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2009 #4 - The Heavens

In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.

Buddha

In this, the International Year of Astronomy,1 it is worth reflecting on both the marvels that we can see via the Hubble telescope and other telescopes, and on the ocean of air through which we gaze at the heavens. The celestial phenomena that we can see by means of a wide variety of instruments strikes a chord of awe in the human heart. We are surrounded by a cosmos that is vibrant in colour and texture, constantly in motion, and constantly inviting us to understand its nature more deeply. While we may feel belittled by the sheer physical scale of what we see, there is something little short of miraculous in the fact that we are able to encompass so much of creation through our instruments, and, more importantly, through our minds. There is some sympathetic principle reverberating within us that allows us to reach out and begin to fathom the mysteries of space.

This is not to imply that humanity has yet come close to unlocking the final secrets of the stars. On a regular basis, astronomers proclaim themselves astounded by new and unexpected observations that do not fit their existing models. The history of science is one of periods of settled understanding that are suddenly overturned by novel ideas – astronomy itself underwent one notable revolution, the Copernican Revolution, that has become a by-word for the process. The ideas and observations of Nicolaus Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler and Galileo Galilei then combined to displace the Earth from the centre of the Universe. Who is to say that such an event could not happen again? Indeed, there is mounting evidence that many astronomical phenomena could be explained more simply if the power of electricity in space were given more attention – this theme is explored in more detail in our article on “Electric Climate”.

No sight that human eyes can look upon is more provocative of awe than is the night sky scattered thick with stars. Llewelyn Powys

The Heavens (cont.)

The Earth’s atmosphere separates us from the wonders of the cosmos by a skin of gas, a veil that seems terribly thin and fragile when we consider the vastness and apparent hostility of space. Yet it is this very veil that is one of the prime sources of life, the source of breath, of air.

Electric Climate

As discussed in the World Goodwill newsletter “What is Life?”, esoteric philosophy regards Life as “a constant flow of electrical energy, while forms are temporary expressions through which life manifests at the dense physical level”. The whole of manifestation is therefore alive – the atom itself having a rudimentary consciousness. With this in mind we can take a fresh look at one of the big worries of our time – changes in global climate and weather patterns – viewing them from the angle of intelligent, electrical life.

The Cycle of Conferences

World Goodwill’s Cycle of Conferences project is a worldwide meditation group that joins together in a visualisation to help spiritually enlighten the atmosphere on which world conferences vital to humanity’s spiritual progress depend. Participants are able to link to our download page which provides access to a visualisation form as well as commentaries and other literature of interest.