Being born human we are fortunate to be able to ask the fundamental questions: “What is the nature of the Universe? What is it all about?”
Throughout our lives many of us wonder, but how does one go about actually finding the answers?
Every experience in my 50 years has nudged me closer to the answers, but my journey took a fast track in September 2009. It was then that my co-author Tamara Veitch and I first began researching our novel One Great Year (Greenleaf Book Group, Red Tuque Books, 2013), in an effort to create an uncommon life together.
Initially all we had was the story premise – Marcus had past life memory and his soul mate Theron didn’t. He would pursue her through lifetimes as they were reincarnated into fantastic adventures. Early on I asked the question: “What would the 13,000 year old Marcus know that the rest of us do not?”
We were led to Plato, the ancient mystery schools, shamanism, and legends. We awakened to the answers all around us, like portals that miraculously appeared. Everywhere we turned, the true nature of the Universe revealed itself because we were willing and open seekers. Science, biology, ancient history, philosophy, mysticism, spirituality, religion, art, music, they all pointed to the same thing – a connection. We noticed an interwoven grid, material and energetic, which belies the illusion of separation and individuation.
What is the nature of the universe and why should we care. It’s quite simply a hologram, an illusion of individuality, and we should care because once that is understood we realize that we are far more able to design the illusion with our thoughts and action. We accept with fascination and resignation the lesson being presented us, our attachment and resistance depart and with them depression, anger and sadness. When we realize that we are all One on a deeper, unseen level and that what we do to others directly affects us, we make more loving and compassionate choices.
This is a secret that the Ancients have known for thousands of years. The Sanskrit Vedic OM symbol shows the Maya as the veil between our perceived reality and the unknowable. Maya literally means “that which does not exist.”
Incredibly the Vedic texts contain the knowledge that the physical world is made up of atoms and atoms have an internal structure resembling the solar system. The significance of this model for us is the knowledge that everything material is made of atoms. These tiny ‘dots’ that (though they seem to create solid objects) never actually touch, are 99% free space, not solid, and it is only our limited perception that separates these vibrating energies as dense objects.
Imagine a holographic model where reality is created by our consciousness and the individual’s perspective affects his/her experience. The Vedas describe the Yuga cycle – a cosmic cycle in which humanity rises and falls in its awareness and enlightenment. The cycle, later called the Great Year by Plato, is the backdrop for One Great Year.
We looked at the evidence, ancient wisdom and knowledge and asked ourselves: “What if this is how it really works?” Science tells us that the universe is expanding faster than the speed of life. Could it be consciousness itself that is expanding and that our awakened state comes in the wake of that expansion?
For some people the awakening has begun: for others this is all very confusing, until they see it play out on the page in One Great Year. Suddenly, the fine inner and outer workings of the Universe are gently revealed and through his fantastic adventures Marcus shows us how the human experience might just be designed.