wow. that sure looks nice to me…
what do You think?
What if you could have mauna kea time on your phone? Perhaps, it might look something like this!
What do you think? Do you you feel any sensation from it? How does it strike you?
If something within this resonates with you, please let me know! It seems like things are finally kinda coming together. In this week alone, I met two people who told me they have noticed time seems to be speeding up, that some kind of fundamental change or shift is in the air.
Something global. Something big. Like an evolutionary shift in human consciousness. Perhaps as a species, the way we respond to the sum total of our experiences sends out a wave that ripples around the world. If what is happening now is like a wave that has been running for a long time through deep open ocean, it might have past nearly unseen. Perhaps now this wave of change is reaching land, and beginning to crest up, and rise. Can you hear the water sucking out the bay? Can you see the swell beginning to rise?
Perhaps it is good in this moment, instead of rushing down to pick up all the free fish, to instead turn away and head for higher ground.
Some less optimistic peeps seem to think we might be entering the ʻend times.ʻ that the world will end and that Herr Donald is more than a mere dictator tott, perhaps a signal for some dreary dismal Armageddon. Not me.
Instead, I feel we are about to begin. Something brand new. A turning of the page. Is it time to start a new chapter? Or time to begin writing a new book?
Me, I feel we stand on the shores of a vast new ocean of time, one where perhaps we can sail in all kinds of different directions. Something new with vast horizons. What do things look like from where you stand? What can you taste on the breeze?
I have an idea, and I would love it if you could help me. It feels to me like Mauna Time is almost ready to hatch. Me, I dont know much about building apps… but perhaps you do, or you know someone who does. Would you be interested in helping create a new time-tool as a counter-balance to the tired and sad legacy of industrial legacy anglo-babylonian time?
I think, perhaps “itʻs time!”
Not just for you and me, but for everyone in the whole wide world to raise our frequency, and slow down.
What say you?
The Hawaiian Civilization in many subtle and sublime ways is much more advanced than ‘The West’ has long understood. Thousands of years before Europeans ventured away from their coastlines, the Polynesian ‘Wayfinders’ were navigating across thousands of miles of open ocean, to and from tiny islands. How did they do this?
As you can see from the diagram above, axis of the Earth’s rotation is not perpendicular to the plane of our orbit, but inclined almost 23.4 degrees. Perhaps a major impact event in our early solar system knocked us slightly off kilter?
Whatever the cause, the result of this axial ‘obliquity’, as our whorling Earth/Moon system orbits each year, the Sun seems to travel from in more and more northerly arcs across the sky from January until the June ‘Solstice’, where it apears to ‘pause’ directly overhead the Tropic of Cancer (~23.4 degrees north), before ‘returning’ south again.
This annual solar ‘traveling’ was well known to many ancient cultures, including the Polynesians. As one of the premier instrument-free navigating cultures of the world, their careful observations of the natural world like this enabled them to precisely locate themselves, and sail back and forth across the Pacific They identified this northerly path of the Sun as ‘The Great Shining Black Road of Kane’
As it turns out, along this ‘Great and Shining Black Road of Kane’ is the small rocky islet of MokuManaMana. MokuManaMana is about as far NNW of Kaua’i as the Big Island of Hawai’i is to the ESE, making Kaua’i not “the top of the chain” as it is sometimes referred to today, but rather the smack dab in the middle.
MokuManaMana is a powerly sacred place. Even though it is hundreds of miles from the main island group, the density of sacred terraces on this island is more than any other.
On June 21st at midday the Sun is directly MokuManaMana. If you were to be standing there with the Sun blazing overhead, you would see the Sun casts no shadow on the ground. The classical precontact Hawaiians referred to this phenomenon as “Sun heaped on the brains.”
Why would the Hawaiians come all the way out here? As is often the case, the answer lies within the name. ‘Mana’ is a vital and profound spiritual power. When a word is double up or repeated, the quality referred to is greatly multiplied in potentcy. It is highly likely MokuManaMana was understood to be a vital observation platform to geolocate
Happy MokuManaMana Day!
change is evolution, and evolution takes time.
time, you see is of the essence…
it is that through which we are being.
and in the chaos that is beauty that is everywhere surrounding us,
one can take great delight as cherry blossoms into coral, as sun sinks poʻ-ward bound, into ka moana nui.
the vastly watered side of our home world, where west never does reach east.
for in between is the most expansive body of water on any planet in the entire solar system, the Pacific Ocean of Polynesia, and the Mauna Kea Line.
