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282 – Vitruvian Man …

Saturday, January 15th, 2022

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 …

Saturday, January 1st, 2022

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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280 – We are participants in the unfolding of our Universe …

Tuesday, December 28th, 2021

Why, if it is the most important thing there is, most of us are not aware that we are a part of our Universe?

We would not be alive otherwise.

This lack of awareness about something so important is understandable in those of us whose lives are a constant struggle to survive, but for those of us who have the time to be curious and the opportunities to know how to know, it is unforgivable; our lack of awareness of this truth is the source of our detachment from reality, and the reason why we are destroying the world that gives us existence.

Scientists, especially those in the physical sciences, bear great responsibility for our ignorance; they fail to include us in the nature and beauty of their theorems. It is as if we don’t exist in what they learn about our Universe, therefore, instead of expanding the knowledge of our intimate connection with our Universe, they reassert our feeling of alienation.

The feeling of alienation they evoke in us does not represent the truth that, as every cell in our bodies participates in the unfolding of what we are, we are participants in the unfolding of our Universe.

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered, the point is to discover them.” Galileo Galilei

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278 – Transmutation …

Monday, November 15th, 2021

What would you do with your life if you knew that it emerged as part of the restless continuum we call Humanity; a continuum eons in the making and impelled forward not only by the forces that challenge and strengthen its continuity

but by us,

you and I,

as we toil with opportunities or the lack of them to improve our survival or that of our species.

We come into Life built with the capacity to perpetuate the continuum and with a degree of freedom to alter it. This is magnificent. This is how Humanity moves forward, self-creating, self-transforming, learning, adapting, re-forming. This is how, equivalent to the significance of what we accomplish with our lives, we re-emerge back into the continuum, transmuted into other forms of life.

Nothing truly dies. What seems to be an end is but a transmutation from one state of being into another. We see death as an ending because we cannot see beyond our limitations.

All those in our evolutionary progression who struggled to survive, to change the world, to help us see beyond our limitations, live in us in what we are becoming as we may live in what we may become. This is how the past informs the present and the present informs the future.

We are the creation of our past and the creators of our future.

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277 – Where do we come from / What are we / Where are we going …

Monday, November 1st, 2021

 

Update on my ongoing quest to find answers to a set of questions I believe are the most profound challenge posed to the human mind. The questions are the title of the above painting by Paul Gauguin.

Where do we come from?

We emerge out of a primordial, self-generating, self-regulating, self-transcending Source; a phenomenon whose onward movement we call Evolution. But Evolution is just the progression through which the primordial Source unfolds into higher orders of complexity and order. And since the unfolding of the Source is measurable, its creativity discernible, its self-generation evident, and its power immensurable and colossal, some of us call it God, but we tend to call God what we cannot understand. And since in its evolution the Source manipulates and is manipulated, some of us call it Nature, but Nature is just its manifestation into myriad forms. And because we can only imagine its beginning as an ‘explosion’ some of us call the ‘Big Bang,’ we fail to see that the ‘explosion’ merely was the emergence of one of its manifestations.

And since the Source thrives in us – in our desires, in our fears, in the pulse of primal blood in our veins, in the rhythmic beat of our hearts, in the innate instincts that compel us to adapt and survive, in our boundless ingenuity and creativity, in our urge to bond and re-generate, in our self-reflective contemplation of self-reflection – some of us call it Life. But Life is the Source itself in us and all around us, the mystery of mysteries from which we emerge with the capacity to transcend beyond our own limits.

What are we?

Infinitesimally small from the dimension of the stars and immense from the dimension of the atoms, we are a manifestation of a primal Source that imprints us from the moment of Becoming with a mandate to bond, re-generate, adapt. Thus ensuring our participation in the renewal and perpetuation of its onward movement.

But although driving us with primal instincts and regulating our development under laws that control our internal and external environments, the Source nonetheless endows us with a degree of freedom to choose, to see beyond immediacy, to transform ourselves and our world. We are sources of Transformation.

