A True Relationship with Nature

Even though I grew up as a city girl, from a young age there was always an intimacy I felt with nature. Nature was not something that was needed, but every time I connected with it, I felt a return to myself that was pure, simple and very lovely. Most of my adult years have been spent in a concrete jungle. When life became intense, nature was a place where I would go walking and ponder. It was a reminder of the spaciousness that I felt within, so I could simply relax and be myself. A few years ago, due to not wanting to face some deep hurts, I threw myself into a journey of  soul-searching, though ironically I did not turn to my soul, but instead looked outside of myself. Nature became my focus and where my answers were sought. I had a need within me to be protected, to be confirmed, to be blessed and to be met by nature – and therefore nature became something much grander than myself. Instantly, the equality with nature I felt as a child vanished. When I looked outside to nature for my answers, I was constantly reconfirming the belief that I don’t know: not only did that feel untrue, it left me feeling disempowered. As a result of feeling disempowered, recognition was constantly needed, thinking it would bring me closer to the power that we are.

This power was simply a feeling within myself of interconnectedness with everything; something that I could always feel strongly inside but hadn’t yet truly brought forth. I chose to believe there is recognition when we are ‘chosen’ by nature, and being bitten by a venomous snake whilst pregnant was my proof that I held a place in nature. It was believed in certain shamanic traditions that it is the living through natural disasters that actually gives one proof of having a place in nature – for example, some shamans are ‘chosen’ when they have been struck by lightning and lived.

However, being bitten by a snake did not allow me to feel once that I was powerful, in-truth it only left me feeling extremely powerless. Even though I could feel my choice of seeking recognition so as to not feel the discomfort of choosing and living this way, I continued to ignore my feelings and to remain arrogant until the traumas in my life forced me to stop and wake up. Nature had become this grandiosity that was much greater than me and was supposed to protect me. I had to look up to it – after all, I sang to the moon on full moon nights and danced to every rising sun. Despite this, I always felt lesser in comparison with it. There was almost a comfort felt in labelling nature as something so immensely grandiose that I had no power over, because then I would not have to take responsibility for a lot of things. When natural disasters happened, they were something that just happened without my control, and when something happened personally in my life, it was nature that I consulted before I reflected on self-responsibility. But how was the comfort of remaining in arrogance and ignorance truly assisting me? I looked for signs everywhere in nature – mountains became masters that I would speak with and wait for replies; leaves and lakes were ‘read’ – but this was mostly done with an expectation of what I would like to hear, and therefore the answers were not true.

Ignoring my feelings kept me locked up in the unknowingness of what is true. It was never really my responsibility but someone else’s, or the universe’s unfathomable ways that were incomprehensible to someone like myself. How I chose to live was constantly re-confirming the belief that I had no power in understanding what was going on around me.

What eventually changed for me was the realisation that the harmony I know within myself and that I see reflected constantly in nature, is not what I am feeling or seeing in daily life. For example, in the breathtaking presence of nature and in traditions that honor nature, human relations can still exhibit cruelty; allowing myself to truly feel this realisation was more painful than any drama that had happened. I could no longer carry on life this way. In essence, I stopped, or more accurately, my body forced me to stop looking everywhere outside for my answers. In the fragile state that my body was in, I literally had to stop and take stock of what had been going on in my life, and in my body.

What I then felt was that I was living in a constantly anxious state of wanting and seeking answers, so I chose to not perpetuate this disharmony anymore by taking back the responsibility for my life. I was inspired by Serge Benhayon presenting in a Universal Medicine retreat in 2013 to return to self-responsibility and commitment to life and gradually I began to feel a pervading harmony that simply came from within.

Nature has never stopped reflecting to me its sheer beauty, harmony and a love that is true. I have never stopped feeling this, with the knowing that what I am seeing is a reflection of what I know I am within. This was deeply felt when the need to look outside for answers and recognition was dropped.

I still love to look at and photograph the skies and clouds, but now every time I am touched by a beauty so deep there is an appreciation for nature in confirming the equal beauty and power that is simply the essence of us all. When the shutter is pressed I am taking a picture that is in confirmation of a true relationship with nature. We are so truly glorious that the skies cannot but reflect that back to us—when lived, we are the blessing that we see.

By Adele Leung, Image Director, Hong Kong

Further Reading:
The Magic of Nature the Magic of God and Me

600 thoughts on “A True Relationship with Nature

  1. What I’ve come to is that by putting anything or anyone over and above my connection with my own grandness simply highlights the relationship I have with lack of self-worth and where I might be investing in it to keep myself small.

