A tacit deferment of the null

Chakras, crossroads of the subtle body.Arw

Meeting places of the nadi, pathways of the life force.

They say that chakra stones modulate activity at these places and that quartz will facilitate one’s connection with spirit.

Although I am dubious of the existence of chakras and of the efficacy of crystal healing, I considered it odd that we both thought to mark the place with quartz.

Arwen watched over those who watched over and protected the barns. She transitioned, recently, to that place near the Russell Hotel, the Heaviside Layer. She had a long life and was tired. It was an honor to have known a cat as Jellicle as she.

With thanks to messieurs Eliot and Webber.

POSTSCRIPT. At the risk of ruining the sentiment of this remembrance I must tell you that the Heaviside Layer does exist. It was theorized, at the turn of the twentieth century, by both Arthur Kennelly and Oliver Heaviside. It was subsequently shown to be a layer of ionized gas, forming part of the ionosphere. It reflects medium-frequency radio waves, thus allowing them to propagate beyond the horizon.

21 thoughts on “A tacit deferment of the null

  1. The older I get the more I try and find ways to merge the language of metaphor with that of science–not, mind you that I’m into things like “the god of the gaps” or anything. Still, at times like this it seems that the former way of expressing oneself has its place.

    Hi there, Dave, I’ve not been commenting but have been looking. Damn phone–I hate writing using it. This morning it’s raining and so I’m just formally reconnecting (even though I’ve no been far).

    • Hey there Maurice. I have imagined that a busy life has divided your attentions – no worries. I have also imagined that you have been checking in to see what I might be up to. Things are quite chaotic here in Vermont. The old house has been demolished and construction of the new one has proceeded such that we have a finished foundation. We hope to see some wood on site this coming week. I think I have reprimanded you before for responding to each of my posts in what must be lengthy, marathon, sessions … there is absolutely no need. Responding to the most recent in your queue is quite enough. I hope all is well and thank you for checking in. D

    • I had to query ‘the god of the gaps’ and what I found was interesting. My argument has always been that acceptance of the null (there is no vitalistic force, for example) is just as valid as a rejection of it. To say that there is no purpose, no intent, no design is the way I see it. In the particular and singular case of quartz, I simply overlooked the null for a brief moment. You and I both know however that, in fact, it holds.

  2. I see a lot of cairns as I hike around, it has become a very popular activity for folks – one of which I am not sure I appreciate, but I was unaware that some may be erected as Chakra stones. I had to Google a few things here to keep up with the flow.

    Too bad about Arwen, good name … did she bear much relation to the Tolkkien character – I suppose that she watched over the others? … but as you said above, she had a good run and none of us last forever.

    • Yeah, the cairn-thing. I don’t know what my opinion is there. I do understand the messing-with-natural-environments argument for sure. ‘Rock selfies’ do form an artificial, visual, disturbance. On the other hand, do small cairns in any way parallel the cave paintings left by archaic humans? I’m asking, because I’m really not sure of the answer myself. They don’t bother me. I know that they do bother lots of other folks, however. They are oftentimes quite pretty though and provide evidence, to me at least, that someone took the time to consider and contemplate the place in which the cairn was constructed. And pausing to think about natural areas is a good thing, don’t you think?

      • I am not sure I really see the cave paintings in quite the same light as cairns, but I suppose one can compare them. Of course contemplation of nature is a good thing, but I am also not convinced that is what these folks are doing. I walk the shoreline of Quabbin and find cairns regularly. I am sure there are many motivations for leaving them, some even expressions of art (see Andy Goldsworthy), but I think most are just amusement satisfaction. Of course, you must realize that I am growing more curmudgeonly with each passing year. 🙂

  3. What’s sometimes missed is that there’s another T.S. Eliot poem that surely influenced the lyrics of one of “Cats” most well-known songs: “Memory.” Though I haven’t researched it enough to have proof, these lines of Eliot’s “Rhapsody on a Windy Night” certainly evoke the song.

    “Half-past one,
    The street lamp sputtered,
    The street lamp muttered…”

    “The lamp hummed:
    “Regard the moon,
    La lune ne garde aucune rancune,
    She winks a feeble eye,
    She smiles into corners.
    She smoothes the hair of the grass.
    The moon has lost her memory….”

    “The lamp said,
    “Four o’clock,
    Here is the number on the door.
    Memory!
    You have the key,
    The little lamp spreads a ring on the stair,
    Mount.
    The bed is open; the tooth-brush hangs on the wall,
    Put your shoes at the door, sleep, prepare for life.”

    Here are some selected lines from the song’s lyrics:

    “Burnt out ends of smoky days
    The stale, cold smell of morning
    The streetlamp dies in the cold air
    Another night is over
    Another day is dawning…”

    “Turn your face to the moonlight
    Let your memory lead you
    Open up, enter in
    If you find there
    The meaning of what happiness is
    Then a new life will begin.”

    Whether you see the association between song and poem as clearly as I do, what I’m sure of is that you’ll carry fond memories of Arwen with you.

    • Wow. Nicely done Linda. And, of course, you are correct … the parallels are clearly there. Joanna and I saw Cats twice, I think … a long, long, time ago. To this day, the production still has influence over me … as this post certainly shows. Joanna is the cat-whisperer in the family, she adores cats of all shapes and sizes … and I adore her … so, there you go.

  4. Although you’d probably never suspect it, Sanskrit chakra is a cognate of Greek-derived cycle and native English wheel. Over thousands of years the original word diverged quite a lot in form in the those three descendants of Indo-European, but not as much in meaning. Chakra means literally ‘wheell in Sanskrit.

    • You are correct Steve, I would never have suspected it. Interesting, to be sure. Perhaps linguistics has been your true calling all along and that mathematics should really have been your avocation? Many years ago I was intrigued to read a body of literature which described how early human migration patterns could be reconstructed by looking at relationships between and among languages and families of languages from around the world. Fascinating stuff.

      • I’m with you in finding it fascinating. Actually I went farther up the school ladder in linguistics than in mathematics, even if I worked as a math teacher. And yes, people use languages to reconstruct the paths of human migrations. It’s impressive how much linguists have been able to reconstruct, given the paucity of remaining evidence in many cases. (Now if I could only stop leaving typos in my comments …)

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