Boulder man hopes to stop Gulf of Mexico oil spill with meditation
Carl Fuermann asks people to visualize closing the valve
By Laura Snider Camera Staff Writer
Posted: 05/04/2010 05:55:36 PM MDT
A fix for the gushing oil well a mile beneath the Gulf of Mexico has so far eluded scientists and engineers armed with technical know-how and high-tech robotic submarines.
So one Boulder man is calling upon people from around the world to try a different, simpler tack: meditation.
"The basic concept is to try and get as many people to visualize that the valve is actually functioning and is working and closing," said Carl Fuermann, a staff member in the University of Colorado's Registrar Office.
The Coast Guard estimates that 200,000 gallons of oil a day has been streaming into the Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig sank after it was rocked by an explosion April 20. A safety valve
Boulder resident Carl Fuermann, posing for a portrait Tuesday, wants people to help try to fix the Gulf of Mexico oil leak through meditation. ( Stephen Swofford )designed to stop the flow of oil, called a blowout preventer, did not activate as it was designed to after the explosion. Efforts to activate the valve using robots have not worked.
Fuermann said his desire to use meditation to activate the blowout preventer -- and his belief that visualization could actually work -- is rooted in his own life experiences and in a global movement called the Intention Experiment.
"I'm very known for fixing things and making things work," Fuermann said, adding that he believes his meditation helped fix a friend's Flip video camera.
"I visualize things working and hold the belief that they actually work."