The Natural World our Guide
The Natural World our Guide
By Tony DeLorger © 2011
The foreboding silence is broken by intermittent gusts of wind; in a flurry of movement branches sway, leaves rustling frantically sound like the clatter of tiny hands clapping. Above, the gloom of darkened clouds encroaches, drawing in the world like a purse string, smaller, more intense. Nature’s brooding will pervades the landscape while creatures scurry to their hovels in anticipation, to safety.
As the gusts turn to wind and wind turns to gale, trees bend, their supple trunks surrendering to the natural world, while leaves on branches fine, stream outwardly like the windswept hair of a goddess. The gale is potent and rententless and the trees bend under the force like rubber, yet they do not break. In surrender they find comfort becoming part of the storm, not the victim of its will.
Rain, squeezed from the darkened sky, collects the earth in a rampage of sound, building in intensity to a deafening roar. Everything glistens as the water saturates and gathers forming rivulets then torrents searching for lower ground.
The sounds of trees creaking under the dynamic force is alarming, their mighty forms on the edge of disaster, so close to snapping but hanging on, bowing in homage to the mother. Lightning cracks above as if unable to hold it in a moment longer, and light flashes in the crescendo of sound, guttural and from the depths of vengeance. She stands above, her arms orchestrating the movements, the supreme conductor of the natural world, each wave of her hand her will below, enacted in perfect effect. The force of nature is impressive.
Our lives are plagued by storms, just as relentless and potentially devastating as nature’s will. We always have the choice whether to resist and fight or to bend and surrender to forces far greater than our own. In life bending is not defeat, simply understanding flexibility, the need to adjust our perspective and flow with change. Resistance is contentious and gives strength to the storm and therefore creates a victim mentality. Not accepting the challenges of live keep you down and ineffectual, your suffering a result of being the victim of change rather than the purveyor of it.
When we see a storm approaching we more often hide from it rather than face it and by doing so, resist what gifts it has to offer. Like the tree, we must surrender to its truth and accept it. The storm may batter us, but if we bend with it and accept change we receive the life-giving water to sustain us and allow us to grow. Every storm has a gift, a lesson of learning. In nature it is a process and all living things understand its purpose. It may look destructive but on the contrary, it is a process of renewal.
We as human beings tend to part ourselves from the natural world, but we are just as much a part as anything else on this earth. All the same rules apply. It may be a metaphor but in essence it is the truth, and we can learn from nature. It is our guide and how life ensues is plain to see if we wish to acknowledge it.