Why do a Nature Quest? We first must make an inner shift before we can address our outer challenges, since what we create in our outer world is just a reflection of our inner nature. But how do we do that? How do we shift into a mindset that is in harmony and balance with nature and each other, acting like stewards and caretakers for this earth, our home?
John Milton is seen as a founding father of the environmental movement in the United States. In the sixties, he was the first ecologist on staff at the White House and a member of the Presidents Council of Economic Advisors. Milton’s extensive environmental studies became a 1000 page publication on Ecology and International Development that greatly contributed to the first United Nations Conference on the Environment held in Stockholm, Sweden in 1972.
More about the Way of Nature and John P. Milton I recommend you to read the book Sky Above Earth Below (see the bottom of this page) if you are interested in the path of spiritual awakening in Nature!
The Twelve Principles
For the conception of The Twelve Principles presented, John P. Milton devoted many years of study, deep training and spiritual cultivation in some of the world’s most profoundly enlightening, earth-connected traditions (starting in 1945) For him, they represent the core sacred principles that the teachings of the world’s liberating, earth-honoring lineages have in common.
John presents these Principles here in the sequence of inner growth true for most people. For example, hearing the First Principle, the interconnected and continually changing nature of all form arising and dissolving from Primal Source lays the proper foundation for engaging the Second Principle, our personal commitment to liberation. The Second is vital for us to enter onto the path, but the Third Principle, relaxation, is where most of us must actually begin to cultivate our inner exploration; if we are filled with bodily, emotional and mental contractions there is little room for real spiritual insight and meditation practice. The Fourth Principle, Presence, is the necessary companion for Relaxation. Without the union of Relaxation and Presence, the essential qualities of alert, yet relaxed meditation cannot be realized. All the Principles build on each other in this way.
Nevertheless, this sequential unfoldment is not a hard and fast rule. The Twelve Principles ultimately are realized as a multi-faceted Matrix, where we can enter from many doorways, depending upon our unique situation. Taken together, these Twelve Principles and their associated practices form an all-denominational body of unique teachings that form the Heart Essence of The Way of Nature path that John offers. Interested, go to The Way of Nature website.
Each Principle represents a key seed to the path of spiritual awakening common to each of these great traditions – yet in The Way of Nature, the true commitment is to direct spiritual illumination, rather than emphasis on the outer forms of a specific lineage or religion. It is John’s hope that the illumination of these twelve collective principles will help those of you practicing a particular religion. You will experience the fundamental nature of your path more clearly and develop great respect for all the other paths that share these same universal principles. For those of you searching for a direct path to the Sacred, these teachings are offered in the hope they will be helpful on your journey into the Boundless.
1. THE FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH: ALL FORMS ARE INTERCONNECTED, CONSTANTLY CHANGE AND CONTINUOUSLY ARISE FROM AND RETURN TO PRIMORDIAL SOURCE.
2. COMMIT YOURSELF COMPLETELY TO LIBERATION IN THIS LIFETIME.
3. RELAX AND SURRENDER TO LIFE.
4. REMAIN IN NOW.
5. CULTIVATE UNION WITH UNIVERSAL ENERGY
6. GO WITH THE UNIVERSAL FLOW.
7. REST IN THE RADIANCE OF YOUR OPEN HEART.
8. ACTIVE COMPASSION ARISES NATURALLY OUT OF UNCONDITIONAL LOVE.
9. CUT THROUGH TO CLARITY.
10. RETURN TO SOURCE.
11. PURE SOURCE AWARENESS IS… REMAIN IN RECOGNITION.
12. SERVE AS A WARRIOR OF THE OPEN HEART AND LIBERATED SPIRIT
13. DON’T TAKE ALL THESE 12 PRINCIPLES TOO SERIOUSLY.
”May these Way of Nature Principles and Practices be of great benefit to your spiritual cultivation. My deepest wish is that you become inspired and truly free as you walk your spiritual path.”
John P. Milton,
Göran Gennvi has been a guide and a requested expert in Transformative Development, both on a personal and organizational level for more than three decades. Göran’s trademark is “Circles of Trust and Quests for Wholeness”.