Cosmos is a Greek word for the order of the universe. It is, in a way, the opposite of Chaos. It implies the deep interconnectedness of all things. It conveys awe for the intricate and subtle way in which the universe is put together. – Carl Sagan
When you look up at the stars, do you see vast, dark empty space? Imagine instead that throughout the Universe space is brimming with energy. We are standing on a concentration of that universal energy, and are connected to the All and Everything, and one another. The fabric of reality depends on how it is observed. As Shakespeare wisely wrote in Hamlet, that there are limits to our knowledge: “There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy (science).” The problems of mankind originate in thought – how we think about the world and our place in it. And so instead of viewing ourselves as integral bits of the whole, we get trapped into seeing separation wherever we look and feeling disconnected.
The great thinker Krishnamurti wrote, the observer is the observed. When a person places “I” in the center of everything, they cannot escape from the labyrinth of isolation. There are many paths to increased awareness. The first thing is learning how to quiet the thoughts of how you define “I”. Thoughts are movement, and cannot be silenced completely. But if you accepted what you actually are, deeper layers of reality can open up …the heavens are filled, you are part of it, there is bliss. This state takes place when the mind sees the falseness of attempts to become, to achieve. There is a state of timelessness only when there is no observer. – Krishnamurti
Everything is interconnected. On the deepest level, the Cosmos emerges from the quantum potential fabric beyond the measurement of physics. The fundamental Now floats within the eternal, metaphysical medium. This is the Tao. To understand you have to have the patience to wait until your inner mud settles and your mind clears. We all are places of transformation. We determine what we see. To become a co-producer of possible futures we have to participate in the emerging and unfolding of the world. The Universe is Unity – a fundamental Oneness. In that sense, the observer is also the observed.
The world we perceive unfolds from the Whole. What we know as matter, manifests from what we identify as sub-atomic particles, which are made of increasingly smaller bits, which continuously unravel from the Oneness, before being re-woven back into the fundamental foundation of everything. Consciousness too acts in this way. Our self is founded upon memories of the past. True freedom arises once we release those images of the past. Consciousness determines our relationship to the Whole of life, and outward from that, the Universe. Life becomes more satisfying once we begin to understand our connection to the whole of existence. When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. – John Muir