In Richard Bach's historic book, Jonathan Livingston Seagull,
untold attempts at successful "thought-speed flight"
had eluded Jonathan in his quest to grasp the concept of "perfect flight"
...until he finally
understood what the Elder Gull, Chiang, had really
been telling him all along.
You will begin to touch heaven, Jonathan, in the moment that you touch perfect speed. And that isn’t flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfection doesn’t have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there
“To fly as fast as thought, to anywhere that is,” he said, “you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived ...” The trick, according to Chiang, was for Jonathan to stop seeing himself as trapped inside a limited body that had a forty-two-inch wingspan and performance that could be plotted on a chart. The trick was to know that his true nature lived, as perfect as an unwritten number, everywhere at once across space and time.“Forget about faith!” Chiang said it time and again. You didn’t need faith to fly, you needed to understand flying. This is just the same. Now try again ...”
Then one day Jonathan, standing on the shore, closing his eyes, concentrating, all in a flash knew what Chiang had been telling him. “Why, that’s true! I am a perfect, unlimited gull!” He felt a great shock of joy. "Good!”
said Chiang, and there was victory
in his voice.
Jonathan opened his eyes. He stood alone with the Elder on a totally different seashore — trees down to the water’s edge, twin yellow suns turning overhead." (BTW...which just happens to be on a different part of the planet I've chosen as MY avatar photo.) And which is described in my Signature below.
July 20th is the day America celebrates the collective achievement of countless of its citizens' work to enable 3 of them to travel to the Moon, and 2 of them to then walk on the moon, before all of them returned safely to Earth, 50 years ago in 1969. It was July 20, 1969, when Armstrong and fellow astronaut Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin made cosmic history as they became the first humans ever to stand and walk on a heavenly body not called Earth. Many of us were there with them, vicariously, every step of the way....and even remember where we were
as vividly as if the event had occurred yesterday.
Today, I am inspired by the actions of two other human beings, depicted by Taraji P. Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner, who played the real-life characters Katherine Johnson, mathematician, and Al Harrison, director of the Space Task Group (STG) in the movie "Hidden Figures"
, two years ago in 2017.
There is a scene in this excellent movie, where Kevin Costner's character asks Taraji Spencer's character, Katherine Johnson, one question
, after successfully ensuring that John Glenn would survive the potential fire danger jeopardizing historic mission of Glenn's Freedom 7 spacecraft; achieving 3 of 7 historic circumnavigations of Earth and to safely splash down nearly precisely where Katherine Johnson said it would in the Caribbean. I invite you to see what her one answer
was in the 1st reference.
Coincidental to today's anniversary celebrations, on NASA TV, I watched the liftoff of three Expedition 60 crewmates from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on time today at 12:28 p.m. EDT to the International Space Station on the 50th anniversary of NASA landing humans on the Moon for the first time
. They'll dock to their new home in space at 6:51 p.m. Aboard the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft are Drew Morgan of NASA, Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency and Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos. See reference 2 YouTube
With her answer, I think the real-life Katherine Johnson truly understood "the trick" of how to apply the One Answer
to the One Question
to all such explorations.
However, like her cast-mates in the movie, Hidden Figures, and the rest of humanity, we as as an exploring species will continue to remain shackled to the fate of "those who scorn perfection for the sake of travel go nowhere, slowly"
....in cumbersome spacecraft.
...while, "Those who put aside travel for the sake of perfection go anywhere instantly"
...by exploring the vastness awaiting within our own selves
, "whose true nature lives, as perfect as an unwritten number, everywhere at once across space and time."
Where would you
rather be? Stuck
in a space ship for as long as it takes to get "there"
Exploring anywhere, anytime...in a flash
Or as Neville Goddard reminds us to, live from
the feeling of the wish fulfilled vs. merely thinking of
Reference: https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/f90c6f1...e-1ea3517d597f Click the one scene, then advance it to the next scene.