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260 – Universal Consciousness …

Friday, January 15th, 2021

How can our Universe sustain amid constant change and across eons of time the progression of a process self-evidently intent on unfolding into greater and greater levels of complexity and order – from clouds of gas and dust into solar systems, from congregations of cells into self-reflective organisms, from myriads of stars into self-organizing galaxies – if is not for the existence of a universal consciousness?

Our Universe is a system that we assumedly claim to have begun with an explosion out of nowhere; an explosion that has not dissipated as explosions naturally do but has instead turned into the harbinger of Life.

There is no way to account for this kind of development but for the persistence of a universal consciousness not only intent on advancing into greater complexity and order but with an unfathomable purpose.

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259 – MATRIX …

Friday, January 1st, 2021

Matrix | Definition by Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Something within or from which something else originates, develops, or takes form.

Every evolving component of our Universe, whether it is an atom, a cell, a solar system, a galaxy, you and I, is engendered as reiteration and reiterator of a universal Matrix.

The Matrix is a composite of a set of fundamental properties that are essential to exist, survive, propagate, and a blueprint that charts growth and development with a degree of freedom in transformation. [1]

We are reiterations and reiterators of the universal Matrix. We are engendered with and reiterate it upon everything we engender – cells, skeleton, progeny – which subsequently reiterate the Matrix on everything they engender, and so forth ad infinitum, while transforming ourselves and our world in the process.

Reiteration with a degree of freedom is how we have evolved from our simian ancestry into the techno-wizards of today. It is how cells propagate the supple order of the double helix. It is how Life, and everything it engenders, replicates and evolves.

We are reiterations and reiterators in this universal Order; an Order that is as ancient as Time itself; an Order that connects us all with its unfathomable yet self-evident pursuit of Complexity.

But how, as members of this Order, can we sense the interconnectedness, the bond between us and our cells, between us and the Universe?  How can we?

The answer is in us.

 

[1] Properties: Interconnectedness, equilibrium, triality, dissipation, self-creation, progression, reiteration, propagation.

Blueprint: Self-organization, bonding, self-generation, adaptation, self-regulation, self-perpetuation, transformation.

The properties of the Universal Matrix have been derived from my non-scientific understanding of scientific theories; for example, Interconnectedness is, to me, the essence of Bell’s Theorem, Equilibrium is the essence of Relativity, Progression is the essence of Evolution. The Universal Blueprint has been derived from my understanding of the evolutionary process of evolving systems in Nature; for instance, how cells, galaxies, animals, self-organize and bond into cohesive systems that adapt to changing environments with a degree of freedom to transform themselves and their world.

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258 – I cannot Stop Wondering Why …

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

I cannot stop wondering why, with all the technological advances we have made, with all the scientific knowledge we have accumulated, with all the wisdom great minds have taught us, we still insist on perpetuating a paradigm in which we perceive Nature as something alien and separate from us. This is the reason why, because we cannot see the wind softly blowing around us nor understand it as a form of Life that gives us life, we poison it.

For the sake of a simple analogy, let me compare us to some stubborn little fish that, because he cannot perceive water as the medium that gives him life, thinks he has a separate existence from it. But fish him out of the water, and he is dead in minutes. We are not much different. Supporting destructive ideologies like ‘limitless consumerism’ and ‘unlimited growth’, we tenaciously cling to the belief that we can ravage the environment that gives us life because we think we can exist without Nature.

It is easy yet disturbing to see why this old paradigm has taken such a stronghold on us. Amid all the destruction they bring upon our world, we have not gotten over the fallacy of Descartes’ separation of mind and body, nor those religious beliefs that enslave us under fear and ignorance with empty and deceitful promises, nor those political and economic ideologies that brainwash us into promoting the devastation of the same environment that sustains us and gives us life.

The truth the promoters of these fallacies are afraid to acknowledge is that Nature – atoms, the Universe, us – is a unity. But in the urge to perpetuate their dominance over us, our institutions of learning and governance are unable to accept this unity and the fundamental part we play in it. It is thus that, to our detriment, they either ignore it or deny it.

I cannot say it enough: Our current beliefs are based on destructive fallacies. And under the dominance of institutions bent on promoting them for their selfish benefit, it is about impossible for us to comprehend the beauty and significance of being human in a deeply interconnected Universe. And yet, this is what we are.

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256 – We are Immersed in the Universe, and the Universe is Immersed in Us …

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

It is incontestable that we are immersed in an ingenious, adaptable, self-organizing, self-generating, self-regulating, self-perpetuating, self-transforming Universe.

But of all the sentient organisms we know of, we seem to be the only ones aware that, as the neurons in the developing brain of a human child build connections that will ultimately bring Awareness, we are building the connections that will ultimately make us aware that, by being ingenious, adaptable, self-organizing, self-generating, self-regulating, self-perpetuating, self-transforming like our Universe, we are interconnected.

As we are immersed in the Universe, the Universe is immersed in us.

