The spiritual awakening of an Astronaut

One of the most beautiful descriptions of the spiritual awakening I’ve ever read comes from an astronaut ….  😉


“Instead of an intellectual search, there was suddenly a very deep gut feeling that something was different. It occurred when looking at Earth and seeing this blue-and-white planet floating there, and knowing it was orbiting the Sun, seeing that Sun, seeing it set in the background of the very deep black and velvety cosmos, seeing – rather, knowing for sure – that there was a purposefullness of flow, of energy, of time, of space in the cosmos – that it was beyond man’s rational ability to understand, that suddenly there was a nonrational way of understanding that had been beyond my previous experience. There seems to be more to the universe than random, chaotic, purposeless movement of a collection of molecular particles. On the return trip home, gazing through 240,000 miles of space toward the stars and the planet from which I had come, I suddenly experienced the universe as intelligent, loving, harmonious.”


“Then, looking beyond the Earth itself to the magnificence of the larger scene, there was a startling recognition that the nature of the universe was not as I had been taught. My understanding of the separate distinctness and the relative independence of movement of those cosmic bodies was shattered. There was an upwelling of fresh insight coupled with a feeling of ubiquitous harmony-a sense of interconnectedness with the celestial bodies surrounding our spacecraft. Particular scientific facts about stellar evolution took on new significance.”


“Our presence here, outside the domain of the home planet, was not rooted in an accident of nature, nor the capricious political whim of a technological civilization. It was rather an extension of the same universal process that evolved our molecules. And what I felt was an extraordinary personal connectedness with it. I experienced what has been described as an ecstasy of unity. I not only saw the connectedness, I.felt it and experienced it sentiently. I was overwhelmed with the sensation of physically and mentally extending out into the cosmos. The restraints and boundaries of flesh and bone fell away. I realized that this was a biological response of my brain attempting to reorganize and give meaning to information about the wonderful and awesome processes I was privileged to view from this vantage point.”


“The desire to live life to its fullest, to acquire more knowledge, to abandon the economic treadmill, are all typical reactions to these experiences in altered states of consciousness. The previous fear of death is typically quelled. If the individual generally remains thereafter in the existential state of awareness, the deep internal feeling of eternity is quite profound and unshakable.”

~ Edgar D. Mitchell


Edgar Mitchell is the founder of the Institut of Noetic Sciences by the way. They explore the fundamental nature of consciousness and the connections of human consciousness with the problems we face in our times as a global community.  They reflect about very deep topics like “The Science of Interconnectedness — How does consciousness interact with the physical world?”  or “How does consciousness transform? How can we support individual and collective transformation?” 



The Reality of Consciousness

Peter Russell is one of the greatest minds of our times… listen! 🙂

The Reality of Consciousness, Peter Russell

“Wave-particle duality, the uncertainty principle, the collapse of the wave function, and entanglement all point to awareness being an intrinsic aspect of reality. Yet we are still trying to understand them in terms of a worldview that believes the real world to be that of space, time, and matter, and relegates consciousness to some artifact of brain processes.

Yet the one thing of which we are certain is that we are aware. And it is the one thing the current worldview cannot account for. is profound anomaly will ultimately lead to the full paradigm shift to which contemporary physics is, unwittingly, pointing.

With consciousness as primary, everything remains the same and everything changes. Mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry are unchanged. What changes is our assumption as to what they are describing. They are not describing the unfolding of a physical world, but the unfolding of a universal self-aware eld. We are led to the conclusion that the entire cosmos is a vast eld of knowing, knowing itself, and in that knowing creating for itself the appearance of a material world. Why then don’t we see it that way? Why does the material world appear devoid of consciousness?

From the deep pools of Eastern wisdom, to the fast-paced rapids of the West, Peter Russell has mastered many fields, and synthesized them with consummate artistry. Weaving his unique blend of scientific rationale, global vision, and intuitive wisdom, Peter brings a sharp, critical mind to the challenge of self-awakening. The next great frontier of human exploration, he shows, is not outer space, but inner space—the development of the human mind.

