The world and its naturally occurring phenomena, together with all of the physical laws that govern them.
The essay is often published in the format of a chapter book. Chapter 1 focuses on the definition and meaning of the term Nature .
Emerson is describing the experience of the fourth state of consciousness, a state beyond the familiar states of waking, dreaming, and sleeping. This is the state Maharishi calls Transcendental Consciousness. In this natural state, which Maharishi describes as “the simplest form of human awareness,” the mind has settled inward, beyond all perception, thought, and feeling. The mind becomes restful yet remains fully awake and alert.