"We Are Nature" by Bob Frissell

“Those trees are your lungs. The earth recycles as your body. The rivers recycle as your circulation. The air is your breath. So what do we call the environment?” — Deepak Chopra 

We are Nature, and we are Nature in the most profound way. We can’t really draw a line and stand apart from it and say “That’s Nature and this is us.” We can’t do that because we are Nature. Let me show you.


Let’s begin with air and let’s begin by following one breath. Now one percent of the air is an atom called Argon. Argon is an inert substance so it doesn’t react with anything, so you breathe it in it goes into your body, and you breathe it out so it comes right back out again. So it’s a good atom to follow, and in case you’re wondering how many Argon atoms there are in one breath. Well there are three followed by eighteen zeroes; that’s a lot of Argon!

So very quickly, everyone in your room is breathing zillions of Argon atoms in that one breath. And then suppose the door opens and out goes billions of Argon atoms that everyone breathed. It goes around the Earth and one year later, if we were to come back into that same room, every breath would have about fifteen Argon atoms from that one breath you took a year ago. So that means then that every breath we take was once in the body of Jesus, every breath we take was once in the body of the Buddha, and if you go back sixty-five million years, every breath was once in the bodies of the dinosaurs. So air is this wonderful substance; it gives us life, and it connects us to all living creatures, past and into the future.

And water? Well every one of us is at least sixty percent water by weight, so we’re basically just a big blob of water. And yes we have enough thickener added so we don’t just drivel away on the floor. And as you know, our bodies leak water; we’re losing it all the time. Yet the amazing thing is, our bodies know that. We don’t have a big gage, we don’t need one, telling us that we’re nearing empty, because our body knows exactly how much water is in it, and it’s constantly keeping that level just right.

Water covers seventy percent of the planet and it evaporates; it forms clouds and it rains over the land, and it runs into rivers and lakes. And then it evaporates, and around and around it goes. So it cartwheels all around the planet, connecting us all together just as the air does, because we are water. And that water has come from all over the planet. So whatever we do to the water, we’re doing it directly to ourselves.

How about Earth? Well the soil is what keeps us alive. We talk about how thin the atmosphere is, but the soil is just a very thin layer, and we are the Earth, we are the soil in the most profound way, because most of the food we eat is grown in the soil. So you put the food in your mouth, you take the molecules out of the food, and you make it into what we are. So we are the Earth because we’re created from molecules that plants have absorbed from the soil and we make it into our own body.

We are fire because every bit of the energy that makes us live and grow and reproduce; all of that energy in our bodies is originated as sunlight. Plants as we know, have found a way to capture this energy in the sunlight through photosynthesis. They are converting sunlight into chemical energy which is sugar, and it can be stored. So that sugar holds the energy; and when we burn sugar we release that energy. So we eat plants and we get that sunlight captured in the plants, and it makes up our bodies.

So we are fire in the most profound way. And every bit of fire that we make, that is, outside of our bodies, every single bit of it was sunlight that was captured by plants and stored as fossil fuel, or stored as trees that we burn. Every bit of the energy that we use, was sunlight. We are fire!

About Bob: Bob is the founder of The Breath Alchemy Technique and is a teacher of thirty-six years. His books are regarded as underground spiritual classics; they are published in twenty five languages and are available in more than thirty countries. Musicians have credited the ideas presented in Bob's books as a source of inspiration for their own creative work. This list includes Tool (band), Danny Carey, and Gojira (band).

His newest book, The 25th Anniversary Edition of Nothing In This Book Is True, But It’s Exactly How Things Are, will be available in June 2019. Bob gives private Breath Alchemy sessions on Skype and in person, along with coaching consultations on Skype.

He is on a mission to helping as many thousands of men and women as he can, in opening them up to their unlimited potential by discovering that the resolution to any unwanted condition lies within them! On a personal note, Bob is a Nature enthusiast. He loves to hike, and all manner of cats, squirrels, ducks, wild turkeys, deer and redwood trees catch his eye. He lives in Sonoma, CA.

Bob’s website –https://bobfrissell.com