Symbiosis as Guidance

In this lesson we will address a very interesting topic that reveals to us, over and over again, how perfectly everything is arranged in nature.

Let me introduce you to natural symbioses. First, let’s define the meaning of the word symbiosis.

Symbiosisa relationship between two types of animal or plant species in which each provides for the other the conditions necessary for its continued existence.

If we take a closer look at the diets of different species, we can see beautiful relationships between plants and animals and how in each of them there are benefits for both, or one side.

Before moving on to the examples, it is important to acknowledge that:

  • The main goal of each species is to reproduce.
  • Plants are root-tied to the soil, which means they need someone to plant the seeds or pollinate the flowers for them.

  • Bees and flowers – flowers have established a relationship with bees, giving them their sweet nectar as a reward for transferring pollen from male to female flowers.

    Just think about it… it’s hard for a male flower to walk up to a female flower. So he came up with the following process: he lures the bees with his sweet nectar, and right next to the nectar he puts his anther. When a bee lands on a male flower to collect some sweet nectar, the anther powder sticks to its legs and so the bee leaves with the pollination material in addition to the nectar.

    When this bee lands on a female flower, also in order to collect the nectar, it lands on a sticky surface of a pistil. The powder from the male flower sticks to this sticky pistil.

    And so the flowers get pollinated, while the bees get their sweet nectar in return for doing pollination.

    Notice the size of the reward – the nectar – just right in proportion to the size of the small bees.

  • Squirrels and Nuts – Big oak, walnut and other nut trees can be proud of their size, but they still need the help of small squirrels to reproduce. So these mighty trees offered the squirrels food – acorns, walnuts, hazelnuts – in exchange for having squirrels to do their part of work.

    Squirrels gather their food, but do not eat it immediately, burying it first. What is interesting is that squirrels bury their food at the exact depth in the soils where tree seeds should be buried. When it’s time for squirrels to eat, squirrels dig up their previously buried food and eat.

    But they do not remember just about every single nut they have buried, and so the undiscovered ones get a chance to turn from small seeds into big trees.

    Notice the size of the reward the squirrels get for planting the seeds – the nuts – in just the right proportion to the size of small squirrels.

  • Humans and Fruits – trees are rooted in the soil, so they don’t have much opportunity to walk around and spread their seeds. Branches don’t help much either because they can’t get a hold on the seeds and throw them on the ground.

    And so the trees, in their desire to leave their seeds somewhere in soil, spotted people.

    Such beautiful creatures, these walkers-climbers are, and plus, they have arms instead of tree branches… Perfect! They must have a sweet tooth as well, thought trees. 😉

    Trees produce fruits, and they plant seeds within fruits. Fruits are hard to touch and sour or unpleasant in taste, until the seeds within them are ready for germination. When a seed is finally ready to turn into a young plant, the starches within the fruit flesh convert to sweet tasting sugars, a vibrant color is apparent, and a sweet scent is released that lures sweet fruit lovers.

    And so people get their perfect food in return to simply returning the seed into the ground and thus give it a chance to grow into a new tree.

    Notice the size of the reward – a treetop full of fruit available to people to take as much as they need to satisfy their individual caloric needs.

Now let’s think about this. Nectar is the perfect food for bees, giving them all the nutrition they need. Nuts are also the perfect food for squirrels, adequately supplying them with the necessary nutrients for squirrels.

Do you think that nature would make such a bad joke by not setting the same principle between humans and fruits? 😉

  • Beautiful symbiotic relationships indeed! But… what if someone is not familiar with these symbiotic relationships, can they determine with a simple test what is food and what is not?

Of course! Let’s go to the next lesson now!

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