The feeling lonely theme has stayed in my head, not in a bad way, just in a ‘I need to make more sense of this’ kind of way! Why do we not thrive when we’re alone? Why do we not embrace solitude and celebrate those feelings of isolation and loneliness? Why is it that those people who choose to completely withdraw from other human interaction are seen as a little bit strange? There’s something about being human that acknowledges being alone for too long isn’t quite how it should be!
There’s an ancient poem which explores the origins of the world. It starts with the concept of a force; an energy; a being that is already in existence which brings other things into existence. This force or energy is given the name God, Elohim to be precise! The poem begins:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said…
This God character “creates”, the word there is “bara” and its only ever used in Hebrew with the word for God…so right at the start of the poem we have a ‘creator God’. A few words later there is the mention of “spirit” a spirit that was hovering over the unformed creation. Then we discover that this God character can speak, to speak we need words. Why is this interesting? Later on,in the book this poem is found in, we have these words written:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
This is actually the beginning of a description of Jesus Christ, known as the Son of God, the promised messiah (but that’s a lot further on in the story!!)
What we’ve just identified here is what Christians call the Trinity. The Trinity is a highly mysterious concept but simply put its the relationship of energy, a relationship within a force, the relationship God has within himself and it existed before the creation of the world!
Now if we jump forward a few thousand years we get to 2012 when work among some of the most highly educated people on our planet reached a crucial point! Physicists discovered the missing particle that made sense of the origin of mass. This has by some been nicknamed the God particle!
The Higgs-Boson is one of a multitude of mind blowing concepts in the world of physics! Physicists have split the atom to find there are a crazy number of sub-atomic particles which act in ways they could never have imagined. Did you know there is a sub atomic particle called a Quork which can be in two places at the same time and if you split a Quork and take one half to London and the other to let’s say, Glasgow…if you reverse the spin of the half in Glasgow the other half in London will do the same!*
Sub-atomic particles have the best minds in the world saying “erm, what?!?” These same amazing minds are also beginning to use phrases to describe the universe at its core as a ‘relationship of energy’ and that this energy has ‘personality’; a mind of its own…the cleverest physicists are starting to sound a little poetic!
Why is this interesting?
It’s interesting because whichever way you approach the origin or life, whether you apply knowledge and logic and reason or whether you’re more comfortable with the mystery, spiritual or poetic, both bring us to a starting point which is of a ‘relationship of energy’. This relationship has existed since the origin of the world. As human beings we’re profoundly entwined in relationship, you could say it runs in our veins!
This is why loneliness doesn’t sit well with us…relationship is at the core of who we are so if there’s a disruption in relationship or a lack of relationship with others it saddens us, it doesn’t feel right and we feel lonely! I guess the good news within this is that loneliness, although at times real, raw and painful, doesn’t have to dominate who we are. There is a mystery we can delve into that suggests we are not alone. This mystery whispers to us that we are deeply connected to the earth, to each other and to the energy that holds this whole thing together! Loneliness does not get the last laugh!
*thanks Rob Bell for your wisdom! Check out “Rob Bell: Everything is Spiritual” on YouTube!! Mind blowing!