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Research Question #6

How does cherishing nature as a sacred gift benefit us?

We cannot speak thoughtfully of love for God and humanity without including love for nature and our universe. Some people are nature mystics. They sense the Divine behind the tremendous power and beauty of the natural world, from the rising morning sun to the peaceful rhythms of ocean waves. Inner Peace is connected with noticing the sacredness of our own souls, as well as of the natural world in its sheer beauty. This natural world includes the galaxy and all the harmonious mathematical constants and thermodynamic principles that turn many physicists into theists. We have not all realized that nature is a sacred gift, the first and most refreshing revelation of a divine love. Even though we abuse nature, ourselves, and one another, the underlying love and creative energy of the universe is always present in our deepest being in a very special way. We can connect with the creative mind and love through nature, as mystics, philosophers, and theologians suggest and as some leading quantum theorists and cosmologists assert is at least plausible.

“This most beautiful system of the sun, planets and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.”
—Sir Isaac Newton

“To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
An eternity in an hour.”
—William Blake

“In Your love, You gave us Mother Earth, the Wonders of Heaven, and the Beauty of Nature for our enjoyment, where all could live in peace as sisters and brothers of your creation.”
—Prayer for Native American Week

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