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Think Upon a Star

” Twinkle twinkle little star,
” How I wonder what you are,
” Up above the world so high,
“Like a diamond in the sky.”

“Starlight,
” Star bright,
” First star I see tonight,
” I wish I may,
” I wish I might,
” Have the wish,
” I wish tonight.”

I know I combined two ancient starly folk poems. However, they work very well together … and they’re folk poems, very old, and of open source literature.

At this moment, I’m sitting outside in my sitting spot, pondering the stars in the night sky. These points of light in the sky have very little impact on my survival, and they all look pretty much the same for my vantage point. Yet, I can sit and study them for hours on end.

Making friends with the stars in the night sky makes me relaxed; I often even get drowsy. I wonder about what color they are up close, what they sound like, what they smell like, what they’d call themselves if they could give themselves a name. Sometimes I’ll astrally project myself up among them, and bounce around between them like a pin ball ball, or catch a moon near one of them, and kick up a bunch of dust.

My Protestant work ethic tells me this is a waste of time. Meanwhile, my Eastern Philosophy base, as well as my personal experience, tell me this is a worthwhile activity. Most of my revelations, epiphany, and realizations of Truth have come to me after contemplating the stars for a while.

I would say that these things come to me through resting the consciousness in an escapist activity … but I don’t get the same results from watching television. If we consider the dual nature of matter, known as The Observer Effect, I … you too … give the stars substance by observing them. Subsequent revelations, epiphanies, and realizations of truth just may be compensation from the Cosmos for your services … which the last four lines in the second poem above request.

You make the stars real. If that doesn’t make you spectacular, I don’t know what would.

Posted from WordPress for Android, and you know you’re spectacular.

City Lights

The other day I was sitting out in my sitting spot pondering.  The Sun went down and left me a nice dark sky pock-marked with shimmering points of light.  A few months ago I bought a little telescope.  I thought this would have been an ideal time to break it out and see what it cold do.

I brought the telescope outside, and set it up on its tripod.  I picked out a particularly bright star in the sky, and used the aiming device to bead in on it.  When I looked through the eyepiece, there was no star there to see.

I checked the aiming device again, and the star was dead center.  Not being necessarily a precision system, I thought the aiming device must be wrong specifically, but must have been at least close.  I gently loosened the anchoring screws that held the telescope steady on the tripod, and trolled for the star.   I couldn’t find it.  All I was getting was dark sky.

I turned the telescope on another star.  I got the same results.  Then a third, and a fourth, with the same results.  I could find the stars with the aiming device, but could not find them with the telescope.  Finally, I took the telescope off the tripod, and swept the sky with it free hand.  I couldn’t see one single star through the telescope.

I live in a small town.  On the corner by my home is a street light.  There is also a light which illuminates a parking lot close by.  It seems that the light from these sources were negating the light from the stars.  I dismantled my toy, and put it away.

Sometimes our dreams and aspirations are like the stars in the sky.  We can aim in their direction, a million miles away but still discernible.  However, when we try to get closer, the glitz, and the glitter, and the pressing problems immediately at hand negate the vision.

The next day my buddy Tom told me a story.  He’d gone fishing the night before out at one of the lakes nearby.  He’d made himself a little camp fire, and slept out under the stars.  So, I told him my star story of the night before.

Tom told me I should take my telescope out to the lake if I wanted to see the stars with it.  He said there is a kid whom takes his telescope out to the lake to look at the stars, and he has no trouble seeing them.  Tom pointed out that one can’t see stars through a telescope from under a city light.

So, till next time, don’t abandon your dreams and aspirations, nor dismantle the devices for their realization.  Remove yourself from the glitz, and glitter, and the pressing problems of day-to-day living.  Listen to Tom, take your telescope to the lake if you want to see the stars.