Align the Universe Within

Some Carl Sagan wisdom (excerpts from “Cosmos“, in no particular order):

We are made of stellar ash. Our origin and evolution have been tied to distant cosmic events. The exploration of the cosmos is a voyage of self-discovery.

We are the local embodiment of a Cosmos grown to self-awareness. We have begun to contemplate our origins: starstuff pondering the stars; organized assemblages of ten billion billion billion atoms considering the evolution of atoms; tracing the long journey by which, here at least, consciousness arose.

And you are made of a hundred trillion cells. We are, each of us, a multitude.

We are star stuff which has taken its destiny into its own hands.

Some part of our being knows this is where we came from… We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.

The juxtaposition of mind and body vs. spirit is a topic that has been explored in many a myth and philosophical exercise across the ages. We all somehow sense that there is more to us than this mere physical body which we inhabit. Yet it is still an elusive mystery…

What can we say about the nature of who we are?

  • The Fundamental Forces
    The Fundamental Forces

    We are a “mini universe”, we are a multitude; in a sense, our ultimate Personal Consciousness is built upon the delicate balance of myriad other “lesser” consciousnesses, if you will. My cells, genes, every bodily function readily perceived and not, even operations on the quantum level upon which the operations of the entire Universe are based, are all directed, expressed, and controlled by various processes: such as the quantum-mechanical forces, DNA and RNA, energy cycles, and much, much more. Because of our amazing evolutionary legacy, this “mini-verse” of ours is able to operate at its current utmost via its own cyclical system of communication processes, without Me getting involved, aside from providing it the necessary fuel and energy sources it needs to continue normal operations.

  • Incidentally, this is why I so enjoy and resonate with the notion of the fractal multiverse; we ourselves — and all of nature around us — are a smaller version of the intricate interweaving of processes and structures that make up the larger cosmos we inhabit! All is unfolding and overlapping in fractal symmetry; Nature begets after its kind in ever-evolving improvement and adaptation to changing surroundings. The truth of these things is all around us to behold. All we have to do is observe and understand…
  • The evolution of the human brain is wondrous and revelatory!

    …moving from the simple to the complex over an extended period of time. The billions of cells that work together to make the brain and body function harmoniously have numerous critical functions. …the brain has adhered to Charles Darwin’s “natural selection” methodology by ridding itself of less important functions while enhancing the more essential ones over time.

    It is a fact that as man evolved, certain mutations took place within the nervous system that forced it to evolve in time with the body. …mutations in the nervous system were also forced to prove their might against environmental challenges.

    …as man’s ability to survive began to necessitate increasingly complex actions and reactions to his environment, the nervous system was also compelled to adapt accordingly. –(from The Evolution of the Human Brain)
    –>(Next segment from Consciousness In The Cosmos: Perspective of Mind: Carl Sagan):
    Sagan notes that in “the human intrauterine development we run through stages very much like fish, reptiles and nonprimate mammals before we become recognizably human.” And thus it is not surprising that we possess a corresponding “Triune Brain.” [Carl Sagan, THE DRAGONS OF EDEN: SPECULATIONS ON THE EVOLUTION OF HUMAN INTELLIGENCE, Ballantine Books, 1977, p. 59.]

    The schematic of a human’s Triune Brain is as follows: * The Reptilian Complex * The Limbic System * The Neocortex

    Declaring that there is considerable evidence for the localization of brain function–as well as discussing in detail the electrochemical nature of brain function–Sagan lays the groundwork with his depth discussion of the Triune Brain.

    The Reptilian Complex is the site from which our propensity arises for “aggressive behavior, territoriality, and the establishment of social hierarchies.” The Reptilian Complex still performs dinosaur functions, according to Sagan. [Ibid, pp. 62-63.]

    The Limbic System is mammalian. It is the base for our emotions. Our passions, our altruistic behavior, spawn from the Limbic System– which also is devoted to oral, gustatory, and sexual functions.

    The Neocortex is our third, newly human brain in terms of evolution. “Among other functions, the frontal lobes seem to be connected with deliberation and the regulation of action; the parietal lobes, with spatial perception and the exchange of information between the brain and the rest of the body; the temporal lobes with a variety of complex perceptual taks; and the occipital lobes, with vision, the dominant sense in humans…” Sagan suggests, too, that the Neocortex is the locus for abstract thinking and nonverbal intuition. The Neocortex is what makes possible our judgments, what makes for the moral knowledge of good and evil. It is also the site from which our creativity emerges. And the Neocortex is home to our sense of self. [Ibid, p. 98.] (Bold-facing my own emphasis.)

