What’s Out There in the Beyond?
I’ve slept out under the stars many times, particularly in deserts. One time in the Grand Canyon I had begun backpacking late in the afternoon, heading down the Thunder River Trail.
After crossing about a mile of the Esplanade I decided to stop and make a dry camp. I was carrying plenty of water.
It was already getting dark and I knew the next segment of trail was treacherous compared to the 6-1/2 miles I’d already hiked..
Dusk in the Grand Canyon is beautiful and an evening star was already visible.
In truth, I really stopped because I knew the Deer Creek Campground would be well occupied, and I really enjoy being alone, especially on such a balmy evening.
Is there anything more beautiful than a starry sky on a clear moonless night! My camp was not marred by a single flash of light by humans. Nor could I hear any human sound.
There was such a perfect peace for me to do my evening meditation.
I love it. Alone at night with the stars always makes me realize how small and utterly alone our planet is among the vastness of the billions of stars, most of them thousands of light-years from us. And how insignificant I am in the whole cosmic play.
Both science and religion talk about that enormous reality out there beyond what we can see with the most sensitive telescopes. But I often feel that they may only be saying it in words, while never experiencing it the way I do camped all alone like this.
I knew the awe of it from just lying there beneath the heavens.
We also know a lot about it from intuition, which tells us much more than we can say.
We know that gravity pulls things down to earth, but we can’t see gravity.
We see that magnetism pulls two pieces of iron together, but we can’t see the magnetism.
We know there’s electricity in the air that causes lightning, which of course we can see; but we can’t see electricity.
The wind blows things around, but we can’t see the wind.
On and on. There are many other invisible forces out there, and we can only see them moving other things; but we cannot see the forces that move them.
Far-off voices mysteriously manifest on our phones, images are projected onto our TV screens from invisible vibrations that travel through miles of air from broadcast studios. People speak into microphones, their voices invisibly vibrate through hundreds of miles of air to be heard on our radios.
There are multifarious vibrations out there somewhere, a few of which are discernible when they are re-focused by some of our human instruments.
Science is giving us more and clearer connections to these mysterious invisible waves through our phones, TV screens, radios, computers, telescopes and an elaborate set of scientific tools – offering up more and more of that mysterious realm out there to our everyday lives.
But the same scientists say that’s small potatoes.
There is yet ninety-five percent more reality out there that we are still unable to access through the most highly-sophisticated instruments yet invented. The scientists can’t see it. They just know that there is something big we are missing.
Our Hidden Inner Side
We take for granted an invisible something, which is much closer to us, our subconscious. We know a bit about it when it surfaces in bizarre ways – in dreams, fantasies, our unthinking acts and words.
But well beyond psychiatry, other scientists and mystics are trying to fathom the connection of our conscious minds, down through the subconscious, to that vast world out there beyond even our everyday cyber-tech way of seeing things.
The problem is that plenty of scientists, as well as mystics, aren’t very trustworthy in reporting about that shrouded mystery.
Reliable scientists though, call it “dark energy and dark matter,” but say little more about what it might be.
On the other hand, there are more and more scientists, as well as mystics, whose reports on that ineffable “something” who seem trustworthy enough for us to listen to.
Scientists and Mystics
There is an utterly fascinating book that brings both scientists and mystics’ views together in side-by-side comparisons.
The book is Quantum Questions: Mystical Writing of the World’s Greatest Physicists, by Ken Wilbur. It lays quotes by mystics and scientists side by side, to speak for themselves. Ken is merely the facilitator, allowing the reader to draw his or her own conclusions.
I know high-ranking physicists who have this book on their bedside shelves. I also know leading mystics who have just as high regard as the scientists for Quantum Questions.
It is worth taking a peek. More can be seen on the web at Quantum Questions.
I bring up this topic because I’d like to have a discussion about the unseen, ineffable, immanent realm of dark energies and matter on this website.
For my part, I will speak of exercises, which we can do in our own living rooms, or preferably in the quiet of our backyards, which can give us glimpses of the inner side of ourselves as well as the things-in-themselves out there. The practices are especially trail friendly. I use then every morning on my hikes.
For fifteen years I tutored these practices to physicists and their friends in Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Taos. A small group is still studying with my successors.
These simple practices enable us to drop all of our pre-conceived ideas and allow ourselves to face the under side of things.
You can try the exercises, then come back here to join us in high adventure.
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