Consider the revelation that was experienced by Copernicus. He was a priest, scholar, and an astronomer, who had the benefit of the observations and notations made by many astronomers over several centuries. Although they had meticulously plotted and noted the movements of the planets against the back ground of distant stars, yet they did so from the prospective that the center of the solar system was the earth, and that everything they could see in the evening sky revolved around the earth. From this false prospective they could not discern the laws that governed planetary movements. Their path across the night sky seemed erratic and arbitrary. (the word ‘planet, means wanderer) At times the planets appeared to stop and move backwards. (this was due to their elliptical orbits around the sun.) Copernicus believed the world was created by God and governed by law and principles that were omnipresent. He could not accept that the movements of the celestial bodies were random and chaotic. The path of the moon was predictable, how was it that he failed to discern the order in the movements of the other bodies he observed in the evening sky? His faith in a creation governed by a Universal Intelligence compelled him to seek the truth. Copernicus realized that the moon orbited the earth but the planets orbited the sun. He observed the same planets as his predecessors but with the true prospective he was able to calculate their orbits and predict their locations. Soon after the publication of Copernicus, other observers were able to discern the laws and principles where before they could only see random movements. Keplar wrote of the harmony of the celestial bodies. He calculated all the ratios of the octave from his observations of the seven planetary bodies he could see. Isaac Newton then elucidated the laws that governed the movements of the planets and all matter.
Our inability to discern the order and harmony intrinsic to our lives arises from our egocentric view, the view that the individual is separate and distinct from everything outside his body. From this self-centered prospective every impression is discerned from a desire to satisfy the individual’s wants and needs. The true prospective to be realized is that our true Self is consciousness, and the one consciousness is the essence of all and everything. Observation from an awareness of a larger sense of Self – of a Universal Consciousness, reveals order and law (Dharma) in every aspect of life.
P.D. Ouspensky, a Russian philosopher and teacher wrote Tertium Organum In it he explored the idea of a fourth dimension, relating it to infinity and time. ‘Things are linked together not by time but by an inner connection, an inner relationship. And time cannot separate things which are inwardly close and follow one from another… Phenomena which appear to us totally unrelated may be seen by another wider consciousness as part of one whole. Side by side with our view of things, another view is possible, another method of perception, a new understanding that regards a phenomenon not as something isolated, but in conjunction with all the chains intersecting it.’
Carl Jung wrote of what he called The Law of Synchronicity – of events that are clearly connected though there is no apparent physical connection. He used as an example: a woman orders a blue dress, a black dress is delivered and the same day a loved one dies. We have all had such experiences. The obvious connection cannot be dismissed as random chance or ‘coincidence’, for it is known that on some level the events are connected. Such events are evidence of an underlying unity, a unity of which we have occasional glimpses that may reveal profound insights.