Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sync Log: Eyes in the Sky

Sometime around 8 PM I saw the most stunning cloud formation on my evening walk- it looked the sky was filled with eyes. I returned home and looked up "eye-shaped clouds" but no luck. So then I wrote this on the Secret Sun FB page:
Tonight's the night I picked to leave my phone at home on my walk. There was the weirdest cloud bank in the sky as the sun was setting- it looked like there were thousands of eyes in the sky, with pupils and everything. Then the closer I get to my house the more wiped away it all gets. Anyone ever seen anything like that? 
Sure enough, others had (including Missus Wibble).

At the same time I had posted about the clouds, a group member had independently posted a graphic of a raw photo of the same phenomenon and then an artistic interpretation on his wall.

I had never seen anything like it before, at least I don't recall such a thing. It did occur to me that there was an eclipse today and I thought that might have had some effect on the clouds.

What I didn't mention on the FB thread was that before I went for a walk I had been performing a hypnogogic meditation (which I discussed on the Mystery Hour with Mike Clelland). And I didn't want to end it until I could clearly summon an image or an icon (which is a lot harder than it sounds, since it's impossible to actually consciously do so in that state). The image that came to mind was the eye of a bird, perhaps an eagle or a hawk.

Speaking of Mike Clelland, I first noticed the cloud phenomenon around the corner from my strange 2010 encounter.

I have at least a passing familiarity with cloud formation and meteorology, so while I was absolutely stunned by the eyes in the sky I was thinking about low pressure fronts and wind patterns and convection at the same time. I couldn't help but wonder what the ancients would have thought of such a phenomenon.

PS: There must have been something in the air tonight- a discussion of the Transformers movies kicked loose the fact that Ted Torbich had his own version of the original Secret Sun dream: "You mention a dream of a giant robot stomping on your neighborhood when you were a kid. That smacked me upside the head! I remembered instantly a dream that I had that was precisely that, that I had completely forgotten about all these years!"