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To start off, put yourself into the "shoes" of one microscopic plankton in Lake Superior . All this entitiy experiences is the Lake. To try and make this microscopic planton fathom the experience and existence of Land or of Outer Space is impossible. Now what does this have to do with Black Holes? We humans are very small compared to the vastness of the Outer Space. Just like the vastness of the Lake the microscopic planton sees, we see the vastness of space in the same way. Conventional thinking is that there is only a vast Outer space, with relatively few concentrations of elements in their own concoctions.
What if black holes brought us to the "land" that the plankton can't experience due to its microscopic nature. What if there's a type of cosmic vastness that isn't outer space or anything we have ever fathomed?
Maybe our perception of THE UNIVERSE, ALL AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN is just one "Lake" of Outerspace, when there is all this "Land" and other "Lakes of Outer Space" to explore, and to find the "ocean" of outerspace...
Are you following? It's hard to describe the "land" and "Ocean" when all we know is this "lake", just like that microscopic plankton can't describe the land on earth... Maybe Earth is just a minute fractal of the Cosmos... Maybe some black holes lead to the "land", while some get us to different corners of our "Lake" Check this video about Black Holes by Carl Sagan
What do you think?

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This is an interesting can of worms to open.

It makes me reflect on awareness training and practice, such as the study of bird language.

Birds and other animals will teach you some very intimate and powerful things about the nature of things. For instances, birds will tell you how you are being on the landscape. What you might call your "profile." Your profile is a combination of things that include how you are feeling, moving, thinking, and where your attention is. As an example, one student from this years AWCP class might be coming down the trail and walk within a few feet of a robin... while another will scare the robin of at 50 of more feet away.

This is in no way a judgement on them, but rather a form of feedback about how they are being and how they are influencing the world around them. It is through this communication that we can see on a very personal level how we influence the world, AND how the world influences us....

The study of perception and how it shapes our experience is a fascinating branch of science. I think it is very interesting how the study of such things as particles has shaped our understanding of how these things work. For instance, a particle will act like a particle when we are looking at it, but a wave when we are not. The act of our perceiving it influences the shape it takes on. This might sound like superstition, but there are some interesting experiments you can read about done by respected scientists that talk about this exact thing.

Another note on birds and wildlife... when you begin to study an animal like for instance an American robin for the first time, you start to feel like you are seeing them everywhere. You might ask yourself where they came from and why weren't they here before? But, more often then not they were already there. Your perception simply did not include them as relevant and therefore you disregarded them and basically they did not exist for you.

As your awareness of the world grows, you perception of it alters and grows too. It is different for everyone, of course. But, some practices help the growth of awareness speed up and increase more rapidly then others.

One example might be 2 friends visiting a local natural area. Bill has been coming to this area for years. He loves to wear his Ipod while running there and feeling the coolness of the air in the surrounding forest. He knows these trails well. His friend Bob on the other hand has never been to this particular spot before. He has been studying the natural world for a couple of years, spending lots of time sitting, listening and paying attention to the natural processes and events. Bob loves to jog as well at other times.

As the two friends walk, Bill is really excited to show his friend Bob the trails. Bob keeps pointing out this bird here, that animal there, this plant, that tree, these tracks, etc. Bill is really surprised at what Bob is saying and might even doubt whether Bob can know so much about the area. I mean, come on, the guy has never even been here before! He must be making stuff up right? I mean how can you even be sure that that track is definitely from a raccoon or that this little songbird bird acting in this way means a Cooper's hawk is around? Bill has never even seen these birds or animals before. How is that possible...?

So who knows more, the person who has jogged there for years, or the person who has never been there before?

I think when it comes to experiencing the world, QUANTITY does not equal QUALITY. It really isn't about the amount of time you spend in a place, but how much you give yourself over to the process of getting to know it.

If you know how to look and where to look, you can know more about a place in 30 minutes than a person who has lived in that spot for years.

So, who is to say what the limits are to our perception?
The only limits to our perceptions are only through when we personally set the limits for ourselves. Now of course we have "external" influences such as family, friends, community, and mainstream western society that have shaped who we are. But without our conscious choice, whatever it may be, none of that will have that power until we enable it to. When I personally took a step back to rethink the priorities of life just a year and a half ago, it opened up all of these different doors of awareness that I had no idea existed. Of course that awareness existed before I tuned my consciousness into its frequency, it just didn't exist for my immediate alpha - beta wave mind states of consciousness at that period of the all eternal NOW. The experience of life is our perception. I like to think of perception like the structure of DNA; with awareness/thought, physicality, and spirituality forming the double helix.

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