Your Relationship to Nature

This is part 5 in a 7-part post.

It seems that people agree to scarcity or abundance in the group, whether or not they are aware of the agreement.  And, when they agree on abundance, they experience a greater harmonic and a greater vibrancy.  Everyone seems to agree that this is what they want and that they just do not always get it.  It also seems that when people experience greater abundance, there is a greater vibrancy in their relationships to their own self, to the other, and to the group.  And, when they experience greater scarcity, there is less vibrancy in all of these relationships.  This seems to show something about people’s ability to bring vibrancy to all of the group or none of the group, and that is related somehow to the level of scarcity or abundance they experience.  Furthermore, when the group is in scarcity mode, it is very hard to pay attention to the vibrancy in any of the relationships.  In abundance mode, it all shows up.  There’s relationship all over the place.  Specifically, in the scarcity mode, each person tries to do what is required to move the thing along, to keep life going.  No relationship there, just a lot of everyone doing their own thing.  The abundance mode is completely different.  It is through the relationships that people get things done; a lot more done.  And, just as important, it is not harder to get more done, rather when people experience greater vibrancy, there seems to be creativity and energy in abundance.  They are in the flow, and they get a lot done.  In lower vibrancy, they never have enough, and everything gets stuck.

This brings in a fourth relationship people describe in their experience of harmonic vibrancy, their relationship to “what is real” and how they work with it.  This is what comes naturally to you, that which you perceive and experience as “reality,” where reality is simply that which is visible, that which exists.  Some people require reality to be touchable.  If they cannot touch it, it is not real.  Thus, reality for them includes rocks, humans, food, air, money, and their house, as reflected in the bottom-right of the figure below.  Other people include the processes of growing older, maturing, learning, and building of their home along with many other “ing’s,” as captured in the middle of the figure.  For them these are just as real.  They describe the ‘”ing’s” as the journey, the path, which is just as real as the momentary outcomes, the things, of those processes.[1]  Still other people include the “realities” they envision, the possibilities and visions that motivate people into action.  Whether it is a design for a home, as in the top-left of the figure, a plan for a team, or a vision for a community, this very real possibility creates movement.  In hearing over and over again how people talk about with is natural to them, and what is real, and the nature of things, I started to suggest that working among these different realms of reality is the process of “Nature.”[2]  This has seemed to describe this experience for most people.

 

You also have the experience of the aliveness of nature, of processes.  Think of your favorite place in the whole world.  This is the place that makes you feel the best.  Where is it?  What is it about this place that makes you feel so good?  Describe the essence of this place that makes you love it so much.  Interestingly, when I ask this question, most people tell me they love the beach, rivers, or mountains.  They describe what they love in nature with a noun, a thing: a beach, a river, a mountain.  When I ask them to name a specific place and to describe it, the name other nouns: sun, sand, salt water, heat (for the beach lovers).  When I suggest that I will give them light (lamp), sand, salty water, and heat, right where they are, I ask them if that makes them really happy.  They always smile or frown, and say “no.”  Then I suggest that it is not those “things” that feel them so deeply.  If not those things, then what?  They then begin to describe the moving of the river, its pushing downhill, its chillingness, its smelling, and its ever-changing nature.  These are verbs.  These are descriptions of the forces that enliven the nouns.  People love the verbs in nature.

These same verbs describe your experience of processes, of change over time.  You develop new capacities as you learn, over time.  People often describe these processes with “ing” – dancing, cooking, reading, walking, thinking.  It is not about the end product, the momentary outcome, the thing, rather it is about the activity itself, the journey

You also experience nature as the manifesting of possibility.  This is when you know that something has become “real,” long before it becomes tangible.  Think of all of the resources that came together, over months and months, on your last big project, way before the final product, the noun, ever appeared.  My wife Leslie is an architect.  It is exciting to see when the image of the home finally materializes in the minds of the homeowner, Leslie, and all of the contractors that work on that image, for many months, before it becomes a tangible reality.  It is no less real to them at earlier stages of manifestation than it is when it is “done.”  It became the home they were to live in when they saw it, and it became real.  This experience of the relationship to nature is one of light.  Of the infinite potential of what the light energy could become, in that moment the light shifted from possibility to probability, from an idea to a manifest reality, equally available to many people.

