Nature's elemental rhymes and rhythms condition us physically and inform us psychologically. In Nature we find out own natural rhythms, yet Western-style progress and its culture of convenience distance humanity from Nature, both distorting and corrupting a relationship with Her. This distancing itself stresses, a subtle yet real encumbering that manifests in physiological and psychological suffering. Modern medicine offers certain measures to resolve these disorders, yet the practice I suggest, logosynthesis, affords a nonpharmaceutical opportunity to resolve this distance and restore natural rhythms. It relies upon the existence of intrinsic moral properties.
Logosynthesis conflates two ideas: firstly, standing before Nature as Logos—a Word, thought, or reckoning that expresses a conscious and essential order—and, secondly, putting together or synthesizing an ethical response to Her Word. A study of sacred wisdom literature, psychological treatises, and essays from many traditions supports an understanding of and appreciation for Nature. Absorbing these reflections prepares one to heed the operative Intentions of each element—earth air, fire, water, and space—and to fathom their principled and magnificent harmonies. Jewish tradition records that, in the beginning, God "'Let' ....And it was so" (NIV Gen. 1.3, 6-7, 9, 11). This letting quickens, arrays, and favors the polyverse.
Nature articulates this letting forth, or promising, as She versifies. A verse, etymologically, signals the turn to begin a new line (Skeat). "Poly" is more than one. Thus, many turns, many liminal spaces between lines bring for the potential of Promise. One discovers the elements to be profoundly artful and therapeutic principles. One learns to honor and to appropriate their dynamic styles.
Logosynthesis gradually re-natures an ethic, sensitizing one to the repercussions of one's actions or to those of one's culture. Do they complement or disrupt Nature? Contemplative regard of Nature's five elements encourages a move from dissonance to consonance. Logosynthesis steps toward remembering a relationship with Nature through the elements and enjoying the fruits of a life thoroughly communed.