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fourthawakeningI chat about the concept of True Nature all the time on this blog and the definition and premise is really the back bone of the Responsive Universe – my recent book by Wisdom Moon Publishing.

A great question was recently brought forward by a reader (please know you can always reach me at mandalatree@aol.com for comments and or questions). The question was this:

” Do you consider True nature/True reality to be individually defined (different from person to person) or are they defined ‘universally’.  As in everyone has the same True Nature/True reality. ”

This is a great question and is certainly worth sharing with our Responsive Universe community –

so…

Lets first understand what True Nature is: True Nature is your intrinsic connection to the Responsive Universe. You have existed before mortal  birth as energy in a different form. In some form or facet your energy – my energy has existed since the beginning of time as we know it. Not just time here on Earth but one could argue since the Big Bang. Let that sink in for a moment.  After the Big Bang and the battle between particles and anti-particles, a minute amount of particles had just enough (or more) mass to win the battle for cosmic supremacy. That ancient left over matter and energy is what created the Universe we know and study today. We are part of that energy because quantum physics states – Energy can neither be created nor destroyed; rather, it transforms from one form to another.

In Buddhist philosophy one may call this energy that transcends earthly dogma as True Nature.  You exist now as True Nature and you will exist after mortal death as True Nature.  When you live in the present moment sans of fear and fantasy (ego) you connect to your True Nature; the non-duality of your instinctual consciousness that is connected to something bigger than us. The ego is required for basic survival and subsistence strategies and can lead us to early child development but it becomes a burden later in life. Yes the ego might be a yardstick to know the pendulum balance between suffering and bliss but the goal of Self-Discovery is to understand the difference between True Nature and ego and how we can shift our thoughts more away from our ego and closer to our true self or True Nature.

So now that we are clear what True Nature is let’s get back to the question at hand.  Is True Nature a Universal energy or an individually defined energy? In a nutshell it is both. This source of energy known as True Nature is forged from the Cosmos. Through a matrix of quantum particles and waves of light and energy we are connected to the source. So in a sense it is Universal and we could probably leave it at that.  Still there is a humanistic side to this. We all have this True Nature within. Much like a soul it is our life source.  The big difference between a soul and True Nature is that in religious dogma a soul can be taken from you (I.E. the Devil). True Nature is fixed, indestructible and dependable. It has been around for over 15 billion years (maybe forever) and it is not going anywhere and no one can take it from you – not even death. The true miracle or gift is the rare ability to foster conscious thought which allows us to not only understand True Nature’s existence, but also to strive to connect to its love and instinctual wisdom. Many people have no idea they have True Nature even though it exists in every conscious sentient being. Different religions and cultures may have different names but broken down to the most common denominator; it’s the same thing. Unfortunately the ego clouds our unadulterated vision of True Nature. No matter the human state or the ideals and intelligence that drive the variability in human consciousness; we all have True Nature where we like it or not. The personal side of this is the ability; with the right mindfulness and clarity to connect to this wellspring of energy and enlightenment.

So, there is the universal concept of True Nature – something we all possess and there is the humanistic side of True Nature which is the intrinsic goal as sentient beings to reach True Nature and thus self-discovery through meditation, mindfulness and daily life practice.

John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own journey in Self-Discovery.

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Winter represents an exchange in energy – from life births death… Winter may be the most alluring of the seasons – Death is one of the most sublime beauties yet to be discovered. Understanding the evolution of a Mandala shows us that where there is life there is death and then life again – a revolving vortex of energy where matter is not destroyed – it only changes form… From this wisdom comes an unadulterated vision of not just a mortal world littered with dogma and ego – but a vast and unfathomable Responsive Universe….

