Question: Why is it so important for a person understand that he is not above nature but within it?
Answer: Because that is how he will agree to change himself and not nature, his environment. Until now, we have forced upon nature whatever comes to us.
Now, comes the response from nature, from human society, and we discover that we are cannot control anything, that we are weak, and the main thing, that we don’t understand what is happening.
We discover that we are not wiser than nature and are not above it. It is a paradox, on what basis do people, who is a product of nature, developing from the levels of the still, vegetative, and animate like some monkey, suddenly leap over his head and announce that he controls nature.
Who is a person to determine that he is above all of nature? He simply doesn’t see that he is managed by nature. We are intentionally made to think this way. It turns out that, for thousands of years, we lived innocently in an illusion. We thought that we managed nature. We evolved, hoping that we could develop without limits. We supposed that we were allowed to take and exploit everything that there is in nature, rebuilding nature.
For the first time, in our thousands-years history, we are beginning to understand that this was a serious mistake. We are discovering that we are managed and that there is a program for the development of humanity called the program of evolution, which is above us. We are within the program and are developing in accordance with it.
Now, our development has reached a state in which we are linked inextricably to all parts of nature, all parts of humanity, the world of the still, vegetative, and animate. The system is locked, and we are discovering that we are under the control of the program of nature. We are within a computer that is processing us, and we don’t know what to do. If we want to feel good (after all, we were created to feel good and bad), we need to accommodate ourselves to that computer program all the time. We need to accommodate ourselves to it in all areas: in family life, in the education of children, in social life, in education, in the economy, and in industry.
This is a completely new perception that didn’t exist in the world before, and it requires us to learn the higher program and how we can accommodate ourselves to it. IN addition, if we don’t do this, then we simply will cease to exist.
Some of the people already are beginning to understand that we are within a system of laws that we do not know. We receive such an illumination as a result of blows. There is no ruler who is ready to rule today. It makes no difference if this is a president or a prince; all control is slipping away between their fingers. They still are trying to control with force like before, but they are not succeeding.
Today, there is no power in this kind of control. Its time has passed! Control no longer comes from above to be carried out below. Rather, the success of society depends on every person, in the relationships among the common people.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/27/14, Writings of Baal HaSulam