Where does my certainty end and my variability begin? I am here, consciousness existing within the unknowably complex. With a mind that seeks to baseline my existence and create a self as a comparison against it. With such rudimentary understanding of the infinitely complex the egoic mind is like a bull in a china shop. A peaceful mind will never stray far from destiny. So what to make of life? To clumsily steer this vessel into unavoidable chaos? Like I’m stranded on Starship Graham and just pulling on all the levers to see what happens. Sounds like fun to me! How can I possibly choose wrongly?
Listening not only with your ears, but with all of your senses. The dialect of the present moment comes in infinite forms. It is the sound of the trees as they are thrust wildly about by the wind. Its your first sip of coffee as the darkness of the night fades. It’s the warmth of the sun across your face and the smell of bacon as it pops in the frying pan. It’s the feeling of the morning and a brand new day. It’s even in hustle and bustle of rush hour traffic with the symphonic hum of the tires hitting the pavement.
The soul is listening simply because it knows the universe is talking. You could say it has a yearning to learn about every detail of the now moment but without ever reaching the state of “knowing”. To express what you know you must repeat what you have learned and in that action you are bound to leave the present. Knowing is the treasure of the mind, and of the ego.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
– Max Ehrmann
My mind was blown this morning when I found this article after googling “Why does time slow down at the speed of light?”
But it turns out that time doesn’t slow down at the speed of light, it doesn’t exist at all! The article goes on to say that “Everything in the Universe travels at light speed. Always.” Only it is our combined speed through both space and time that is considered. The faster you travel through space, the slower you travel through time.
I found another article on the topic of light speed that really got my mind melting. It’s a blog post on the site ‘Ask A Mathematician‘ Speaking about relativity it states the following:
“Whenever there’s a “time effect” there’s a “distance effect” as well, and in this case we find that infinite time dilation (no time for photons) goes hand in hand with infinite length contraction (there’s no distance to the destination).”
Since time and distance go hand in hand not only does the photon not experience time, it does not experience distance either!
From the perspective of the photon it is everywhere in the universe at the same time!
If a photon does not experience time nor distance then they also could not have had a beginning. Photon’s must have always existed. And without a beginning, there will be no end. At least from the photon’s point of view. We may well see a big crunch (not literally of course), and then a subsequent big bang. But this can mean nothing to the eternal photon.
What exactly does it mean to not experience time? Does it mean to be frozen at a particular point in time? We have all heard the story of the man who left earth travelling near the speed of light for 3 months only to return and everyone is 50 years older. This seems to hint that time is getting compressed.
However, in the distance analogy above I inferred that to not experience distance means that the photon is everywhere. So if the photon does not experience time, is it not in every time rather than a single, infinitely compressed point?
In spirituality we often speak of the light of consciousness. It is that part of your true self that doesn’t experience time, and doesn’t experience distance, but it is the pure witness to both.
Is there a link between this light of consciousness and this eternal photon light described above or is this analogy meant purely metaphorically?
Perhaps they are mirrors of each other. As photon light illuminates the universe it is reflected as a form through perception within my consciousness. But does it do more than that?
To perceive an object, or form, the light first enters our eyes, shapes our minds, and then creates an image.
Think about it for a moment. This series of eternal photons that exist everywhere, and at every time, has penetrated our bodies and shaped our perception of absolutely everything!!!
This certainly hints at much bigger things about light than just physical properties. When Eckhart Tolle underwent his transformation one of his first realizations was that there was much more to light than we could ever imagine.
I am drawn to think that light may be the ultimate source of our true selves, of infinite wisdom, and of peace and joy. Jesus said “I am the light of the world”. And if he was, then we all must be.
Trying to control your life is like telling the universe “Thanks for the 14 billion years of creation, but I got it from here!”
Real change can only happen when you leave it entirely up to the Universe.
Suppose you believe, like me, that consciousness is the force that created the universe. That all of the planets, stars, and galaxies came to be out of nothing by this inexplicable, unknowable power in an attempt to perceive itself. So for 14 billion years stars have been exploding, galaxies colliding, planets forming, all in an attempt to create life.
Now, lets take it a step further. We know that life on earth today looks as it does as a result of evolution. That the diversity of life created, combined with the ability to mutate, has enabled life to adapt to whatever environment comes it’s way. Not only to adapt, but to thrive. What if this also happens on the biggest scale of all.
What if our universe is the result of a mutation?
Hypothesize with me for a moment that there are other universes out there where gravity acts a little different, atoms are organized in a different fashion, or the fabric of space time is woven a little more loosely. How many universes could there be? Millions? BILLIONS?? What if our universe is the only one that managed to create intelligent life? What if our planet is the only planet in any universe with any life at all.
Now imagine that moment where the suffering person finally awakens and achieves enlightenment. In the realization of their true nature they turn away from all thoughts and forms and now exist purely in the silent stillness of the present moment. It is at this specific moment that space is created for consciousness to emerge. As this force behind all existence takes over perception and gazes upon itself for the first time it must be an overwhelming, limitless joy that is felt.
The purpose of art is to transcend the senses. The very senses through which it comes to be. A poem, for instance, takes something as limited as the english language and attempts to use it as a catapult. It points to something far beyond the definitions of the words it uses. It creates a feeling, an unspeakable understanding of something which can’t be precisely talked about. In art there is no logic, there is nothing you can hold onto. It’s only job is to create space, to knock back those walls which limit possibility within your own existence. When it doesn’t make sense is when it is most effective. If your pre-established brain patterns can’t wrap itself around what’s being said it has two choices: throw the art away and call it garbage, or thought itself must be discarded. You must then feel art and not describe it. When in the presence of a wonderful painting it is enough to just to be with it. There is no need to admire the skill behind it’s creation. Let the emotion of the artist be replicated within yourself. The only truth that exists in the Universe is the truth of experience. When you share an experience of another through art you share a permanent bond. You understand yourself and others more completely. It is the cultivating of this kinship that will ultimately bring humanity together.