Birth of Stars

Stars are born from giant clouds of gas and dust lying in the spiral arms of the Milky Way galaxy. Such a cloud is called a nebula. Viewing the Milky Way galaxy on its rim from outside, it looks like a fairly flat disk with a thick cloud of stars about its centre. Seen at right angles, it looks like a huge Catherine wheel in which two main arms spiral out from the centre. The Sun lies in one of these arms. The myriad of stars forming the centre of the galaxy are hidden from earth by vast formations of cosmic dust and are not directly visible.

One nebula that is visible to the naked eye is in the Orion star constellation. It appears just below the belt of Orion as a hazy patch. Photographs taken of the cloud with specialist equipment show a kaleidoscope of colors from gasses illuminated by stars that have already formed within the cloud. Behind the visible cloud, astronomers have detected an even larger dark cloud in which stars are still being born. These vast fields of gas come together under a gravitational force and compact into small dense globes, or embryo stars.

As gravity tightens them further, the embryo stars begin to glow. Friction heats them at first, as particles of gas and dust rub together. To become a star like the Sun, it takes about ten million years as the temperature and pressure at the heart of the young star become sufficiently extreme to activate nuclear reactions that power the star for the remainder of its life. There are many other glowing gas clouds in space similar to the Orion nebula, proving that the birth of stars is a continuing process. As stars grow old and die, new ones are being born elsewhere.

Now compare this process to procreation in humanity, as humans grow old and die, new ones are being born elsewhere. Are we mirroring star formation? Could this solar system be a nebula, and is the earth the mother that gives birth to new stars? This brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘Mother Earth’.

girl with lightsThere are two strands of thought when seeking answers to the origins of the universe, one is spiritual and the other is scientific. Spiritual thought comes through intuition and reflection. Scientific thought comes from reason and logic. This is universal power meeting universal intelligence on the physical plane.

The latter comes from looking outside, and the former comes from looking within. Inner vision is activated by universal power, and outer vision is activated by universal intelligence.

Harmonizing both strands of thought leads to a Singularity and the Intelligence that gave birth to the universe. As spiritual and mental energy harmonize, so too does masculine and feminine energy. Humans are here to experience first-hand what it feels like to be a child of the universe.

~ Collette O’Mahony

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Talents (natural gifts)

 

The seeming solidity of matter beneath our feet, in our hands or as familiar objects, causes our faculties to attach itself to form. Our human body, and our attachment to other forms, compounds solidity and the apparent separateness of man and man, man and creature, man and object. However, should the Law of gravity cease to operate, we humans and our many objects would find ourselves cast out like meteorites into the abyss, beyond sky, lumps of solid matter evicted from our planetary home.

If we are exclusively matter, then we should also have deep roots from our feet keeping us grounded firmly in one place. But we are a species set apart from the plant kingdom, and while animals migrate and move freely upon the surface of the earth, they act according to instinct only. In this man differs from the animal kingdom.

4cbbdfe182f7b134eaceccf88b290d25[1]Man has freewill to think and act separately to his fellow man. Used wisely, this faculty can reason and logic what is benefit and what is loss. Benefit is the conclusion of nature’s cycle through the seasons. Man’s natural talents used for benefit of all is his life’s work and harvest. As nature’s harvest comes through unlimited varieties, so too is man’s potential inexhaustible.

We are not placed in one fixed spot with roots and tentacles, nor are we replicates of one another bound to limited and repetitive imitation in our daily habits. We are original sparks of conscious energy in the vehicular mode of human carriage, which is provided to aid our innate gifts and talents for the benefit of all. The balance of reason and feeling is a steady guide in the realisation and application of genuine talent.

Reason exercises the mental faculty to provide the image and form the talent shall take, such as an artist who prepares his canvas for the image he wishes to paint upon it. Feeling is the power that propels the image or thought form into action. It is the passion and enthusiasm of the artist for his subject that calls him to paint. The fusion of reason and feeling ignite action towards the attainment of the goal. When this end is concluded, we have the product of the person’s nature and talent.

If we become too attached to reason and the form it takes in our minds, then we tip the scales of balance to the deficit of feeling. Likewise, if we succumb to emotion, there is a deficiency of reason. The balance between these two faculties is essential for the emergence of talent in a clear, original format. The result of overthinking or emotional irrationality is a state of mind that produces confusion and outputs this evidence onto the world.

