Anyone ever think about some global event or maybe just be looking at the sky and just for a split second, not just know, but feel your insignificance? You lose yourself for a moment and after that split second ends you wish it could have gone on forever. It’s like you realize just how confined and cramped you are inside your tiny little body and your tiny little mind and despite the innate human drive to BE SOMEONE, you yearn for that moment of anonymity.
@14sartu, when that happens, I don’t feel insignificant at all. Just the opposite actually. I feel very large.. and connected.
You shouldn’t feel cramped either! Sure, you’re in a small immediate body, but in essence you’re the entire universe.
Experiencing is knowing. Feeling is knowing.
Reading words and saying you understand is not enough. If these words represent an experience, that experience itself is the only true understanding.
And yes our bodies may be small, but our consciousness can be huge. Plus, we are the universe so we are actually very fucking massive.
@drapetomania, Holy shit I pretty much did actually quote him! Haha I just googled his philosophy and saw this right away…
“…we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.”
I guess every so often my mind picks up something worth keeping ;D
@drapetomania, Maybe I didn’t explain myself accurately. You know how Alan Watts and Neil deGrasse Tyson say we are the universe? Well I mean in those moments you can actually feel proof of that. It’s not insignificance it’s…connectedness- in terms of being part of a whole. It’s the way I wish things could feel all the time, like a oneness. It’s a feeling of expansion not diminishment. Ugh I’m having trouble articulating this. Anyway it’s a good feeling.
@14sartu, perhaps you were experiencing an awareness of the “now” moment? Ya know, like how most of the time we are consciously living in the past or the future and then in those rare, wonderful moments, you feel everything in the universe as it is in one single moment.
No… When I look at the stars I see I’m part of it all, yet a different force with different intensity. You can lose yourself for a moment and wish you could stay forever.
@taysand, i was totally thinking of that quote the moment i read the post and then your comment pretty much said it all.
Woot woot same wavelengths!
“when I look up at the night sky, and I know that yes we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up- many people feel small, cause their small and the universe is big. But I feel big because my atoms came from those stars.”
The Most Astounding Fact – Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
Probs one of my most loved quotes ever.
@francina, Yes!! Conscious minds think alike ;) before I ever heard of Neil I would always “feel” the idea behind that quote whenever I was chilling outside watching the stars and stuff but I never knew how to describe it with thoughts. Then when I saw his videos for the first time it was like all the pieces fell together perfectly. Plus it’s such a good instant mood booster!