The first thing I knew about myself was that I was a child of the stars. Not that I came from space or that I’m a ‘visitor’ here — any more than any of us are. Rather, that I’m built of the same particles as the vastness of space above me.
I was a child of the stars before I understood that one day I would be a grown woman, looking up and contemplating the same sky that I’d gazed upon as a little girl. Before I knew that I was Irish, or Catholic, or a Sagittarius, I knew I was made of this place — it was just me and the sky.
“You are a child of the stars,” my dad would say as we watched Deep Space Nine or used his telescope to explore the galaxy. I knew he was right immediately ? (despite the fact that I couldn’t wrap my head around how I could be related to a bright, shining, time traveling ball of gas in the sky) anything he said had to be true! Especially with regards to science, he wouldn’t steer me in the wrong direction. I was in awe.
Being the late 1980’s, this profound statement of my fathers was, of course, inspired by the late Carl Sagan. In his original award-winning TV series Cosmos Sagan proclaimed, “The cosmos is also within us, we’re made of star stuff.”
Now I understand the meaning and virtue of my father’s words. He’s a hardcore atheist, but I saw and still see something entirely different. Through his words, he was subconsciously sharing with me an absolute truth about our physical world; that we are everything. This concept is dear to me because it connects theology and science, existentialism, and the chemistry of our world. It is very close to my personal set of beliefs and how I have come to understand my connectivity to everything else.
The finite self is an illusion. We know this to be true because of physics; Every atom that exists is more than 13 billion years old. That includes the atoms inside each one of us. When you drink a glass of water, it’s likely that you’re drinking atoms that were once inside a dinosaur.
Charles Fisherman is the author of The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water. Fisherman told Marketplace.org that, “All the water on Earth has been through a dinosaur kidney….Every bottle of Evian you drink from is Tyrannosaurus Rex pee. All the water on Earth has been here for 4.5 billion years. It’s all toilet-to-tap at some level.”
Now, I’m not trying to focus on that weird piece of information. I’m more focused on the underlying truth—that we recycle into one another. We are all connected on levels that we cannot begin to understand. We can understand what we know of science, but there are things we cannot see. Things we might never see or be able to prove. Our connection to one another on a metaphysical level is profound. I’m talking about our consciousness. Our souls. Not our brains or minds or thoughts, but Us.
A Quantum physicist, Nassim Haramein wrote a peer-reviewed paper called Quantum Gravity and the Holographic Mass in May of 2013.
In the article Haramein says:
Within every proton, every subatomic particle in the nuclear of atoms is all the energy, all the information of all other atoms in the universe. So when we go within is when we actually connect with that oneness, with that connectivity of all things.
Here, Haramein is sharing a simple concept—mass consciousness. The idea is explained well by the Hundredth Monkey Effect. The theory poses that, in the form of informational evolution, living species can subconsciously communicate ideas, threats, etc. from across the world. For this informational evolution to work, a certain number of the group must already acknowledge the idea or information.
The story of the hundredth monkey effect was published in Lyall Watson‘s foreword to Lawrence Blair’s Rhythms of Vision in 1975, and spread with the appearance of Watson’s 1979 book Lifetide. The account is that unidentified scientists were conducting a study of macaque monkeys on the Japanese island of Koshima in 1952. These scientists observed that some of these monkeys learned to wash sweet potatoes, and gradually this new behavior spread through the younger generation of monkeys—in the usual fashion, through observation and repetition. Watson then concluded that the researchers observed that once a critical number of monkeys was reached, i.e., the hundredth monkey, this previously learned behavior instantly spread across the water to monkeys on nearby islands.
This theory would have huge implications if proven correct. Especially in matters of world peace and reducing racial and class tensions all around the world. I hope it’s studied further. Theories that explore our unique connections get me excited. I can’t help but stay positive, hopeful that through focus we can co-create our realities, further aiding in self-preservation.
I’m content knowing in my heart of hearts that my dad was right. I am a child of the stars. I doubt that the message my father conveyed meant as much to him as it did me. He was imparting a gift without knowing it. I gained an understanding that led me to feel a deep connection to people and the Planet. I’m reminded of my ties by my need to take responsibility for others, my sense of peace with the sky, my empathy, and the steady thrum of pulse in my blood. I might not know my exact place or purpose here, here’s what I do know:
That I am everything.
And that’s not nothing.
What are your feelings on these theories? Do you relate to being a ‘child of the stars?’