I did some heavy-duty journaling last night and thought I'd share. I've been putting together my thoughts on enlightenment and the nature of the Universe for some time now with the goal of publishing a collection of essays -- the working title is "Exploring God." Earlier this month, I posted a journal writing in my writer's workshop, Journal Mavens, titled As is the Atom, So is the Universe. Also on this subject, I posted the article on the Ham Sa Breath. What follows is a little bit of Part III in that series of thoughts. It is not meant as an exercise in science and I have taken some poetic license; however, it speaks of the nature of all things and our interconnectedness.
Interconnectedness is an integral concept in Buddhism and for me, understanding that we are the atom and the universe is essential to extinguishing both dukkha (suffering) and samsara (the endless cycle of birth and rebirth). It is also the foundation of compassion – something I believe we could all practice.
As is the Atom - Part III, Interconnected Light
We are light. We are subatomic particles reaching out into infinity. All things are infinitely divisible and by that proximity connected. One becomes the other. We are infinite beams of light shining through a prism – all from a single source of light. God said, “let there be light” and there was. Light is logos. Light is breath. God’s breath was life. We are that light. When we become aware, we are enlightened. Illuminated. Awake.
Just as one beam of light shining through a prism creates infinite distinct beams of light – so are our children beams of light shining through us. This is one way by which we are eternal. What’s more, each beam of light is as different as it is the same and each is made of the same stuff.
This is also how the universal and collective consciousness of humanity becomes known to the individual who is awake. I am you; therefore, you shouldn’t be surprised by coincidence. What’s more, the things we call coincidence may in fact be simple synchronicity. More on synchronicity, the Global Consciousness Project, and Jedi mind tricks later.
I also got to thinking about the notion of God's omniscience and omnipresence. In Hinduism, God is referred to as sarv-gyaata (omniscient), sarv-samarth (omnipotent) and sarv-vyapt (omnipresent); where sarv-gyaata means sarv (all) gyaata (knowing). In Christianity, God is present everywhere at all time via the Holy Spirit (someone help me if I'm wrong).
So, the stuff that is you and me is the same stuff that is God. It is the stuff that allows the Earth to turn on its axis, trees to grow, our brain to release nueropeptides, and our energy to be eternal. After writing As is the Atom, I had a little laugh at the words "Atom" and "Adam." Doesn't the Old Testament state that God created Adam in his likeness? Maybe we've been missing the message here, lol. We are that Adam Atom; therefore, we know God as we know ourselves. And -- As we know ourselves, God knows us. Ham Sa. I am that I am.
Okay, so maybe the Adam Atom thing is a silly correlation but isn't the entire Universe made up of quite silly correlations and coincidences? The Rig Veda says, "As is the human mind, as is the cosmic mind." This is the Parusha story in Hinduism – and the creation story in the book of Genesis. Both of these cosmogonic myths form a beautiful junction with the new physics… and, after all, the science of physics is merely an examination of patterns of organic energy.
Our energy is light and each of us is a like a sunbeam shining within and through one another. This is the interconnected light. The light is divinity.