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Nov192009

Cells and the Universe: Meditation Two - Similarity

Almost always, science and mysticism go hand in hand.  Speaking of Kabala, Gerald Schroeder says, “There are two sides to the equation of existence….Kabala is the study of how the Infinite interacts with the finite creation, what might be called the spiritual physics of the universe.”
    In my last post, I mentioned what Schroeder calls the “wisdom” of a fertilized egg which step-by-step, all by itself, produces new cells that differentiate into all the parts that make up a human being (or a fish, or a rosebush).  It isn’t that we have no idea how this happens.  We understand that within the egg cell, gradients of molecules from the mother’s body begin a signaling process that the new cells then take over.  (See my blog from 1/25/08)  But that process alone, as the end product of 3.5 billion years of evolution, is mysterious and wonderful.  And in truth, we don’t really grasp how it happens, how the hundreds of thousands of molecules of all kinds, each with their own jobs in specific locations, how they carry out the business of building and sustaining living organisms.
    So I ponder the Big Bang and all that has transpired since then.  And I can’t help noticing that the universe seems also to have developed in the same way Schroeder described human embryonic development, with “the blueprint and the builder all in one.”  From an unbelievably massive, unbelievably small, unbelievably hot point of potential, expanding and changing for hundreds of thousands and millions and billions of years, emerges the still-changing universe we know, and don’t know, today.
    In a way, we understand the physics of it all, in many ways we continue to be astonished, floored by what we are able to learn.  The universe possesses wisdom in the same way that embryonic human cells do.  The universe too proceeds according to an unfathomable inner plan, arranging itself, producing its parts, collapsing, exploding, and reproducing.  And somehow we are included, as parts and as students.

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