“Impermanence is a principle of harmony. When we don’t struggle against it, we are in harmony with reality.” -Pema Chodron-
We love to watch a fire crackle or a river flow because it is forever changing. Likewise, sunset or starry night provides the same illusion.
The only constant in this world is impermanence. We have to look at the season that changes every 90 days with precision to see that nothing lasts forever.
It doesn’t matter who you are; we are all changing until our time on this earth is complete, and we head on to bigger and brighter pastures.
Even death is not death but a change of form. Albert Einstein, the greatest physicist that ever lived, said, “energy cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be changed from one form to another”
If humans are just matter filled with energy (and we are beyond any doubt), then when we cease to breathe, we are not dead; we have just changed form and how our energy is transmitted.
As of today, we only have 3 dimensions in our experience. Up/down – forward/backward and side to side. String theory says there are possibly 10 dimensions, M-theory has 11, and bosonic string theory posits 26 dimensions, yet we can only see 3.
If there are 10,11, or 26 dimensions, then we have barely scratched the surface and “I” could be for illusion because what we see is not a complete representation of reality.
It would be akin to looking at the ocean while standing on a beach and thinking you are seeing the entire sea.
When the day turns to night, then night turns to day; this is also a reminder of impermanence, for, in a single sunrise, we see how quickly the sky changes. Every second that goes by, the sky reorganizes itself in different hues of orange and pink until suddenly, minutes have gone by, and the sun is no longer on the horizon. Still, it has risen steadily above until it eventually crosses the sky and starts to set in the west.
That is another impermanent illusion if you consider that the sun is steady in the middle of the universe, and we here on Earth are the ones spinning around it every 24 hours.