I am sitting here tonight after gazing at one of the most
beautiful skies I have ever seen. Watching the sunset over
Yosemite is awesome. The great mountains, the majestic view
fill the normal heart with majesty and awe of G-d.
It is mind boggling to me how people can be so impressed
with urban living, big cities and the so-called "fancy"
night life. The technological terrors of modern life are so
insignificant when compared to the natural power of
And you see the Divine Hand in the majestic beauty of what
He has made.
Not for naught does the
Torah and later prophets tells us to go out into
nature and to there allow the awe and wonder of nature to be
absorbed into us. This is how we see G-d.
HaShem created the natural world. Human beings created the
civilized world. HaShem's natural world manifests the awe
and wonder of its Creator. Humanity's civilized world
manifests only his shortsightedness and disconnection from
everything sacred, holy and natural.
I pity those who despise a walk in nature, or a camping trip
or a week long (or longer) voyage off trail into the great
wilderness of creation, especially at times of unhospitable
weather. I pity those who prefer air conditioning over the
rustic fresh air of the great outdoors. I pity those who are
so disconnected from the natural world that they only prefer
that which is artificial and unnatural. And people ask why
they feel so lost and disconnected from G-d!
I hear from so many people who ask me how to draw close to
G-d. Well, I tell them the truth. I tell them what is
simple. I tell them what is natural. There is no need for
elongated philosophical lessons, no need for books to teach
this. Drawing close to G-d is simple. G-d is Elokim, Elokim
is HaTeva. You want to find G-d? Well then, go out into G-d's
creation and you will find Him in what He Himself made.
You will not find G-d in that which humanity has made.
Although G-d is everywhere and in everything, still G-d is
mostly concealed by humanity's work, just as G-d is
concealed and hidden in the individual overly-analytical
mind. What is hidden from one's mind is obviously going to
be hidden by one's work, which are the byproduct of one's
mind. Therefore, it is hard to find G-d in the civilization
created by humanity, whereas it is easy to find G-d in that
which He has created.
Go out away from the city lights and see the lights of the
stars of the sky. See the magnificence of that which G-d has
made. Look for G-d where He is to be found. Draw near to Him
where the veil of separation and illusion is thinnest. This
is the easiest place to punch through the lies and penetrate
to the truth.
Get out of the artificial box which you embrace so tight,
and instead let go of the lie. Surrender to the Higher Hand
and go back to the natural way. Indeed, you will have to
give up much that is unnatural and artificial, but in place
of what you give up, you will gain so much more; more than
what words can describe.
Go out and look at the mountains, gaze up at the skies,
remember you are G-d's creation. Act the part!