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Find the Personal Wholeness You Yearn for by Seeing Your Place in the Web of Life

Find the Personal Wholeness You Yearn for by Seeing Your Place in the Web of Life

There is a great intelligence in this universe that we are within, and that is within us.

The other day I saw a segment on the popular television program 60 Minutes that showed some of the amazing images of our universe recently taken by the Hubble telescope. They show billions of stars and galaxies, in numbers beyond our comprehension. But what really struck me was something said by one of the astrophysicists being interviewed. The statement was a confirmation of something great sages have been saying for centuries, if not millennia: We are made of the stuff of stars.

What that means is that over billions of years exploding stars have given off the matter that then formed into planets, and everything on them, including the Earth, and we ourselves. What that also means is that everything in the universe is connected. We are connected to the stars, to the galaxies. We are also connected to the flowers, the deer, and most importantly to one another on the planet we ourselves inhabit.

Human beings often feel alone and alienated from the world around us. That’s because we have forgotten the essential truths that sit in the very center of our being. There is a great intelligence in this universe that we are within, and that is within us. If we could remember this in dark hours, everything could change in a moment. So here are some quotations from the great sages about the connections across the universe and between human beings that can inspire you when you feel cut off:


Man does not know himself and does not know how to use the energies hidden in him, nor does he know that he carries the stars hidden in himself and that he is the microcosm, and thus carries within him the whole firmament with all its influence. — Paracelcus (1493)

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Oh how the spell before my sight brings nature’s hidden ways to light. See! All things with each other blending, each to all its being lending, all on each in turn depending, heavenly ministers descending, and again to heaven ascending, floating, mingling, interweaving… Can heart of man embrace Illimitable Nature? — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749)

Chief Seattle, Duwamish-Suquamish

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. — Chief Seattle, Duwamish-Suquamish (1788)

P.D. Ouspensky

All the matter of the world that surrounds us, the food that we eat, the water that we drink, the air that we breathe, the stones that our houses are built of, our own bodies — everything is permeated by all the matters that exist in the universe. There is no need to study or investigate the sun in order to discover the matter of the solar world; this matter exists in ourselves and is the result of the division of our atoms. In the same way we have in us the matter of all other worlds. Man is, in the full sense of the term, a “miniature universe”; in him are all the matters of which the universe consists; the same forces, the same laws that govern the life of the universe, operate in him; therefore in studying man we can study the whole world, just as in studying the world we can study man. — P. D. Ouspensky (1878)

Albert Einstein

A human being is a part of the whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. — Albert Einstein (1879)

Fritjof Capra

The world is not a collection of separate objects but rather appears as a web of relations between the various parts of a unified whole. — Fritjof Capra (1939)

Can you see the beauty and encouragement in these sublime revelations? Can you sense the truth of what they say?

Do they stir some deep understanding hidden within you that was born in your heart?

Do spend some time pondering these quotations. Let their meaning wash over you. They will help you see your own life from a new perspective. And they will help you see everyone else differently as well. We are all soul mates, if only we could realize it. If even just a small group of people saw it at the start, there would come much needed changes in the world.

How Understanding the Universe Could Help Change the World

If we really understood the powerful connections between us, our relationships would change, and so would our world.

Does your tradition also speak of these universal principles? If so, please share a quotation about it with the OneJourney community. When we can see these great truths expressed so many ways from so many different times and places, it strengthens our understanding of the connections we have. So, please click here to submit your quotation to the OneJourney Living Book.

Best wishes,

Dr. Ellen Dickstein
The OneJourney Project


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