Nature – Life – Responsibility

It is apparent to me that if we do not care for ourselves, we will not be able to care for others, nor for any other species in this world.

The other day my friends told me about what amazing organisms bees are, and the incredible work they do. How each bee just lives for her task at hand and is deeply dedicated to it, how the whole hive works together to keep the queen alive and strong, how the whole system works in harmony, and how incredibly hardworking they are for all.

We marvel at nature, we enjoy nature, we swear on the beauty of nature and its natural rhythm, we seek nature in times of hardship or to relax in, we stand up for nature as we can see our interdependence with it and the responsibility that brings, but when it comes to ourselves and our part in the universe, we are completely ignorant of our own rhythm and purpose. Above all, we remain ignorant of the responsibility we have within the cycle of the all, starting with the planet we are living on, our mother earth, out to the limitlessness of the universe.

We do what we like and live our life that only holds ‘me’ in the centre and completely ignore that there are not only another 7 billion people in this world, but that the planet we live on is in the grandness of the universe and thus an integral part of the universe; part of this clockwork of interdependence.

There is so much beauty in nature and around us but we do not see it for what it truly is as we do not appreciate and understand our part in it.  We see ourselves as detached from all that is going on around us, so that we can behave like little bubbles that are hermetically separated from everything around us, unless we choose it differently.

But this is not how the world or the universe works. We are part of it and thus we always play a part in it in every moment of our life, whether we want it or not.

I have always loved nature, from the gigantic landscapes of the big continents like Africa and America to the littlest detail of a flower bursting into bloom; from graceful elephants and joyful dolphins, to the busy bee humming in the scented meadow and trees. I have always stood in awe, appreciating what a beautiful planet we are living on BUT, and this is a big but, I didn’t ever appreciate myself in it, or what I bring to the world. I somehow knew I was part of this grandness but did not see how.

This has changed dramatically since I was first introduced to Universal Medicine and the presentations of Serge Benhayon.

Through the understanding that I matter, and matter greatly in this world, by the mere fact that I am part of this gigantic universe, I started to invest greatly in myself, not by being selfish, but by learning to be self-loving and self-caring. For, in truth, I am unable to support anybody else if I am unable to help myself. My every choice either contributes to, or diminishes, the all that we belong to.

This turning towards and taking deep loving care of myself has rekindled the fullness of my whole being, it has brought me the understanding of my part in this world, and everybody else’s, and has made me aware of the responsibility we all have.

Today I still love nature and I am in awe of its magic but I do not stand in separation to it, feeling it is grander than me. Today I can feel my part in it and how, through the reflection of nature, I can be confirmed in my own grandness and/or be reminded of this grandness I am from.

Our interdependence comes with responsibility.

However, if we do not have appreciation for ourselves, we will always stay an admirer of nature, but in truth will keep using it and abusing it instead of living in it and knowing how to be part of it and live accordingly.

By Esther Andras, Delmenhorst, Germany

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777 thoughts on “Nature – Life – Responsibility

  1. One only need look at the sheer amount of plastic and waste in our oceans to see how much we still need to learn when it comes to living responsibility with the all and ourselves.

    1. Yes we, as a humanity, mostly turn a blind eye as to where things come from and where things go, how they end up. When we throw something away it does not magically disappear into thin air. Awareness around this is crucial. In the case of plastics in our oceans it has been predicted that before too long there will be more plastic than fish. Not only are many birds and sea creatures dying because of our careless disposal of “waste products” but our own lives are at risk too. As this continues unabated we are literally destroying the very nature of this planet and of ourselves.

  2. We are all connected… Deeply and irreversibly so. This is the revelation and the experience that will lead us to the letting go of the separation that is simply totally foreign to who we truly are

  3. I know when I did not appreciate my worth, I was always looking outside to admire something or someone in expense of myself. When I started to appreciate myself, it is natural to appreciate ourselves and others including nature together and equally. The quality is the key.

  4. So true, I can see that if we see nature as separate to us we will be more likely to abuse it, to not see our part in that beauty and our responsibility as well. The same for the relationships with each other, if we see our self as individuals we will fall victim to selfishness and competitiveness, even jealousy and comparison.

  5. It has occurred to me, or perhaps it is because I can feel how this blog reminds us all that we are all part of the same source of love, that when we abuse ourselves we abuse others and when we abuse others we are abusing ourselves. It is a question of how aware we are of what constitutes abuse, how much we are prepared to feel the level of normal we have accepted for ourselves. Goodness this is a big topic but so fundamental.

  6. ‘My every choice either contributes to, or diminishes, the all that we belong to.’ Very true Esther, many turn a blind eye to this level of responsibility. If we nurture and deeply love and care for ourselves the ripple effect is felt far and wide, likewise if we abuse ourselves and others and make harming choices, equally this is felt far and wide and adds to the harm and abuse so many struggle with on a daily basis. The quality of our choices is key to bringing true change here.

