the strength of the heart meets the fragile journey

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As we enter the deeper levels of awareness and reality itself, we know less and less about cause and effect. There’s a top-down as well as a bottom-up causation. I don’t think we can know a lot about top-down causation. That’s where the mystery and awe is- and it’s also where the trust comes in. It’s imperative that we trust that there is a deeper knowing in the universe than our own knowing. All the spiritual paths talk about the fact that you can’t describe the indescribable. The practice then, is not only to trust the unknowing, it’s really to honor and appreciate and love that unknown, and to really embrace it as the life force that is the ultimate energy and ultimate source….Wink Franklin

our offerings to the altar of the heart genuinely dismiss the need to know…..the beating heart knows the power of moving forward, to groove into the primal need to pump blood regardless of past or future….something like inertia droops the soul downward….sky and sun and heaven pull us back up…..

As an MIT grad and an aeronautics engineer and astronaut, presumably I understood star formation and galactic formation, a little about quantum physics, a lot of classical physics, engineering, orbital mechanics- all of the things that seem to be appropriate to space exploration. And then, on the way home from the moon, looking out at the heavens, this insight- which I could now call a transcendent experience- happened. I realized that the molecules of my body had been created or prototyped in an ancient generation of stars- along with the molecules of the spacecraft and my partners and everything else we could see, including the Earth out in front of us. It was an experience of connectedness. It was an experience of bliss, of ecstasy. It was so profound. I realized that the story of ourselves as told by science- our cosmology, our religion- was incomplete and likely flawed. I recognized that the Newtonian idea of separate, independent, discrete things in the universe wasn’t a fully accurate description….Edgar Mitchell

is it science vs. religion or man vs. himself?

One’s nakedness is very slow.

One calls to it, one wastes one’s sympathy.

Comparison, too, is very slow.

Where is the past?

I sense that we should keep this coming.

Something like joy rivulets along the sand.

‘I’ insists that we ‘go in.’ We go in.

One cannot keep all of it. What is enough

of it. And ‘keep?’- I am being swept away-

what is ‘keep?’ A waking good.

Visibility blocking the view.

Although we associate the manifest with kindness.

The way it goes where it goes, slight downslope.

Like the word ‘suddenly,’ the incline it causes.

Also the eye’s wild joy sucked down the slope

the minutes wave by wave

pack down and slick.

The journey- some journey- visits one.

The journey- some journey-visits me.

Then this downslope once again.

And how it makes what happens

always more heavily

laden, this self only able to sink (albeit also lifting

as in a sudden draught) into the future. ‘Our’ future.

Where everyone is patient. Where all the sentences

come to complete themselves.

Where what wants to be human still won’t show its face.

…..Jorie Graham

4 thoughts on “the strength of the heart meets the fragile journey

  1. Such an awakening Ed Mitchell had … A shamanic experience, I had the same thing once but it cost far less 😉 … Richard Feynman said that ” Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts” … As grand as the discoveries they (scientists) have made, they have also drawn us farther from Spirit than religion ever could. Even before my experience I was searching for the truth, and that thought alone gives me peace to know there is an eternal soul, this deep longing cannot just rise from some random order in the universe. I am still learning to trust the universe, but every day the faith grows, and more knowing comes to rest in the heart (my heart) . What I have been given has little value to the material world, yet like Feynman I have thrown off the shackles, and I might add that Religion is belief in salvation through others (vicarious atonement) …. The only way off the wheel is through knowledge, there is a lie in belief !

    • a similar revelation here too……I look back on that very young woman who needed to know ‘what is the meaning of life?’….concrete answers were paramount….and as the journey flowed, I slowly realized it was about the questions…..knowing does indeed ‘come to rest in the heart (my heart).’ Well said…..love hearing about heart openings….beautifully felt g.f.s…..

  2. For all that I know, it cannot compare to what I don’t (or to what I don’t know I don’t know). You’re comment about trust – I think that’s where real trust comes in – the trust that we move in the right direction and always there is reason to look up. But more, a trust that when we are ready to know, we will know. “Farther along we’ll know more about it. Farther along we’ll understand why.” Always, the sun warms a weary seed. Thank you, Blue, for all you do. ~ Love, Bobbie

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