Thursday, November 25, 2010

Don’t Let
The Forecasted Earth Polar Shift
Find You
Standing Beside Yourself

I am not at all an expert on the subject of the predicted earth polar shift. That notwithstanding, they have been known to happen, you know. And the New Age community is expecting a doozey to mark the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012 as a historically memorable event. We’ll see. Let’s just say the word on the street is—if you want to retire to ocean front property— Phoenix, Arizona is a good long term bet.

However, I do wonder what it would be like to wake up one day after a sudden and dramatic polar shift has occurred. Would I automatically roll out of bed? Would I find everything leaning sideways?  Would the syrup pour into my coffee cup instead of my pancakes? Sort of, like…looking down at the Empire State Building from 30 Rock. Or…finding the Leaning Tower of Pisa straight and everything around it leaning? (What I call the “Pisa Effect.”) If all our familiar landmarks, large and small, became unexpectedly topsy-turvy would we be able to find our balance? Or would we get dizzy and stumble around?  Would we know where we were…who we are?

Here’s a concrete example of what I’m talking about: I was once visiting the town of Ayr in Scotland (where our dear Robby Burns was born—eat more haggis!).  Not far from there is a local curiosity known as the ”Electric Brae” (hill).  I was in an automobile and it appeared that we were going uphill.  My driver stopped the car, put it in neutral, and (wow-wee-wow!) the car slowly moved forward, up that hill!  Click your heels three times if you believe in magic!  As for me…my best scientific analysis is that we were really pointed downhill but the local features somehow made it appear otherwise.  Search “electric brae” on the web if you want to learn more.  But first please read the rest of this. Okay? 

We all implicitly know that because of gravity, our feet go toward the ground and the rest of us points upward. (Just like we know that our nose is not 12 inches long; or it would be a “foot”.)  The point I am gradually working to is this:  are you centered within yourself or do you rely on outer references to such an extent that, were the familiar changed or taken away, would you be upset, lost, without bearing. Beside yourself. Literally.

In my field called Structural Integration we are mainly concerned with relating the body to gravity.  If you take a look at your own body and of those around you, notice how you and others stack up in terms of the architectural fundamentals of plumb and square.  When the human body synchronizes in balance with gravity this is a place of deep centeredness, firm rootedness, presence.  Your sense of who you are comes from an inner knowing rather than identification with circumstances, roles, and relationships. Realizing a proper balance with the inner and the outer.

When the boys from the hood ask you “wussup?” I can give them a sly smile and point upwards.  And that’s without having to figure out “up” from checking with the nearest lamp post.

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