Three Principles Living

Judith A. Sedgeman, EdD

Dancing the Universe

Star clusters are commonly featured in cosmic photoshoots, and are also well-loved by the keen eye of the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. These large gatherings of celestial gems are striking sights — and the subject of this Picture of the Week, Messier 2, is certainly no exception. Messier 2 is located in the constellation of Aquarius (The Water-Bearer), about 55 000 light-years away. It is a globular cluster, a spherical group of stars all tightly bound together by gravity. With a diameter of roughly 175 light-years, a population of 150 000 stars, and an age of 13 billion years, Messier 2 is one of the largest clusters of its kind and one of the oldest associated with the Milky Way. Most of the cluster’s mass is concentrated at its centre, with shimmering streams of stars extending outwards into space. It is bright enough that it can even be seen with the naked eye when observing conditions are extremely good.

Dancing the Universe

This applies to things large and small. Universal, global, and personal. Everything.

Everything, from the entire universe to the tiniest particle of matter is pulsing with one energy, the energy of creation. The energy of life that flows through us is the same energy that vibrates through galaxies, enables the wriggles of worms and the spinning of atoms and the explosion of supernovas. Every fleeting form is generated from that energy, so everything is energetically connected, all one spiritual dynamic.

You don’t need to be a physicist to imagine this, although physics points directly to it. You don’t need to be a religious person to appreciate this, although the vitality of divine love is at the heart of every religion. Everything in the universe is alive and the knowledge of it is inherent. Anyone can access it because it is the deep-down universal beating heart of creation. You don’t need to be brave to say it because it is the unspoken knowledge all people see and feel in their most profound moments of quietude.

The truth of it is everywhere: in the harmony of music; the logic of mathematics; the symmetry of geometry; the force of gravity; the birth and death of stars; the ebb and flow of tides; the expression of genes; the common threads of mythologies; the revelations of spiritual masters across time and cultures; nature flourishing in glory when uninhibited; the moments of communion across species — people with their pets, explorers with animals encountered in the wild, mother dogs adopting stray kittens, wild creatures accepting care from compassionate humans and showing gratitude.

Everything is connected. Everything affects everything. The butterfly effect of chaos theory ripples across space and time. The universe is infinite forms born of common energy. Small changes initiate the stirrings of large change.

We are living at a time when this is playing out on our home, the planet earth. We are seeing that when one species dies off, whole ecosystems change. We are seeing that when something creates minor variations in average temperature of an area, the life of that area is transformed. We are seeing that when masses of people lose their confidence and become insecure, they turn on each other and cling to what they believe will protect them, and death and destruction follow. But history has shown, and we will see again, that when quiet comes and people’s minds settle, wisdom returns and healing is natural. A fresh start dawns.

When we dance to the rhythms of the universe, we flow with life. When we march to the beat of our individual fears and doubts, we create small storms that temporarily disturb the flow. We humans do not have the power to alter the course of the universe, but we have the power to influence moments within it. When we are in turmoil, we live at the mercy of our own misunderstood power. Once we recognize it and allow turmoil to dissipate, doubt and fear disappear. We use our power calmly and wisely for the universal good.

Those who understand that power are buffered from despair when they encounter maelstroms. The greater power is the power of change from within, the power of life energy always surging into synchronicity. When we are moving with it in peace and quietude, trusting universal wisdom, a simple change of thought can change everything.

What if insecure thoughts were informed by love and understanding? Warlike, hateful ideas would transform to peace.

What if greedy thoughts were overwhelmed by compassion and generosity? The thought of winning regardless of who loses would shift to caring and sharing

What if hopeless thoughts were erased by confidence and faith? The thought that our problems are overwhelming would fade as new ideas and solutions came to mind.

What if all it took was reawakening our own innate proclivity for balance and quietude to lead us to such wisdom? What if that is the natural state of all things, including us, when we trust our small place in in infinite creation and simply do what makes sense to contribute?

What if we are all one insight away from finding our path to peace on a thriving earth, a speck of energy engaged in the gorgeous act of universal creation?



“The solutions to outwardly complex problems created by misguided thoughts will not arise from complicated analytical theory, but will emerge as an insight, wrapped in a blanket of simplicity.” Sydney Banks

1 Comment
  • Jane Goldsworthy

    I hope you write a book sometime Judy. I would love to have access to your writings in paper form.

    May 26, 2019 at 3:30 pm

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