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Nature is and always will be our cradle of birth, the story of life and the doors of cessation that greet us all. Nature is a wellspring of energy, wisdom and wellness. Have you found a connection with Nature? Not just a connection, but an intimate connection…  Most likely if you subscribe to this blog or are mindful of this Responsive Universe we live in then you probably have forged your very own personal bond with the natural world… Think about it… We are part of nature: Made of the same elements, minerals and water. We are born from this environment and when we die we will return to nature. There is a natural energy source that binds us to Nature – a connection to the Universe as one.

“Nature has been for me, for as long as I can remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure and delight;  A home, a teacher, a companion.”   – Lorraine Anderson

Great quote from writer Lorraine Anderson… It  is a simple quote and yet it encompasses all facets of nature and our human and even spiritual connection to our natural environment. Once you find this relationship and understand the positive energy associated with nature we can take our journey to the next level.

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Within nature is every tool we need to succeed  as happy, mindful, spiritual creatures.  We rely on nature for our survival as a human species and from a more philosophical standpoint, we rely on nature to connect to our True Nature: The pure, unadulterated energy and thought humans possess completely void of ego and false-self. In Nature we can find the silence that lies between our thousands of thoughts that careen through our minds every day. From silence wells wisdom and positive energy.

“Through you nature becomes aware of itself. Nature has been waiting for you, as it were, for millions of years.  Nature can bring you to stillness. That is its gift to you”.  – Eckhart Tolle

John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own Hero’s Journey.

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maroonbells1I have written how in my own pursuit of enlightenment and self-discovery; and after awakening years ago to this new world that is my True Nature, I have found meditation to truly be the bridge between the ordinary and sublime. Meditation is that catalyst that connects our thoughts and energy to our inner wisdom within and the instinctual dynamism that is the Universe. Further, I find this bond to be even stronger when immersed in nature: The greenery and solitude of a forest teeming with life. The exploding colors of a sunrise or sunset. The calm serenity of wind and water; birds and clouds up in the sky…

A couple of years ago I did a blog series on meditation in nature as research for my upcoming book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas. I set off on a road trip that took me across the American Great Plains, the Maroon Bells in the Colorado Rockies, even a park within the city of Chicago. I traveled through the canyons of Utah, enchanting Sedona and reveled in the grandiose vistas of the Pacific Ocean Coastline. Throughout this adventure I stopped along the way and meditated at these scenic places. Weather and solitude permitting, I would spend as much as an hour in deep meditative respite.  It was amazing and further confirmed my notion that meditating in nature is special. It connects us to something even more special…

Along this journey of self-discovery I find further inspiration when champions of illumination write about the same energy and wisdom that we have discovered on our own. Not that we need it, but it affirms what we already knew: This amazing connection to nature. Eckhart Tolle focuses on nature in his book, Stillness Speaks. Tolle describes nature this way: “We depend on nature not only for our physical survival. We also need nature to show us the way home, the way out of the prison of our own minds.” No doubt the ego and our false-self is this prison that many of us unknowingly call home. Tolle continues: “When you bring your attention to anything nature, anything that come into existence without human intervention, you step out of the prison of conceptualized thinking and, to some extent, participate in the state of connectedness with Being in which everything natural still exists.” Eckhart Tolle speaks the gospel and the proof is in the experience. I just feel more centered and connected when immersed in nature. My inner voice speaks more loudly and clearly while outside, surrounded my beauty.

“Nature can bring you to stillness. That is its gift to you” – Eckhart Tolle

“Through you nature becomes aware of itself. Nature has been waiting for you, as it were, for millions of years” -Eckhart Tolle

When you find this connection, new doors of wisdom and insight reveal themselves to you.  What I find most interesting is this gift was always with us; a part of you and I… A part of nature…. It just takes a moment out of our busy lives to find nature and to connect to this true self that has always existed within. Nature makes it that much easier…

John C. Bader

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A really good question was directed to me during a recent newspaper interview for my book release – The Responsive Universe, Meditations and Daily Life Practices.

The question was: How do you define an “Awakening”?

I actually found that this question was difficult to fully answer – especially with the questioning party awaiting a comprehendible answer. During the interview I tried to find words to describe such an experience and few words were available to capture the sublime energy that surrounds such an event.

I did a little research on the subject and found that there are varying definitions and varying degrees of awakenings depending on the person and situation. An awakening is basically a spiritual arousing that includes the complete dissolution of one’s identity as a separate self with no trace of the ego driven mind remaining to govern our actions. In Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now, he describes his awakening as a jarring event that immediately stripped his ego away to the point that he was somewhat disconnected from his previous self (false-self)  and even reality as he used to see it – a complete departure from the “ordinary world” we live in. That is an intense awakening!

Then there are awakenings that come in waves or as epiphanies that are more subtle and palatable to the human consciousness. These types of awakenings tend to evolve over time into something authentic. Though the ego is not entirely dissolved, there is a new shift in perspective and energy that over time is self-actualized.

I have read that for many to experience such an event there needs to be intense suffering or some sort of traumatic experience that may spur or trigger such an event. I have seen documentation that NDE (Near Death Experiences) or even deep meditation can trigger such an event. In my book, I even theorize that spiritual legends like Jesus, Mohammad and Buddha underwent awakenings – later to be interpreted as their specific culture found fit.

I experienced an awakening about 12 years ago on a cold November day at the beach. It had been about six months since my wife and I buried our full term still-born boy and I was struggling with depression, dependency, lack of faith and shallow self-esteem. I remember the day vividly as I was sitting on the beach pondering my life. My awakening was subtle but also an immediate realization of a reality different from what I always believed to be true. I like to call this different reality a “True Reality”, sans of ego. For a moment, I was egoless and felt an energy and existence that transcended any previous experience. I would have other awakenings months later including one while driving out in the country. Waking up from my ordinary life and seeing how things fit together has propelled me forward to fulfillment. It was like getting a download from the Universe. The knowledge and wisdom I gained wrote the Responsive Universe. I did not study this stuff – it came to me in an awakening. This quality of knowing is like seeing 20/20 for the first time. This vision, the awareness, and the feelings sound like they would be jarring and intense, but my awakenings felt like a pleasant windfall. I immediately knew how to act and react to challenges and stress. I had a new openness and clarity with life. Things were brighter and clearer. Even my most challenging problems seem to be palatable. I guess the best way to explain my awakening is to imagine living under a veil of clouds your entire life. You suspect that there is something warm and positive behind those clouds because on certain days you can feel the warmth permeating from behind the grey. Then imagine one day the sun parts from the clouds and warmth and light shower down on you for the first time EVER. It is an amazing feeling!

The problem was, the static of life would return and quickly close off this new found world. Fear and ego would quickly return to smudge out this new found light. Through meditation and mindfulness, I am able to return to the light but it takes effort and though everyday gets easier, it is an uphill climb. I wrote the Responsive Universe in an effort to share this knowledge and even create a simple path for others to follow. I penned Nine Mandalas (chapters) that in effect shed light on a path less trodden that will lead to a shift in perspective – I live in the Responsive Universe everyday and my life has completely transformed into something so much more authentic. The gifts are there for everyone, we just need to awaken to the possibility that…. anything is possible…

John C. Bader

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