Our capacity for good is mind-boggling. Our inclination toward error is, well, mind-boggling, too. The difference between good and error is the difference between a green pea and a mustard seed. We have arrived at this observation based on what we know about quantum physics, neurotheology, and the New Testament.
A Little “Big Bang” Background
We’re going to start with a micro view of ‘error’ (physicality) and then move to a macro view of ‘good’ (consciousness). Mainstream scientists today believe the universe began between 13 and 20 billion years ago with a massive explosion. In 1951, astronomer Fred Hoyle coined the term for that immense explosion. He called it the ‘Big Bang.’
Scientists have calculated that just nano-seconds before the Big Bang occurred, our entire universe was compressed into a mass they believe to be about the size of a green pea. (Why a green pea? We’d have chosen a chocolate malt ball, marble, or red holly berry. But since he chose a green pea, we’ll go with that!)
Models suggest that the temperature within that pea-sized mass of energy was an unimaginable 18 billion million million million degrees Fahrenheit. We can assure you it took more than a pea-sized brain to come up with that figure. 18 billion million million million degrees Fahrenheit is many times hotter than the sun.
Within a fraction of a second following the Big Bang, research simulations show that the temperatures may have cooled to a balmy 18 billion degrees, giving birth to our present universe. From a pea-sized lump of super-compressed energy came a physical universe comprised of millions of planets millions of light years apart.
According to Hubble’s Law, all of the galaxies in the universe as we know it are moving away from us. The universe is not earth-centric. It never has been! That means we are not at the center of the universe just because planets and galaxies are receding from us.
As far as we know, the universe has no “edge.” It is limitless. And we Earthlings, and the global sphere we’re riding, are both merely specks of cosmic dust in the scheme of things. But here’s the thing, the galaxies are not moving away from us through space. They are moving away because space itself is expanding and taking them, and us, with it. Isn’t that cool!
Think of a loaf of unbaked raisin bread you’ve set in a warm place to rise. The raisins are like galaxies or clusters of galaxies, and the dough represents space. As the dough rises, the raisins move farther apart, but they’re moving with the dough, not through the dough.
Many researchers believe the universe is moving back to its cosmological origins. As Unity metaphysicians, we are inclined to agree with that assessment. Some researchers believe that at some point the universe will reach its limit and begin receding again, compressing itself into a pea-sized lump that will spawn another universe.
We are inclined to agree with that assessment too. And here’s why: What if the universe is simply the outgrowth of an error thought? It can continue to expand, to grow, to be limitless. Or it can implode on itself.
What’s this have to do with the title of this blogcast,
‘The Decline and Fall of Error’?
Our answer is: it’s got EVERYTHING to do with it! The decline and fall of error is the difference between a green pea and a mustard seed.
Suppose a green pea represents an error thought. Before we get into trouble with you vegetarians out there, we’re using the green pea analogy because the scientists we mentioned a few moments ago believe our entire universe was compressed into a mass the size of a green pea. Remember?
So, suppose, metaphysically speaking, a green pea represents an error thought: a thought which binds us, and compresses us with the weight of its debilitating negativity and attachment to materiality.
A Metaphysical Perspective
In Unity metaphysics that would be a valid analogy because, are you ready for this: in Unity metaphysics God did not directly create the universe.
There, we said it. Unity has come out of the closet! In Unity metaphysics, God did not directly create the universe—any more than God created the chair you are sitting on or the car you drive.
In Talks on Truth, Charles Fillmore said: “We are by birth a spiritual race, and we would never have known matter or material conditions if we had not strayed from our higher consciousness.”
In Jesus Christ Heals he says: “Ages of thought upon the reality and solidarity of things have evolved a mental atmosphere that has produced the present material universe.”
What we believe he’s saying is that as spiritual beings we created the universe as a safety net to catch our fall from grace. (Please read that last sentence again – it’s important). The Buddhists call this safety net the Net of Indra. The Hopi Indians call it the Spider Grandmother’s Web. In Andy and Larry Wachowski’s blockbuster movie by the same name, it’s called ‘the Matrix.’
Somehow it came into humankind’s collective consciousness that we are separate beings from God. That thought is so far removed from the Truth that it caused us to create a safe house called the universe. The thought was so egocentric and materialistic that it shut out the Light and compressed itself into a pea-sized, super-heated mass of error potential!
That’s the micro view of how the universe was born.
In a cosmological sense—coupled with a metaphysical lens—we have ‘made our bed’ of illusion, and now we are sleeping in it!
What if the universe is the result of a primordial collective thought that has limited our greater understanding of our cosmological spiritual origins? Has the gravity of our collective error slowed us down from fully realizing who we really are:
spiritual beings who are having a human experience?
We believe that as great as our primordial error was, it only takes a mustard seed of faith to pull ourselves out of the black hole we’ve put ourselves in. What if we can correct our original error in judgment and create an expanded universe based on the knowledge that we are human expressions of the One Presence—and from that enlightened lens literally restructure the universe as we know it?
Which leads us to the inevitable question: why is the universe as big as it is? The answer: Because we’re here! (John Wheeler quoted in Gleiser, M., Funny Things Happen When Space and Time Vanish, WBAA: Cosmos and Culture, May 29, 2013). We might add: the universe exists because we exist. It is expanding because our collective consciousness is expanding.
Mystics remind us the universe is becoming self-conscious. (Mairmuid O’Murchu, Quantum Theology, Crossword Publishing, N.Y. 2004, pg. 216). And astrophysicist Bernard Haisch tells us “… there is mounting evidence of a fundamental underlying consciousness. As long ago as 1932, mathematician John von Neumann showed that quantum mechanics requires consciousness to produce any kind of measurement result. The connection between quantum mechanics and consciousness has ever since been a nagging, unwelcome, best-to-pretend-it-doesn’t-matter sort of skeleton in the physics closet. But new research has pried open the closet door. Quantum theory says it that it is the act of observing an object that causes it to be there.” (Bernard Haisch, The Purpose-Guided Universe, Franklin Lakes, N.J.: New Page Books, 2010, pg. 11).
Our collective consciousness is the ‘mustard seed’ in the green pea-sized Big Bang equation. Metaphysically speaking, mustard seeds, like the Garden of Eden,
stand for an expanding, enlightened consciousness.
So what can we do? We can use a “Mustard Seed” of Faith:
- It only takes a mustard seed of faith to realize we are divine beings who can create a better human experience.
- It only takes a mustard seed of faith to realize that since we got ourselves into this space/time mess we can get ourselves out of this ‘black hole of error.’
- It only takes a mustard seed of faith to realize that we can produce other collective thoughts—more spiritually-oriented thoughts—that can explode the illusions of error and create a new consciousness (universe) of peace, health, and plenty for everyone.
- It only takes a mustard seed of faith to expand our thinking and truly create heaven on earth.
When we do this, we will see ‘the decline and fall of error’ on our journey from compressed pea (error thinking) to expansive mustard seed (a spiritual—not religious—consciousness).