Can it be that Reality is calling us – calling me – to be even more fully one with life? Can it be that Reality is pressing in, crying out for Being to be free?
When I close my eyes, I hear the ocean’s roar. How can I open, soften, deepen – and let go even more into this mystery?
And I remember – a YouTube video about a woman in her twenties who had received a cochlear implant. For the first time in her life, she hears the voices of the people she loves. She’s filled with tears in that moment. What she’s experiencing is different than anything she’s ever imagined. She’s overwhelmed with emotion – and also with the intensity of sensation. She experiences the sounds as vibrations.
I too sit in the intensity of this moment – the fullness of emotion, the clarity of awareness, the intensity of subtle sensations vibrating throughout my whole body. I am alive! I am alive! I am alive! The ocean’s roar echoes my heart’s desire – to be so vast, so open – to be undivided, unbounded, unlimited. This is home. . . .
I remember an episode of Sixty Minutes that shows how Stradavarius violins are made. For three hundred years, master craftsmen have gone into the nearby forest where this one particular type of tree grows – unique in all the world. By the light of the full moon, these trees are felled – and using the same types of tools and instruments as Stradavarius himself used three hundred years ago, the wood turns into violins which, according to many, are of the highest quality in all the world.
Just as these violins resonate with music, so too are our bodies the instruments of our being. Just as violins are made of the highest quality materials, so too are our bodies – and just as violins are highly attuned, so too can we attune to the essence of our being.
Violin maker Mathijs Heyligers: The material needs to be cut in the right place, but also the right way. We need to have the right moon and the right air humidity and the right wind when we cut the tree in the right season to make sure.
Reporter Bill Whitaker: So describe the sound produced by this Stradivarius.
Violinist Itzhak Perlman: I can actually see the sound in my head. I can actually see it. It– it has silk–God, it’s so difficult to describe. But each sound is different so this one has that sparkle, there is a sparkle to the sound.
Marcello Mazzucchi, a retired forest ranger, stands in the Fiemme Valley in the Italian Alps. Renaissance luthiers such as Antonio Stradivari came here to handpick trees that would be crafted into the world’s finest instruments.
Graziano Panfili for NPR