Fear keeps us playing it too safe. It's a space that will never teach you to fly. It leaves you instead, just accepting and settling into the misery, the familiar.
There are no guarantees in a life of freedom and love. Just a lot of adventure and discovery and possibility. It's certainly not safe. Dangers do exist here. That's life. But at least it's full of potential. And at least it's looking forward towards something better, and leaves us personally willing to pay the price for it. For ourselves as well as for others. And often times, actually most often, that something better remains formless, unshapen, or at least unseen......until we have the courage to just jump.
This thing that passes as life, where we hold back, hanging on tightly to what we have at the moment, thinking it provides us security, is just a way of being that just keeps us missing the point. And it keeps robbing us as well as robbing those around us.
Freedom and beauty and love call us back to the wild elegance we were created for. A wild elegance that just doesn't exist within the confines of the life dulling domestication of playing it "safe", which really isn't safe at all.
And that fear keeps us living too safely. Love isn’t that responsible. But by no means is love irresponsible. It’s just really different. Really different.
"There are times when you choose to believe something that would normally be considered absolutely irrational. It doesn't mean that it is actually irrational, but it surely is not rational. Perhaps there is suprarationality: reason beyond the normal definitions of fact or data-based logic; something that only makes sense if you can see a bigger picture of reality. Maybe that is where faith fits in.”
~ The Shack
I am not suggesting that nature is God. But I have come to experience Divine Presence in it. Nor was John Muir suggesting that nature was God. John stepped away from the tyrannical and harsh exclusive Christian religion of his upbringing, because it never made his soul sing in any real way, and found something that made him come alive. It turned his whole life, his whole way of being, into an act of worship of the Creator.
Irenaeus said, "The glory of God is the human being fully alive."
We've all been given a wonderful gift. The Creator turned us over to ourselves and said......go live.
Nature is the first born of creation. And if that speaks anything to us, it should speak that the creator is a most magnificent artist...a creator of beauty. And the human being is a part of that beauty, and is a creator also, made in the likeness of the Creator. But in the turning over of ourselves to ourselves, and giving us freedom, choice enters the scene. The way we see God, the way we see ourselves, and the way we see others, becomes extremely important. It guides us to what we become. Creators of beauty....or creators of something not so beautiful.
Religion too often hasn't helped us at all. Too often God is turned into something that is not beautiful. But religion twists the distorted view of God and somehow rewires our heads to where those who follow it will begin to believe that that twisted story of a tyrannical bean counting exclusivist parental super figure in the sky is somehow beautiful. Everything then gets turned upside down.
Getting back to the Beautiful is a most important endeavor for the human being to engage in. Don't let religion and fear stand in your way.