You probably slept through it: high school science. Some of us were geeks, some weren’t. And among us geeks, some were more geekish than others. There was Physics (3 cheers for kinetic energy!); there was Chemistry (how many elements can you pick out on the chart — whose in favor of Yttrium?); and there was Biology (what was that monk doing cross-breeding peas?). Of course, energy and chemical reactions and peas (as well as other living things) do, in fact, relate to each other. But at the age of 16, who cares? Anyway, some of us survived high school. And some of us went beyond the physical realm of falling masses, fission, and cross-bred vegetables. Some of us went on to philosophy — asking ourselves (and each other) questions like: why? Why are we here? Kind of puts that physical stuff in perspective, doesn’t it. Why have energy, chemistry, and biology in the first place? That’s a lot of trouble to go to if there is no point to it. Then some few of us started asking, is there something there we can’t see? And we started delving into the psychic, the supernatural. Superstition has been bred out of us (to be replaced by other brands of superstition), so the majority of us think — hogwash — when it comes to the supernatural. Only nuts believe in that stuff.
But then, with a rational, scientific mind, it is possible to think of — why should our 5 senses be the only things that pick up clues from the world around us? We have proof that there is more than what our standard senses can discern. We now have photography, television, ipods, microscopes, cellphones. All of it are tools to pick up what our senses don’t normally get. So we know there is more out there than the standard 5 senses relate. So it wouldn’t be that weird to find out the psychic senses pick up real (if ephemeral) stuff too.
And then there is the issue of time. Billions of years, we’re told by somebody who claims to know. Each of us is only exposed to a few random decades. But with enough time… So science and superstition can seem on parallel courses as well as cross purposes.
On these cold, clear winter nights, when you look up at the stars, you see our neighbors — in space and time. All the stars you see are those that are in our neighborhood — just down the block, so to speak. The brightest ones are the nearest — across the street or next door. And some of them are our siblings.
Some time back, in this galaxy, a long, long time away…there was a star nursery. A cradle. A Mom put those blankets and cushions and barriers up, so that we’d all grow up together. This nursery was a remnant of that mom. A big mom. One that blew herself to bits for our benefit. And in the heat and the grist of that mill, hot clouds were created. In those hot clouds: new stars. Stars like our Sun — our own Mom (or Dad). And from the wreckage (fission), a bunch of rocks and gases were created to whirl around and mix (chemistry). And when it all settled there was a nice healthy new star, and all his/her little children — like us (Earth). And on it — stuff (biology). And that stuff gets recycled and regenerated (birth/death) to make you and me, and those who come after. We are the product of star stuff (energy, chemistry, biology). And that’s just on the physical level. We belong to the stars. And somewhere out there is the grave-marker — the remnant of Grandmother Star who gave birth to our stars — and possibly several of our sibling neighbors. Which ones are they? We don’t know. Yet. But we know there is an ongoing cycle in the sky just as there is on the ground. Some of us can feel that in our hearts (the psychic?). Some of us can feel the ties to other stars. Some of us can feel that presence of that Great Grandmother from so long ago.
You have to look inside as you stare out on the darkening horizon to find it.
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Because of the complexities of setting up our own internet tv channel, the Star Paths blog (and the other blogsites for SWM) have been down for almost a year. We are starting to revive them again, and as we grow, we hope you’ll come by and visit more often. It’s been frustrating to deal with a technology that can’t match our demands, but we persist. We hope you will too. All our previous blogs are still visible on the Star Paths site.
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