The Intelligent Universe

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Painting by Diane Patrilli

All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”

— Max Planck


Pioneering physicist Sir James Jeans wrote: “The stream of knowledge is heading toward a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter, we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter… The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual.


With both grief and love we need to open our hearts and all our senses to the living Earth. In the coming years we will watch as more of Her beauty and wonder are lost, Her seas polluted with plastic, more of Her ancient forests clear-cut for palm oil, in the name of economic “progress” or “development”. But within this grief we will find a deeper belonging, present from the beginning, for even though it has become distorted and forgotten, it was never lost.”
— Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

If we want to create a new human experience, we can’t do it from the same level of consciousness that got us here in the first place. Can we ever really identify a “God particle” when it’s most probably that matter is birthed from an immaterial realm? — Arjun Walia

The idea that we live in a mechanical universe has outlived its usefulness in our culture. There are civilizations that never imagined anything but a living conscious paradigm we swim in, adding and subtracting to reality via their own personal consciousness. We, on the other hand, have long entertained a dream of separation. Such a dream gave us sophisticated machines and humongous bombs, not to mention a tsunami of death that threatens to overwhelm us.

Our physicists don’t want to face ridicule by sounding too spiritual-minded but rigorous science demands that they follow where the knowledge leads, and it’s leading straight to a most unexpected conclusion — that consciousness creates material reality. Not only that, but it appears as if all beings possess consciousness, are created out of consciousness and contribute to it. We are all co-creating the world.

If the world is in trouble, it relates directly to our contributions. A low state of consciousness, one that feels unrelated to the whole, is dangerous, lethal even. Our Western mind is conditioned to believe in an atomized universe composed of rogue elements pursuing their own isolated agendas. Our scientists have been describing a very different reality for a hundred years, but we still can’t see it. We live as if we are somehow detached from everything.

We are misled by the material optics of our situation. We don’t perceive how energy flows around us or how palpable are our effects on the world. We believe ourselves to be very small and relatively powerless.

Such a belief system leaves many questions unanswered. Why we exist, what meaning can be found in living, what our responsibility is toward the web of life and a whole host of concerns about our place in the family of beings can’t be addressed within our traditional paradigm.

Word is coming from our physicists that we’ve got it wrong and that getting it wrong is going to kill us all. The illusion we’ve been convinced of is just a chimera, a kind of brain fog. The problem is our whole way of life is built on that illusion.

Magic is fundamental to our existence. Love and relatedness make the world go ‘round. Care, concern and tenderness are real tools to cultivate our garden of life while we’re here. Our vision of who we are and where we are is crucial to our survival and whether or not we even manage to survive.

The next step for humans is deeper consciousness of the ground of being.

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I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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