My son is a big fan of Neil Degrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. For a school project, Evan created some laminated bookmarks, on which were written various quotes from famous scientists, like Tyson.  Of course, being an avid reader, I absconded with the bookmarks as soon as he brought them back home – one can never have too many bookmarks! I’ve been using them for about a year now, but today, for some reason, as I reread Tyson’s message for the umpteenth time, it struck a nerve…and, by now, you know the drill…I had to write about it!

“The universe is under no obligation to make sense to you.” Neil Degrasse Tyson

Seems obvious, right? But, when I think about how arrogant we humans can be with regard to the scientific process and what we assume we know about how things work, I have to laugh! (I imagine that God is laughing, as well). In our overconfidence about what we think we know, we’re awfully quick to judge, dismiss, or ridicule ideas that haven’t yet been “proven.” The thing is, we don’t know what we don’t know! Remember, not too long ago, people mocked those who suggested the earth was round, or that the earth orbits the sun, or that handwashing could prevent deaths during childbirth!

Why isn’t it ok to simply say, “I’m not sure how this works, but I suppose it’s possible…”? If we believe in an omnipotent God, do we REALLY think that our limited human brain can so easily decipher the workings of this magnificently designed Universe?

As I have explored the many facets of my spirituality, I’ve come across some pretty amazing concepts – things that stretch the boundaries of imagination…things that many rational people might even say are the musings of a lunatic. What are these things, you ask? Well, here are just a few…

Parallel universes – the theory that our individual life choices are actually played out in alternate realities.

Epigenetics – the idea that our genes and DNA can be manipulated by our beliefs (read Bruce Lipton for more).

The Hidden Messages in Water – Dr. Masaru Emoto discovered that crystals formed in frozen water actually change when specific, concentrated thoughts (and/or spoken or written Words) are directed toward them (see Dr. Emoto’s book of the same name).

And really, there are plenty of other concepts and practices that are a bit more mainstream but still can’t be scientifically proven, such as telepathy, mediumship, prayer, and the healing practice of Reiki (or any other type of hands-on healing).  Who are we to dismiss or ridicule these fascinating possibilities? After all, the Universe is not obligated to make sense to us! Confession: I’m good with anecdotal evidence until the hard science catches up, and I believe it will, given the recent advances of Quantum Physics.

I recently came across another quote that seems to expound on this idea, particularly with regard to spiritual Truths (I believe that spiritual Truths are intuitively known to us, within the core of our Being, even though there is little physical evidence to “prove” them).

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788 – 1860)

Why is that? Why is it that we ridicule innovative, imaginative ideas and people who dream big? Not only do we ridicule these ideas, we violently oppose them! We actually fight back against new ideas out of our own fear. What are we afraid of, exactly? Now, look at the third part of that quote – that once-outlandish idea is eventually accepted as self-evident. In hindsight, then, we look back and say, “Wow! How could we not have seen that? It’s soooo obvious!”

I have written at length about the idea that our thoughts create our reality. This is another of those unproven theories – that our thoughts can actually be made manifest, into real, physical objects or situations. That means, if you can imagine it, you can create it! That’s an exciting prospect! And that’s exactly what the Big Dreamers do! Where would we be as a civilization without dreamers like Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bruce Lipton, and Masaru Emoto?

So, I ask you…..what new or unusual concepts, practices, or ideas have you dismissed out of fear?

What do you think would happen if you actually explored some of those scary, crazy, (but potentially life-changing) ideas?

I ask myself these very same questions, as I continue to push myself out of my comfort zone and into the unknown. For me, it’s a no-brainer. My life is fuller, richer, and much more stimulating than it was when I simply followed the status quo, afraid to think outside the box or argue with conventional wisdom. I invite you, now, to follow your heart rather than the crowd. I invite you to live a life of Love, not Fear.

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9 Comments

  1. Molly Stevens August 10, 2017 at 7:30 am - Reply

    I love this. How much more could we learn or embrace if we opened our minds and hearts? And God is so limitless, who are we to put him into a neat little box?

    • drallisonbrown August 10, 2017 at 10:29 pm - Reply

      Right, Molly! Opening our minds AND our hearts is the perfect combination!

  2. Angela Noel August 10, 2017 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Bertrand Russell said, “Every great idea starts out as a blasphemy.” Anthony De Mello ( psychologist and Jesuit Priest–who if you haven’t read or listened to I think you would love) quoted Russell in one of his talks.

    I believe we owe ourselves and our fellow humans an open mind and a willingness to say “I don’t know.” Science itself approaches truth from the perspective of “True for now” until more evidence emerges. I personally love that idea. I don’t need absolutes to operate in the world. Gravity itself took on new meaning from Newton to Einstein. Still the same principle, just understood in a different way. I love the mystery of life! And I always try to question my own views when I feel absolutely attached to one idea or another. It usually means I’m missing a nuance or have some other motivation for wanting MY truth to be THE truth.
    You touched a nerve for me on this post, as you often do. I love the discussion.

    • drallisonbrown August 10, 2017 at 10:28 pm - Reply

      Hi Angela! We seem to be on the same wavelength. You always have such relevant and insightful comments, thank you! I agree with you – becoming overly invested in our version of the Truth can be a red flag; something we need to pay attention to. If we can remain open to the possibility that there might be more to something than meets the eye, or that we aren’t seeing the big picture, we could avoid a lot of conflict.

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  4. Gill Hubbert September 17, 2017 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Thought provoking and very relevqnt. I was once told that if you want to give God a good laugh, tell him your plans! There I was heading towards a planned retirement when ‘boom’ I go and get incurable cancer. Have to laugh. But it has opened my eyes up to so many things and I follow lots of hairbrained ideas that the old me would have laughed at – including Reiki. I have long thought about the possibility of Alternate Realities – but then I was brought up on Star Trek, where anything seemed possible!

    • drallisonbrown September 17, 2017 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      Thanks for your comments, Gill! I love that quote, and have heard it also said that “man plans, God laughs!” That’s cool that you’ve discovered Reiki, as my husband and I are both practitioners. We work with disabled veterans.

  5. Diana Frajman September 17, 2017 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    You and I think alike Allison. I love that quote from Neil Degrasse Tyson. I think along that lines especially when folks wail at the universe when life hands them a bad card. Sometimes, life just is. There is no way to make sense of it and the quicker we come to that realisation, the quicker we can overcome the situation and move on. Great post.

    • drallisonbrown September 17, 2017 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      Right, Diana! And I would add that we should assume the universe is working in our favor, because it probably is!

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