Humans begin life in the womb, folded up like the bud of a flower. Our whole life is in the mirror of this natural form. When you emerge from the womb, you slowly unfold, just as a flower opens it petals. At its prime, a flower draws many insects to it and also the eyes of humans to enjoy its beauty.
When a flower’s petals begin to fade and its life cycle comes to an end, it ceases to hold itself upright and returns to the earth. Humans are said to return to the earth just as all plants and animals – “Ashes to Ashes and Dust to Dust,” as it is poetically stated in the Book of Common Prayer, based on Genesis 3:19, 18:27 and Job 30:18, in which dust and ashes are both components of the human body. It is also referenced in Sirach 10:9 in the Apocrypha. (Sirach a.k.a. Ecclesiasticus.) Like all plants you leave behind seeds in the form of your children and other gifts only you could leave. These gifts continue to unfold after you are gone. Rebirth is encoded into your life, and death is just one part of the cycle.
Nature is a mirror, inspiring and teaching humans to deepen our sense of belonging in the world. Wherever you look you can see that your patterns and the patterns of the natural world are the same. There is resonance in every form, from molecules to plants and animals and to planets.
Humans live their lives according to the same principles as the trees, the mountains, the clouds, and the birds.
Look around, you will find connection and insight. Notice how your feelings shift from one to another like the sky shifts from bright blue to turbulent grays. Your thoughts are like clouds, appearing, changing shape, passing through, and then leaving without a trace. The rain cleanses the atmosphere, just as an emotional release cleanses your mind. The sky itself is your eternal awareness, unchanging underneath all the permutations. Let it reflect back to you as your own abiding perfection.
As you walk through your world, find your own metaphors for connectedness to nature. Flesh them out and follow them as they lead you through the mystery and intelligence of life.
Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD, Metaphysician – Certified Hypnosis Practitioner, Author and Speaker. Dr. Dorothy facilitates clearing blocks, fears and limiting beliefs. You can live the life you desire. She brings awareness to concepts not typically obvious to one’s thoughts and feelings. https://drdorothy.net