Imagine our beautiful earth, hanging like a jewel in the starry vastness of space, the blue seas, the green continents, the white clouds. A living, breathing, being of fire and water….earth and sky…minerals and plants…animals and human beings.
Joan Borysenko, Ph.D.
In order for the Earth to thrive it needs the commitment, cooperation and integration of every living organism living on it. This harmonization was proved by James Lovelock’s “Gaia Theory that every ocean, tree, human, animal, insect, etc. is actually a conglomeration of millions of cells combined to create the flesh, blood, oxygen and nerve endings of the earth itself. Truly, it is a dazzling display of everything and everyone joining together to form one massive self-regulating organism, the Earth/Gaia itself.
Right now as you are reading this hundreds of thousands of little beings are at work in a symbiotic union to help you adapt and thrive. In fact your body is nothing more or less than a vast conglomeration of millions of cells that are constantly absorbing nutrients of all kinds from their environment. It is through the cooperation of these complex organisms that you exist at all. But how does this absorption happen…mostly through the senses, hearing, seeing, tasting and smelling the world around us. We also feel it with every inch of our skin.
This video “The inner life of a cell explained” really helps us see how these dinstinct little beings work together to produce and complete a human cell. lhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3eJLj1V4R0
We are truly partners in the creation of reality. The power of life, the creative spirit lives around and within us. We can never truly be separated from this creative power, although it can remain hidden from our conscious awareness. We are infused with and connected to the power of all creation. The same elements that form the Earth and the stars, also form our bodies. The amount of water in the human body is similar to the amount of water on the body of the Earth. The percentage of salt in our bloodstreams is the same percentage of salt that exists in the oceans. Our bones are Earth’s mountains, our veins its flowing rivers, our energy bodies the Earth’s higher magnetic Self. When we exploit the Earth’s resources or abuse it, we are only injuring ourselves. Our real power emerges when we see the power of the whole and recognize our interconnectedness.
“We with our lives are like islands in the sea, like the trees in the forest. The maple and the pine may whisper to each other with their leaves…..But the trees also commingle their roots in the darkest underground, and the islands also hang together through the ocean’s bottom. Just as there is a continuum of cosmic consciousness, against which our individuality builds but accidental fences….Our normal consciousness is circumscribed for adaptation to our external environment, but the fence is weak in spots, and fitful influences from beyond leak in, showing the otherwise unverifiable human connection.” William James
An important aspect of a living organism is its ability to adapt to its environment, in fact, this is how the whole process of evolution happens….our bodies are constantly being called upon to adjust and adapt to our surroundings. Just as we need to be careful of the foods we eat, so too do we need to be aware and careful of what impressions we allow ourselves to take in to nourish our minds and emotions. An organism needs a supportive environment that will provide for its needs and encourage its growth. Interestingly, among all the animals around us, we are the only one that is not locked into our environment. Our imagination, our reason, our emotions and strength make it possible for us not to accept the environment but to change it!
This simple video shows the water can only stay on the penny as long as the drops continue to hold on to each other http://www.instructables.com/id/Water-Drops-on-a-Penny–Cohesive-Forces-of-Water-/
IN THE BEGINNING
“We are going through a period as traumatic as the evolution of man’s predecessors from sea creatures to land creatures….Those who can adapt will; those who can’t will either go on surviving somehow at a lower level of development or will perish—washed up on the shore”. Lawrence Suhn
The early humans depended on nature to provide the basic necessities of life. Their consciousness was mostly visual. They thought, felt and lived visually. There didn’t seem to be much difference between the time of sleeping and daily activities, between visions and perceptions. The only way he related to the world was through visualization. The earliest record of the visualization experience was during the Ice Age – 60,000 to 10,000 B.C., cave dwellers in France, Spain, Africa and Scandinavia painted on the walls of their caves of what they saw. Most of the paintings were of animals they hunted. Apparently some of these rock images were imprinted with spear marks….we can imagine these cave dwellers gathering around the fresh painting either reliving a great hunt or preparing for future ones, visualizing the souls of the animals they would kill for food and clothing.
Other drawings found in caves were pictures of men wearing animal masks. Anthropologists believe these paintings may have depicted the tribal shamans—priest-magician-healer figures who again used images as a form of communication. It was believed that the Shaman, putting on the mask of an animal, became one with the animal and gained power over it (instead of asking the animal to be an ally). These primitives were not like the Shamans of today, instead they were awed by a force they could not understand and so, tried to exert control over it by simple-mindedly imitating it.
