Author: By Bobby Dodd, Ph.D.
When we use the five senses that were gifted to us as we experience our minds in a physical environment, we could be forgiven for thinking that everything is quite separate. I once remember visiting London's Planetarium many years ago. It described the universe in as much detail that the science of the day would allow. However, the phrase used by the narrator to help describe how closely we are connected, will forever be imprinted on my mind. She said simply: "Break everything down and you will realise that we are all stardust." It goes much further than this and the following articles may help to give an insight into understanding just how closely we are interconnected with everything. In our book "The Meadow" there is a phrase used by one of the characters which neatly sums this up. This is MULTI-DIMENSIONAL INTERCONNECTEDNESS. -- Mike O'Hare
Living Chi Energy - Our Need To Reconnect
By Bobby Dodd, Ph.D.
From the beginning of time, as our elementary science teachers taught us, living energy has existed. Over millions of years, this living energy has evolved into the world as we know it today. From the tiniest atom to the tallest skyscraper, energy comprises and permeates everything in our universe, including us.
As evolution occurred, all species evolved; they learned to adapt and survive to the very changing world in which they lived. As with other species, early cave man did the same-instinctively adapting and co-existing with all other species in their ever-changing natural environment. With evolution, man lived in harmony within the make-up of the natural infrastructure of the universe.
Whether it's the atoms of a leaf on a tree or the atoms that make up a human being, all atoms keep their energy formation through the same living energy attractions-the positive and negative forces that compete but still work in unison in a cyclical pattern, better known as CHI energy. These cyclical patterns and energy attractions not only make up the actual structure of the different species, but also the instinctive and intuitive psyche of these species.
Just as a tree knows to drive its roots into the earth continually for its support, it also knows to reach its branches and leaves to the sky for nourishment. For animals, as they instinctively know how and what to hunt, and how and who to trust in their pack or clan, this living energy is the source of their intuitive behavior. As for man, we create ideas, develop plans, and take actions because the human brain functions (neuron firing patterns) on the same cyclical pattern and energy attraction provided by this living energy or CHI.
The living CHI energy within nature, though it is non-verbal, still communicates throughout the ecosystem to allow for the nurturing, growth and healing of all components of the bio-network. In this bio-network, while there are forces that compete for existence, they actually work in harmony to balance and continue this natural inter-connectedness.
A visual representation of the harmony, competition, and inter-connectedness of our universe would be the Chinese symbol, Yin-Yang. The Yin-Yang symbol represents the essential unity of all being. The outer circle represents nature/the universe while the inner circle, which has equally divided halves, signifies the relationship between the competing forces.
Unlike the continual evolution and co-existing of the rest of our natural environment within this universe, unfortunately man has, over time and through the obtainment of language and invention, alienated themselves from this natural universal systemic connection.
Everything in the universe is woven together like a spiders web. Everything is interconnected through living CHI energy, has a purpose, and functions for the better of the whole bio-network. Man, through the development of language, invention, and logical thinking, has broken from this web and has disrupted the natural ecosystem within this living CHI energy.
This breaking away from the natural healing components, balance and harmony of the universe has created many stressors on man's life. It must be each of our goals to facilitate the reconnection of man back to these natural intuitive CHI energy sensory attractions.
As humans reconnect with nature, we reconnect and intuitively think again like nature and again become part of this natural system. Thus becoming part of this natural bio-network's living CHI energy, man can once more enjoy living a balanced, harmonious, and connected life.
By appreciating and protecting nature, individuals can re-develop specific skills in nature language and thinking. In addition, they will develop a deeper knowledge of and connection to the natural world in which they live.
This reconnection and healing happens due to the basic properties of nature. Nature recycles contamination. We can develop our thinking and feeling personally and professionally so as to benefit from the grace, balance and restorative powers of the natural bio-network that we learn to block from our mind.
The self-correcting ways of natural bio-networks give nature this extraordinary power. These bio-networks organically decompose and transform any destructive waste products into life-supporting CHI energies and materials. All of life contains the corrective flow of the natural bio-network, including our own psychological processes.
Unfortunately with industrialization also man disconnects from nature. Since we spend 98% of our lives apart from nature, we stop the healing flow of natural bio-networks in our psyche. Our thoughts and feelings lose valuable contact with the restorative ways of natural bio-networks. Most of our wide range of personal, social and environmental disorders results from our polluted thinking and feeling.
No matter where we are, the natural intuitive senses of nature help us reconnect our total beings to nature. Because this reconnection enables us to genuinely bind our thinking and feeling to authentic nature, the natural bio-networks or CHI energies resume their vital flow through our mind and rest of our body.
They restore our instinctive ability to think, feel and relate in conjunction with the living CHI energy of nature.
Even when we are surrounded by natural beauty of the environment, if we don't make the effort to reconnect, we will still suffer from the by-products of our disconnection-anxiety, stress, depression, etc.
All an individual needs to do is ask to be a part of nature, and a simple walk can revitalize that person' thoughts and feelings. Understanding that this living CHI energy forms a web of life for all occupants, humans need to realize the importance of this connection and work to maintain this link daily. Thus, if this connection with the web of life is broken, humans will then be destroying their own lifeline, living CHI energy.