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251 – And so do we …

Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

 

 

 

Photograph inside a Hydrogen atom (click on the pictures to enlarge

 

 

 

 

Human cell with visible mitochondria.

 

 

 

 

 

Whirlpool galaxy M51 and its companion NGC5194

The internet pictures shown above depict a Hydrogen atom, a human cell, and a galaxy. These objects are all universal components and as such,

have a history with a common denominator,

a beginning that stems back to the same point in space and time

and a force within that mandates them to

self-generate,

self-organize,

self-regulate,

bond,

consume,

adapt,

self-perpetuate,

transform.

 

And so do we … you and I.

 

Like atoms, and cells, and galaxies,

we have a history that stems back to the same point in space and time

and we embody a force so encompassing and powerful that it mandates every one of our components to abide by its mandate

and yet

it endows us with a degree of freedom to bend it.

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249 – Opposing yet Complimenting Forces …

Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Survival in our Universe is a contest between opposing yet complimenting forces, some of which tend toward complexity and order, and others toward disorder and chaos. These forces are an indelible part of Life, and because they cannot exist without an opposite, the crux of survival is to seek equilibrium between them.

Life is a tussle between complementing opposites:

Good

E

Bad

Life

Q

Death

Reason

U

Instinct

Energy

I

Mass

Consciousness

L

Unconsciousness

Free Will

I

Determinism

Future

B

Past

Creation

R

Destruction

Uniqueness

I

Commonness

Suppleness

U

Rigidity

Order

M

Chaos

As elements of Life’s progression toward complexity and order, we depend on environmental sources to exist. And so, as environments change, we are bound to encounter forces that may hinder or encourage our progression, oftentimes creating disturbances with the potential to send us in the opposing direction we wanted to go. But because Life’s hallmark is flexibility and determination, and equilibrium is the crux of survival, we instinctively seek to return to a degree of balance, which often means adapting to environments that may induce learning, transformation, or reckoning.

We inherit the force of Life with its forward movement, but our survival, because it is dependent on environments, is a constant tussle between opposing yet complimenting forces. Yet we seem to be, as far as we know, the one creature in Nature possessing not only the highest awareness of the opposing forces we have to contend with but the capacity to reflect upon them, and with purpose, choose.

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242 – It is Entirely up to Us …

Tuesday, April 14th, 2020

That something can be pre-determined and free at the same time seems paradoxical to our intellect … most of us believe that nothing can be two things at the same time. Yet everything in Nature, including us, unfolds by following a pre-determined process (fertilization, prenatal development, birth, childhood, youth, adulthood, old age, dissipation), which endows us with a degree of freedom to choose – whether right or wrong – how we transform ourselves and our world, how we adapt to changing environments, how we forge our destiny.

And so, for those of us privileged enough to have the option to choose, what we do with it is entirely up to us.

The crux of how we make our choices is to do it with the knowledge that pre-determination lays ahead, inescapably waiting for the time when the significance of what we do with our life     becomes the measure of our transcendence[i].

[i] Merriam-Webster Dictionary: Transcend: to rise above or extend notably beyond ordinary limits

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241 – Where do we find Truth? …

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Our organic senses don’t tell us the whole truth about what we are,

they are too limited for that,

but so are the people who believe their senses are the whole truth.

 

To find the truth,

we have to go beyond what our senses can sense,

yet it is in ourselves.

 

We are universal beings,

nested between the worlds of the microcosm and the macrocosm

where a keen sense of awareness is growing

… becoming conscious of itself,

conscious of the Force of Life bringing together the worlds of the endlessly finite and the infinitely infinite,

creating everything,

creating us.

 

It is in that Force where Truth is. And in us it is

to be found,

to be sensed,

to be understood,

to be loved,

to Be.

 

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237 – Guidelines for the Education of Every Child on Earth …

Saturday, February 1st, 2020

“If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going”. Maya Angelou

When a parent comes to regret the outcome of hurtful personality traits in a child under their guidance, the natural excuse we give is “I did my best”, “I didn’t have a manual”.

It is true. Most parents try their best, but in our cultures we do not give them guidelines for the critical job of raising a child, especially in their early years when children are more vulnerable, impressionable, and totally dependent on adults.

And even though we have some guidelines that have been passed on from generation to generation (Tolerance, Honesty, Compassion, the understanding of the difference between Right and Wrong,), there are critical guidelines that are not even considered.

And even though the “Golden Rule” (Treat others as you would like others to treat you) is the foundation at the core of most teaching, I believe we have nothing like a universal set of guidelines for Education’. And the lack of something like this is at the roots of our chaotic, selfish, aggressive, greedy, destructive world.