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I recently blogged about how physicist Michio Kaku has developed a scientific theory that points to the existence of God – based primarily on String Theory. Also creating a buzz this month is scientist, Robert Lanza who has made great strides in the study of Biocentrism which theorizes how life and consciousness are the keys to understanding the nature of the Universe. Specifically how human consciousness lives on after death. In a way, God and the Afterlife are analogous with the goal of bridging science with spirituality. That is the true premise of the Responsive Universe. The Biocentrism theory implies that death simply does not exist. Death is an illusion which arises in the minds of people – reinforced by Religion, ego and fear. The theory states that consciousness exists outside of the constraints of time and space. Our thoughts, feelings and energy are separate from flesh and bone. This notion fits well with the basic understandings of quantum mechanics; according to which a certain particle can be present anywhere and an event can happen in several, sometimes countless, ways. Humans are part of that event…

“Lanza believes that multiple universes can exist simultaneously. These universes contain multiple ways for possible scenarios to occur. In one universe, the body can be dead. And in another it continues to exist, absorbing consciousness which migrated to this universe.” This falls in line with String Theory which predicts extra dimensions, possibly even alternate Universes. One such theory is the 11-dimensional M-theory, which requires the Universe to have eleven dimensions as opposed to the usual three spatial dimensions and the fourth dimension of time. Other research in String Theory has purported as many as 26 space time dimensions for the Bosonic String explanation. These theories present us with a new picture of the Cosmos. Scientists including Andre Linde and Allan Guth have been studying the concept of “Multiverses” for decades. There are questions abound in regard to the origin of the Big Bang inflation as well as the statistical data that supports the theory that the Universe is expanding even quicker – a possible contradiction to current mass and gravity data. String Theory supports this data. Further mathematical measurements of dark energy are not matching current theoretical equations. The concept of multiple Universes would support the disparities seen within our quantum dominion. Further, such cosmic diversity could result in duplicates of Universes based simply on statistics and probability. String theory is still in its infancy and there are many exciting discoveries still to arise from the world of physics. If modern physics is capable of proving validity to alternate universes could these spatial dimensions be alternate realities or realms of the afterlife? As we continue to uncover the intricacies of the Cosmos, it has become clear that anything is possible because String Theory itself presents a universe of infinite possibilities.

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Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku claims to have developed a theory that might point to the existence of God.  Michio Kaku is not a quack scientist but is instead a very respected physicist who has gone to great lengths to research, explain and prove the existence of String Theory. String theory is an active research framework in particle physics that attempts to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity (into the theory of everything). String theory teaches that the electrons and quarks within an atom are not 0-dimensional objects, but rather 1-dimensional oscillating lines or strings, hence the name. These invisible vibrating strings may be infinitely diverse with variables of inestimable value. This would suggest that other cosmic manipulations could exist beyond the edge of our known Universe. Many theoretical physicists including Stephen Hawking believe String Theory is a step towards the correct fundamental description of nature and the Universe.

One of the problems with philosophically defining God is that the word “God” and been so overused, misused, abused and misinterpreted that the little three letter word carries too much dogma. Let’s forget for a moment that most conventional religions preach that God is in the form of a man. Nothing could be more egocentric than that notion. For our discussions here, lets define God as the Universe: God is a boundless orb, a sphere whose presence is felt by the mind and the senses. God’s infinite sphere has a center that is everywhere and a circumference that is boundless. God is an indescribable celestial consciousness that guides and directs all life and matter in form and non-form. God is the Universe – it is EVERYTHING…

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Physicist, Michio Kaku, has taken his work in String Theory even deeper. To come to his more recent conclusions, the physicist made use of what he calls “primitive semi – radius tachyons “.  Tachyons are theoretical particles capable to “unstick ” the Universe matter or vacuum space between matter particles, leaving everything free from the influences of the surrounding universe. Pretty deep stuff…  After conducting the revolutionary tests, Kaku came to the conclusion that we live in a “Matrix”. A cosmic fabric of space and time that by pure definition is everything that exists. You, me, the sub atomic world; The Universe in its totality.

“I have concluded that we are in a world made by rules created by an intelligence”, he affirmed. “Believe me, everything that we call chance today won’t make sense anymore.”

“To me it is clear that we exists in a plan which is governed by rules that were created, shaped by a universal intelligence and not by chance.”

Kaku further interjected that God is a mathematician. That the source or energy of God lies in a “Cosmic Music”. The music of Strings as noted in his theories of String Theory. God is the 1-dimensional oscillating strings already theorized.

