This was her fourth year of speaking at the annual conference of her peers – a conglomeration of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and theologians. Her talk on “The quantum theory and how the electrodynamics of the Universe integrates fundamental physics concepts to better understand the impact of human activities on Earth’s systems” was always a popular culmination to the gathering.
Today was no exception. As always, the loudest claps from the audience came from the ministers/priests/rabbis who attended this seemingly incongruous symposium. But why? Not once did she discuss spiritual matters. In fact, Megan didn’t have a spiritual bone in her body.
She walked away from the podium feeling disillusioned and discouraged. She was at the pinnacle of her career, yet why did she feel so let down? So…uninspired?
Dr. Lenderhof, renowned physicist, gave her two quick pecks on each cheek, exclaiming “Bravo, Dr. Endicott.” She shrugged lightly, but he then pushed a man in front of her. “Meet the Most Venerable Kako.”
The tall, lean, bald man dressed in a drab green robe placed his palms together and bowed slightly toward Megan. She sighed inwardly. What was he doing here? Kako was a well-known Buddhist abbot recently in the headlines because he opened a retreat not for followers, but for disbelievers, at his northern California retreat.
Megan bowed back and whispered, “Namaste.”
“Thank you,” Kako replied.
“For what?” Megan was surprised. Her talk would not have inspired a monk or any religious leader in any sense of the word.
“For accepting my invitation to spend a week at Namaste Wellness. I’m honored and thrilled.”
Megan blinked. What was he talking about?
Kako sent her a Mona Lisa smile. “Your reservation says you’re joining us tomorrow and that your flight is booked. A car will be waiting for you at the San Francisco airport, and then it’s a three-hour journey to our place of respite and retreat.”
Megan’s mouth opened and closed. But inside, deep inside, she felt a shudder of recognition. Last week when she’d stressed over the myriad administrative details that had to be accomplished, her assistant had mentioned something about Megan needing a get-away. Distracted, Megan had snapped: “yes, just do it.”
A sentence in her speech boomed in her brain just at that moment:
“Energy and matter interact throughout the universe for inexplicable reasons, yet somehow revelations occur.”
“I’m looking forward to my time at Namaste Wellness more than you can know,” Megan finally replied graciously.
“Oh, believe me Dr. Endicott,” Kako answered with a soft breath. “The unknowable will be revealed.”