With the development of language and the written word, rational thought became dominant. Words became labels, allowing us to detach from our experience, analyze it, as well as causing our humanness to separate from nature. With these changes came the birth of civilization, law, order, the development of philosophical and moral systems, and math and science.
As knowledge and communication increased, people started to live higher social roles carrying their sense of separation and alienation from nature to its extreme. If something couldn’t be perceived with their five senses, they considered it unimportant or even nonexistent. They looked only on the outside of themselves…..e.g., what they looked like, the makeup they had on, the clothes they wore, the house they lived in….in other words, how other people saw them. This is where we began to wear masks, in order to hide our true feelings from others and to protect ourselves from being judged, ridiculed or criticized. The problem was, we forgot or became unaware we were wearing them anymore. This façade passed onto our Personality and we became even more distant from ourselves and from our day-to-day experiences. And so, wanting to be accepted by others, and be in their good books, we pretended to be different from our true selves. And thus, we became trapped in a vicious circle, unable to communicate clearly with others and in the process lost the ability to communicate with ourselves. The gap between our feeling, thinking and ability to act became so distorted that we were like different people trapped in the same body.
It really does take a lot of energy to hold in and hold back our thoughts and feelings. I loved what Dr. Philip McGraw wrote in his book “SELF Matters”, he used the analogy of a trying to hold a beach ball underwater to express how much energy it takes to suppress our authentic self. He said “Remember how much effort and energy it took to hold it under you as it squeaked and wriggled from side to side, trying to avoid your suppressing hands and claim its natural buoyancy? Isn’t this exactly what happens when you deny your authentic self its natural expression? Just imagine the exhaustion you have accumulated, fighting that same fight every minute of every hour of every day of your life”.
Now, in our present age, we think we have more problems than ever before but actually what’s really going on is we are becoming much more sensitive to a new set of values a new quality of awareness and a new way of being. We are in fact becoming multi-sensory beings.
“The world asks that we focus less on how we can coerce something to make it conform to our designs and focus more on how we can engage with one another, how we can enter into the experience and then notice what comes forth. It ask that we participate more than plan”. Wheatley and Kellner-Rogers
THE INTEGRATION OF NATURE AND HUMANS
Modern psychics have taught us that everything in the universe is essentially pulsating energy, constantly changing and renewing itself. The Earth, too, goes through a cycle of deterioration and regeneration (birth/death/rebirth)…changing something old into a new form of life. We could see this change as a form of death as it is the force of change. But really and truly, I see it as a movement of pulling us away from one thing and pushing us into another. And we are right in the midst of this tide after tide movement. If we do not learn how to become adaptable and flexible within these currents, we will spend our time being tossed about like seaweed in a storm.
“In its boldest outlines, we face a choice between two alternatives: going backward to a state of submission to nature, or going forward to accept our responsibility for nature. I believe we must go forward, not backward, both for our good and for the good of the planet. The most efficient way to define our responsibility is by the way of an image: We are emerging as Earth’s nervous system. Just as the nervous system of an animal has a specific role to play within and for the earth as a whole. Indeed, one of the roles of the nervous system is to make a whole out of the parts of which the animal is constituted. The nervous system of an animal orchestrates the activities of the digestive system, circulatory system, musculature, sensory systems and so on, in order that they act as a whole. The nervous system identifies the self of the animal whose existence it supports and partially comprises. At this moment in history, Earth is not a biological entity in its own right; Earth is neither a plant or an animal. In a purely formal sense, the Earth contains or houses a biological system, but this system is nothing more or less than the sum total of all living things on the planet. But a total is not an entity. We have the unique potential to transform the Earth into an entity with its own coherence and integrity—its own self. This is something we should do, both for our own sake and for the sake of the natural planet.
Making an organic entity out of the sum of living things on the planet is essentially a matter of resolving tensions between opposites. To that extent, it requires thinking through what to the casual glance may look like contradictions or paradoxes. For example, we are clearly only part of nature, and a tiny part at that, so it may seem impossible or paradoxical that we at the same time take charge of the whole. We can help ourselves see through this apparent impossibility by reminding ourselves that the nervous system of any animal is a mere fraction of the whole, and that the paradox is resolved in a harmonious resolution of tension. Biological entities are organic, organized: Their parts, all of which have interest of their own, come together to serve their various interests cooperatively. This cooperation presupposes a primary tension between the interests of the individual cells in the first place, as well as a way to resolve these tensions for the mutual benefit of all. Thus, the cells of the kidneys, for example, are both servants of the body as a whole, which provides their food, water and oxygen. Similarly, the cells of the nervous system are both served by the body and are servants of the body: both masters and slaves.
