We have a responsibility to awe.
AWE– “an experience of such perceptual vastness you literally have to reconfigure your mental models of the world to assimilate it”
My Definition: when your physical senses interconnect with your mental psyche to be absolutely ravished emotionally by something so much greater than your current situation, where the hair on your back sticks up and you let your subconscious take control. You breathe and take it in. You don’t question one of the biggest mysteries in the world. You just let it be.
It could happen in an instant. and then its gone. Off thinking about rent, rashes, oh a rabbit just hopped on by…
The moment when you sneeze/yawn and you can’t hear/smell/taste/feel anything in that ONE LITTLE INSTANT. You don’t think about it. Moment’s over. You felt good doing it. Can’t force it to happen again or give meaning behind it because you can’t recreate something that’s already gone. AWE.
So I love Jason Silva right now. His energy is electrifying. Take a moment and let this video sink in.
I took the liberty to transcribe what he had to say….Yea, you could say this is all I do when I have free time at work now…whatever beats Pinterest.
“so i think A LOT about the contrast between banality and wonder, between disengagement and radiant ecstasy, between unaffected by the here and now and by being absolutely ravished emotionally by it.
One of the problems of human beings is mental habits. Once we create a comfort zone we rarely step outside of that comfort zone. But the consequence of that is a phenomenon called hedonic adaptation.
Hedonic Adaptation: supposed tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes. According to this theory, as a person makes more money, expectations and desires rise in tandem, which results in no permanent gain in happiness
Over stimulation to the same kind of thing..to same stimuli..again and again.. renders said stimuli invisible. Your brain already mapped it in his own head and you no longer have to be literally engaged by it.
We have eyes that see not, ears that hear not, nor hearts the neither feel or understand.
The Wondering Brain– one of the ways we elicit wonder is by scrambling the self temporarily so the world can seep in.
Henry Miller says that even a blade of grass when given proper attention becomes a perfect magnificent world in itself.
““The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself”
Darwin says attention sudden and close graduates into surprise and leads into astonishment…into stupefied amazement.
That’s what rapture is. That’s what illumination is. That’s what that infinite comprehending awe that human beings love so much.
How do we mess with our perceptual apparatus in order to have the kind of emotional and aesthetic experience from life that we render most meaningful?
Because we all know those moments are there. Only are these moments that we appreciate the fresh, the hardly bearable ecstasy of direct energy exploding on our nerve endings. This is the rhapsodic ecstatic bursting forth of awe that expands our perceptual parameters beyond previous limits and we have to reconfigure our mental models of the world in order to assimilate the beauty of that download.
That’s what it means to be inspired.
To breathe in.
To take it in.
We fit the universe through our brains and it comes in a form nothing less than poetry .
We have a responsibility to awe.