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.


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

Les Cieux (suite.)

L’atmosphère de la Terre nous sépare des merveilles du cosmos par une couche gazeuse, un voile qui paraît terriblement mince et fragile si nous considérons l’immensité et l’hostilité apparente de l’espace. Pourtant, c’est ce voile même qui est l’une des sources primordiales de la vie, la source de l’air qu’on respire.

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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.

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Le Cycle des Conférences

L’initiative du Cycle des Conférences de la Bonne Volonté Mondiale consiste en un groupe de méditation dans le monde qui se relie par la visualisation, pour contribuer à éclairer spirituellement l’atmosphère, dont sont tributaires les conférences mondiales, cruciales pour le progrès spirituel de l’humanité. Les participants peuvent se connecter à notre page de téléchargement qui donne accès à un document de visualisation, ainsi qu’à des commentaires et autres écrits intéressants.

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