Man, by nature, doesn’t want to simply live out his life but wants to understand it: What drives him, through what program, and to what purpose does it lead? And this is why he studies life, or in other words, studies Nature.
I dwell in the world and am exposed to the influence of various factors. However, how I am being governed is unknown to me. A little child is driven by internal impulses, and we can clearly see how the innate nature brings him into motion. But in adults this is less apparent
The thing is that you can only research something if you’re at least one step above it. Then it’s as if I “absorb” the object of investigation into myself, perform an analysis and synthesis, and draw conclusions. This is possible because my rational and emotional perception is higher than the object of my study.
But what if I’m inside Nature, which works on me and is the source of my thoughts and desires? In this case I don’t know what will happen to me in the next moment, how my life will unfold, what will happen with the world in which I depend on everyone. There is information here that I cannot bring into my reason, into my sensation.
How can I keep all this under control? After all, I’m totally confused; I’m not drawing from life all the good that could be extracted. We see this firsthand in humanity, which doesn’t know why it lives, how, or for what. Even prominent, intelligent people ultimately end up following along their own rut.
Thus, we can only truly examine our life on the condition that we’ll be above it. But how can this be done? Here we need some means of ascent above our nature. Then, while still remaining as me, I will, at the same time, look at myself from above, from the side of universal Nature, from that realm where all the thoughts and desires are generated.
There are such people in the world who truly feel what will happen tomorrow or even in a few years. Today, scientists are also acknowledging the presence of a certain informational layer in our reality. Within it, the fates of each of us and of the world as a whole are laid down, the entire program by which we develop. However, we’re unable to establish a connection with it on our own, and this is why even the immediate future is unknown to us. And most importantly, we don’t know how to act correctly today in order to secure this future.
In past generations, we weren’t particularly drawn to knowing the “program layer.” Life wasn’t so complicated and confusing yet, so it was quite sufficient for us as it was. It is written: For with much wisdom comes much sorrow….” Today, however, by turning a blind eye to what is happening, we don’t temper our suffering, but on the contrary, we strengthen it. I have a problem: I don’t know what will happen tomorrow and the day after, how to behave so that everything would go right—and yet, knowing this is absolutely necessary in our days.
The course of development has brought us to this stage at which we must reveal the program of life. Without it, we’re facing the threat of dangers and a lot of suffering. And anyway, we have sufficiently matured and developed to such an extent that this question gnaws at us and calls for our intervention in the program. In the end, we’re simply obligated to reveal all of Nature, ascending towards the informational layer integrated within it. Only then will we make decisions and deal with problems according to the acquired knowledge and we’ll secure a good continuation of the path.
From the Lecture in Colombia 4/29/12, “Group and Spiritual Development”