Basic astrophysics tells us that the Universe is a expanding bundle of vast , pulsing energy. A composition of light, matter and vibration; sub atomic physics and gravity its governing forces. We as humans are connected to this energy. Our flesh and bones born from star dust. Our thoughts, actions and energy are interwoven into this matrix; this fabric that is the Cosmos. When you consider the concept of God you need to include yourself in that equation.  You, I and the Universe – ONE. Toss in a little quantum energy, gravity, light, oscillating strings and intellectual consciousness and you have GOD…

You have a Responsive Universe…

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Night and day… White and black… Life and death….    …So many polar opposites in life and yet one of the most all encompassing comparisons lies within your mind and mental functions: Ego versus True Nature…

What is the Ego? The Ego is your false-self; forged from societal immersion.  It is true; we were not born with an ego. Through our struggles, triumphs and challenges the ego builds its layers of invisible hard-wired behaviors, many times unknowingly.  The ego thrives on the ideals, beliefs, and laws of society and how we perceive ourselves within this society. These ideals color our perception of the world and of life. Our egos become the governing force from which we base our daily actions. The latter force of empowerment creates a false-self that, if unchecked, will foster negative self-esteem. Further, the ego can build this false confidence; though strong and seemingly indestructible, when the fleeting things that build your ego leave, fail or disappear (like money, friends and self-esteem) the walls the ego once built can come crashing down.

True Nature is the opposite of ego. True Nature is everything left behind when you are egoless. Imagine stripping away negativity, evil, fear, guilt narcissism and jealousy (all ego facilities)– what are you left with? Only love, wisdom and positive energy – the heartbeat of existence. The source and energy of our True Nature is born from the Cosmos. Within the Cosmos, quantum mechanics suggests that the behavior of matter and energy is interconnected and that the effect of the observer on the physical system being observed must be considered part of that system. Further, this connection with humans and the Universe explains why Karma and an afterlife are possible. From a scientific standpoint, this energy is dependable and unwavering. Quantum energy can also be defined as a life source that connects to everything that exists in the Universe: From distant stars and galaxies to microscopic atoms within your body. As proven in quantum mechanics, everything has a quality of interconnected energy associated with it. All of this energy is indestructible as energy cannot be destroyed, it just changes form. From a humanistic standpoint, this energy is positive in nature as it exhibits no fear, anger or negativity – these fore mentioned negative traits are of man’s making (ego). This positive quantum energy can include our thoughts, actions and the basis for our existence. It is the common denominator for everything that exists – the true definition of God. Indestructible!

The ego defines the “material world” we were born into and True Nature defines the alternate Universe that exhibits our “True Reality”; everything pure and unadulterated. True Nature transcends all religion and even this world; again, its energy is constant and indestructible. Knowing this breeds clarity and a responsive quality to our minds.

So which polar opposite are you more aligned with?

 

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ptolemaicI truly believe it is our goal as evolving humans to continually better ourselves from a spiritual and philosophical point of view.  This means living our lives with continued mindfulness; thus facilitating more compassion, awareness and responsiveness to life and within our surroundings. A common thread in personal growth and spiritual evolution is living with an open mind. This means as high functioning individuals we need to be able to question authority and confirm what we learn from societal, political and spiritual points of view is valid information that aligns more with our True Nature and less with blind faith and ego.

It brings me to the story of Italian philosopher and scientist, Giordano Bruno. Born in 1548, Bruno is famous for his theories in astronomy; especially his challenges to Roman Catholic Church doctrines regarding the Earth and its place within the Cosmos. He is celebrated for his cosmological theories, which went even further than the then-novel Copernican model, proposing that the stars we see at night were just distant suns surrounded by their own planets; and moreover the possibility that these planets could even foster life of their own. He also insisted that the Universe is in fact infinite, thus having no celestial body at its center. These theories were labeled heresy by Church authorities and in 1600 Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for heresy. Who does that?

I cite this story and the story of Copernicus and Galileo because these were very strong, free, open minds in a very closed-minded society. Science and philosophy has evolved leaps and bounds over the last few centuries and yet certain organized religions have done little to amend their archaic beliefs today. I find that scary when you continue to see church doctrine and dogma interwoven in our schools, politics and community. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that religion is completely negative, but it does teach people to follow with blind faith instead of thinking for themselves. We need to think for ourselves if we ever want to evolve to the next level in human perception and responsiveness.

