Human Nature is Exploratory

Perhaps an odd statement: human nature is exploratory.

Let me explain!

I’ve been hiking a lot lately which has me wading through hike descriptions and learning a new lingo.

The exploratory hike is an adventure that is new to the hike leader.

Either never hiked the chosen path or deciding to attempt it in a new way, the leader is signaling an unfamiliarity with the path.

Exploratory. I like this idea.

Life is exploration, investigation.

Declaring exploratory signals the experimental, perhaps tentative nature of the mission.

For me human nature is exploratory.

I am here in this life learning, gathering, experimenting, a couple of steps forward, one side step, one back, reverse and on I go.

Exploring the nature of my humanness, learning about me in part through other’s experience of me, learning about us all by standing witness to the wholeness of life and human nature.

In my journey there is no one but me to experience my life.

I am responsible for me. I make my choices. I choose my path.

My choice is the full view, the wide angle.

I want to witness the fullness of each person who crosses my path.

I am learning to see emotional triggers as a push to look further into the human nature of me and whoever may be involved with me, around me, for me.

Nothing is straightforward within human nature.

We each have our own experiences.

We each have within any experience our own choice.

In this moment, now I am the captain of my soul, my journey, my path.

It is all exploratory.

I have never before been to this point in my life.

I will not be back exactly as I am now.

I may walk in the company of others.

Yet we all have our own choices, our own experiences.

We each take the next step through our own motion.

For me friends are the people in my life who willingly share through their hearts their experience and hold a mirror for me to see mine.

Sometimes, someone crosses my path and the connection between us runs deep and the interaction flows between hearts.

Yes, my heart is in the picture.

I’m excited and joyous.

There is a lightness in my step and in my heart because the light of this person resonates with the exploratory nature of me.

I want to reach out across the divide and hold hands, physically touching that which has touched my heart, my spirit, my soul.

The human heart is capable of holding and experiencing multiple flows: friend, parent, child, partner, lover.

When I meet someone, I stand in the possibility of all of these flows with my heart and I ask:

How do I want to proceed with this person?

The challenge is to allow the answer to come from within the full perspective of the person rather than to be limited by my own imposed boundaries or limiting decisions foisted by my own assumptions of what can be.

I can know what I want.

I can’t know what the other person wants until communicated to me.

Of course, I don’t want to be disappointed if the other person makes a decision which steers them away from my path.

Yet I am responsible for me and all I can do in any moment is stand open to my heart’s exploration, joyful in the connection, thankful for whatever has come whether there is departure or more exploration.

I am on my journey.

Heart open, willing to learn. I make my choices; I think, I feel, I live.

My life in its human nature of wholeness is exploratory.


Human Nature is Exploratory: A lot of my writing comes from what and how I am aware of my inner landscape and my personal work. You can find more articles like this here: For Body, Mind, Heart & Soul.

This is a related article: Human Nature, Mother Nature.


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Cheryl has expanded the collective understanding of the Akashic Records beyond the outdated myths of yesterday into a dynamic healing spiritual practice of divine and human consciousness. She consults in the Akashic Records with clients around the world through one-on-one sessions, extensive research, and future-driven, strategic business development.

Cheryl’s clients and students know her as a relatable, funny, everyday person who loves red dresses, urban fantasy books, and skinny margaritas. When she is not hard at work on her next book, she is on the hiking trail listening to the beauty of nature and the heartbeat of the mountain.

Through her journey, she has distilled her intention for life to these seven words: BELIEVE. Laugh. Learn. Love. Be. Become. Always.