Theresa Byrne asks you to take three minutes to watch this video and remember that we are all connected. We all matter. And we’re all made of matter.
The holidays can be a difficult time.
Some are away from family, or just aren’t big celebrators of the season (I wrote about my former Grinchiness here). Many people feel disconnected but aren’t sure how to reach out. Depression can run high, and too many people suffer in silence. It’s at times like this that I wish I could shine a candle big enough to reach to the vast crevices of people’s souls so they know they matter.
Until I find a way to do this, there are times when it helps to know that we can look up to the sky and see the stars and know in an instant, we are connected to something much bigger than ourselves. We are made of the stuff of stars. And it matters.
A few days ago I ran across this video on my Facebook feed. Shared by actor/director of “In Deep Shift” on the OWN/Super Soul Sunday lineup, Jonas Elrod’s Facebook post hit me in a way I’d never felt before. Here’s what he posted: “I have watched this 100 times and cried 200 times. So intensely beautiful and moving. Take 3 minutes. Out of hand.”
When I asked the director, Jonas, why the video spoke to him he said:
I am not a man of science but it moved me beyond belief—the overall message—the science backing up what I already know spiritually—said so perfectly.
And I think Jonas Elrod said it beautifully was well.
I’ve always felt connected to God, the universe, nature, animals, and all the living things. But something about the stars shifted for me, especially when I saw that the neuron’s pathways of electricity and connectivity in the brain showed similar patterning to that of a picture of a galaxy. Us. Nature. Consider reading an article about this phenomenon here.
And via Convozine: “What struck me about this is not the similarity between neuron and universe, though it’s striking — rather it’s the continuity of parallels one finds whenever one looks into the structures of nature.”
Since my brain has been busy healing a brain injury from a car wreck in 2014, I liked knowing parts of my brain resembled something as vast as the universe. It made me feel less, well, less small and disconnected. Less slow, and more on purpose. That my healing had a purpose. I had what I’ve named a “NLE” in that accident, a “Near Life Experience,” the kind where you leave your body and go visit someplace else—and since then I’ve felt different. More compassionate but less attached. More empathetic but less emotional. More connected to everything else but myself. More interested in sharing my words but less worried about how I appear. I know I went “somewhere.” And while I was there, I was told I had more work to do, and there was more work to be done. And I don’t think where I went was anywhere here on Earth.
From the YouTube site: Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?” This is his answer.