Natural Spirituality

By Jesse Herriott
Natural Spirituality

Emily Dickinson suggested in one of her works that “Nature is what we see” and that image is the outpicturing of heaven itself. The final stanza is equally true:

Nature is what we know
But have no art to say,
So impotent our wisdom is
To Her simplicity.1

Emily Dickinson saw that the spirituality of her day was too complicated and called for a more natural spirituality—one that is both earth-centered and simple in its approach. This is equally true of our experience today. There is a natural order, yet we can make things complicated for those around us in our attempts to control and dominate our environment.

There is a natural flow within our lives as well, and as soon as we can tune into that frequency that is both around us in nature and within us spiritually, the closer we will be to peace. Our world is filled with clutter, noise, and distraction—things that contribute to feelings of disharmony.

Sometimes we have to learn to pull away and get back to what is simple, basic, and easy. There are times we have to pick up the pace, but turning to Spirit within keeps us balanced psychologically, emotionally, socially, and physically.

When we learn to slow down and get back to what’s natural and simple, we can find our bliss. And there, in that same place, we will find our Genesis 3:8 experience where we meet Spirit walking in the midst of the Garden of our hearts on the cool of the day. Find that place and never let it go, because it is there that we truly do become one with all that is. (1993) 34. Nature is what we see. Part Five: The Single Hound. Dickinson, Emily. 1924. Complete Poems. [online].

Jesse Herriott is a spiritual writer, minister, professor, and speaker on spiritual psychology, Christian mysticism, and the Bible. Jesse is in the process of completing Ph.D. studies in psychology at North Central University. He hosts a weekly spiritual psychology program on Unity Online Radio titled Living on Purpose. Learn more at