The spirit of this mysterious universe

2013-11-20 00:00

MOST of us, like our ancient ancestors, have looked up at the starry Milky Way at night, sat in a forest of trees, beside the surging ocean or rushing river, gazed in awe at soaring mountains, and felt a vitality, a potency invisible to the eye, something mysterious, transporting us beyond our mundane existence.

To view all nature as imbued with a vitality or sacred presence is to blur the artificial boundaries between humans, non-humans and every other facet of the natural world: the belief in an essential interconnectedness of all things, that the entire universe is ultimately one creative energy. The separation of the world into animate and inanimate is seen as illusionary, as the entire natural world is experienced as infused with life.

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