Paul R. Fleischman is a retired American psychiatrist, writer and meditation teacher in the tradition of S. N. Goenka. Excerpted from his book, Wonder: When and Why the World Appears Radiant.
SEED QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION: How do you relate to the notion that our wondering minds are products of the universe? Can you share a personal experience of a time you realized that the wonder of the universe is wondering in us? What practice helps you connect with wonder and inquire into it?
It is a wonder to me that I and every living and not living entity exists and is constantly interacting, evolving and expressing in different forms. What helps me connect with wonder and inquire into it is my awe about it which results in my continuing to expand my awareness about the interconnectedness and unity of the universe.
Wonder-ful passage. Indeed, the time and space dimensions spoken of here are so unfathomable! Puts one in place -:)
How else could it be except that our wondering minds are products of the universe? Everything is part of the universe, including our wondering minds. When the notion began to sink in for me that all that is is one interconnected interrelated whole, I began to realize that the universe is a wonder and the wonder of the universe is wondering in and through us. We are the universe in wonder of itself. It is a wonder to me that I and every living and not living entity exists and is constantly interacting, evolving and expressing in different forms. What helps me connect with wonder and inquire into it is my awe about it which results in my continuing to expand my awareness about the interconnectedness and unity of the universe.
We live in two universes: the universe within and the universe without.Since the dawn of life, we as human beings have been wondering about these two universes. We ask the core question; Who I am I? We look within and understand different layers of I- physical, mental, emotional and relational.When we do not identify ourselves with the changing scenario of the I, the knowing of the I manifests. And this I is beyond time and space. It is universal and eternal. Until we realize that I, our wondering will continue,
The cosmos, the Universe is like the inner soul-the Cosmic I, the Universal I.. We have been expanding our knowledge and understanding of the Cosmos, the Universe.We as the inhabitants of this Universe are wondering about it and making space explorations.When we become aware of the vastness of this expanding Universe and compare it with the planet earth, we as human beings feel very humble. And when we look at ourselves with this cosmic lens, we realize how little is our egoic self..
Such inner inquiries awaken me and I feel released and liberated from the little cage I live in. It seems to me that the essence of the inner world and the outer world is the same, beyond the conceptual lenses we may use to understand these two worlds. It feels like a mystery, a wonderment. I sense it when my mind ceases to wander. It gets still and remain open and clear like the blue sky.
May we be free from the bondage we create by ourselves and relate to the expanding inner and outer world!
Jagdish P Dave