The name of this blog, Rainbow Juice, is intentional.
The rainbow signifies unity from diversity. It is holistic. The arch suggests the idea of looking at the over-arching concepts: the big picture. To create a rainbow requires air, fire (the sun) and water (raindrops) and us to see it from the earth.
Juice suggests an extract; hence rainbow juice is extracting the elements from the rainbow, translating them and making them accessible to us. Juice also refreshes us and here it symbolises our nutritional quest for understanding, compassion and enlightenment.

Tuesday 20 June 2023

All I Am

When I consider how long I’ve lived, and then ponder the age of the Earth, I am humbled. Let me put this into a scale that may be easier to comprehend.

Suppose the age of the Earth was compacted into a single year. Then my life would blink into existence for just half of one second.

That is infinitesimal. That is insignificant.

That’s time. What about my mass?

The Earth’s mass is approximately 6 x 1024 kg. That is a 6 followed by 24 zeroes. That’s a lot. I won’t even consider the mass of the whole Solar System (the Sun is 99.86% of the total mass of the Solar System,) or the mass of our entire galaxy. As to the mass of the Universe – mindboggling!1

So, just in terms of the mass of the Earth, my mass (as well as my lifetime) is also infinitesimal and insignificant.

Thus, when I consider my mass and the length of time I have been here, I am a flicker of time, a speck of dust, insignificant in the vast space and time of the cosmos.

This is all I am.

Such a perspective may seem desolate and worthless.

Yet, it is only a perspective. It is a viewpoint that considers myself as an individual, separate from others, from nature and the Earth. It is a place disconnected from the cosmos.

There is another way to look at things. This is the view espoused so poetically by William Blake in the first four lines of his oft-quoted poem:2

‘To see the world in a grain of sand

And heaven in a wild flower

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand

And eternity in an hour.’

When I look at things through similar eyes to those of Blake things change – dramatically. I become inseparable from nature, indivisible from the Earth and all that is.

I am the cosmos, wrapped up in a tiny, temporal human form.

Instead of saying to myself ‘this is all I am,’ I can tell myself that ‘this is ALL I am.’

I am now the world in the grain of sand and eternity in an hour. That is significant.

I am part of this vast cosmos; indeed, it is possible to think of myself as being the cosmos, albeit embodied in this tiny insignificant body that lasts but a flicker of time. I do not pretend that such thinking is easy; indeed, most of the time it is nigh on impossible. Yet, it is worth pondering, and doing so often.

The seemingly contradictory perspectives of all and ALL brings with them a responsibility to act and live from the perspective of ALL whilst inhabiting and accepting a body that is all I am.

Moreso, this responsibility becomes innate, instinctive, intuitive. Again, not easy. There are practices we can nurture and cultivate that allow us to get closer to these concepts however.

Spending mindful time in nature, meditating, chanting, trance dance, and other rituals and states can assist. The reader is encouraged to discover their own practices for doing so.


1. For those who are interested: the Solar System is 333,000 times the mass of the Earth, the galaxy is 3,000,000,000,000 times that of the Solar System. And the Universe? It is 166 million times the mass of our galaxy. I’ll leave you to compute how much more the mass of the Universe is comparted with the mass of the Earth. Here’s a hint: It’s huge!

2. William Blake, Auguries of Innocence, written 1803, published 1863.

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