Mainstream quantum physicists today believe the universe began 13 to 20 billion years ago with a massive explosion, or multiple explosions. Astronomer Fred Hoyle coined the term “Big Bang” in 1951. Computer models suggest that a mass the size of a green pea was so compressed that its temperature was guesstimated to be in the neighborhood of 18 billion million million million degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures that super-heated are many times hotter than the sun.
The Big Bang did not occur somewhere or sometime in space. It created space.That there was no space before the Big Bang is just one of the counterintuitive ideas of modern cosmology.
Clusters, long filaments, huge sheet-like super-clusters built of galaxies have formed along wrinkles in spacetime that were apparently generated before the Big Bang and etched into our universe forever. There may have been different Big Bangs creating different kinds of universes beyond our own. In fact, instead of starting our origin stories “In the beginning…” we may need to humble the phrase to “In a beginning…” which is an equally accurate translation of the Hebrew word bereshit – or even “In our beginning.”
Moreover, a new super theory called string theory has led to novel ideas about the possibility of multiple dimensions and multiple universes. Dr. Brian Greene, in his book, The Hidden Reality, describes the possibility that parallel universes exist, and together these are known as the Multiverse. In the book he states that if the universe is infinite and there are only a finite number of arrangements of matter, then matter arrangements would duplicate, leading to multiple finite arrangements of matter in the infinite universe.
Now let’s miniaturize the “Big Bang” – well, sorta kinda! The “Big Bang” in highly spiritual terms is the creation of a thought or idea in mind. Once an idea has exploded into conscious awareness it creates energy as an expression of that explosive cognitive moment. The energy it creates leads to other explosive moments (the formation of thoughts).
These super-heated moments (the formation of thoughts) expand into ideas that expand (cosmic inflation) into beliefs (galaxies)which expand into choices that lead to physical actions. Each thought (big bang) is the outgrowth of our psycho-emotional make-up with its clusters and super-clusters of past experiences, patterns of behavior and habits, hang-ups, memories, personal beliefs, and prejudices.
All of these human personality “wrinkles” exist before each thought is formed and influence the quality and strength of each and every idea and inclination we have. The Multiverse (our super-consciousness) is composed of our core beliefs (planets, stars, and galaxies), values (light), preferences (particles), inclinations (quantum fluctuations), and emotional hang-ups (entropy) that lead to a personal philosophy that defines the limits of our growth (expansion).
This miniaturized version of the “Big Bang” may be closer to the ultimate truth than we think. Just as our consciousness is filled with “big bangs” (thoughts) the Multiverse spawns universes (Big Bangs). One day, I believe we will find that there are as many universes as there are thoughts. We may even find there are also as many Multiverses as there are thoughts. Perhaps we’ll find the answer at the intersection between quantum physics, neuroscience, biology, and neurotheology.About the author: Rev. Dr. Bil Holton is a metaphysician, prolific author, and dynamic speaker. Learn more by visiting him at www.TheMetaphysicalWebsite.com