" We are the self-reflection of the universe. We allow the universe to know and feel itself. So the universe is aware of itself through self-reflective mind, which unfurls the human. We were brought forth so that these experiences of beauty could enter awareness. The primeval fireball existed twenty billion years without self-awareness. The creative work of the supernovas existed for billions of years without self-reflective awareness. That star could not, by itself, become aware of its own beauty or sacrifice. But the star can, through us, reflect back on itself. In the sense you are the star.
Look at your hand - do you claim it as your own? Every element was forged in temperatures a million times hotter than molten rock, each atom fashioned in the blazing heat of the star. Your eyes, your brain, your bones, all of you is composed of the star's creations. You are the star, brought into a form of life that enables life to reflect itself. So yes: the star does know of it's great work, of its surrender to allurement, of its stupendous contribution to life, but only through its further articulation - you."
P59 The Universe is a Green Dragon by Brain Swimme