Our Truest Nature.

Posted on June 3, 2011

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Obviously I’m interested in the true nature of things, enter the name of my blog. I’m a deep thinker, and I always have been. I like to figure things out and realize the connections within life itself.  And, as an artist I am constantly pushing myself to find what really inspires me most, where my heart rests at night, and what my hands are naturally inclined to create.

Today though, I’d love to express something applicable to all of us. A story in the most recent National Geographic has got me riled up with inspiration. It’s kind of given me an “Aha” moment. This stuff is interesting! And, it opens such a grand door to our past that we must sit back a moment a contemplate the wonder of ourselves. Bob Marley said, “In this bright future, you can’t forget your past.” And it’s apparent that our future is bright. So bright it’s often blinding. Today on the radio you can hear Kanye West listing all the types of lights he can think of. It’s pretty ridiculous and it’s also really bright.

We really do have so much going for us, with all our technological advancements, just go over to TED.org if you don’t believe it.

But, we have to sit back and ask ourselves, what are we aiming for? What is the goal? If we keep moving forward without an understanding of where we want to go and why, we’re headed for disaster.

There’s nothing anchoring us to our earth, as a whole global society, so the earth is transforming itself, and in ways that don’t support us: earthquakes, tsunamis, pollution, over population etc.

So if we listen to the late great Bob Marley’s inspiring lyrics, then what is our past? And how can it help us today?

This story connects us to the land and our psyches. What we did then still applies to us today, that’s the universal power of nature. However “advanced” we become we cannot separate ourselves from our nature without dying out. So, let’s look on the flip side for a second. What if we find our true nature and live it fully? In my opinion we become truly ourselves, happy, vibrant, and living.

Here’s what Nat Geo had to say:

“We used to think agriculture gave rise to the cities and later to writing, art, and religion. Now the world’s oldest temple suggests the urge to worship sparked civilization.”

The temple is 11,600 years old. It’s in Turkey. It’s called Göbekli Tepe, which means “belly hill” in Turkish. It’s name comes from its formation and formula. The temple is a circle of pillars, but there are layers of buried pillar circles, because generations would bury and rebuild, continuously.

                           Klaus Schmidt is the archeologist working this site. “This is the first human holy place,” he says.

The temple is the oldest among other sites in the Middle East that all give birth to two paths of theory. Either the new abundance on earth, after the ice age in 9600 B.C., gave hunter gatherers a reason to domesticate animals, plant crops, and settle permanently, and then religion soon followed, or awe of the newly flourishing nature gave rise to religion, which created settlements and agriculture. Whichever came first, the other followed almost simultaneously. This pertinent point in history is known as the Neolithic Revolution.

                                                                               Native American Men & Women Farming

What interests me most of all is that religion and farming seemingly hold hands in our history. These elements gave way to society and everything we know of today. The larger brains of the Homo sapiens found something spectacular in this here life on this here earth and decided to work and work and work to demonstrate their awe. The temple serves as a symbol for human inspiration. We are reminded that life is a wonderful mystery via our past, too reminding us of the mystery that still remains.

And, farming: personally I love gardening and farming. It feels so natural to hold that connection between nourishment and its source in your hands. The earth scent permeating, the satisfaction of growth, and the joy of the harvest are like appreciative messages sent through time. Without it we wouldn’t survive, but so easily people forget about that truth as  the gap from soil to plate has widened so dramatically. Yet, there are waves bringing the past back to the forefront, especially in progressive areas, like here in the Bay Area.That reverence, from the first society builders, for the food we grow came along with a simultaneous reverence for and awe of life.

Two of my favorite things: farming and spirituality are what gave society its footing. This is a bit of our truest natures. Namaste

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