Man will be often written with a capital M for two reasons. The first is his unique position amongst all the creatures of creation. We shall examine why and what that means in this philosophy. Man with a capital M also indicates Women and Men without gender distinction to simplify writing.
When you will see this abbreviated word, example, it will indicate that we can find numerous examples which demonstrate the expressed concept. We shall give an example or two for the tone and method. The reader can then find other examples if he wants to verify the assertions which they illustrate. We shall see that all truth has numerous ramifications.
In any philosophy there is interrogation on the nature of Man, his origins and the reason for his existence. These questions will inevitably bring us to address the existence, or not, of God, or rather within the framework of this philosophy, the Primordial Intelligence which would have created the world. The term God has been overused and has many connotations that are not neutral. Some people think that their God is different from others peoples, which is contrary to universal thought. If a universal intelligence has created the universe, it has applied the same laws to all the universe. This is coherent with the discoveries of science, mystics and shamans of the world. So, we choose to give another name, more universal than God and choose for this this philosophy that of Primordial Intelligence.
To compliment the prose we shall sometimes give the name Creator, Great Spirit, Great Mystery or Superior Power to the Primordial Intelligence.
Since we speak of Primordial Intelligence it is also necessary to speak about spirituality and religion. It’s important to make the distinction between religion and spirituality. We consider that the institutionalized religions of the world (Buddhism, Christianism, Islamism, Hinduism and other major religions) are dogmatic. That’s to say that they teach a doctrine which is not subject to discussion but which must be accepted as such by the members of these religions. Spirituality on the other hand indicates a belief system which is free of dogma. It’s to say that every person defines his relation with the Primordial Intelligence and does not answer to an outside authority which would dictate what to think of his spirituality.
As such, shamanism which is universal amongst all aboriginal nations of the world can enlighten us on spirituality. After numerous meetings with shamans of the five continents I have found that in spite of a huge disparity of ways, techniques, traditions and shamanic abilities they all share the same basic spiritual philosophy. All communicate with immaterial spirits, all respect the earth and nature and all honor their ancestors and traditions of their nation. All shamans accept all religions but generally adhere to none. Health and healing are considered to be fine tuning, a harmonization with the laws of nature and the universe and the role of the shaman is to favor this harmonization and this union. All also teach the liberty every Man has to enter into a personal privileged relationship with the Great Mystery. The shaman does not claim to have any particular privileges others than the respect due to any Man who is a guardian of tradition and healer for his community. This is an important difference with the hierarchical structures of religions where the pope, llamas, bishops, imams, rabbis and other notables of the religious hierarchies receive particular consideration and authority which often places them above the populations which they serve. So, we can define shamanism as a spirituality rather than a religion.Read More
It is imperative that we stop destroying our environment, that we stop all wars, that we create a world where there is justice for all and bring an end to all corruption. The only way of doing this is that all Men have the same vision and definition of what is truth. If enough Men have the same vision of the world and the place of Man in this world, these changes will be possible. All governments, wars, injustices and ways of life that degrade the environment come from the thoughts of Man. It’s the thoughts of Men that have created these conditions. The thoughts of Man can also create a way of life which respects the environment, which creates peace, which teaches justice and the equality for all Men.
That is why nature can be a model for our reflections on truth. Nature is the same for all Men. We all live on planet earth. The realities of this world are the same for all Men. Thus, the keys to the same vision and definition of truth are in the world around us. What is necessary to rid us of the illusions that create war, corruption, injustice and a way of life that destroys the environment is for Men to find this truth within. It is not because a very brilliant or intelligent Man says something is true that others will listen to him or believe him. We see this non-stop in our modern civilization. The truth is often ignored even if people are there to insist that the authorities respect that truth. That’s because it’s the motivations of Men that influence their decisions and not the truth.
That is why only a true shared perception on who we are as Men on this planet can eventually bring peace, protection of the environment and justice. We do not really understand who we are, what we are and why we are on earth. If we did, we would not be inflicting so much suffering and destruction on ourselves, others and nature. Modern governments may be full of good intentions but in reality it’s the money that decides and it’s the economy that is always influencing their decisions. We all know that in this system there are very rich people and very poor people and that the frenzied development of industry is polluting the earth at a horrifying speed. Disparities, wars, pollution, are not the mark of an intelligent humanity. Nevertheless we are intelligent! Why then are we in this situation?
Thus, we need to think profoundly about these essential questions. We shall find in the philosophy of nature basic definitions which can help us towards these thought processes. It’s not the book or this philosophy which will make the difference but the truth every Man will find in himself and will see in the world around him that will bring about the changes in society and our way of life that are so important if we want to preserve our planet and live in peace and happiness.
All men wish happiness for themselves and their families. Most Men today are not really happy or much less than they could be if they really had time to enjoy life. Real joy and true happiness have been replaced by materialism, work, stress, pleasure, glory, celebrity, success or hope to attain celebrity and success, faith and disease. Never have Men been so weak and sick in their bodies as in modern times. Nevertheless the messages that the media and doctors give us asserts the opposite. But in reality if we look a bit into the past we will find that there were no hospitals because they were not necessary, no doctors because all communities knew how to maintain health, little disease, no cancer, no obesity, no baldness, great strength and physical stamina and a very long life often 125 years and more. Formerly in aboriginal nations where wisdom was a part of life, people left this world healthy with all their lucidity, transition being a choice. All these facts of our history have been hidden by the current system, because this system feeds on our sweat and blood and needs our ignorance to continue. But the reality for those who know the true history of humanity is quite different from the one taught in schools today.
