We can learn a lot from nature if we tune our ear to the frequencies through which the language of nature is spoken.
The element chlorine is very hungry for relationship. It’s rarely found unattached. It typically is in relationship with other elements but in some cases it is in a free form state. In this unattached state, chlorine in high concentrations is very poisonous to biological organisms.
Sodium is a soft, silvery-white, and highly reactive metal that, like chlorine, is a very relationship hungry element. If a chunk of sodium comes in contact with water it reacts violently as it binds to the oxygen in the water and releases the hydrogen. If the water and sodium sources are large enough the heat can also ignite the hydrogen ejected from the reaction and cause an even more violent reaction spewing molten bits of sodium. In high concentrations sodium in its unattached form is damaging to biological organisms.
Both of these elements alone are harmful to us, but together in relationship sodium chloride forms salt, an essential ingredient for biology. Sodium helps us regulate our blood volume, blood pressure, hydration of cells and a host of other tasks that are essential for the proper functioning of our biological systems. If we understand this message pouring through the relationships that define nature, each of us is like a bit of sodium or chlorine; destructive or harmful by ourselves, but essential and valuable when we work together in relationship with the right partners. Finding our place in the context of the larger community is of high value, even essential, and being isolated from our place in the natural order is as damaging as sodium and chlorine are in isolation to biology.
Powerful messages actively pour out what we often consider mundane and obvious events. To properly unlock the value of this communication we must understand that communication is part of everything there is, but decoding that communication as it is intended is a matter of recognizing how the language works. Nature communicates through behaviors. If we fail to recognize what is being spoken or if we ignore nature as our guide we are also blind and powerless to both our limitations and our full potential.
Relationship hungry “elements” if working for good are great, for evil, not so great. Neat post.
Thanks. To expand on that delicate balance of type, quantity, temperature and relation of elements to each other we are so biologically dependent on, noble gases are a class that don’t hunger for any relationships, but they also don’t experience much in the way of community either. 🙂
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These ARE powerful messages from nature – you are spot-on right.
I didn’t know, either, that sodium does all that re the blood. I know easily I feel GREAT after a swim in the ocean, but now that makes sense.
I had a Radox (salts) bath on Friday night after a horror week at work. It all makes sense…
Our species is part of nature too, with all our inattention and blindnesses. ..we seem slow learners…