  7. Reading this reminded me of a cactus I had once that only flowered once a year for one day, and I have to say it was the most beautiful flower I have ever seen. And we were totally in awe of its beauty, but maybe if it did flower more often we would have taken it for granted, and what I feel now is that it was reflecting back at us our own hidden beauty.

  8. This is an awesome reminder of the bigger picture. As humans we have the ability to reduce ourselves to our own selves, even to lock ourselves away in our own minds, to occupy such a small space with our focus when we are actually part of the entire universe. The universe we are a part of is pretty big compared to the smallness we play.

  9. So true, Esther. We appreciate and marvel at nature and how beautifully everything fits and works together in harmony but we forget each and every one of us are also part of that ‘everything’ and we actually know and are harmony within ourselves already, and our body proves this so. If what surrounds us is reminding us of this truth, and our body is made of this truth, it makes much sense to move accordingly. Being ourselves and doing what is there to be done is all we are ever being asked of.

    1. I like that Matilda, the fact that we always have a choice, but important in this is to understand that there are only two choices available to us (although we do not like that) a fiery choice connected to that we are from, or a less fiery choice which makes us to disconnect from that source we all belong to. And in that lesser choice we make ourselves lesser than the grandness we belong to and otherwise would connect to.

  10. Nature is there as a reflection for us to know we are truly grand, it can help support us to reconnect to the grandness, if only we allow this and surrender to what is there to be revealed.

  11. Do we admire nature because we know that we are more than capable of living and working in the harmony than other animals do? Nature certainly gives us constant reminders of what is possible and what is natural in the order of the universe. It is only in our arrogance of feeling we are somehow separate and above all that, that we lose sight of this.

  12. This has been a beautiful, healing read, and its an interesting study into appreciation and self care. So often we feel our value is in what we do, but your words are communicating the bigger picture we are part of, our value is not limited to human life, as we are each a grand and precious part of the universe.

  13. Nature is a beautiful beautiful reflection, without it we would be very lost. What’s even more beautiful is that when we learn to live in harmony with ourselves, than natures reflection is a confirmation of that lived essence of harmony.

  14. Beautifully shared Esther. We all are intrinsically part of the great cycle or movement of the universe, of which we can never truly be separated from. As such we are always in a relationship with this truth. It is only when we resist our responsibility of moving with this truth that our relationship then is one that is abusive.

  15. Beautiful words Esther. It is ‘the part’ taking responsibility for its part in the whole it is a part of. Nature is a great restorer of Divinity for it reminds us of all that has been Divinely created and is tangible to the physical senses so that from this point we remember that we go way deeper than this – beyond form and back to the limitlessness of the formlessness (Universal Will) we belong to.

  16. Great article that strikes at the very real fact of how we think we can live in anyway and not impact on everything around us. This, “For, in truth, I am unable to support anybody else if I am unable to help myself. My every choice either contributes to, or diminishes, the all that we belong to.” again brings a responsibility to us that speaks more about ‘being’ then doing. How truly are we doing everything in the world? Are we taking care but first taking care of ourselves or are we disregarding ourselves that then leads to that same disregard being in everything else we touch. Then we can go further in that do we then walk in a way that only takes care and notice of a few steps within a hundred? Meaning that for the greater time we are sending a message to all else around us that we aren’t connected? There is a great learning held within this article and one that I understand now from a deeper level.

  17. ‘My every choice either contributes to, or diminishes, the all that we belong to’. This is a great revelation that makes life about all of us rather than just our little group, whether that be our immediate family or circle of friends etc. Understanding we are all interconnected and that we cannot escape this fact is a great start to consider the true impact of our choices.

  18. ‘..but when it comes to ourselves and our part in the universe, we are completely ignorant of our own rhythm and purpose’ True Esther we need to open our eyes to having an equal responsibility in the grandness of the universe. We cannot just dismiss everything that is around us and live a life on our own. It all is a matter of choice.

  19. “However, if we do not have appreciation for ourselves, we will always stay an admirer of nature, but in truth will keep using it and abusing it instead of living in it and knowing how to be part of it and live accordingly.” I love this Esther. Expecting Nature to heal us when we don’t try to heal ourselves is abusing nature. Living in harmony with it brings a whole new level of appreciation.

  20. Imagine what we could achieve as humans if we took a leaf out of the book of bees and we all worked together in harmony with one common goal, instead of the mess we create when we are all in it for ourselves and the separation that it causes.

    1. I agree kevmchardy – there is an infinite abundance of learnings and reflections being offered to us by nature that would transform the way we live if we were to pay attention.

  21. “if we do not have appreciation for ourselves, we will always stay an admirer of nature, but in truth will keep using it and abusing it instead of living in it and knowing how to be part of it and live accordingly.” Deeply wise words Esther.

  22. I agree that we live our lives as if we don’t have any effect on anyone else on the planet and as a collective species we live on this planet as if we have no connection with or influence on the universe. It is a ridiculous stance really when everything in nature and the universe is reflecting to us the opposite is true – that everything is inter-connected.

