Harvesting the inner landscape

Spirituality is the gift of natural life. Not a superficial gift added onto it.
Gabriel Halpern

I remember vividly, sitting in the back of my first economics class at the University of Colorado listening to the professor drill home the fact that if we understand what is happening at a local level, we can hypothesize, with a high degree of certainty, what is going on at a global level. “Microcosm is the macrocosm,” he would say. I am not sure why this point became so ingrained in me. I had no desire to pursue economics as a career, but it felt as if God himself (or herself) had shown me the way. I was only 18 years old at the time, so the application of this construct was still just words on paper and economics felt far removed from my actual life. Now, 15 years later I truly get how valuable the relationship between gross and subtle actually is.


The microcosm is the macrocosm, is not just a theory pertaining to the consumer marketplace. It is a model that can be superimposed onto a range of experiences in the natural world. Even more importantly it sheds light onto us as humans! The microcosm is embodied in our breath and mind.  It is the lens in which we interact with the world. It will dictate how our interactions with the external environment will be felt. The macrocosm is the outer world and refers to anything that is not body, breath and mind; our relationships with family, friends, work, life, etc.  If we understand what makes us, us, than we can make sense of everything else. The theory explains why, when we are happy and joyous within, life feels happy and joyous outwardly. Things go our way and opportunities arise. Even obstacles in life are not that bad. On the contrary, when we feel stressed or anxious, the world around mimics that anxiety. We find ourselves stuck in traffic, a day late and a buck short.


We can’t control the outside world. Even if we try, there are too many factors that affect its ebb and flow. What we can do is tend to and harvest our own inner landscape. This means investing energy in a regular meditation practice, participating in yoga and/or other forms of exercise, eating a mostly plant-based diet and most importantly surrounding ourselves with a support system of individuals on a similar path. It does not mean pretending that life is always good and putting up a facade. It is openly and honestly embracing everything that comes and trusting the process along the way. It means self-inquiry and not self-improvement. Self-inquiry lends itself to spiritual awakening whereas self-improvement has the burdensome weight of attachment. When we water the seeds that support our expansion, we can create a shift locally and change the way in which perceive the ‘global’ environment. Therefore the microcosm and the macrocosm become one in the same. This is the real magic behind, ‘economics.’


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