“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

Albert Einstein

Photo by Esra Gunaydin

When a question comes to your mind, what do you do to find the answer? Formerly, we used to look at the encyclopedias, or ask it to the wise men. Today, there is a new concept called “Google” in our lives. We simply write the keywords into the search bar and push the enter button. And here are the thousands of results are waiting for us.  If we narrow down the searching criteria, it is easier to pick up the right answer that we are looking for.

On the other hand, there are some questions that even Google cannot find the answer. These are the particular questions about us. Most of the time, rather than a clear question, they indicates their presence as a huge sense of uncertainty growing inside. We know that the only person on earth can give the answer is “ourselves”. But the question is “how?”

All past wise people which have come give the message of “turn to nature for answers” in their teachings. Even though we know inherently that is true, for some reason very few of us take into consideration of this message.

Essentially, when we make a call in nature, we can use the very same method we use on Google as well. The only difference is that the keywords on Google are replaced by our feelings. It doesn’t matter where we look at in nature, once we determine the right key feelings, the answer will come to us from any link.

Let me give you an example of my own life. I had a sense of uncertainty for a while what I could not name it.  It was as if speechless question mark within. Therefore, I had no idea what kind of answer I am looking for.

Last week, when I was driving to school, nearby of Goztepe junction, a little yellow spider appeared on my front window. It was drizzling and my speed was around 100km/h. Under such severe conditions of slippery glass floor and high speed, this yellow spider was giving a kind of life and death struggle.

I don’t know why, I set up empathy between myself and the spider at that moment. Of course I did not struggle for a life or death but if I was in place of this yellow spider, the sense of fear and uncertainty that I would have was sound very familiar to me.

The same power which made me aware of this spider on my front window also made me stop the wipers and decrease my speed. On one hand I was looking for a suitable place to park, on the other hand I could not stop myself observing this yellow spider.

The answer of that speechless question within was now standing obviously in front of me. This yellow spider was giving the information that I need to know by putting into practice in person. Here you are the life lesson I get from the yellow spider:

1. Keep your faith:

If this spider would not keep his faith for life and stick to my front window persistently, I could not notice him. Wipers would sweep him with the rain drops and none of us even knew him:)

Even a tiny spider’s faith can take me into effect and make me work for him, why not our faith can make a similar effect on the universe?

So, whatever we do or want to do, we need to keep our faith at first. This faith is such great powers that it can affect the others by drawing their attention and make them work for us.

2. Set your goal and use your existing resources in most efficient way:

In order to withstand against the slippery floor and the wind, he opened his legs towards the sides as much as possible. So he both increased his contact with the surface and protected himself from the speed of wind by reducing the space between him and the floor. He rolled a few of his legs as a ball and made it shield for himself. In this crisis condition, he moved very slowly and carefully while he was providing the best position to find a balance. His goal was to survive and his legs were his entire source. These long legs seem like providing him disadvantage under windy and slippery conditions. But he knew how to turn them into his advantage.

If the conditions were different and his goal was walking fast, he would use the same legs again. But in a different way this time. Therefore, anything that creates an advantage or a disadvantage is not what our resources are but the way how we use them according to the current conditions.

That’s exactly in this way; we should determine our conditions and take into account how to use our resources in a most efficient way towards the goals.

What can be these resources? For example, our personality, traits, skills, talents, interests, knowledge, diplomas, experiences, social environment, family, money, material assets, and the place we live in, etc.

It is very important to be aware of the current conditions we have. But keep in mind that, everything is temporary. Even the biggest crisis or uncertainties that seem like last forever will also pass sooner or later. Therefore, in order to survive in crises environment which are beyond our control, we should keep our balance first. In that way, we can take the action once the conditions turn back to normal.

3. Listen to your intuition and act quickly:

I saw a proper place in front of a gas station and parked there. You can never believe how fast the spider moved as soon as I stopped the car. The interesting thing was he moved instinctively towards the right direction in that huge front window as if he knew where he will arrive at. I went out of car by thinking to put him on the ground. But until that time, he was already disappeared.

The goal of spider was staying alive. No one told him the right direction to go to survive. But he knew it intuitively. And when the conditions become suitable, he did not hesitate even a second to act quickly.

I understood that, as soon as conditions become suitable, without losing any time and with the utmost of our abilities, we need to act quickly toward the direction that our intuition tells us.

Intuition is a tool like the other five senses. It is our infallible compass on the way to our target. However, unless there is a specific target, knowing the direction of the north does not make any sense.

Intuition speaks with us in a different language. Sometimes, it flutters our hearts like the wings of a butterfly; sometimes it manifests itself as an air flow in our abdomen. Find out how it talks to you and listen to its voice. And take a quick action towards the direction it tells you with all your strength.

In that my period of ambiguous state of mind, the needed answer came from nature in this way. The exact response was something more than the words above. It was like a speechless inspiration, feeling, unity, and confident mood. It was like a non-verbal sound reminds me that we already have everything we need.

“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more.”

George Gordon, Lord Byron



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2 Responses to Turn to nature. You will find what you are looking for…

  1. Chris Barba says:

    Esra, beautiful post!

    I learned a lot from your yellow spider. Obviously you did too! I think you are absolutely right. “Just Google it” has become a modern day answer to all our questions. So many of us (myself included) spend hours behind keyboards reading, writing, researching, or occasionally looking at funny youtube videos, that the innate answers of this world are forgotten.

    I just finished a book called The Dharma Bums. It’s about a man’s search for the truth of Zen as he chooses the homeless life, putting himself at the will of mother nature, and it is amongst nature that he finds his enlightenment.

    It really put into perspective how this guy lived a fulfilled life with nothing more than a sleeping bag, some clothes, and mother nature. Most of us go through rigors, doing thing we might not necessarily want to, stressed and worried, all for the common destination of fulfillment. It’s interesting to think that simpler could be fuller.

    Great, great post Esra.


  2. J.D. Meier says:

    Nature is always one of my best sources of insight.

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