An unexpected mild sunny day in the last throes of winter has raised the spirits of many -young and old alike. People flocked to the countryside and the beaches, and bright sunlit faces were much in evidence. The young in shorts and tank tops sprawled on the ground intent on starting a summer tan, children on beaches making sand castles, and the brave swimming in the sea! Selfies on phones, picnics in progress, and no worries for the morrow. The government propaganda machine still whirled away pasting its keep safe messages in the Sunday papers and news bulletins, but from what I could see no one was taking a blind bit of notice.
It’s amazing what a little sun will do. Nature is a great healer. When the sun is out it’s not just a welcome dose of vitamin D, it’s a power of creation and our instinctual reaction will, without regard to our questioning thoughts, take on a more agreeable state of mind.
In last week’s post ‘Self Discovery -the path to Freedom’ I wrote about how lockdowns have damaged and weakened our ‘bubble’ environments -the threat to our well-being; immune systems compromised, and how defensive attitudes of mind affect our health generally. Traits and behaviours develop as like attract like experiences -our identity is developed by the environments we create within from the environments we associate from without. At birth we trust our instinctual nature -we allow it to guide and protect. As we grow to adulthood we ‘put away childish things and see in a mirror darkly.’
The child within never dies -it is silenced by the rational mind.
In our modern technological world children often grow up too quickly, and by so doing lose the well springs of their born nature. Very young children -from a child in arms right through into their pre-teenage years benefit from being taken to nature areas frequently as they have an instinctual understanding of natural environments. This ‘education’ ensures the instinctual mind can remain active and positively influence the development of the rational mind. The energetic expression of children is naturally give and take -they not only ‘burn’ -give out strongly, they also draw energy from their environments. Often, in pre-school children, that can be from their loving mothers -and what mother has not fallen asleep with a child on their lap, only to be awakened by the resumption of the child’s activity?
If the child’s living environment is restricted -they don’t get out and about, they will quickly deplete it.
The draw of energy ceases to stimulate, brothers and sisters will quarrel, they can become unruly -and the needful pattern of activity of give and take is disrupted. This leads to the child drawing upon its subtle energy body -what we term sometimes as our second breath. This is damaging to the child’s growth. If you add to that the character of activity which often takes place in restricted environments, like the stimulus of game applications and fantasy entertainment on phones and TV’s, the child takes on mental attitudes it has yet to learn how to control. Sleep can be disrupted and its natural healing power weakened. Creative activities which draw upon inner resources should be included to their developing life, this will give them cause to enjoy the connection that only the soul-born nature can give, and positively stimulate the given and take nature of their energy bodies.
As children become youths continued interaction with Nature will help them express and balance the emotional mind better, it also educates by constantly reminding them that life is cyclical; birth and death is a fact of daily life -consciousness should develop with their born awareness tutored by experience of the natural world.
The ego should not develop inwardly-tuned, if it does it will develop insensitive uncaring attitudes towards others.
Adults can rebirth the child within by accepting the instinctual urge is the causal power within whenever we experience the desire to break the pattern of our daily lives, without ‘good’ reason. Often this can be felt when the natural world attracts us -as it does most fulsomely when the sun is shining. Weather of course is forever changing and some days it’s so forbidding we won’t want to leave home -we can’t rely on the frequency of sun bright days, so we must seek the stimulus we need by acknowledging the simple fact that our personal ‘bubble’ of energy moves and activates change when we share it with ‘foreign environments’. Sharing is mostly seen as a people thing, but this doesn’t always help release the child within -too often these are confessional sessions, which whilst they have a relieving effect don’t bring about a renewal of energy.
The only way to release and stimulate the child within is to share yourself with nature.
And so it was on Sunday last walking by the sea, I along with hundreds of others observed a man, naked as the day he was born, walking the beach, entirely unselfconscious with a smile on his face. He paused only once to share a few words with a mother and child -the child playing naked in the sand. Nobody rushed up to him with words of reproof -instead most people smiled -some laughed. I daresay some were thinking he had a screw loose -and maybe, just maybe ….
some could feel an unaccustomed urge to give rein to the child within.
In times such as these if you can restore your born nature and expand consciousness to reunite with its soul-born nature you can positively influence and help the lives of those you love.
As I’ve been talking about the child within, rediscovering the Self through nature. the poem I’ve written today is a reflection on what Nature gives.
Apples are seeds
Where do apples grow, when having hung
their time, leave the bough and mate
with earth their heady juices?
Will the tree’s creation pure
of thinking out its life,
leach away the sun born fragrance
in the dust bowl of dying summer
for no better end than having been
portrayed of life?
Or may I sense with keener eye
having end gives proof.
The apple grows and loses shape
and may never multiply, yet cannot die
for spring may find a rose in bloom
where once there was an apple fair.