If truth is what you seek, walk for a day among the wilderness. You will soon realize that nature doesn’t lie. Nature is truth; creation in motion. Within a sphere of evolution, we ponder the questions and mystery of cycles that last for thousands of years, and some which have not ever been complete. In the cycles of nature we can find a paradox. Some cycles are similar but never the same and continuous; an everlasting succession of truth.
Today I walked for a few hours along a trail in a climax forest. The term “climax forest” is debatable among many schools of ecologists. One will say that a climax forest is the end result of a forest that has successfully endured several stages of progression. Others argue that the forest is always changing and in a never-ending succession, thus making a climax impossible.
Among the groves of eastern hemlock, sugar maple and beech, I found that no matter the human argument, what I find in nature is the archetype of life in motion. The plants grow, the plants get eaten, the plants die and then grow again from seeds and suckers. The biting fly cares little that he annoys you. The mosquito sees you as a food source. The snake will bite if disturbed, and the bobcat watches you all the while. This is the rhythm of life in full view. This rhythm as seen in nature mirrors the evolution of mind and spirit. We should be wise and listen to the song of nature.
Though once we knew of this natural kingdom, today we know little of it. Hundreds of plants were used to remedy ailments by simply making a tea from their roots and leaves. The maidenhair ferns could ease a cough or stop a headache. Hemlock bark when boiled and mashed is an astringent or poultice for wounds, this is but one among its hundred other uses. We once knew these secrets, but now nature keeps them.
I recommend that all who seek truth should spend time among the world that sustains us in a natural setting. In the sphere of evolution, we will not move forward by forgetting from where we came. We will not progress unless we live in harmony with our native brothers and sisters. A spiritual evolution requires a succession of harmony and respect for all creatures. The climax will only be attained through a sacred companionship with the natural world, and from respecting the continuous progression of life.