There is a desperate need for a universal Dictum that encompasses ancient and new guidelines, like the ones below, that are based on facts we all know to be true:

  • Make the child aware that Life is the primal source from which we are engendered and into which we return.
  • Teach the child the value of organized religions to bring people together to help others, but because the core beliefs of organized religions are based on dogma, they inhibit freedom of thought. Therefore, with this in mind, give children the freedom to follow, or not, a religious belief.
  • Challenge them to create a vision of what they want to be in the future; a vision perhaps of becoming someone whose actions transform the future, like those of Aristotle, Mandela, Einstein, Mozart.
  • Teach the children that we are a part of Nature, and as such, totally dependent for sustenance on the environments we inhabit, yet we also are, like no other creature we know of, conscious of being alive with a degree of freedom to transform ourselves and our world.
  • Teach children that being alive is the most beautiful phenomenon in Nature and that we are one of its luckiest manifestations – one that is evolving amid incredible challenges into a supple, intelligent, self-conscious human being with the capacity to see and feel our own beauty.
  • Teach the children that they have the power to make the world as happy and kind as they want it to be, and set them free.

I believe that with guidelines like the ones above, children can grow not only greatly aware of the significance of their presence in the world, but also well prepared to face the world their ancestors have created, and transform it with gentleness and care.

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235 – A Dream …

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

I was somewhere out in deep space observing from afar a desolate Mars-like planet. My position, as if I was standing on the Moon looking at Earth, was stationary, but I was much closer to the planet than the Moon is to Earth; so close in fact that I could hear the tremendous roar of the planet as it revolved around its axis.

Like the Earth, the planet revolved from West to East, but an entire revolution lasted only an hour. This means that from my position I got to see the same topography every hour. As the planet rotated with symmetrical precision, I was also able to discern fading patterns, barely visible signs on its surface left by eons of gravitational and evolutionary processes. But there was nothing else. No telling signs of activity.

Hour after hour, I witnessed the same unchanged surfaces appear and disappear as the planet rotated in front of me. But suddenly I noticed something different, something entirely new. A little dark spot had appeared on the equatorial belt of the planet in the West. I noticed it immediately because it stood out from the dullness and monotony of its surroundings. At first, I could not believe my eyes and thought it was my imagination. But then the little spot continued to move towards the East with the rotation of the planet until it disappeared behind the horizon in the East. I sat there, flabbergasted, hardly able to wait and see if it was going to reappear again in the West. And lo and behold, exactly half an hour later, there it was again. Without any doubt now, the little spot was a feature of the planet.

After a few more rotations, I noticed that the spot was not only a bit bigger, but it was also changing into the shape of a teardrop. I realized that the reason for the change in shape was that it was beginning to move towards the West, and because its direction was counter to the rotation of the planet, a comet-like tail was beginning to trail behind it.

Now, used to its presence, I noticed that its color was a brilliant emerald-green, and that the tail was fanning out covering more and more surface. The spot was strikingly beautiful in contrast to the barren background of the planet.

In several more rotations, it grew into a continent-sized triangle, intensely green in its westward arrowhead, and faintly lighter in its fan-like tail. It was now clear that what started as an insignificant spot was transforming the entire planet.

As it continued to expand, covering now more than half the surface of the planet, it reached a point where the arrowhead touched its tail. Then something incredible happened: The emerald-green triangle covered the entire planet; and its counterforce towards the West, grown greatly, began to slow down the rotation of the planet towards the East. Within a few more rotations, the planet came to a standstill. And then, slowly, very slowly, it began to rotate towards the West.

A critical mass was reached. A barren world had been transformed. And a beautiful emerald-green planet reigned brilliantly in the immensity of space.


As I pondered the significance of my dream, our capacity to transform ourselves and our world came to mind; a capacity that, for instance, prompted our exponential growth with the advent of the Industrial Revolution, and with it, the waste with which we have polluted the environment that has supported our evolution for millions of years. We have thrown out of balance the chemical equilibrium of the environment, and, as a result, we are now facing a crisis that, although it was created unintentionally at the beginning, is now threatening our survival.

Scientific warnings have been loud and clear for decades on the dire impact of our actions on the environment, but for the sake of greed and selfishness, we have paid no heed. Even now, when the signs of environmental upheaval are bearing upon us, a great number of us, especially in the industrialized nations, seem incapable to accept the fact that We Are The Culprit.

We have reached a point in our evolution when there is no other choice but to face the consequences of what we have created.

In the evolutionary history of the Earth, catastrophic events have thrown the planet out of equilibrium, demanding long periods of time to adjust or change. The planet always did. But will we?

My hope is that, if we can find no solution to our crisis, those who may survive the aftermath of Nature’s response to our onslaught, come together, globally, with a vision of a new paradigm based not on the greed, deceit, conflict, and destruction of our current one, but on Knowing that in the scheme of Nature, we are nothing more than another one of its myriad manifestations. But because we have had the chance and the challenge to evolve amid one of Earth’s relatively stable periods, we have developed into the beautiful, ingenious and intelligent organism able to envision paradigm shifts with the power to transform our world – we did it with the Industrial Revolution, unfortunately initiating the changes that ultimately polluted our environment, or when we first saw the picture of Earth taken from space, awakening to the beauty and fragility of our planet, and courageously initiating the environmental movements transforming the way we understand Nature  – just as the ‘spot’ in my dream transformed its world.

It is just a dream. But dreams do come true.

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