What is Natural Inclusion?


The term ‘natural inclusion’ was coined by natural scientist, Dr Alan Rayner, as the underlying reason for developing a comprehensive new evolutionary philosophy, which includes both the receiving and the giving aspects of Nature, including human nature. This new philosophy requires some re-thinking of what we mean by such terms as ‘space’, ‘energy’, ‘time’ and ‘matter’.


Currently predominant thinking, based on abstract human perceptions of space and physical boundaries, attempts to define natural phenomena, including ourselves, too rigidly, as independent objects that are completely separate from each other and their spatial surroundings. Hence both the receiving and the giving aspects of Nature are overlooked and we stumble far short of faithfully representing how life truly is and how we truly are.



Briefly, natural inclusion is the mutual inclusion of ‘space’ and ‘energy’ in natural phenomena of all kinds. ‘Space’ is regarded here as continuous stillness, an infinite, intangible presence everywhere. ‘Energy’ is regarded as continuous flux, circulating within space and around local centres (‘zero points’) of space somewhere to give rise to local forms with variable shapes and sizes. Everything natural is made of space and energy together, not partly of one and partly of other as separable components.


Even what might appear extrinsically to be an inert, solid mass is full of space and circulating energy intrinsically. Space alone would be void. Motionless matter, devoid of space, would have no shape or size. Space is receptive, a welcoming or inductive presence. Energy is responsive, a giving or informing presence. The two relate in the same way that the presence of a receptive sheet of paper elicits the responsive movement of a pencil point to draw the outline of a figure.


As living human figures, we are co-creations of receptive space and responsive energy. And that’s how, when we make the most of ourselves, we can and do truly relate to our natural neighbourhood – as receptive, responsive creatures, not hermetically sealed independent figures.


It is recognition of the mutual inclusion of energy and space as informative and receptive presences, ‘some-thingness’ and ‘no-thingness’, that is such a departure from most current thought. The latter treats material and spatial presence as mutually exclusive – ‘something and nothing’ – with only the former regarded as having significant influence on the way things are and how they behave. 


With this departure comes a change in our mental attitude, which enables us to immerse our self-awareness deeply within the receptive stillness of space, at the heart of life and Nature, not set aloof as a detached observer making subjective and objective judgments. And this really does matter.


Why Awareness of Natural Inclusion Matters