Where my vision of the universe came from...

Everything about life is mysterious and miraculous, though it may often seem mundane in the moment. I am blessed to have a partner whose curiosity matches mine. We have morning tea conversations that lead to thinking, doing, writing or just stimulating conversation. Yesterday we talked about Madeleine L’Engle’s books and my Catholic upbringing, particularly confession. I remembered doing the “Examination of Conscience” before every confession where we were encouraged by the nuns to look at how these ‘sins’ could have been instigated by thoughts, and could be changed by new thinking.

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and science.” 
Albert Einstein

Later in the day, as often happens, I had a lightbulb moment. I’d often wondered where my vision of the universe came from. The books with the patriarchal god didn’t appeal to me. My worship often took place on the left side of the altar where the statue of the Virgin Mary stood. Showering her with music and flowers in the month of May was pivotal to my ideas of the feminine. Though I followed the other rituals, particularly during Lent, it was somehow those two things—the examination and the month of May—that carried forward.

In our conversation, I told Lance that I had first learned about the importance of cooperation, empathy and connection during the 1970s when I read “A Wind in the Door” with my kids. A character called Blejeny attempts to tell the children the size of the galaxy: (condensed version)

Calvin says: “Our minds can’t comprehend anything that huge…”

“Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition. Think of the size of your galaxy. Now, think of your sun. It’s a star, and it is a great deal smaller than the entire galaxy, isn’t it?”

“Of course.”

“Think of yourselves in comparison with the size of the sun.”

“Now think of a mitochondria which live in the cells of all living things and how much smaller a mitochondrion is than you.”

Miraculous! To the mitochondria, we are a galaxy. If we don’t take care of our bodies, our energy and our connections between our cells, other beings and our planet, the universe fails. This book, and others, triggered a lifelong search for meaning and my purpose on this planet I call home. This miracle also fits right in with the words of the great teachers of religion, philosophy, and science. For example, the words of the Dalai Lama:

“Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human but also human to other forms of life.”

Einstein talks about the mysterious, L’Engle the fight between good and evil, and the Dalai Lama about the spiritual survival of our planet and our galaxy through energetic compassion and communication. All of these together meant, to me, that Sacred Energy is the source, and our individual use of that energy is our responsibility.

So I return full circle to today’s most pressing problem—the separation of people by family origin, skin color, location, political or religious beliefs. In my first article on Sacred Energy, I wrote about the necessity for compassionate communication. Civility must be returned or all is lost. That is not an over-the-top declaration. No agreement can ever result from hate and division. Look at the next demonstrations with people on both sides cordoned off by police, screaming at the other side, determined to “win.” There IS NO WINNING in this manner of being. Using our miraculous heart energy in the exercise I’ll share below, will help us to tune in to our compassion, send out the energy of that compassion, and try to see where the anger was born. Gandhi did not convince the British to leave India with guns and words of hate. As I said in part one, it is one heart at a time. If an infected part passes on its infection, an organism can die. The opposite is also true.

In my article on Heart Energy, I shared the visualization of your own heart where you could see its wounds and heal. Today, I ask you to do something slightly different. I ask you to have the intention to change some small piece of the way you see the “others” in your world. Often this can be a member of your own family, a neighbor, a spouse or an alienated friend. The least that will happen is your body will have a few minutes of rest.

Heart Tell Me, Part Two

  • Sit quietly, close your eyes. Breathe deeply in and out, imagining your breath a color that is calming for you. Often blue and green are chosen. Play quiet meditation music if you choose.
  • As you breathe the color into your body—try starting at the feet and bringing it up to your head—just feel the calm and peace of this floating energy. You can imagine the color coming from the earth.
  • Imagine the energy now entering your body organs: lower body, center body, upper body, and ending with the brain. Take your time and move the colored breathing slowly. Breathe in deeply. Watch your body fill with this beautiful color.
  • When you have finished and your body is vibrating with this beautiful peaceful energy, bring it together into your heart. Ask your heart’s wisdom to show you—in words or pictures—what you could be doing or saying to create peace on earth rather than adding to the jagged energy. (At first, imagine one person you would like to have a more peaceful energy with.)
  • Now see your heart sending this peaceful intention from you to the heart of the other person. Breathe this intention out, flowing on your energy. Now imagine the other person breathing it in. Know that your body is protected by your energy and you are sharing, not giving away. Stay in this place as long as you can—up to a few minutes—and then see the person fade and your energy return fully to you.
  • Continue to sit, breathe and reflect for a few minutes.

As you continue to do this exercise, think about writing what you are learning doing this. I would love to hear how this works for you. Let’s have a dialogue! Love and blessings.

Therèse Tappouni is the author of six published books—four of which have received major awards—and creator of two meditation/visualization CDs. Her latest book is The Gifts of Grief: Finding Light in the Darkness of Loss. Therèse is the founder of the company Whole Heart, dedicated to helping people live a balanced, loving and creative life. She teaches workshops for women in mid-life, grief workshops, women’s history classes, resilience workshops and one-on-one coaching created from her certification as a HeartMath® Trainer. She has also trained in many other modalities, including Somatic Intuitive Training™ and Time Dimension Therapy™