In order for humans to evolve spirituality and philosophically, we need to think with an open mind; free from the constraints of dogma and doctrine. Living and learning is an evolutionary process of facing challenges, gaining knowledge from our mistakes, questioning everything and thus being a product of maturity and wisdom from such experiences. We have to remain receptive to new ideas and always open to change on a daily basis. The theories that rankled the Catholic Church in the 1600s was the idea that God and his human minions were not the center of the Universe. I think no matter what we have proven scientifically over the centuries, we still have problems accepting that the world does not revolve around us. We are not the center of the Universe; we are merely part of something so immense, connective and beautiful it boggles the imagination.

It is imperative that we live with an open mind for it is the aperture of that open mind that connects us to this vast and impressive Responsive Universe.

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jupiter2How vast is the mind? When we conjure up huge distances in the mind our brain seems border-less in its periphery. Take our own solar system with its planets: Within the mind we can visualize the red planet Mars as we whiz by in our thoughts. Seconds later we pass Jupiter, the largest planet in our Solar System. To the left is an image of Jupiter I took from the backyard using my telescope. Jupiter alone is over 628 million miles from Earth! Soon we reach the rings of Saturn and the icy blue reaches of Uranus and Neptune.  We can visualize what it might be like on planets orbiting other stars in the night sky – some millions of light years away. When we look through a large enough telescope we can see other Galaxies, different from our own – some hundreds of billions of miles from Earth. Then there are the galaxies and deep space objects we can’t see – their light so ancient its energy and vibration has yet to reach Earth. How is it possible to conjure up such vast distances within the mind? How big is the mind and does it have a border? What is a thought? Where do thoughts arise and where do they go?

These are things worth contemplating….

What about the inner world of sub atomic physics. A single cell’s nucleus mirrors that of a planet orbiting afar: Electrons orbiting the protons and neutrons like moons orbiting a host planet. Each cell nucleus spaced like planets and stars across the vast and intricate structure of the human brain. Over 100 billion cells dotting the night sky of the brain – vast, border-less, and possibly infinite…

How do we fit in all this…? The Universe with its myriad of star laden galaxies and the sub atomic Universe infinite in its structure…  There isn’t just the Universe and then us – something detached and separate… In order to understand the Universe in simple terms we need to consider ourselves part of the equation. The same can be said for the sub atomic world within. Just the act of observing microscopic particles changes their result. We are part of the result. We are part of the Universe. There is not one and then the other. We need to consider ourselves part of something so vast it transcends earthly dogma. So vast and connected that anything is possible because within the Responsive Universe there are infinite possibilities.

Do you want to learn more about our connection to the Responsive Universe?

John C. Bader

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fourthgodI personally feel today’s contemporary view on God and religion is this prepackaged vision of an incomplete revelation of totality. It’s like an antenna reaching up to the heavens above but only broadcasting one of many signals in the broad spectrum of the Universe (kind of like Fox  News).  Each of the planets many religions are unique to its own region and cultural evolution and yes each is very similar in its merits and basic message.  But what is this seemingly universal view of God as a Supreme Being?  On the outside, looking in I see distinct shades of inequality, a disconnect from self, increased fear and learned dogma when we do not see ourselves as equal to God. Buddhism leaves open the prospect of equality across man and spirituality – probably why Buddhist philosophy resonates so well with me.  So in my own spiritual pursuits, I have never been a big proponent of a Supreme Being. When I dig down deep within my gut, my intuition tells of a different story. It is the story of a vast and even infinite Universe of light, vibration and energy. The Cosmos is everything and broken down to the most common denominator, that is really the definition of God isn’t it? …..EVERYTHNG.  When we look at the word EVERYTHING we need to consider ourselves as part of this equation. You can look at the Universe and marvel at its impressiveness and power. Like the concept of God the Universe is infinite, creates life and is a place where anything is possible. We can see the Universe as this massive entity separate from humanity and consciousness or we can see the Universe and us as one – simply a product of each other. Humans considered separate from the Cosmos seem small, inferior and lacking but when we see ourselves as an integral and intrinsic part of the Universe it opens the door to a whole new understanding of self. Instead of relying on blind faith or others for salvation, the chalice of enlightenment exists within.  When we see ourselves as products of the Universe and the Universe as products of us we find new empowerment, fear dissolves and there is this feeling within that yes, anything is possible. This is an unsettling notion to religious leaders. To find God outside the Church or outside a specific religion would change the entire global social-political/spiritual model. The same people would not be in power after such a shift in perspective. Would there be less war? Would we unite more and join forces to abolish slavery, famine an inequality?

