Flickering Universe

At its most basic level the universe flickers in and out of existence

At its most basic level the universe flickers in and out of existence

Nature is forever changing.  The wind blows moving the trees and the clouds.   The sun and moon move across the sky.  The seasons change.  Our hair grows longer, we learn and age, relationships are born and develop, society evolves and there is an endlessly changing face to technology, industry, science and politics.  No two days are the same.

When we look at the science of this, we understand that things develop around a balance point.  Nature is well-balanced, and tips out of balance, creating the need to bring things back into equilibrium.  In doing this, Nature elicits change, the balance point shifting subtly.  We call this shift, Evolution.  The changing nature of one thing requires the adaptation of another, moving our world forward and keeping it in balance.  Each balancing point is a relationship, like a see- saw, and the experience of that relationship is the interplay of forces around that point.  Tolerance to imbalance is built-in to Nature, is indeed essential, otherwise things could never evolve.  In nature’s complexity, there are so many ways in which balance can be affected, that it is easier to look at nature as a network of interacting elements that stays in balance as a whole.  No individual relationship acts in isolation.  Nothing is disconnected from the whole.

No matter how close you look at nature, you always see these relationships.  Go right down to the smallest sub-atomic particles of the universe, and we see that things are a dance between their imbalance and equilibrium.  Sub-atom particles are not static things.  They have a tendency to change.  Inexplicably and spontaneously, they flicker in and out of existence and alter, and always in relation to a balance point (this balance point scientists call the conservation law of mass- energy).  Every relationship in nature is built on this flickering instability that actually goes to create our changing, evolving world.

These dynamic relationships affect every layer of reality and are the basis for our beautiful and vibrant universe.  From its very foundations, the universe is built on change, centred about balance and harmony that makes for such exquisite dynamic stillness.


This blog was inspired by “The Dance”, a chapter in “The Dancing Wu Li Masters” by Gary Zukav.

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