He has degrees in theoretical physics, experimental psychology, and computer science from the University of Cambridge in England, and has written ten books in this area, including The Global Brain Awakens, Waking Up in Time, and most recently, From Science to God: A Physicist’s Journey into the Mystery of Consciousness.”


The universal Mind 

We have to let go of the passing names by which we have tried to name ourselves and become the “naked self before the naked God.” That will always feel like dying, because we are so attached to our passing names and identities. Your bare, undecorated self is already and forever the beloved child of God. When you can rest there, you will begin to share in the universal Christ consciousness, the very “mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16).

~ Richard Rohr 

The awakening of Christ-Consciousness in Humanity 

Jesus is saying: “Love your neighbor as though he or she were yourself. See that which is Divine in the other person as the Divine is within you. See that oneness of God in that other person and in you.”  That is the Christ-Consciousness awakened in humanity. That is breaking through the boundaries of “us against them” of primitive thinking, of separation. That is radical living. That is seeing the Divine everywhere. The hebrews, in their Spiritual Evolution, spoke of “fragments of the Divine” broken like a mirror throughout Creation, and our work is to recognize these fragments and pull them back together into their original Unity. Yet, even with that deep wisdom, the neighbour was the fellow jew. Not the Gentile. It took this extraordinary, totally transforming Way of Christ, that could not be held in a cultural box, nor in a religion,to break through to a new kind of understanding. He not only fulfills the laws (the Torah more accurately translated as “Instructions”) he transforms them so that what matters is unconditional love coming through us, that we might be benediction to the world, Children of God, conscious of our Origin, our purpose, and our destiny. That is the Religion (meaning “re-linking”) that Jesus brought, reconnecting us with the Spirit. Beyond all the structures, dogmas, rules and theologies, is the one thing that matters: the compass that Jesus gives us today. As it is written in the scriptures, they dared not ask Him anymore questions after that. Those waters were to deep. 

~ Theodore J. Nottingham: Yeshua the Cosmic Mystic, Beyond religion Universal Truth 

Dreams are the seedlings of realities

We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep.

~ William Shakespeare

Just what future the Designer of the universe has provided for the souls of men I do not know, I cannot prove. But I find that the whole order of Nature confirms my confidence that, if it is not like our noblest hopes and dreams, it will transcend them.

~ Henry Norris Russell

…in the state of sleep, [the spirit] sees without eyes, it hears without ears, it speaks without a tongue, it runs without feet… How often it happens that the spirit has a dream in the realm of sleep whose purport comes to be exactly materialized two years hence! Likewise, how often it happens that in the world of dreams the spirit solves a problem that it could not solve in the realm of wakefulness.

Awake, the eye sees only a short distance, but in the realm of dreams one who is in the East may see the West… For the spirit has two modes of travel: without means, or spiritual travel, and with means, or material travel—as birds that can fly, or as being carried in a vehicle.

While asleep, this physical body is as dead: It neither sees, nor hears, nor feels, and it has neither consciousness nor perception—its powers are suspended. Yet the spirit is not only alive and enduring but also exerts a greater influence, soars to loftier heights, and possesses a deeper understanding.

~ Abdu’l-Baha

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

~ Anatole France

The ninety and nine are with dreams, content but the hope of the world made new, is the hundredth man who is grimly bent on making those dreams come true.

~ Edgar Allan Poe

Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else’s dreams?

~ Tim Burton

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

~ T. E. Lawrence

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.

~ James Allen

You have to dream before your dreams can come true.

~ A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

I don’t think you should spend your life praying for things, but I do believe you should thank God for what He’s given you… but I think the scripture teaches us that we can pray for our dreams, pray for the big things… he’s not a small God; this God is incredible.

~ Joel Osteen