What is God?

God is a boundless orb, an infinite sphere; a Universe whose presence is felt by the mind and the senses. God’s infinite sphere has a center that is everywhere and a circumference that is boundless. God is an indescribable celestial consciousness that guides and directs all life in form and non-form. With this in mind, we know logically that books and rules cannot truly govern our faith. The Dalai Lama summed it up elegantly, “There are billions of people on this Earth, each with their own individual, spiritual needs. It seems we need billions of religions too.”

I personally do not need religion; only my own True Nature….

Further Reading: God as it relates to the Responsive Universe

 

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According to the Bible we were NOT born from nothing…. I am joking…. Lets discuss origin without man-made religion and blind faith interwoven in. ….Huh… I suppose some would consider scientific theories blind faith. I think the difference is dogma does not change and requires the continued belief of its parishioners. Dogma is a fixed, unchanging belief which can create problems when 2000 years pass and the same agenda remains un-amended. When that belief eventually dies (as all religions do) so will the dogma. How many people are worshiping RA the sun-god (still the longest standing religion born from ancient Egypt)?  Scientific thought and theory, though sometimes not a complete puzzle, has the ability to be affirmed, re-affirmed or completely re-theorized as we continue to discover our place within this grand Responsive Universe. Yeah,  I am cool with that….

When we start talking about the Universe in regard to scientific origin it becomes difficult as really we do not have words or equations that can explain such energies and form – especially “pre-Big Bang” scenarios. The latest TV edition of Cosmos with Neil Degrasse Tyson does eloquently explain scientific origin to the fullest extent and it is worth watching. Quantum physics has been resolute in its efforts but there is still so much to learn – like for example how do we combine the worlds of gravity with sub atomic physics – something we have yet to define in equations. From a philosophical standpoint it seems everything is in the form of a Mandala (a revolving circle of inner and outer energy) – whether there is a birth, death and re-birth of new life; whether there is the season of spring which turns to summer, autumn, winter and then back to spring again; karma revolves from actions to reactions as do energy vortexes and chakras. Even storms rotate as do planets, galaxies and cell structure. It seems there is also a beginning, an ending and then a new beginning (regeneration). From a philosophical standpoint the Cosmos would react the same way: Birth (Big Bang) and then death which again would give way to a new birth or Big Bang (over the course of billions of years).

According to the Big Bang, literally the Universe expanded from nothing; a pinpoint of energy so dense math barely supports its ancient existence. There is a paradox here that suggests a more precise definition of nothing.  Nothing is a property where there is no mass, no energy, no space, no time, and no life. One would think that in order to have something as vast and tangible, even if it goes beyond the limits of our observations, as the Universe, it could not spring from nothing, but instead have simply changed form to become the Universe we study today. This thinking puts a spin on that age-old paradox – there is no such thing as nothing; there is just everything. Nothing, or our pre-Big Bang state of nonexistence, the number zero, an ego-less state of being in balance with the Cosmos, is part of the Mandala or revolving circle that seems to govern life.

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No matter how you look at it, some unknown phenomenon sparked the imbalance that allowed for the possibility of life on Earth. Imperfections in the Universe, the upset of matter over antimatter, provided just the right variables to create conscious life. The concept that imperfection and imbalance are essential to creation is poignant in our lives as conscious, creative beings. As imperfect beings, often striving for “the good life” and perfection, we have created so many amazing things. Yet here we are at the age of enlightenment, so flawed that we have war, economic meltdown, and climate change. Still, there is an imperfect beauty to the whole equation – the birth of a baby, a perfectly sunny day, positive energy and love – these are all attributes born from the interstellar chaos that is the Universe. Within the Universe’s imbalance, there are perfect synchronicities that show us the world can be surreal and idyllic.

