Double Take

Though we know it not to be true, when looking at the stars we tend to see them as sitting on a single plane, as though they were all equidistant from us. Instead, try pretending the brighter stars are closer to you, and the dimmer ones are further away. When sufficient concentration is applied, the stars will all at once shift out of your imagined plane as some jump forwards and others rush back. When viewing the night sky this way, our cosmic situation becomes a bit more tangible.

A similar approach can be taken to get a sense of the moon’s spherical nature, as opposed to seeing it as a circle and only really knowing in theory it’s not the case. I find this most achievable when the moon’s near three quarters full.


In the same way a goldfish might equate or be unable to differentiate water and space, to know that one encompasses the other, are we also unable to perceive some other substance through which we move? Not something that occupies space, but rather something that space occupies.

Given then that all perception of space, and the matter occupying that space, is known only within the mind, does it then stand to potential reason that space, and all of what we know as physical reality, is in fact contained in and projected by the conscious mind, as opposed to the intuitive opposite?

Looking Out

When you look at the stars, trying to imagine that you’re looking ‘down’ rather than ‘up’ at them, as up is in fact an arbitrary direction to call or consider it. This helps to capture the sense of being glued to a big rock spinning through the vastness of space.