For many years I have believed in the theory that the outer universe was a macrocosm similar to the microcosm that is our human body. I saw the structure of our body—the cells, atoms and molecules—like a universe of stars and galaxies. Science has informed us that the space between the atoms that comprise our bodies have the same relative space as exists between the stars in the Cosmos. We are more “space” than “substance.”
Over 40 years ago, in a newsletter I published at the time, I wrote about an experience I had one Sunday morning. I arose early, retrieved the Sunday paper from the porch and sat down in my study to read it. At some point I looked up from the paper and out the window I saw Colfax Avenue, a main east/west street in Denver. Traffic was light due to the early time of day and the fact it was Sunday. As I saw a car heading east on Colfax I suddenly had the vision of the city as a nervous system in the body. The car became the “carrier” of signals to parts of the body from the brain. Then I imagined the various other systems of the body expanding on the concept of how the body was like a small universe. The cells and tissues were like a solar system. All of the elements of the body connected one part of that micro universe to other parts. The whole process of imagining this took just seconds, but it profoundly affected my sense of connection with all that is.
Since man first contemplated the make up of the universe and how it all began, there have been competing discussions about the “Big Bang” theory and others. Einstein, in his theory of relativity, posited that gravity bends light, which would result in the creation of ripples in the fabric of space and time. Such an activity of waves of light would support the “Big Bang” theory of how the universe began. These “waves” have never been able to be seen before. This morning, however, USA Today reported that scientists at the South Pole, using special telescopes in the clear, dry atmosphere there, believe they have discovered those actual waves of light rippling out from the center of the creation of the universe in an ever-expanding flow.
As I envisioned those ripples moving outward in an infinite flow like ripples in a pond after a tossed stone breaks the calm surface, I could not help but imagine a What if scenario. Since the dawning of conscious awareness in humankind we have wondered if we are alone in this vast universe. To many of us it seems impossible that in the vastness that comprises our “home” we have no neighbors. What if by looking out into the universe for those neighbors, we are actually looking back in time. Again, science informs us that everything we see in our skies happened millennia ago and is just now registering in our sight.
What if in the ripples of that pond humanity is placed at some point within the concentric circles that move outward into infinity? If we see ourselves as a kind of midpoint in the evolution of life, then in the ripples beyond where we are there might just be other probable points on the evolutionary scale representing further evolved forms of life. What if we are looking back at life forms less developed than we are? What if looking forward there are other civilizations more advanced than we are? What if there is an evolutionary continuity of life from the simplest beginning wave outward, infinitely, to more complex forms in waves advancing before us?