am I a falcon,
a storm, or a great song?
Rainer Maria Rilke
(translated by Joanna Macy)