This past weekend I read an article about our planet’s physical place in the universe that noted what I already knew: the Earth is one of the smallest planets in our solar system. What I had not been exposed to before was when the author went to note the Earth’s size makes for an estimated share of the total universe of 0.000000000000000000000000005%. If our entire planet represents that small of a number, imagine how many zeros it would take to represent the share percentage for my physical form! In the grand scheme of things I am indeed tiny beyond words.
Everything that exists, as we know it, originated from the same source of energy. We are connected to the entire universe. We all came from a mother called the “Big Bang” and what followed creation. Nothing is better or worse. Everything just is. This unifying view helps me know that my smallness does not make me irrelevant. Anything large is made up of many pieces that are small and within that structure I matter.
Although I adore traveling to see, touch and learn about foreign places my sphere of experience includes only a tiny portion of the planet. My “world” that I live more than 90% of my life within is no more than twenty miles from where I sit typing these words on a keyboard. It is here in “my world” that I am sizeable enough to influence in a noticeable what is around me.
The attitude that I show others, whether strangers or those I know well, sends a small ripple into my world. A smile or a kind word has an effect on some and on others it rolls off like water on a duck’s back. At least for a few my kindness will be received openly and added to that person’s persona that in turn gets passed on to others.
Being a law-abiding citizen has an effect on those around me. Because I choose to live responsibility, I make my community safer for all those who occupy it with me. While a person being “good” is often overlooked and taken for granted, it is just such mundane decency of many that makes an area a pleasant place to live.
The greatest impact I have on anyone is that I have on my self. The manner I treat “me”, the way I think of myself, the things I do to shape my being, the thoughts about the world that float in my head and the work I do or don’t do to grow and evolve all work together to shape the person that is me. And who I am affects the world I live in and in the tiniest and smallest way imaginable, the universe is effected.
Sometimes it is my perceived imperfections that keeps me from realizing my place in the grand scheme. Yet, it was imperfection that allowed creation and life to materialize in the first place. Since perfection can not be improved on, there would have been no need for a power greater than us bring the cosmos into existence. It is through perfect imperfection that we came to be.
In only the last hundred years has mankind learned of the great energy stored within very tiny particles that when released for a split second changes everything nearby. Carol L. Bowman, MD wrote: Everything in our universe is made of energy. It has been said that we humans are able to perceive only approximately 1% of all the energies that exist. We are able to perceive, through our five physical senses, a limited range of smells, sounds, sights, sensations, and tastes. All of these are perceived via energetic vibrations interacting with our physical sense organs, and thus relaying messages to the brain that we can relate to and understand, based on our understanding of the world in which we live. Thus, our reality is strictly based on our ability to perceive. And we are only able to perceive 1% of what exists!
Whether I am only a small, nearly invisible, almost nonexistent, blip within the universe or a tiny particle releasing great energy that contributes greatly to all that is and ever will be does not matter. I saw it once expressed beautifully this way: We are part of an ever-expanding carnival of energy; we are fortunate to be able to experience and participate in this magnificent cosmic dance.
As my life ticks away one day at a time whether I accept what happens or not, it is still going to happen. The only wise way of proceeding is for me to embrace what is happening and move forward. As personal as I think my life is, it is only one of billions being lived at this moment like billions and billions that have come before. All things considered it is wisest for me to live in a way where I lighten up, try my best not take anything too seriously and take nothing that happens personally. All I need to do is live as well as I can.
In her book “Dancing the Dream” Jamie Sams wrote about a vantage point toward life the Southern Seers maintain. It begins with the question what does one get for living a good life? The answer? A good life! I am grateful for mine!
When I read the Bhagavad-Gita and reflect about howGod created this universe everything else seems so superfluous.Albert Einstein
The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination
But the combination is locked up in the safe.Peter De Vries