6 – If we could blow up an orange to the size of the earth …

In order to begin to comprehend the dimensions of the atomic elements our world – including us – is made out of, we come up with simplistic analogies like the one of the atom being similar to a planetary system, or the one below I borrowed from the movie “Mindwalk”:

If we could blow up an orange to the size of the earth, an atom would turn out to be the size of a little cherry. And if we could blow up an atom to the size of the Pentagon building in Washington, its nucleus would turn out to be a grain of sand in the center of the building, and its electrons would be tiny little pebbles going round and round the nucleus; the rest of the building, the immense space between the grain of sand and the tiny pebbles, is all energy. But although immense, all this energy can be no more no less than the amount the atom requires to keep the electrons and the nucleus together as a cohesive system [e=mc2].

I use this simplistic analogy to emphasize the vast amounts of energy contained in atomic particles. And so as we begin to accept the irrefutable fact that we are congregations of atoms, we will also begin to understand that we are mostly energy.

 The visionary words of Marianne Williamson from her book “A Return To Love” resonate with this truth: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frighten us”.

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