Double Helix Stairway to Heaven

My musing for the day ~ from the origin of life, through all the steps of evolution, to the rise of the capability of Consciousness to become of conscious itself, the DNA strand is the Stairway to Heaven that we are collectively climbing. Little wonder that spiral staircases feel so magical…

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Image from LiveScience.com

“The arising of space consciousness—a shift to vertical rather than horizontal awareness—is the next stage in the evolution of humanity, and it’s happening more and more as our awareness remains in the now moment.”
Eckhart Tolle

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“I am saying that I see the emergence of space consciousness as the next stage in the evolution of humanity. By space consciousness I mean that in addition to our being fully conscious of things—that is to say of sense perceptions, thoughts, emotions, and whatever happens in our lives—there is at the same time an undercurrent of awareness or Presence operating in us. Awareness implies that we are not only conscious of things, such as the objects and the people around us, but we are also conscious at the same time of being conscious.”
Eckhart Tolle

 

Grand tree of life study shows a clock-like trend in new species emergence and diversity

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http://phys.org/news/2015-03-grand-tree-life-clock-like-trend.html

Temple University researchers have assembled the largest and most accurate tree of life calibrated to time, and surprisingly, it reveals that life has been expanding at a constant rate.

The tree of life compiled by the Temple team is depicted in a new way —- a cosmologically-inspired galaxy of life view —- and contains more than 50,000 species in a tapestry spiraling out from the origin of life.

The study also challenges the conventional view of adaptation being the principal force driving species diversification, but rather, underscores the importance of random genetic events and geographic isolation in speciation, taking about 2 million years on average for a new species to emerge onto the scene.

 

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Image from the movie, “The Tree of Life”

 

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http://www.greennature.ca/?q=tree%20of%20life

 

STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN (excerpt)
Led Zeppelin

“…And it’s whispered that soon,
if we all call the tune,
then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long,
and the forests will echo with laughter.

If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow,
don’t be alarmed now,
it’s just a spring clean for the May Queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by,
but in the long run,
there’s still time to change the road you are on.

and it makes me wonder
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Your head is humming and it won’t go,
in case you don’t know,
the piper’s calling you to join him.
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow,
and did you know
your stairway lies on the whispering wind?

And as we wind on down the road,
our shadow’s taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
who shines white light and wants to show
how everything still turns to gold,
and if you listen very hard,
the tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all,
to be a rock, and not to roll.

…and she’s buying a stairway to heaven.

The Beginning of the End of an Era

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May his memory Live Long and Prosper

As a boy growing up on a farm, I remember being transfixed, watching the original series of Star Trek on a black and white TV.  Despite the lack of color and the ever-present static haze of rural television reception, the show had a profound effect upon me.  It introduced me to so much that was outside the narrow bounds of my world, transported me (if you will) to a broader universe, and inspired me to think in much grander vistas.  As its rise to a cultural phenomenon attests, Star Trek has done the same thing for millions and millions of others.

Perhaps more than any other TV show, Star Trek opened our collective psyche to consider possible futures and possible worlds and possible thoughts and possible philosophies that we never would have imagined.  I wonder if our ability to readily embrace the innovations of the technological revolution isn’t in part a result of the influence of Star Trek.  Having watched the crew of the Enterprise employ miraculous devices, this opened the door, and the desire, for us to do the same.

While it’s likely that the character of Captain Kirk had the greater influence upon me personally, Leonard Nimoy’s Mr. Spock certainly had a profound impact as well.   I would attribute some of my interest in science, and in logic, of course, to his influence.   Mr. Spock also gave me one of my all-time favorite words to use:  Evidently.   Just love how that sums up so much so concisely – all the available data points to the most logical conclusion that one can draw – i.e,  Evidently.

That attribute that he is most famously known for, the use of the intellect to control the emotions, while seemingly one-dimensional or “de-humanizing”, was actually neither.   As Eckhart Tolle teaches us now, and the Buddha taught long ago, we are not our emotions, we have emotions.  We are a consciousness that can step back from our emotions and regard them dispassionately.   And we can choose to identify with the emotions or with that deeper consciousness.

