This is a passage from the chapter entitled “The Turning of the Age,” in the book Sacred Economics written by Charles Eisenstein. The book explores the history of the financial system and the many stories that humanity is living out today that are leading to the rapid destruction of the earth, and the mass commodification of culture, nature, society… and everything really. It is definitely worth a read, and you can read it online at www.realitysandwich.com .
‘Two key developments mark the transition from childhood to adulthood, whether on the individual or the species level. The first is that we fall in love, and this love relationship is different from that of the child to the mother. In childhood, the primary aspect of the love relationship is that of receiving. I am happy to give all I can to my children, and I want them to receive it without restraint. It is right for a child to do what is necessary to grow, both physically and mentally. A good parent provides the resources for this growth, as our MotherEarth has done for us.
So far, we humans have been children in relationship to earth. We began in the womb of hunter-gatherer existence, in which we made no distinction between human and nature, but were enwombed within it. An infant does not have a strong self-other distinction, but takes time to form an identity and an ego and to learn that the world is not an extension of the self. So it has been for humanity collectively. Whereas the hunter-gatherer had no concept of a separate “nature” distinct from “human,” the agriculturist, whose livelihood depended on the objectification and manipulation of nature, came to think of nature as a separate category. In the childhood of agricultural civilization, humanity developed a separate identity and grew large. We had our adolescent growth spurt with industry, and on the mental plane entered through Cartesian science the extreme of separation, the fully developed ego and hyperrationality of the young teenager who, like humanity in the Age of Science, completes the stage of cognitive development known as “formal operations,” consisting of the manipulation of abstractions. But as the extreme of yang contains the birth of yin, so does the extreme of separation contain the seed of what comes next: reunion.
In adolescence, we fall in love, and our world of perfect reason and perfect selfishness falls apart as the self expands to include the beloved within its bounds. A new kind of love relationship emerges: not just one of receiving, but of giving too, and of cocreating. Fully individuated from the Other, we can fall in love with it and experience a reunion greater than the original union, for it contains within it the entire journey of separation.’
Happy new year. Today we will leave you with a few semi-random videos of interest. Have a great 2012.
Original article here.
The inner workings of supermassive black holes may be less hostile than we realize, possibly with stable regions where life and even planets could exist, according to Russian cosmologist Vyacheslav Dokuchaev at Moscow’s Institute for Nuclear Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Charged and rotating black holes have a complex internal structure that allow photons and particles of much greater magnitude to safely orbit the central singularity.
Gravitational tides within the central singularity are so powerful that even light gets sucked Dokuchaev has studied the dynamics of surrounding stable periodic planetary orbits, that neither neither terminate at the central singularity nor exit the black hole, creating space for life in the spinning black hearts of the active galactic nuclei.
Dokuchaev’s research demonstrates that “living inside the eternal black holes is possible in principle, if these black holes are rotating or charged and massive enough for weakening the tidal forces and radiation of gravitational waves to acceptable level.” Type III advanced civilizations on the Kardashev scale that have achieved mastery of the resources of their galaxy, could inhabit such black hole interiors.
“We hypothesize that the advanced civilizations may live safely inside the supermassive black holes in the galactic nuclei being invisible from the outside,” writes Dokuchaev in his study.
“The naked central singularity illuminates the orbiting internal planets and provides the energy supply for life supporting,” he adds. “Some additional highlighting during the night time comes from eternally circulating photons.”
Upon arrival at the event horizon of a black hole a theoretical observer enters a region where the radial dimension is more time-like than space-like. Beyond this is the inner Cauchy horizon where the dimensions again reverse, shifting into a plane where stable orbits for massive planets exist. The Cauchy horizon is a light-like boundary where one side of the horizon contains closed space-like geodesics and the other side contains closed time-like geodesics.
“This internal black hole domain, hidden by the two horizons from the whole external universe, is indeed a suitable place for safe inhabitation,” Dokuchaev writes. “The only thing needed is to put your vehicle or your planet to a stable periodic orbit inside the black hole.” To exist in this realm, any such civilizations would have to have overcome extreme conditions, such as massive tidal forces.
