Science recently found evidence of gravitational waves. Astrophysicists and cosmologists have long theorized about them as a confirmation that the universe went through a phase of inconceivably immense, rapid and terrific expansion of space within an extremely tiny fraction of a second right after the Big Bang — a phase referred to as “cosmic inflation.”
The implications of such a finding can be huge. Aside from providing insights about the early “inflation” of the universe from the Big Bang’s singularity into the vastness that we now know the universe to be, it sheds light on the concept that the universe continues to expand rapidly without slowing down and it is likely expanding infinitely without end — eternal inflation. The discovery also supports the further theory that the universe is actually a multiverse populated by possibly an infinite number of universes, of which ours is just one.
One word comes to my mind when I start reflecting on the implications of cosmological inflation to my understanding of mysticism — INFINITY, the infinity that characterizes God or Spirit. Something else comes to mind corollary to the notion of God’s infinity — the INFINITE POSSIBILITIES that Spirit is.
It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”
(Yesha, The Gospel According to Mark 10:25-27, NKJV)
So, what relevance does cosmic inflation hold out to me in terms of mysticism? Well, it affirms my own long-held understanding that:
- the human mind is expanding as its conditioning falls off gradually to be discarded and left along the wayside,
- mind is expanding human awareness rapidly, exponentially in proportion to unfolding consciousness, which is why our perception of time and the seeming progress of civilization and technology seem to be speeding up, and
- mind’s expansion is infinitely open-ended to accommodate and reflect the multiverse and all possibilities.
Andrei Dmitriyevich Linde (Russian: Андре́й Дми́триевич Ли́нде; born March 2, 1948) is a Russian-American theoretical physicist at Stanford University. He is one of the main authors of the inflationary universe theory, as well as the theory of eternal inflation and inflationary multiverse. A remarkable man with a brilliant scientific mind, he appears to personify the wonderful result when eastern and western minds meet and combine. Watch him lecture on cosmic inflation and the multiverse in his lecture video below.
“Maybe God is a physicist hacker,” Linde laughed. Then he turned quiet. “I am not so sure this is just a joke.”
— Physicist Andrei Linde —
The momentous occasion when Professor Linde was personally served the breaking news of his cosmic inflation theory’s validation was caught on video. You can see how overwhelmed he (and his wife) were on learning about the fruitage of his lifetime’s work in the video below.
It was a blissful moment for me, too, as I reflected on the grandeur of the multiverse and God’s infinite magnificence. Then, my soul burst with gratitude and ecstatic joy upon remembering that all that grandeur is within me and that the magnificence and infinity that God is, I am. The Big Bang and cosmic inflation happened as the result of God’s Self-contemplation.
Here is a video that is practically a contemplation by science of Intelligent Design.
Aknowledgement to Alimane Studios for the above video at YouTube.