Visceral Knowing

THE epiphany for astronaut Edgar Mitchell occurred when he looked out the window of his spacecraft at the Earth, Moon and Sun, and at the infinitely vast star systems.

Suddenly it came to him that the molecules and cells of our bodies must have had their origin in those faraway stars.

It was at that moment an overwhelming realization of the interconnectedness of all life dawned on him. It was a life-altering flash of intuition resulting not in “intellectual knowledge,” he says, but in a “visceral knowing.”

“It was accompanied by a very blissful feeling that I had never experienced before.”

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The Overview Effect

2 responses to “Visceral Knowing

  1. Heartbreaking, but a very important reminder about where society is right now…sometimes we get so caught up in the mad rush to nowhere, we forget to really look at where things are headed…and maybe head in a new direction. Thank you.

  2. Thank you for all your good work.

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