Session 8 - Suffering Due to Imbalance with Nature
We will reach a state where we are all connected together in similarity to the general law of nature, which is all bestowal, goodness, and love. Then we will understand that there is no evil, and that all the forces we currently feel as blows are not bad forces. The disintegrating families, drugs, terrorism, fear of a nuclear world war, ecological and financial crises, and all the forces that seem negative to us are intended only to cause us to build the forces of love, giving, and bonding, precisely opposite to them. Anything and everything that happens to us and that we currently feel as a negative force affecting us, is sensed in us as negative only because we are opposite to the singular law.
It is always like this in life. When faced with heatstroke or hypothermia, I need to understand what needs to be done in order to balance the temperature back to normal. When my body is under pressure, like if I was preparing to dive from a great height, or if I want to climb to altitudes where there isn't enough oxygen, I must condition myself for it and create an environment and an attitude and way of thinking that brings me back to balance with the situation, with Nature.
Therefore, what type of mechanism or instrument can we now use to balance ourselves with Nature, which is currently presenting us with all kinds of negative impacts? We are suffering the beating blows from every direction, and day by day, humanity is feeling more and more united under a collective blow that's landing on all of us.
Since everything that happens to us is an expression of our oppositeness to Nature, we have to learn how to compensate for this oppositeness. Nature is presenting us with adverse phenomena, but if we overcome ourselves and correct ourselves, becoming as similar to Nature as we can, we will experience all these forces as positive, since we will be in balance with them. At that point of equivalence and balance, everything will calm—climate, family relations, international relations, economic crises, etc.—and we will find a good, positive, and beautiful life in every way.
We have to make the change gradually, and thus come ever more close to Nature's general good condition, and the positive, wholesome, and balanced environment in every way. How do we play that game? We have learned that Nature is a singular force that operates on all of us together as one, that it "wants" us to learn how to balance ourselves because then we will begin to comprehend the whole of reality. Through mutually bonding among us as one big family, we will understand where we truly are. We can obtain this wonderful connection through favorable relationships among us. And even though we may not want those connections through relationships, we know that we need them, and we will create them through fun and through playing games and acting, and by using the law of, "habit becomes a second nature."
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All the evil that we feel is a result of our oppositeness to the general law of Nature, since we are selfishly concerned only for our own good, and Nature gives by caring for the good of all.
- In correcting the relationships between us, and in uniting in connection together, the connection between us will be similar in form to the general law of the giving influences of Nature.
- We need to balance ourselves in relation to the laws of Nature at all times and in all realms of life.
"Self-realization: A continuing process of recognising that the self is not limited to the person but extends to all the intermeshed processes in the world within which our minds and bodies live. Naess: "Not saving the rain-forest, but saving that part of yourself which is the rain-forest". Another term Naess uses is "wide identification": one must at least extend one's sphere of concern to non-human beings, ideally to all forms of living and non-living entities."Deep Ecology
Jonas (Næss) argues that the deep satisfaction we receive from identification with nature, and in close partnership with other life forms in nature significantly contributes to our quality of life.Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
"We also find that phenotypic changes in response to disturbance can be remarkably abrupt, perhaps again because of plasticity. In short, humans are an important agent driving phenotypic change in contemporary populations. Although these changes sometimes have a genetic basis, our analyses suggest a particularly important contribution from phenotypic plasticity."Article - Human influences on rates of phenotypic change in wild animal populations