A follow up note about the gravitational waves post from yesterday. The discovery was made on September 14th, while Jupiter was moving to within a degree of an exact opposition to Neptune. My daily horoscope’s prediction about an important scientific discovery being made around this transit took place on September 11th, just a few days earlier. I fell in love all over again with astrology when I discovered this additional detail last night (not having heard that the discovery had been made previously but was waiting to be confirmed!). Astrology is truly magical!
Meanwhile, yesterday in response to my post someone asked me, “so what is your answer to the ‘why?’ of this discovery? A fair question. It’s not enough to point out what’s wrong with something. My post yesterday suggested we need a bigger spiritual imagination when discoveries like this are made, so that we don’t just say “how” something works but we also speculate about the “why,” which may take us into deeper imaginative, spiritual or philosophical territory. In response to that question I wrote this yesterday: “I like to think about a 1.3 billion year old event from the past rippling through the fabric of time and space, changing our ideas about reality itself, as a reflection of the idea that the cosmos is an emanation of a creator/godhead whose original and eternal creative act/nature is similarly echoing across time and space, inviting us to understand or know the creator more intimately, as a creator who is both within time and without. Like Plato said, “Time is the moving image of eternity.”
For me metaphors aren’t just metaphors, they are soul food. Metaphor is imagination. Metaphor is image. Metaphor is soul. Metaphor is the why and the answers to the why that emanate from each event as it both rises and simultaneously disappears, moving like waves through the fabric of time. And each time we ask the Universe a question about its nature, about our own nature, the question is an expression of a 13.7 billion year old event, a tidal wave genesis, rippling through time and answering itself forward as it looks back: a created universe as the answers to its own questions.
More. Prayers are like music. They speak to us as we speak them. They sing to us exactly because we sing them. This gravitational wave is a call and response chant from a 1.3 billion year old prayer. So it’s important that our response be the stuff of worship, prayer, and song. We’re not just “imagining it’s more than a physical event,” like Beakman’s world with a painted kids corner guitar. Instead we’re listening and responding, like birds calling back and forth in a forest. Our instinctual response is the prayerful response, if we only take the time, the appropriate time, to listen to an event 1.3 billion years old but only a few seconds long. So our ears have to listen differently. Our heart has to listen differently. And our response has to be the response of a creation that was there then and is here now too. All prayer is a response to something that first calls us, and our response is our participation in the nature of what came first, what comes last, and what lives through this union beyond time.
Prayer: Pray us