“My God, it's full of stars!”
— from “2001, A space Odyssey”
As I sit here and write this, there’s a little table from Italy next to me. I bought it during a trip to the fabulous Amalfi coast, so that it can bring me some warmth during the cold and gloomy days of winter, and remind me of that sun-splashed time in Italy. It does so every time I look at it. But I can see far more in it:
I see the whole universe in it. And also in you.
Let me explain.
For starters, when I look at it, I first remember seeing it in that little store in Praiano, where it caught my eye. I liked it, because the colors and the design with the lemons remind me of Florida, the home of my heart. I recall the conversation with Lucia, the store’s kind owner, over a glass of chilled Limoncello – a delicious drink made from local lemons.
She told me that her father, who I also met, had hand painted the table. This man, the artist, put the whole spirit and beauty of the Amalfi coast into the design. I can see a life lived under the sun, the azure ocean, and the lemon trees of that area. And I can still taste that Limoncello. It all comes alive to me. I can see it all in the bright yellow, and the blue that represents the sparkling ocean.
All that is there in the table.
But when I touch the underside of the table, I feel a rougher surface.
That whole table top is cut out of a slab of volcanic rock. It once was spewed out of a volcano -- who knows, maybe it was Vesuvius, which looms over the whole bay of Naples and once buried the ancient city of Pompeii.
To think: the material of this table was once part of the glowing magma at the center of the earth.
And so it ties back to the very creation of this planet. Our Earth, as were all the planets of our solar system, once were born out of our sun, a burning star. And the sun, the Milky Way, in fact all that is, was once born out of a cosmic soup that goes back all the way to the big bang, to the beginning of time and space, when all was an undivided wholeness.
All that is there in that table.
So this table represents the whole universe and its history. It is tied to every atom in the universe. And every atom in the universe is tied to it.
But the amazing part is: the same is true for us. All of us come out of that same fiery foundry!
Every atom in our bodies, just as the table, was once part of that cosmic soup. We come from the stars, and we all once were the stars. You are made out of stars.
Every one of your atoms is tied to the universe and the universe is tied to you.
You carry the universe in you, and the universe carries you in it.
To understand that, is to touch your Divineness.
To experience it is to be the Divine.