“Yet, some difficulties (or advantages?) of a life inside black holes are worth mentioning, such as a possible causality violation and the growing energy density in the close vicinity of the Cauchy horizon.”
Oliver (born circa 1958) is a Common Chimpanzee and a former performing ape once promoted as a missing link or “Humanzee” due to his unusually human-like face and a tendency to walk upright. Despite his somewhat unusual appearance and behavior, scientists determined in the 1990s that Oliver is not a human-chimpanzee hybrid.
Another one of Terence’s stimulating talks on the UFO phenomenon. No BS here. Feel free to take the time to listen to the whole talk, I’m just posting the bit that I found most compelling.
One of my favourite minds, just before his passing.
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An excerpt from the book 2012: Return of Quetzalcoatl by Daniel Pinchbeck (quoting John Martineau author of A Little Book of Coincidence)
“Venus rotates extremely slowly on her own axis in the opposite direction to most rotations in the solar system. Her day is precisely two-thirds of an earth year, a musical fifth. This exactly harmonizes… so that everytime venus and earth ‘kiss’, venus does so with the same face looking at the earth” — 8 earth years equals exactly 13 venus years, the five kisses between them crafting a perfect pentagon, carved out of space. The numbers 5, 8 , and 13 belong to the Fibonacci sequence, defining phi (the golden ratio = 1.61803399). Every 243 years, venus passes between the earth and the sun twice in 8 years– a pair of ‘venus transits’, visible to the naked eye. In our own time, an initial transit occurred on June 8th, 2004, to be matched by a second on June 6th, 2012. The venus transits also reflect the harmonic relation between the two obits–in those 243 earth years, exactly 365 venus days will have passed.
It’s interesting to note that the golden ratio that applies to so many biological and natural formations in our earth level existence, does in fact show itself on a larger scale in the universe. It seems to suggest some “galactic concordance” as Pinchbeck puts it.
What this shows to me is just an insight into the way matter and energy works. We study it to no end, and we have found out the basic laws by which it operates, yet it behaves to chaotically and randomly sometimes. Such as the spreading out of matter in the early universe. It spread itself out evenly but there was a small change in the spreading out of the matter so that parts of it gravitated towards one another and formed the galaxies we see today.
There is a program we are running on. How much of what we experience is a program and how much is free-will? Is not will movement or resistance against what is? Resistance to the program? Don’t we run on auto pilot without ‘will’? I will do this, I will do that. Are we really doing what we’re saying we will do, or are we just living according to the program, and our thoughts tell us we are willing things into being?
The program is the universe’s purpose. It has a purpose as long as we are aware. We give it a purpose by being conscious. We say there has to be a reason for all this experience, or else why would I be conscious? Couldn’t a brain run a human body on auto-pilot without it being ‘aware’ and having a ‘self’. If the universe runs on a set of laws and rules that govern its whole evolution, why need us at all?
Well, that’s a tricky one. When we’re aware of being aware, are we really aware? That question seems kind of strange but if you really stop and consider it carefully, we’re not really aware when we’re aware of being aware right? Because we’re focusing on that, and not what actually is. We’re focussing on our ‘self’ our ‘image’ of what we are or what we should be or change to be. But there is only one thing that is real and that is ‘the fact’. What you really are. Whether it’s you are jealous or angry or happy. That is the fact, that’s the program that the planets orbit on. The fact.
Is the self created by the program to be so emotional, personal, full of guilt and fear and desire so that it keeps perpetuating itself, gaining and acquiring, whether it’s knowledge or money and power, to better itself and survive? Do we really need that for survival? Is that the only way to have us really reach this point in our evolution?
Our thoughts consume us on a daily basis and make so many decisions. Constantly planning for the future and fearing or regretting the past. We can’t just let the program take us where it wants, because isn’t that too scary? We gotta impose our will or else we’ll be taken down an unsure path, won’t we? The randomness of the universe! Or does that really change anything? Don’t we keep winding up in the same spot? With our same hopes and fears and worries?
Why don’t we just let the program take us where it’s taking us? Venus seems to be…