  2. “As a result of feeling disempowered, recognition was constantly needed, thinking it would bring me closer to the power that we are. This power was simply a feeling within myself of interconnectednes.” This is revealing wisdom.

  3. I agree with the article and can add that we still have a division between these two worlds, us and nature. It’s not this is not true in some senses but what I can see is that we see nature happening and marvel and appreciate what is there and at times turn away from other parts. We can bring this back and appreciate that what we see is a part of us and we can see our part in nature but I am sure nature doesn’t look at us through the same eyes. They don’t see a separation of two they just see what is there, what’s needed in respect to everything. We are still seeing us and nature or us and this or that. We think we are something and everything else revolves around us in a way and as we know on a greater level it is us that goes around the sun for example. We are only part of the picture and I know we are starting to see that but it’s a continual unfolding until there is a point, like nature does, we just see everything and don’t divide things up.

  4. There is something about nature, that if you surrender deeply enough to, will always spark in you a deep knowing, a deep connection that goes beyond what you see. In that connection is divinity, and yet, it is only the merest speck of what actually truly resides within.

  5. “We are so truly glorious that the skies cannot but reflect that back to us—when lived, we are the blessing that we see” I love this Adele but must admit a slight tinge of sadness when I read this as for thousands of years most of us have lived much less then this. To forget who one truly is has been the plight of humanity since day one.

  6. Empowering to bring back your relationship with nature as equal and not handing over your power to it which leaves you less.

  7. Nature is great at confirming how grand we are, how can we not look at the amazing detail of a flower, or the wonder of a rainbow or the vastness of the night sky and not feel we are part of something magnificent?

    1. Very true Meg. Every piece of nature be it leaf, flower, drop of rain, bird song or animal trait, exists as a powerful reflection that supports us to return to the love we innately are but have walked away from, until such a time that we can stand once more in the Kingdom of our hearts and know that no terrain is greater than this majesty.

  8. When we go to nature to give us something that we are not giving ourselves then this imposes on nature…. multiply that by billions of humans and nature gets a beating everyday, no wonder she needs to cough and splutter to rid herself of what’s been imposed. Just notice the difference in people when it’s a sunny day or a rainy day.

  9. This is a gorgeous blog Adele! I love your sharing “we are so glorious that the skies cannot but reflect that back to us- when lived, we are the blessing that we see”. I too love Nature.

  10. So gorgeous Adele, claiming back the sheer beauty we are, by seeing natures reflection as a confirmation our what lies with in us all.

  11. Nature’s reflection offers us much to explore and to confirm within our own living ways and shows that our amazingness is grand. The honesty found in everything in nature is much for us to learn and explore, whether it be a gentle butterfly flying by or the harshness and destruction of a storm, the raw and open ways that nature shares, reveals a lot and asks us to look within from what it outwardly and openly communicates to grow and ignite our heart’s connection, to the beating heart of the living natural world.

  12. What is interesting to note here is how our connection to nature is often a reflection of ourselves and the willingness to keep things simple. Appreciating the wonder and simplicity that is on offer – yet not taking stock of the same quality we have within.

  13. The thing is, and what you describe here, that we do not play our part in the whole of the universe but think that we can do as we like and thus do not honour our innate yearning to surrender to the universal pulse and flow.

  14. It’s fascinating to see just how astray our minds and spirits can lead us… far away from the simple truth of the soul.

  15. I love this beautiful sharing Adele. Nature has so much to offer us if we allow it, To me nature is sitting in my garden watching the myriad of birds coming going and butterflies . To see the beauty in a flower, a bee or lizard makes my day. A great way to confirm all is right with the world in this moment.

  16. Giving nature, or another a place above us leaves us forever less than. For our soul, this is impossible, as it knows that our essence and that of nature’s is the same.

  17. “but this was mostly done with an expectation of what I would like to hear, and therefore the answers were not true.”

    Ouch….I know this one! And how many times have I done it….asked a question, only really wanting the person (or myself) to say what I want to hear, and then not really listening to the answer if it was not what I wanted to hear. Awesome one to be aware of, and then catch it, and look at why you were avoiding the truth.

  18. When we give our power away to something outside of us, we miss the reflection of our grandness that’s on offer.

  19. ‘We are so truly glorious that the skies cannot but reflect that back to us—when lived, we are the blessing that we see.’ I love that sentence. I will remember that when I look at the amazing skies when walking. It is breath taking. And we in our true essence are that too. I got a glimpse of that and it is pretty awesome. It is just for us to stop the game we play as spirits and go back to live from our soul.

