Enlightenment whilst alone in
nature appears to be the common thread throughout nearly every major
around the world.
example, Jesus spent forty days and forty nights alone in the
wilderness and at the end spoke with angels. Buddha sat alone for
forty-nine days under the Bhodi tree and became enlightened. And Moses
went to the top of a mountain for forty days and forty nights and spoke
- the Buddha immersed himself in nature
nature I'm not personally that much into religions as I believe we all
have our true nature within, however after spending countless time
alone in the wilderness I know there is another way of being that feels
like the 'enlightenment' religions speak of.
example after around two days by yourself alone in nature without the
distractions of modern life it appears that time tends to naturally
slow down. Why this is so I don't know but to me it feels like the
present moment appears to get longer and longer and the current view of
reality starts to slow down.
in this state in nature it is as though my thoughts stop completely.
Buddhists call this state no-mind however alone in nature it's not like
you need to try and meditate. This state occurs naturally and often
I'll find myself staring at say a spider spinning a web for what
appears to be hours. Seeing the way it moves it's legs against the web.
The slight breeze distorting the web as it blows back and forth. Moment
by moment being with the spider making it's web. As though time stands
I also notice that when I'm immersed in
nature for 3-4 days that my sense of self tends to naturally dissolve.
Again it's not like I need to 'try' to achive this state of
consciousness. Without distractions, the part that sees me as separate
from everything else is just not present anymore. It dissolves.
also experienced numerous times not just the sense of my
dissolving whilst alone in nature but my consciousness expanding
outwards to contain everything at the same time. For example I was once
alone on a deserted beach and felt what it was like to be a lizard, a
bird and a fish (and many other things) all at the same. What it was
like to feel my metabolism quicken against my scales as the sun beat
down. How it felt to have air push against my feathers as I glided
through the wind. And the sensation of water going through my gills as
I swam in the ocean.
native traditions call this state of being another 'shape-shifting',
but I'm not too sure about that. It's more like when my sense of 'self'
dissolves in nature then there is more of my consciousness available to
see the world from other points of view. It's like an expanded state of
consciousness in that I naturally get to experience the five senses of
objects external to me, such as the lizard, bird and fish I just
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- seeing the world from below a tree
this state of being all things at the same time, it feels like a
complete one-ness. It's as though there is no separation between myself
and things external. I am everything (and nothing) all at the same
time. And there is no separation not just between myself and other, but
no separation between other and other. All things are the same. All
coming from the same.
whilst in this state it is as though there is a unified force that is
guiding all things. Perhaps this is the life-force, but I notice there
is a subtle force within the trees, the clouds, the oceans, the animals
that is guiding them (us) through life. And this force has an innate
wisdom in that my inner voice can talk with this force within each
tree, rock, stream and mountain. It is like this wisdom is everywhere
just waiting to be tapped into. I liken this force to 'the creator' in
that the force shapes everything with it's guiding force. And I
experience that I am this force, yet it is also me.
I don't know if this state of oneness
and connectedness is called
enlightenment or not but it is totally possible to tap into
another realm of consciousness by spending time alone in nature without
distractions for 3-4 days. Then when you enter this state numerous
times and practice you can then turn the experience of it on
off at will... even whilst in busy shopping centres.
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