In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, no disgrace, no calamity (leaving me my eyes), which nature cannot repair. Standing on the bare ground, my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space, all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part and parcel of God. Ralph Waldo Emerson, transcendentalist
Personally, the space outside means more of me, and you. We are, together with all else, experiencing the larger nature of ourself.
The idea that there is only one of ‘us’ here, one integrated cosmic process (call it God, or whatever you like), resonates strongly for me. An ancient spiritual mantra, it is now being supported by the field of Unified Physics. According to this connected worldview, there is no outside, nor is space, as we often imagine it, empty. It is full, the matrix that inspires all, though our senses may contest this.
A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe’; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. Albert Einstein, physicist
Everything we experience as reality is actually made up of 99.9999% space. So maybe instead of looking at matter defining the space, I started to think that maybe it’s space that defines matter. … When I look carefully at the natural world I’ve found this interconnectivity of all things and I started to wonder what is the source of this self-organising system. Nassim Haramein, unified physicist.
His answer: what we, today, call the flower of life, a truly ancient two-dimensional symbol that, unbeknown to most, represents the foundational three-dimensional geometry or energetic (information) pattern that informs the entire cosmos. It is the unifying matrix (or field) from which space-time and the material world manifest. The ocean of potential from which matter bubbles out.
One of the most critical things that Unified Physics teaches us is that everything emerges and returns to a fundamental field of information that connects us all, engendering an underlying universal order and a sentient living cosmos. As a result, the concepts and mechanisms of universal unity are no longer left to esoteric beliefs, but are mechanistic facts of the structure of creation. Resonance Science Foundation
The ongoing insights of Haramein and others are having profound implications for our modern understanding of sentience and consciousness, broadening and deepening both, whilst aligning science with spirituality and indigenous wisdom. The cosmos, it appears, is a living whole, ‘dividing fractally in a seamlessly embedded division of space’, experiencing itself differentially continually and infinitely across scales, always learning and evolving via ‘feedback/feedforward’ processes (this works, that doesn’t).
For me, it’s easier to feel the truth of this than get my head around it. Either way, accepting this unity has inevitable consequences for our relationship with the world around us, and invites us to embody more enlightened ecological roles, aware of what works for the whole and what doesn’t. It can also, I find, engender deep peace (as Emerson surely knew).
As we believe, so we act. As we act, so we become. Resonance Science Foundation.
As ‘individuals’ or as ‘humanity’ we are facing a choice point, not for the first time yet surely of critical status now (with the breakdown of ecology, climate, society, mental health, etc): we can choose to evolve, or continue to dissolve. A connected worldview sees pattern, interrelationship, and co-creation, rather than chaos, separateness, and competition. It believes in empathy and mutualism, for instance, over othering and the zero-sum game. It can positively influence every aspect of our lives inspiring harmony over discord; differences need not be divisive or fought over, they can be complementary and worthy of celebration.
Here’s to expressing that space, whether looking outwards or even in. Let’s face the music and dance!
Music is the space between the notes. Claude Debussy, composer.
‘Pete Yeo’ is a differentiated aspect of the cosmos moving, one way or another, toward coherence. He is increasingly playing the roles – in human speak – of reconciliation ecologist, nature mentor and father.