  20. Connecting the dots, and with the help of your blog, its easy for me to see that, even if we don’t connect to it all the time, the beauty and harmony we feel in nature and others, is only possible because we know that beauty and harmony within ourselves first.

  21. Anything that we shift responsibility for or give our power away to means we are living from something outside of us – we are choosing to separate from who we are. Thank you Adele for deepening our awareness of how this can appear and how it can happen. Going inward and making our choices from the heart is our responsibility and something to be constantly reflecting on in all of our movements.

  22. Beautiful, nature certainly helps to confirm how glorious we are, ‘I still love to look at and photograph the skies and clouds, but now every time I am touched by a beauty so deep there is an appreciation for nature in confirming the equal beauty and power that is simply the essence of us all.’

  23. Understanding that nature is divinely created and hence can support us to reconnect to that aspect of our being was not hard to relate to, it certainly had always been a great source of wonder to me. In becoming reacquainted with my own essence, my Soul and all of what I have felt and experienced in that connection, I can now relate to the fact that there is nothing grander than this, not even the wonders of nature. I no longer seek out nature to restore myself, but simply go within and connect.

  24. I could have written this blog Adele! Relatable on every level, I gave power to nature over and above myself thinking it was superior rather than a reflection of ONLY an aspect of divinity. I can appreciate nature knowing that it’s beautiful in form but I am formlessness.

  25. Most if not all of us have or have had our own version of what you describe Adele – whether it’s nature, alcohol, emotions, religion, work…..the list is endless. They may seem like life-rafts at the time – keeping us afloat in a sea of complication and confusion, of abuse and irresponsibility at every turn, so it is understandable that we can give them huge power and feel less in their shadow. Once we choose responsibility however, we can see them for the prisons they really were.

  26. “When life became intense, nature was a place where I would go walking and ponder. It was a reminder of the spaciousness that I felt within, so I could simply relax and be myself”. This is how nature has always been and will always be for me. The only difference now is that since studying with Universal Medicine l have a clearer understanding of what nature actually is reflecting back to me. Nature reflects back to me the magnificence and gloriousness of me, a son of God. When l experience nature it’s really a reflection of my own essence within, so now l become one with Nature and do not lose myself or check out within it.

  27. “I was inspired by Serge Benhayon presenting in a Universal Medicine retreat in 2013 to return to self-responsibility and commitment to life and gradually I began to feel a pervading harmony that simply came from within.” I can truly relate to this place in life. This is my next step also and I came to this step in the work of uncovering the true power within. It takes responsibility and commitment to life.

  28. “when lived, we are the blessing that we see.” Its true. I see symbols of love hearts everywhere more than I ever have. This didn’t use to be the case – it was negative objects usually skulls. I was in adoration to the change it was a celebration. It was not a distinct one day change but you can say I certainly felt it and am moved by it every-time I clock it. It’s beauty in constellation to say this is the magic of God in living from your Heart.

  29. This is so true and something I am appreciating that I am a part of this amazing divine nature not an observer of life.

  30. “every time I am touched by a beauty so deep there is an appreciation for nature in confirming the equal beauty and power that is simply the essence of us all.” Nature in its grandness is not above us in the glory that we are as divine sons of God, it holds for us so many moments of reflection and confirmation in its beauty and harmony.

  31. The blessing of nature is a blessing of the relationship we have with our bodies. For without it life would need some mechanism outside of us to balance us. The fact we ‘look’ outside of us to nature is a confirmation why we need it.

  32. When we live in disconnection to who we truly are, nature can help us reconnect to all that is divinely created and from here know and feel once again the absolute majesty we are from that lives beyond this and within us.

  33. We are so conditioned to fight for approval and acceptance, trained in competition from young, that to begin to consider we are as grand as nature, can be a stretch for our conditioned mind. But it is simply a fact that our bodies know to be true. How important is it then to allow our bodies to be the marker of our wisdom. As never did my mind allow me to feel my grandness, yet in my body it is not a thought, but a truth.

    1. “As never did my mind allow me to feel my grandness, yet in my body it is not a thought, but a truth.” I love this sentence Leigh, it states a simple truth.

  34. Nothing how we have made the world is telling us how grand we are and yet we are by the simple fact that we are part of the grandness of this universe. And this grandness holds a humbleness as it knows that each part contributes to its grandness in the first place and thus it knows the importance of each part abiding to the laws and rhythms of the whole.

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