“A human being is a part of a whole, called by us Universe… He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~Albert Einstein
As Albert Einstein and others have observed, our Universe exists as a unified field or whole. Energy swirling as atoms, giving rise to molecules, forming galaxies, stars, planets, mountains, rivers, clouds and the bodies of all living beings. If this is so, why don’t more of us “see” the world this way, experience our lives for the miracle it is?
Mostly, it’s cultural myths and outdated beliefs that stand in the way. Dualistic and compartmentalized ways of thinking that have been passed down across the centuries, stand-alone concepts that divide “All That Is” into separate parts to which we give names.
Science here, art & religion over there; entertainment here, education there; blacks here, whites there, Israelis here, Palestinians there; humans here, Nature “out” there.
Everything and everyone divided up and organized into neat little compartments. Work time, play time, school time, study time. Children grouped and segregated by age, adults segregated by careers, nationalities, races and socio-economic status.
And yet, as soon as we open our minds to the dynamic flowing unity that exists beyond the veil of such conceptions, our consciousness is able to transcend fragmented categories of thinking…
Quieting dualistic thoughts, our sense of individualized identity drops away. Awareness begins to awaken to the fundamental connectedness and deeper shared identity that has actually been “true” all the time.
Life is sacred, our very existence is an unfolding miracle. We are each an integral part of an ever-present creative universal Mystery- expressing itself as all of us…
Observe your breathing, listen to the wind, feel the energy that fills your body, look deep into the eyes of those you love, watch clouds and stars move through the sky.
As we open our hearts and cultivate greater silence in our minds we begin to notice this magnificent Universe to which we have always belonged, but just didn’t see…
~ Christopher Chase ~
“I seem, like everything else, to be a center, a sort of vortex, at which the whole energy of the universe realizes itself.. Each one of us, not only human beings but every leaf, every weed, exists in the way it does, only because everything else around it does. The individual and the universe are inseparable.” ~Alan Watts
“People normally cut reality into compartments, and so are unable to see the interdependence of all phenomena. To see one in all and all in one is to break through the great barrier which narrows one’s perception of reality.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
“Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it… To believe in God for me is to feel that there is a God, not a dead one, or a stuffed one, but a living one… When I have a terrible need of — shall I say the word — religion, then I go out and paint the stars.” ~Vincent Van Gogh
“Practice until you see yourself in the cruelest person on Earth, in the child starving, in the political prisoner. Continue until you recognize yourself in everyone in the supermarket, on the street corner, in a concentration camp, on a leaf, in a dewdrop. Meditate until you see yourself in a speck of dust in a distant galaxy. See and listen with the whole of your being. If you are fully present, the rain of Dharma will water the deepest seeds in your consciousness, and tomorrow, while you are washing the dishes or looking at the blue sky, that seed will spring forth, and love and understanding will appear as a beautiful flower.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
“I like to experience the universe as one harmonious whole. Every cell has life. Matter, too, has life; it is energy solidified. The tree outside is life… The whole of nature is life… The basic laws of the universe are simple, but because our senses are limited, we can’t grasp them. There is a pattern in creation.” ~ Albert Einstein
“Learn how to see, realize that everything connects to everything else.”
~Leonardo Da Vinci~
“Stop acting so small. You are the Universe in ecstatic motion.”
* Yūgen (幽玄) – Deep Awareness of the Universe * Systems Thinking – Seeing How Everything is Connected * “You Are the Big Bang” – Alan Watts * Moving in Synch with the Universe * Earth as Sacred Community – Thomas Berry * The Way of Zen – Wisdom, Compassion & Mindfulness * The Universe is One Harmonious Whole * How We Participate in the Creative Life of the Universe * Shifting Paradigms: Aligning with the Wisdom of Nature * Surrendering to the Paradigm of Love *