When I think of myself and my relation to the universe, I envision that viral astrophysicist’s video of a journey from face to space. The three minute footage begins on a woman’s face. It then continuously zooms out, revealing a shot of the universe, one billion light years away from Earth.
The purpose of the video is to visually explain the different scales of the universe. It certainly makes me feel small in an infinite universe. And then it makes me question so many things.
Stephen Hawing once urged: “Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”
The complexity of the universe is immense — so much so that if we try to grasp it, even for a moment, it can make your head feel like it’s going to explode until you drop to your knees, flail your arms about, and look for the TV remote to find some meaningless entertainment. But this confusion is beautiful.
We strive to understand so much in our day-to-day lives, so much about ourselves, and so much about the world we live in, whether from the comfort of our living rooms or within the structure of a classroom.
What we know about the universe, as told by textbooks, barely begins to scratch the surface of its complexity. As a child, a part of me thought academia was set in stone. I trusted Christopher Columbus to always be celebrated, and I assumed Pluto was a forever planet. But today, I realize human error makes us, well, human. The universe is the biggest teacher of all, and we are merely trying to learn its lessons one day at a time, one textbook at a time, one online article at a time.
What is our reality? Is it our human flesh, our mortality, the capability of life on Mars? Yes. But it is also quantum entanglement, unified field of consciousness, free energy, superhuman abilities, singularity, parallel universes, and alternate realities. The universe is as simple as the smile on my face and as complex as the word “infinity.”
As an adult, I could perhaps rant forever about the complexities of the universe, but I also feel like I would just be a hamster on a wheel if I did that. Why? Because the adult brain is learned, and therefore it is pretty clouded. Would it be different if I could head back to my childhood years and try to put the complexity of the universe into words?
Perhaps what we need is a child to be bold enough to colour outside the lines. To use their ignorance as intelligence, with ignorance being the lack of boundaries society creates.
Max Laughlin may be just a kid, but he’s certainly not just any kid. Having become famous across the world for presenting his brilliant viewpoints on topics like the nature of the universe and alternate realities, listening to him will make your jaw drop.
In the below video, Laughlin presents a new theory that CERN — the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and one of the world’s largest and most respected centers for scientific research — destroyed our universe and we live in another universe that was parallel and closest to it.
Now if that doesn’t make your head hurt, or at least make you want to find out more, you’re not alone.
Woody Harrelson Shares A Powerful Video: ‘Thoughts From Within’ He Calls It
- The Facts:
Woody Harrelson shares some spoken word with a deep message.
- Reflect On:
How do you view our current world? Does it truly resonate with you? Is it something you want to support? If you could put your energy into a world of thriving abundance, would you? Then why so much energy into the way things are?
I sit here today having been reminded of a Woody Harrelson video after watching a movie he acted in. I recalled the first time I saw this video. It was one of the first realizations I had, about 9 years ago, that many celebrities also go through life with trials and tribulations of the average person. Perhaps not in all ways, but certainly in many. This is an obvious thought of course, but sometimes not all that common.
When I saw this video, I remember thinking, wow, I love what he is sharing, and coming from his place of influence this truly has a powerful message. This is an awesome video made by Woody Harrelson sharing some powerful thoughts from within.
In the video Woddy lays out a spoken word masterpiece that touches on all of the main aspects of our current society. If you truly take the time to listen, there is much to reflect on. And of course, there is an inspiring side of it all too.
This one is a bit of a throw back, but it’s a good one. Enjoy it!
Josh Radnor From How I Met Your Mother Just Started A Conscious Band with Ben Lee
You might be here because you are a fan of the hit TV show, How I Met Your Mother, or maybe you have fond memories of blasting “Catch My Disease” in your car on a hot summer day. Whatever the reason may be, you are about to discover a lesser-known side to actor-writer-director Josh Radnor and Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee—who now form the musical duo Radnor & Lee.
In this very first episode of Uplifted Life’s new Redefining Success Podcast, Kosta Stoyanoff and I had the privilege of having a conversation with both of them over Skype only a few days before they left for their Brazil tour. We talked about their new musical venture, the effects of having achieved success and fame at a young age, what true success ought to be, spirituality, meditation, self-development and more! Playing the hosts was definitely out of our comfort zones, but we are glad we did it and were able to extract some valuable insights from these two amazing human beings.
There is a rumor circulating that they are a religious born again band because they don’t shy away from using words like word God in their lyrics. The truth is that they do not subscribe to any particular label and are simply fascinated by life’s bigger questions. In our 30-minute conversation with them, we found them to be incredibly grounded, intelligent and wise individuals who simply strive to get back to the basics of what really matters in life and care about becoming the best and most compassionate version of themselves. It was awesome to chat with two public figures who choose to use their influence to spread a positive and conscious message through their art!
Our intention with the Redefining Success Podcast is to collect gems of wisdom from individuals who see beyond our culture’s materialistic idea of success and have discovered a more fulfilling, whole and healthy view of what it means to lead a truly successful life. We believe that doing our part in helping rewrite the cultural story surrounding success can inspire a positive change in how we lead our lives—from our relationships to the way we do business.
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The Oldest Song In The World – A Sumerian Hymn Written 3500 Years Ago (Listen)
Music is a very special gift that people from all around the world, from various cultures and from every socio-economic class, enjoy. Human beings have been creating and listening to music for thousands of years, it is almost an essential part of our being.
Music has the power to evoke powerful emotions, it can lift us out of a bad mood and put a smile on our face, give us the energy and encouragement we need to get that workout done and more. We connect over music, we make music together, we meditate and zone out to music, and we even ‘trip out’ to music. What would our lives be like without music? Most likely Rather dull , and it seems as though the ancients felt the same way.
Below is a video of a hymn that is said to have been written thousands of years ago, it may even be the oldest song in the world. This version is played using computerized tones, but if you can, imagine it being played on stringed instruments. Either way, it still has a joyous and almost comical feel to it, check it out.
Is this something you could jam to? Or at least is this something you could imagine your greatest ancestors rocking out to? Regardless of how you feel about the song, it’s pretty awesome that we actually have the equivalent to sheet music that was turned into a potential soundtrack for the ancient times. Essentially, this gives us the ability to glimpse into the past, an opportunity we may not have otherwise received. Sometimes what is put into words isn’t as powerful to our senses as actually hearing the same song that our ancestors may have listened to.
Here’s A Little History
In 1972, after 15 years of research, Professor of Assyriology from the University of California, Anne Kilner, was able to transcribe one of the oldest known pieces of music notation in the world. The music was inscribed on clay tablets that contained signs of the “Hurrian” language. These tablets had been excavated in the early 1950’s from the Syrian city of ancient Ugarit – now known as Ras Sharma. One of the tablets contained both words and music and has now come to be known as the oldest preserved music notation in the world.
Kilmer was able to transcribe this piece of music into a modern music notation, other people have also attempted to transcribe this music and the interpretations tend to differ a little bit. The tablets date back to around 1400 B.C. The music is a hymn to the moon God’s wife, Nikal. The tablets also happened to contain instructions for a singer as well as a harpist and how to properly tune the harp.
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