Communing with Nature

Communing with Nature

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by David Tuffley
     
 

Felt-connectedness with all things

Enlightenment occurs spontaneously when you create the right conditions in your consciousness. The foundation of this mind-set is having a sense of felt connectedness with all things in the Universe. You feel that you are intimately connected with everything else in the Universe, not separate as your egoic mind would lead

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Felt-connectedness with all things

Enlightenment occurs spontaneously when you create the right conditions in your consciousness. The foundation of this mind-set is having a sense of felt connectedness with all things in the Universe. You feel that you are intimately connected with everything else in the Universe, not separate as your egoic mind would lead you to believe.

To cultivate this awareness of connectedness, remind yourself that all entities in the Universe are temporary. They arise from the primordial source, exist for a time, and then dissolve back into the source. There are no exceptions. You and I are an expression of this underlying source and share the same destiny along with everything else.

A Physicist would say that in the Universe there is constant movement from energy to matter and back to energy. Imagine an animated Yin-Yang symbol with its spiral movement. Think of what a moving fractal looks like. These are representations of this constantly moving cycle. Our challenge is to not resist this movement. It is futile to try. We must make a virtue of necessity and embrace this movement wholeheartedly, surrendering to the flow.

Surrendering to the flow means letting go of the mental concepts that form the structures of your sense of identity. Let go of them willingly instead of clinging to them until they are taken away forcibly by the movement of time. These structures were never permanent, and you need not fear losing them. They are not the real you.

Consider the Taoist metaphor of being swimmers in the great river of life. We can go with or against the current. The river does not mind either way. Many people swim against the current as they play their various games and become exhausted without making much progress, their lifeless bodies eventually floating out to sea.

The wise among us know that we are all destined to flow into the ocean at the end of our lives, so they swim peacefully with the current, enjoying the journey and arrive at the ocean knowing that this was always their destination.

You need not worry that by swimming with the current you will arrive at the sea too soon. The river mouth in this metaphor is not a fixed point. You reach the sea when you have exhausted your life force. By swimming with the current you achieve movement while conserving you life force.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011117831
Publisher:
Altiora Publications
Publication date:
10/06/2010
Series:
On the Spiritual Path , #5
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
365,343
File size:
144 KB

Meet the Author

David Tuffley is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Ethics & Socio-Technical Studies at Griffith University in Australia. David writes on a broad range of interests; from Anthropology, Psychology, Ancient and Modern History, Linguistics, Rhetoric, Comparative Religions, Philosophy, Architectural History, Environments and Ecosystems.

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Communing with Nature 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Poedust More than 1 year ago
The book is short. I like that it inspires one to seek futher into "communing with nature". I dislike that it does not tell you how; yet it is worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it for what it was, also thought it was written well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is pretty good. It really helped me connect with nature. I have a friend that I lent it to she is still reading it and she says its a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Encompasses peace and awareness. Beautifully written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to read and not overdone!
jennywrenJW More than 1 year ago
Answer's some quenstion's about American Natice Lore and Legend. Not a bit Scientify.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For fun
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