It just keeps going. When it runs into an obstacle, it finds a way to grow around it, through it, beyond it, in spite of it. Nature knows no obstacles. All nature knows is perpetual growth, which is really the creative rearrangement of particles in an endless number of configurations.... everything that ever could be & will be already is. Nature holds the blueprint for all of life's potential expressions of Itself. To experience life as the dance of Creation, then, is simply to witness that which eternally is materialize into various expressions of form through our active engagement with the principles of nature within our own being. Truly, there is no greater gift.
For the principles of nature, an obstacle is nothing but a catalyst for growth. Nature always has the upperhand, because nature doesn't live in the same reality as defeat. Nature knows no competition, therefore it never loses. Nature is in harmony with Itself. It is whole. It has no enemies but that which goes against the principles of nature, & yet even in the face of these enemies, nature doesn't stop being nature. It is unmoved. That which goes against nature will naturally cease to exist in the presence of what is real.
We can learn a lot from observing the principles of nature because we, as human beings, are expressions of it. Part of the return to Love is remembering & re-embodying ourselves as natural expressions of this planetary realm & greater Universal cosmos, to know ourselves as one with nature not just in a feel-good moralistic concept but scientifically, down to our cells & the electromagnetic currents that sing through them. We are a living song.
Here, in central Minnesota, as the expression of nature shifts deeper & deeper into the cool blaze of autumn, I do not sense death as I may have in previous years. For me, death, as a concept, has died. That is, it has fallen away as something that is no longer applicable to my understanding of the mechanics of Creation. Life is all that is. Nature is all that is. And nature never stops.
Of course, I am well aware of the experience of the loss of life, or rather, the loss of a particular form of life. I am well acquainted with absence, & the grief that accompanies the devastation of loss. It is impossible, perhaps, to glimpse the true nature of life as eternal without coming face to face with the visceral experience of death, to experience the loss of everything we could ever fear to lose. So much of what keeps us from embodying our natural principles is the fear of death itself, & there is nothing that burns up fear more powerfully & efficiently than direct experience of that which we fear. Sometimes nature demands that we burn. To feel the pain in every cell. To return every cell to life.
Whatever we are attached to out of fear, we are also enslaved by. How can we return to living in harmony with the fluid waters of nature if we are attached to static images of life? How can we expect our circumstances to change if we don't allow them to? Life is beyond form. Life in essence is formless. It is that which is both in & beyond all things. It is the isness that is. Once we are able to accept the radically free nature of life, we ourselves are liberated from the bonds of finite form. We are liberated from the limited constructs of the mind. We are liberated from death as the final hour. We return to ourselves as creators.
When we are liberated from death & return to ourselves as living expressions of life, we become unmoved by that which tries to stop what is inevitable. We keep moving anyway. We respond to the moment as it appears, meeting life with life & dissolving from every fractal of experience anything that no longer serves the natural expression of life. Every obstacle becomes a challenge, every challenge becomes an opportunity to cultivate more strength, innovation, & creativity. This is the path of the alchemist. This is the nature of the human being.
I became, unwillingly, familiar with death. Life demanded me to face what I feared. Life demanded me to burn. I went so deep into the grief of absence that darkness itself dissolved from my experience of reality. I no longer experience absence. I experience this moment, & then I experience the next moment. Sometimes, in between moments, I pause to breathe, & then this space in between moments becomes another moment. Life is all there is. When I cannot see, it is not because I am in the dark but because I am blinded by the light. I let the night take all of me. Nothing can make me stop.