I have always dared to think the seemingly impossible and many times I have been right but I have always sensed that our universe has been continually cycling through a pattern of plurality, union and a resultant burst of energy into something far more complex and conscious ~ and always fueled by love and the universal propensity to unite
With the world economies mired in depression and debt and the American military machine cranking up for Syria and Iran ~ I look to nature as well as deep space for reminders that we are innately part of something far greater than ourselves or as William Blake said “We are put on earth a little space to bear the beams of love.”
In July, 2009 , NASA released what it called the most vivid snapshot of the infant universe ever taken, captured with such stunning detail that it may be one of the most significant scientific achievements of recent years.
It appears to answer long-standing questions about the age, composition and evolution of the universe as gathered by scientists using NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, a satellite orbiting 1 million miles from Earth, during a 12-month observation of the entire sky.
Now it appears that scientists have seen evidence of a time before the Big Bang, and perhaps a verification of the idea of the cyclical universe.
One of the great physicists of our time, Roger Penrose from the University of Oxford, published a new paper saying “ that the circular patterns seen in the WMAP mission data on the Cosmic Microwave Background suggest that space and time perhaps did not originate at the Big Bang but that our universe continually cycles through a series of “aeons,” and we have an eternal, cyclical cosmos….and that each “Big Bang” marked the start of a new aeon, and our universe is just one of many in a cyclical Universe, starting a new universe in place of the one before.” See article ~
But note how similar this is to Teilhard de Chardin’s Law of Complexity Consciousness except on a much grander scale ~
Whereas Einstein was concerned with the without of things, Teilhard was concerned with the within of things. Teilhard used the term “within” to denote the psychic face or consciousness of matter ~ since the beginning of time ~ which reveals itself in its innate urge to unite.
Teilhard defines this innate urge to unite as an energy force in his famous Law Of Complexity – Consciousness. The law states two principles:
- Throughout all time there has been an evolutionary tendency for all matter to unite and become increasingly complex in nature.
- With each increase in material complexity, there is a related rise in the consciousness of matter and an even greater urge to unite.
Teilhard divided this fundamental energy into two distinct components ~ a Tangential energy which linked the element with all others of the same order and a Radial energy which represented the innate urge toward union and greater complexity as well as a leap in consciousness.
It is this Radial energy in matter, this deep urge towards union and completion, which eventually manifests itself as LOVE.
As such, Teilhard’s Radial energy is one in the same with what I call a state of Soul Consciousness and The Unified Field ~ a state of love and soul consciousness that exists not only beyond time and space but also deepest within ourselves ~ and whose principle property is the universal urge to unite.
If we compare this with Darwin’s evolutionary theory, Darwin’s only error was to substitute matter for spirit as the motivating force of the Universe.
For it becomes increasingly clear, in light of this innate urge to unite, that man is the product of an evolution of love. From the pre-atomic stage in the depths of the primordial sea to his present ‘ hominized ‘ state ~ man is the product of a seemingly endless evolution within a loving plan of plurality, union and a resultant energy transformation into something more complex, more conscious and more loving.
So why wouldn’t the same thing be happening on a galactic and universal level?
Guess what ~ it is! Even on the molecular level !
The Initial findings of the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland unexpectedly revealed last year that the emerging collision particles seem to fly in the same direction which indicates an internal structure or consciousness, which, I would claim, is a Unified Field of love and connectedness whose principle property is the universal urge to unite. See article ~
Only our individual and collective state of ego consciousness (the need to control and dominate others) stands in the way of our awareness of not only a loving plan in action but each of our individual parts in that loving plan ~ which becomes obvious when seen from outer space.
Here is a photo of our planet from Voyager I on February 14, 1990 as it sailed away from Earth, more than 4 billion miles in the distance, having completed its primary mission ~ but not before Carl Sagan signaled the space vehicle to turn its camera and take one last photo of that pale blue dot we all live on, called earth. Our planet was caught in the center of one of the scattered light rays resulting from taking the image so close to the Sun. Voyager 1 is the last spacecraft to have departed our solar system with a functional camera.
The Pale Blue Dot: The picture of Earth from 4 billion miles away. As told by Carl Sagan ~ 6 minute video
Our Sun, which is 4.7 billion years old, is located 26,000 light-years away from the galactic center on one of the spiral arms of our galaxy ~ the Milky Way. It is a location considered more suitable than others for harboring life, in part because the central region is too chaotic, and in part because the concentration of metals there is too heavy, and it’s too light in the galaxy’s outer fringes.
The Sun makes one complete orbit around the galaxy about once every 225 million years. In contrast, stars near the galactic center complete a lap in a few million years or less. These stars as a group tend to be younger than the galactic average, most ranging in age from 1 billion to 10 billion years old
Most of our galaxy is relatively uncrowded ~ the nearest star to our Sun, for example, is 4.2 light-years away. But roughly 10 million stars are known to orbit within a light-year of the galaxy’s center.
As Sagan said ~ “The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena, a lonely spec in the cosmic darkness “ but I maintain we are an integral part of something far greater than ourselves and love is the door we must open to experience this universal state of soul consciousness.
In other words, to fully blossom we must fully love: “ The sun knows itself insofar as it knows other stars, as we know and become ourselves through other humans. Our realization of the stars in the galaxy is a function of the galaxies’ consciousness. How can we posit a dead universe when we ourselves are alive? There is no bloom on a dead stem!” Rowena Pattee ( Our living Earth: A vision of our Relationship with Nature )
Science will surely remain one-eyed and lacking in depth-perception until it acknowledges the equal validity of subjective, sensory and spiritual experience. And it will continue to record the letter of mere mechanics, and miss the true spirit that brings it all to life, until it comes to recognize the universal urge to unite, even within the molecule itself, as being the universal attractive force of love.
