‘The living book of nature is open wide before us; in it we can read the wonders that eternal wisdom has inscribed on every stone, every flower, every star and every human being…
To follow an initiatic teaching involves developing the awareness that all things in nature are alive.’
Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov
Nature is animated by invisible spirits
When master Omraam declares all things in nature are alive, he is referring to the fact that nature is animated by invisible beings who continuously participate in the creation and regeneration of the natural world. These nature spirits include the gnomes at work in the earth, the undines of rivers and oceans, the sylphs of the air and clouds and the salamanders inhabiting fire.
These nature spirits work under the direction of four great angels-the angels of the four elements, powerful servants of God that deserve the utmost respect from human beings!
Our health and well-being, and our spiritual development depend on establishing a conscious and grateful relationship with nature. When the intelligent beings that inhabit nature notice our respect and gratitude for all that we receive in the way of sustenance and nurture, they reveal to us wisdom and secrets that can never be found in books written by men or women. The master placed ‘the living book of nature’ even above the sacred texts of religion.
How to communicate with the living book of nature
Here is a selection of extracts on this ‘living book’ and on the ways in which we can connect and communicate with nature:
‘Nature is the great living book which we need to learn to decipher. It is the reservoir of cosmic forces to which we must connect ourselves. But how can we make this connection? It is very simple: the secret is love. If we love nature, not for our own pleasure or amusement, but because nature is God’s own book, a spring will start to flow within. This spring will wash away all our impurities and unblock the clogged channels within us.
Thanks to this exchange with the living forces of nature we will attain true understanding, true knowledge. That is why, if we love nature, we will hear her speak within us, for we too are part of nature.
If you want to communicate with nature, the very least you can do is to accept the idea that she is alive and intelligent. Most human beings behave as though nature were dead, and the result is that their own inner life vibrates less powerfully and with less intensity and their God-given faculties of perception and sensation are gradually paralysed. ‘What is the point’, they ask, ‘of trying to communicate with rocks, plants or the sun? They’re not alive.’ With this attitude they dull the edge of their own faculties and put themselves in a straight-jacket of their own making.
Those who believe that nature is alive and intelligent, on the other hand, make an effort not only to understand her language but, also, to find new means of expression that allow them to communicate with her….
Changing our attitude towards nature
If you want nature to speak to you, therefore, if you want her to reveal her secrets to you, there is only one way and that is to change your attitude. Change your attitude towards the sun, the stars, mountains and flowers and, above all, realize that nature is intelligent. If you turn to nature as a living, intelligent reality and address her with respect, she will begin to reveal herself to you, and she will reveal to you, also, the entities that inhabit the four elements: fire, air, water and earth.’
Greet nature every morning
Here is a simple, practical method of communication that can be practised every day. Greeting nature every morning brings a sense of joy to the heart. It is a great way to start the day with renewed energies!
‘When initiates open their door in the morning, before doing anything else, they salute nature: the trees, the sky, and the sun, the day itself and the whole of creation. You will wonder why they do that and the answer is simple. It is how they put themselves in direct contact with the source of life. Yes, for nature responds to their greeting…
How often have I gone out into my garden in the morning and greeted the angels of the four elements, the angels of fire, air, water and earth, and even the gnomes, nymphs, sylphs and salamanders. And when you do this you see them dancing and singing for joy. I send greetings to the trees, the rocks, and the wind, too.
Try it yourself and you will feel that something inside you slips into place and becomes more harmonious. Many elements of obscurity or misunderstanding fade from you simply because you have decided to salute living nature and the creatures that dwell within it.
Become aware of the life in all things
You might think, “What difference does it make whether I treat the earth with respect or not? It doesn’t feel anything…” If you pay attention to stones, plants, and animals, your awareness of the invisible world will develop much more readily. To follow an initiatic teaching is to develop the awareness that all things in nature are alive, and consequently to respect, care for and protect them; it is to develop a profoundly constructive spirit.’
Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov
If you would like to read the first chapter of The Living Book of Nature by Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov, head over to the Prosveta UK site to flip through.
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