If you think your life is insignificant…

Monday, September 24, 2007

I’ve been enthralled by Brian Swimme’s book The Universe is a Green Dragon. I trust that you already know that we are children of the stars, literally. The planets, comets, moons, and even life on earth are all products of star dust. For that reason Swimme describes the universe observing itself through us:

We are the self-reflexion of the universe. We allow the universe to know and feel itself. So the universe is aware of itself through self-reflexive mind, which unfurls in the human. We were brought forth so that these experiences of beauty could enter awareness. The primeval fireball existed for twenty billion years without self-awareness. The creative work of the supernovas existed for billions of years without self-reflexive awareness. That star could not, by itself, become aware of its own beauty or sacrifice. But the star can, through us, reflect back on itself. In a sense, you are the star.

This got me to thinking. Often we live our lives trying to discover where it is we came from and wondering where it is we are going, not knowing either for certain. What happens to the world around us once we’re gone? Did our lives really count for something? Make an impact on others? All of those billions of stars had no idea of their own significance until we came along, formed from the leftover dust of their death. Just because we don’t know what will happen in the future doesn’t mean we won’t make a difference. One day we will become dust again, and in time we will return to our source, another star in another time that will one day too explode into a world of new possibilities. It really isn’t such a small world after all, is it?

One Comment

  1. barryweber says:

    ‘Green Dragon’ became one of my favorite books this past summer- easily in the ‘Top Five, All Time” category. And it is a story that each of us who has been affected by it can have a very real part in adding to.

    Swimme’s concepts of attraction, allure, and love have been particularly enlightening for me. And, I’ve discovered, it is easily understood by all kinds of people- they just need permission to think in larger and larger, always larger, ways. It fiots with what we see and what we all feel.

    And it doesn’t change the following of Jesus a single iota. The invitation to “Follow me” in fact is made that much more brilliant.

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