We are all going through transitions, movements and changes in our lives, you, me and the other 7billion plus humans on this planet. Our lives will always be thus so, as we evolved from change and its in our nature to live through it, surviving life is not enough, thriving is what most people want to experience during this adventure we are on……how did it all start and how can we learn from nature?
Where did the Big Bang come from?
‘Something’ was happening before the ‘Big Bang’ as we know it. Let’s imagine metaphorically that the ‘something’ was similar to a woman’s experience and a man’s understanding of a ‘pregnancy’ a gestation period.
Lets call it a pre-cosmic pregnancy.
Lets continue to imagine, that this gargantuan pre-cosmic pregnancy was in process in a place called ‘nowhere’ and time as we know it didn’t exist. How the pre-cosmic pregnancy came about is another blog for another day and it will probably take us to the same place of ‘nowhere and ‘something’ again and again! So lets entertain ourselves here.
We do know or we surmise that the still expanding (some scientists say yes it is and others no it’s not) universe as we have come to understand it was birthed from the ‘something’ in ‘nowhere’ made up of ‘stuff’ that scattering and crashed its way into ‘space’ (as we have come to know it) at a speed and a heat that we cannot imagine, or yet measure and it is still shifting, moving, expanding (maybe), transiting and changing. It’s constant motion.
Planet Earth that we live on with its thundering iron core spinning in a sea of liquid iron, the sky above our heads, the moon that pulls on the earth, the trees in the ground, you and I and the mouse in the field all came from that ‘something’ from ‘nowhere’ over billions of years of varying epochs and evolutions of life forms.
Remember Albert Einstein described everything, ‘the stuff’ that came from that pre-cosmic pregnancy as MATTER. (And he found that Matter is capable of being converted to energy by the famous formula E = mc2). Since then scientists have broken down Matter into the tiniest of parts called ‘particles’ and so far we have gotten to what they call ‘quarks’. (Scientists are endeavouring to find out what happened before the Big Bang in CERN in a giant laboratory between France and Switzerland.
Once we understand and accept that everything around us is Matter and is in constant motion; the planet we live on, all the life forms on it including ourselves are birthing, aging and dying in patterns just like the changing of the seasons and yet no form of life is intrinsically the same. We are all related to that first ‘source of life’ that birthed us from ‘nowhere’ where ‘something’ extraordinary happened. It’s as far back as we can go to understand ‘Who am I and where did I come from’ on our cosmic ‘tree of life’.
Varying cultures around this planet have been inspired by this sense of ‘where we came from’ and have over 200,000 years created rituals, mythologies, religions and belief systems to give meaning to their lives between their first and last breath and beyond for some of them. It’s the realm of the spirit world. “We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey,” according to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. What is your sense of this wondrous, curious, painful, mysterious, joyous adventure called your life?
We are connected to that first natural source of what I now personally understand as a powerful supporting energy, which is immensely greater than all of us and all that is in the universe. You and I are connected to the butterfly that flies past our noses; to the soft snow flake that falls on our heads; to the sea storms that rages on a winter’s night; to the moon’s pull on the seas that create its ebb and flow; to the love we display to your wo/man, child, parent, brother, sister, friend, colleague, dog, cat or cow; to the smile on the postman’s face. We are all connected. We are all matter. Matter matters! Matter is made of atoms and molecules and they are everywhere; inside us, around us, below us and above us in a natural energetic perpetual dance. Everything and everybody is connected and we take it all for granted.
Whatever your sense is of ‘who I am, where I come from and where I may go’; one thing we can all agree on is that we are always in constant movement, transitioning and changing consciously and unconsciously everyday physically, mentally and spiritually throughout our lives. Accepting and managing that perpetual motion, not controlling it, is part of our learning curve on this life journey. We can revisit the memories of our experiences to try to understand ourselves in the ‘now’ of our lives and go forward with our Possible Self each day, listening to it or not, in positive and negative ways and reacting to life with conscious awareness or not. It’s a choice we make.
We trust that the sun will rise every morning and not ring in to say its sick to-day, we trust that trees will grow leaves in the springtime and not ‘throw a mood’ and sleep for twelve months instead, we trust that the baby in its mothers womb will nine times out of ten naturally grow its nose, fingers and toes. We expect all of it to happen in sync like a perfectly tuned orchestra everyday. It’s all managed effortlessly and beautifully and all we have to do is turn up each morning to greet and live our possible self for that day as best we can.
We say we trust in nature’s way. Yet, we misuse and abuse natures resources, its health and each others too. We worry, we get angry, frustrated, anxious, sad etc in and with our lives. We distrust ourselves and each other. We use and abuse each others goodwill, love, kindness and good nature. We get out of sync so easily with ourselves. We forget to take a deep breath and try again to be our possible self. You don’t see the sun having a war with the moon and wanting to take its place day after day. Nature has its rhythm. We humans have a lot to learn in living in sync with nature and our own natural rhythm. When we are in sync we radiate an energy that is infectious, joyous and self-supporting; everything falls into place. When have you last experienced that sensation, and do you want to experience it everyday?
Taking the time to reflect and understand your own nature, and the experiences that have shaped you into the person that you are, helps you to reset the rhythm of your life. Who is the authentic you that you want to turn up as each day, that makes you smile no matter what is happening in your life? Once your intention is on what you want to do, with an attitude of ‘I can do it’ and you get congruent with who you claim to be; your possible self is alive and well. We live each day between our first and last breath, always in possibility. Where are you on that time-line in your life and is there a desire to get in sync with who you are?
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‘Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else’. Judy Garland
‘Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.’ Ella Fitzgerald
‘Only a life lived for others is a life worth while’ Albert Einstein
‘Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.’ Sarah Ban Breathnach
‘Sell your cleverness and be bewildered.’ Rumi