290 – In Progress …

I will post on June 1, 2022

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289 – Why can I see what not many of us can? …

Why can I see,

with the same sense of vision most of us have,

what not many of us can?

Why can I see that I am what I am – because I am a component of a living, sentient, self-reflecting Universe.

Why can I see that every cell in my body is a reiteration of what I am – because I am a reiteration of what the Universe is.

Why can I see that I am becoming what I am becoming  – because I follow the same pattern of development our Universe follows as it becomes what it is becoming: self-generating, self-organizing, bonding, self-regulating, adapting, self-perpetuating, transforming.

Why can I see that I create Life from other forms of Life – because our Universe creates Life from other forms of Life.

Why can I see that there is an inscrutable yet palpable order in me – because there is an inscrutable yet palpable order in our Universe.

Perhaps I can see what not many of us can – because in my youth I was introduced to an idea that incited me to see the connections: Everything resembles everything. In a similar way as we imprint every cell in our bodies with a matrix from which we develop and take form, every one of us is imprinted with the universal matrix [1]  from which our Universe develops and takes form. We are a part of the Universe as the Universe is a part of us. Everything is interconnected.

The re-introduction of this knowledge into our perception of reality will open the doors to the next step up in Human evolution.

[1] See Post 272 UNIVERSAL MATRIX

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288 – On Consciousness …

What is Consciousness?

The presence I am born with, wired in my makeup. The presence with the power to give me life or destroy me. The presence that makes me soar in my successes or slither in my failures. The presence that opens the doors to the imagination or closes them with a sad, horrific sound.

The presence that makes me aware of my own awareness and helps me see myself in the world, of the world.

The presence that, although common to everyone, makes me unique as no other being in the world.

The presence that focuses on single attainments like a laser beam or flutters away in myriad things     like pollen in the wind.

The presence that senses the world inside and outside me, the world in which I exist and will dissipate, the world I manipulate and manipulates me, the world in which I navigate and must learn to adapt.

The presence that creates the reality that allows me to remember my past – the feelings, the emotions – to envision my future – the hopes, the dreams – and to give me intention, insight, and the will to exist.

The presence that in moments of pain and sorrow can engulf me in excruciating loneliness and in moments of love and happiness can release me into flights of ecstasy.

The presence that is tangible and intangible, near and distant, incomprehensible and knowable, mysterious and self-evident, ethereal and physical.

The presence that eons in the making comes into life out of the communion of every particle in my body to become the link to something beyond comprehension and to give me the power to forge it, to transcend it, to strive to understand it.

This presence – a semblance of all the above and so much more – measuring, sensing, instigating, examining, judging my thoughts, my life, my actions       is the wonder of my consciousness.

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287 – Order and Life …

Order is at the core of Existence, at the core of Life:

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a molecule that encodes an organism’s genetic blueprint. In other words, DNA contains all the information required to build and maintain an organism … Nearly all the cells within a single organism include exactly the same DNA … DNA is a linear molecule composed of four types of smaller chemical molecules called nucleotide bases: adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G), and thymine (T). The order of these bases is called the DNA sequence. Segments of DNA that carry genetic information are called genes, and they are inherited by offspring from their parents during reproduction.[1]  –  There is irrefutable order here; this level of organization cannot happen without a degree of order.

A spiral galaxy consists of a spinning, flattened disk with arms that rotates very fast. An elliptical galaxy is the most common type of galaxy, has a roundish shape, and demonstrates little or no star formation. An irregular galaxy is a galaxy with no defined shape that has very young stars.” [2]  –   Out of the estimated two hundred billion galaxies that make up our Universe, these three shapes … spirals, ellipticals, and irregulars … are the only known in which they are arranged.  –  There is irrefutable order here; this level of selectivity cannot happen without a degree of order.

E=mc2 – “The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content.[3]  –  For the mass content of a chosen body to be not only the measure of its energy content but that the contents continue to have the same equivalence as the body changes, there needs to be order; this level of continuity cannot happen without a degree of order.

Order is at the core of Existence, at the core of Life.

Life exists because there is Order,

Order exists because there is Life.

WHAT, WHO made this arrangement? The answer to this question seems to be beyond our comprehension, yet it is in us.

[1] https://www.nature.com/scitable/definition/dna

[2]  Study.com > Courses > Science Courses

[3] Einstein

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286 – The Tragedy of Man …

The tragedy of man … starting a senseless war amid an environmental crisis threatening Humanity’s own existence to upend the peaceful order of an entire region, destroy what’s taken centuries to build, murder the innocent for no other reason than to appease the terror of his own inconsequence.

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285 – The Evolution of Hope in Nature …

Hope: 1 – A feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. 2 – An optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large.[i]

John Maxwell’s “Hope dares to give when no one is sharing.”

Hope is the force that guides us in search of the light at the end of the tunnel.

To hope is a characteristic of the human animal. But what about the non-human animals … do they hope! Did our simian ancestors hope to some degree akin to the way we do? They seem to care for each other, but do they hope for their welfare, for a better position in the clan, for survival? Even if it is mostly instinctual, I believe they do, perhaps not at the same level we do, but at levels that affect their behavior and development in analogous ways as hope affects us when, for instance, we are displaced by hate, or conflict, or greed and are forced to search … to hope? … for a safer place.