Itʻs so exciting when you _donʻt_ know the answers, cuz weʻre all just learning every night and day.
to discover we really are all just making things up as we go along, is so liberating
in what new form shall things emerge?
In 1 Anahulu (10 days), I will ‘turn’ 51, meaning I have begun my second half-century. Riding this whorling blue ball we call Earth with several billion others (and a handfull of billionaires) is sometimes maddening, and sometimes stupendous beyond words, but in truth, I hope fpr several centuries more.
For all the planets ‘Exo-Astronomers’ keep discovering, this is indeed, my favorite world of all.
A year is defined as the period of time it takes for our planet to make one full orbit around our central Sun, meaning I have been riding for 50 laps ‘around’ the Sun, and I am about to start my second 50. But is this really an accurate picture of things?
For centuries many leading European thinkers held the Earth was the center of the Universe, and the Sun, as well as all the other stars in our nightime sky, revolved around the Earth, a uniquely fixed point in space, perhaps held there in the lovng hand of God. But, even Copernicus’ Heliocentric upgrade to our solar system still retained a certain rigidity of thinking. If his model decentered the Earth, still his central Sun was fixed, yet still the Catholic Church was pissed. Go figure.
Back in the 20th Century, when I was a kid (I am still a kid) it was explained to me our solar system was kinda like a phonograph (a what?), the grooves in the record and the relatively flat plane of the planets, an analogy for the myriad orbits of so many things all revolving to some kind of majestic celestial music reverberated in space.
Well, like so many things, it turns out it ain’t so. In space, no one can hear you scream, and the way our planets careen thru space is less like a record (what are those again?), and more like a cosmic corkscrew.
Our Sun has not been motionless this whole time, it’s been bobbing and weaving thru the plane of the Milly Way, which in turn wheels around a bewildering beehive of black-holes at the center At the speed of ao (light), photons emitted when I was born, could have just about made it there and back again, just im time for my upcoming birthday!
Of course, neither our galaxy (on a rendezvous with Andromeda) nor the dark and mysteriously massive ‘Local Group’ of which we are all members are standing still. Nope! All of us in this region of the Universe rush madly towards some unknown, but evidently profoundly massive ‘Great Attractor’.
Bearing all this in mind, as I pop a cork and make a toast to time and tide, and the miracle of life we are blessed to behold, I raise my glass to celebrate the incredible corkscrew of our solar system, careening madly at blippity-bop-thousand miles an hour, dragging the You, Me, and the whole solar system in it’s gravitational wake. like so many peeping chicks just trying to keep up in a mad dash across the universe.
Happy Birthday To Me!
“Maunakea, the astonishing mountain that stands in the calm.”
One million years ago, thru a rift in the pacific plate that had already created an archipelago several thousand miles in it’s wake, a new plume of magma arose from our planet’s molten interior creating Mokuokeave, aka the Big Island of Hawai`i. Today, at over 200 km in diameter, and 10 km from base to lofty summit, together the cluster of volcanoes that make up the ʻBig Islandʻ of Hawai`i; Mahukona, Kohala, Hualalai, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Kilauea & Loihi is the tallest and most massive mountain on Earth.
Nearly a mile taller than Everest – and still growing – this 34,000 feet pinnacle (twenty thousand feet below the sea, and fourteen above to it’s tropical-yet-perpetually-snow-clad summit) Mauna Kea (kea meaning ‘white’ in Hawaiian), soars above 40% of the Earth’s atmosphere. Here, the air is so rarified, and still, stars don’t just sparkle, they shine.
Surrounded by the vast expanse of the largest open body of water in our solar system – the Pacific Ocean – and carressed by the light- and pollution-free smooth laminar flows of an unimpeded, desiccated, and attenuated atmosphere, as well as a tropical location that affords views of 90% of the entire sky, Western Science has finally been able to confirm from observational data over the last four decades, that the Summit of Mauna Kea is far and away the most stellar location on Earth from which to view the heavens. But then, the Hawaiian people have known this for more than 1,000 years.
The numbers themselves are mind-boggling, but hardly tell the tale. The crown of this mountain is held by the Polynesians as the umbilicus or piko, the point of origin, place of first contact between Earth Mother Papa, and Sky Father Wakea. The place where heaven and earth first came together to create lofe on this world. The fuller name of Mauna Kea is Mauna a Wakea; Wakea’s Mountain.
