LIGO’s interferometers detected Gravitational Waves last September, news announced only a few weeks ago. Einstein first proposed the idea of waves in 1916. For 20 years he questioned himself about it. After many collective leaps we now have the means to begin understanding something about what was once completely out of sight.
There are many takeaways of having new ears. For one, we have new ways of interpreting astronomical events. My favorite takeaway is becoming capable as a result of using the right kind of tool. After nearly a century of fine-tuning detection methods, the perfect combination proved Einstein’s theory. The confirmation was the measurement and translation of energy into audible chirps. The energy detected came from colliding black holes more than 1 billion light years away. The precision required for tools of such magnitude called for the collaboration of many minds. They listened to each other and got there as a community.
Taking a queue from the precise listening LIGO’s interferometer’s and this community are capable of, if we “listen, precisely” to each other, as Dr. Jaqueline Becker recommends, our lives would be enhanced.
Listen in a way that shows you really want to hear someone and supply what you evaluate that person might need in a given moment.
– Dr. Becker
Become a living interferometer
If LIGO’s interferometers can be built to listen with such precision, why can’t we do the same for ourselves? We absolutely can.
In a naam yoga workshop I attended this weekend there were many practical methods given for achieving this kind of precise listening. Mindfulness was one of the fundamental keys given. Dr. Michael Joseph Levry explained that every thought, act, and word spoken is like a meditation. Looking at it from this angle elevates everything you do. Living from this angle returns responsibility to where it belongs–impulsive responses and all. Dr. Becker’s “listen, precisely” formula uses this key as well, asking you to engage interactions with purpose. It’s then that listening becomes precise, and like LIGO’s interferometers, gets to be used as a tool to interpret information in new ways.