My family calls me Pancho and I'd like you to know that I love you all...
Somehow to be surrounded by angels facilitates the flow of inspiration. Particularly last Wednesday, I felt an interesting touch of art and science at the time when the microphone reached me. An emergence of the Beloved One using me as a tool:
1. The Primordial Gap: the Breath Bridge
2. Electric Arcs 3. The Arc of Understanding, we all can be "in the Zone" 1. The Primordial Gap: the Breath Bridge
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
Air and bridges, air and arcs. I remember the emotion and curiosity I felt as a child the first time I witnessed with awe and wonder an electrical climbing arc that was part of demo in a Science museum. I couldn't understand how it was possible to have some sort of a shining ghost climbing two metal sticks. I spent tens of minutes pushing the button that generated the spark that jumped from one bar to the other, creating a beautiful shining arc. But that wasn't all. Then, the beautiful blazing bridge started to graciously climb up until it disappeared at the tips of the bars.
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.
We all can be great because we all can serve; we all can be great because we all can be attentive and present; we all can eradicate the walls of prejudices among us that block the flow of life energy; we can all reduce the resistance, as the gap spark does; we can ionize the air of a meeting with a smile. Suddenly, these connections, these arcs of understanding will form more often in our lives. And to develop understanding, you need to practice to look at all living beings with the eyes of compassion; and when you have compassion, you understand; and when you understand, you love; and when you love, you naturally act in a way that could relief the suffering of others.
Yes, we all can be "in the zone", and be delighted by the beauty of sparking human relationships, the same beauty that captures a child's attention and nourishes our soul curiosity.
May all become compassionate, courageous and wise.