"(Taoism) isn't a process of learning more facts or greater skills. It is the unlearning of wrong habits and opinions." — Alan Watts It's not just the Singularity Boys who get this wrong…. What is unlearning? This question has taken a lot of sitting. Resting attention on a feeling that something's missing. On the tip… Continue reading There’s no freeing the mind without respecting the limitations of the body.
The change of the seasons is so powerful…. It is disorienting…. We tend to view this as a collapse of whatever momentum we had developed over the months spent within a circle of similarity that allows us to feel a kind of certainty building. Yes, even for those of us talking endlessly about the pitfalls of… Continue reading What is missing…
Addiction is getting stuck. Seeking relief from suffering instead of perceiving proprioception, we chase a form of release. It is temporary. Its effects lessen each time we resort to it. Our connection to clarity of perception – including a lived sense of its limits – weakens. Repetition digs us deeper. Addiction is our organism's reaction… Continue reading Addiction & Creativity
The Violence Behind Likes and Opinions I recently removed myself from Facebook. I joined reluctantly and have regretted it since the beginning. Was pushed along by expectation and crowd-mentality. I've long felt that Zuckerberg is the worst kind of nerd entrepreneur. Caught-up in fantasies of egotistical superiority requiring that he WIN at all costs… Continue reading Saying No to Facebook
Peeling away layers of Ego I found anger and disappointment blocking the way to compassion. There's another block hiding beneath them, contempt. We see it all around us. This is a society choking on contempt. Every faction and group is held together by the contempt in which it holds the rest. The path to anger,… Continue reading Contempt
…no matter how noble the system would be. A mind that has been trained only to know facts, is simply unable to deal with Life in all its diversity, with its subtleties, with its depths and heights. Krishnamurti Thanks to Julien Matei for this quotation. We suffer under ignorance wrapped in knowing. Belief lacking compassion. The tools of the enlightenment destroying any potential for useful… Continue reading Ignorance Wrapped in Knowing. Belief Lacking Compassion.
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
“Who is free of myths knows love” - Krishnamurti I just came across this quotation. It struck me. It made sense, immediately, but in a way that leads me to want to air it all out, to find and put down the connections this statement set reverberating within me. By "free of myths," I understand… Continue reading Love is Being
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
Movements. I'm pretty sure it doesn't look like movements. Or advertisements for money making ventures. I don't think it means continuing to complain about how bad everything is and then remaining within assumptions just because, well, "Why should I have to change? It's them that are wrong!" So, what do I think it looks like?… Continue reading What does “Not business as usual” look like?
I've been waiting for something worth writing down to come to me after reading Ishmael. Perhaps I should still be waiting…. In the meantime, this came to me this morning. Deep denial is not the denial of bad outcomes, like "global warming" or "injustice." It's the denial that we get what we are after. That… Continue reading Deep Denial
A confession. A sin of omission, I guess it must be. The result of ignorance, or the way in which all our purported "access" is actually working to keep important works hidden in plain sight. I've just read Daniel Quinn's Ishmael. I've added a link because there may yet be one or two of you… Continue reading The Eight Hundred Pound Gorilla in the Room