My New Year’s resolution is to write a book, which sounds much more ambitious than my true intention. I want to record thoughts that have been with me the majority of my life, and I have never taken the time to write them down.
And here’s the thing – I always follow through on resolutions… even the resolutions that have initially seemed crazy impossible. So, this year I considered what I really wanted more than anything… recording all the thoughts and ideas that have captured my attention and imagination for decades emerged quickly as the priority.
Since I have a full schedule right now, these ‘chapters’ will be brief but will perhaps serve as a starting point for future writing. I don’t know where this will go but excited for the possibility.
In January, I wrote about the geography of the moon.
Each month, at the end of the month or thereabouts, I will post a teaser and at the end of the year, I will post the full-length book of thoughts and ideas.
So, here is the January teaser:
the moon is a balloon
Olympus Mons is the tallest planetary mountain in our solar system. I discovered Olympus Mons when I felt my life was in the abyss and I needed to go to a place that was as unreal to me as my own life.
Here’s why I became so intrigued by Olympus Mons – it took billions of years for the gigantic Martian mountain to grow and the main reason the shield volcano is different than any found on Earth is the limited amount of plate shifting. Olympus Mons is three times higher than the elevation of Mount Everest. It was formed by lava slowly flowing down its sides. Collapsed craters – or calderas – stack on top of one another rather than forming separate volcanos because of the limited plate shifting and movement beneath the surface.
Imagine a great god deep inside of the moon – heavy breathing filling the inside of the moon – making its way toward the surface as it builds up and intensifies for hundreds of billions of years until it is finally released. Yet instead of a volcanic fiery explosion, it is released slowly like a gigantic sigh as it rolls out in every direction and issues forth, creating a new landscape pulled from the depths.
The un-realness of Olympus Mons became more real each time I considered how it had formed and why as part of the big universal mystery of why anything forms that is outside of our comprehension. My limited understanding of cosmic truths created challenges in making it real but the power of perception – merely thinking about it made it more real – became a miracle that led to other miracles.
There is truth and meaning in focused attention, and thinking of Olympus Mons gives it greater significance. My limited understanding of science combined with my endless fascination for the magical and fantastical of the universe led me to the chapter on the Law of Miracles in Autobiography of a Yogi, which is the story of Paramahansa Yogananda’s life.
Light is used as a reference for awakening, enlightenment, clarity. Light is one of the greatest mysteries of the cosmos. Yogananda describes a non-mechanical reality, or as Sir James Jeans writes in The Mysterious Universe, “The universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine.”
This theory adds weight to my affection for Olympus Mons and inspires me to invest more energy in thinking about my own personal concept of the dreamy landscape of a Moon volcano and the great god that resides deep within.
I hope you enjoyed and stick around for more teasers to follow…
Om Shanti. Shanti. Shanti.