No one describes this scientific impasse more tellingly than Lincoln Barnett, author of The Universe and Dr. Einstein: “A theoretical concept is emptied of content to the degree that it is divorced from sensory experience ~ for the only world man can truly know is the world created for him by his senses. Beyond that point he stares into the void.”
We are rapidly reaching the point where psychology, science and religion are all becoming aware of the growing need for a radical empiricism.
One of the biggest surprises revealed in the data of the first cosmic portrait of the birth of the universe is that the first generation of stars to shine in the Universe ignited only 200 million years after the Big Bang, which is much earlier than many scientists had expected.
In addition, the new portrait precisely pegs the age of the Universe at 13.7 billion years old, with a remarkably small one percent margin of error.
When we observe the red shift of galaxies outside our local group, every galaxy appears to be moving away from us. We are therefore led to the conclusion that our Universe is expanding. This is called Hubble expansion, after Edwin Hubble, who discovered the phenomenon in 1929.
But as the Universe expands is it, in reality, feeling an increasing innate urge to unite?
Yes, all those Galaxies in our expanding universe are awaiting their innate call to union ~ as the millions of people on our expanded crowded planet are also awaiting our innate call to union.
Then, what is the call?
The call, quite simply, is love or the innate universal urge to unite.
Let me use the findings of the recent Nobel Prize winning researchers, Politzer, Gross and Wilczek, to prove my point.
They won the 2004 Nobel prize in physics for their studies of the “strong Force “~ the powerful and mysterious energy that holds the nuclei of atoms together.
They explained the mystifying qualities of the strong force, which holds together the fundamental building blocks of nature, called QUARKS, to form protons and neutrons ~ two of the basic components of atoms.
Now, this is when it gets interesting.
Independently, they developed the theory and the mathematical equations to show that Quarks are held together by the strong force which, unlike any other force in the universe, gets stronger as the quarks get farther apart ~ a concept now known as “Asymptotic Freedom “.
The simplest analogy is to a rubber band encircling two objects.
When the objects are close together, the rubber band fits loosely. But as they are drawn apart, the rubber band stretches, eventually trying to pull them back together.
Now, here is my take on these findings as applied to my Unified Field of Love and Soul Consciousness.
The strong force in the atom is the urge to unite which is the principle property of my Unified Field.
It is the same urge to unite that Bose and Einstein found when they discovered that photons (light particles) have a tendency to travel together versus act randomly ~ which eventually led to the discovery of the laser.
It is also the same urge to unite that Teilhard de Chardin speaks of when he wrote ~ “If there were no real propensity to unite , even at a prodigiously rudimentary level, indeed, in the molecule itself ~ it would be physically impossible for love to appear higher up in the ‘ hominized ‘ or human form .”
It is also the same urge to unite that loved ones feel when they are separated from each other ~ and the further apart the stronger the pull to be back together.
This would also seemingly explain how the urge to unite would increase as the Universe continues to expand.
As such, it is a force that is stronger than Gravity !
Thus, the one constant of the universe would no longer be light at 186,000 miles per second for even light particles (photons ) are subject to this force field of love ~ this driving urge to unite which exists not only beyond time and space but also deepest within all matter.
And this would also explain why mankind is in the process of uniting while we seemingly are dividing and pulling away from each other.
And finally, on an individual level, it would explain the evolutionary power of love, altruism and social cooperation and how we can no longer resist our innate pull and urge to unite versus separate, isolate and dominate.
Then we have Mike Purton, writing in the Guardian on 12/02/04 of the greatest religious discovery of the 20th century :“Physicists call it entanglement, and it describes the state of two or more particles once they have interacted with one another. From then on, irrespective of time and space, a correlation will always exist between them. What happens to one will affect the other – even if they are now at opposite ends of the universe …For if matter emerged from energy in the singularity of the big bang, it would seem to follow that all the particles of which it consists are in that state of correlation. They have not become entangled, but at the fundamentallevel they have never been – and can never be – separated. “
To further evolve we must love as Teilhard reminds us (The Future Of Man) “Love has always been carefully eliminated from realist and positivist concepts of the world; but sooner or later we shall have to acknowledge that it is the fundamental impulse of life. Or, if you prefer, the one natural medium in which the rising course of evolution can proceed……It is through love and within love that we must look for the deepening of our deepest self, in the life-giving coming together of humankind. “
In a 2008 interview by TIME magazine, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was asked what he thought the “most astounding fact” about the Universe was. Never at a loss for words, the famed scientist gave his equally astounding answer. His response is in the video below, set to images and music by Max Schlickenmeyer. It’s a great 3 minute reminder of what we are essentially made of .
In summary ~ the great dawning and, I would add, inevitable realization of psychology, science and religion is that our separateness is an illusion measured by the state of our consciousness and that our ultimate reality, once again measured by the state of our consciousness, is the realization that we are all united and part of an evolving, loving and indivisible whole (The Unified Field ) ~ and we resist it at our peril.
Very young children are aware, as I was, of this universal truth and consciousness which would explain Teilhard’s quote ~ “ Till the very end of time matter will always remain young, exuberant, sparkling, and new-born for those who are willing to love ”
As such, those who we love deeply become part of us forever.
Starting with my twin and beloved grandfather ~ every personI have deeply loved in this lifetime, as well as in past lifetimes, still lives in my heart. A thread of love that exists beyond time and space.
Or, as Longfellow so eloquently writes, “The thread of all sustaining beauty that runs through all and doth all unite.”
TO TRULY SEE, YOU MUST FIRST TRULY OPEN YOUR HEART
About the Author: Allen L Roland is a Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist. He is also a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his web site at AllenRoland.com. He also guest hosts a Truthtalk, a national radio show that airs monthly. He is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations via email at [email protected].