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East Meets West

There is a debate among philosophers regarding our relationship with nature. Some believe that we imitate nature and others believe that nature imitates us. There are those who say that animals have a lower base level of consciousness and they can’t distinguish right from wrong. Thus they have no compunction about killing things for their survival. Those who are bit more esoteric believe that nature is a reflection of our consciousness and that mankind is fearful and consequently aggressive and inherently violent. Nature, they say, simply reflects our inner nature and is cruel and unyielding.

I have no answer to this debate but I do agree that like nature, specifically like the wave, that there are many vicissitudes in life. The concept of biorhythms supports this theory. Our life ebbs and flows. Some days we are brimming with energy and ready to conquer the world. On other days we are lethargic and need to rest and recover before going forward. Are these simply states of mind or are we like all other energy in the universe and part of a rhythmic cosmic play.

Energy is the key. Scientists spend most of their adult lives attempting to define the source of energy, the nature of energy and how to control it for the good of the world. Esoteric scientists have told us for ages that once we understand electromagnetic energy we will understand the nature of this force that we call God – the underlying energy force that is responsible for the universe.

The school of thought that says nature is a reflection of us also believes that just about every invention is a reflection of us. The computer is a replica of our brains, electricity is a replica of our nervous system etc.… I recently received a shot to one of the nerves in a tooth to prepare for a root canal. The doctor injected the Novocain right on a nerve. I felt an electric shock through my entire mouth. It felt like I had touched a live wire. The electricity exploded in my mouth. I had read about our nervous system and the electrical impulses that helped make it work, but I never realized that it really is just like the electricity that runs through our homes and offices.

Anyway, I digress. Whether we mimic nature or nature mimics us, we are all subject to ebbs and flow of energy. We all seek ways to access energy, to conserve energy and to harness it for our benefit. We should also strive to have a better understanding of energy and how it works. Is it a pulse or a wave and do things come to us in life as pulses or waves. I believe that things do come in waves or cycles and that we need an awareness of our own cycles to better master our circumstances. We need to understand when our wave is cresting and when it is ebbing. Some of us have developed such a mastery that we can command and control those waves. We are fascinated by athletes who seem to summon strength and courage and performs feats that leave us breathless. We see superior minds catch the wave and bring great things to the forefront for the aid of mankind. We also see that on some days, a pitcher just does not have good stuff and is knocked out of a game in the early innings.

For some, these ups and downs appear to be random and a cause for concern. However, my view is that if we understand the nature of energy and know that it comes in waves or as a pulse or appears and disappears like the quantum physicists are learning then we are better prepared for the vicissitudes of life. The one constant is the universal force within. If we focus upon that force which westerners call God and easterners call pure loving energy, then we will be one with the wave. We will be the Silver Surfer who can ride the wave all the way to the shore understanding each undulation and treating each with aplomb. My goal is to surf through each up and down and to arrive at the shore waiting for me at the end of this physical existence – dripping wet with experience.

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