On March 26, 2014 I had the pleasure of having a conversation with you for a podcast that never aired. We talked about how you walked on the moon just over 42 years prior to our conversation, and I asked the question, “What have you been up to since you walked on the moon - what do you do after you walk on the moon?”
We covered a lot of topics in our thirty-minute conversation. You told me all about your interest in Dr. J.B. Ryan’s work at Duke University in “mind over matter phenomenon”, and how this work which dated all the way back to the 1600s had led you to study a great deal in parapsychology. We talked about the practice of sustainability and the work you’ve done with your Institute of Noetic Science in the study of consciousness. It was a beautiful and brilliant conversation to be a part of. What an honor, indeed. I want to share with you the importance of the part that has stuck with me the most.
You talked about how astronauts often came back from space with something you called “The Big Picture.” You described it as an experience that made you realize we are all start dust, since all the matter in our universe is essentially made in the star system, so we’re all star dust. You said, “this perspective of seeing the Earth from such a great distance helps you see that the glue that holds us all together is love and caring.” You went on to share how this understanding, this perspective has pushed you to move your life toward caring for the greater good. Living and serving the bigger picture.
I want to thank you for that message. It’s wonderful hearing from someone who has set foot on the moon that everything after that revolves around the purest, simplest core of our existence. It’s a perfect message that has soaked deeply into my soul.
With Heartfelt Thanks,
Edgar Mitchell was the Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 14 and the sixth person to walk on the moon.
Read more about him here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Mitchell
Also check out his Institute of Noetic Science: http://www.noetic.org/