Finding what needs to be said is a challenge. In large part it requires letting go of reacting to things and getting caught-up in complaining. Chasing disappointment… It requires allowing the force of what is not being said to make itself felt. This is a combination of internal listening with sampling what comes to us… Continue reading The Proprioception of Power
This statement demands clarification. Coherence it is not a synonym for reason, reasoned, reasonable. Neither is incoherence: unreason, unreasonable, unreasoned. The key to understanding coherence lies at the root of these distinctions. I've found this talk given by Anthony McCann valuable in illuminating this distinction. Anthony uses language centered around what he calls Gentleness. His… Continue reading Coherence is not reasonable.
We struggle with unintended consequences. In frustration we turn to chasing after power to force our will to prevail. We enter a spiral of increasing suffering and greater dislocation as the violence this process unleashes destroys every remaining scrap of coherent life. Blinded to our delusion by delusion, we increase our efforts. We twist and… Continue reading Coherent Action, from unintended consequences to catalytic response.
JMG has repeatedly pointed out that a religious impulse is always at work. There are many avenues for this impulse to work through. There are many places it can hide in plain sight, as it does in civic religions. As it does in our belief in science/technology, distinct from the practice of science. There are… Continue reading Religion, Mental Proprioception, and the Implicate Order.
" ... minor twists of fate and individual decisions very often have much more dramatic consequences in dark ages than they do when the settled habits of a mature civilization constrain the impact of single events." JMG "Failure provides clarity. We perceive that our knowledge is incoherent." David Bohm Two comments that circle each other… Continue reading Meaning & Action
Art, even more so than craft, cannot be contained by technique. If you think, "I know what I'm doing!" You're either mistaken or you are killing whatever art you might have been capable of creating. Hampered your capacity to enter an involvement in an act of creation. An artist's materials can be a useful medium… Continue reading A Space for Community
I'm writing to ask you to take a look at my friend Peter Kajtar's Kickstarter campaign. Peter is writing a book building on the work of David Bohm and J Krishnamurti, The Order of Thought. I've cited his work many times here. I consider what he is doing to be one of the most significant… Continue reading The Order of Thought
We are accustomed to thinking that what we do involves processes. Let's stop right there and unpack that statement. "Accustomed" is another term for conditioned. "Thinking…" well, there we go…. So, by the time we get to "process" we're already in suspicious territory! What led to this question was a mediation on creativity and its… Continue reading “Process” may not be the right word for this…
We have resigned ourselves to accept that life's purpose is to chase after comfort. This leaves us in a very uncomfortable position. We begin to prod and peer to see what might come after comfort…. Money, power, agreement, advantage; these all promise comfort. The key here is in promise. In our appetite for comfort we… Continue reading After Comfort
Two points: All that's been covered here so far is preamble. Disinterested parties provide the most valuable commentary. The first point aims at the unfinished quality of what has appeared here. The second hints at why this is important. We are conditioned to strive. One of the things we strive after most diligently is meaning.… Continue reading Disinterested, Why the Fool was so valuable
One reason things have been a little slow here in the past few weeks has been the work involved editing this conversation with Jeppe Dyrendom Graugaard. It is now up on his site: Pattern Which Connects. Here is his introduction: Last February I approached Tony Dias for an interview about his involvement in and thoughts… Continue reading Pattern Which Connects, Finding Community
an anecdote about Martin Luther King, who apparently said to Harry Belafonte, just before he (i.e., King) was assassinated, that he thought he might have been making a big mistake; that he sometimes felt like he was herding people into a burning church. This is a very different insight, quite obviously, than the notion that… Continue reading Shadows, Murmurs & Inklings