Nature Is Enough – A Stream of Consciousness Essay

Cup & Saucer Trail, Manitoulin, Ontario, Canada. By Rua Lupa

When I’ve analyzed my own experiences, I’ve found that they are seen the way they are because I’ve framed them that way in my mind. When I remove my preconceptions of what I’d like Nature to be, what I find is that Nature is indifferent and impersonal, and I like that.

It means I’m under my own will and direction in how I conduct my life. I’ve found freedom in decision making without the underpinnings of the supernatural. I don’t need to have the supernatural to find meaning and fulfillment. Nature does that for me. Because of its impersonal indifference I can find real meaning in my life. See the real impacts myself and all those around me in our ecosystem have. Real tangible influence that can make or break our existence. Such frail, impermanent existence. And I’m not afraid of that.

I relish what little time I do have and set about flicking the lines of our interconnections to find which ones I should mend or heave apart. Establishing a web of life about myself that will percolate into generations to come.

May my struggles lessen the struggles of those beyond my time. May my brief existence not be remembered by my name, but by my deeds.

I don’t care for fame or love of the populace. I do care about ensuring a brighter future for earthly life. And I say earthly because we are inseparable from other life forms. As much as we often like to think we’re individuals.

The deeper we look into our linkages with the rest of Nature, the more we find that we are not what we think. We are not created by a being greater than the cosmos, but were formed through the convoluted spasms of the cosmos. We are not greater than animals, but are ourselves animals that share our humble single celled organism beginnings with other lifeforms of this planet. We are not even one organism, but a multitude of organisms, without which we would surely perish.

Looking so deeply into Nature can be frightening to our sense of being, but it can also be exhilarating. Sure we may be a conglomerate of organisms that burps its way along in life. But we are deeply connected to everything around us. You can’t sneeze or fart without having influenced some other lifeform, beyond your possibly perturbed human comrades. Even with such often detested mannerisms you are the cosmos expressing itself. As are we all. We may not be as much an entity as we may like to think, but we are no less because of it. I’d argue we are much greater for it.

Life is never just our lives, but the lives of the great many. Sieving through one another, changing one another, just by existing. We often see the land itself as something inert and impassive. Yet all terrestrial plants exist through it, and we exist through the plants and the animals that do too. Without the land, we would be without ourselves. With the land we are here. So we’re not separate from the land. We are very much of the land. So when we speak, it is the land that speaks also. All creatures singing the land’s song. Aren’t we a jolly bunch. Yet our time to sing is short.

Life continues to flitter by along a chain of generations. Some chains are weakened through chance, others through choices. Our human chain has been built strong through choices. But another way a chain weakens is through cutting other chains from connecting to it. That is how our chain is weakening. It lacks the support from the ecological community. My hope is to pull those connections together again and draw on more connections – is it worth it? I think there is more to lose if we don’t try. Its worth fighting for life. Otherwise what’s the point? We exist to exist. We are because we are. When we pass on, what makes up ourselves continues on into cosmos becoming other things, just like how other things that lived before us became other things including ourselves. Its good to encourage that shifting of existence from dead to living and so on cycling through again and again and ever more. So we’re part of death even from the very beginning of life. Even our solar system is formed from the remnants of a previous dead star. We’re all interconnected, and there isn’t even a way out of it in death.

Nature is marvelous. And its all I ever needed.

About Rua Lupa

Permaculture Designer, Wildlife Technician Alumna, Founder of Ehoah, Saegoah, Naturalist (Both in studying Natural History & Naturalism), Bioregionalist, and Citizen of Earth.

  • http://www.thecuspway.com Eric Rasbold

    Well said. My advice is to keep looking. It never gets old. It never gets boring. Feel it, breathe it in. We are everywhere.

  • Linda_LaScola

    sounds good to me. I hope you hear from people for whom nature is not enough — would like to hear their arguments.

    • http://ehoah.weebly.com/ Rua Lupa

      One of the nice things about the Pagan Community is that there is a lot of diversity of beliefs and acceptance of that diverse outlook. I am sure there are a lot of people who would disagree with what I’ve presented – mostly because of personal experiences that, for them, confirms otherwise. I personally question my experiences because it is so easy to convince yourself of things – audio and optical illusions are a great example of this. Even so, there is little interest in determining who is right or wrong and more interest in understanding where each other is coming from and finding common ground in making positive change for everyone.

      I may not personally describe myself as Pagan, because it encompasses so much that it can be confusing and misleading to where I am actually coming from, that I prefer to a more specific self descriptor to convey better understanding. So no, I personally don’t believe in the existence of magic or the supernatural. But because of my deep involvement in Nature-based practices I happen to fall under the Pagan Umbrella. There may even be some others who may share a very similar worldview to me, but personally prefer to use metaphor and use supernatural terms in a way that makes sense to them. Sure, there are things that can be disagreed about in taking such an approach, but that is really up to that person to determine what is right for themselves. All I can do is present what makes sense to me and it may makes sense to others too. That is how I came to have the perspectives I do – thanks to others who shared their perspectives to better understand each other.

  • Sarah Sadie

    >>”When I’ve analyzed my own experiences, I’ve found that they are seen the way they are because I’ve framed them that way in my mind. When I remove my preconceptions of what I’d like Nature to be, what I find is that Nature is indifferent and impersonal, and I like that.” <<– And there's your current framework, current conception. I agree it's good to come up against the non-humanness (or more-than-humanness) of the world. Like a chafe against the skin, demanding, What will we do with this one wild life?

    • http://ehoah.weebly.com/ Rua Lupa

      “”When I’ve analyzed my own experiences, I’ve found that they are
      seen the way they are because I’ve framed them that way in my mind.
      When I remove my preconceptions of what I’d like Nature to be, what I
      find is that Nature is indifferent and impersonal, and I like that.”
      <<– And there's your current framework, current conception."

      Yup. We are all seeing through one lens or another. But we change lenses, alter the lens, and remove the images we've placed on it that blocks a clear view. It is difficult to have an unbiased view of things – free from the influence of others an our own imaginings. That is why science is such a valuable tool. Because it helps us perceive the world more clearly.


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