  • Might we then say, that our myths and concepts of achieving Enlightenment have an actual basis in science and biology? I like to think so!

Consider this:

…Sagan draws upon the Platonic metaphor about the human soul as an uneasy charioteer drawn by two horses in different directions. He considers this metaphor as remarkably similar to our “neural chassis.” The two horses correspond to our Reptilian Complex and Limbic System, and the charioteer to our Neocortex–which is barely in control.
…It is, however, the Neocortex where “matter is transformed into consciousness.” It comprises more than two-thirds of our brain mass. The realm of intuition and critical analysis,–it is the Neocortex where we have our ideas and inspirations, where we read and write, where we compose music or do mathematics. Sagan puts it thus: “It is the distinction of our species, the seat of our humanity. Civilization is the product of the cerebral cortex.” [COSMOS, p. 229.]

It is an observable and scientifically established truth that our physical bodies are directly integrated within itself — all parts function together in harmony (or are meant to, at least!) — and therefore our bodies and physical brain matter are also an integral part of our minds and personal consciousness. Part of the practice of meditation is to position ourselves in such a mindful manner as to begin to simply observe — apart from judgement or reaction — the various parts of Us.

…This is my Ego, telling me how I should interpret and react…

…This is a manifestation of Karma, an unmindful gut reaction based on memory and, consequently, judgement…


So, perhaps this age-old struggle of our mind, soul, body, and sprit, is, in fact, the age-old struggle of the older Reptilian and Mammalian remnants of our evolved brain with our higher functions of the Neocortex.

Naturally, all parts are thus far integrated and are all important to life as we know it, right now; we cannot function without all portions of our brains intact! Perhaps one day in the distant evolutionary future, however, our brains will have but reduced these former forms of brain structure to naught. It is the former animalistic propensities for violence, domination, leadership, and blind judgement that I see in current Culture Wars and instability across the nations and earth in our present days. If all would turn inward and Align the Universe Within themselves — find reconciliation between the lower and higher forms of thought, and embrace their Higher, True Selves of the Neocortex — then, I believe, this race of humanity may be able to survive and heal, and continue to evolve toward greater and greater planes of consciousness.

Carl Sagan holds hope for human intelligence, for our extension of Mind. We are still people from divergent and cultural backgrounds, yet our intelligence is beckoning us toward greater webs of global relationships. In due course, he hopes that we will simply be the “whole human community, the entire planet Earth.” And further, Sagan dreams of our comprehension that we are a “local embodiment of a Cosmos grown to self-awareness.” We have become “starstuff pondering the stars.” [Ibid, 286.] (Bold-facing is my own emphasis.)

Indeed, Carl Sagan has said that the evolution of our higher brain structure is an effort of freedom — a gift from the nature of evolution to liberate us from the necessity of merely storing information in our lower systems, liberating us from this limited universe of operation in our environment and enabling us to create and evaluate… in a sense, “helping” evolution along. But if we do not align ourselves within, will we allow the lower forms of brain function to control the tools and gifts our neocortex has bestowed upon us — more than likely bringing destruction upon ourselves? I sincerely hope we will awaken to our amazing legacy and heritage as inhabitants of the planet Earth, and work together in peace toward our unfathomable destiny!

Some of My Favorite Things

Things that always bring me happiness:

  • Sunflowers
  • Mountains
  • Hematite
  • Candles
  • Quiet Forests
  • Fluffy clouds
  • Butterflies
  • A vast starry expanse
    galaxy clusters
  • Positively impacting a young person’s life
  • Receiving a genuine smile or kind word from a stranger… Making an unforeseen connection

What is it that, without fail, brightens your life with the light of joy?

…Hold and embrace it closely today, and share your joy with others…

A Loving Kinship

A poem for you…

Big Brother Mountain;
Unshaken, immovable,
Overlooking all.

Father Sky above;
Canopy of clouds and sun,
Nourishing the Earth.

Sisters Greenery;
Brush, grasses, wild flowers, trees;
True Breath of our Life.

Gaia, Goddess Earth;
The womb of humanity,
From whence we are birthed.

Mother Starry Host;
Scattering the Seeds of Life
To all who’d receive.

Unity, wholeness, and peace;
I Am as I Am.

Universe aligned;
Wholeness within and without,
We are, The I Am.

