Aug 182004

I am writing two days after the “flash floods” in Boscastle in Cornwall, UK, which caused mayhem and devastation leaving many people stranded that needed to be rescued by helicopters, but there were no fatalities. I watched a documentary about the floods last night and the presenter talked about the power of nature. What power of nature? Nature has no power unless you believe it to be the case.

People talk about Mother-Nature and how loving she is. What kind of loving Mother would create floods, hurricanes and the likes and decimate areas and leave people to suffer? There are bound to be those who will wax lyrical about how the floods in Cornwall brought the community together, that through their loss they were strengthened. The community might even discover a love that transcends material possessions. I don’t buy this claptrap for one moment.

If nature is so powerful, what does it say about the power behind the power of nature. Let’s say Love, the generally agreed concept for the substance of all seen and unseen, is the power behind nature. Can Love create so it can destroy? Does Love take delight in reducing man to pain so he can realise he is Love? If Love created this disaster, then God help us! I don’t believe Love to be so capricious. Love has nothing to do with devastations. Love only knows love.

Then who is behind the force of nature? Thoughts, changeable thoughts of mortals, that’s who. It is mortal thoughts, who believe in the changing of the seasons, that help to create these devastations. And it is the belief that nature is powerful that continues to wreak havoc on people’s lives. How can thoughts create disasters? Easy. If you’ve ever experienced hypnosis you’ll know what I’m talking about.

I’ve been to a hypnotic stage show in the past, and I have seen a few on television. When a suggestion is made the subject under hypnosis is able to experience the suggestion as reality. Imagine if there was mass-hypnosis going on right now where everyone was seeing weather changes as real. There is ‘power’ within the collective mind to make these changes appear as forms.

The first time I had an experience with seeing things come to life was when I took some decongestants. I had the flu and was feeling pretty miserable. I also had an important essay to write for college. I started seeing things. When I closed my eyes I saw images, when I opened my eyes the same images were there as real as this computer seems to be real. This freaked me out. Before I took the tablets, I’d been studying a theory and getting frustrated as I couldn’t concentrate, and I needed a clear understanding so I could include this theory in my essay. After I took those decongestant, not only could I understand his ideas, I could preempt what he was going to say. I knew where the man was coming from. I could see all of knowledge as one. The next day I went to a local pharmacist and demanded to know what was in those decongestants. All he could say was they were likely to make one hyperactive. Now in my mind those images I saw were real, they were right there with me in my bedroom.

Back to the weather calamities. Humanity is under mass-hypnotism that we’re experiencing global warming which will result in occasional catastrophes and suffering. There are also many end-times predictions about disasters and suffering, heralding the second coming of Christ. Even those who haven’t read those books or believe in those predictions believe suffering is part and parcel of being human. You win some, you lose some. Dear Mother-Nature is in control and while you can depend on her most of the time, there are times when the Mother has to do what she has to do; and if you’re in the path of her whims, c’est la vie!

This morning I bought my mother’s newspaper. The headline spoke about how miraculous it was that no one had died from the “flash floods.” Of course no one’s going to die because Love is Power. Love is Life. As long as I have life, which is forever, I intend to demonstrate that Love is the only power. I intend to be in the Presence of Love and project Love everywhere I go. I’m sure you’ve heard of suicidal bombers who choose areas they wish to bring devastation to all in the name of religion. The irony is Love works in a similar way. I see myself as a Love weapon where I’m fully loaded to project Love wherever I am. Suicidal bombers bring death and suffering. Love brings love and life.

There is no power in nature.

Love cannot create suffering. Love is not changeable. Love does not play favourites. Love can only love. Love is the only power.

I end this article with a quote from the book, Autobiography of a Yogi:

“It is the Infinite, the Ocean of Power, that lies behind all phenomenal manifestations. Our eagerness for worldly activity kills in us the sense of spiritual awe. Because modern science tells us how to utilise the powers of Nature, we fail to understand the Great Life in back of all names and forms. Familiarity with Nature has bred contempt for her ultimate secrets; our relation with her is one of practical business. We tease her, so to speak, to discover the ways in which she may be forced to serve our purposes; we make use of her energies, whose Source yet remains unknown. In science our relation with Nature is like that between an ignorant man and his servant; or, in a philosophical sense, Nature is like a captive in the witness box. We cross-examine her, challenge her, and minutely weigh her evidence in human scales that cannot measure her hidden values.

“On the other hand, when the self is in communion with a higher power, Nature automatically obeys, without stress or strain, the will of man. The effortless command over Nature is called “miraculous” by the uncomprehending materialist.” (pp 383-384, “Autobiography of a Yogi” by Paramahansa Yogananda)

I am Love,