I arise today
Through the strength of heaven:
Light of sun,
Radiance of moon,
Splendour of fire.
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of wind,
Depth of sea,
Stability of earth,
Firmness of rock. –Saint Patrick
“Man is not himself only…He is all that he sees; all that flows to him from a thousand sources…He is the lad, the lift of its mountain lines, the reach of its valleys”. -Mary Austin
William Shakespeare has also said –“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.”
Believe it or not, life is set up to keep you on the cosmic highway to ever increasing joy and fulfillment.
Unfortunately, most people today are like the little toy cars that get off the track, hit a wall, and keep spinning their wheels, trying to go through the wall instead of turning and getting back on the track.
Nature guides us through our internal experience of contraction and expansion. To help us picture what we’re talking about, get a blank piece of paper. In the top left corner label it “Nature’s Guidance System” and draw a vertical line (up and down) in the middle of the paper. At the top of the line write “Joy and Fulfillment.” At the bottom write “Misery and Suffering.” To the right of the line draw an arrow pointing up, and next to that write “Expansion.” To the left of the line draw another arrow pointing down, and next to that write “Contraction.”
You know what it feels like when you’re contracted, right? Upset, angry, anxious, tense, irritable, shut down, disconnected, unhappy, depressed. Generally, contraction feels una comfortable.
And you know what it feels like when you’re expanded, don’t you? Happy, turned on, excited, ready for anything, open, connected, loving, generous, kind, compassionate. All those wonderful things that feel so good.
Now on your piece of paper, make a green light by the word “Expansion” andla red light by the word “Contraction.” If you don’t have colored pens, draw an open circle with rays coming out for “Expansion” and a filled-in circle for “Contraction.”
When you feel expanded, this is Nature’s way of telling you to go forward, take action, you’re on the right track. When you feel contracted, the cosmic Guidance System is saying, stop, take a break, look again, reflect.