Written by Ray Bilger
We live on a planet that is not generally considered to be a living, breathing organism (although that view is slowly changing to a recognition that Mother Earth may indeed be alive, and that she is letting us know it in no uncertain terms). We may call this the scientific view of things. It is because the scientific view holds that we live on an inanimate spherical piece of rock, that we can then exploit the so-called resources of the planet for our own individual and collective gain. The oil of the planet, as well as the minerals (like gold and silver, tin and aluminum), and all else, can be owned by a powerful few and then sold to the rest of us at great profit.
The Native, indigenous view of the Earth as our Mother, where we do not own any of it, but rather are stewards and custodians who must take care of her, and take only what we need, and leave everything in the pristine state in which we originally found it, and to live in harmony with each other, that view does not predominate, and so we find ourselves in the predicament we face today, with the so-called resources of the planet dwindling as we use more each day than the Earth can replenish, and we fight each other for control of land, resources, and people.
We have not reached this point overnight. But with the resilience of the Earth, and the ability of the planet to bounce back to health, as we witness this happening each springtime with nature’s abundance of flowers, and trees, and the fruits thereof, there is justifiable hope that our situation can be reversed and brought back to a state of balance in a relatively short period of time.
What is required to achieve this balance, a balance which necessarily implies peace among all peoples, a recognition that we all must live in harmony with each other and with all living things (lest we annihilate ourselves and the planet in some insane World War III), and a recognition that the planet, and all of the universe, is definitely alive and breathing, is a change in our consciousness, a change in the way we look at the world.
Contrast this scientific view of our planet, which we might call the old view of the world (which is clearly not working), with a new view of the world and the universe, where all things, and all beings, are seen to be part of one whole, infinite and eternal functioning system which we experience as a process of continuous creation, and it doesn’t even have a name, it simply IS (and they don’t talk about this in any of the churches I have been in).
This process of continuous creation appears to have been always going on, and will always be going on, regardless of the detractors (those of the old scientific view) who try to insist that there must be a beginning to everything, and to evidence this they tell us the universe is expanding. The mind that limits reason and understanding cannot comprehend that a living and breathing universe simply means the universe may be breathing in, and therefore it may appear to us to be expanding.
It is this old scientific view that must be replaced with a new scientific view, and in so doing we will see the world anew. There are three major stumbling blocks, as I see it, in the old scientific view that must be surmounted, and that may happen easier than we think. They are, (1), the inability of science to be able to comprehend infinity, the concept that the length, and width, and breadth of the universe cannot be measured; (2), the inability of science to be able to grasp eternity, the knowledge that all of this has been going on forever, and ever, and that the Big Bang is merely a misconception, and a misunderstanding of basic facts always known to Native Peoples; and (3), the inability of science to be able to realize the very real notion that there is meaning, and purpose, and intelligent design to the universe of which we are all an inseparable and integral part.
If science could just listen to some of their own Nobel Prize winning members they might more easily see the truth of all this. Max Planck, winner of the Nobel Prize for physics in 1918, and known as the father of quantum theory, said in his acceptance speech, “There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force… We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter.”
However, this might not actually be exactly accurate, because the new science sees all things as One. If this is so, then the conscious and intelligent Mind is not actually behind the force that originates the matter, rather, ALL ARE ONE. The conscious and intelligent Mind is infused by the force into the matter. If this is so, then the conscious and intelligent Mind is inseparable from the matter, and the driving force, and it is the connection with that conscious and intelligent Mind (a connection we all have) that is writing these words on this page right now. And, if these words are read by others, such as yourself, it is the same conscious and intelligent Mind, which is the matrix of all matter, that is reading these words. It’s that simple.
If all is One, then we are all a part, an inseparable part, even through what some perceive as death, of the One conscious and intelligent Mind that encompasses the whole universe. And since a mind is something that may not appear to be physical, we may not readily see this, and the beauty of all this may escape us.
So, what we need to do is to open our minds to the infinite possibilities, and the infinite worlds (too numerous to mention, many of which are much more advanced than ours) that await our realization of all this, so that we may manifest our destiny with the stars, with the universe, and with ourselves. We are the Mind and the force which created us, and which creates, and has always created, worlds without end. We are an inseparable, and integral, and intrinsic part of the Cosmic Continuum, which simply means We are in the universe, just as the Universe is in us.