The basis of what I share focuses on ourselves as part of nature. We are not separate from it, but an expression of it, in the same way that an eagle, a flower, a bee, a lion, a mushroom, every living thing, are all individual expressions of nature too.
When we really see this to be true and see that we operate under the same laws as the natural world, it changes things. It humbles us. It reminds us that we are just one part of an infinite web of connectedness, and we can turn our attention back to Mother Nature to help us understand ourselves better when we’re feeling lost or off-base. If we look just a little way past our own personal thinking, we begin to see the impersonal, universal nature of nature and we start to see that life happens through us, and not to us.
The Wisdom of Life
This is because there is a wisdom behind all living things. A tree doesn’t have to think it’s way into every new season and the tide is not told to turn twice a day. Small mammals don’t have to set an alarm to remind them to hibernate and nor do plants and flowers need to write on a calendar to remind themselves to shoot up through the soil in the spring. These things, along with every other natural phenomenon just happen, and they happen exactly when they need to. It is this intelligence of life that is running the show, and it also runs us!
But we don’t always see it. We believe that we are in control and that we have to think our way through life and that if we’re not thinking, then we’re not progressing! Of course it’s true, that we need our ‘thinking’ minds to get stuff done – we need to retain and recall information and plan ahead and that’s all amazing stuff that necessary for us to live our lives, but it’s a function of the brain. What I’m referring to is the intelligent energy that powers up all living things, We are connectbut we also have access to other in-the-moment information or wisdom which comes from the space in between our thoughts. That quiet, place of nothingness out of which all thoughts and wisdom arise.
We can see this intelligence at work in those moments when we’ve followed our intuition or gut instinct, instead of our logical thinking (even though that appeared to make more sense to us at the time), only to be shown it was the right thing to do. We can see it when we get flashes of inspiration or a brand new thought – like the solution to a problem that’s been stumping a scientist forever or that time you stopped looking for your car keys, only to find them. We’ve all experienced these moments of intuition and the commonality between them, is that they all happen when we let go of our thinking. The moment we stop trying so hard to solve a problem, is the very moment the answer arises within us.
But it’s not just about solving problems. This wisdom is available when we’re creating too. It’s JK Rowling’s inspiration for Harry Potter, we can see it in James Cameron’s Avatar, and your child’s artwork that they bring home from school. This download of inspiration and creativity can be summed up in Michaelango’s infamous quote, ‘I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.’
Our Safety Net
Understanding that we are powered up by the same universal intelligence of nature means we have something within us to rely on. When we can see that it’s always true for nature, we can become more curious about our own lives and start to see how it’s also true for us too.
Just imagine if all children knew they had access to this intelligence. How might that make a difference to their lives?
- They would take their gut/intuitive feelings more seriously, paying more attention to the quiet ‘voice’ of wisdom, rather than the loud voice of ego. Whilst the ego’s intentions are self-preservation and to protect, ironically that doesn’t always lead to the best outcomes for us.
- They would give themselves the time and space they need to re-connect with the universal intelligence
- They would be more responsive, rather than reactive.
- They would feel more supported in life, knowing that this intelligence has their back. That this wisdom is a guiding force, always pointing them in the right direction.
- They would understand that they are pure potential. In the same way an acorn is packed with potential to become a mighty oak tree, we have that same potential within us to create a successful life.
If this is the first time you’re reading this kind of thing, I get that it might sound a bit woo-woo, but in actual fact, there’s nothing more real than this universal intelligence. It’s the basis of life and we can see it in action everywhere, it’s just that most of us aren’t aware of it. But like everything, the more we turn our attention to it, the more we see it, the more we trust it and the more we can rely on it.
So, look beyond your thinking into that space of infinite potential and reconnect with the wisdom of the universe. Let me know how it works out for you!