This really does blow my mind when I am consciously thinking about it.
I started thinking about this last night when I was watching some TED speeches about the universe. Physically speaking I guess, everything around you and yourself included are literally everything this earth is made up of. Have you ever really just stopped and realized that your very existence on this earth, is actually the earth itself? Speechless…
Trying to make this a little easier to mentally conceive and picture, think about an apple. Cut that apple into 8 pieces. Even though those pieces of apple are separate, they still come from the same apple and are “literally” the same apple. When you apply that same concept to the earth, does that not just blow your mind? Insane.
I don’t really get any mind blowing feeling when I think about everything being everything on a universal scale. I can’t even fathom or conceive that really. Earth wise though, I can picture it just fine. Every time I think about it, I’m just in a state of awe at the realization of it.
When I think of the universe and the scale and magnitude of it, I feel as though I don’t exist. I feel as though nothing matters in a sense. All my problems and worries become completely irrelevant. On a universal scale, the whole earth and its problems seem rather tiny. I’m some what happy that I don’t have that universal mindset all the time.
The funny thing to me is that the majority of people have no concept of being part of this universe. They feel like they are the universe and can only view it through their own narrow perspective which is partly why we are technically killing ourselves by polluting the earth.
@monkeyzazu, It really is mind blowing.. This reminds me of a great discussion I have heard in many of the spiritual meets. Don’t quote me on this but I’m trying my best to paraphrase this:
“Every living soul is a part of the one and only God. If God is an ocean, every soul is a drop of that ocean. After that physical form finishes, the ultimate aim of the soul is to go and merge with that ocean (which is called Moksha I think). If for some reason that doesn’t happen, the soul has to take up another physical form and come back again in this world and go through the cycle of birth and death. Interestingly, only human beings have the potential to achieve Moksha and that’s why we are the highest creation of God..”
Although, you may argue that we give purpose to the universe through our perception of it.
To that you may argue that independent existence proves that the universe would continue to exists even if we were not there to perceive it.
To this you may allow the great astrophysicist philosopher, Neil deGrasse to argue that “The atoms of our bodies are traceable to stars that manufactured them in their cores and exploded these enriched ingredients across our galaxy, billions of years ago. For this reason, we are biologically connected to every other living thing in the world. We are chemically connected to all molecules on Earth. And we are atomically connected to all atoms in the universe. We are not figuratively, but literally stardust.”
In reply to the above…to quote Crowley…”Every Man and Every Woman is a Star”.
He hold no punches back when telling how it is. It’s why the media back in the early 1900’s made him out to be so evil…because they want to keep us from truth, the truth that frees us.
I like what you quoted. That’s exactly what I’m talking about. What you quoted is mind blowing by itself because of how truthful it is. It becomes even more mind blowing when you mentally visualize and literally accept the fact that you really are star dust. The furthest I can visualize this is relative to the creation of the earth. If I could visualize it all the way to star dust…man. I don’t know. I honestly don’t know. Would be one of the most amazing realizations ever.