There are many natural laws that affect and impede us as we attempt the many transitions of life. "One step forward, two steps back" is an anthem I have heard repeatedly in relation to personal growth, as Life is an unending procession of Choices offered and Decisions made. Because we may not always be paying proper attention to the forces that flow around us, often making the"wrong" choice can be seen as disastrous, throwing us once more into a "catch-up" position. Many people so fear the result of a "bad" decision that they resist making any but those deemed safest. Fear is persuasive, but most of the time non-productive.
Of the physical laws that govern us, Gravity I see as the most profound. The entire universe is bound by this law, yet the universe continues to expand in defiance of it. Human Beings, as natural elements of the physical universe, mirror this force of Nature. We resist being held down from the moment we enter life, yet at the end of it we return to the "grave", our physical remains bound once more. The Spirit that animates the body, however, is now released from the natural law and is able to transcend it's hold, proceeding forward unhindered.
Spirit is never bound by gravity. If it were, Man would still be sleeping in caves. Gravity creates the condition that causes us to yearn, that begs us to reach, the struggle commenced, and struggle it is, as moving upward is always difficult. Falling down is easy, as most of us have learned, but getting back up is always the imperative.
It is through the struggle of Life that it's meaning is realized. Fear not the struggle, for a Life of Ease is rarely rewarding. Experience and Relationship are the trails that wind upward. Fear lives in the valley, the gravity that seeks to bind us.