Natural Inclusion

Description of Natural Inclusion
All material bodies exist as a mutual inclusion of space and circulating energy in a receptive-responsive

Explanation of Natural Inclusion

For as long as we have records, most of humanity sees objects from the outside in. In order to understand our world, we seek to get to the bottom of everything around us. We explore objects by freezing them in space and time and dissecting their properties. We treat the object as completely self-contained and we explore its properties by artificially controlling its environment. If we want to understand the basics of a bacterium, for example, we take a single bacterium outside its normal environment into one we can control. We then poke, prod and watch it in every way we can. We cut it open to see its inner workings. This analysis provides us with useful but limited information because this way we can gain no knowledge of its life from within.

Natural inclusion understands objects both from outside in and from the inside out. Its base concept is that material bodies reside within an environment that is pervasive both outside the body and within. In a physical sense, it conceives of space not as a passive emptiness that is irrelevant to the body, but as a fundamental ingredient of the body without which the body can not exist. The body requires space in order to meet its physical needs for its existence. Basic natural inclusion conceives of all bodies as dynamic energy flows that coalesce into a stable body. A whirlpool, for example, is a flow of water that stabilises into a distinct form when looked at from the outside. But ships encroaching into the midst of an oceanic whirlpool will recognise its fluid inner power with dread.

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There are two nice analogies that help to understand how the principles of natural inclusion help our understanding of the world.

We can not understand a fish without understanding its relationship with the pervasive ocean it swims in. And since other fish have their own relationship with the same ocean, there a relationship exists between all fish that swim in the ocean.

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Climate change is providing quite dramatic evidence of a relationship between all humans on the planet through the pervasive air. When we overload it with CO2, the effects on life are already being felt everywhere.

The principles of natural inclusion are that everything has a relationship with everything else, through a pervasive shared environment. At its most basic, the shared environment is space. We refer to space as being “receptive” because it provides the attractive centres around which “responsive” energy flows can form into stable bodies.

When looking at objects from the inside out, and recognising their dynamic inner power, even the term “object” becomes misleading. It defines an object as having boundaries that separate it from the pervasive space without which it can not exist. Instead, natural inclusion uses the term material bodies to describe the pooling of space and energies into some form of stable entity. The material body has clearly distinct properties that can be explored and examined. But in order to understand the body fully, we need to consider and understand the pervasive environment it shares with other bodies, and the inter-relationship that the shared environment bestows on each body with each other.