You experience your relationship to nature at all three points along this continuum.  What changes along the continuum is the choice for how it manifests.  At low vibrancy, the noun already exists.  At middle vibrancy the noun is in the process of forming, as a verb.  At this level of relationship, one can choose how to work with the verb, choosing when to relate to the noun, and how to more optimally relate to the sustainability of the verb-noun.  At high vibrancy, one can also choose among the infinitely possible, what will even begin to manifest.  Practically speaking, we can see the water in front of us, the noun.  We can also see the inflows and outflows of water, choosing to put in more of the locally available water than we take out, thus maintaining a sustainable, local source of water – this is the verb view.  And, we can also choose to redefine what we understand as available water, making it important that everyone have access to clean water, not just those with money or proximity to water – this is the light view.[3]

The level of harmonic vibrancy you experience in your relationship to nature in any given group or place is an agreement.  That you experience different levels of the harmonic vibrancy of this relationship in different groups shows you that different levels are available, based on the accepted agreements in the group.  This means that you can choose a different agreement, one of higher harmonic vibrancy.

Listening to people’s experience of the nature of scarcity and abundance, I hear experiences of infinite abundance of beautiful expressions and experiences of there is never enough and nothing works.  The world of lack never seems to work well.  It feels dead.  It is full of things I want and cannot get, things I do not want, and things that I want, get, and throw away.  None of it does what I wanted it to do.  There is never enough money, food, or time.  In the world of infinite abundance, everything seems amazing.  It is all beautiful.  The Chinese philosopher Confucius said, “Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.”  We can make anything real, by just adding imagination.  We come together to make a house, based on an idea, months before we even step foot into a building.

A forester suggested that the human relationship with nature is the experience of manifestation, and that is why people have such a strong relationship with the natural environment.  That is where they most directly experience the transformation of infinite light-energy potential into continuously developing processes that we experience in every given moment.  We love the strength and growth in the tree, through the seasons, and its fruit on a given day.  The same energy transforms from sunlight into the tree then into leaves that fertilize the soil.  It is the manifesting cycle of life that mesmerizes us in our relationship to the natural environment, in specific, and to nature, in general.  This includes our experience of human nature, the creative flow of manifestation from an imagination and concept to the development of the capacities to translate the concept into form, and the final form.  We experience the whole process – this is our relationship to nature.

My request to you

As in the other posts in this series, I extend a request to you to participate.  Please reply in these pages to share your own experiences, thoughts on what I share, or questions that arise.  I invite you as a citizen scientist to participate in the naming of the emerging field, which I refer to as ecosynomics, and in realizing the higher harmonic vibrancy available to all of us.


[1] I will show later how what seem to be concrete things, the starting point of scarcity, might also be seen as momentary outcomes of a continuous process of people manifesting possibilities out of an infinity of forms of light energy.

[2] Much research has shown the importance of the human relationship to nature, in its forms of possibility, process, and momentary outcomes.  University of Michigan psychology professor Stephen Kaplan finds, “the natural environment is experienced as particularly high in compatibility.  It is as if there were a special resonance between the natural setting and human inclinations” (Kaplan, 1995, p. 174).  This is supported by recent experimental research, such as (Berman, Jonides, & Kaplan, 2008; Hartig, Evans, Jamner, Davis, & Garling, 2003).

[3] Our relationship with Nature explores the manifest realm of probability, when life meets with the possible, where the absolute nature of the light-flow-Spirit expresses itself in a relative form within the human-perceived universe.  Probability is when possibility meets nature, that instant when one knows something as “real,” even if it is far from manifesting in a tangible form.  Most of human life is experienced this way.  For example, from when the design of a house is “seen” by the architect, owner, and builder, many weeks of work and resources start moving ever before the house shows up.  When did it become very “real” for everyone involved?  When it became a probability.  The inner experience of this relationship to Nature is the psychic energy one experiences as life-force, intentions, feelings, and thoughts as perceptions of the movement of light – one’s relationship with self-in-Nature – how I relate to Nature.  The self’s Nature expression is physically observable in one’s sensory-perception organs of touch, life, movement, balance, warmth, taste, sight, and hearing.   Culturally, the group supports the individual’s balance within the ecosystem.

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