An Overwhelming Sense of Oneness

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who was part of the Apollo 14 space crew that flew to the moon in 1971, and one of just 12 human beings who walked on the moon, died late Thursday, February 4, 2016, in West Palm Beach.


Mitchell founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences, which sponsors research into the nature of consciousness, or studying the unexplained.

In his 1996 memoir, “The Way of the Explorer,” he described the experience on his return to Earth as life-changing. “What I experienced during that three-day trip home was nothing short of an overwhelming sense of universal connectedness. I actually felt what has been described as an ecstasy of unity,” he said.

Mitchell was 85.

I quoted Mitchell in my book “Pay Attention! Be Alert!” which was published in 2008. I saw him in the movie “In the Shadow of the Moon,” and his words had a deep effect on me. I thank him for being such a great explorer and inspirer, and I wish him a nice flight. Thank you, Ed.

Here’s from my book…


We are all human beings. Our common humanity precedes our nationality, ethnicity, ideology, or any other category. We could say that we are human before we are anything else, but this would be an incomplete statement because our divinity precedes even our humanity. We are divine before we are human. We are divine before we are anything else.

We break away from agony the moment we become conscious of our heavenly nature. This is what brings us ultimate tranquility: the conscience of our divinity. This is what brings us ultimate ecstasy: living out our divinity. This is what brings us ultimate happiness: making others happy. We must come to realize that our fate is linked with that of everyone throughout the Universe. We are all related, and the full realization of our divinity and oneness is one of the greatest insights we might come to, one that raises our consciousness to new heights and forever changes the way we see reality, and live our lives.

“The biggest joy was on the way home. In my cockpit window, every two minutes, [I could see] the Earth, the Moon, the Sun, and the whole 360 degree panorama of the heavens…, and that was a powerful, overwhelming experience… and suddenly I realized that the molecules of my body, the molecules of the spacecraft and the molecules in the bodies of my partners were prototyped and manufactured in some ancient generation stars… and that was an overwhelming sense of oneness, of connectedness… it wasn’t ‘them and us;’ it was, ‘That’s me! All of it! It’s one thing!’ It was accompanied by an ecstasy… “O, my God! Wow! Yes!”… An insight! An epiphany!” – Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut – Quote featured in 2008 documentary “In the Shadow of the Moon”, a film by David Sington, presented by THINKfilm


If you would like to know more about Edgar Mitchell, read this article by Cassandra Vieten.

In Memoriam: Edgar Mitchell, ScD, PhD, by Cassandra Vieten, 5 February 2016

When he returned from space forty-five years ago, Apollo 14 Astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell committed his life to supporting a sustainable future. He worked tirelessly to understand and promote what he viewed as an absolutely necessary collective shift in consciousness. To those of us who knew him well, Edgar was an enthusiastic, loving, dedicated, courageous, generous, and brilliant man who inspired us to be bold in our exploration of the further reaches of human potential, to fearlessly challenge inadequate paradigms, and to carry his spirit of adventure into investigating our inner lives.

Most people know Edgar Mitchell best as an Apollo 14 astronaut and sixth person to walk on the moon. A US Navy Captain, MIT-trained aeronautics engineer, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the NASA distinguished service award, and 2005 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize among many other honors, Edgar Mitchell was a hero in the truest sense of the word.

What fewer people know is that Edgar’s spirit of exploration extended well beyond space travel to his lifelong dedication to increasing our scientific understanding of the nature of consciousness.


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