California Dreaming by Marty
In California, I gained some new perspective. Figuratively and quite literally. In Florida, I am used to very linear views: flat as far as the eye can see in all directions. That being said, one of the most appealing parts of California is the mountainous terrain and incredible landscapes it provides.
One of the first places Wendy and I visited on our trip was the Griffith Observatory, an attraction I was mostly drawn to because I wanted to experience a planetarium show under the influence of some (legally purchased) sattiva infused gummies. As we began driving up the mountain to the observatory, I knew the visit would be so much more than some trippy giggle-fest. The scenery through the open passenger window of the Uber became more and more unreal as we ascended. I marveled at the steep cliffs and rippled mountains as our Uber driver, who had made this trip many times for multitudes of tourists, told us this drive would never get old to him. The moments of silence on the drive up were filled only with gratitude and the sound of jazz on the driver’s radio.
When we arrived to the observatory we pretty much made a beeline for the planetarium show, and yes, it was a trippy giggle-fest initially. The show brought you on a narrated tour of the universe from the comfort of a cozy reclined seat. The presentation was as much educational as it was spiritual. Different astronomers throughout history as well as their contributions to our knowledge of the universe were highlighted. The further into history and human progress we delved, the deeper we explored the vastness of space. Witnessing this, I became overwhelmed with emotion, feeling so small and insignificant but simultaneously infinite and omnipotent.
I am a person who believes that everything is powered by one eternal energy. Some call it God, but I call it “energy”, “the universe” or “the source”. Seeing the known cosmos mapped out before my eyes made me feel tiny as an individual, but also made me aware that the same energy that is alive in these breathtaking celestial bodies is also alive and vibrant in me. I saw my own beauty and aliveness reflected in the beauty of the planets and galaxies we zoomed past in our cozy seats.
So after I experienced that feeling of being so minuscule but also holding so much power, it became a personal goal of mine on the trip to seek out all the “small moments” I could. To look out over the grid of a city from a cliff and imagine all the personal dramas taking place below and realize their insignificance in the grand scheme of things. To then turn the focus on my own personal dramas and realize their insignificance and immediately feel a sense of relaxation and comfort come over me, knowing that my true pure essence transcended the creations of the ego, collective and individual.
In relation to the eternal energy within us, the lifetime of our human physical form is but a blink of an eye, yet we insist on its importance to the point of making our experience here hectic and unenjoyable. The purpose of each manifestation of the source energy is to be aligned with that same energy to ensure its continuity. We are here simply to be here. We are here to experience in full. We are here to be present. We are not here to be in constant conflict but in peaceful harmony with ourselves, others, and the source energy - all of which are interconnected.
That was the most meaningful lesson I learned on our trip to California, and one I will carry with me and pass onto others throughout the rest of my time here:
When you are preoccupied and overwhelmed by personal dramas and issues your human ego creates, remember your place in the universe and also the universe’s place in you. You are indivisible. You are incomprehensibly beautiful. You are eternal.
Seek “small moments” to remember who and what you are, and all the beauty and power you hold.