THE epiphany for astronaut Edgar Mitchell occurred when he looked out the window of his spacecraft at the Earth, Moon and Sun, and at the infinitely vast star systems.
Suddenly it came to him that the molecules and cells of our bodies must have had their origin in those faraway stars.
It was at that moment an overwhelming realization of the interconnectedness of all life dawned on him. It was a life-altering flash of intuition resulting not in “intellectual knowledge,” he says, but in a “visceral knowing.”
“It was accompanied by a very blissful feeling that I had never experienced before.”
Dr. Mitchell describes being completely engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness, in this excerpt from Renée Scheltema’s visionary film, Something Unknown is Doing We Don’t Know What.
Having had such a life-changing experience, sometimes called the Overview Effect, the former astronaut, along with parapsychologist Charles Tart, attempt to interpret the non-linear feelings and insights for the rest of us.
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You Raise Me Up
Thanks for the touch stone. You are doing a fine job brother.
Thanks Bryant, good to hear from you – trust all goes well. Hopefully one day we’ll see you again in the Monday class!
Wonderful post. Now I understand why I’ve always bristled at the phrase ‘battling’ a disease.
Thank you Wendy. There is hope, as you say — “the gods of materialistic science will wane and perhaps marry again the magical arts…”