What Einstein and Hubble Reveal About You, Me and God
What was the greatest scientific discovery of the 20th century? Albert Einstein’s 1907 Theory of Relativity, you’d most likely say, the revelation that triggered the last great paradigm shift in the physical sciences. And you’d be correct. However, Einstein himself could not believe the mind-boggling implications of his discovery, which contradicted some of his most basic beliefs about the nature of reality. So what did Einstein do? He fudged the equations, adding a term he called the “cosmological constant.” Toward the end of his life, Einstein confessed that this act was the greatest mistake of his scientific career. It was the astronomer Edwin Hubble in 1929, two decades after Einstein’s paradigm-shattering early work, who awakened the world’s greatest genius to the fact that his original intuition had been correct: we live in an expanding universe!
Why is the above discovery important? Firstly, let us remind ourselves that science and spirit, physics and metaphysics are not really separate. In this particular case, science answers the central question of the spiritual quest. How so? Let’s approach the question from another angle. There is an old Sufi saying, in answer to the ageless question; where is God? God is closer to you than your own jugular vein. That’s pretty close, isn’t it? The Native Americans have a similar articulation:
The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. Nicholas Black Elk, Oglala Sioux
THE OMNICENTRIC UNIVERSE
Now, let’s get back to Einstein and Hubble, and see why the fact of an expanding universe has such profound spiritual and cosmological implications. There’s an inescapable consequence to Hubble’s discovery. Careful measurement of the movements of the galaxies reveals that all of them, without exception, are moving away from us. In fact, as Hubble explained to Einstein, everything is moving away from everything else. If everything in the universe is moving away from everything else, where does that place us? Where does it place you? Aha! You get it! You are at the center. The fourteen billion light-year journey to the center of the universe puts you right here, right now. At the center of the universe. Reading this.
The Universe is omnicentric, meaning simply that the center of the universe is everywhere. It’s sort of like being on the surface of an enormous balloon as it is blown up. As the balloon expands, every point on its surface moves away from every other point and yet every point remains the center of the balloon. There is no way to picture such a reality in the 3D world, but that is simply the way it is. You are at the very center of the universe. So am I. So is everyone on planet Earth. So is the moon. So is Mars. So is the Andromeda Galaxy. So is the most distant celestial object thus far discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope. Where is “God,” the Creator of all things, whatever you may choose to call It? Same answer. Right here, right now. Closer than your own jugular vein. Think about it. If you and I and the Creator of all things occupy precisely the same space and time, what does that imply about who and what I am, about who and what you are? The fact is, each and every one of us is not only at the very center of the universe, we are the universe Itself. There is not now, and there never has been, any real separation between us as “individuals” and the “outer” reality we live in, despite compelling sensory evidence to the contrary. Space and time, it turns out, are illusory in the larger picture.
It transcends all proving. It is Itself the ground of being; and I see that It is not one and I another, but this is the Life of my life. That is one fact then; that in certain moments I have known that I exist directly from God, and am, as it were, His organ. And in my ultimate consciousness, I am He. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journal Entry (1837)
Connie Baxter Marlow and Andrew Cameron Bailey are visionaries and filmmakers whose explorations into the essence of Reality have led to a unique articulation of the nature of the Universe and humanity’s place in it. This worldview is informed by indigenous cosmology, quantum science, Eastern and Western mysticism and plain common sense. They are authors of “The Trust Frequency: Ten Assumptions for a New Paradigm”.