I have also found it noteworthy that Spock’s approach to logic and emotions evolved over time, a transformation that required decades and several movies to take place.   In Star Trek VI he utters a very memorable ( very memorable to me, at least!) paraphrase of a biblical passage, to a younger Vulcan protégé.   The original passage goes:  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,” which the movie turned into:  “Logic is the beginning of wisdom, Valeris, not the end.” Signalling an embrace of his humanity and his emotions.

Growing up in a Scandinavian farm community, I had no exposure to other races, cultures, philosophies, or religions.  The character of Mr. Spock introduced me to all of these.  It was mind expanding.   Leonard Nimoy, through his compelling portrayal of Mr. Spock, opened many doors for greater understanding. With his passing, the era that Star Trek ushered in is beginning to close.  One wonders what trajectory the next era will take.

May the gifts he has given us Live Long and Prosper.

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I shall miss him greatly.

 

As A Tree

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A friend of mine posted this image on Facebook.   Such a fantastic concept!

Which prompted me to share this thought:

“How cool would it be to create a “living cemetery” of these that is a Food Forest ~ could literally feed one’s descendants, and they would be fed by their ancestors…   [see the link below for a description of a food forest]

Then someone else made this comment:

I like to think of me as a tree !!!

Which inspired me to write this little poem:

I like to think of me
as a tree ~
with roots sunk deep
into ancestral dreams
and ever nurtured
by the fecund earth
with a willing embrace
of this world of form.

I like to think of me
as a tree ~
with branches reaching
toward what is to be
and ever enlivened
by the radiant sun
with a willing embrace
of the Élan Vital.

I like to think of me
as a tree ~
transmuting
past into future
heaven into earth
energy into form
dwelling within
the omnipresent.

 

And as long as I’m dwelling upon thoughts of trees, it feels fitting to share this talk that I delivered at a 911 Tribute in 2005.  (I was speaking in front of 3,000 people, and was so nervous that my knees were wobbling the entire time.)

TREE DEDICATION

As we begin our program this evening and prepare for the invocation, I would like to first bring everyone’s attention to the tree festooned with ribbons and streamers that stands to the west of the band shell. This is a Valley Forge American Elm, a testimony to survival – it is naturally resistant to Dutch Elm disease, and it has just been donated by area businesses to serve as a living memorial to all those who died in the attacks on September 11, 2001.

Throughout time, trees have always served as inspiring symbols, symbols of hope, of strength, of peace, and even the symbol of life itself. And in our country specifically, trees have been a symbol of the political principles that we treasure so deeply. The first Liberty Tree, located in Boston, was an Elm tree, just as this one is. The Sons of Liberty gathered and held their meetings in the shade of its branches. They flew their banners from its branches. In time, all 13 colonies each had their own Liberty Tree, which served as rallying places for the ideals of the American Revolution.

The original Liberty Elm in Boston was cut down by British soldiers, as an act of war, in 1775. The last of those original 13 Liberty trees to die was in Maryland, in 1999. It died as a result of a hurricane.

So in trees we see living symbols of our guiding principles, and we also see how those principles might be lost. We find ourselves gathered here this evening with two events in our minds and in our hearts – one, an act of war, 4 years ago, the other, a natural disaster, hurricane Katrina, mere days ago. Both of these events have presented our country with immense suffering and sorrow. Both of these events have presented us with immense challenges. They have challenged us to respond in a fashion that maintains and upholds the democratic principles that we hold so dearly, “that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

It has been said that the true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit – to plant trees for generations that are yet to come. The founding fathers and mothers of this country planted many trees, in the principles they fought for and the institutions they created. We benefit from these trees which they planted so long ago. And so it is now our turn to plant trees. Thus, tonight we dedicate this Elm tree, as a living memorial, as a testimony to survival, as sign of hope for healing and peace. May we also plant trees of principles and institutions that will shelter and serve generations yet to come.