Feelings allow us to gauge our inner response to a thing. It is an impulse to inform reason, to produce reaction. When feeling overcomes reason we term it ‘impulsive’. When reason overcomes feeling we call it ‘compulsive’. One is feeling without thinking, the latter is thinking without feeling.

Feelings are the space where ideas germinate. They are the womb of consciousness. Reason germinates the seed to produce the fruit of creation, the originality of the bloom is held in the seed. On the outer realm, space frames nature, in the form of air and sky. We are the beneficiaries of nature’s and air’s harmonious relationship. Trees give out oxygen and take in carbon dioxide which is essential for the air that we breathe. If we are too obsessed with matter, we overlook air’s necessity in our life. Someone who has gasped for air after choking on food, or after too long submerged in water, quickly realises his dependence upon air. If there were no space between things, no sky to frame landscapes, we could not see the relationship between things, just as the artist would paint all the objects and backgrounds of his composition the same tone of grey.

The relationship between the apparent world and the space out of which it appears, reflects our inner state of Being, the relationship between reason and feeling. Reason is the relief on the background of feeling, just as the tree is nature’s impression against the sky. The form the tree shall take varies from species to species. The form the sky takes will depend upon weather patterns.

It is our greatest gift to have freewill to use reason and feeling, it is also our greatest challenge. The fruition of talent in the individual and the collective is dependent upon our employment of reason and feeling, our respect of each, in order for our unique talents to flourish for the benefit of all.

Collette O’Mahony

29/07/2017

Image: Bojan Jevtic

Poem ~ Amber Drops

lilyenn eternityAmber drops of autumn gold

Winter freeze turns bitter cold

Hope it springs with verdant grace

Inviting smiles from summer’s face

 

Seasons come and seasons go

Displaying all of nature’s show

Harvest brings its dividends

Nurtured by Life provident

 

Oceans swell and then abate

Trusting moon to seal its fate

Tidal signs left on the shore

Lifted up from deep sea floor

 

Stars stream light and pattern shape

To help night hunters navigate

Shifting round the central eye

Remaining focused in the sky

 

Earthly orbit round the sun

Reclaims its old, producing young

Misty rain and morning dew

Rising sun, each day anew

 

Tumbling clouds in azure blue

Frames broad spectrum in milieu

Refracting prism of sunlight

Forming shapes in colours bright

 

Beauty shines from all creation

Her displays are but reflection

Of Life’s breath in every being

Behold, full joy is in the seeing

 

Collette O’Mahony

From ‘Reflections of Love & Light’

 

Photo; Brooke Shaden

Poem ~ Eternal life within a tree

 

xSpring_is_coming_by_Eredel1.jpg.pagespeed.ic.pd5h60tlul[1]Underneath the trees of summer

Came a low and distant murmur

Weaving through oak and beech

Chestnut, ash and silver birch

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Whence it came, there was no clue

But here it was with morning dew

Whispering to green budding shoots

Wafting fragrance, tip to root

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The image carried out on the ether

Breathing seemed to wander freely

Heartbeats echo and life expands

It was the touch of Heaven’s hand

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At the veil when darkness fades

Footsteps thread across green glade

Songbirds offer sweet melody

Unaware of man’s parody

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Sunlight dripping through broad leaves

And plants a question on the breeze

Why do mortal eyes not see

Eternal life within a tree

 

Collette O’Mahony

Poem from ‘Reflections of Love & Light

Spirit & Mind

Life is a continual experience. The spirit feels. The mind creates. Interference in the mind leads to confused state of Being. Everything is energy. The spirit is gaseous energy. The mind is liquid energy. The body is solid energy. The problem for us humans is the attachment to solid energy, disregarding the preceding states of energy. Humans are preoccupied with ice, foregoing the water of mind and the vapour of spirit. Emotions gauge temperature. Fiery emotion quickly melts the ice of solid appearance. Cool emotion such as detachment solidifies the mental waters returning it to ice. Our lives require balance between the two states, to flow freely through the mind as pure water from the fountainhead.

