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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818 thoughts on “Nature – Life – Responsibility

  1. Life isn’t just about our species, life is about everything that exists in this world but also the universe. Everything whether visible or not plays a role in life but has a responsibility to life and is needed. Without bees, there would be no flowers or honey, they have a purpose and commitment to life just as much as any other animal on this planet – all have a purpose and responsibility, including humans beings.

  2. The state of the natural world and our abuse of it are a direct reflection and consequence of ourselves and our abuse of each other.

    1. I very much agree with you. We search high and far for answers but we do not take the ones that are right around and in front of us. Only if we turn towards our self and bring love into our own life will we bring this automatically to everything around us.

  3. Nature is there to support us in our evolution: it reflects so many qualities that humanity still has to master, things like brotherhood, where humanity is still struggling big time, is a quality lived beautifully by for example the bees. Looking at nature, should make us very very humble.

  4. So true, we do not take responsibility for the planet we are living on, we just need to look at the damage plastics are doing to the fish in the sea and nature in general or the rubbish that is washed up on our beaches or the amount of forests that are being chopped down with no consideration for the wild life that live there or the over fishing or all the oil spills that happen in the oceans, or how we are destroying the ecosystems that marine plants and animals need to survive. These include clearing mangrove forests for shrimp production and scraping entire ecosystems off seamounts, or underwater mountain ranges, through deep-sea trawling. These are just a few examples.

  5. We live in a planet that shows us in every possible way that we have to better learn the relationship between self and the all. Although nothing may be able to take away what we have to go through as individuals because of our previous choices, it is not about us.

  6. The opening line sums up the entire conundrum when it comes to looking after this planet. Nature is but a mere reflection of what happens in humanity. We like to try to fix nature because we do not like what it reflects back to us in that it shows us how horrid and abusive we are to it. But in truth the answer to the entire biodiversity and nature crisis on this planet right now is to do with us and how we are as a global race of beings.

  7. Very right you are Esther. Nature offers the reflection how everything works together and nothing and no creature operates on its own, but we, as a humanity consistently and stubbornly don’t want to see that.

  8. What a beautiful reminder:
    “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.”
    Hear hear, this is very true.

  9. Our bodies are nature and can tell us everything we need to know in order to live in harmony with natue. Now that is worth appreciating.

  10. Nature is there to support us via reflection and symbolism; being an admirer creates distance and misses the point.

  11. A growing awareness that we are all part of the Universe and that our every move, word and thought has an effect on humanity and the Universe calls for an ever deepening commitment to truth and responsibility for ourselves and each other.

  12. We don’t often enough consider that we are intrinsically interconnected not only with nature and the universe, but equally so with everyone and God. As with this awareness we realise that we in fact have access to great power and universality, with which every move we make impacts greatly the world we walk in. So when we stand in awe of nature it would serve us well to appreciate that this is a reflection of the magnificence and power we innately are within.

  13. Living with he detachment and separation as an individual, we separate from the truth of the Oneness we are from and intrinsically part of.
    “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”.

  14. We turn to the Internet, phones and technology to provide us with the ‘answers’ to life’s problems, but sometimes a walk outside is all we need to do to get a different perspective on the issue at hand, and connect to the bigger picture!

  15. It is so easy to feel so small and insignificant when we consider the immenseness of the Universe and the magnificence of nature but coming to understand that we, in our own uniqueness, are just as an integral part of the all as a star, a beautiful flower or a delicate bud returns us to our true place in this world.

  16. It is so true we separate ourselves from nature as if we are not an integral part of the all and the natural order and rhythm of life and the universe.

  17. “My every choice either contributes to, or diminishes, the all that we belong to.” With this realisation, we are able to start building a greater awareness and understanding of our interconnectedness and relationship with the all and how the quality of our energy directs the quality of our choices, the impact and outcome of which has a ripple effect on everything in life, highlighting the importance of taking responsibility for ourselves.

    1. Yes, this sentence really struck me as well, it struck me because of the blatant difference between the way we approach life and the way nature works, we in our bubble and nature in harmony with the all it is part of. I see nature now as inspiration not something to stand from a distance and admire.

  18. “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” – agree Esther… I love those times when I’m feeling and breathing in the majesty of nature and at the same time can feel an appreciation within me, of me, of life itself. Nature is such a reminder to ourselves.

  19. Every choice and movement in life can contribute or retard life, hence the responsibility to live knowing that we are part of the all.

  20. Your last sentence speaks volumes and shows the imbalance we have in life, that we admire and enjoy nature but we don’t do this for ourselves, and until we are able to appreciate ourselves we will not truly understand the purpose of nature and what it has to offer us. Every part of nature offers us something that we can learn from but we use it for our own pleasure and gratification and then wonder why we have disasters throughout the world that are needed to re-balance the abuse we constantly put on mother earth.

  21. ‘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.’ Great reminder that we are all part of the whole, and each one of us has a responsibility to the whole, and when we play as individuals we are in fact segregating ourselves from the whole.

  22. The reflection of nature reminds us of our grander connection to the universe, yet when we lose our connection with ourselves and our inner knowing, we forget our part and our responsibility in the bigger picture of life.

  23. True Esther, when we don’t appreciate ourselves and feel the grandness we are equally made of, we separate ourselves, make ourselves smaller and even start playing the victim. Nature can make us aware of the beauty we all are and the responsibility we have to work together and feel the joy of being in connection with the all.

  24. How very different life in this world would be if each and every one of us was raised to know that “every choice either contributes to, or diminishes, the all that we belong to.” When I first came to understand this in full the feeling of responsibility was almost overwhelming, but there was a part of me that reminded me gently that in truth, I already knew this in every particle of my being. Yes, it is great that I knew it but I hadn’t been living it. Today all that has changed, this responsibility no longer scares me, it is actually a joy.

  25. We do tend to stand in awe of natures beauty but do not see our place in that grandness or that we are equal to that beauty. If we did, we would be in awe of how the body works, what it does for us and how it communicates to us constantly.

  26. “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.” – This sentence alone is enough for me and all of us to be inspired to appreciate our equality with Nature and the rest of the Universe as big players who’s every action ripples out and effects the All. I have found that as long as I don’t take on the responsibility of others but simply focus on being me with self-loving and nurturing behaviours, this has a huge impact on everyone I am in contact with and beyond.

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