Moving into a Global Experience During This Covid 19 Time

20 Apr 2020 1:29 PM | Kathlyn Kingdon (Administrator)

I am transported into a much larger picture

As we ponder our current state in the pandemic crisis that is gripping Earth, I think we being called to move into a larger perspective than our normal egocentric focus.  Oh, yes; we must still attend to the mundane parts of being in physical bodies, but our standard social proclivities are now altered, and we must discover who we are without our previously standing “normal” social exchanges.  For most of us, the pandemic stories we generate and experience are often fairly solo.  The mind goes to “my issues with restricted mobility, my physical needs, my likelihood of contracting the disease, my boredom, the increased stress in my family relationships,” etc.  Here in the U.S., the number of police calls for domestic violence have risen, which seems to indicate that a lot of people are not doing so well in the face of this global crisis.

There is so much chaos and suffering to experience and integrate.  Yet, when I look at such inspiring images as the one at the top of this post, an immediate calm floats over me.  I am transported into a much larger picture, and I realize that it is probably a better part of wisdom to pay attention to the compelling nature of such imagery.  Somehow, when we view matters from the perspective of our planet, we are graced with a reality so much larger than sickness and death.  Indeed, we are offered a moment of perfection in an otherwise imperfect global experience.   While viewing this image changes nothing in the due course of the pandemic or the looming financial and economic crises, something does change:  me.  I am expanded subtly, but palpably, and I somehow take encouragement from remembering I am an offspring of this beautiful planet.  Perhaps it works that way for others of you, as well.

So, with the intent of opening to a little inspiration, here is a link to a remarkable video, narrated by Carl Sagan some 25 years ago.  The link below was recently forwarded to me by the kindness of Swami Chidrupanada, and although I remember having seen it a number of years ago, it spoke to me in an entirely new manner, given the stresses of planetary life at the current moment.  Click here  to re-experience a NASA moment, when a spacecraft with camera was exiting the solar system and the camera was turned back for one last look at Earth across the incomprehensible expanse of space.  Enjoy, and be inspired!



  • 21 Apr 2020 10:10 AM | Anonymous
    Beautiful Kathlyn & Thank You for the reminder🙏🕊😍 Carol Guillory
  • 21 Apr 2020 10:40 AM | Jann McGuire
    Thank your for this inspiration, Kathlyn. Such a beautiful way to contextualize my life in the larger picture. I'm reminded of the Native American "Children's Count: 'One is the Sun. Two is the Earth. Three are the Plants. Four are the Animals. Five are the Humans.'" I recite it daily as I walk the labyrinth near my home. I add "Six is the Great Mystery within and surrounding All."
    • 21 Apr 2020 1:22 PM | Edith
      Thanks for sharing the Children's Count as an example of existing in the larger picture. Seeks like a very worthwhile daily practice to continue as an adult.
  • 21 Apr 2020 10:51 AM | Gilles
    Thank you very much, dear Kathlyn, for sharing your perspective, and Swami for forwarding this link.

    Being visually reminded of our smallness in comparison to the vastness of the cosmos brought back some wise words from spiritual author Vera Stanley Adler, in her book The Third Eye.

    “In a universe full of trillions of stars, of constellations and solar systems, there is one minute little revolving speck of matter which we call our earth. This speck of matter is covered with millions of microscopical creatures called human beings. The strange thing is that these microscopical creatures consider themselves important. Each minute one of them is able to feel that he is more important than the whole universe upon which he is but a speck.”

    The Third Eye, by Vera Stanley Adler
    p. 37
    • 21 Apr 2020 1:32 PM | Edith
      After reading the Vera Stanley Adler quote you shared, I see a similarity between the two perspectives. Thanks for bringing her work into this discussion.
  • 21 Apr 2020 11:32 AM | Kathleen Whitson
    Divine Mother

    You, who set the very Universe into manifestation, allow me to now enter your vast heart of creation.
    May I be clothed in wondrous beauty, just as you have clothed Your beloved Earth.
    May I be enfolded in Your brilliance, as are Your precious stars.
    May I come to know Your presence, which is reflected in all of creation.
    May the luminous emanations of Your pristine consciousness and exquisite love shine through me.
    May I enter the field of blessing You so wondrously instilled, and may I support and nurture all Your beloved Offspring, now and forever
    So be it!
    • 21 Apr 2020 1:18 PM | Edith
      The Divine Mother prayer is one I recite everyday! So nice to see that you also treasure it.
  • 21 Apr 2020 12:28 PM | sylvia
    Thank you for the wonderful inspirational thoughts. Wasn't able to access the NASA picture as my computer tells me does not support the download. My computer often speaks to me in a foreign language so I just accept the fact I am tech dead. lol
    • 21 Apr 2020 1:24 PM | Edith
      I added the link to the NASA video to my Facebook page. Perhaps you can watch it from the Facebook platform rather than downloading it.

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