We see the force of hope every day in the displacement of millions of people escaping from the devastation of their environments, from genocide, from cruelty, from hate, from greed; we see the force of hope in people who have lost everything yet journey into the unknown with the hope of finding a better place.

When did hope enter the struggle for survival … was it there all along in Life’s struggle to live? When did hope grow to be such a powerful force? At what stage in Evolution did Life acquire its capacity to hope to the degree we do?

Why is it that the feeling of hope, like love, is so difficult to apprehend when its presence can be such a force in our lives? When did hope become a guiding ‘light’? Will hope, at the level it has ascended into our lives, vanish from Nature if we do?

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –

That perches in the soul –

And sings the tune without the words –

And never stops – at all –

 

And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –

And sore must be the storm –

That could abash the little Bird

That kept so many warm –

 

I’ve heard it in the chillest land –

And on the strangest Sea –

Yet – never – in Extremity,

It asked a crumb – of me. Emily Dickinson

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[i] Oxford Languages. Wikipedia

284 – A Degree of Freedom …

In the sharing of the common experience of time and space,                          

in the innate urge to bond and disseminate,

in the agonizing urge to leave a mark upon the world,

a degree of freedom is the engine of purpose and transformation.

 

It is the common attribute that

willingly or unwillingly,

connects us all,

compels us all

to play a part in the unremitting progression of a magnificent Order.

 

And measured by

the significance of our actions,

the extent of our visions,

the magnitude of our transformations,

the rightful claim to a degree of freedom to give meaning to our lives,    

we transcend into the future in the lasting presence of our impact on the world.

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283 – Significance and Insignificance …

Looking at the picture below of a tiny portion of our Universe in the constellation Cygnus of our Milky Way, I know that each point of light is a star. And that the stars, unless they are in binary or more complex systems, are separated from each other in a similar way as our Sun is separated from its closest neighbor, Alpha Centauri, by 4.37 light-years.[1] The conglomeration of stars shown in the picture depicts a tiny portion of the macrocosm, the cosmological dimensions in which we are embedded.

[1] A light-year is the astronomical distance light travels in one year at the speed of 300,000 kilometers a second (186,000 miles/sec)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The image below is a 100-million-time magnification of a congregation of atoms and electrons depicting a tiny sample of the microcosm, the cosmological dimensions from which we are created.

 

 

 

 

 

Our awareness of these cosmological dimensions, the dimensions of the atomic particles and the dimensions of the stars and galaxies, defines not only the significance and insignificance of what we are in universal scales        but augments the fact that, as far as we know, we seem to be the only ones consciously aware that we are components of a Universe from which we are created and in which we unfold.

We are in the Universe and the Universe is in us.

Updated February 6, 2022

Sources: Earth Science Picture of the Day, Stars Like Grains of Sand by Greg Parker on February 2, 2022. Picture of atoms and electrons from article by Anna Baustein, Scientific American June 28, 2021.

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282 – Vitruvian Man …

It is fascinating to see the graceful symmetry of the human body – the proportioned halves working together under the command centers of the brain, the heart, the stomach, the genitals; each halve complementing the other, each supporting the other. And although the halves are similar, they are quite different in their functions as defined by the symmetrical hemispheres of the brain; the right hemisphere controlling the left side of the body, the left controlling the right side.

In a well-defined body as in Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, the line dividing the halves from the head to the crotch is clear. How this symmetry develops is astonishing: We are the result of an evolutionary process that demands our specific body configuration to comply with the natural laws of equilibrium while endowing us with a degree of freedom in our evolution. This is how homo sapiens has come to be what we are today.

We are evolving at an increasingly accelerated pace due to our advancing technological skills. In the decades since the advent of computer technology, we have already seen organic changes in the neural connectivity of our brains; studies show a more complex neural connectivity in children with computer skills than children without them. Pre-historic human beings did not have the capacity to alter our bodies as we have now … we live longer because of those alterations. But because our life-spam is so short as compared, for example, with the lifespan of sequoia trees that can live thousands of years, we are unable to appreciate the pace of the evolution of our bodies. But we are evolving. And may continue to evolve if we overcome the existential crisis of our own creation that threatens our survival.

We are extraordinarily beautiful creatures. Our bodies are supple marvels of engineering, self-organization, self-generation, transformation, We are born into life in a Universe that shapes the symmetry of our organic configuration yet gives us the freedom to shape the process that may become our future.

What in the world do we need for us to see the beauty of what we are and not the destruction we can create?

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281 – I dream of a world where there is only one God …

I dream of a world where there is only one God

 

and

 

in our mystery

in our frailty

in our power

in our limits

in our freedom

in our destructiveness

in our ingenuity

in our instincts

in our purpose

in our roughness

in our beauty

in our ecstasy

 

we are that God

and that God is us.

“I believe in God, only I spell it Nature” Frank Lloyd Wright

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