It was less than a century ago that we believed our own galaxy to be the sum total of the Universe. We now witness an unending expanse of further galaxies and discover that, like people and stars, these giants of the cosmos get together in groups and clusters. We live in an expanding Universe, one which would not be here, so we are told, if its rate of expansion were to vary by a fraction of a percent.
We once thought the backwards history of the Universe to be infinite, until physicists realized that it had a sudden beginning, calculated to have been 13.7 billion years ago. But ultimately the limits of exploration are reached as we contemplate the totality of the infinite Universe, beyond and before, which we can hardly imagine.
We may never be able to fathom the ultimate purpose of this Universe with its uncountable galaxies filled with uncountable stars. But purpose there is – a purpose beyond putting lights in our night sky and helping us to tell the seasons apart, as implied by the Old Testament’s Genesis. Over the millennia, many popular religions have implied that the prime purpose of this Creation was to provide a suitable medium for the development of the human species. Telescopes have shown such a notion to be untenable.
The incredible unlikelihood of this Universe’s existence has directly led some physicists to come up with the concept of a Multiverse containing near infinite numbers of individual universes. With enough universes out there it is thought conceivable that one of them would have accidentally happened to turn out like this one, with the ever-so-fine parameters needed to support life.
This brings to mind the old story about putting infinite monkeys with infinite typewriters to work and discovering that one day, in the course of forever, a monkey unknowingly types out the complete works of William Shakespeare. We know in our bones that those infinite monkeys would never even deliver us Mark Anthony’s speech. There are some bizarre theories coming out of physics, underpinned by the absolute faith of physicists in a Universe that is intelligence free – apart from us.
Those who make it their life’s work to study the workings of the stars and galaxies would do well to consider the implications of stellar consciousness – remembering that it was a jealous Christian church that originally forbade their consideration of such heretical ideas.
It seems apparent that Universe itself is but another level of higher mind – albeit the highest as far as we are concerned. Perhaps each of its countless billions of giant galaxies is the equivalent of a single neuron firing in our own brain. Its invisible mind might be filling the entirety of what we consider to be the empty space between galaxies – a space that is infused with the electromagnetic vibrations of everything else in the Universe.
We are assured by modern astrophysicists that the Universe contains “dark energy,” a force which they are at a loss to define or explain, but whose existence is essential to their calculations, Could this indefinable “energy” be something to do with universal consciousness – a force unto itself with the ability to hold the cosmos together? Is it a subtle form of electro-magnetic energy at work?
Many religions of the East have made the “All is One” point. Giordano Bruno did so in the West, and was consequently burned at the stake by the Church authorities, who clearly held otherwise.
The term “Pantheism” was coined in the 18th century to denote the belief system that is described by the phrase: God is All and All is God. Our individual blood cells may not realize that they are part and parcel of the same organism as our hair, our teeth and the digestive bacteria in our gut.
Similarly, that organism – us – is able to function without the knowledge that its own existence is but a micro-component of a far greater organism that encompasses everything from grains of sand to galaxies, from clouds to comets, from apples to avalanches.
The vibration of this Universal Being, its unique code, is manifested as the Chi, Holy Spirit, or Prana – the all-pervasive life-force recognized by most religions, presumed to be accessible throughout the Universe. Perhaps it is a vibrational equivalent to the DNA that is present in every cell of our own body (excepting red blood cells), from our hair to our bones, from our fingers to our nerve cells.
Everything, everything in this known universe is infused with consciousness. Consciousness is not the basic building block of matter. It is the architect. Why does this Universe exist? What is its destiny? On what does it ponder? And why is it that we humble human beings should find such things to be of interest?
This is an extract from Sun of gOd, Discover the Self-Organizing Consciousness That Underlies Everything, by Gregory Sams – a RedWheel/Weiser Books production 1© 2009
Gregory Sams is an author who believes that recognizing the nature of stars is as important to our scientific and spiritual understanding as was recognizing the connection between what we eat and what we are. www.gregorysams.com