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Notes from a Crusty Seeker

Dark Energy, a Holographic Reality: a Case for Meditation

In a fascinating new PBS series called The Fabric of the Cosmos, renowned physicist and author Brian Greene says we've all been deceived. "Our perceptions of time and space have led us astray. Much of what we thought we knew about our universe—that the past has already happened and the future is yet to be, that space is just an empty void, that our universe is the only universe that exists—just might be wrong."

According to the latest science, up 70 percent of the cosmos is made of "dark energy." We know what dark energy does—it drives the expansion of the universe—but that's about it. (I have some thoughts about that in the little video on the right.)

But, for me, there was an even more compelling piece of new information—revealed like a live nude in the middle of a room full of clothed people: the nature of black holes of dark energy has led scientists to propose that "like the hologram on your credit card, space may just be a projection of a deeper two-dimensional reality taking place on a distant surface that surrounds us."

Let me clarify: physicists are actually theorizing that nothing we see, feel, or experience is any more real that the projection of a 3-D movie from an unknown two-dimensional projector.

Every time I think about this, I get so excited I almost burst into tears. And I can't stop thinking about it. The ramifications for science are beyond my comprehension, but I have a tickle of spiritual understanding that I think is the source of my tears.

On one hand, if we are holograms, we can no more affect the course of action than the image of actors on a screen can rewrite the movie they're performing in. This smashes to smithereens the notion that our ego-infused belief and wishing create reality. On the other hand, it makes comprehensible prayer, meditation, making or listening to music, dancing, writing novels, playing baseball, or whatever mind-stilling focusing practice suits us. It means that by doing whatever we enjoy that stops our mind chatter, we might be able to trace ourselves back to the source of the projection.

Imagine it. It's not hard:

You are part of a picture on a screen. We've all sat in the audience in a movie theater and suddenly noticed the dynamic stream of light particles from the projection booth, floating through the air to the screen. Imagine, from your place as a picture on the screen, following that light back to the booth, into the camera, through the film—in the process connecting with the crew that filmed the film and the writer who wrote the story, and back and back to the idea that began the whole movie—and then further back to the source of the light that's producing the image by shining through a story on film. Imagine tracing your existence back that far. And once in sync with that source, just imagine the bliss in acting in harmony with the Original Light of the Projector! At that level of connection and acting, yes, you would be able to change reality. (And perhaps those who inspire us and change the world have done just that—somehow connected to their source and acted from that place of original birth.)

I didn't make this up. The physicists are talking about it. And it's enough to make a grown woman cry.

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