Secrets of Nature

When you think of nature, what comes to your mind? Take a moment and think about it. Maybe you hear some birds singing, some trees blowing in the breeze. Maybe you see some light sparkling along a river. Maybe you see ice covering mountaintops, fish darting in the sea, tigers charging across the Sahara or caterpillars inching along a bright green leaf. Maybe you feel the crisp caress of autumn air, the hot sand sinking beneath your feet, the pelting rain or the crunch of snow. Now think about the fact that all of this activity is happening now, all around the world. So much activity. Impossible to measure.

In any frame of nature at any point in time, activity is bustling. It may be overt as a flock of seagulls diving for fish or as unassuming as a seemingly empty field of grass. But a closer look at the field reveals a teaming of activity. The insects are bustling, the seeds are sprouting, the elements and nutrients are dancing about in their chemical exchanges. The symphony of activity is the bliss of nature. The Earth that never sleeps appears as a peaceful blue green sphere.

Compare the gentle chirping of one cricket outside your window to the wash of hundreds of crickets chirping in a meadow. The wash of activity is the serenity of nature. Nature is not the business of half-hearted pursuits. It is the height of bustling activity. The interrelated bustle is nature’s peace.

A waterfall crashes down upon rocks. Its immeasurable power is its deep peace. Its magnitude is its health. A bee collects nectar from a sun soaked flower. Its purpose and competence is its joy.

The two ingredients that make up nature’s secret sauce are activity and relating. No animal, plant or amoeba ever forgets this to be primary. Activity is happily married to a sense of purpose. You simply don’t see a woodpecker taking no interest in trees. Relating is the activity, and interrelating is the many activities coming into harmony together, like the wash of crickets in the meadow.

The light of spirit is too bright to go unrecognized. A dolphin leaping out from the sea is a triumph, a celebration. A little proud bird on top of a pine tree is the universal anthem of self belief, backed by the power of nature and its bustle of activity.

Spiritedness is without limit. Deep peace is without limit. These things are one and the same. In the heights of joyous activity and movement come the deepest feelings of peace. The wash of a cricket meadow is the electricity within you. You only need to tune in.

Action Is The New Atom. New Moon in Aries

Have you ever wondered what it is that exists at the utmost root of things?  It was not long ago that science responded to this question with the atom, whose name means indivisible one.  But as we know now, atoms can be split and there is a whole weird quantum world beyond it.  So what is it then, that is most fundamental to our existence?

In his book, The Reflexive Universe, inventor and cosmologist Arthur M. Young sees this answer to be clear: it is action, not matter that is most basic to the universe we live in.  He also sees this universe to be purposeful in it’s evolution.

“Science builds its edifice on mass, length and time.  The suspicion of purpose only occurs in action, which combines all three.  Is it possible that there is something present in the whole that is not in the parts?”

Who, if anyone, does not long for a sense of wholeness?  Wholeness beckons us from grocery aisles with green marketing logos and from the bulletin boards on the way out that features happy yoga people in a moment of bliss.  But have you ever considered that wholeness is what lies in your decision to drive to the store in the first place?

As Young points out; you can’t make a decision one and a half times.  Actions come in wholes.

It was Max Planck who first came up with the notion that action comes in wholes, or quanta.  He discovered the constant, an elementary quantum of action, which lead Einstein to discovering that light exists in discrete quantity of energy, or photons.

Unlike the atom, this quantum of action can’t be split apart.  It’s a notion of true undivided wholeness, you might even say, the true atom.

“There’s a new one?”

Young explains that light itself is pure action because “light is not seen; it is seeing.”  A photon can not be seen twice.  It’s detection is it’s annihilation.  

Light is pure action, unattached to any object, like the smile without the cat.”

-Arthur M. Young, The Reflexive Universe  

Emerson said “A right action seems to fill the eye and be related to all of nature.” 

The Aries New Moon (Sunday, April 11th) is an invitation to ponder a “new atom”.  A new answer to what exists at the utmost root of all existence.  A new point of view that sees wholeness as inherent in the nature of action, decision, and purposive activity.

This New Moon receives a square from powerful Pluto in lawful Capricorn, empowering us to, as Young advises, “ use law instead of being blocked by it”.  For Young, deterministic laws of nature are what is necessary for us to have means to achieve a goal.  Rather than a question of determinism versus free-will, he sees determinism as the agency of free-will.  How could you plan to start your car if you couldn’t count on the keys starting the ignition?

With goals and the means to carry them out, actions can vibrate stronger with purpose!

A New Moon, a new atom, a new you!  On the most fundamental level, you are free as a photon!  You are light and laughter!  Beyond even time itself, for as Young points out, “clocks stop at the speed of light.”

Happy actions, and happy astro pondering!

Astro art by Johnnie Day Durand

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