When Alice fell into the rabbit hole, her concern was that she would ”fall right through the center of the earth and come out the other side where people walk upside down”. But to enter Wonderland, that’s what you have to do—invert your perceptions. By overturning a standardized concept of reality, you activate your fantasy. Inversion can provide us with new options.
We were not meant to be always right side up. Inside our mother’s womb, we were upside down ready to exit the birth canal. Maybe that’s the reason why little kids on playgrounds love hanging upside down on monkey bars. Or because being constantly right-side up can be a stress. Hanging upside down reduces pressure on the spine thus relaxes.
Yoga also encourages inversion. Headstands, for example, relieve the heaviness of gravity. They reverse our flow, pump fresh blood and oxygen to the brain, improve circulation, and gives the heart a rest.
Unfortunately, I’m not able to do a headstand so sometimes I just fake it by hanging my head over the bed.
Sometimes we humans mistakenly think we can control the world around us. But, because of the inherent complexity of life, exists The Law of Inverse Consequences where the outcome of our actions has nothing to do with our intentions. For example, Australia released tons of rabbits for hunting purposes. But the rabbits, not ready to be stewed, reproduced so much that they ate brush meant for the cattle and also caused problems of erosion.
And when I feel like Alice in Wonderland when she said: “I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then,” it’s time to write in my diary so I can make upside thought thoughts stand up again.