31 – Our transformation is already in motion …

We have been taught to think about our Universe as something incomprehensible, purposeless, non-living, mechanical, alien, separate from us.

We are not taught to perceive ourselves as being a part of it, as living in it, as being made out of it, as being created by it, as being imprinted by it, as existing because of it. We cannot even fathom the fact that, as cells are elemental to the process of self-awareness in the universe of the human being, we are elemental to the nascent process of self-awareness in our Universe.

Not far away from now, if we manage to survive the ignorance and arrogance of our immaturity, our next evolutionary step will be the shift of the human mind from locality to universality, from perceiving our little planet as Reality into perceiving our Universe … and the Universe into which it unfolds … as the whole of Reality. We are absorbed by the horrible things happening in our world – tyranny, wars, hate, massacres, injustice, unimaginable cruelty, sanctioned theft, abject poverty, appalling excess and inequality – and most of us look for respite in the banality offered by a prostituted corporate media, yet our destiny is to perceive ourselves as participants in the unfolding of our Universe. How can we deny the fact that the neural connections in our brains are evolving into increasing levels of complexity as we probe deeper into the inner workings of our Universe and decipher patterns and laws that apply to all of Nature?

Our transformation is already in motion.

The universal mind, the mind that looks at a star and knows it is able to perceive it because its light touches sensors in the back of the brain; the mind that senses an intimate connection with its Universe even if it is unable to perceive it through the limitations of organic senses; the mind that senses the living force from which it came into being and into which it will return, that mind has already been evident in individuals like: *

Balzac: You believe in physics; but your physics are based, like the Catholic religion, on an act of faith. Do they not recognize an external force apart from bodies to which it imparts movement? You see its effects, but what is it? Where is it? What is its essence, its life? Has it any limits? … Nature seeks and combines, reproduces, dies, and is born again; it is even more agitated in the creative effort than when all is in a state of fusion; it suffers and groans; it is ignorant, degenerate, does evil, makes mistakes, destroys itself, disappears, and begins again (Seraphita).

Darwin: It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us (On the Origin of Species).

Einstein: We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceiling with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books … a mysterious order which it does not comprehend but only suspects (Quote).

Rilke: Our hands shake as we try to construct you, block on block. But you, cathedral we dimly perceive – who can bring you to completion? … Yet sometimes in dreams I take in your whole expanse, from its deepest beginnings up to the rooftop’s glittering ridge. And then I see: it is my mind that will fashion and set the last pieces in place (Book of Hours).

Whitman: Come said the Muse, sing me a song no poet yet has chanted, sing me the universal. In this broad earth of ours, amid the measureless grossness and the slag, enclosed and safe within its central heart, nestles the seed of perfection. By every life a share or more or less, none born but it is born, conceal’d or unconceal’d the seed is waiting … (Song of the Universal).

Rumi: What is the body? That shadow of a shadow of your love, that somehow contains the entire universe. – Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open? (The Essential Rumi).

Traubel: Release! Escape! Shall I speak of the door swung wide, of the unbarred gates? After the vigil I step across the border-line, I take my place with the pioneers. Have I met the hour patiently, without fear, at the portal? Now is my name called, now the lip of my love has spoken: Do I mistake you, O divine Signaler? Is it after all some other soul that is hailed? My self is the answer: There’s that in my heart responds, meeting the call with equal voice, establishing forever the unspeakable bond! (Cosmic Consciousness: A Study of the Evolution of Human Mind).

Blake: To see a World in a Grain of Sand and a Heaven in a Wild Flower … Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand and Eternity in an hour (Auguries of Innocence).

Nothing around us today encourages discussion about the universal in us without some personal interest in it. This is sad but true: How many times claims of ‘knowledge’ and ‘spiritual guidance’ have been perverted by money and greed? But we don’t have to depend on others to know what we are. That knowledge is within us because we are ourselves a universe.

That we are made up of myriad atomic elements; that those tiny elements organize into atoms and molecules and cells; that all these elements come together to build an utterly unique yet common organism instinctively driven to unfold into a relatively pre-determined design – self-contained, self-generating, self-perpetuating – is proof of a universal plan within us; a plan that endows us with a mind able to discern the laws that govern the Universe it inhabits.

To know that we are building blocks in a universal plan is our Destiny.

*Highlights on quotations are mine

Reviewed March 2018

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