Nature works hard to fulfill all our desires. That may sound like a goofy and idealistic statement, but let’s explore.
First, what do I mean by nature? Within universal consciousness, there are three aspects: the experiencer, the process of experience, and the experienced.
The experiencer is you, the one having the experiences and desires.
The process of experience structures and gives rise to experiences, the world around us. The laws of nature or devas do this structuring. Together, they are nature, giving rise to our natural world, the play of life.
Nature works to sustain and evolve the field of experience, our world.
“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts…”
– from As You Like It, William Shakespeare.
Our job is to experience and to grow through that process. We add our experiences to the collective and grow together.
Desires drive us to act, learn, and grow. Put another way, they are the drivers of nature.
In spiritual circles, desires can be demonized. Yet desires are not the problem. In fact they are necessary for us to even get out of bed in the morning, to brush our teeth, have breakfast, and so forth. They drive the bus of action.
The issue with desires is attachment. When we’re identified with a me and see the world as “mine”, our possessions possess us. We take things personally. We get confused about what we want and desire inappropriately.
For example, rather than being inspired by a beautiful car or gem, we want to possess it, make it mine. We don’t just enjoy it, we crave it. Yet possession never satisfies for long. It always wants more, like a gluttonous beast.
A key to understand nature is that it works in the context of the whole. We’re a part of that whole.
When we have a desire, nature will organize to fulfil it. But there are a few points to review.
– are we in tune with who we are and why we’re here? If so, our desires will be in tune with nature and well supported. If not, the desires will be out of sync, harder to support, and will cause undesired consequences.
– to sustain the world, nature has to maintain balance, so when we move out of balance, nature has to compensate. We can experience this as difficulties.
This is one of the key advantages of awakening – we know who we are and thus automatically step more in tune with nature. We’re of the same source.
– do we support our own desires? Often we thwart them with doubt, acting against them, and conflicting desires.
For example, we may desire a partner yet fear loss of freedom or a repeat of a prior awful experience. Or we may simultaneously desire a single lifestyle. Our desires are conflicting and can cancel each other energetically.
It’s very helpful to heal our past so we’re supporting ourselves and nature. And to be clear about what we want and what we put our attention on. Negativity is poison for positive laws of nature who work on the level of fine feelings to support us.
– everything is in context of the whole as the world is one. Thus, there is also a timing question. When can our desire be fulfilled in the most integrated way? How can everyone be supported in this process?
I continue to be surprised by timing. Some things just flow effortlessly. Some things stall and no apparent solution arises. And then suddenly, there it is, and then it flows. Sometimes, the result arises years later. Its time had come.
Nature is profoundly integrated and efficient in ways we can’t even fathom. We’re not designed to experience that way. Yet we can recognize their efficiency. Often, their solution is superior to anything we could imagine.
It takes time to learn to work with and trust nature. So many of our habits can be contrary. It takes repeated recognition of support. And recognition that lack of support is because they’re trying to steer us elsewhere, to our mutual benefit.
I spent a couple of years trying to maintain an old career that was failing before I finally changed course. When I did change directions and followed where I was pointed, I unexpectedly got a grad degree. I was so late applying, they said it would take a miracle to happen. But it did.
Healing helps immensely so we move out of doubt and negativity and self-defeating behaviours. In time, we can learn to work with life and find fulfilment beyond expectation. We support the world and the world supports us. We feed nature and nature feeds us. Our relationship with life becomes progressively more profound.