 

http://www.beaconfoodforest.org

Welcome
The goal of the Beacon Food Forest is to design, plant and grow an edible urban forest garden that inspires our community to gather together, grow our own food and rehabilitate our local ecosystem.

 

What is a Food Forest?
A food forest is a gardening technique or [Permaculture] land management system, which mimics a woodland ecosystem by substituting edible trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Fruit and nut trees make up the upper level, while berry shrubs, edible perennials and annuals make up the lower levels. The Beacon Food Forest will combine aspects of native habitat rehabilitation with edible forest gardening.

 

Indigenous Realism

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Indigenous Realism has taught me so much.

So grateful for the diversity of human cultures:
~ those cultures that have focused upon the intellect, developing tools to explore the mystery of existence through science, deepening our understanding and changing our lives through the evolution of technology.

~ those cultures that have focused upon the intuition, developing tools to explore the mystery of existence through spirituality, deepening our understanding and changing our lives through the evolution of the soul.

Dancing with the Yin and the Yang.  Gotta love it.

Explore the Great Mystery.
Evolve.

 

 

Chin Mudra Portal

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Chin Mudra – psychic gesture of consciousness.

The tip of the thumb touches the tip of the index finger, palm faces down.

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The middle finger, ring, and little finger represent the three qualities of all of nature – the Three Gunas:
* the middle finger = sattva ~ beingness, purity, wisdom and true understanding,
* the ring finger = rajas ~ action, passion and movement
* the little finger = tamas ~ inertia, lethargy and darkness

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These three major guṇas are also construed as the fundamental operating principles or ‘tendencies’ of prakṛti ~ universal nature.
* Sattava = Creation
* Rajas = Preservation
* Tamas = destruction/transformation
The entire universe and the process of evolution is carried out by these three major gunas.

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Embrace the evolutionary process…. the impulse to create from the wisdom of one’s pure being, the impulse to love and actively maintain that which has been created, and the impulse to destroy, surrender, or transform that creation, leading to greater wisdom and the impulse create anew…

Enter the portal… 

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Net of Indra : Large-scale Structure of the Universe

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Far away in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra, there is a wondrous net which has been woven by the cunning artificer, much like a spider’s web in its intricacy and loveliness upon which clings drops of dew.
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In accordance with the extravagant tastes of deities, the net is hung in such a manner that it stretches out infinitely in all directions, and the artificer has placed a single glittering jewel in each vertex of the net. And since the net itself is infinite in dimension, the jewels are infinite in number. The jewels, glittering as stars of the first magnitude, hang there, suspended in the net, a dazzling sight to behold.
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In the polished surface of each multifaceted jewel are reflected all the jewels that surround it, on and on into infinity, so that all the jewels are connected through their mutual reflections.

And thus we see the interconnectedness of the cosmos, and how a change in one jewel can be reflected on into infinity, and affect the whole.

The metaphor of Indra’s Net is from the Buddhist Avatamsaka Sutra, for which there is a stunning corollary in modern astro physics….

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http://www.americaspace.com/?p=51032

Illuminating the Void: Astronomers Observe Cosmic Web Filament Between Galaxies for First Time
November, 2013

By analyzing the light from a distant quasar, a team of astronomers has made the first direct observation ever of one of the largest of structures in the Universe: a cosmic web filament.

Decades of observations have shown the Universe’s structure to be hierarchical in nature. Stars are grouped together to form galaxies, which in turn form clusters and superclusters, and those superclusters are grouped together to create filaments—long threads of matter running through intergalactic space, interspersed with gigantic spaces of empty void. All the matter and energy in the Universe can be traced inside these filaments, creating a structure that observed from afar can be described as a cosmic “web.”

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http://news.yahoo.com/spooky-galaxy-reveals-largest-structures-universe-video-150417832.html

Spooky Galaxy Web Reveals the Largest Structures in the Universe
November, 2014 

“The first odd thing we noticed was that some of the quasars’ rotation axes were aligned with each other — despite the fact that these quasars are separated by billions of light-years,” study leader Damien Hutsemékers, from the University of Liège in Belgium, said in the same ESO statement.”