Even on our staggeringly serene blue planet, just exactly the right distance from a stable middle-aged yellow star, it would be difficult to discover a place even remotely so magical as the Hawaiian Islands, a string of tropical volcanic islands, surrounded by thousands of miles of salt water, deluged with rain, and bursting with ecological vitality. Even after more than a century of debautched euroamerican capitalism and cultural pillaging, the incredible mana (power) and beauty of this place still takes your breath away. Heaven on earth? It sure can be, if we simply Malama honua — take care of the earth, and for more than one thousand years, Hawaiians have been doing just that.
What does it mean to You to be alive? Not abstractly, or ʻat this tme in history,ʻ but right at this very moment; I kēia manawa, right now.
Time is so precious, and the world we revolve upon so staggeringly magical, it almost blows the monkey mind. Take Trump, for example. Blown.
But seriously, Trumpity-bump-in-the-road asside, there are so many hyuuuge questions about the Universe we find ourselves within. How did it all begin? Where do we come from? What is the name of this thing or that? How does it all come together? What is time? How can we ascribe a numeric value to this phenomina? Do the parts equal the whole? Are we alone in the universe?
There are so many questions that can be asked, but perhaps it all just boils down to this; Is there anybody out there, and by the way, Universe, do you love me?
The good news is you donʻt need a $1.6 Billion Mega-Telescope to find the answers you seek, for they are all contained within the question, or rather more specifically, the questioner.
Who is asking?
Ponder that for 10 minuke. The answer you arrive upon may well reveal much more about you & your worlview than it does the world, for (I am told) we don’t mostly donʻt see the world as it is, but rather, as we are. As Within; So without.
180 degrees from where the X Files Scully and Molder pretended each week to search, lay the vast interiors of inner universe; our souls. And if you seek, you will fond, for the truth is not “out there.”. The answers are within us all. We are not separate from, nor are we parts of. We are the Universe, and the Universe is Us.
Somehow, inexplicably, We have been blessed with the ability to be episodically aware of the infinite Now. We are aspects of the Universe able to reflect and see ourselves And what an amazing gift the present is.
Just as the void and darkness surrounds and inexplicably entwines & defines us, so too does the light in me see the light in you.
Kēia ao, mau e mau; Namastē
If you were somehow on the Moon looking down on Earth — right now, at this very moment — the dynamically generated image below is roughly what you would see (minus the cloud cover, anyway):
Present View of Earth from the Moon
If you can see your part of the world, the part of the planet where you actually are right now, then the moon is probably visible is in your local sky. But don’t just take my word for it, go outside now, check it and see for yourself. Yes?
What phase is the moon right now?How does it compare to the realtime image of light and shadow on the Earth?Do you notice anything curious?
I don’t know when you are reading this, so I can’t know what phase the moon is on, BUT I do know if your view of the Earth is almost all night, then our kid-sister Moon is almost full. If the face of the Earth is almost entirely illuminated, then the Moon is near new. If the Moon is a crescent, then the Earth is gibbous. If the Moon is waxing, then the Earth is waning, and so on. How can this be?
What is going on?
Because we are two bodies in space illuminated by the same Sun, but viewing each other from opposite angles, the ʻphaseʻ of the Earth is always opposite that of the Moon. Neato, yeah?
Think about it; every New Moon, the Earth is full, and every full Moon, the Earth is NEW. Let that sink in for a minuke or two — a every month, a New Earth!
How cool is that?!!!
For those who insist that things will never change, gosh it turns out there is a silver lining. Every time you look to the sky to find the Moon bright, fat and full, now you know that so too the Earth is New! Again!
If like me, you perhaps find this spirituality uplifting and liberating, we can all thank the heavens for that!
Viva la evolution!
What is Technology?
“You’re soaking in it.”
If You, like me — and many billons of others — were marinated in millennia of western exo-centric, reductive materialist thinking, it is understandable you might have come to believe ‘technology’ can only come in material form. Stuff and things with capacities, like computers, cars and satellites.
Since we are today worldwide we seem to be soaking in it, it would be nice to know, is what we understand ‘technology’ to be the half, or the whole of it?
Is there a bigger picture?
Must technology only reside within things? Is technology only made manifest in matter? Does technology need to reside within a material physical object? To not coin a phrase,It that all there is? Or is there perhaps, something… less?
