The human body is an instrument which receives and interprets, contributes to, metabolizes and alchemizes vast amounts of cosmic data every few seconds. We often call this thinking or feeling or dreaming or memory.
The whole of the universe is ceaselessly awash in thought, emotion, dream, idea, creative impulse, etc. Actually, there are many more bands and frequencies of perception and expression we cannot yet participate in, and some realities that the human body yet lacks appropriate apparatus for participation.
Most of us are often overwhelmed by our thoughts and emotions: our identity and its orbital associations, our brain’s ceaseless stream of firing neural lights, gravitational obligations bouncing from fiery hope to entropic dread, cycles upon cycles of contraction and expansion, wave after wave of creation and destruction.
Well, many of our “problems” are simply issues of perspective. If, for instance, human beings were designed to be cosmic in nature, you might imagine difficulty would arise trying to fit all that cosmic stuff into a little planetary body-box.
This is a fun kind of “cosmic psychology.” A perspective that tells you: your happiness depends on your ability to be big.
What would this feel like, to think, feel, dream, and remember in a really BIG way?
What if, every time you encountered an idea, you simultaneously experienced it from every perspective of every human being that had ever lived (and ever would live)?
What if, when you experienced emotion, you also experienced temperature, density, altitude, equilibrium, gravity, atmospheric quality and various particle-spin sensations rippling through your body?
What if, when you started dreaming, just like watching TV, you could change the channel and have the same dream anybody was having at any time? Want to know what Thomas Jefferson was dreaming about on his twelfth birthday (April 13th, 1755)? What if you could also experiment and put three people together, or twelve, or 100, to see what a dream looked and felt like from the perspective of a group, a community, a nation, a whole planet!?
What if, when you remembered something, you returned to that place in time, re-living it—perhaps correcting or updating some decisions and choices so that future outcomes were different?
Time is another kind of data we are rather inept at receiving, interpreting, contributing to, metabolizing and alchemizing. What if you could smell time? Hear it? Taste it? See it unfold all around you, not like a straight line but like an unfolding map with topography and salient, moving features.
Lastly, there’s us. That is, identity, personality, ego. Most of us rarely take the time to really figure out who we are, let alone what we are.
Some of us spend energy loading-up our identity with new associations, features, connections, voices, tones, characteristics. Others seem to constantly unload, relating less and less to a reality which seems to be increasingly fast-paced and information-overloaded. Other still spend most of their energy categorizing identity—“spiritual or not,” “pleasurable or not,” “profitable or not,” “safe or not,” “familiar or not,” and so on…
Like teenagers, most of our personal philosophy, spirituality, and scientific belief today is insulated. Teenagers are often geographically, culturally, or egocentrically insulated due to lack of experience with greater time and space. Most adults today are also timespace challenged.
And like teenagers, most of us still have an inability to play nice with others, to follow our dreams, and to stop obsessing over looks. Imagine what we could accomplish if we weren’t so insulated, terrestrially speaking.
Imagine the kind of thought it takes to create a whole solar system, from start to finish? Or the kind of emotion it takes to fuel all the dreams of humanity for even one night?
What would it take for enough of even one community to learn to share the same memories? Or to get enough people to actively dream the same dream, every night adding to it a little more color and velocity?
What if, instead of having “good or bad” or “spiritual or unspiritual” or “worthy or unworthy” personalities, we didn’t have to always choose between two? What if there were three people you could be? Or ten people at once? Or 7, 632, 819, 325?
What if you could share personalities, identities, traits, characteristics, skills, insights, questions, curiosities as easily as you could put on a scarf, a hat, a jacket, a pair of socks, gloves, glasses, or a watch?
With so many accessories available at all times, Who would you choose to be? What would you choose to be? How would it change the way you interact with others, your loved ones, your future, the future of the planet?
Here’s a practical exercise to put some of these curious thoughts into practice.
Do you ever have trouble with an identity that gives you too much friction—thoughts, emotions, voices, subpersonalities that are rubbing up against each other and generating resistance and inflammation?
Especially if you have a spiritual practice, this can sometimes happen when a “strategic breath” and an “authentic breath” try to blow through the mouth of your instrument at the same time: friction, heat, cacophony!
Put your hands on either side of your head. Take a deep breath and imagine a vast blue sky. As big as you can make it. A little bigger still. Now think in some clouds, and make them drift a certain way. Now feel in some colors, some light, some casual atmospheric motion: a sunset, a rainbow, an aurora, a dawn. Breath deeply several times and give your personality a chance to identify with its new container.
Now open your eyes and try thinking, feeling, writing, or speaking, or just enjoy feeling big. Repeat this a few times, until you feel like your body and brain have a little more space, a little less friction.
One of the things this little exercise can teach us is that duality is increasingly less fun when there is less space. Most war, domestic conflict, and personal anxiety stems from lack of breathing space.
In fact, if we were made out of suns and moons instead of bodies and minds, we’d probably think of conflict, spirituality, happiness, time and identity in radically different ways.
Many of us that understand and rely on astrology as a guide do this already. You’ve got entire planets, not merely an organ, chakra, or an identity, to experience life with.
Think like the sun, reflect like the moon, circumspect like Mercury, dance like Venus, grow like Earth, work like Mars, laugh like Jupiter, know like Saturn, revel and rebel like Uranus, Neptune, Pluto.
After you’ve mastered this exercise, you may be interested in thinking and feeling with whole constellations and galactic sectors. You can think, dream, feel like the Pleiades, Canis Major, Orion, Alpha Centauri, or Bootes constellations. In fact, many of the gods and goddess of mythology are designed to help you do just that!
There are various ages of civilization and consciousness on earth that ebb and flow depending on their relationship with some of these constellations, or “galactic centers.” When we look at our civilization today, our planet, and our face in the mirror, much of what we see is determined by the stars!
In higher ages of consciousness and civilization, various professions and disciplines look very different because they are influenced by different constellations of thought. The article you just finishing reading, for instance, might be an actual kind of psychology or therapeutic practice one day in the future (or past)!