NATURE OR NURTURE…WHICH DO YOU?
And God says what’s it gonna take to make you understand
Can’t you see I am everywhere I am everyone and you don’t have to go so far to find me
~ Laura Coyle, “Woman She Goes”
Nature tells us that life is a dance of balance and harmony — gaining it, keeping it, adapting or changing it. Each part of the whole receives what it needs for its sustenance, and gives, with its abilities and talents, for the benefit of the whole. A good example is when the carbon dioxide humans exhale feeds the trees and the oxygen they release sustains human life.
We are interconnected, interdependent, and yet independent — connected with Nature…God…to discover, embody, be, have, do and flourish nature’s work. Nature teaches us many powerful ideas, like these:
- All Good Things Do Not Require Money and Bigger is Not Necessarily Better
The day, water, sun, moon, night — I do not have to purchase these things with money. ~Plautus
And have you ever seen a snowflake in close-up — delicate, powerful, and very small?
- Nature Is Not Only Able to Heal Itself After A Storm of Wind, Rain, or Fire but All Living Things In and Around It
Bad times or bad weather rolls in and rolls out and yet in due course, with perseverance, nature and humanity continue to reign.
- Silence and Patience is Powerful and Wise
God is the friend of the silence. Trees, flowers, grass grow in silence. See the stars, moon and sun, how they move in silence. ~Mother Teresa
- Nature is Our Muse, It is an Endless Source of Inspiration…Beauty Exists Within
The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration. ~Claude Monet
We must carry those things with us, allowing Nature to remind us of our original programming. Not what was taught, but what was our birthright. Nature reminds us that what authenticates that Thing called Spirit, God, or the Power and Presence of the Divine is indeed Nature itself — you, me, the animals, plants, and minerals…all-natural and organic. All those qualities found in nature are found in each of us by intelligent design and we are free to use these qualities to make a quality life as we choose.
But what is nurtured, then? Better question….what have we allowed to be nurtured? Everything that happens in the baby’s environment goes directly into its subconscious mind, including attitudes, phobias, etc. But because of perception, choice, imagination, memory, intuition, and reason; that nurturing -positive or negative- can be changed. Quantum Mechanics experiments have proved that reality is what you choose it to be and choice is probably the greatest gift we have been given by the Universe.
You are the thermostat for your thinking, reactions, perceptions, attitudes, responses. You are the power to nurture the nature that is in you or what you have learned subsequently. We don’t have to find it by going to the top of the mountain or the bottom of the ocean. We just need to do the inner work. When we don’t, we nurture the habits of lack and limitation, whatever they look like in your life. It doesn’t matter whether it’s missing or ignoring the red flags or blaming things on others or age or history, etc. By not treating your mind and heart to empowering ideas, you keep your self-image where it is, no matter who or what put it there.
Self-image is why diets usually don’t work or children’s grades and attitudes don’t improve or do so only temporarily…we don’t nurture the nature. We look for answers where they are not, asking the questions that don’t pertain. Using our imagination and feelings to experience the change in mind adjusts the vibration, paradigm, and habit, resulting in a greater self-image, optimizing the questions we ask, the actions we take, and the thinking we have. It is said:
If you can live without caffeine,
If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,
If you can resist complaining,
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,
If you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him or her,
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend,
If you can face the world without lies and deceit,
If you can conquer tension without medical help,
If you can relax without liquor,
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,
If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed, color, religion, gender preference, or politics,
Then you have almost reached the same level of spiritual development as your dog!
Our self-image and thus our beliefs and thus our thoughts and thus our actions is a cybernetic instrument - an automatic control system. As you nurture the idea of love, peace, and prosperity in your subconscious and belief system; over and over, this repetition leads to habit and it frees you to explore what Nature teaches.
Nurture your natural powers with questions like:
What do you want?
What do you want to be like?
Think about it, then write it out:
“I AM so happy and grateful now that …”
As you get in touch with the feelings of being that “I Am…” answer, get emotionally involved with it. You will change your belief, self-image, paradigm, and results. God, the Universe, the spiritual laws are not bound by precedent, whether it’s supposedly locked in your DNA or taught and accepted in your brain.
You might say, “Jay, I’ve heard this before.” Yes, I know I’ve said it before and I will say it again in as many ways as I can think of until we all get it and use it…until this repetition of hearing will lead us all to the being and doing of it. This will either inspire you or piss you off into working on this idea. Or it may start to offend you so you don’t do the work until you see the negative results from not doing the work and then after participating in a pity party or grudge gathering, you get sick of that and do the work. Or possibly you’ll go climbing to that top of the mountain or swimming to the bottom of the sea to find the answers, and then remember this talk, and get down to doing the work I am talking about here.
You were born to be happy, succeed, prosper, and love — that is part of your authentic self. You may not have been nurtured in your upbringing to do that or be that, but how you were brought up and the junk ideas you may have learned can be unlearned. Look at what Maxwell Maltz said in “Psycho-Cybernetics”:
Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as you can change your beliefs.
We are authentic when we use our True selves; when we nurture the wisdom of Nature and that of the dog (as indicated above).
In Laura Coyle’s song, “Women She Goes,” we are reminded:
And God says,
Why do you people think you need to climb so many mountains …
swim so many oceans
- When you are reading this, you’re nurturing your nature.
- When you do the affirmative incantations, you’re nurturing your nature.
- When you read, listen to Truth talks or books or podcasts or lectures, you’re nurturing your nature.
- When you consistently work your spiritual practice, you are nurturing your nature.
It’s not nature over nurture or nature vs. nurture…it’s nature and nurture working in unity! Nurture your nature and upgrade your knowledge, wisdom, self-image, and imagination into a fabulous, succulent, prosperous, and vibrant life!
This is the day I certify my place in the Universe: I am all that I require to Be, Have, and Do for my best day
And that which I don’t know that I know is revealed to me at the ideal time In the mirror, I see a reflection of one of the Universe’s unique creations.
Today, I declare myself completely and perfectly prepared to face whatever shows up
And able to express the whole enchilada of glorious wisdom and power I appreciate all that the Universe has given to me and all that it provides for me, no matter the circumstances
For this is the day I certify my place in the Universe …a place where I am grateful to be in the ever-loving arms of the brightest Light to illuminate my way, …the most enduring Love to support my talents, ideas, and courageousness, …and the greatest Beauty to embody the harmony between me and the powers of the Infinite from which I spring.
I choose to be ready and certified to be a spiritual badass and kick some prosperous butt.