Things. the world is filled with them, but ‘stuff’is not all there is. There is context. There are relationships, patterns, and some curious proprties or aspects, like gravity, that can can be difficult to discern, unless an apple metaphorically hits you on the head.
In this vast magical living universe we are still getting to know, it seems safe to say, therr is more than just the forest and the trees, there the environment itself. There is the figure, and there is the ground. There are objects, and there is negative space. And dark matter.
In fact, in the last couple of decades, Cosmologists have recently begin insisting something 97% of the whole universe is literally not made out of what we presently understand is matter. Oh, and there are thousands of other planets, now it seems mostly dwarf planets circling dwarf stars. That makes sense.
However, if you have been paying attention, you will be aware that for more than a century, even if God does mot play dice withe the universe, still atoms are mostly nothing. Particles are waves and matter is merely condenced energy frozen into seemingly physical form. That you can never touch – only move into electron cloud repulsion proximity.
Spoiler alert: neither the final frontier is nor the truth is out there. you will only find these things inside you.
when i first came into awareness in the mid 20th century america, man, there sure was a huge focus on stuff and things. and wow! technology! over and over again, new things were created and embued with different kind of capacity. some technology you might hold in your hand like a cell phone, or a gun .
But these are not the only kind of technology there is.
Yes, guns cars and computers are physical technological objects — exo-technology if you will; things with technological capacity built into them. objects outside of your self. But do not make the mistake of thinking the half is the whole.
As there are these externalized aspects of technological manifestation, so too are there endo-technologies, our innate inner abilities and systems of understanding. Capacities that need no machines or externalized material objects to have their reality shaping impacts on the world.
Our present tense emergent western recognition of these inner and non-material technology has been been a long time coming. But if you consider the last 70 years of computer technological development, a pattern quickly emerges; as each decade has past, less and less stuff somehow has developed more and more computing power.
As computers have de-materialized from gigantic machines – virtual information factories – that took up whole basements, into something we now can lose in our laundry — now is a great time to re-explore what is ‘technology’. Does it exist only outside of our being, and only in material things?
What of our vast interior universes? Are there slumbering interior technologies inside us all?
Technology is any system of organized knowledge, and the Materialist Western technologies are not the only kind.
What of our inner-technologies – our generationally created ineriors , our genetically organized systems of knowledge – the actual fabric of our accrued being ?
the growing awareness of epigenetics – the awareness of systems intelligence, the recognition and awareness that we are more than mere cognition – all this is perhaps happening now in the west as consquence of of a broad cultural awakening.
Because of the exo-technologies of global communication and connection now entwine the world, more and more of us can now comprehend what the most succeessful, balanced and enduring human cultures have known for thousands of years.
we are all one.
consider meditation. is this astonishingly refined ancient system of organizing knowledge a technology?
you bet your sweet ass it is!
and if you cant go to the mountain, well then, the mauna will come to you!
congratulations! we made it to now! of course, the now party has been going on already for billions of years, but don’t worry – you didn’t miss anything, it’s all still here — in fact,
welcome to the present!
an infinite gift we are all soaking in
seeing more of the picture, largely as a result of the staggering connectivity we are experiencing in this global historical moment.
that are so sophisticated and refined, no material objects are required.
Just as we are now discovering the so much more of the universe we are living within is made of so much more than merely ‘stuff’ and ‘things’, so too are there non-material technologies
many of them from cultures not so materialist fixated, many of them beautiful, and highly refined, many of them inside you, as of yet, perhaps not well recognized as “technology” because it is not manifest in the form of our culturally shaped expectations.
technology is any formal system of organized knowledge
The Ancient Greeks might have said “χ marks the moment” the Greek letter ʻchīʻ (“kai”) being the first letter of the their word for time ʻchronosʻ. In Latin we could just as easily use ʻtʻ for tempus or in English for time to describe this brief moment.
In the hawaiian language, “olelo hawaiʻi” the term for ʻa brief moment’ is ʻiki.
And so for Mauna Time, ʻiki is the term to describe the subtly elastic duration of 1/100,000 of the apparent solar day. Elastic? Apparent? What???
the ancient hawaiians were, and remain to this day, an astonishing culture of amazing and subtle sophistication. Their notions on space and ʻtimeʻ describing motion cycles and duration into language and calendar systems, and the cultural frameworks they brought to the motions and cycles of the heavens and the living environment in which they thrived, are profoundly different from ʻWesternʻ base assumptions and mechanistic models. Indeed, they are a delightful to discover.
