"As is the atom, so is the universe..."
This is a quote from the Rig Veda and I've been sitting on the notion so diligently that I actually dreamt abut it the other night **wind-chimes jingling** which was pretty weird.
I fell asleep while watching a PBS special, "The Journey of Man" in which a group of geneticists ask the question, "How did the human race populate the world?" Their conclusion: the "global family tree" can be traced to one African man who lived 60,000 years ago. I've studied some anthropology and archeology and I'm of the Pangaea school of thought -- but this genetic evidence gives a whole new substance to the history and evolution of humankind.
In my dream, I was contemplating the correlation between the evolution of our consciousness vs. the physical/geographical evolution of our species. For the most part, I believe that a person's conscious mind is the result of three things: its reactions to the happenings outside the mind, some kind of genetic memory (i.e. non-physiological things we inherit from our parents/ancestors such as a love of philosophy or music), and the true self (the soul self, spirit, etc.). The physical world has certainly seen some changes in the last 60,000 years. Since so much of our consciousness exists in relation to the outer world, the terrain of the inner-mind must also be a much different place than it once was.
This doesn't mean that the eternal or soul-self is changed -- just how we see ourselves. By erasing the clutter that has accumulated in the human mind we are able to truly see what is real. This feels like standing on the beach at sunrise. Quiet and beautiful. Still. Free.
I woke from this dream feeling a new familiarity and oneness with humankind. I don't think I can put that feeling into words -- it is that very indescribable thing we read about in spiritual/religious texts. This reminded me that in so many religious traditions God's name cannot be spoken -- which made me think that the reason it can't be spoken is because it's completely indescribable -- literally. I've always looked at this like God's name is too holy to utter out loud. Now, I'm looking at this like the entire notion of what/who 'God' is is what is impossible to really describe. Just as the epiphanical moments I've been having are so difficult to describe, so is this amazing new presence of which I'm becoming aware. Like sunbeams and baby lambs and fuzzy bunnies... it's love, it's God, it's Mother Nature, it's the indescribable. Which brings me back to the Rig Veda.
The Rig Veda is a collection of Vedic songs and poems that date back thousands of years into antiquity before written language. I've been listening to an amazing CD w/ these beautiful verses and they really transport the listener into that ethereal state of consciousness. Do you know that feeling -- when you hear your favorite song on a sunny spring day and you don't have a care in the world and all is bliss? Becoming aware of and recognizing this abiding internal presence is like having an open portal with The Universe. It makes sense that these ancient songs and poems go back so far in the history of humankind that people had not yet put words down. Can you imagine? As a writer, this is mind-boggling. And beautiful. Imagine how different your present state of mind would be if you lived in a time before the written word. I love this. Let go of verbal communication with yourself and imagine only imagery. I try to hold my mind steady on that indescribable feeling and float there without words. Imagine the feelings you know that do not need words -- like love. Wrap yourself around the concept of love without the context of the word. It's in this moment that one might discover their absolute oneness with everything else.
The PBS/geneticists' theory of a shared ancestor comes back into play here. If the human race can be traced back to a single ancestor, it makes sense that we truly share in some sort of collective mind that is operating below cognitive perception. We are a family. Therefore, go beyond the Buddhist or Jungian notion of interconnectedness -- not only are all things connected but also all is of the same fabric. As a student of religion and philosophy, I'm familiar with the intellectual idea but for the first time I'm actually recognizing this in a palpable sense. As the Balinese Medicine Man in Eat Pray Love said, "same same" or...
As is the atom, so is the universe.
This is my first attempt at putting all of this to paper -- so I'll have to revisit this post and work to clarify... but I hope I made some sense. I was a somewhat cynical agnostic for over 20 years so I'm beside myself with these internal transformations and grateful that I have a forum for sharing experiences. I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of this stuff -- the evolution of consciousness, primal sounds, Mother Nature, the Holy Spirit, enlightenment, the soul self, etc. and/or if you've ever experienced similar epiphanies, awakenings, or shifts in consciousness.
Love and light.