Where Do We Draw the Line Between OurSelf and the Universe?

We think of ourselves as being the physical matter contained within the skin that encompasses our body. A Human Being. From the hair atop our heads to the callouses on the bottom of our feet and from finger nails on the right hand to those on the left, freckles on our backs to the conspicuous navel on our front…that is “Us”!

In contrast to the physical nature of Self, theologians have tried for years to explain the Spiritual Self and just how it exists within this body of ours. Where is the soul? What differentiates our being from “God”? What distinction does our spiritual heart have compared to our physical brain? Do our morals and ethics create our Will, or is it the other way around? Did “God” create us, or did we create “God”?

Just where do we draw the line between our physical and Spiritual Self?

 In the Bible, the Koran, Bhagavad Gita and the Tipitaka, which are the Sacred Texts ascribed to four of the major religions of our world, all describe the Omniscient Being (“God”) as being within us. Does the Supreme reside within us physically or is “He” purely confined to synapses of the brain? I’m certain I need not go into the “God” quandary as most of us are very aware of the usual list of questions people have asked for millennium.

 Let’s say for the sake of this article, it doesn’t matter where the Ultimate or Omniscient is contained “within”. “He” is there, somewhere.

 In late 2012 and early 2013 Scientists at the CERN Accelerator finally discovered the Higgs-Boson particle which imparts mass to matter. It is also commonly called the “God Particle”. This was the missing link in particle analysis that holds everything in the Universe together. Since its discovery the Higgs-Boson has allowed numerous theories in physics to be demonstrated and proven. Therefore Science, as a whole, has taken a huge leap forward in all areas of research.

 But has this discovery proven the existence of “God”? Well….no!

 We are one step closer to His discovery, but in the meantime we’ll have to settle for the Belief for many individuals that “He” does in fact exist.

 But what separates us from “God”, “God” from the Universe and the Universe from us? Physics and especially particle sciences have shown us there are over 500 phases of matter and that matter consists of both visible and invisible types. Atoms get mass from the protons and neurons that make them up and those parts consists of things called “quarks” and “gluons”. It would take several pages of text to list all 500 phases of matter and a few dozen more pages to describe how these work and interface.

Again, for the sake of this article, let’s just say these things exist and do interact/interface with each other. But as we travel through the infinitely small world of fermions and things get smaller and smaller, we realize there is very little, if any, separation between one thing and another.

If we think of ourselves as being contained within our own skin, which is in contact with the atmosphere, which in turn is in contact with all things internal and external to Earth, then it is not much of a step to consider ourselves “in touch” with the Universe at large.

 Just where do we draw the line between our physical self, the physical Universe and our Spiritual Self?

 The many stories we read in Bible, Koran, Bhagavad Gita and Tipitaka all try and explain our Spiritual connection to “God”. Is Spirituality physical? No, most of us would consider it belonging in the ethereal realms, which is invisible and non-physical.

 The visible Universe is only 5% of the totality of Everything. Mass, space, time and energy (E=mc2) are the things we commonly refer to as the physical Universe. However, if we look at physical science being limited to just 5% of the visible Universe, what do we call or how do we describe the other 95%?

 Is 95% of the Universe Spiritual? Well there’s an exciting thought, but no, science is in the process proving this greater share of the Universe is made up of “dark matter” and “dark energy”….things we can’t see.

 So then, if we can’t see the barriers between one physical item and another, is there actually a barrier there? Where does our skin end and the atmosphere begin? What constitutes the barrier or separation between the Earth’s atmosphere and solar space? Can things even be defined in such a manner or separation?

 What if…..(there is the billion-trillion dollar question, eh?)…there is no separation or defined end to one thing and beginning to the next? What if, like teeth on a comb, things are a series of open and closed areas that mesh into each other (like placing two combs together) and once this is done there is no defined separation between any one thing and the next?

 I can’t prove it, at least not yet, but maybe that is just what the likes of Jesus the Christ, Mohamed, Buddha, the Bible, Koran, Tipitaka and Bhagavad Gita were all attempting to describe in a time long before we even knew the Earth was not flat? Perhaps these gifted prophets and other writers somehow Spiritually knew what science is now beginning to prove?

 “God”, “The One”, “The Source”, “The All”, “Collective Consciousness”, (and/or whatever “label” you desire) is indeed within us as much as we are within “Him” as much as everything is connected, yet separated throughout the whole of not only the Universe or universes and the many other possible dimensions.

 Do the graphic images provided to lure our sense in such classic movies as The Matrix(a) or Avatar(b) have a bit of truth in them in that all things are in fact One? Nothing separates us from each other any more than we (humans) are merely defined as something greater than a gas particle of Saturn or Jupiter.

 If, as science is beginning to prove, there is little if any difference between one thing and the next, then our Spiritual Quest may be simplified. We may be able to stop seeking and begin to simply be what we are….God. Too lofty a thought for you? Fine, have it your way and I’ll have it mine as I in no way shape or form think it is blasphemous or derogatory towards the Omniscient to acknowledge Self for what it is. That is what separates religious dogma from Universal Truth in the first place…..why wouldn’t “God’s” desire be for us to acknowledge exactly what we are?

 Blessings of Peace,

Rev. Dr. D.A. Kjono

Refs:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/2012/12/121221233120.htm -standard model

http://www.sciencedaily.com/articles/l/list_of_phases_of_matter.htm – phases of matter

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120814121444.htm – quark/matter connect.

 (a) ©Warner Bros. Pictures

(b) ©20th Century Fox

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