Hutsemékers and his team also found that the quasars’ rotation axes were linked to what is called the large-scale structure of the universe. Previous studies have shown that galaxies are not distributed evenly throughout the universe. Instead, the large star-filled objects clump together in a web, and this is the large-scale structure of the universe, according to ESO.

Scientists working with the Very Large Telescope found that the rotation of the quasars is parallel to the large-scale structures where the galaxies are found.

“The alignments in the new data, on scales even bigger than current predictions from simulations, may be a hint that there is a missing ingredient in our current models of the cosmos,” team member Dominique Sluse of the Argelander-Institut für Astronomie in Bonn, Germany and University of Liège, said.

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http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/youth/bridges/workshop7/workshopplan/stories/184181.shtml

…… know that you are a sparkling jewel in Indra’s Net, as is every person around you. Every jewel is connected with all the other jewels in the net; every person is intimately connected with all the other persons in the universe. Each has an independent place within the net and we all reflect and influence each other. A change in one jewel—or person—produces a change, however slight, in every other. Realize, too, that the infinite reflections speak to the illusory nature of appearances. Appearances are not, in fact, reality, but only a reflection; the true nature of a thing is not to be captured in its appearance. However powerful that appearance might be, it is yet only a reflection of what is real.

In addition, whatever you do to one jewel affects the entire net, as well as yourself. You cannot damage one strand of a spider web without injuring the entire web, and you cannot damage one strand of the web that is the universe without injuring all others in it, whether that injury is known or unknown to them. This can work for good or ill because, of course, just as destructive acts affect the entire net, so do loving, constructive, compassionate acts affect the entire net. A single helpful act—even a simple act of kindness—will send positive ripples across the infinite net, touching every jewel, every person in existence.

 

Air Temperature Animation – remains of Typhoon Nuri

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The animation of this storm moving into the Bering Sea and displacing the Arctic air is absolutely spellbinding:
Click here for the animation:
Air Temperature Animation
(the Bearing Sea is on the left side of the map)

As remarkable as this phenomenon is to watch, the effects of this storm could have 3 potential serious impacts:
1) Any damage that the storm itself may inflict upon the lands surrounding the Bearing Sea.
2) The deleterious or hazardous  impacts of the unseasonably cold air upon the lands, agriculture, people, and ecosystems – including much of the US – where the arctic air is being displaced to.
3) Perhaps most significantly, the freeze up of the Arctic Ocean could be seriously disrupted, which has knock on effects on the animals, such as walrus and polar bears, that depend upon the arctic ice that their lives are adapted to. After years of seriously critical declines in arctic ice extent and volume, this year and last year there was a bit of respite, with a bit more ice surviving the summer melt season – though still well below historical norms. I can’t help but wonder how this storm might slow down the freeze up, by pushing the cold air out of the arctic,  and also break up the ice that has newly been forming since the melt ended in September. But perhaps my concerns are unfounded. I’ll share graphs of this info if a serious disruption actually occurs.

Here’s more info on the storm:

http://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/alaskan-storm-that-could-be-stronger-than-hurricane-sandy/story-fnh81jut-1227116929174?from=public_rss

Alaskan storm that could be stronger than Hurricane Sandy

The brunt of the storm — the remains of Typhoon Nuri — is expected to pass into the Bering Sea and weaken, but it will still push unseasonably frigid air into much of the US next week, the National Weather Service said.

Forecasters said waves could be as high as 50 feet (15 meters), prompting ships and fishing vessels to get out of the storm’s path or seek protected harbours.
The storm was expected to surpass the intensity of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy and has the potential to be one of the most intensive to ever hit the North Pacific, meteorologists said.

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“The oncoming storm … this November 5 photo provided by NASA shows an explosive storm, a remnant of Typhoon Nuri, heading toward the northern Pacific Ocean. Picture: AP Photo/NASA Source: AP”