Where are we going?

Pregnant with the possibilities of a degree of freedom yet limited by the demands of our internal and external environments, we forge ahead until we no longer can, until the inexorable moment when we must begin the disintegration of our physical self and re-integration into the unfolding Source from which we emerged.

Like everything in Nature, we develop through the evolutionary steps of our species. Each step builds upon the ones before; some steps affecting immediate progeny, some entire generations; some steps affecting the course of our evolution, some Evolution itself. This is what Transcendence is, the reaching out beyond our own existence. And thus, according to the significance of what we imagine, what we create, what we destroy, what we take, what we give, we may transcend into a new form of existence, a new form of Life equivalent to the significance of our actions.

Think about Einstein – how his ideas live among us, opening new visions of the Universe and challenging our understanding of Reality; think about Darwin – how his theory of Evolution lives among us, stimulating research in the origins of Life; think about Mandela and Gandhi – how their courage live among us, inspiring pacifist rebellion against the tyranny of unaccountable power; think about Socrates – how his method of inquiry lives among us, stimulating discussion on the meaning of Being; think about Gauguin – how his profound and haunting questions live among us, daring us to search for answers. They live among us in heightened forms of existence that further our creative progression towards complexity; they live among us in the greater reaches of our perception; they live among us challenging our understanding of the unfolding phenomenon from which we emerge, reminding us of our ancestry, helping us move forward in the transcendental process of Becoming, making us more daring in our visions of the future, more self-conscious about the struggles and wonders of existence.

WHERE DO WE COME FROM? We emerge out of a primordial self-generating, self-regulating, self-transcending Source.

WHAT ARE WE? We are sources of Transformation.

WHERE ARE WE GOING? We transcend into the Source from which we emerged in equal measure to the significance of our lives.

TRANSCENDENCE IS A MEASURE OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF EXISTENCE.

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276 – Self-Creation …

Friday, October 15th, 2021

There is nothing more amazing to me, besides the fact that I am alive, than the fact that I create and re-create my own components … my own cells, my own organs … and that by doing so, I am constantly re-creating myself.

This is the universal power of self-creation in me … the continuum of Life … by re-creating myself, I am Life re-creating itself.

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274 – On Energy …

Sunday, August 15th, 2021

What is Energy? It is in me as it is all over the Universe. It is what moves me, and atoms, and stars, and whole galaxies, and the Universe itself. It is what gives Life life. And yet, these platitudes are about the best I can come up with in my efforts to try to understand what energy is because I really don’t know.

The information I gather from scientific sites on the internet state that energy is a quantitative property transferred to an object in order for the object to perform work; that under the Law of Conservation, energy can be changed in form but not created or destroyed; that energy, in all its manifestations (gravitational, electric, magnetic, etc.), is associated with motion; that transforming kinetic energy (motion) into potential energy (stored), and back again, is how things move and change; that energy is closely related to mass, and that according to e=mc2, the mass of an object has an equivalent amount of energy, which in other words means that when an object acquires or sheds mass, its energy respectively increases or decreases by an equivalent amount.

See, scientists can explain its manifestations, its properties, its transformations, its equivalence with mathematical precision, but they cannot fathom where energy originally came from. They claim that our Universe came into existence in an explosion – the infamous “Big Bang’ – but explosions, any explosion, requires a source of energy to ignite, and they don’t know where the energy that ignited the ‘Big-bang’ was transferred from.

According to Wikipedia, “The Sun is the source of energy for most of life on Earth. As a star, the Sun is heated to high temperatures by the fusion of hydrogen in its core. This energy is ultimately transferred (released) into space mainly in the form of radiant energy (light).”

But where, I ask, was the energy that ignited the Sun transferred from? The answer, of course, is that it was transferred from the centrifugal forces of the Milky Way. But where, I ask again, was the original energy that created the Milky Way transferred from? Where, I ask, was the primal energy that conceived our Universe transferred from?

