I’ve described the group, the setting and the process of Ecstatic Postures.
I’ve even written about that which arouses skepticism and often heated argument – the idea that the invisible world surrounds us and is real, mentionned even that the invisible world actually makes the visible world possible.
Some of the sciences support this view, but they too come under fire by those Newtonian devoted.
Using words I wrote before in a post titled Renewing Mystery, March 24, 2011 I describe a film by Werner Herzog ”Encounters at the End of the World”, the end of the world being Antarctica and the rare breed of humans it attracts.
Herzog interviews physicist Dr. Peter Gorham. An engaging man, Gorham tries to explain the magnificence of the sub-atomic world and says that his project hopes to be the first to identify the “most ridiculous particle you can imagine.” The neutrino. To illustrate the extent of the neutrino’s ridiculousness, he says matter of factly: “ A billion, a trillion just went through my nose as we were talking and they did nothing to me – they pass through all matter all the time with no effect. They almost exist in a separate universe but we know as physicists we can measure them, make predictions. They exist. But we can’t get our hands on them… the speed, the speed of the entire impulse would be in the range of one, one hundred billionth of a second.
“Without neutrinos, the universe wouldn’t exist…no elements, no thing, can exist without them. In the earliest seconds of the big bang, neutrinos were the dominant particle. They actually determine much of the kinetics of the production of everything we know…As a physicist, I understand it mathematically and intellectually but it still hits me in the gut that there is something here surrounding me, almost like a spirit or a god, that I can’t touch but I can make a measurement . . . it’s like measuring the spirit world or something”. . .
Now doesn’t that give you pause?
To imagine particles so small our technology still can’t show them to us, so fast that they move in billionths of a second, yet they are the foundation of our universe. That they make a physicist use the words: like measuring the spirit world or something.”
It’s interviews like these, between two rational, articulate men, which encourage me to share the ritual Ecstatic Wisdom Posture experience with you.
The Mayan calendar, ancient prophecies, our own burgeoning restlessness about missing something in our urban, comfortable lives, our own curiosity about how we’re going to find our way through these turbulent times, all these things suggest to me that it’s time to recognize new possibilities.
The “real” world of matter is more than it seems.
That’s it in a nutshell. I keep wondering why it’s so hard for us to embrace that possibility, to engage with the notion that humility is potent medicine for what ails us, to acknowledge we are beholden to energies greater than ourselves in this endeavor called living.
For ages and ages, we humans considered the world flat. We knew dragons populated the edges. We never thought humans would visit the bottom of our oceans nor fly to the moon. We thought computers would never be smaller than ten foot square rooms and no one would ever have one of those in her home. We thought phones wired to the wall were miracles, that silent movies were the ultimate and that black and white television was amazing.
We’ve changed our thinking a million times. We simply need to do it again.
Ecstatic Wisdom Postures can help…