Reader comment on Eckhart Tolle's passage ...
On Jan 18, 2010 Pancho wrote:|
My family calls me Pancho and I'd like you to know that I love you all...
One of the primordial gaps I've been found precious is within us all of the time: our breath. There is a magic moment in our breathing, when inhale becomes exhale, an instant in space/time that goes deep into our being to really explore who we are. I think/feel about it as a bridge connecting the inner and outer Cosmos. There is something universal about this "gap" because there is no Buddhist breath, no Christian breath, no Hindu breath, no Muslim breath, no Jew breath... just human breath.
2. Electric Arcs, a Spark Gap
Later, with the same excitement, I learned the rational explanation: two conducting electrodes separated by a gap filled with a gas such as air. When a suitable voltage (difference in electric potential) is supplied, a spark forms (a gap spark!), ionizing the gas and drastically reducing its electrical resistance. Then, electrons can easily flow between the electrodes (generating an electric current) until the path of ionized gas is broken. This occurs when the voltage between poles is reduced, or when the heated gas rises, stretching out and then breaking the filament of ionized gas.
I think the same thing happens with human beings. We are like the two electrodes. When we have the right amount of attention, empathy, patience and care, we generate the spark of life energy that creates an arc between spirits, a connection at the SOULlular level.
It is our full attention, that keeps the "high voltage" between the two persons, so that the blazing beautiful love arc can form. And not only that, we can have such a strong attention and awareness that we might be generating a "current of air" going down that won't let the "electrical climbing arc" go up.
3. The Arc of Understanding, we all can be "in the Zone"
In the sharing circle, brother Niel talked about athletes and doctors being "in the zone", when everything turns slow and spacious to perform close to perfect actions. For that, one needs to train a lot and not all of us will become a Michael Jordan or a Roger Ferderer or a Nadia Comaneci. But I believe that we all have the capacity to be "in the zone" of connecting with each other, we all can be creating these "electric arcs". We only need to be present and attentive.