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palette of being

The Palette of Being

We believe that the beauty of life is the individual and collective ability to create this unique painting. but we also have the opportunity to create a new color. Whether through the invention of a new thing, an expression of self, an interaction with nature, or a relationship with another — we have the opportunity to expand the palette of being for all of society after us.

If cyanobacteria can completely transform the physical environment of our planet, then we can too. This amazing gift of consciousness gives us the ability to deeply understand our connectedness and work proactively to build our societies and shape our lives. 

Spiritual traditions contain this connectedness idea because this causes societies to be successful by deepening their understanding, consideration, and expression of each other. 

This appears at the core of science because it is literally true of the physical universe at every scale - every manifestation of matter, energy, and life.

Because our hearts, breaths, and minds are connected in this way - we need to challenge ourselves to understand what it means to live from this truth.


We are the World

Container Relationship showing the nesting of influence, beginning and ending with us.

Container Relationship showing the nesting of influence, beginning and ending with us.


We are vessels of immortal stuff.

Iron and the other elements that drive the function of our bodies were born in massive cosmic events during the death of stars and crashing of galaxies (containing a quarter of a Billion stars). The building blocks of these elements are protons and electrons. In an atom, the number of protons determine the atomic number, which identifies the element. The electron number determines the reactivity of the element. Further, comparing the life of an atomic particle to the life of the universe reveals a mind-melting reality.

An electron lasts a billion  billion  times longer than the universe has existed. This means that we are vessel of immortal stuff. The stuff that we are made of is more immortal than we could possibly comprehend. That's 1,000,000,000,000,000,000x

An electron lasts a billion billion times longer than the universe has existed. This means that we are vessel of immortal stuff. The stuff that we are made of is more immortal than we could possibly comprehend. That's 1,000,000,000,000,000,000x


We are the Earth, the Earth is Us.

Our components were born in massive cosmic events during the death of stars and crashing of galaxies a quarter Billion stars. Further, comparing the life of an atomic particle to the life of the universe reveals a mind-melting reality.

We are the Earth, the Earth is Us. In a day, 7% of your body mass is exchanged with your surroundings. 7% of your body is approximately equal to one arm. Although water and skin exchange more quickly, even 98% of the calcium in your bones leaves your body within 1 year.

In a day, 7% of your body mass is exchanged with your surroundings. 7% of your body is approximately equal to one arm. Although water and skin exchange more quickly, even 98% of the calcium in your bones leaves your body within 1 year. 


An exhale for every inhale, sharing is caring.

Our components were born in massive cosmic events during the death of stars and crashing of galaxies a quarter Billion stars. Further, comparing the life of an atomic particle to the life of the universe reveals a mind-melting reality.

These images show the winds across the Earth at two different altitudes. Brighter areas are moving at 150 km/h. This means part of your next breath was on the other side of the planet less than a week ago. When you exhale that breath it could soon become part of a flower in Peru.  Part of you today was the food you ate yesterday and in 5 days part of you will be in falling in a rain drop onto the Great Wall in China.

These images show the winds across the Earth at two different altitudes. Brighter areas are moving at 150 km/h. This means part of your next breath was on the other side of the planet less than a week ago. When you exhale that breath it could soon become part of a flower in Peru. 

Part of you today was the food you ate yesterday and in 5 days part of you will be in falling in a rain drop onto the Great Wall in China.

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