There is no magic involved in this; nothing supernatural is required. Nervous systems have provided animals from time immemorial with an advantage in the evolutionary race; the advantage of cooperation. Nevertheless, there is a tension. Seeing how a whole can be made of its parts requires looking past apparent clashes of interest to the underlying unities. Environmentalism thinks in terms of the clash between humankind and the rest of the natural order. Environmentalism has witnessed the manifold injuries inflicted on nature by humankind, and it recommends that we repent, assume a posture of humility and try to make ourselves as small as possible (try to reduce our ecological footprint as much as possible) so that nature can reassert its power over us. In this vision one side or the other must triumph……I suggest that as long as the conflict between human interests and nature remains at center stage, the conceivable solutions to our “environmental” problems (whether or not they amount to a crisis) will be restricted to victory of one side over the other. We must instead learn to see tensions, rather than clashes, between nature and humankind. We must look beyond victory for either side to a unity of the two sides. In this unity, there is a special role for us to play: we seek the harmonious resolution of tensions between humankind and nature. Just as a nervous system enables your billions and billions of individual cells to be the single entity that you understand yourself to be, so too we can become the unifying information-processing system of the planet as a whole.” Jeffrey E. Foss Beyond Environmentalism: a philosophy of nature
The nervous system is the most complex physical structure of all known works of nature. Its billions of interconnections and electromechanical transactions allow us to think, create, love, act and become conscious of our intentions. The slightest bit of information sets off a whole communication system that looks like and works as a network of miniature cables. This massive network involves the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves that radiate to every part of your body. If you were to arrange all the nerves in your body in one line, they’d probably be about 62,000 miles long!! The nervous system is in charge of and coordinates every activity in your body, including thought, speech, and language recognition; all your senses and the functioning of your muscles and organs.
Every nerve in your body has a corresponding artery and as mentioned in Part 1 of The Subtle Anatomy, a corresponding etheric thread or nadis too. The nervous system ends in the sensory organs (eyes, ears, taste, smell, touch) that provides us with information about our environment and about ourselves. Without a nervous system you wouldn’t be able to feel happy or sad, or feel hot or cold, of if it was light or dark..
The main transportation of the nervous system is the brain. It is the best organized 3 lbs of matter in the known universe. Tens of billions of tiny nerve cells transmit electrical signals from the nerves to the brain. And each nerve cell in the brain is connected to many other cells in the brain and is affected by them. The whole brain hums actively firing in circuits or loops, round and round like a pinwheel, throwing off sparks of energy on each cycle. Great masses of nerve cells unite together to create a marvelous orchestra which plays thoughts of truth and beauty, which creates creative imagination.
Carl Sagan on the Brain http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SHc67Hep48
“As a net is made up of a series of ties, so everything in this world is connected by a series of ties. If anyone thinks that the mesh of a net is an independent, isolated thing, he is mistaken. It is called a net because it is made up of a series of interconnected meshes, and each mesh has its place and responsibility in relation to the other meshes.” The Buddha
How your Brain Works http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ3401XVYww&feature=related
“Our brain is designed to move information in space and time—from as far out in the starlit sky as our eyes can see to as far away on earth as our legs can walk, from as far back in real time as our memory can recall to as far forward in psychic time as our plans can project.” Robert Sylwester
The information in the incredible video(s) (over an hour long) shown here, truly describes the significant global shifts occurring on our planet Earth right now. Not only does it describe the significance of the end of the Mayan Calendar and of the Hopi Prophecies, it also talks of the awakening or ‘quickening’ of human consciousness in our year, 2011. http://vimeo.com/awakeningasone/the-quickening
Civilization has separated us from our own true nature, we have up to now suppressed our emotions and relied heavily on our minds to steer us through life. Technology has expanded our minds to higher levels of understanding but it has also separated us from ourselves. We are not attuned to the richness of our surroundings and we are not vibrating at a fast enough rate to channel the many creative rich currents coming our way. Something deep down, hidden within us doesn’t want to change. We have also reached a stage where the mind now recognizes its own limitations. What we don’t realize is that nature is the one that knows what will happen tomorrow.
Now that we have a ground from which to work from, let’s continue to explore and move up the ladder of the subtle human anatomy. Let’s dive into the emotional side of our humanness and how our thoughts and emotions are the gateway to the earth’s field of energy and that of the universe.
to be continued…….