Want to know gravity? Lay flat on your back.
At some point in the distant past, I realized the truth about gravity. Because gravity isn’t a force. Gravity is a bending in space-time.
Here’s how I did it. It may not work for you the way it worked for me. But it worked for me just fine. Perfectly, in fact.
I simply laid on my back. Yes, there were trees around. And yes, it was a pristine location surrounded by natural beauty. But none of that really mattered. What mattered was what I experienced as I lay on my back. And it would be the same no matter where I laid. I could have been in bed, laying on my back on whatever kind of mattress you might want to spend your money on. In my case, it was grass. Just grass. Just a flat patch of grass.
As I lay on my back, I realized that it was exactly the same feeling as if I were laying on my back in one of those spinning carnival rides, where the passengers begin standing against a padded wall, and then slowly, as the whole spinning contraption begins to rotate, you are pressed against the padded wall behind you. Until you realize that the padded wall behind you is really the padded bed beneath you. Because centrifugal force is pushing against you, turning the wall into the floor.
But there’s more. Just laying on the ground, on the grassy ground, I felt that I was accelerating upward. This is exactly the way Einstein described gravity. Gravity is no different than acceleration. A constant acceleration gives you the sense of weight. A constant acceleration is gravity. You can lay on the ground and get the definite sense that you are accelerating upward. And there is no difference. In fact, the gravity that you experience in that way is exactly the same as the gravity you feel at all times, while you are awake, walking around on this massive planet we call Earth. You are within and about the bent space-time caused by the mass of the planet.
Cool, right? Try it. You’ll get it.