From as far back as I can remember, I’d occasionally stare at the moon. (I’d stare at the sun really occasionally, and see how long I could before I had to turn away. but I could stare long enough that the sun turned bluey-green, the rest of ther sky turned dark blue, and a white crescent shape spanning approximately one-third of the circumference of the sun would spin along the outside of the sun, wildly and randomly). But back to the moon…
I often still look at the moon, but once in a while I stare at it. And what I see is not “the moon”, but a giant spherical rock floating in the sky, not too far from earth. This might seem normal to you because we all know the moon to be a giant spherical rock floating in the sky not too far from earth (well, maybe not McGauz…), but once in a while I see it for exactly what it is.
And it’s pretty amazing.
I think you should try it. When you’re next in the moon’s presence, look at it and picture it being a heavy floating rock — a physical object — rather than “the moon”. Imagine this physical object being “just over yonder”, almost within an airplane flight’s distance away, say, 8hrs, just to give your perception some sort semi-realistic base.
When I do this, it opens my mind to the realities of the universe because at that time, I see the moon for what it is, and I see “our world” for what it is, a planet. A physical object. Floating in space.
We are at the same time insignificant, and extremely lucky to exist.
There have been two recent films that are somewhat related to the above; Another Earth, and Melancholia. Both great films.
If you tried to see what I see as described above but couldn’t “get it”, this video might help you understand what I mean. What typical landscape photographs might look like if the earth had the ring system of Saturn.