Radical Amazement and the Power of Wow
What you and I need to rehabilitate is our own ability to be amazed and awed. The news media and technology have en-jaded us. And I say rehabilitate because awe and amazement were our birth rite as children, and we were born full of both!
There’s a guru who said it’s like people who go out on a clear night searching for an expected meteor shower or comet sighting. And there they are, waiting for the shower or the comet, hoping they get a good view. And they miss the transcendent glory of Creation’s majesty – the blue mask of day melted away to reveal the night time sky — a literal eternity of splendor and infinite space right over their heads!
“Did you see the comet?”
“Yeah, it was ok.”
But you missed the world.
Radical Amazement is allowing yourself to lose all control, to be stripped of your ironic defenses and critical fences and let yourself be swallowed and feasted on by the gods of holy fuck! You need to break down! Born again Christians and Sufis and Zen students and Hasidic Jews know what I’m talking about: Radical Amazement at the glory of All. (Like in “Heaven’s Gonna Burn Your Eyes” – by Thievery Corporation). You’ve got to submit. Surrender. I know a woman who went to Hawaii and visited what is known as “The Grand Canyon of Hawaii” on Kauai. “Yeah, it was nice,” she said. Nice? If you ever saw this place you’d agree with me that this gal was less than present to life. You gotta allow yourself to be ripped from your home and seduced by aliens; dissolved in acid; demised. Annihilated.
And let me say one thing about technology. Oh I find it fun and fascinating too. But do we need any more of something that takes us every day a little further away from the natural world? Our ancestors were awed by earth; we download Google Earth, interested in what’s been built upon a street a thousand miles away. We are not amazed at creation, but at what we create. We are awestruck by ourselves instead of It All.
It doesn’t take time to become enlightened; only to learn how to make use of it. The Power of Wow can transfix and transform you in an instant. All you got to do is arrive…all the way here. Drown in the Now. Get your ass out of the way and let the love flow in till it owns you and shakes you free of all else.
Like right now, if you like.
People meditate or take powerful drugs or drive racecars or climb sheer cliffs just to slow time down enough to totally arrive in the moment and come to, if only for a heartbeat or two. They do it to awake from the slumber of the sleepwalking trance you and I spend most of our time in.
Try this a moment: Sit up comfortably there in front of your screen, take a deep breath, and drop your attention down into your body, and notice what you notice.
…and another deep breath.
What are you aware of? The room you’re in. The feel of the air on your skin. What’s around you? Are there thoughts in your brain? What are the sounds around you? The colors in your view? The taste in your mouth?
And what are you aware of now?
The Power of Wow can redesign your worldview in the time it takes to say “Oh..!!!”
It can rearrange your priorities and give you some perspective on your problems. It can pluck you up out of the dreck of your day for the Larger View, and drop you down again into your life and make you laugh till you wake from your bad dream.
And that’s all I have to say.