“If there is a Domain where enduring Joy can be found and a kind of Knowledge which solves all problems that here distress the soul of men, then what is of greater importance than that men should find the Way to reach this Domain?”

Franklin Merrell-Wolff, Pathways through to Space

I read the above quote and can’t help but reflect on the recent “Curiosity” landing on Mars. A one-ton rover, making a 354 million-mile journey, descending from 13,000 miles per hour to two, slowing to land with delicate precision upon its dusty surface.

courtesy of NASA

A milestone in space history? Most definitely. A fantastic feat? By all means. And am I, too, curious of what could be discovered on Mars? Yes, of course.

But I’m also curious what else we could do with the $2.5 billion it takes to fund this roving seeker-of-clues. Maybe something right here at home, where we still have some chores to do before we leave the house for a new adventure.

Curious about this Domain that Merrell-Wolff speaks of. Is it possible that our own human form can be the ultimate traveling vessel? That if we quiet ourselves enough – body, mind, spirit – we may find a place within that can take us to the answer of every eager question?

Is it possible that we could find some quintessential space/place, beyond geographical mapping, inside our very selves? A landscape within our being that transcends all launches and landings. Could this Domain exist as more than just a place to leave or go, but rather a divine state, to not only be experienced, but lived?

That to go there wouldn’t cost a dime but for our intention and our time.

I’m curious.