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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879 thoughts on “Nature – Life – Responsibility

  1. I love the reflection of the bees, just doing their job, and continue to do so, no comparison or jealousy knowing that they all have a part to play that is equally important to bring the whole, a strong commitment to what is true.

    1. Yes, a beautiful reflection to us all, that we all have a part to play, which means simply doing what needs to be done. A simple truth that we have learned to fight with all our might.

  2. When we think we are insignificant it is easy to abuse and disregard ourselves and the world and space around us. It is through appreciating our part in it all that we will much easier take responsibility for what we are actually putting out to the all.

  3. When you consider that society, in general, fosters individuality, most of us grow into a life where so much of the time it’s all about us. Therefore, it makes sense of why the world is in the chaotic state it is in, with “7 billion people” programmed to do their own thing working in totally disharmony to everyone else and with the cycles of nature and the universe. But return us to the one brotherhood that we were born to live and it wouldn’t take long before the disharmony is replaced by the harmonious living that is always waiting for us to say yes to it.

  4. I can feel how that unworthiness is a trigger point for the separation we perceive with everything that surrounds us and actually is holding us within. We might see the beauty and the grandness ‘out there’ yet stop ourselves with ‘but’.

  5. We can learn a lot from bees. We seem to have lost that dedication to work and generally feel drained by it. What I feel is missing is the sense of communal purpose that bees clearly have – working together for a common aim. When we only come to work to get paid or do not align with the values and purpose of the workplace we lose that incentive.

  6. The more we as a human race claim our part in the whole and truly appreciate this then we will start to see changes in the way we are treating each other, this planet and nature. There is no petition in the world that will make any difference or charity it has to come from us living it within ourselves first.

  7. Serge Benhayon has allowed me the space to appreciate my part in the world – how I fit into everything and how I am equal to all. It has provided a profound sense of purpose.

  8. I have had so much appreciation from others this week that I have found it overwhelming which just goes to show how much I do not appreciate myself. I am taking more care of myself and not pushing myself so much since these heartfelt messages have been coming my way. It shows how when we appreciate each other we can actually inspire each other to be more.

    1. Receiving appreciation from others can certainly expose if we are appreciating ourselves equally so, or not. In the past I know that I was not appreciating who I was and what I was bringing to the lives of others, as when their appreciation came my way, I often thought they must be talking about someone else. These days I deeply appreciate the appreciation and the difference in my body when I do, is massive.

  9. When we stand in separation to something, we can allow abuse to enter via many forms (destruction, judgement, physical and emotion abuse etc)…. When we are connected to it all, then it is much more difficult for abuse to enter.

  10. When we don’t appreciate ourselves and what we bring, and are feeling out of sorts, we often go to nature to bring us back to ourselves. But what if we took care of ourselves to start with so that we didn’t need rescuing or restoring by nature? How often do we consider our responsibility to look at what we’re reflecting back to nature: are we presenting a nurtured and nourished vehicle for the soul, or a vandalised one?

  11. I can resonate deeply with what you’ve written. The reverence I feel for nature cannot be ever separate with the respect and care I give to myself. Nature is a beautiful reflection but it is not separate from me. All that we see is a reflection of the Glory within us.

  12. Very true that when we take deep care of ourselves we feel more connected to ourselves and others, and more alive. To not take care of ourselves is to not care about how we are connecting with others and the wider world: taking care of one’s own body actually supports everyone else.

  13. Corruption is rife within society to the point that it is unfathomable the extent to which it runs. With this being the case how on earth are we going to truly honour nature for what it is and offers us unless we get our own species in true order to begin with?

  14. Appreciation for ourselves and our responsibility to be aware that every move we make has an effect on everyone else deepens our understanding of the immensity and wonder of the Universe.

  15. The fact that we can see nature and the stars and do not feel we are a part of that same awe and beauty shows how separated we have become from our soul and the all we are naturally a part of.

  16. To actually feel ourselves as belonging in nature begins to expose the arrogance of our behaviour thus far on earth and offers up the reflection from nature about hard work, responsibility and working together in accordance with what supports the whole.

  17. What a good call for us to realise our greater responsibility. “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.”

  18. I love coming back to this blog, to feel how blessed we are with nature offering us the reflection of the love we are coming from, it is not for us to use or misuse nature, not to make it more important than we are. Nature offers us a holding and asks us to step up in responsibility to become aware we are even grander as we come from the divine outside of this planet earth.

  19. It took me a number of years of coming to Universal Medicine courses for the penny to drop that I matter, I could not find a way to appreciate myself. I had been so hard on myself for so long believing that I was no good and playing along with this idea that to break this pattern seemed almost impossible. Until a dear friend and practitioner of Universal Medicine modalities gave me a white board marker and asked me to write just one thing that I appreciated. It took probably a painful 20 minutes for me to come up with one thing but eventually I did, then tentatively I came up with a second thing and a third until there was a flow of appreciation coming from ME. It was such a turning point for me because I went away from that session so delighted that I kept on writing more and more things I appreciated about myself. It’s probably one of the biggest shifts I’ve had as when we appreciate ourselves, we start to value ourselves, say no to abuse and we are able to appreciate what is around us. To live this way means our days are consistently pretty good without the ups and downs of being at the mercy of what the world tells us.

    1. Fiona thank you for sharing your story, it’s deeply touching. I started an appreciation diary a few years ago and it absolutely changed my life to write down things about myself, my qualities and nature, that I appreciated.

  20. So true that we often forget what magnificence we are all an equal part of until we are back in nature again. When we look up at the sky and stars, or at a flower coming into bloom, a new baby being born, there is no denying the awe and wonder of the whole universe – so why do we not consider ourselves and one another part of this everyday wonderment?

  21. Living with energetic responsibility allows us to see the bigger picture and the impact we are making with every choice we make, that is we either harm or heal – it’s that simple.

  22. ‘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.’ When we begin to value ourselves and see humanity as our family it changes everything.

    1. Yes, when we consider ourselves part of a greater whole we naturally consider all around us as our focus is less on the self and more on the all.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

    1. Yes the opening line really struck me as well. When nature is our reflection we can feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the reflection because it can be one that doesn’t fit our picture or convenience. Yet, nature is fluid, it is not stuck and if we engage fully with our responsibility we give space for nature to reflect without need to it to fit a picture of right, we can let nature lead and as a human race, step back into the humbleness and harmony that was once our living way.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

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

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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”.

  36. 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!

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. “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.

  40. “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.

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

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