Aside from symbolizing my deep connection to the sea & its creatures, the chambered nautilus calls forth the profound energy of science & matter, where we witness nature’s ability to create impeccable form that is consistent, mysterious & beautiful.
It expands its living space as it grows, adding internal chambers in a perfect logarithmic spiral coated in mother of pearl.
Considered a living fossil, it has remained unchanged for millions of years.
Now, I’ll confess that I don’t fully grasp my attraction to this creature. On some intuitive level, it just draws me. & when I’m called to something, I investigate.
Enter my love of science, which, among many things, affords me the opportunity to explore in a concrete way, giving form to my flow. It creates integration, & quite frankly, a bit of a high. (I’m geeky like that, what can I say?)
So back to the nautilus. For something to remain unchanged for so long & still be a thing of fluid beauty & form, it must be doing something right.
In science, it’s referred to as a recursive process. Through the nautilus’ evolution, it has built upon its past successes. It doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel to be what it is because what it is works so perfectly. (No wheel necessary when you’ve got an internal spiral coated in mother of pearl).
“The beauty of a recursive process is that it doesn’t require you to start from scratch every time you face a new challenge or need to grow,” says Dr. Rafe Sagarin, the man behind Adaptable Solutions, a research, consulting & outreach program on how to be adaptable in an unpredictable world.
That unpredictability Sagarin speaks of can lead our own personal spirals into many varying states. Sometimes they’re coated in an energetic shimmery brilliance. Sometimes they’re coated in a sludgy funk. Sometimes there’s no spiral at all.
But if we focus on our successes to see where we need to adapt & also include where our failures are, we broaden our ability & motivation to shift, change, grow & evolve into our own epic states of being.
How, you ask?
There’s no one right answer. We all have our own paths & rhythms to achieving & growing, & there’s no cookie cutter, one-size fits all solution to this question of becoming our “epic” selves.
My guess is that, at some point, we must stop, be still, reconsider. Retreat within our own internal chambers. Breathe. Dream. Make space for new visions to come in.
Then… play. Let it rip, let the energy of who we are lead the way. When we let our own true nature take over, which requires nothing of us but to be ourselves, it can make it that much easier to find our flow. In short, just be you.
But where does form fit in?
Frankly, I could be me all dang day long & not accomplish much at all, letting my whims deliver me every which way. Ultimately, how does that actually serve my bigger visions & my service to the greater good?
While science likes to say that nature doesn’t try to plan, predict or perfect themselves, for humans, it seems we need some sense of strategy, focus & form to help move ourselves forward. We must break out of our comfort zones and impose a certain set of standards for ourselves to live by.
Form. The nautilus’, as with much of nature’s form, can be exemplified by the Fibonacci sequence, creating the perfect logarithmic spiral. If you don’t know about Fibonacci, check out this video. Stunning & mesmerizing, even if you aren’t a science geek. & testament that form is far more than left brained logic, especially when integrated with the true nature of what it’s integrated with.
If you’re struggling to find form to support your growth, begin by paying attention to what works. Write down you daily routine. Make the things that feel good & work well recursive. Consider shifting what doesn’t. Try new things. If they support the process, add them to your repertoire.
The form you create will eventually become a platform for you to move about with ease & freedom. & within that sort of freedom, we can’t help but flow.