This book does not want to return to the past but rather initiate a cogitation that would incorporate current technological tools in a new world that will bring together the best of both worlds simultaneously.
This essential work for our future and that of the children of our children begins in our thoughts. It is necessary to educate our brains to determine what is true. Not because some authority said it is true but because we know it’s true. We should no longer rely on belief, faith or someone else’s thinking to determine the course of our lives but on knowledge, wisdom and our own thoughts.
Why this philosophy of nature? Why add still more words to the numerous philosophies which already exist?
In any human life there are thoughts but also the relationships that these thoughts create with others and nature. I have noticed as any psychologist will confirm that it’s important to feel useful. Indeed knowing our place in the world is essential for a serene state of mind. If we don’t understand the world we live in, there can be no serenity. Understanding the world and how we are in relationship with it gives a harmonious and serene life style and the wisdom to interact intelligently with the world. To have peace of mind we need understanding. That is the nature of Man. That is why an education based on reality, truth and real understanding of Men and their place in the world is essential in establishing peace and a pleasant life for all. This philosophy of nature is essentially an educational tool, to learn how to reflect on nature, Man, the world and come to an understanding of it all. An approach which takes into account all aspects of who we are does not exist in philosophy at this time. Philosophical research is more often than not limited to the different aspects of the body-mind dichotomy. We are much more than that. This is one of the reasons the philosophy of nature may prove useful.
Our current world civilization acts without thinking, and is governed by the financial considerations of a small number of very rich people who manipulate religions, corporations, politics and governments to get even more money and power. The result of such behavior is the progressive and rapid destruction of the environment as well as the degeneracy of Man on all levels. This was noticed by specialists in many dimensions of human activity. The end result is the state of pollution, war, disease and innumerable problems which affect humanity today.
Humanity has an important and essential role on earth. We have a gift that no other species has, that of “co creation”. We all know of our ability to invent, all this technology and machinery we have. But co creation goes much farther than that. It teaches us how to create within the framework of our “original instructions”. This creates what was formerly called “paradise”. It is relatively simple to return to these natural states of life where we attain the highest levels of happiness and joy but the path to get there will require great effort and the collaboration of many people.
We need to implement wisdom in all sectors of human activity. Men can live wisely and intelligently. Destroying the ecosystems, polluting the earth, the air and the waters, thinking our nation, skin color or religion is more important than others and finding motivation in these differences to torture and kill is not living intelligently. It’s sad to say but wisdom is widely absent in our current governance and way of life.
We can transform our current thinking with an educational tool, this philosophy of nature which can allow the understanding of “universal” truth. This philosophy will allow every Man who gives it some thought a new life. When wisdom and truth are integrated into life they create joy, peace, love and happiness within and all around. When Man is happy and healthy all of nature delights in his beauty as we are the “consciousness” of the world. Understanding this, seeing that our wisdom and our intelligence can benefit all beings and that in fact all beings are a part of our consciousness, is the contribution I will attempt to offer with this philosophy.
 This is why in traditional societies where tradition and elders instruct the young on life there is much less suicide amongst the young that what is seen in our modern technocratic societies.
 This and other terms will be explained in another article.Read More
Understanding the nature of the world with our thoughts, having an understanding of all that is, Man and the Universe and the exact nature of truth and reality, wanting to explain it so other Men can understand it, is for me the definition of philosophy.
We thus need to determine the context of what we are trying to explain because the philosophy of nature, and any philosophy in fact, is trying to determine truth within a precise context, that of reality. To describe reality is more complicated than it may seem, as the mental, conceptual and linguistic thoughts of Men conditioned since birth by his country, his parents, his relatives, his education, his country and his work place, can largely influence his perceptions and the way he expresses them.
If we really wish to understand and describe the nature of reality and how Man is in relationship with this incredible intelligence which underlies atoms and galaxies, in a way that all Men can understand, we need as much as possible to establish a context which is beyond any regional, national, cultural, religious or political considerations.
We are living in a crucial and potentially catastrophic time period which threatens not only humanity but the very existence of this planet. There is enough nuclear armament on earth to destroy it numerous times. The violence of the religious fanatical extremism shown by the Christian churches in the Middle Age with the Inquisition and the current Islamic violent radicalism, the ceaseless wars in the name of patriotism, financial gain, territory, the supremacy of one nation, race or religion over another, all these devious ways that do not recognize the universality of all Men, create suffering and destruction. When there is a basic understanding of the essentially creative nature of human consciousness the futility of destruction and any form of imposed suffering is evident. We thus need a philosophy which is universal and able to envision the end of wars and useless suffering. Albeit the limitations of language I will seek to establish this philosophy in a context which transcends regional, national, cultural, religious and political differences. Thus I hope all Men can understand and think about it.
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