Remember looking out over the water & realising the whole meaning of everything in that very sunset? Or peering into the entire cosmos in a baby’s eyes? Or maybe you found such a mystical experience in a cold beer & particularly delicious slice of pizza. As William Blake puts it:
To see a world in a grain of sand and heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palms of your hand and eternity in an hour.
So often we seek this rapture outside of ourselves. We imagine this timelessness must be beyond time. But in truth, it is inside it: like a flower blooming eternally, this very moment unfolds unto infinity. Only now is timeless.
This idea itself is ageless; Blake merely echoed a sentiment that poets & prophets have pointed out through the birth of history, and will continue to do, so long as we are around to partake in the human experience. Saint Luke’s Gospel records Jesus’ expression of our condition in no uncertain terms:
Once when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Nor will people say, ‘Look, here it is,’ or ‘Lo, there it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.”
Cognizant of our human tendency to seek it elsewhere, he immediately cautions his disciples of this natural temptation—that the grass is not always greener on the other side, as it were:
And people shall say to you, ‘See, here it is,’ or, ‘See there it is:’ do not go running after them…
“How do I see it?” I might ask. But this presupposes the seeing were an activity beyond my natural state—that it were not in from of my very eyes. The question itself diverts my attention, distracting me from the quotidian miracle. Rather we might phrase the question in its obverse:
“What stops me from seeing?”
One answer is tension in the body, and also tension in the mind & tension in the spirit. Discomfort distracts us from the miracle of existence. The sunset still happens…only we miss it because it transpires behind a veil of clouds, literally or figuratively. Or maybe we’re so anxious about a job-interview that we forget to taste the pizza; tension tarnishes bliss.
“How do I divest myself of tension?” That’s the next question. To this one, Rolfing® SI offers a consummate solution. All tension is multifaceted & finds reflection through all a person’s aspects (see Ye Three Kingdoms & Five Elements posts!) By releasing fixations in connective-tissue, which pull the body out of optimal alignment, & by correcting burdensome patterns of habituated movement, Rolfing SI resolves these points of strain. Embodiment ceases to be a struggle. Kinetic ease then naturally resonates through all the aspects of our being so that, as Blake’s contemporary, William Wordsworth, describes it:
In body, [we] become a living soul:
While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things.
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