It seems that perhaps imperfection as the essential force to the birth of the Cosmos created a world where the way of paradox is the way of truth. Night and day, feast and famine, life and death – the list of paradoxes that govern life seems endless, and ever since we had language, we have spun narratives to explain them. We still seek answers for the greatest paradox, that from nothing came everything, and with detailed scientific explanation still leaving a hole in the narrative of what happened before that first  10-43 second, we continue to look at reasonable conjecture and religion to fill the gap. But maybe there is no gap. There may appear to be a beginning and an ending to every phenomenon in life because that is the way we explain them as stories.

A different explanation to consider is that the truth of paradox isn’t finding the balance between opposites; it is finding the revolving circle that binds them. In other words, there isn’t just simply life and death; there is life and death and a re-birth of life. This narrative still leaves a gap in understanding who or what force set this cycle of life in motion; but the important feature of the Universe it highlights is that we have been born into an amazing Cosmos, and we are all linked to this web of energy that is immense and ever-expanding. This web of energy is our True Nature. No matter how small or insignificant we may be compared to the vast and intricate workings of the Universe, we are still connected and part of the equation. On one side, we have the Universe. On the other, we have ourselves. Not a balanced equation by any means, but the Big Bang shows us that with imbalance, comes a great potential for power and creation. Something to think about….

 

John C. Bader

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I have always been a backyard astronomer. Even as a small child, my love for the stars and the cosmic unknown have been a lifelong interest.  I possess a couple of telescopes including a 10” diameter Dobsonian telescope. It looks like a large cannon and it might even embarrass my wife a little when I drag the 65lb beast out in the back yard on a clear night. I even blog about the various deep sky objects I find – though I have not been very active lately.

 

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A couple of years ago a seemingly uninteresting but historic image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope offering a glimpse of what scientists are calling the oldest object so far discovered in the Universe – a young galaxy. Well, let me rephrase that; it was a young galaxy. A pixellated blip on a black background, its light signature is estimated at 13.1 billion years old and its light is just now reaching our eyes.  Scientists estimate that the galaxy was 600 million years old when the light of this object began its journey across the Universe toward us. Its ancient light is just a ghost now. Why? Because even though its light is now reaching us, its birth and death is ancient history. Crazy to fathom huh? Remember, when looking at star light, one is really looking back in time as it takes millions if not billions of years for star light to travel across the Cosmos and reach Earth. Interestingly enough, our planet or even our Milky Way galaxy did not even exist when this distant galaxy was formed. Looking at light signatures of cooling hydrogen gas, astronomers can determine the age of stars based on the heavy metals present in that light signature. Coupled with Red Shift, we can determine how far and how old a specific star or group of stars is. The deeper you look to the edge of the Cosmos, the farther you are looking back in time. Current estimations age the entire Universe at approximately 13.7 billion years old.  Newer images recorded by the European Space Agency’s Planck satellite, show a heat map of the cosmos as it appeared only 370,000 years before the Big Bang!

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This means that we could be close to taking our first glimpse of the edge of the Universe and the theorized Big Bang! But then what? Is this the birth of God as defined by the Universe – the creation and source of energy? The beginning of time as we know it? Will we finally get a snap shot of the Big Bang as proven through Red Shift, Doppler Effect and the background radiation still present today? What exists beyond the edge of the Universe? Another Universe? A Multi-Verse? Make no mistake; this is the final frontier from a scientific, philosophical, religious and spiritual point of view. Knowing what exists beyond the edge of the Universe might hold the key to EVERYTHING. It may even prove or disapprove the theories that govern theology and all that exists within this amazing Quantum Universe now. Though, maybe such concepts are not meant to be understood. Maybe we are not intelligent enough to fully value and contemplate such musings? Look how dogma rules civilization now; a short-sighted view in a Universe that might be infinite. Are we ready for such discoveries and knowledge? If life’s biggest secrets are unlocked, will we be all-knowing? Well, that sounds kind boring. After all, without dreaming and contemplation, what are we to marvel at? How is one to exist in a world that does not have any unknowns? What would be left to live for and ponder?

Trying to imagine the vastness of the Universe is a bit mind-boggling. Still, I enjoy looking up at the clear night sky; at the glistening stars, knowing I am looking back in time. It makes me feel a part of something much more grand than just our fallible Earth. It is hard not to feel a connection with the bigger picture – that we are indeed a small but conscious and instinctual part of this grand and impressive Responsive Universe.

John C. Bader

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