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  • Writer's pictureJohn Hernandez

Nature, Supernature, and Personal Growth

photo by John Hernandez ,‎⁨Innerschwand⁩ Austria

     In the realm of personal growth and self-discovery, the teachings of Paracelsus, the renowned Swiss physician, alchemist, and astrologer of the Renaissance period, offer profound insights. Paracelsus introduced the idea that humans are not separate from nature but are instead a part of it, intricately connected to both its physical and metaphysical aspects. Central to his philosophy is the concept of humans being a combination of nature (the physical body) and super-nature (the spiritual essence), a notion that resonates deeply with those on a journey of inner transformation.

     Nature, as Paracelsus sees it, encompasses not only the external world of trees, rivers, and animals but also the internal landscape of the human body and mind. We are composed of the same elemental forces found in nature – earth, water, air, and fire. Our physical health and well-being are closely tied to the balance and harmony of these elements within us. Likewise, our mental and emotional states are influenced by the cycles and rhythms of the natural world.

     However, Paracelsus goes beyond the material realm to explore the realm of super-nature, which he believed to be the divine essence present within everyone. This aspect transcends the physical body and connects us to the universal consciousness or the divine source. It is through nurturing this connection that we can unlock our true potential and achieve profound personal growth.

     For many, the journey of personal growth begins with reconnecting with nature – spending time outdoors, cultivating mindfulness practices, and aligning with the natural rhythms of the Earth. This re-connection serves as a gateway to accessing the deeper layers of the self and tapping into the reservoir of super-nature within.

     How marvelously man is made and formed if one penetrates into his true nature, and it is a great thing – consider for once, that there is nothing in heaven or in earth that is not also in man.” Paracelsus


photo by John Hernandez, Salsburg Austria

   In embracing the Paracelsian paradigm, individuals are invited to embark on a holistic journey of self-discovery that integrates both the physical and spiritual dimensions of their being. This journey involves honoring the body as a sacred vessel for the expression of the soul, nurturing it with wholesome foods, movement, and self-care practices. Simultaneously, it calls for delving into the depths of consciousness through meditation, introspection, and spiritual exploration.

     As we delve deeper into the interconnection of nature and super-nature within ourselves, we open ourselves up to profound insights, healing, and transformation. We come to realize that personal growth is not merely about self-improvement but about aligning with the natural flow of life and awakening to our inherent wholeness. In the words of Paracelsus, "Nature is the source of all true knowledge. She has her own logic, her own laws, she has no effect without cause nor invention without necessity." Embracing this wisdom, we embark on a journey of deep personal growth that is both timeless and transformative.


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