I am excited and honored to announce the debut of the NATURE AM I website and podcast. This is the biggest undertaking of my life, and I need your help. I believe with all my heart that now more than ever, we must learn to tune into nature's wisdom and let nature guide us to a more peaceful, balanced, and sustainable way of life.
The COVID-19 outbreak that we are experiencing and witnessing together is the result of climate change, habitat destruction, and other human-caused imbalances. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, the time of procrastination, denial, and half-measures is over. Humanity has entered the Age of Consequences. Our carelessness and disregard for nature as a species is taking its toll in ways that will only intensify over time. Now, more than ever, those of us who care about the future of humanity must take action. But where do we begin?
Whatever questions or problems we may have, nature has the answers. This has always been true. The Art of Inspiration that I have devoted my life to studying and exploring is all about quieting the mind so that we can listen to what nature has to teach us. After more than three decades, I came to an important discovery this year. My entire life's work and spiritual path can be summed up in three words: NATURE AM I.
This may seem simple at first but actually far from it. First of all, what is nature? The dictionary defines it as "the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations." But this surely can't be right! Everything in the universe, including all of the elements, the cosmos and the biosphere, is nature with the EXCEPTION of humanity?
This is the heart of the crisis our world is experiencing. We have managed to separate and alienate ourselves from nature. This is no small feat! How does anyone convince themselves that they are apart from nature while inhabiting a body made of atoms, molecules, cells and tissue? Nature is the sustaining principle of the universe. It can be found in everything that exists, including all that can be known and all that can know. Nature is the consciousness that monitors and regulates all the dynamics of the universe, from the spiraling cosmos to the collisions of subatomic particles.
You do not need faith to believe in nature. It's just THERE. And guess? It always has been and always will be. This is Science 101. There is the law of conservation of matter and energy. Everything in nature gets reshuffled, rearranged, and recycled, but nature itself is never born and never dies, neither created nor destroyed. That's just reality.
NATURE AM I is not spirituality in any conventional sense because it does not invoke anything that can't be found or that is separate from the physical/material universe. But it is extraordinarily deep, because the history of science has taught us one crucial lesson: WHATEVER YOU CONSIDER NATURE TO BE, THERE is ALWAYS MORE. And it is a path of holiness in the purest sense possible. "Holy" and "whole" derive from the same root.
Humanity is crying out for a sense of wholeness and integration at a time when we have never felt more disconnected from the natural world, from each other, and even from the experience of our own bodies. NATURE AM I offers a simple way back to wholeness. Here are three things you can try right now:
This is a basic start. But it's how we begin to find our way back to the deepest possible connection we can have with nature: the experience of nature inspiration. And it holds the key to our future, to the future of our species and of the Earth. Thanks for your time.
NATURE AM I.
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