Sister Sharon advises us to do so each morning as she begins her talks. Today’s talk was about the stars.
Why should we ponder the stars?
Because they can teach us so much. After all, they are our distant kin.
In our study of cosmic genealogy, we have discovered that humans are luminous stardust beings.
Brian Swimme says we should ponder the stars because when we look at them, our very selves remember.
Stars were seen by ancient civilizations as Gods, pharaohs, angels.
We adorn churches, temples, tombs with them.
We are drawn to stars because they don’t just shine. They resonate, communicate. We cannot look at them and remain unchanged, unmoved.
Stars do not exist in a state of equilibrium, but in a state of “seething disequilibrium.” (Swimme) Dynamic tension between gravity and fusion: collapse versus expansion. Chaos.
And when they die, they create many new stars. New giant balls of gas.
“And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth, “You owe me.” Look what happens with love like that. It lights up the sky.” ― Rumi