In Wales on one of my many walks in Nature, I discovered a beautiful waterfall, with the most astounding tree growing on the edge of the pool that was at the base of the falls. All the branches of the tree were growing away from the falls creating an imbalanced shape which was striking. What was clear to me was that the spray from the falls had created a great force on the tree and the branches had only developed on one side of the trunk. The tree responded to the force by leaning away from the falls. I marveled at the power the force of the flowing water, gravity and the spray can have.
It also struck me how a living thing can change how it grows in accordance with its environment and conditions.
These forces are simply waves. The water flows over the falls creating wind and spray as it falls and hits the water pool at the bottom. These waves have direction and speed that influence the environment around it. The waves of energy carry the water droplets far through the air creating a dampness that supports prolific moss growth that hangs off every branch and rock in the area. The air was thick with water and I was covered with a fine film of condensation. The scene was almost ghostly or other worldly.
Waves require space to move. In previous blogs we have discussed how waves interact and in that interaction create patterns. These patterns in turn create form. I think the walk I described above is a stunning example of interaction of waves creating beauty and can be used as a metaphor for our lives.
We must have space. There must be room for exploration so that we can grow. If our lives are full with every moment accounted for in a rigid and organised way there is no room for spontaneity or new experience. Some people like the comfort of this, but for others it is stifling. In truth, there can only be growth if there is space. Like our tree, the branches of our lives only grow where there is space to fill.
With space comes interaction and with interaction comes the creation of all. If I interact with people I can create something magic with them. Sometimes interactions with others are painful. All experience has its purpose and it is all learning.
Scientists tell us the universe is continuously expanding. This means there is ever more space being created. It has to be filled with something. Space is our opportunity for new experience, growth and learning. It can deepen our understanding of our self, others and life itself. Had I not created the space in my life to go for that walk, I would never have stumbled upon that tree and I would not be able to share the experience and thoughts that I had with you. You have kindly created the space to read this. Thank you. I hope you have found it thought provoking. I invite you to share your experiences of creating space in your life for something and the learning that has come from that in the comments below. Life is about the magic moments however small those moments are. It is the depth of knowledge and understanding about life that they give you that counts.