Intuition, Gut Feelings, and Faith in the Unknown | The Hubble Telescope

What do you think about the concepts of faith and intuition?  Do you trust your intuition?  Or do you override your gut feelings?  Do you refuse to have faith in that which you can not see with your own eyes?  Are you often afraid of the unknown, or the unpredictable?  Most of us answer yes to the latter questions at some point in our lives (and some answer yes their entire lives).

In 1996, astronomers made a risky decision and decided to point the Hubble telescope, the most powerful telescope ever created by humans, at an empty patch of sky.  At that time, this was a boring, dark area of the solar system which presumably contained nothing.  It was dark and empty.  Using such a powerful piece of technology for DAYS at a time to view nothing at all was a brave decision.  After all, why waste such precious technology on nothing?  There were more vast areas of the universe to explore.

Several days later, the images that surfaced changed the perspective of all who viewed it.  The light, smears, and dots covering the detector represented over 3000 galaxies, with each of these galaxies contain hundreds of millions of planets and stars.  These light “smears and dots” began traveling over 13 billion years ago, only to arrive at that moment in time on the Hubble telescope detector.

In 2004, the astronomers did something similar.  They pointed the Hubble at the darkest patch in the sky near Orion and found the same:  that dark, empty patch was not empty.  It contained thousands of separate galaxies, with each galaxy being home to hundreds of millions of planets and stars.  There are over 100 billion galaxies in the universe.  We can not even comprehend this number because there is no reasonable context wherein we can understand what this number means.

My guess is this:  some of these astronomers acted on a gut feeling and took a risk.  These astronomers believed that there was something more out there even though they could not see it yet.  Someone acted on faith alone to produce pictures so that you and I could see and believe the fact that galaxies can be found in the nothing.  What would have happened had these astronomers chosen not to explore the unknown?  It would have been very easy to avoid the risk of losing precious time and money and call it quits that day.  Instead, these astronomers acted on faith and changed our understanding of the Heavens.

Today, I have leave you with questions rather than answers.  Are you in touch with your intuition?  Do you listen to it?  Do you follow your gut feelings, or do you override it with logic?  Even more importantly, do you encourage your children to listen to their gut feelings?

Where are the dark patches of sky in your life?  Are there people or ideas that you ignore?  Are there experiences you haven’t yet considered because you feel afraid of the unknown?  Do you filter out suggestions or new thoughts because they’re….well…new?

Do you think inside of a safe box, or do you venture out into the unknown?

When was the last time you took a chance?  Not a wreckless risk, of course, but a risk nonetheless?  Can you remember?

You never know what might happen in your life when you start asking the right questions.  Thank goodness those astronomers did.  Are you asking the right questions?

That’s all for today, folks.  I’m signing off from Lighthouse Point and feeling grateful for the sun.  There are currently 17 hours and 15 minutes left in this day.  What will you do to make it count?