Last night, I looked up into the night sky, high above the dramatic landscapes and mountainous peaks on the remote Hawaiian island of Kauai – the beautiful “garden isle” that rises majestically out of the Pacific Ocean.
I had never seen the milky way quite like that before. Luminous stars stretched like diamonds across the sky, as if a child’s watercolor brush had just finished the stroke and the colors were still bleeding both on and off of the page.
What a beautiful sight to behold and a gift that we can look up into the night sky and be reminded of the vastness of space and our shocking existence and the incredible vantage point we have. Here we are … aware under the stars.
The human eye can see 2.5 million light years away. This is the distance of the farthest object we can see in the sky with plain sight, the Andromeda Galaxy.
Humanity has learned a thing or two about our history and we came to appear in this world. Waking up into the universe. Bit when we look up into the stars, I still can’t help but think – but how/ why?
We’ve learned some details about the natural forces that sculpted this galaxy, planet and the biology on this planet. We’re still learning…and we will never be able to wrap our heads entirely around .
I grew up under the stars. I recall growing up that I was surprised and confused why others were not as captivated as I was by the sky. Didn’t the unthinkable vastness of the universe both confound and inspire them? Awe.
amazing and unique perspective.
surely having something to speak ituated in it’s gentle majesty; as a new land with something to remind us of.
Somewhere, I stopped looking up so much. Little by little my life became occupied with survival, with getting somewehre and “making something of myself”. What did the satars . It became much harder to get a glimpse of the night sky after moving into the city.
I’d like to see more of that night sky in my life but does that mean that I must renounce my worldy posessions and move to an island?
The Scientific Paradigm Has Discovered a Blind Spot
Call it a blind spot, or maybe just a rather large and ignored assumption. Can’t quite call it unseen because, it’s standing there right before your eyes…or senses at least. It’s obvious. So obvious that it might not even seem worth noticing or paying attention to – or citing in the assumptions or work cited of a peer revieed journal submission.
What is the “i” behind the observer? What is the “i” that is reading this sentence? Where do these words land and from where do they come?
Quite simply, they are both arriving and terminating in your consciousness. Everything that we have ever heard, seen, felt and even thought are all both appearing and disappearing in our consciousness. It is the story of our lives. It’s a good thing your consciousness moved beyond . Consciousness is, to know. We come to “know” something when it arrives or arises in our attention.
Now we know that things are filtered by this screen. Surely we don’t experience the same sunset in the same way. This explains why I should get so awestruck by the night sky while others can enjoy staying indoors watching a horror film. And certainly no one would contest the fact that our spectrum of awareness – that is, what we can perceive – is itself limited. Bats can see farther and in the dark and your dog can detect scents that would not register in you.
Speaking of dogs, you might also acknowledge that dogs are conscious beings as well. Same goes for cats, aardvarks, antelopes and ants. By the way, have you ever seen a sea horse!? How freakin’ gnarly are those things!?
So what is unique about “our consciousness” appears to be the fact that we are aware that we are aware. This ability to know and it is this very ability that traces the real unfolding of evolution. We are in fact consciousness knowing itself. Each one of us is a unique window – filtered in our tiny, outlandish and marvelous little ways – by which the universe (or consciousness) knows itself.
Now, please do not confuse what I am trying to suggest. I am not suggesting that universe = consciousness. But rather, as we perceive the space, it is our perception that we come to know. It is the furthers dimension of time and space that our senses can attune to without instruments to bolster. In a sense, the “visible universe” is merely a physical representation of our consciousness in matter.
Picture of neural cells > Picture of space as seen through x telescope > Picture of world wide web traffic
You’ve heard that nature likes patterns, right?
in our physical reality/ time continuum we call our physical reality (remember that a bacteria is having a very different experience in the “universe” than us)
But htis awareness, this screen, is not limited by space or time. Take a moment and contemplate this question. What part of me is the same I was when I was 7? What is really meant by this “I” that I’ve clung to and assumed this whole life?
Just as you read this sentence, you’ve read thousands of sentences before. And for that moment in time, your consciousness registrered those words and the meaning with which they point to.
In the same way that you can’t get wet in the word water.