Nature as the Artistry of God
Noted biologist Edward O. Wilson, describes a certain, wondrous feeling as the Ionian Enchantment. This intriguing concept is based on the work of Thales of Miletus, whom Aristotle credited as laying the foundation of the physical sciences in sixth century BCE Ionia.
“Why Does E=mc2? (and why should we care?)” is a remarkably accessible book by Brian Cox, a particle physicist and Jeff Forshaw, a theoretical physicist. As they explain the Ionian Enchantment, “This poetic term describes the belief that the complexity of the world can be explained by a small number of simple natural laws because at its heart it is orderly and simple.”
The more time I spend studying the laws of nature with Bob Proctor, and employ this understanding to leverage, attract and create the life I desire, the more fully I embrace this concept. Subsequently it has inspired me to learn more about the workings and structure of our universe. As a photographer I love spending time outdoors walking, observing, listening and learning. Living on top of this mesa, on our 50 acres of untamed and previously uninhabited land, my sense of wonder has deepened and expanded. This property borders an Indian pueblo, and there are signs of earlier visitors, but no structures of any kind existed here.
From my first visit to New Mexico I understood why it is called, “The Land of Enchantment,” and I can certainly see why a concept that detects and acknowledges the beauty, design and simplicity of nature would be called the Ionian Enchantment. There is a sense of recognition within the observable, and a discernible harmony within the unity. We can recognize patterns throughout nature and see certain qualities, designs and attributes repeated over and over. You and I have two eyes, so do my dogs, the hummingbirds, wolves and lizards I photograph.
As a theologian, everywhere I look I see a graceful and intricate creative power at work. When finding deep meanings, intelligent, orderly designs, and connections I often exclaim, what are the chances?
In a world where many attribute design to chance, I was delighted with some statistics I just read in a book by Andy Andrews: "In a path of perfection that has existed since the second day, your Earth revolves 366 times during one orbit of the sun. Earth is exactly 366 percent larger than your moon. Conversely, your moon takes 27.32 days to orbit the Earth and is exactly 27.32 percent of the Earth's size. Your moon is 400 times closer to Earth than it is to your sun and exactly 400 times smaller than the sun. As the moon turns, the speed of the lunar equator, by the way, is precisely 400 kilometers per hour." Then he asks his main character, "What are the chances of that?"
I have also become much more aware of weather, and love to identify different types of clouds; and watch weather systems come and pass. We have 360 degree views and within our endless vistas there are five different mountain ranges. Relationships between objects, the ways of creation, and the various dimensions have taken on deeper meaning. Space, time, mass, energy used to be just words. Now they have a fresh, relevant fullness that quickens my spirit. Energy and vibration now have a central place in my thinking. When I first heard Bob Proctor tell us that thoughts are things, and that we have the power to choose our thoughts I wasn't skeptical, I was curious about how one can actually do that in the face of so many external influences, and all manner of distractions. Now, based on personal experiments and experience, I know this to be true. Not easy, but true. We do have the power to choose our thoughts; our thoughts determine our feelings; our feelings determine our actions; and our actions determine our results – in life, our relationships, and our work. As Bob Proctor says, "If you want to change your results, change your thoughts."
The creative design and artistry that surrounds us continues to dazzle me and everything I learn serves to deepen my gratitude and sense of wonder. I invite you to take a moment. Place yourself in nature. Listen. Look up. And find there the artistry which reflects created order and simplicity. Aristotle wrote, “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” I wholeheartedly agree. Do you?
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