Regardless of how we as a civilization have progressed, there are certain natural life laws that must be followed if we're going to get the most from our lives.
This is true on both a physical and mental level, not to mention the most important of all, the spiritual level.
So what are these laws of life? How are we to follow them to our advantage while avoiding the many pitfalls that await us on our journey through this mortal realm of existence?
Law of Nature
By far the most easily recognized and commonly sensible of all the many laws of our existence must be that of Nature herself. It is a set of rules that we are all bound to.
That's because we are living beings. As such we correspond to the physical characteristics of the planet that we inhabit (the Earth) which are, in turn bound by the natural laws that govern how all living things are to exist and co-exist.
That means if there is something that works in nature, then it will work for us, because we are intrinsically tied to the process that underpins everything. These are physical bounds that we have come to know and understand through the centuries.
To give you an obvious, but relevant example, let's look at how a tiny seed can become a huge tree when it follows and abides by the physical laws of nature:
We begin by the parent plant releasing its seeds into the air and in this dispersal, most of them will find their way to the ground some way away from the parent tree. Of the number that land on the soil, a large percentage of them will be eaten by small animals and birds as sustenance.
Of the seeds that remain, some will rest in sufficiently sheltered places where moisture from rain will enable them to sprout, sending a root into the soil to anchor the fledgling plantlet in the ground and enabling it to send a second shoot into the air.
For the seedling's growth to continue, the soil needs to have the correct composition of nutrients, crumb structure and living organisms present along with a consistent supply of moisture for it to thrive. If it manages to avoid wilt through drought, disease or fungal infestation, the seedling's root will burrow deeper into the soil where it can seek a more readily available supply of moisture from below.
As the root grows downward, the new stem grows upward and the plantlet's first leaves appear. These first seed leaves catch the sunlight and begin the process of photosynthesis, creating nourishment for the plant, enabling it to continue growing.
So far, this entire process has had to rely on several aspects of nature being present and in the right quantities and composition for the growth to have taken place.
If any aspect of nature had been defied along that early growing procedure, do you think the plantlet would have survived?
The answer is NO!
If only one seemingly unimportant rule had been broken, the plant would have died. For instance, if the soil had been infertile, the seedling's root would have found nothing to provide it with essential nutrients to enable it to grow.
If there had been insufficient moisture, again the seedling would have wilted and died. If it had landed in deep shade, the seed leaves would not have access to sunlight and could not have photosynthesized to create food and thus, would have died.
So you see, for the tiny seedling at least, to ignore or try to defy the laws of nature means certain death.
Conversely, if the seedling had been fortunate enough to have been able to comply with every aspect of nature, the plant would have continued in its growth until it had reached maturity as a full grown tree. It would then have been able to produce its own flowers and ultimately, seeds of its own to disperse and continue the cycle of life.
The same rules apply to us humans. While we may be at the top of the food chain for the most part and enjoy the benefits of our position in the grand scheme of things, we are still bound by these rules.
The physical rules are easier to observe and understand. For instance, if we were faced with the choice of whether to eat a poisonous plant of not, we know if we ate it, we would become sick or even die.
Likewise, we know that if we were to jump off a high platform, we could suffer an injury of some kind. That's because our bodies were not designed to absorb such a heavy impact without some muscle, tendon, joint or even skeletal damage.
Non Physical Rules
While it is much easier to grasp the concept of the governance of physical laws binding us to certain actions and ways of living, understanding the non-physical side of life is not always quite such a straightforward process.
We can certainly accept that what we pick up through our five senses for the most part defines our world, it is not so easy to accept things that we cannot see, hear, smell, touch or taste.
For example, we know that if we can hear music playing and there is a radio somewhere in the room, the sound is most likely coming from the electronics inside the radio's covering shell and being transmitted by its internal speaker. Likewise, we know that if we can smell something good in the air, it is likely that mom is cooking something tasty in the kitchen!
However, if we are sitting there in silence and not thinking about anything in particular and suddenly a hunch that we should get up and turn on the TV comes into our minds (and there we see a news story running about an imminent bad change in the weather coming our way), we're not so sure why that happened.
That last example is one that in some form or another, many people will experience many times in their lives. Yet they will have no logical or rational explanation of why it happened.
Fortunately, the laws of life carry explanations that over the years, of which a small number of astute individuals have worked out the why and wherefore. Today, we can learn what has been figured out about the laws that govern the non-physical aspects of life.
That leads us on to what some of these laws are, what the mean and how we can use them to our advantage. I'll continue this line of thinking in subsequent pages, that can be navigated to by clicking the links listed below:
- Mental Cleansing for Clarity of Thought
- How to Improve Your Life from Health to Happiness
- Quiet Time for Mental Expansion and Creativity
- Meditation Techniques with Physical and Mental Health Benefits