grok (grawk) vt., vi. [<Martian, to drink] 1. a) to merge, blend, intermarry; lose identity in group experience b) to become one with c) being identically equal 2. to understand something so thoroughly that you merge with it and it merges with you 3. the observer becomes part of the observed


So, What Does It Mean to “Grok In Fullness?”

For those of you unfamiliar with the term, the word “grok” was coined by author Robert A. Heinlein for use by his character Valentine Michael Smith in his classic science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land. The title comes from the fact that Mike is the only survivor of the first human expedition to Mars. When Earth gets around to putting together a rescue mission, some twenty years later, they find that Mike — a child born out of wedlock between two of the original members of the exploration team — has been raised by the Martians. The book then details Mike’s “adventures” as he is brought back “home,” explores human nature, and tries to bring the Martian philosophy to Earth. In this book we find Mike using the term “grok” frequently. At first when he says “I grok” it appears to mean “I understand.” But later, in response to a question, Mike declares that grok means “to drink” in a literal translation from the Martian. As his friends discuss the term further they determine that the exact meaning is hard to pin down because in Martian it tends to imply everything that humans mean when they refer to religion, philosophy, and science. So the phrase “may you always grok in fullness” is intended to convey your hope that someone will not jump to conclusions, will not immediately pass judgment, will not act without thought; but instead will look at every problem, opportunity, and action from any and all perspectives. It is asking that the recipient try to understand a situation so thoroughly that they effectively become one with it — that they can see all of the other points of view from all of the other perspectives. Then, once this “understanding” has been attained — once the observer has become part of the observed and understands its perspective — then they can act in full confidence that they will do the best and the right thing.

Some interesting information about the different editions of the book with cover art.
An outline of the plot
Characters in the book.

What does this have to do with Druidism?
Or the Order of The Mithril Star?
The Order is one of a handful of Pagan groups inspired by “Stranger In A Strange Land,” which are beginning to be referred to as the “Heinleinian Tradition.” The Order practices water sharing as a sacrament and advocates (but does not require) naturism, polyfidelity and intentional community. We recognize that deity resides in each and every one of us (“Thou art God.”) In our The Druid Path course we require students to read the novel (and they are tested on it)

Grok is a kinda of “Zen” like concept, and meditation is way of grokking the universe isn’t it?