Hawking, born on January 8, 1942 (he links that date to 300 years after Galileo died http://www.hawking.org.uk/), has ALS, and has been immobilized for years. He uses a machine to help him breathe, a computer to speak, and nothing, absolutely nothings stops him from participating in life! He believes and often expresses that the survival of the human race is dependent on our ability to explore and live in regions beyond Earth.
Hawking wants to travel on Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship 2 and one reason for his experiencing weightlessness on an atmospheric flight (our partner, Zero G, crafts gravity-free experiences using a specially equipped 727) was to test his ability to fly with Virgin Galactic.
Imagine what our lives could be like if we could break free of the gravity holding us to troubling life events, situations, or the inventions of our minds that imprison us! Today I read my Daily OM (www.dailyom.com) and it addressed being free of gravity. I have copied it below! Enjoy!
Free Of Gravity
As earthbound beings, humans have always had a fascination with winged creatures of all kinds. The idea of being able to spontaneously lift off from the earth and fly is so compelling to us that we invented airplanes and helicopters and myriad other flying machines in order to provide ourselves with the many gifts of being airborne. Flying high in the sky, we look down on the earth that is our home and see things from an entirely different perspective. We can see more, and we can see farther than we can when we’re on the ground. As if all this weren’t enough, the out-of-this-world feeling of freedom that comes with groundlessness inspires us to want to take flight again and again. Metaphorically, we take flight whenever we break free of the gravity that holds us to a particular way of thinking or feeling or being. We take flight mentally when we rise above our habitual ways of thinking about things and experience new insights. This is what it means to open our minds. Emotionally, we take flight when the strength of our passion exceeds the strength of our blockages; the floodgates open and we are free to feel fully. Spiritually we take flight when we locate that part of ourselves that is beyond the constraint of linear time and the world of form. It is in this place that we experience the essential boundlessness that defines the experience of flight. Taking flight is always about freeing ourselves from form, if only temporarily. When we literally fly, in a plane or on a hang glider, we free ourselves from the strength of gravity’s pull. As we open our minds and our hearts, we free ourselves from habitual patterns of thought and emotional blockages. As we remember our true nature, we free ourselves from identification with the temporary state of our physical forms. The more we stretch our wings, the clearer it becomes that taking flight is a state of grace that simply reminds us of who we really are.