Did You Know the Sun Used to Orbit the Earth?
Are you new to Hug the Universe? If so, welcome! This is part 4 of 4 in a series about the hidden determinants of human behavior. If you haven’t read the first post in the series, Why Is the World So Crazy?!, you’ll definitely want to start there. :)
Did you know that the sun used to orbit the Earth? Yeah, that’s not true, but that didn’t stop people from believing it. The person first credited with recognizing the reality of our solar system was Nicolaus Copernicus. During his lifetime it was widely believed that the Earth was the center of everything in the universe.
“Let’s see… we’re all here on this planet where god put us, it feels like we’re really special, so that must mean that this is the most important place that exists and we’re the center of everything... Alright, sounds good to me!”
Back then, as today, people were doing their best to make sense of what they were seeing, but what they saw wasn’t the whole picture. Copernicus realized that the Earth actually orbited the sun, but he knew that this unrecognized reality was going to really shake up the prevailing authority of the time (The Church) even though it was simply the truth. As such, Copernicus waited until just before his death to publish his work revealing that realization.
Was he paranoid? Could his discovery of something that's so basic to us now really have been that big of a deal? Well, fifty-seven years after Copernicus’ death, a Dominican monk named Giordano Bruno was burned at the stake for merely defending Copernicus’ discoveries.
Burned at the stake. For defending someone's observation.
What was Bruno’s "crime," though?! Well, he was charged with heresy.
People can be incredibly fearful of change. Even when they’re presented with evidence that shows something they believe is inaccurate, many will still cling to their cherished illusions because they’re familiar—they’re “theirs.”
It’s kind of funny talking to people about the things these posts look at. The most common reaction I get is dismissal, or people looking at me like I said I believe in faeries and consult with them before making any big decisions in my life. This is particularly confusing to me because this sort of information isn’t fringe or speculation from “pseudo-scientists”; it’s just different than what the person in question already believes.
For example, Richard Conn Henry, who is a professor of physics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins University, said, “Get over it, and accept the inarguable conclusion. The universe is immaterial—mental and spiritual.”
And then there’s what Niels Bohr, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, had to say: “If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet. Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.”
But still, so many people are resistant to changing. What if nature behaved like so many humans do?
Personally, I think the things these four posts have discussed make Copernicus’ realization look like humanity’s first adorable little baby-steps out of the existential nursery. And, I believe that the work being done in consciousness research is producing some of the most important discoveries in the history of our species.
I mean, how would things change if presidential debates and elections were no longer games of chance and guessing? What would happen to the world overnight if millions of people realized that we’re able to measure the energetic quality of a politician’s motivations, intentions, and promises?
And that’s just with politics. What about business? What about advertising? What about religion?
In the beginning of Hawkins’ book Truth vs. Falsehood, he gives a bit of a warning to the reader. He says, “readers are forewarned that some of the material may be disturbing and confrontational to some cherished illusions.” I love that phrase: “cherished illusions.” I think it perfectly sums up the issue that humanity has always grappled with—a belief system is not the same as Reality, but people are so attached to what they believe they’re frequently willing to die (or kill) for it.
It wasn't that long ago that our ancestors were afraid of the weather and believed it to be the wrath of gods they had angered. And as a species, we’re still not free of these sorts of misperceptions—they’re just a lot more complex now (and dangerous, considering our technological advances).
But we don’t have to be controlled by misperceptions and inaccurate beliefs anymore. We have the ability now to identify and correct the errors in our operating and correct course.
What we do today shapes what we experience tomorrow
The things we do today set the stage for what people do tomorrow. Humans have been passing down and inheriting the errors of their ancestors for millennia, and I believe that the most sane thing we can do is dismantle our illusions (even the cherished ones), identify what’s true and actual, and, through pioneering a radical new direction, change our future.
Is peace on Earth possible? At this point a lot of people seem to believe it’s an absurd fairytale. After all, we’ve spent thousands of years trying to solve problems and answer questions, but endless debates, wars, cruelty, and genocide keep coming out of our efforts.
“What does this all mean? What is our role in it? Who’s driving this thing?!… Is any of this even real?"
Dr. Hawkins was very aware of this; it was perhaps the primary motivation behind his work. He said “humanity has been like a sailor at sea without a compass by which to discern truth from falsehood,” and “the cost in terms of suffering has been enormous.” That’s very true.
But how do we change the world?
Well, we don’t. We change ourselves. The only person who can change me is me, and the only person who can change you is you. If we succeed in changing ourselves and others follow our example, eventually the whole world changes.
The only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. :)
In my mind, world peace isn’t a dream, but it’s also not something that’s going to just happen.
Forging a new path
Eric Burlingame is at the forefront of Coherence Verification and consciousness research. He’s spent the past 15 years studying human behavior and the universe, and the things he’s discovered are remarkable. Right now he is finalizing several books about his discoveries, and is building a movement to bring Coherence Verification into the public’s awareness.
Are you skeptical about any of this? Cool, be skeptical. The whole point of this work is that no one need take another’s word for the reality of anything anymore—not what I’m saying, not what Hawkins said, and not anything Eric says. You can learn the testing and verify for yourself whether something is true or false. That’s the whole point.
While the examples in this series have involved dissecting some less-than-awesome things, that’s just one use of this tool. In fact, when you begin looking at the nature of Reality, what becomes apparent is that all the “bad” stuff is like a tiny little speck of dust in the universe.
The insanity of men comes from misused imagination and is fueled by finite force. Consciousness, however, is a field of infinite power, and it’s what everything in the universe is actually made of.
Here are a few more statements that Eric verified for Hug the Universe:
- All humans have inherent value: Yes.
- The inherent value of every human is equal: Yes.
- Every human life is an entirely unique expression of consciousness: Yes.
- The experience that we call “death” is not an end, it’s just a transition: Yes.
- The part of me that is not my body is eternal: Yes.
- Life is a test: Not yes.
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Until next time,
I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to my amazing editor, Sheila Ashdown, for her invaluable contributions to this series.