Completing The Circuit

There are times in our lives when we are pushed to the very edge, right up against it.

edge-space 012Wouldn’t it be a fine thing to contemplate “out there,” from “in here,” with this degree of equanimity.

I know at least five people who are struggling to find equanimity right now.  Five who are witnessing loved (or less-loved) ones as they transit toward the edge of life, closer toward death than we may be though who knows, really.  These five are doing their very best to weather the storms erupting, as the edge of passing draws nearer.

This post is for you lot.  Actually it’s for all of us, in times like these.  In this holiday season, when lots of people are happy.  And lots are only fleetingly so.  And lots not at all.

This is for you, explorers at the edge right now.

Not long ago, NOVA aired this amazing show about “sprites.”  When an especially big bolt of lightning strikes down, these ultra-fast bursts of energy bounce up into the earth’s upper atmosphere.  Sixty-three miles up, where the ionosphere meets deep space.

edge-space 028Barney, At The Edge Of Blackness

Pilots reported seeing sprites for years.  Their accounts were disbelieved, rejected.  Existing theory couldn’t figure how electricity could travel up, with no apparent connection to complete the circuit.

Now more is known about the upper atmosphere and, also, we have pictures to prove it.

spritePhoto courtesy NASA

This gives you the general idea of what sprites look like, but it is an impoverished one.  Take an hour to watch the NOVA show, to admire this unearthly phenomenon as it happens in real time.  To marvel at the ethereal beauty of these eerie and evanescent apparitions, blooming like sea-creatures and then vanishing in the blink of an eye.

Completing the circuit, into the hitherto-unseen and unknown mantle of electricity that circles the globe.

It’s understandable that many of us don’t want to hear or believe reports from the unknown.  From the outer margins.

Why go there, unless we absolutely have to.

edge-space 026-cropBecause we must, that’s why.  Eventually.

So these messengers who visit the margins and report back, to describe what the atmosphere is like out there, these seem most brave to me.  They carry their news to us who, more likely than not, will not receive the signal.  Especially in this holiday season, when the signal-to-noise ratio is deafening, when we racket along, unthinking, on our merry holiday course.  Oblivious to where we’re all headed.

It’s hard to be heard.  When there’s no assured connection to complete the circuit, it’s risky to speak.

Connection is everything, as Brené Brown says in this short and charming animation.

edge-space 004-cropSee me.  Feel me.  Touch me.  Heal me. On you, I see the glory.  From you, I get the story.

Peter Townsend, “Tommy


About nadbugs

Anita loves cats. This must be because she, too, has had nine lives. She’s been dancing since she could walk, she was a commercial artist and advertising producer, she earned a third-degree black belt in Aikido, she is a drummer with the Afrique Aya Dance Company, she is an attorney, and she’s a meditator and a devoted student of Nonviolent Communication. She also spent one lifetime sidelined with a devastating back injury in 1992. Since then – FELDENKRAIS METHOD® to the rescue. The FELDENKRAIS METHOD is all about dreaming concretely – thinking intelligently and independently by way of a gracious and kind physicality. The work affords all who study it a process by which to reach, with movement, into the mind and the heart, to make nine lives into one whole being.
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11 Responses to Completing The Circuit

  1. Only 5? Everyone I know is struggling this crazy busy holiday season. LOVE the cat pics! Thanks for the link. I just read her latest book but have never visited her website. Very nice!

  2. Dawn says:

    Wow. I never know how to comment on your thoughtful eloquence. My words just don’t seem to measure up to the emotion your posts can evoke. So…wow…thank you once again for being here and sharing your insights, empathy and compassion. And photos of those boys who are just so freakin’ lovable!

    Peace to all who are at the edge or facing the unknown. I realize I have been avoiding those margins, those places where I find expansion and transformation. For me, it is time to come out of the dark and look again for the bigger picture. Reach for those mysterious sprites and whatever else may be up higher than I have looked before. I use that phrase “at the edge” to mean that place of transformation. As we approach the winter solstice, I am almost ready to move out of my cozy, dark places and reach for that renewing light out there.

  3. Thought provoking… Even fur a kat!

  4. ::queuing up NOVA::

    I’d love to roam around inside your mind, your turns of phrase astound me.

  5. Cats & Co says:

    Thought provoking indeed. 🙂

  6. Greetings feline! I love your blog, and I especially loved learning about the sprites- so I have nominated you fur the FRIENDS & FOLLOWERS AWARD!



  7. Carolyn says:

    I’m with Trish. Your turn of phrase is extraordinary. Makes commenting superfluous, so I shall leave now…… 😉

  8. mbavaresco says:

    So cute!!! Connection is everything!
    Barney is like my Nelson!!! The same nose!

  9. kimmo,spiveroo,stewie and smeezer(our real names have been changed to protect the guilty) says:

    Thank you( from one of the 4). This blog helps me feel the connection. Hugs.

  10. Daisy says:

    We also saw that NOVA episode on sprites! So touching to see another astronaut successfully carry on a departed colleague’s mission to find them! (That I may now associate sprites with Bugs and Barney is just over-the-top stupendous for me! Thanks for your post!)

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