(Copyright 2012 Sarah Wallin Huff. Used with permission.)

There is no wrongness in embracing an innate kinship with the world we see around us. After all…

We are star stuff which has taken its destiny into its own hands…

Some part of our being knows this is where we came from… We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.

–Carl Sagan

Our kinship and love of the Universe need not be an empty, mystical rite to be looked upon by others with ridicule or misunderstanding; but, rather, it is yet another type of personal allegory or myth that may illuminate to our understanding our place in the Universe. As Sagan has so oft-beautifully taught, there is much proven scientific evidence that points to our intimate physical connection with all of matter. We came from the cosmos; we are the cosmos, on the most basic, scientific levels. So it is only natural to embrace with wonder the familial kinship we have with our surroundings. It helps us to put so much more in perspective.

I am in love with Nature, I am in love with the Cosmos and with the Universe and all its inhabitants, from the seen to the unseen.

And this Perfect Love casts out Fear.

Cosmic Contemplations III

A Nature of Time

The Past is not a real place that we can (or should!) visit. In fact, what we think of as The Past is nothing more than our memories, often filtered through the perspective of our Ego, of events that happened prior to this moment and our emotional associations with them.

Likewise, the Future has not happened yet. I recall, throughout my childhood and adolescence, having suffered under an imposed lifestyle of perfection; if I wasn’t perfect according to the customs of my family’s culture, then I was essentially deemed as a disappointment to God and the godliness of the family. So, I had made it a habit to, in a word, daydream all possible scenarios of upcoming interactions – complete with the detailed playing-out of scenes in my head of what might be said and how I might respond, and all the various combinations of statements, questions, and answers I could conceive – thereby ensuring (in my mind) the greatest likelihood of success: preventing embarrassment of any sort. Needless to say, I’d wind up spending a good deal of time, effort, and concentration on these endeavors; oddly enough, it had become such an ingrained habit, that I wouldn’t even recognize the reality of what I was doing or the brainpower I was wasting. In fact, it wasn’t until I recently began the practice of grounding and mindfulness in meditation that I even began to perceive the existence of this attachment. Once I became aware, I immediately stripped this futuristic mental drama of all its imagery and perceived reality; and, suddenly, I was only talking to myself, in the Here and Now. And the whole exercise seemed silly. :mrgreen:

After all, of all time and effort I wasted in planning in this way, as far as I can recall, all the future scenarios I’d planned for never once occurred as I’d intended. For, I cannot induce others to speak or interact as I want them to. I can only respond

The Future is not here. The Past is forever gone. All we truly have is The Now, and that which we’ve brought with us to this precise moment, including the interpretations we’ve formed based on our experiential memories. Enjoy this very small snippet from the beginning of an awesome essay on Time by James M. Corrigan:

…we are only reflecting upon certain essences of existence that we discover once we have vivisected conscious experiences from the living wholeness of the world. “Duration” is a concept that we apply to certain essences that our reflective analysis of our conscious experiences – our lives – finds there. The concept “time” symbolizes these essences and not any particular existent. Are the essences merely artifacts of the vivisecting process of reflective thought?… The idea that time ‘flows’ is based upon the familiar unfolding of our experiential lives, and our asynchronicity with events that we remember, as well as those that we anticipate… what is the source of the continuity of our conscious experiences and also the source of the differences apparent in that continuity?… time is relativized into localized “frames” and those frames introduce what can be called perspective…. There is nothing about Time that necessitates that it flow in a particular ‘direction’, whether we describe that flow as Time moving from the past and flowing into the future, or as events that come from the future and recede into the past…. it appears that Perspective is something about the flow of Time, the contents of Space, and conscious experience. Yet we ignore perspective as a fundamental constituent of reality, and instead grant to Space and Time an ontological status that is only a convention, but a convention that confuses us… When we speak about the Universe, or the World…we are speaking of a conceptual construction that assumes a form for reality. This assumption is present as a pre-cognitive way of viewing the phenomena wherein we assume that what we are conscious of not only exists it is in fact real and separate from us. Our perception of Time and our conceptualization of its aspects are necessarily informed by this pre-cognitive view of reality as a world of separate physical things, and this occults reality from our awareness of it. When we reflect upon our experiences, this view structures the objectified memories of those experiences that are necessary for reflective thought. We can only respond naturally to either our perceptions or our thoughts about these perceptions (or about other thoughts), thus when we are attending to our thoughts when in a reflective pose we are necessarily dealing with experiences that have been vivisected from the ‘flow’ of our experiential lives.

