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I Am Made of Stars

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I am made of light; I am made of stars. That’s what the tattoo says on my right arm. However, because it’s written in Spanish, I often have to translate the words for people. I usually get one of three responses:

Response 1: Huh?

Response 2: Right on.

Response 3: That’s totally true. Stars get their light from the energy released by nuclear fusion reactions at their cores. They’re the same reactions that created chemical elements like carbon or iron — the building blocks which make up the world around us. After the Big Bang, tiny particles bound together to form hydrogen and helium, and as time went on young stars formed when clouds of gas and dust gathered under the effect of gravity, heating up as they became denser. At the stars’ cores, hydrogen and then helium nuclei fused to form heavier elements. This nucleosynthesis continues in stars today as lighter elements are converted into heavier ones. Relatively young stars like the Sun convert hydrogen to produce helium, just like the first stars of our universe. Once they run out of hydrogen, they begin to transform helium into beryllium and carbon, and as these heavier nuclei are produced they’re also burnt inside stars to synthesize heavier and heavier elements. During a supernova, when a massive star explodes at the end of its life, the resulting high-energy environment enables the creation of some of the heaviest elements including iron and nickel. The explosion also disperses the elements across the universe, scattering the stardust that now makes up planets including Earth.

Response 3 is usually from a sciency type, a guy or gal who’s simultaneously amazed and thrilled — THRILLED — that he or she has somehow miraculously located the one other person on the entire planet — me of all people — who understands the complex science underlying the humans as stardust theory. Or hypothesis. Or scientific fact. Or whatever it is.

The first few times I heard Response 3, I tried to clarify the what’s what behind the quote. It’s from Don Miguel’s Ruiz’s Four Agreements, I’d say. I want to remind myself that I’m made of light and stars and that between the two is me — the person I am, my life, my intent. Without fail, the Response 3ers would look confused, then return to their theory/hypothesis/scientific fact. Yes, they’d say, all human beings ARE in fact composed of particles of stardust.

After awhile I stopped trying to explain the quote (or the fact that I have a third-grade understanding of science — for example, I think airplanes in the sky are elaborate hoaxes) to the Response 3’ers. And so the wall of fog remains exactly as dense as it was before.

THREE THOUSAND YEARS AGO, THERE WAS A HUMAN just like you and me who lived near a city surrounded by mountains. … One day … he dreamed that he saw his own body sleeping. He came out of the cave on the night of a new moon. The sky was clear, and he could see millions of stars. Then something happened inside of him that transformed his life forever. He looked at his hands, he felt his body, and he heard his own voice say, “I am made of light; I am made of stars.”

He looked at the stars again, and he realized that it’s not the stars that create light, but rather light that creates the stars. “Everything is made of light,” he said, “and the space in-between isn’t empty.” And he knew that everything that exists is one living being, and that light is the messenger of life, because it is alive and contains all information.

Then he realized that although he was made of stars, he was not those stars. “I am in-between the stars,” he thought. So he called the stars the tonal and the light between the stars the nagual, and he knew that what created the harmony and space between the two is Life or Intent. Without Life, the tonal and the nagual could not exist. Life is the force of the absolute, the supreme, the Creator who creates everything.

This is what he discovered: Everything in existence is a manifestation of the one living being we call God. Everything is God. And he came to the conclusion that human perception is merely light perceiving light. He also saw that matter is a mirror — everything is a mirror that reflects light and creates images of that light — and the world of illusion, the Dream, is just like smoke which doesn’t allow us to see what we really are. “The real us is pure love, pure light,” he said.

This realization changed his life. Once he knew what he really was, he looked around at other humans and the rest of nature, and he was amazed at what he saw. He saw himself in everything — in every human, in every animal, in every tree, in the water, in the rain, in the clouds, in the earth. And he saw that Life mixed the tonal and the nagual in different ways to create billions of manifestations of Life.

In those few moments he comprehended everything. He was very excited, and his heart was filled with peace. … He could understand everyone very well, but no one could understand him. … He had discovered that he was a mirror for the rest of the people, a mirror in which he could see himself. “Everyone is a mirror,” he said. He saw himself in everyone, but nobody saw him as themselves.

And he realized that everyone was dreaming, but without awareness, without knowing what they really are. They couldn’t see him as themselves because there was a wall of fog or smoke between the mirrors. And that wall of fog was made by the interpretation of images of light — the Dream of humans.

Then he knew that he would soon forget all that he had learned. He wanted to remember all the visions he had had, so he decided to call himself the Smokey Mirror so that he would always know that matter is a mirror and the smoke in-between is what keeps us from knowing what we are. He said, “I am the Smokey Mirror, because I am looking at myself in all of you, but we don’t recognize each other because of the smoke in-between us. That smoke is the Dream, and the mirror is you, the dreamer.”

~ Excerpt from The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz

5 Responses

  1. Darn…so I AM completely oblivious. I had suspected it for some time, but now it is confirmed. Anyway, very cool quote!

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