I have a feeling that people (particularly those with a “religious” inclination) often fail to understand the distinction between the natural and the supernatural. Semantically the difference is in the prefix super- which means “above” or “beyond.” We understand the natural order as that which is part of us and our environment. It is what we pick up with our senses about the creatures we are and the environment in which we live. It is also perceived as a kind of force or boundary that locks us in. The supernatural is what is perceived as above, or beyond that. But it is not well understood because it is outside the force and boundary of our nature, i.e. it is beyond our senses. It is outside the ocean we swim in – or is it?
The supernatural is also a very real part of us, but it is as if it was locked up or with limited access. The more we practice withdrawal or separation from what is purely natural to us the more we are able to unlock and access the supernatural within us. Things that are above or beyond those that come to us naturally are not inaccessible.
In a sense, what distinguishes the natural from the supernatural is what distinguished the motions of religion from contemplation – inner depth! And that is something of which each of us is capable. There isn’t anyone alive who is incapable of touching the supernatural, but we must practice going above and beyond what is natural to us. This takes stillness, silence, openness, acceptance, and commitment; but we must not say or think that it can’t be done. Admittedly it will come at first in small snatches – moments of oneness with our center. The natural we accept as given. The supernatural is touched with effort.