Many years ago I traveled to London for the first time and met a sixty-year-old British postal worker in the Duke of Wellington Pub in Soho.
He bought me a glass of barley wine and told me it had a very good original gravity.
I asked him what he meant by original gravity.
He explained that it was the British method of expressing the strength of a beer.
He winked and said I should always make sure I’m partaking of strong original gravity.
As he spoke these words he seemed to momentarily transform from an intoxicated postal worker into a sparkling-eyed mystic.
In my mind, the phrase original gravity blossomed into a metaphor for living life to its fullest, and over the years it has become the catch phrase for the state of being I aspire to attain in my life and through my work in creative expression, education, spirituality, research and healing.
*Excerpt from Original Gravity: A Personal Narrative Theology Inquiry into the Experience of Seeking, Receiving, and Following Divine Guidance by Mark Allan Kaplan, Ph.D.