A Universe in Harmony

This post is part of The Write On Project
Topic: Coincidence

The universe is an interesting place.

There are around 200 billion stars in our galaxy and around 100 billion galaxies in the visible universe. Or maybe there are 400 billion stars in our galaxy and 200 billion galaxies. We can’t be sure. The whole of it is just too big and we are just too small. Too big for us to see. Too big, really, for us to even fathom. So, we have to just guess.

It seems that a lot of what we do here is guessing. We guess because we don’t understand. We guess because it is all we can do sometimes. Our world and, certainly, the universe are too complicated for us to fully comprehend. We are surrounded by seemingly random events with no insight as to what they mean or how they fit together. We convince ourselves that everything is unconnected because it’s more comfortable that way. We use words like fate and luck and coincidence to explain away our uncertainty.

But maybe there is no such thing as a coincidence. Maybe everything is connected somehow. Maybe we can’t see it because we are not looking in the right places.

The next time you see a sunflower lean in closely and really look at how the seeds are arranged. The rows gracefully spiral out from the center, giving the flower almost a sense of movement. This is nature’s way of maximizing the amount of seeds that can grow on each particular flower. It is the most efficient form. It is also an approximation of the golden spiral.

Such spirals are everywhere. They are the shape of breaking waves and a spinning hurricanes. They are nautilus shells and rams’ horns. They are the structure of our DNA and our galaxy.

These spirals are also related to the Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio, which are represented even more frequently in the natural world. Flower petals and tree branches, pineapples and pine cones, facial features and bone structures all follow the pattern.

We intrinsically find beauty in these patterns, as well. We have incorporated them into art and architecture. We manipulate them to sell products. We use them to shape instruments and the music that we play.

There is a rhythm to it all. There is order and connection. We just have to look for it.

Connections may sometimes be too complicated for us to fully wrap our heads around, but that doesn’t mean they are not there. This universe that often seems too big to comprehend can look just like the smallest thing we can imagine, while the tiniest creatures and most fragile blooms can feign enormity. There is communion hidden in plain view.

When you look close enough, things just don’t seem random. Coincidence depends on chance occurrence, which depends on detachment of all things. When a sunflower can look like a universe and a universe a sunflower, then detachment just doesn’t seem likely. We may sometimes have trouble understanding why or how things have come to be interrelated, but it certainly seems that they are. If you do not see the pebble dropped into the pond, that does not mean it doesn’t cause a ripple.

In all of this vastness, there is a harmony. In that harmony we live, intimately connected to all that surrounds us and free of coincidence.

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About Mitchell Brown

I am a stay at home dad with my two daughters who are a lot stronger than they look. When I'm not cooking, cleaning, dancing, reading, teaching, playing or protecting my eyes and groin, I am writing about this whole experience in all of its ridiculousness.
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8 Responses to A Universe in Harmony

  1. Dawn says:

    I love contemplating this stuff, Mitchell. I recently saw the documentary Black Whole about Nassim Haramein’s Unified Field Theory. Fascinating and so incredibly beautiful to think of just how intimately everything is connected.

  2. mudly says:

    Hip HIP HOORAY!!! The post lives! The spirals are alive! The connections are alive! And they are most certainly EVERYWHERE. Once I started believing the world was so connected (which I had suspicions of in high school, but didn’t really start to get serious about it until I took a random elective class on Chaos Theory in college), my days and my whole life really, has been filled with mind boggling connectedness. I can truly only just barely begin to fathom how the Universe has time to orchestrate such awesomeness.

    Just this morning, following a series of seemingly inane events, I found Merlin Mann’s blog, and drank my morning coffee, sitting next to my mom, while watching his talk on being scared shitless (http://www.43folders.com/2011/03/28/scared-shitless). And yet again, I am propelled forward… further and faster.

    • My own education didn’t come until much later than college, but I’m so glad it did. It really opens the windows up and lets it all in, no?

      I finally watched that video last night and WHOA….I am ready. Scared shitless? Yes. Ready? HELL yes! Further and faster, indeed, my dancing friend.

  3. Jared Karol says:

    Dude, I love the depth of understanding about how just because we can’t understand the depth of what goes on in the world, that doesn’t mean there isn’t depth or something to understand. I remember you telling me about this stuff when I was in FL, and I have to admit that it went over my head for the most part. Now, after reading this, it’s dropped a little lower and is smashing me in the forehead. Perhaps with more contemplation and more discussion it will drop a little lower and fly into my mouth so I can taste it fully, swallow it and digest it. And maybe even shit it out for others to hear as well.

    Nice work on this one. I know it wasn’t easy! 🙂

    • Thanks, man. This one did take some grunting, but it did come together a bit. It made me realize how much more I want to dive into all of this and see if I can let more of it spiral onto a page. I look forward to talking with you more about it.

  4. Maggie Batt says:

    Everything is one…we are all connected. Your phenomenal writing speaks to me. In Reiki we use many spiraling symbols to bring about energy and intent for healing. I love sacred geometry and now pay more attention to these signs in nature and the world around me. Mahalo nui loa…thank you from the heart.

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