Cosmologists, Astrophysicists, and Astronomers study the Universe, but in that process they also study us: our origins, our past, and who/what we are. Cosmologists study the universe in its totality, which includes the origin, the structure, and the processes happening throughout the cosmos. Astrophysicists study the physical properties, interactions, and behaviors of celestial bodies, which includes quantum mechanics, particle physics, and electromagnetism. Astronomers study the planets, the stars, meteorites, and space itself in a search to understand the past and the origins of the Universe. They are like the archaeologists of the Universe, and they have discovered some amazing facts that show how physically interconnected we all are to the All of the cosmos:
– The amino acids that make proteins, came from meteorites. These building blocks for life did not originate on our planet, but were delivered here from outer space. Without amino acids, there would be no RNA, DNA, or life on Earth.
– The calcium in our bones and the iron in our blood came from stardust. We can quite literally “thank our lucky stars”!
– Ether pervades all space, including the space within and between our cells, and is the medium of transmission for light, heat, and electromagnetic waves. The space within our bodies is the same space that is between you and me, between Earth and Venus, and between our Sun and the other billions of stars shining in the heavens.
– The matter that makes up our bodies, and our whole planet, is at least ten billion years old and has travelled billions of light years to come together and create the world we live in.
– One percent of the static between television stations is microwave sound left over from the Big Bang. The song of the cosmos is vibrating through and all around us!
Outer space is only 20 kilometers away. That’s less than a half marathon distance. We are so close, yet we think it is something way out there. In reality space is everywhere. It is the most abundant thing in the Universe. It is part of every particle, atom, cell, rock, creature, planet, star, and black whole. From this information, we can gain a visceral sense of how eternal and infinite we truly are. From there we can develop our understanding and compassion for ourselves, for each other, for our environment and planet, and for the Universe itself. We are the world. We are the Universe. We are all parts of the whole that is One. May this physical understanding of our interconnectedness encourage us all to strive to live our lives in love and in peace.
In a interview with Time magazine, astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked: What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the universe?
He answered: 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.
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What an inspirational piece of writing. You may have already seen it but I felt like this video would be right at home here:
Thank you! I have heard this, but not this exact video Beautiful!
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Once more, quoting from the Gita, the Hindu ‘Song Celestial’ let me reaffirm your last lines thus:
”He who sees Me everywhere and sees all in Me, he never becomes lost to Me, nor do I become lost to him.” Chapter 6.29 Bhagavat Gita – namaste Julianneji.
Thank you and you’re welcome, Indraji! When I first read the Bhagavad Gita many, many years ago I was re-awakened to my yogini past and path. It vibrated strongly with all that I knew from within. Namaste _/l\_
At the Jaipur Literature Festival recently ( now asia’s greatest lit fest) there was a talk about Yoginis. I fim not being intrusive, what was your yogini past, and what is the path? you really dont have to reply if you dont really feel like it. I’m just curious.
There is nothing wrong with being curious and asking questions. ;-). Past=past lives. Path=As a spiritual guide and teacher in this lifetime. I respect teachings from all religious, philosophical, and spiritual backgrounds, but personally Yoga and Hinduism are what resonate with me the most.
wow ya me too – but also quantum physics spirituality – please see what i reblogged fromMetaphyzgirl – just amazing – helps my quest – search for the soul! and i know how powerful a Yogini can be (smile).
Yes, I view quantum physics (and science) as a spiritual philosophy. Science is (literally, from Latin) [the study of and for] knowledge. Philosophy is (from Ancient Greek) the love [and study] of wisdom (knowledge). They are just two more paths for our human brains to discover and learn about what is already within and everywhere. And now, with the development of quantum physics, the “languages” of science and spirituality are beginning to merge.
Extraordinary, amazing, feel one with it. There are masters out there like you, who speak of such things, bringing matter and spirit together, as they surely are. I read the Dancing Wu Li Masters by Gary Zukav, the Tao of Physics by Fritjof Kapra, The Field by Lynne Mc Taggart and The Awakening Earth by Peter Russel and was enlightened by them as even now by you.. The age has come when Spirit and Science become two sides of the same coin – like you I propose to begin that exploration on my blog – Search for the Soul – after I have fully dealt with the subject of the soul in metaphysics, not yet complete(smile) – the human side is important first – but eventually we must move from metaphysics to physics, surely. Thanks for so beautifuuly setting out the roadmap.
Awe Inspiring. Thank you.
Great post- and I love the quote at the end. Thanks!
Great post, and thank you for it. Finally, we return to what we have always known. Humans are just a tad circumlocuitous, aren’t they? Everywhere we turn, there we are with one another as we have always been.
I love this!!! I have been doing a lot of research into how we and the universe are one…you put it so simply. I will be sharing this on my Kimi Marin Yoga facebook page. Thank you!
Thank you and thanks for sharing too!
Its funny that technology is starting to catch up with the philosophy of the ancients and long known wisdom share through the centuries. Before the telescope was invented we have known how connected we and the universe are. Thanks for sharing such an interesting and insightful post. 🙂
Yes, man’s over-rational and overly analytical search into the sciences is leading us right back to the spiritual. It isn’t science vs. spirit, but both swirled together into One. Thanks!
I agree with Tysons answer 110%