transcendental moments for astronauts

Overview is a trailer for the documentary Continuum on astronauts’ experiences while out in space. Many of them, as they look back at our planet Earth, realize the grandiose of this living thing that is housing the lives of billions of other living things, humans included. They see how beautiful, yet how fragile, it is. They see the majestic works of art created by Earth, and the unfortunate damage humans have bestowed upon it. These astronauts forget about separation and realize unity.

“You see things as you see them with your eye, with a sense of total unity, and oneness.”

“Many of the great wisdom traditions of the earth…[they] have realized this unity, this oneness, of all life on earth, and of consciousness and awareness.””Within the western tradition, I think it’s quite new and quite shocking, because there’s been much more of a sense of separation. But if you look at other non-western cultures, especially in asia, the emphasis on those has always been on realization that the Self and the world are not separate of each other, that they are really interconnected, that the individual self and the species of whole are a manifestation of a larger whole. ”

“After all, it’s key to our survival. we have to start acting as one species with one destiny. we are not going to survive if we don’t do that. ”

“If the earth dies, we begin to die as well.”

“People sense that something is wrong, but they’re still struggling to go back and find out what the real roots of the problem are. And I think what we need to come to is the realization that it’s not just fixing an economic or political system, but it’s a basic world view, a basic understanding of who we are, that’s at stake.”

“On a grand scale, we’re basically all living in this one ecosystem called Earth, and everything that you do on one side of the ecosystem affects the other side.”

“You look back at it, and it’s placed perfectly away from the sun to take care of us, and you kind of take that reverse role on that we need to be taking care of It too, so that It can continue doing that for us.”
On an irrelevant note, I have just created a website for my teaching. I also blog there, and I will try to keep both my WordPress and my website blog in sync. But do come check it out!
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