A good friend of mine recently sent me a blog entry from NPR that came out a couple weeks ago and I was totally inspired by it. It made me think about our role in this earth, our connection to the ecosystem and, the mysteries of the universe and of our own existence.
So many mysteries about life remain undiscovered and unexplained still; and it is clear that our planet, as any living entity, keeps changing and so do we. So, it is good to always keep an open mind, be curious and willing to accept new concepts, new paradigms, new possibilities, new realities!
As the famous phrase from Socrates states: “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing,” this of course does not mean we know nothing, but rather we can’t pretend to have total certainty about anything, and this is true at many levels!
When a new discovery threatens to change the Status Quo, or challenges the existing (already accepted) standards, there is always resistance, skepticism and disbelief. Human beings don’t like change, it makes them loose the sense of safety created by certainty and knowledge. Revolutionary discoveries, are often rejected, mocked and even ignored, until they are finally accepted because evidence becomes undeniable, and as time goes by they become the new standard, until… a new discovery comes along. There are many examples of this in our history, from Plato and his theory of a circular earth, to Copernicus who defended that the sun was at the center of the universe, to Darwin and his theory of evolution.
Anyway, the NPR article talks about a pulsing earth, and if you look at the stunning animated picture (a result of stitching a year worth of images of weather patterns), you really see a “breathing” earth, with a heart-like pulsating rhythm. It is really cool, here is the link: This Pulsing Earth
What if, we were indeed part of something much bigger…? what if each one of us was a cell in a larger body…?
When I was a child I used to imagine that all the tiny microorganisms that live inside of our bodies had “a life”. I imagined them as teeny-tiny beings playing, having friends, going to work, etc. and totally oblivious that they were living in my body, that they were connected and had a role in the whole functioning of my system. It was a fun game, but… what if there is some truth to that.
We can say one thing for sure, if we look at the ecosystem, we can’t deny that there is a strong connection between all elements of the planet.
“An ecosystem is a community of living organisms (plants, animals and microbes) in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment (things like air, water and mineral soil), interacting as a system“- Wikipedia
So, we are all part of the same “system.” A system that is alive and encompasses not only our planet but the sun, the universe and more!
Another interesting theory of unity and connection is that of the holographic universe, which defends that we are all part of a whole and we each contain all the information of that whole, just like a holographic picture: If you tear a hologram in half, you can still see the whole image in each piece. The same is true with smaller and smaller pieces.
In the Vedic tradition of India, it is held that “as is the smallest, so is the greatest. As is the microcosm, so is the macrocosm.” “As above so below.”
The New York Times had an article way back in 2006, showing the picture of a mouse’s brain (microcosm) and the picture of the universe (macrocosm) and they look incredibly alike… Click here to see them.
The microcosm and macrocosm similarities were also acknowledged by the greeks, as “An ancient Greek Neo-Platonic schema of seeing the same patterns reproduced in all levels of the cosmos, from the largest scale (macrocosm or universe-level) all the way down to the smallest scale (microcosm or sub-sub-atomic or even metaphysical-level). In the system the midpoint is Man, who summarizes the cosmos.” – Source: Wikipedia
Anyway, all this is pretty fascinating to me, and I just wanted to share with you the idea that maybe… just maybe, we are part of a much larger scheme. There is no coincidence we are here, we are alive, we have the experiences we have, there is a reason for everything and we each have a unique purpose in this life, as part of a larger scheme.
I do believe each one of us contains and has access to the information of our true and infinite essence, we just have to open up to it. Some food for thought…
Have a good week!