On April 10, 2019, humanity got to see the first ever picture of a black hole. Just a few decades ago, black holes were only theories, then became popularized in science fiction, but now we have an actual image of one.
It’s really not a picture in the traditional sense, but the superposition of many different measurements taken with radio telescope around the world. Quite amazingly, it really took humanity to work together to go beyond our boundaries, both as humans and technologically, and capture this image of an object far, far away in space.
The honor of naming it fell to University of Hawaii professor Larry Kimura. To find an appropriate name, he dug deep into our history, our myths, into language and looked for what lays hidden therein (I love to do this process myself).
In the ancient Hawaiin chant of creation called Kumu(u)li-po, he found this incredibly powerful name:
which means “the adorned fathomless dark creation” or “embellished dark source of unending creation.”
"Po"" is the profound dark source of unending creation, and "wehi" is something or somebody honored with embellishments, or adored with a crown.
The name was chosen because the image of the black hole shows it illuminating the darkness around it. Out of darkness comes the light.
It think, it is a beautiful fit.
But really, the story is the myth of creation. The name may be Hawaiin, but the myth is universal. This is a great myth of darkness, night, turning into day, thereby creation. It is the great mystery of becoming: out of darkness comes the light and life.
We find this same story in Genesis in the Bible: there first was darkness, and then God spoke (“logos”), and there was light and life followed.
Or, as I described, the same magical understanding is the original meaning of our word “dawn”, which literally meant “daying,” the night turning into day, becoming. ( See “Beautiful Dawn: The Goddess of Nature and Dawn awakening.” )
So now I got curious and looked up the chant myself, going straight to the source:
I searched for Powehi , but what I found was this: “Po-lalo-wehi, the female.”
Here, again, we have the female, in her spiritual form she is the goddess, who is able to give life formed in the female womb. Again, we have this image of creation, from a womb to life.
We also find this, to some extent, in the Buddhist concept of emptiness or “Sunyata” (see my write-up here on how to use this with grief) which is not an empty void, but more like a space filled with endless possibilities like a womb. From a Buddhist perspective, there is no creation per se, say like the Big Bang, but rather "mutual arising." That means, no thing has an inner essence but can only come into existence with all else.
So the Buddhist philosophy is different, but there are some similarities.
Thus, here are all these universal myths and philosophies dealing with life coming out of some great darkness or void – pregnant with possibilities.
And now we have an image for it: Powehi.
Science, myth, and humanity all came together here. This IS the process of creation in action.
It is also an example of one of my great dreams, that of humanity working together, growing as a community, thus the elevation of the human spirit.
Namaste — I bow to you and the Divine in you.
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