  23. Indeed, if we continue to live like we are doing at the moment, the earth and the universe will correct us, by what we call natural disasters, in such a way that the abuse will be stopped and the energetic impact of it will be cleared and nature and the earth can restore their natural rhythm.

  24. “It is apparent to me that if we do not care for ourselves, we will not be able to care for others, nor for any other species in this world”. This is very true and I would say the horrors that we don’t like to hear about are only possible because we have stopped caring for ourselves. When you do not care for yourself, you are already on the back foot in life and it hardens you to feeling or caring about anything outside of you.

  25. An inspirational sharing Esther!. There is so much here to ponder on and remind ourselves how wonderful nature truly is and this includes ourselves.

  26. “Our interdependence comes with responsibility.” Yes, responsibility for our contribution to the whole, so the question is are we going to contribute to the rot or offer universal quality we can feel reflected around us in nature?

  27. If nature is reflecting to us how to live in harmony, work hard for the same purpose and to live in a rhythm with the all. What are we reflecting back to nature by living in chaos? and how does that chaos affect nature? There is no surprise as to why we need the corrections of the earth in the way of earthquakes, tornadoes and the like.

  28. I appreciate the reflection that is on offer from nature and the rhythm in which it holds us all as one and the same. Nature offers us so many valuable lessons to learn everyday and how we also play a part in the rhythm of life and the way in which the world is today. Nature is pure magic.

  29. We are part and parcel of the reflection to the Universe from earth. I can’t imagine it is a collectively very loving reflection but if I abdicate my responsibility in being part of that reflection then I give permission for the reflection to represent me. I am learning that if I stand steady with love being my leading impulse, there are others who equally find this their leading impulse and together we shine. What if more and more people stopped worrying about what other people are doing and stood steady? What reflection would we offer then?

    1. Spot on Francisco – and this comes from connecting to the fact that there is so much more to life than what we can see. Something so beautiful that lies deep within us.

  30. I love how you highlight appreciation Esther, this to me feels the key to confirming ourselves and developing our awareness that we are able to recognise and fully accept the grandness of our true quality of being through committing to living from a deeper inner connection with ourselves.

  31. To recognise that we are a part of and not merely an external admirer of nature, instantly allow us to take more responsibility for the way that we live daily in nature and within the all.

  32. Through appreciation we are able to accept ourselves and the responsibility we have for our part in the interdependence of life, its natural rhythm and flow and how we are able to naturally interact and support each other when we live from a true quality of connection and awareness.

  33. I wholeheartedly agree with you Esther. Nature offers the most beautiful reflections moment to moment confirming the truth of the grandness we are from – the glory of a vast and beautiful sunset or sunrise is a lovely way to appreciate ourselves more deeply.
    “Today I can feel my part in it and how, through the reflection of nature, I can be confirmed in my own grandness and/or be reminded of this grandness I am from”.

  34. Nature has an amazing capacity to support and regenerate us, should we choose to feel this. When we get affected by life and hurt by things around us, nature is often a safe place to retreat to and heal – hearing the soothing birdsongs, feeling the ocean breeze caress our hair – it is all in our perception of things and how we choose to see them.

  35. I read about bees being in danger and what a huge impact that would have on humans and wonder what is being reflected to us? The way we are living is killing off a species that shows us what true brotherhood and harmony is and how it constantly works for the all. We are killing off this aspect in ourselves by the way we are living thinking we are separate from each other with our ‘I’m alright Jack’ ways and with terrible consequences.

  36. I have had moments where I have stood somewhere stunning and very grand in nature and thought and definitely heard others say “How small we are and how vast the planet and mother nature is” Whilst physically this may seem true, I agree with you Esther, mother nature and our environment is there to remind us of how grand we are, and really that we are in fact more.

  37. Appreciating ourselves and what we truly bring is just as important as appreciating another or nature. I can appreciate how much this has changed for me. I used to many many times be in absolute awe of nature, especially trees and landscapes, be in awe that it was far grander than me however now I feel equal to this but can absolutely still appreciate it (nature). With regards to this ‘but that the planet we live on is in the grandness of the universe’: I saw a video the other day of other planets in the galaxy, the milky way (why is it called the milky?) and well the galaxy .. only a small part of it. Gosh does it bring it back to reality that we are just a small cog in a very big wheel.

  38. We are a part of the all and that comes with responsibility, a responsibility that, by the looks of it, most of humanity hasn’t acknowledged yet. And fervour and mission-driven pursuits are not the answer here either, just to make that clear.

  39. It is so true that we think we can act apart from the natural order and cycles of nature without having an impact on ourselves and life.

  40. “I have always stood in awe, appreciating what a beautiful planet we are living on BUT, and this is a big but, I didn’t ever appreciate myself in it, or what I bring to the world” – Esther i love the fact that your observance of the grandness of nature and its ways has brought out via reflection such attention towards the grandness in you and what you offer. And how we as a human being are inextricably part of the all that makes the one planet.

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