Eckhart Tolle says that everything in nature is one with life. I was recently reminded by this when I learned about the massive flooding on December 16-17, 2011 in Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City in the Philippines. Thousands are either dead or missing and many more lost their homes and everything they owned. A friend told me that her brother, who lives in Iligan, noticed on the afternoon of December 16th that a very large number of black ants were coming out of the ground and were going up the tree near his house. He thought this was a very unusual occurrence since the ants live underground but now they were going above ground. He immediately called his wife and told her to get the flashlights ready because something bad was about to happen. Sure enough, disaster struck at or close to midnight.
How is it possible that the ants sensed the calamity even before it happened? This is a question that is asked by the mind that wants to understand, classify, and categorize things. But the truth is that when we are one with life, we don’t have to think–and yet we are compelled do the right thing. The ants are aligned with the universe and are connected with the whole totality of being. They didn’t think; they just went up the tree. They neither want nor fear anything because they know that life will take care of them.
We, too, can learn from nature. We can watch things unfold before us and see the beauty and glory of God in each situation. We let consciousness flow through us and infuse our being with its essence so we do the right thing at the right moment. We then experience a more wonderful and fulfilled life beyond that which is labeled good or bad by the thinking mind.