A major epiphany discovered by reconnection with nature is the human inter-connectivity into this web of life. Individuals realize that they are in this web of life and part of nature itself. They deepen their understanding of and connection to nature. This process then leads naturally to a life that is more in harmony with nature.
Unfortunately, for the majority of our population, if we do not experience the reconnection with nature, or at the very least understand our place in the web, then we are disconnected from the natural living CHI energy of our universe. Once disconnected from our natural energy source, the living CHI energy of the universe, we develop skewed worldviews and values.
We develop worldviews that are self-centered and egocentric. Our concept of human nature is based on a false reality. Rather then seeing "Human Nature" as both humans and nature living harmoniously in one bio-network, man sees himself as the focal point of the universe.
A true interconnected view of human nature would include the idea of humans and nature and their importance of living as one, with the sole purpose of protecting and preserving the source of this living CHI energy, our environment. Rather, man is destroying their own life line under the banner of social development.
This disconnection, I am presuming, is done unconsciously by humans through the bombardment of external stimuli and the struggles with their own internal egos.
As we evolve technologically, humans are being more and more disconnected from our lifeline, the living Chi energy. In order to save ourselves, as well as our planet, we must understand the urgency of reconnecting to our life line, Chi energy, and take immediate steps to right our own individual lives.
Individuals need to develop different behaviors patterns, behavior patterns that include the opportunity to get reconnected with nature and the living CHI energy it contains. To do this, one must assess their current value system to insure it is based and grounded in the ideology of one interconnected bio-network.
People need to put "NATURE" back into human nature!
If this change is not made, individuals will continue to suppress all of their natural intuitive senses and struggle with the bi-products of this disconnection; stress, anxiety depression, etc.
Max Weber, noted philosopher, eloquently expressed that "values" are a function of our quest for meaning in life. Research is showing that humans have re-prioritized what true happiness means, finding this meaning to life.
In order to find true happiness, one must reconnect to the nature thus reconnecting to the living CHI energy of the universe. This living CHI energy of the universe is the nurturing and self-healing life line of all existence, including humans.
Our society is aware of the importance of nature. We make statements that infer this importance like, "We need to take time and smell the flowers". Unfortunately, we never heed our own advice. Humans symbolize this pseudo-reconnection through the vacations taken every year.
You can hear people at work, right before they leave on their vacations, asserting how they need their upcoming trip to "recharge their batteries". Even after making the aforementioned statements, individuals do not understand the magnitude and importance of this "re-energizing."
The sad part of this story is that individuals do experience a re-energizing while on vacation, either through a walk on the beach or a hike on a mountain trail. During these activities we allow nature's living CHI energy to begin its natural healing process that gives us a sense of peace and reconnection to the basic beauties of our world. In addition, these experiences revitalize us in the form of renewed energies.
Unfortunately these experiences are short lived, as we return home and continue our normal disconnected lives. The good news is that individuals can get the experiences and benefits of vacation every day, if they take the time to connect with nature and the living CHI energy it possesses.
All that it would take is for an individual to go outside, recognize and admire nature's natural energy and healing qualities. So the next time you here someone facetiously ask you if "you hugged a tree today", you can smile inside and say to yourself, "Not yet, but I am sure going to after work!" because you now know the benefits of one such hug!
Dr. Bobby Dodd earned his PhD in Human Development from Marywood University in Scranton PA. He is the author of "The Power Of Three - Feeding Your Chi: Your Personal Guide to Mind, Body & Spirit Development." In addition, he is a World Tang Soo Champion (Karate) and a Nationals Masters Level Tri-athlete. Bobby is the Editor of The Power of Three Newsletter. To get you free lifetime subscription head over to: http://www.halffullpowersystems.com
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THE MEADOW -- A SPIRITUAL ROMANCE
"The Meadow" is an epic love story unlike anything told before. The storyline threads an earthly path through four life times, from ancient Mexica to contemporary Pakistan, and affords the reader glimpses of a place known as "The Meadow" - an inter-life waterhole where souls rest between lives.
This is a story about life and all its complexities. It is about the eternal love of two characters that seem destined to be together but who repeatedly fail to bond due to a nemesis that tracks them from life to life, tearing them apart.
The stage of "The Meadow" includes hate and retribution, international espionage and political deceit, interspersed with the brilliance of an autistic savant, offspring of the female protagonist, who tries to solve the secret and mystery of the eagle in order to save his mother.
The frustrated lovers thus have only one option - to unite in the Meadow - a place they forget all about each time they incarnate into a new life.
This site is dedicated to "The Meadow", a book of more than 600 pages and has yet to be published, but it is also devoted to sharing information about life beyond the trapdoor of death, inviting the reader to question everything, from dogmatic beliefs to the establishment.
There are many related articles here and we hope that there will be something for everyone. We hope to encourage communication and discussion between likeminded individuals willing to share their experiences to further our common goals of advancement into the future whilst learning from each other.