The Five Elements of Naturality
The teachings and practices of Naturality form a comprehensive and clear framework that can help us to understand various aspects of our lives. These aspects are extensively discussed in the Naturality programs.
Naturality is like scaffolding. Once we feel at home within ourselves and in the world, we let go of the scaffolding and the framework. Jivasu realized the Naturality framework, but it does not belong to any one person. Instead, it welcomes anyone to join the movement and add their own flavor to it as they discover their natural selves. Naturality is an ever-growing process and leads to a world that is an expression of the natural self.
Naturality of Love and Relationships
We use other people to satisfy our desires for safety, pleasure, affection, and attention. Normally, we seek romantic relationships with other people in an effort to complete and fulfill ourselves. These relationships take place between subject and object, in which we are the subjects and the other person is the object. However, in such shallow relationships, soon our mind and body become desensitized to the other person and we stop feeling the same sense of pleasure from the union and so it comes to an end. Most often, we immediately try to find someone (or something) else that will help us to feel complete. This is how we get caught in a never-ending cycle of temporary relationships.
Naturality helps us connect with our natural selves, which leads us to feel at ease with ourselves. When we feel ‘complete’ within ourselves, we do not seek this completeness in other people. Thus, when we enter a relationship while walking our natural path, it is between subject and subject – we treat the other person like a whole, complete person meant to complement and help us, instead of treating them as an object meant to satisfy us.
These relationships have a sense of equality, respect and are more meaningful. The source of love and energy comes from within us, and so it does not disappear; it is self-sustaining and is expressed within the relationship instead of being fuelled by it. We find freedom in our relationships instead of seeking freedom from them.
2. Naturality of Death and Dying
Life and death are two sides of the same coin; they are both complementary sides of nature itself. We cannot live fully without accepting death, and we cannot die in peace if we have not lived fully. However, our minds hold life and death as two separate and mutually exclusive concepts instead of accepting that they are as closely integrated as light and dark, night and day. Our mind urges us to cling to life and to escape death, but in truth, our fear of death becomes a mental prison.
Our fear and anxiety prevents us from living a fulfilled life, and in turn, when it is finally time for death, we are anxious that we have not lived fully enough, so we don’t want to die.
As we live according to our natural self, the cycle of fear comes to an end. We accept our mortality, and as a result, start living with increased passion and vitality. Naturality explores the causes of the fear of death, the physical process of dying, and addresses the question: what happens when we die?
3. Naturality of Complete Beauty
Traditionally, beauty has been based on narrow physical features and parameters, leading to an inadequate definition. As a term, beauty is now increasingly coming to reflect the inner qualities of a person, which are equally, if not more important than physical attributes.
Naturality defines beauty as the experience of delight and well-being brought by the harmonious functioning of the mind and body. When we are connected to our natural self, our inner ease is reflected in our radiant skin, lustrous eyes, erect posture and energetic movements, and we are also loving, attentive, patient and calm. Then we are living in complete beauty.
4. Naturality of Mental Health
In the last few years, many ailments have been found to be rooted in inborn psychological problems. While all of us have the potential to become mentally ill, most of us do not. A strong, stable identity keeps our mind and body in balance. Even those of us without clear mental health issues do not live at ease within ourselves; we struggle to cope with the stresses of life. We are not able to let go of the baggage of our past, and continue to feel burdened by it.
An individual without a strong identity will not be able to keep these stresses under control, and will be at risk for developing minor and major health problems. With the support of a healthy identity, we can begin to address the roots of the mental baggage we carry around. Naturality thereby decreases the risk of mental health issues by cleaning out our minds and developing a healthy avenue of self-expression.
5. Naturality of Aging and Old Age
We feel burdened by old age due to a mind-body dichotomy. Our mind simply cannot accept the fact that we are aging, and we become stuck in old patterns of self-expression that our aging bodies cannot support. As we explore our natural self, we discover new energy and new avenues of self-expression that are complementary to our body. Our mind-body split begins to heal and our mind starts to accept the aging body.
Healing the mind-body split allows us to experience a sacred feeling of flow within ourselves as we start living in the present instead of in the past. We begin to see old age and aging as an opportunity to understand and express our inner self in new ways. This feeling of easiness is the first step to preparing for death with peace and equanimity.