This post explores the nature of space and the universe. On balance, this helps your mind relax, let go and trust a greater intelligence. You will also learn how to become tuned in to space both within and around you. From there, it becomes easy to understand and connect to your true self which is beyond thought.
What is space and where did it come from?
By definition, space is the formless area where all objects and events take place. In brief, this includes the physical universe, as well as all its contents.
The term universe refers to any object that you can sense, feel, measure, or detect. On the whole, it includes all living beings, stars, energies, galaxies, planets, as well as light, and time.
Science has measured the age of the universe to be around 13.8 billion years, beginning with the ‘Big Bang’ event. The same scientists also predict that it will end between the next 2.8 to 22 billion years. Given these points, the universe is subject to the cycle of birth and death. In a similar fashion to every form of life. Where does this cycle occur? Does it have a beginning, middle and end? Or is it eternal?
Many ancient texts speak of a limitless, divine creator that is beyond time. In essence, they refer to the same eternal nothingness where all creation takes place. Another way of describing this space is the one life, beneath all forms. It is the subject of many examples of poetry, hymns and wonder. The intention of each is to help you connect with the space that exists within you and beyond.
Can you imagine something that is without form? With no limit? No beginning? No end? Even if there is an ‘end’ or edge to the universe. What is beyond that? In truth, it is the boundless space that allows the cosmos to manifest.
Eventually, there comes the point where the mind cannot figure out such vastness. Yet, by sensing this space inside your mind and body, you can feel your connection with everything.
Are all objects, as well as the universe, mostly space?
When scientists study all types of matter, they find that billions of tiny electrons make up all objects. Furthermore, after many years of research, it’s now clear that they are mostly just space. The only thing traced was a tiny movement of energy.
With this in mind, it’s clear that every physical object consists of mostly nothing. The substance of what makes you a human being is empty space and a tiny vibration of energy. In short, no form, object or life, however big or small is exempt from this truth.
Interestingly, this is in line with ancient Buddhist texts, which state that the pure essence of all things is emptiness. In other words, the space that makes up you is the same as the space that makes up everything else.
Is there any difference between outer and inner space?
Outer space is the area that is beyond the physical boundary of your body. It is here where, star systems, planets and anything outside of us takes place. Similarly, the term, inner space refers to the emptiness within the body that you can sense. You experience all thoughts, feelings and emotions here. Hence why we often describe mind activity as a movement taking place within us.
There is no difference between inner and outer space. In any event, the life of stars, galaxies and all objects are just like the thoughts you experience. Each one of these is different forms of energy, rising and falling. In reality, the actual space is identical; it’s just how its perceived that gives it the term inner or outer. In either case, there is an endless intellect at work.
Does a greater force that’s bigger than the human mind exist?
Take some time to observe the clear sky at night. For one thing, you will see thousands of stars arranged in large patterns. Each one appears to be floating in a vast open area. What you see represents only a tiny fraction of what is there. To emphasise this, see how recent science has tracked trillions of galaxies. Each one is an island universe containing hundreds of billions of stars.
What’s more, these galaxies are arranged in clusters and patterns. The entire structure resembles an endless cosmic web. Can you imagine how many worlds could exist beyond our own?
The sizes of these stars and the distances between them are beyond comprehension. As an illustration, if you travelled at the speed of light (670,616,629 mph), it would take anything between thousands to billions of years to reach some of these worlds. Even then, you would only be able to explore a tiny fraction of what exists. By and large, due to the sheer size of the universe.
Regardless of how big the universe is (93 billion light years in diameter), it is a tiny point in space. The reality beyond this point is infinite and far beyond the scope of any human mind. Study the photos and images taken from some of the most advanced telescopes. Can you see the beauty of all the galaxies, nebulas, and celestial bodies? Could the human mind ever make or conceive something so grand and beautiful?
There is an intelligence at work that is far beyond what the human mind could ever grasp. In effect, this silent intelligence governs the design, creation and the end of all life.
Is the mind a reflection of the cosmos?
The more we learn about the cosmos, the more we realise how little we understand. For the most part, all we can do is contemplate its magnificence.
The act of you contemplating the universe is equal to you being more aware of thoughts. In any case, the first step to understanding the mind’s content is by becoming aware of it. Once you develop the ability to observe, you will see that the brain comes up with all kinds of material. Pay attention to the variety of thought content and the contrasts in your mind. For example, when you feel anger, notice how it feels, in comparison to the calm, stillness of peace. Watch how all aspects of the mind rise, express and fall into the emptiness from where they arose.
Going back to the example of the cosmos, you have the same type of differences in your mind. To emphasise this, take the case of the planets in the solar system. Venus is a very hostile and hot planet, whereas Earth has just the right environment for life. Or to rephrase it, Venus represents your thoughts of anger and Earth represents your state of balance.
The physical forms of the planets and your thoughts are all made up of the same energy. Hence why they both display similar ways to express their nature. Do you see the similarities between the forms that take place in the physical universe and your mind?
The act of being aware connects you to your true nature of being open. Not to mention, sensing your emptiness allows you to be an observer. Infinity observes the cosmos in the same way.
Why did space create forms and the universe?
Undoubtedly, the mind is a reflection of the universe, and it’s easy to see that they are both one. So why are there so many physical forms and differences? Why did space or the ‘divine’, create the universe this way?
The answer to this question lies in how the universe operates itself. In light of this, think about the many different events you experience in life. See how each one comes up and eventually fades away. Without taking part in and living through these many forms, you would not sense the space from where they arise. For the same reason, all objects have their place, whether they are galaxies, stars, thoughts or emotions. The purpose of each one serves to help you realise the formless or ‘divinity’.
Light cannot exist without the contrast of dark. In the same way, you cannot know the formless without the variation of form. Only through experiencing life through all its cycles and changes can you rise beyond its influence.
Even if everything ceased to exist, the space where it arose from would not change. In summary, pure emptiness is infinite and has no shape or form. It is the immortal one life beneath all life forms, that has no beginning and no end. With all things considered, your purpose is to connect with this truth and allow your true nature to shine.
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