posted on Jul, 8 2012 @ 12:48 PM
What you're describing is best demonstrated by professional athletes, but it is no way limited to them alone.
In a normal mental state, time becomes differentiated into past-present-future and we are much more cognizant of these temporal categories; but when
one concentrates and literally "concentrates" his thought on one particular concept, time becomes condensed into one long moment, it seems.
When one loses oneself in the reality experienced, and self consciousness doesn't squeak through, that's when magic happens. A singer who hits every
single note and we all feel the power and precision of his singing - this is the same thing we admire in the professional athlete who becomes subsumed
and literally a vehicle for the thing sought.
This is probably most classically expressed through poetry. There is a very obvious difference between self conscious poetry and the poet who
expresses some higher reality; it runs differently and produces a different feeling.
In every field and every art, man possesses the ability to rise above himself - which is to rise above temporal categories - and experience the
eternal in time. Those are true moment of magic.
I notice the same things you do. In soccer when the attackers move in such sync with each other that they manage to avoid all defensive tactics and
pull of a wondrous goal; or in basketball when Lebron James or Kobe Bryant or Kevin Durant goes off for a litany of mind boggling plays - hitting
shots at the buzzer, one footers with a hand in the face.
These are all such magical moments. The player is not himself, but a vehicle for some higher reality which expresses the brilliance of the now, the
potency of human power.