We inhabit a world where spirit moves into appearance and unity into a myriad of variation. It is the mind that facilitates this experience of phenomena. Every man is a radial of the sun, as it points outwards to the circumference of earth, so too does it point back to its origin at the centre of all life. Both light and shadow point to the sun. The mind points firmly to the origin. The mind is powered by the centrifugal force of intellect. The spirit is power, it is the force that creates. The essence of every living thing is power and intellect. Nature is power directed from the origin of life force. It is operated by universal intelligence.

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Human beings have freewill. Our spirit & mind are part of the origin, yet we have the choice to think and act separately. It is only when we become victim of our freewill do we seek to be rescued from our damning thoughts. However, many of us wish to be rescued from the result of vice but not always from vice itself. This is the dilemma for mankind. Fear and desire are the effect of infractions on the spirit. Confusion and folly are caused by infraction on the mind. Confusion of mind and fear in spirit is indicative of the human belief in a separate self. It is through mental anxiety and spiritual pain that eventually turns us away from the linear fringes of past & future, and allows the outer mind of humans to follow the centripetal path back to its origin. The heart is the receptacle for the radiation of spirit. When the central life force receives a signal from the spirit then the mind becomes porous to truth. Extreme individualism gives way to unity in unique expression. The vagaries of separate self are transformed by clear mind into magnanimous action.

The outer seeking of separate self leads the spirit into a catacomb of illusion and death. This subterranean existence rests on the belief that there is no other reality other than appearance. The spirit sleeps because it is unrecognised as an equal part of man’s essential nature, and mind takes centre stage as the apparatus by which form is held solid. The true power of spirit is reduced exponentially to the self-aggrandisement of ego. The resulting imbalance leads to the breaking of universal laws.
However, the fruit eventually ripens on the tree of cause & effect. If the cause is human vice, the effect is human suffering. As shareholders of this vice we are liable to its expiation.

Collette O’Mahony

July 2017

Inspiration

In childhood and adolescence, we are full of possibilities for our future. Our minds are open and receptive to ideas. Our innocence allows us to believe that anything is possible. Children are like sponges, they soak up the environment around them. They also soak up beliefs and emotions from those responsible for their care and wellbeing. A sensitive child is particularly vulnerable to the feelings of others. The child unconsciously absorbs fears, beliefs and objectives of others as their own. As the child progresses to adulthood, this way of thinking is embedded as their belief system. Suppressed feelings, stemming from fear seriously inhibit emotional development. There are many adult children craving love and security that was not available to them in their formative years. Many try to meet emotional needs in a co‑dependent relationship. Relationships are formed out of dependency rather than love.

Through constant affirmations of self‑acceptance, your subconscious receives a clear message and dissolves negative thoughts that clog the mind. Loving messages come into your awareness through your connection to the universal field of awareness.

Initially you may try to hold onto conditioned beliefs preventing your growth and expansion. The conditioned mind clings to old beliefs as a security blanket because it fears change. As you align with the universal field through intention and affirmations, love clears any fear or negativity blocking its path. This can be a difficult phase, but it only worsens if you identify deeply with arising thought patterns. Old mental habits are conditioned beliefs absorbed in your formative years from the world around you. Knowing this allows you to detach from the old mind patterns and see that it is not personal to you.

We come into this world with the ability to create our own life experiences. Depending on your upbringing, you can quickly lose the innocence that allows you to believe anything is possible. You lose your creative purpose and get lost in mental noise and limited thinking. External circumstances in the world around you absorb your attention and set a mould of limitation. The more negative the mind‑set, the more prominent the fear of failure and the need to stick to familiar routines, even if these routines cause stress, unease and unhappiness.

9c061cb62ac36fe12b4bf6f9cca8248f[1]When you liberate your mind, and open your heart to love, you can regain the feeling that anything is possible. Inspiration flows freely to a nature open to receive it. You must lay the ground work to allow the seeds of inspiration to grow and flourish. Conditioned beliefs and limited behaviour patterns choke the progress of inspiring ideas. The world you experience is rooted in your principles and beliefs. Your true nature springs forth from your connection to universal source energy. An open nature and clear mind are fertile ground for inspiration. When feelings of enthusiasm are added to an inspiring idea, the resulting action benefits all. Benefit is the fruit of nature.

 

Extract from ‘In Quest of Love’ by Collette O’Mahony