I attest that it is part of our emotional and psychological make-up to inquire for day-to-day natural truths and to gain some insight for a nature-based higher meaning and purpose. If we accept, trust, and adhere to the universal laws of Nature, we will be on a path leading us towards ever finer approximations of higher meaning and purpose. I insist that only truth related to nature’s physics, chemistry, and biology can help overcome any early negative indoctrination against Nature and human nature. Nature awaits our discovery! Nature’s laws express themselves in our species and in each one of us. I now know that by trusting Nature, I have less of a reliance on cultural controls and directives. Trusting Nature can open the door for us to have accessibility to inner personal and transpersonal guidance that can be a prodigious aid in helping us satisfy our basal (safety/security, worth, empowerment, and enjoyment), deeper (sexuality, love, morality, emotion, and consciousness}, and higher needs (meaning and purpose).
Trust vs. mistrust – A fundamental basal need for us is for security/safety with a significant part of this need related to trust. When it comes to Nature, I discovered that an essential ingredient in trusting Nature is our accepting the many facets of Nature. During the developmental ages of 0-7 (time of stamping-in) a huge part of parental and societal upbringing should be centered on providing an accepting and trusting living environment for their children. Nottingham wrote that, “the experts tell us that the cornerstone of healthy development is a natural trust.” (1993) Unfortunately, much of the age 0-7 enculturation process is about demonizing certain universal and human natural instincts. Early denunciation of human nature often leads to a mistrust and distrust of all of Nature. In order to combat early conditioning, I suggest that individuals make a personal search to discover and experience the many truths in Nature.
Accepting Nature allows for certain kinds of wisdom: 1.) Cosmicentric wisdom comes from the Cosmos of energy-matter. It is wisdom coming from accepting the Universal Laws of classical-macro determinism and quantum-micro probability, 2.) Biocentric wisdom is a byproduct coming from accepting our biological evolution and biological inheritance. It is the acceptance of what has currently evolved in a biologic manner, and 3.) Ecological wisdom comes from accepting that we are part of a natural system of self-regulation that keeps the natural world in balance. We are intimately involved and an integral part of the ecological system, or Thomas Lovejoy’s Gaia System. We are intertwined in a system of many natural wonders that we need to protect. To control, tamper with, or overuse the ecological world will only interfere with Nature’s balance.
I built the Theory of Balanceology as an anthropic philosophical and psychological paradigm that adheres to a naturalistic worldview that endorses and encourages us to accept Nature —> including the current evolutionary stage of human nature. My naturalistic worldview came to replaced an outdated supernaturalistic indoctrinated worldview that no longer had meaning for me. A central axiomatic tenet of Taoist philosophy is to accept Nature and one’s own nature. Nauman advised that, “man is free to accept his own nature.” (1971) I realize that we have the right to reject Nature and our own nature. However, this rejection will come with significant consequences. I maintain that to deceptively dismiss Nature is to make a fatal mistake. I can assure the reader that whenever I took a confrontational stance against Nature, Nature always came out on top.
I am enchanted at the artistic brilliance on display in Nature’s celestial and terrestrial realms. I am wonder-struck and view with reverence the wonders of these natural domains that are embellished with extravagant adornments. I am in a reverential mood when I am in touch with the nature-of-Nature. In Nature I can view the grandeur and the spaciousness of the celestial realm, and appreciate the dirt, air, water and fire of the terrestrial realm. My garden, my land of the worms, allows me to experience first-hand Nature’s cleverness. My garden exquisitely displays a natural pattern when I plant, sew, and reap its bounty. Life springs forth from Nature’s creative processes of germination and photosynthesis. To plant an inanimate seed and to observe how the Earth’s dirt, water, air, and energy from the Sun becomes living vegetation emotionally and spiritually captures and inspires me. I try to experience Nature’s rhythmic patterns, order, symmetry, balance, the life giving energy from the Sun, the phases of the Moon, the untold varieties of flora and fauna. I try to experience aspects of human nature <–> the many sides of the human condition. I have paid special attention to my own place in Nature, my inheritance of human nature, and my unique nature in my ongoing attempts to answer the questions, “Who am I?,” “What am I?,” and “Where is my place in the Cosmos?” I am now wise enough to know that Nature is the key to help find and experience truth. Nature allows …
Yes, Nature’s Cathedral sensorially and sensuously excites and gives me great pleasure. Yet, Nature also has the power to greatly stimulate and poetically awaken me emotionally, cognitively, and intuitively. Nature allows me to go to places in my heart where my head alone could never enter. A closeness to Nature helps me intuitively experience and have some contact with the mysterious powerful secrets of Nature. I marvel emotionally, cognitively, and intuitively at Nature’s plentiful riches, its huge variety of flora and fauna, its picturesque wilderness, gigantic mountains, blue skies, overflowing waterfalls, winding rivers, flat endless plains, thick forests, and sky flying flocks of birds. I am spiritually captivated and enchanted by the visceral beauty, innocence, happiness and joy that flows within me from Nature. I am beckoned by Nature <–> Nature refreshes my spirit. Nature helps me emotionally, cognitively, and intuitively answer the questions, “Who am I?,” and “What am I?,” Nature has been instrumental in helping me discover and develop my worldview, to find my place in the world, and explore a road of inner peace.
One of the enjoyable things I have been doing for several years is to weekly go hiking at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. To go up and down the rolling hills, circle the lake, frolic in the grass, be in the shadowy woods are stimulating natural experiences. There is a sensorial invigoration of seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, and eating in Nature’s Cathedral. I try to capture the sights of Nature’s panoramic colors, shapes, sizes, and appearances. The bluest blue of a freshly minted Spring sky overwhelms me. I try to clearly grasp Nature’s bubbling, ringing, gurgling, whispering, and rumbling sounds. I enjoy hearing the pleasant-sounding rustling noise of wind-blown leaves. I am absorbed when Nature gives off her arresting haunting sound of silence. I am in a joyful mood when the aromatic fragrance of earthy smells overtakes my senses. I am in a playful mood as I touch the Earth’s silky, sandy, gritty, and brownish dirt floor. I am relaxed and rested when I lay on Nature’s velvety soft greenish grass carpet. I am awestruck with the scenic colorful beauty of a September’s charming yellowish-orange harvest Moon. I am relaxed and calmed when I look up at the tapestry of the gradual rolling of wind-blown clouds on a picture-perfect day. I am delighted when a cooling rain splashes on my face on a steamy hot Summer’s day. A first freshly fallen late Fall rainfall refreshes and enlivens my spirit. The pristine whiteness from the flakes of a first fallen snowfall …