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

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

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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287 – Order and Life …

Friday, April 1st, 2022

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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285 – The Evolution of Hope in Nature …

Tuesday, March 1st, 2022

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 …

Tuesday, February 15th, 2022

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 …

Tuesday, February 1st, 2022

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 …

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, its power immensurable and colossal, some of us call it God, but we tend to call God what we cannot understand. And because in its evolution the Source manipulates and is manipulated, some of us call it Nature, but Nature is just one of the Source’s myriad manifestations. And because we can only imagine the beginning of the Source as an ‘explosion,’ some of us call it the ‘Big Bang,’ but the event we deem to be an ‘explosion’ was merely 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 adapt, 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 affect immediate progeny while others entire generations; some steps affect the course of our evolution while others Evolution itself. This is what Transcendence is, the reaching out beyond our own existence. Therefore, 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 existence.

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. These human beings 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 and transforming our understanding of the unfolding phenomenon from which we emerge, 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? In equal measure to the significance of our lives, we transcend into the Source from which we emerged.

TRANSCENDENCE IS A MEASURE OF THE SIGNIFICANCE OF EXISTENCE.

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