A body, whether it be an atom, a cell, you and I, a solar system, a galaxy, the Universe itself, needs a transfer of energy sources to be conceived, to grow, to develop, to adapt, to become a source of energy itself. This is the energy that transforms everything and is transformed by everything. It is the force behind the motion of atoms and stars and everything we do. It is the source of Life, and as Life, we don’t know what energy is because we don’t know what gave it its origin. We just don’t know.

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273 – On Religion …

Sunday, August 1st, 2021

I was brought up under the indoctrination of Catholicism. And when I finally liberated myself from its claws, I came to despise its iron hand, its cruelty, its possessiveness, its greed for power, its utter and defiant imposition of ignorance on those with the need to follow its creed. Catholicism suffocated me. It forbade me to think about myself as the beautiful animal I am, and instead tried to impose the belief that I am full of sin and malice. Catholicism wanted me to accept a doctrine in which the only way to ‘salvation’ was the sacrifice of my innate need to know in exchange for total submission to its irrational dogmas. I always believed in the order and beauty of a universal Being from which my innate need to know emanates. There is too much beauty and wonder in me and around me to ever doubt Its existence. Therefore, I could never come to accept the angry and vengeful god the religion forced upon me without allowing me to question “his” cruel and selfish motives. But amid its abhorrent and power-hungry self-interests, Catholicism gave me a beautiful thing: It taught me that I am created in the image of the creator.

The concept of Complementarity in science and the guiding principle of a beloved mentor that taught me that “Everything resembles everything,” are affirmations of this truth. An atom, a molecule, a human being, a planetary system, a galaxy, the Universe from which we all come into existence, are all unique in our peculiarities and the elementary composition of our bodies and we are wave-like in the patterns we weave with our interconnections and we are universal-like in the things we all do that make us all alike: We all consume energy sources and transform them into the forces with which we change ourselves and our world, we all create, organize, and regulate our own components to fit the demands of our environments and perpetuate our existence. We are all alike.

There are two sides to Religion. One that binds us with dogma, and other that opens the doors to our relationship with the creator.

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270 – Imagination is our Sixth Sense

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021

Our perception of reality is constructed in our brains with the input of our senses, and it is put together through a process in which neurons – our information cells – working together with regular cells, create a mind free to unleash the world of the imagination yet constricted by the landscape of reality.

Encased inside our skull, the only contact our brains have with the outside world is through a set of organic senses that, like Touch or Taste let us experience our immediate world, or Vision which let us see the world around us and the faraway worlds of the stars, or Imagination which let us create images of the worlds we can touch, taste, see, and the worlds we cannot.

Like Touch or Vision or Taste, the sense of Imagination is organic; it affects our choices and even hurts us and makes us smile. Like Touch or Vision or Taste, Imagination is the result of the neuronal activity in our bodies, and the input we receive from the environment, and the life-history of the beholder.

But unlike Touch or Vision or Taste, Imagination is boundless. Our sense of vision, for instance, out of myriad stars in the Universe only lets us see our closest neighbors. While Imagination, boundless but for the walls we build to constrain it, let us imagine the entire Universe.

Imagination is our sixth sense. Set it free.

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269 – Freedom of Choice …

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Freedom of choice describes an individual’s opportunity and autonomy to perform an action selected from at least two available options, unconstrained by external parties. Wikipedia [highlight mine].

Because our choices are constrained by external parties, most human beings do not have freedom of choice. Our decisions, our actions, our choices, our dreams are dominated by the ideologies and beliefs of others. Just think how much our perception of ourselves and our world is manipulated by Organized Religions, Politics, Economics, the Media, and, especially, by the takeover of Education of a corporate mentality.

What we call ‘Freedom of Choice’ is fragile as a chimera.

Freedom of choice, to me, is having the capacity to explore what it means to be Human amid the vastness of the world we inhabit and the microscopic world from which we are made, and to love who we want to love and love what we want to do, constrained only by the search for Truth and Happiness and the knowledge that, even if our Freedom of Choice is fragile as a chimera, we can still change the world.

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