“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.” ~ Albert Einstein
In a moment we will look more closely at the EuStillness Technique, the reason for this section of the QE Blog. But first I would like to give a little background as to its origin. Wherever I travel, I am often asked to tell the story behind the technique. So for those who want to know where this deceptively simple yet decidedly effective technique comes from, I dedicate these next few paragraphs to you.
I discovered this solution to suffering not because I possess supernormal powers of introspection or somehow have connected to the mystic forces of Nature, not at all. Like many remarkable discoveries, it was simply a matter of being in the right place at the right time in the right state of awareness.
It all started in ninth grade during my Latin 101 class. By the time midterm rolled around I was so miserably lost that my teacher, Mrs. Whiteman, a stern disciplinarian with piercing black eyes, confronted me. She informed me that because I thus far had been unable to demonstrate the basics of this dead language I had no possible chance of passing her class. She asked me what I had to say for myself. I wanted to show her that I had learned something in her class by reciting the phrase ubi sunt virgines (Where are the girls?), but thought this might not be the most opportune time to enlighten her, so I just looked at my shoes and mumbled something unintelligible. What I didn’t voice was my fear of speaking Latin. After all, the ancient Romans spoke Latin and they are all dead. I am certain that she took my failure as a personal affront to her teaching skills, as if I had set out to sacrifice my GPA just to make her look bad. She told me that I must continue attending class but that I could only read during that hour. I felt like I had been let out of prison! Just show up and read? I suspect she hoped I would continue with my Latin studies and retake her class second semester. Instead I let my imagination explode. I became a member of anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl’s crew and was swept along the Humboldt Current in the balsa raft Kon-Tiki. I read about the special powers of yoga masters and deep meditation, and hopped on a photon with none other than Albert Einstein, and together we screamed across the universe at the speed of light. I am certain there has never been a Latin student who felt the sheer exuberance I experienced in that second section of Latin 101. Mrs. Whiteman had inadvertently opened a portal to unknown and abstract realms into which I eagerly entered. And there I continue to dwell today, even while tending to the concerns of everyday living, making the mundane mystical.
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