Introduction: The Greatest Story Ever Told

Posted by on September 2, 2012 in Series-The View from Here | 10 comments


IntroYears ago when I was studying science, involved in research and planning a life within its sacred realm, I was instructed, like all researchers of the time that the validity of scientific results were judged on statistical significance and repeatability, meaning did it attain the statistical range already delegated as acceptable, and could another scientist repeat your precise method and get your results. Those were the rules human beings agreed to because they didn’t know that they inhabited a universe, which at its very foundations was in a state of continuous flux, flow and change. They didn’t know the atom they believed in, on which they’d based their scientific notions, wasn’t the neat orderly arrangement of “balls in orbits”. They didn’t know that while they sat in their labs, those sneaky electrons morphed from wave to particle and back with no seeming reason or rhyme. And more astounding yet, they most certainly didn’t know an electron’s activity was apparently under the influence of those watching and maybe everyone else as well.

They didn’t realize that the way they saw the world was as a result of learning, not discovery. They weren’t discovering the world; they were discovering the manner in which they had been taught to perceive it. It was a way of seeing they’d been conditioned to. In a sense, they had already been given the idea of our universe from birth onward,  and science was merely the act of creating agreement between what is actually there and how we are all taught to interpret the information our senses bring to us.

We describe the world using our preconceived notions of it and then create the laws that supposedly govern it, using this partisan view. Sort of sounds like a dog chasing its tail, doesn’t it? What most of us don’t realize is that the universe is a story, a description resulting from our words manipulated within a syntax into which we were indoctrinated almost from birth; a work of exceedingly well-written fiction which became the greatest story ever told, one we all know, love, and retell each generation. And yet, poet, Mary Oliver, with all her intuitive insight suggests in her poem, “What is This?” a very quantum-like thought:

…and how could anyone believe

that anything in this world

is only what it appears to be—

that anything is ever final—

that anything, in spite of its absence,

ever dies

a perfect death?

Most every experience we have in the world has resulted not from the world itself, but from the stories we tell ourselves about it, with meanings we make up that feel so real because they fit so perfectly. What we’re overlooking is that this puzzle is our own creation along with the pieces that go into it, and yet we feel surprised and enthralled as we put it together.

Do these fanciful ideas matter to you or me, those who live simple lives, raising families, earning incomes, fretting, toiling, laughing and weeping? I would say yes, for buried in our way of seeing the world is the reason why nothing really changes, why we can’t create peace in the world, why we have so much disease, why we can’t love the way we imagine we could, why we’re always so afraid. I’ll be writing a Blog Series: The View from  Here, which will explore aspects of human nature, but from an unconditioned perspective. I invite you to read them, comment, and decide for yourself whether if indeed it matters. If you ever longed for an adventure, here is one for you now. See the world perhaps as you’ve not yet seen it.

Watch for Episode 1: To Be or Not to Be.

If you would prefer to read this series on my site, click here.






  1. How perfectly lovely, Christina! Love the new site. I am really looking forward to this dynamic new series of yours; I believe it is going to be just what the doctor ordered! lol A little bird told me that this is going to be one of the most important offerings in the blogosphere today – one that will truly open the eyes of each questing soul that comes across it. I think we all know that hearts and minds need to change, but few realize the power to do that lies in each of us and in what we believe about the nature of our reality. The challenge will be in unlearning all the falsehoods that hinder our progress and in being willing to surrender our know-it-all adult eyes to the curious child’s. Your profound intelligence and magical way with words, I believe, will rise up and meet that challenge head-on . Lead on, fair lady, lead on!

    • Thank you, my friend. So very well spoken. And that is my intention, to offer that which incites possibility.

  2. The human spirit is like the atom. It isn’t changed by the world around it. It changes the world that surrounds it. Nothing stays the same or should it. When it’s all said and done, the act of discovery is all we have going for us and when we no longer make discoveries, we no longer live. We may breathe and eat, but we don’t live.

    • Discovery is a natural outcome of our authentic nature, the one that is limitless and knows it. The greatest discovery we can make from our limited self is that our true nature is limitless.

  3. Wonderful, Christina. I truly believe that when we name and define a thing or experience we have lost its actual discovery. We humans, unfortunately seem to have a very strong need to name and define everything around us. I had this conversation with my son this morning,

    “Oh God!” he said as I wet down his hair to make it behave, and got water in his eyes.

    “God?” I said, teasingly. “Is that old man with the beard somewhere around here?”

    “God doesn’t exist, Mom!” he replied angrily. “How could he have said ‘Let there be humans,’ when we weren’t the first things here?! What about extinction and evolution, huh?!” spoken with true ten year old wisdom.

    “God didn’t say ‘Let there be humans,’ my love, God said ‘Let there be light,’ and once you stop trying to think with your mind, and simply feel with your heart, you will finally discover all the answers you seek by realizing there aren’t any.”

    That at least stopped his whining long enough for me to get him out the door to school. The conversation will continue, I’m sure once he realizes exactly what I said.

    I’ll certainly keep reading your blog so I may discover more wisdom to share.

    • What a beautiful conversation with your son. Would that more parents were able to have such a conversation with their child(ren). We don’t understand that feeding, clothing, and housing them is almost incidental to what we truly need to be able to offer, that being an ever expanding sense of what we are and how to relate to the world from that perspective. We’re the only organism that can’t do that, teach our children how to use the resources that they have to live fully and in harmony with the world. I look forward to hearing more from you.

  4. So beautiful! Well said. I do think our view of the world powerfully colors our experience. We often see what we want to see. That certainly extends to scientists and researchers (though you can’t tell some of them that LOL).

    • Glad you stopped by Sonia. I’d say you can’t tell most of them. It is difficult to imagine and most don’t come to it with their minds and arms wide open. Delighted to have you along.

  5. Christina, when you say that the universe is a story we made up, will you explain that? Have we made up the stars and comets, or even that electrons act a certain way? Did we make that up, or are we discovering it?

    • Christina Carson

      Thanks for the question, Adrienne. It can be a tricky thing to grasp. I didn’t say the universe was a story we made up. There are things that are existent (planets, stars, cats, etc.) – why and how is another topic altogether. Scientists thought they were discovering these existent things and how they worked – that their description was THE description. What I said was:They weren’t discovering the world; they were discovering the manner in which they had been taught to perceive it. They didn’t realize that, however, until quantum reality presented a view that so contradicted the view science held with information they could not refute, that they had to take notice. The discovery wasn’t about anything existent. The discovery was the realization that perception (that which results from us interpreting data) is what we take for reality. And if we want a more accurate understanding of existent things, it is our perception that needs to be addressed.

Thoughtful comments are always welcome!


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