Connectedness is not defined in one way alone. Being connected is a multifaceted state of being that is made up of many elements. It describes someone who maintains meaningful connections, and it also describes the state of connectivity between all elements of life. Connectivity can be spiritual or practical, but it is always essential to the design of our universe in more ways than one.
Human connections, as well as connections with animals and nature, are the personal ones that people are familiar with. Forming connections is very important to people and we spend a great deal of energy pursuing and building them. Connections form our relationships, which offer us comfort, happiness, security and peace. The connections we form have a profound influence on the trajectory of our lives, as well as how we see ourselves and how we interact with the world.
Connectivity also refers to the way all elements of life interact with one another. Some people are aware of these interactions and others are not, but they are indeed real and valid. An example of how things are interconnected would be as follows: humans affect climate change, rising temperatures cause the destruction of forests through fire, the destruction of forests increase cases of depression within people and people become less effective in general due to depression. Connectivity is the symbiosis that occurs between all elements of life, great and small, physical and metaphysical, natural and supernatural.
Connections facilitate life force at every level, from a cellular one to a global one. Connections are essentially life giving because they represent relationship and recognition between two interacting things. However, this does not mean that a connection cannot be negative. The connection that a significant other has with an abusive partner is neither healthy nor life giving. Some connections are better of severed. But this does not mean that connections should not be made.
To adage “there is only one you” is commonly seen in hallmark cards and heard in unoriginal conversations, but this simple saying actually expresses a profound truth. There are hundreds to thousands of components that go into making a person who they are. With this range of possibilities, there is an infinite number of people who can exist and still never exactly resemble another person. Not two people will live identically, think identically or contribute identically as long as humanity exists. This means what you seek to keep for yourself and what you seek to contribute to the world are completely unique to you.
What you seek to keep for yourself is related to your own personal happiness. The inner life that a person leads needs to be nourished and cared for. A person needs to achieve some level of comfort, security, provision and happiness to feel balanced and peaceful. Half of everything we do in life feeds these needs. No two people go about meeting these needs in quite the same way.
What a person seeks to contribute to the world is related to their altruistic nature. The ways that they want to give back, use their talents and skills to be of use and make a positive difference in the world are the ways they want to contribute to something bigger than them. Again, this is an endeavor that is purely individualistic and does not resemble anyone else’s contributions to the world.
A person’s inherent purpose is something that satisfies both pursuits; the pursuit to please the self and the pursuit to contribute to the world. It is possible for every person to discover something that gives them immense personal satisfaction while also contributing to a necessary communal cause. It is every person’s journey to discover what that vocation is and pursue it.
Most people are keen on acknowledging that there is a grand design to the natural and supernatural world. The origin of the grand design is debatable, but the recognition of the design is universal. The elements of the universe, the ecosystem of our biosphere and the spiritual life force that exist here are all part of it. Acknowledging the connections between all elements of life and seeing how they fit together is part of grasping the true nature of our reality. It is impossible to see our world clearly and not accept that everything affects everything else. Those who appreciate the connections between life’s various elements have insight into the true nature of things.
Though all things are interconnected, the natural world and the supernatural world have different natures. The natural world is governed by natural processes, which have laws, or at least traditions if not laws. Natural processes as we know them are largely predictable. All organisms require sustenance, and all natural elements interact with one another and affect one another. Everything physical that takes place is governed by natural laws.
The supernatural, on the other hand, is far more unpredictable. The supernatural is made up of consciousness, metaphysical energies and entities, and soulfulness. These things are much less quantifiable than natural elements. They are less predictable, less easily measured and harder to obtain data on. In fact, some people believe they are imaginary rather than grounded in reality.
When you put these two realities together, you have the clearest picture possible of reality. Reality is the interaction between the physical and metaphysical world. This is the grand design that composes all elements of life as we understand it. We cannot understand reality from the vantage point of a dog or a tree, but we can understand reality as determined by the human condition, and that reality observes ourselves as intelligent, observant beings interacting with each other and with all of nature in accordance with our free will. The design of reality becomes apparent in the interactions between these elements.
One part of appreciating the world around you in all its glory is appreciating the people within it. It is human nature to put ourselves at the center of the universe in importance and the put the importance of others after ourselves. However, it has been revealed that this is not a healthy way of living. We are, in fact, much more in tune with the natural order of things when we remain aware of the value of each soul. Properly valuing every person, animal and other natural body makes us wiser and more aware of the world around us, as well as giving us a healthy, symbiotic relationship with all life forms.
The need for people to respect other people is profound. Humans are the most intelligent species on the planet, and therefore the ones with the most free will. Recognizing in one another the potential for greatness, as well as the inherent complexity and genius, that lies within each person is necessary to a proper understanding of others. It is incorrect to assume that because someone has different abilities, they are lesser or greater than another. We are all equipped with unique, meaningful talents and levels of awareness. No two people are meant to serve an identical function. Grasping this is very important to an appreciation of every human life.
People are not the only life forms that warrant respect and appreciation. Animals, plants and arguably, other elements of nature all deserve certain levels of respect. Studies on animals have revealed that they are confirmed to have certain levels of consciousness, meaning that whatever metaphysical stuff we are made of, animals are made of similar metaphysical stuff. This means they deserve the same respect and protection as life forms that people do. Plants, bugs and other organisms that are limited in cell count are not conscious the way humans and animals are, yet they still lead lives of value, contributing immensely to the ecosystem and biosphere. This means they also deserve respect and room to flourish freely.