The entire essay is indeed a great read!

Interestingly then, the concept of past lives, on our journey of cosmic evolution, is really a moot point. I really enjoyed this article on the interpretation of past life visions in a universe where you are All and in which Time is happening within The Now! Rather than search suppressed memories for our past selves for the anxiety of it, images of such experiences are more likely (and more helpful!) to be seen as allegory by which we can gain truth effective for our lives in the Here and Now. Thus, whether your vision of Cleopatra is a suppressed memory of you existing in a past form, or if it is instead a connection of two minds in the collective consciousness occurring simultaneously in this amazingly interwoven cosmic fabric, it doesn’t particularly matter. What matters is the lesson the vision holds for the Now.

All of Time is occurring simultaneously (perhaps as a result of our unfolding and overlapping multiverse), and we are All that is, our consciousness wedded to that of every being in the cosmos…

“The distinction between past, present and future is only an illusion, even if a stubborn one.” –Albert Einstein

Cosmic Contemplations II

The Multiverse


I am fascinated with the concept that, beyond the notion of “mere” parallel universes, the multiverse of our cosmos can very well be thought of to perhaps be of an unfolding or branching nature, that of fractal, self-simulating replication, with hierarchies of universes and their particles embedded and superimposed one upon the next… Likewise, Stephen Hawking’s quantum wormholes suggest:

…there is a certain probability that a small chunk of space and time can suddenly pop into existence. A wormhole is a fluctuation in the space-time field, just as a virtual particle is a fluctuation in an energy field. The wormhole can connect to any of an endless number of preexisting parallel universes otherwise inaccessible to us.

The Gnostic Scriptures detail the unfolding of the cosmos in very much a similar fashion…

The One Who Is is ineffable. From the foundation of the world, no power…no nature has known the One Who Is. Only the One Who Is knows itself. The One Who Is is immortal, eternal, without birth…

The One is like the eternal foundation of the multiverse, from which the many branches sprang….

…He is all mind, thought, reflection, consideration, reason, and power…These are the sources of all that is…

The Collective Consciousness is woven throughout the Cosmos…

…The Lord of all is properly addressed not as Father but Forefather. The Father is the beginning of what is visible…reflection, because he reflects unconceived first existence…Afterward he revealed many other beings…who are self-conceived and reflective… In the beginning, thought and insights came from Mind…

From here on, the Immortals beget a descending hierarchy of aeons, fashioned after the ones who conceived them. Aeons that are similar yet fragmented branches from those that conceived them. From that of the Light (Savior) and Faith (Pistis), came spiritual beings who came together and disclosed…

…seventy-two powers. Each of the seventy-two in turn disclosed five spiritual powers, bringing the number to three hundred sixty powers. They are united in will.
In this way Immortal Humanity came to symbolize our realm. The first one to conceive…functions as a symbol of time. The Savior [Light] symbolizes the year. The twelve powers are symbols of the twelve months. The three hundred sixty powers who derive from the Savior stand for the three hundred sixty days of the year. And the angels who came from them and who are without number stand for the hours and moments.

The birth of Time…


Cosmic Contemplations I

A Certain Kind of Immortality

Just as a flame is the result of a chemical process of transformation, and as the cloud in the sky transforms to the water of a river, only to later enter and become a part of our bodies, so we are all woven together in this fabric of space-time, in the midst of our own series of transformations.


Buddhist monk and teacher, Thích Nhất Hạnh, spoke of the concept of death as transformation on an early podcast by I paraphrase, from what I recall and took from his words:

There is no death, then. Like the cloud, we also simply transform into the next existence, as an integral part of the fabric of this universe.

Ah, the notion of rebirth. In this sense, we are all immortal. 🙂
The next thought that arose within me, then, was that of the nature of consciousness. If we are — as awakened beings — in unity with the All-Consciousness, then our consciousness is all that is, and our bodies are mere forms which aspects of the collective conscious have chosen to take, for this brief period of time before transforming to another formation. Cosmic evolution. 🙂

I wondered, would my consciousness realize what was going on as I transformed in “death”? Would I be aware of my “past life” and aware of my “new one”? On a higher level of consciousness, probably, but certainly not at the level of the ego, for the ego is separation from the All. And then, I recalled, that this, too, is Attachment, an attachment to Self, to who I am, rather than gaining a greater perspective of where I fit, woven into this fabric — as the All. Self acceptance, in the truest sense…