In the loveliness of the things of nature you may learn more of the wisdom of God than schoolmen know ~ unknown
Have you ever been filled with awe by the grandeur, opulence and mystery of the natural world? I have lost myself in the splendor of the divine on countless occasions. Gazing up at the stars on a clear night I have wondered how vast the universe is. One of the joys of being married to a photographer whose greatest passion is capturing landscapes in the raw, is being taken off the beaten path in our travels. Standing in fields of sunflowers, daffodils, and wheat grass growing in the wild that seemed to stretch on forever has taken my breath away. On a trip to La Jolla, California I can recall becoming mesmerized by the waves as they crashed over majestic rock forms and time seemed to stand still. I can go on forever recounting numerous other occasions spent in nature when I experienced Oneness that I could not begin to capture with words.
Myrtle Fillmore, cofounder of Unity, marveled, Nature is surely the glorified face of God. See the beauty about you and … see the manifestation of the infinite Mind. Not only can we see evidence of the Divine in nature, but many spiritual teachings can be gleamed from the natural world, such as, Oneness and Order. According to Principle One, one of five foundational tenets of Unity, God, Divine substance under all creation, is all there is, therefore, each one of us is connected and influenced by each other and the Whole of creation. A famous saying that reflects the theory of interconnectedness is that when a butterfly flaps its wings in one part of the world it can cause a hurricane in another part. Everything in nature is influenced by and interdependent on each other. We have become a mechanistic society, thereby, distancing ourselves from nature and each other. We need to be reminded of the Truth that every word uttered, every thought held in mind fueled with emotion, and every action taken by us has a profound impact not only on ourselves, but on others, our planet, and the universe. Pause for a moment and take in the depth of this reality and ask yourself this; Are my words, thoughts, and actions life affirming?
The field of science informs us that all “lower-life forms” have a built-in intelligence that enables them to adjust to their environment, complete a cycle of growth, and produce the results which are expected of them by virtue of their nature. All too often we have a great deal of difficulty adjusting to and finding harmony within ourselves, our varied environments and within our relationships. If the lower life forms, such as birds, trees, animals and plants can ebb and flow and adjust to changes in the environment, why can’t we? We have been conditioned to look outside of ourselves for the rules of living, therefore, we are not in touch with the intuitive voice of the Divine within, and we are not eager to put our faith in Principle. Our dualistic society has conditioned most of us to buy into norms of established concepts of what is “good” and what is “bad”. When life deals us a perceived bad hand one has a tendency to be filled with fear and resists life in protest. The Spiritual Power of Order enables us to organize, balance, sequence, and adjust our thoughts and actions. When we place our Faith in Principle One which reminds us God, Good, is all there is and is the source of our supply we empower ourselves to be open and flexible to change and growth. Let us remember that which we resist persists in our lives. Dear friends, like the lilies of the field, the trees in the forest, and the birds of the sky let us learn to live from the Spiritual Consciousness of Oneness and Order.
Love and Light,
Angela Denton MA; P.D. MFT; LUT