This lonely universe ached to know itself, and it could only do so by reflection of its being through arranging itself into a multitude of effects. So it created dimensions. It created particles that could combine into any number of equations and become ‘new things’. All elements, all planets, all species, were created this way.
Consciousness and Self-awareness
With or without self-awareness, all is the same, as the Zen Buddhist proverb goes:
Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.
Once we are self-aware and come to acknowledge that there is a thinker of our thoughts, or an observer that constantly scrutinizes and analyzes our thoughts and actions, we attempt to exhume meaning from, or a personal purpose in, life.
There is nothing to do or achieve, ever. Forcibly we seek and attempt to forge a way to this so-called enlightenment. And yet, wherever we are, is right and perfect in and of itself. We do not have to become enlightened. We do not have to become great or wise. We already are, whether we have an awareness of it or not. Because we are made up of the same stuff as the All That Is is made up of. We have access. We don’t have to learn, achieve or acquire it. It is already here. In and around our very cells, in the gap between the molecules of our bodies.
Yet, once we become self-aware, it is as if the journey, the quest, begins. And so, perhaps this is not so much about understanding who we are; but rather about harnessing our innate power and utilizing it in a way that pleases us best.
Satori is the Zen Buddhist term for enlightenment. It is a sudden, deeper, inner understanding.
This extended period of awareness delights us with the knowledge that we can indeed be very powerful artists of our own minute destiny within the grand scheme of this universe.
In January 2002, a dull star in an obscure constellation suddenly became 600,000 times more luminous than our sun, temporarily making it the brightest star in our Milky Way galaxy. The mysterious star has long since faded back to obscurity, but observations by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope of a phenomenon called a "light echo" have uncovered remarkable new features. These details promise to provide astronomers with a CAT-scan-like probe of the three-dimensional structure of shells of dust surrounding an aging star.
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