Unlike the Western materialist/mechanistic standardized/stabilized and fixed model of time, Mauna Time is quite different
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the ʻiki is wikiwiki – fast! Clocking in at under 9/10ths of a second, the ʻiki is slightly faster than the (legacy Babylonian) second. Instead of the more familiar tempo of 60 bpm of the (Babylonian) second, the Hawaiian ʻiki streams along at almost 70 bpm.
Unlike conventional models of time, Mauna Time is fluid, not rigid. A wavelength, not a particle. Averaging 864 milliseconds each, the ʻiki is not of fixed duration, but remains subtly elastic and alive to the earth’s actual decimal angle of rotation in respect to the Sun at the center of mass of our solar system, such that 100,00 ʻiki always equals one complete day no matter the longest nor shortest of the year.
100 ʻiki make up the ʻHawaiian minuteʻ , which is almost one and one half ʻlegacy minutes long, or about 90 seconds).
10 minuke (1,000 ʻiki) is 1 kē, a duraton equal to about 15 legacy minutes (or .24 hours; exactly 1% of the 24 hour day), so named for the sound of a bell or gong struck to indicate the passage of time.
10 kē adds up to 1 wā hawaiian for an interval of space or time, because the Hawaiians saw the two qualities of space and time within our universe as inextricable linked more than 1,000 years before Albert Einstein had his insights a mere 120 years ago No wonder they beat the rest of the world to these islands by
In the image above – a three dimensional bathymetric view of the youngest volcanic cluster islands feature the last 6 million years of erruptive output of the Hawaiʻi deep mantle plume;
the million yr old bigisland hui of 7 volcanoes,
the 2-3 myo maui cluster of now seperate islands, of kahoʻolawe, lanaʻi and molokaʻi
the 4 myo Oʻahu
and the 5 & 6 myo Kauaʻi-Niʻihau group
Far out of frame, are the significantly older islands of “Nihoa” and MokuManaMana, roughly 150 and 250 miles further to the northwest. At roughly 8 & 10 myo, these severely diminished rocky islands are the hardest and most durable stubs of much larger islands that may have been similar to the more familiar hawaiian islands on their youth. What remains today are but the remnant lava cores, stumps hardened in the throats of the volanos that created them. The only parts that could endure millions of years of pacific pumeling, that will eventually level everything. The ocean always wins.
Intriguingly, even though these older northwestern islands are small, inhospitable, remote, difficult and dangerous to voyage to, there is a bewildering concentration — in fact, the highest density of sacred religious observation platforms and artifacts in all the archipelago — all out in the middle of “nowhere”. Clearly to the Hawaiians, their significance and importance to the Hawaiian culture is vast What might seem like “nowhere” today, was clearly somewhere very important to them.. Why?
As luck might have it, Moku ManaMana the remnant basalt stub of an islet that juts 400′ from the surface of the sea 300 miles nw of Kauaʻi, is a j-shaped fishing-hook island located at almost the precise latitude of the tropic of cancer – the northernmost latitude on earth where in late June (of the Gregorian Calender), the sun appears to pass directly overhead. The name they give to this latitude is poetic and deeply evocative; ‘The great shining black road of Kane’, This name suggests volumes of a kind of profound understanding it is difficult for us today to fully fathom.
As one of the premier navigating cultures in human history, able to locate themselves indelibly on the surface of this world – intrinsically and directly from observation – with no inference from nor corroboration from any ‘external’ technology – and move about with comfidence and precision, the ancient Hawaiians were well aware of this unique geo-spatial condition. Likely, they used these islands as geolocating navigational beacons.
And so too does Mauna Time reflect and celebrate the sacredness of these and other summits — the planet over.
Somewhere, there is a mountain that is sacred to You. It could be any of the submerged table-tops in the seamount arc north and west from the main Hawaiian cluster, that extend under the surface of the pacific ocean thousands of mies away where finally, these flat-topped sea mounts that have been majestically conveyed by the vast conveyor belt of the spreading pacific plate for the last 70 millpn years, dive deep into the subduction trench under the Siberian continental shelf to be recycled into the molten 4.5 billion year interior of our planets inner liquid layers.
Somewhere, right now — and it is always now — for there is no other ʻwhenʻ on this incredible spinning planet — a new Mauna now rotates into view and illumination from our central sun.
Is this Mauna You?