The Big Bang theory was originated by Edwin Hubble (1884-1953),
of Hubble Telescope fame. Hubble first observed that the faster
a galaxy travels, the further it also is away from us. This led
to his theory that the galaxies must have all started in one
place and exploded outwards from there.
With the help of the orbiting Hubble Telescope, the size of the
universe is currently estimated at approximately 15 billion
light-years across. However, it is now calculated that the
universe must have needed more than just the initial impetus of
a "big bang" in order to manifest in the way that we see it
The Theory of Inflation was later proposed to describe this
additional impetus. It states that an unknown extra force
inflated the early expansion of the early universe so that it
could become what it is today. While the duration of a big bang
event would have been much less than a microsecond, a period of
inflation would have lasted for at least 300,000 years.
The basic scenario of the Big Bang theory is that the universe
started out as something very small and then expanded outwards
to become what we see today.
That leaves us with one great, unanswered mystery.
What existed before the universe came into being?
What lies beyond the envelope which contains the universe?
It cannot be described as "the vacuum of space," because
space, being an attribute of the universe, can only exist
within the universe, not beyond it.
Even if there were space beyond the envelope of the universe it
would have to be infinite in scope. Infinite physical space is
an interesting idea, but it is also a counter-intuitive, and
therefore unlikely, one.
Matter cannot exist outside of the edges of the universe
because it was the universe that brought matter into being.
There is no physical matter, no space, no time, and no energy
outside of the universe. So what's left? What could possibly
exist outside of the envelope of the universe?
Consciousness is the next frontier of science. It is the
elusive factor in the mysteries of quantum physics.
Consciousness makes subatomic particles manifest in physical
reality. Without consciousness, subatomic particles simply
don't materialize out of the pre-physical world of quantum
energy. It takes consciousness to manifest the illusion of
There can be nothing outside of the universe of space, time and
energy - other than consciousness.
The ultimate, and primordial, state of consciousness is
Infinite Being. Before Infinite Being created the universe,
there was only consciousness. In fact, there still is only
consciousness, because energy forms matter, and consciousness
forms the energy that runs the universe. The illusions of space
and time are but facets of consciousness.
Space, time and energy are merely props upon the stage of this
vividly realistic theater of life. Life is basically
consciousness, and only consciousness.
Science has progressed over the last 300 years as the result of
disciplined, scientific method and, in general, reliance upon
the physical senses. This outward focus, however, will not
serve science in discovering the meaning of consciousness
because consciousness is within, not without.
The development of inner consciousness is the new frontier