By Maria Cory
This week, Sunday Morning Forum* friends were in good company with Facilitator Lois Winter, Rumi and the ponderings of a myriad of other sagacious souls. Sharing her story: "Physics and Mystics, or How I Found Rumi," Lois provided a fountain of information on a fascinating, spirit-connecting topic!
"In the '80s and '90s, I was going through some personal stuff and trying to reinvent myself from the inside out," Lois shares candidly. This passionate seeker's "pilgrimage within" tapped into something far beyond one's "self."
"Can consciousness exist on a cellular level?" "Every cell in our body dies and is continually replaced. Where is the [or is there a] master builder?" "Is there a mind/matter connection, and can thoughts affect the external world?" "How is energy/consciousness related to the physical world?" These are just snippets of the many profound questions and world-changing discoveries considered by the group.
"We are explorers…and the most compelling frontier of our time is human consciousness. Our quest is a vision for humanity which integrates science and spirituality, and in so doing reminds us of our connectedness to the inner self, to each other, and to the Earth," states the Institute of Noetic Sciences (one of Lois' favored resources).
Along similar lines, Friar Richard Rohr, Christian Mystic, writes: "We are now told that the atoms we breathe are physically the same as the stardust from the original Big Bang. Oneness is no longer a vague mystical notion, but a scientific fact."
While we travel here in our "earth-suits," may our "star stuff" and the spark within each of us shine from the inside out to the world. By respecting the interdependent web of all existence, we acknowledge a certain "Oneness." And, oh…how much more brilliantly our Collective Light brings dawn for the benefit all!
*[Weekly, 11:15 - 12:15, UUFP Office Bldg.]