tree roots they penetrate the pipes irrigation and sewers..and are ever seeking it seems..new paths to water fulfillment.. (some patching this morning of irrigation line by our friend, Jeremy..) this is a seeking which seems to promise that seeking will bring a reward.. these roots are as we..also seeking water or ocean or that which denies limitation..we see in the root's seeking a similarity confirming a truth.. so..we need to turn..and find the roots also turn..to discover now search paths never end..and more: the water we seek..we and the roots is not to be sought..but what we Are...
fascism...briefly it lies at the core of each of us.. the root..is the appearance of fundamental separation arriving soon after birth and continuing strongly..or weakly.. in life..until it is known.. ego is the modern name given to this primal experience which is a necessity for health and growth.. ego reality is that of the body as observer of that outer world.. which is our cultural consensus our view of things..most of us seem to live and die in this unquestioned consensus of who we are.. ego unleashed can become more than positive personal identity..a tool for a unique self engaging a troubled world.. the ego can compound the suffering of separation..reaching for any means to end the suffering..which increases our dangers..dangers to self and others.. the only solution and remedy lies close at hand..yet distant it seems in our consensus reality.. we must identify the ego's reality as insufficient for a life well lived and recognize that it simply veils something much more: an identity unbounded and filled with peace and grace...
a figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole or the whole for a part, the special for the general or the general for the special, as in ten sail for ten ships or a Croesus for a rich man.
synecdoche it is metaphoric with holographic meaning assuming a relationship between part and whole..and part.. and by extension: a polarity.. in which the part lies within is known by (and this is the leap to be made for truth and one's happiness) made of the whole..
Issue 6, Veterans Issue (Winter), Submissions: OPEN
Our sixth issue will be dedicated to veterans and their experience as told through fiction, essay, and memoir.
A Second Graduation. (in progress)
We all remember the tossing of the caps..this celebration of accomplishment and endurance.
And in the spring of each year since, we are reminded of our own graduation by many similar expressions of exuberance at military academies, and elsewhere. This iconic ritual is gratefully remembered, and marks what I like to call our "first graduation."
Our freshly printed diplomas, signed by the Superintendent, stated that we were prepared to
participate as leaders in our nation's defense. More preparation followed in branch and service schools to ensure that details were absorbed for accomplishment of many specific missions.
Some of us did not return from the Viet Nam war, for which dark clouds loomed as we graduated. Others lived to observe the notable failures of this war, even as they fully supported their comrades in arms. A few declared openly the discomfort they experienced by their own participation in a war which, for them, lost all meaning. As a result of these varying experiences, questions arise as to how well our preparation served us for encountering failure in our life endeavors. Would an education more fully informative of the so-called negative aspects of life--mistakes, futility, egotism, duplicity--have improved our understanding in this early stage of our lives, and the stages to follow. Or is experience the only real teacher of such things? To be sure, however, such teachings seem most significant as we approach a vital "second graduation."
Which brings me to my suggestion of the need for a "second graduation" from the Academy, or really from any institution attended by future generations. The second graduation is unique to each individual, and might even precede the first! Simply, the second is a recognition of that dimension of each of us which observes the multiplicity of activities, the good and difficult times, through which our lives seem to move. Our attention to the activities themselves entangles and diverts our attention from this most important realization. Although a maturing process likely occurred for most of us, and glimpses of a new graduation no doubt were perceived, it seems that something more of an awakening is necessary.
Perhaps retirement is a time when such awakening takes place. There is a Japanese military tradition referred to as the "dismissing your loyal soldier," by which is meant an expanding perspective of reality, a birthing of widening contexts, leading to a new self identification..transcending the duties which had so long filled our foreground. This self identity has always been truly ours, however veiled by those many situations requiring immediate and dutiful attention.The beauty of this recognition is that former times might then be revisited and experienced with much more color and fulfillment. Also, a new freedom may seem to hone our critical thinking faculties, reaching new possibilities of insight and service. In other words, we might discover that all activities, past or present, are actually made of that wholeness now recognized by a second graduation.
The cadet hymn, "The Corps" sings of the "thrill that your presence imparts." The "presence" refers to the Academy's rich traditions, particularly the Long Gray Line, which indeed underly the excitement of our first graduation. The thrill might, and should, then expand to a larger and living presence, the gift of a second graduation.
There is only presence a rich oneness which is our identity standing and witnessing and creating of itself life's many separations.. Paths of separation of resisting and seeking seem to veil our identity allowing only brief tastes of the presence we crave and words fail to disclose.. But the thrills on life's paths present a window which when cleansed illumine our way home... ~~CC
World Building.. fragments are initial stimulations seeming as discrete until our experience disagrees.. context swallows content and our fragment spreads and re-identifies as the world or the universe..or a song.. yet..remaining a fragment a fleeting perception: world building... ~~CC
Instead of thinking of experience as a collection of objects or nouns, feel only in terms of verbs. Instead of thinking, ‘I know such and such’, feel, ‘There is only knowing and I am that’. Instead of thinking, ‘I love you’, feel, ‘There is only loving and I am that’. Instead of thinking, ‘I see the tree’, feel, ‘There is only seeing and I am that’. ~~Rupert Spira
Panel Presentation/Discussion: "World Building through Art" - What is world building and why is it important in art, film, and literature? Join artists John Frame and Virgil Ortiz and Professor Natanya Pulley in a facilitated conversation about creating complex, nuanced, and real fictional worlds in their respective bodies of work. Facilitated by Professor Steven Hayward. A pre-talk reception will be held at the Fine Arts Center on September 13th at 4 p.m. 5:30 pm, Packard Performance Hall, 5 W. Cache La Poudre St. Free to the Public
floating away from a personal "i" which occupies our days.. so many schedules and accounts to be settled.. it has long been so that our i seems stolen by habits and chores.. one morning we might float away to observe from a distance.. an out-of-body excursion in which our personal i morphs as I.. solidity spreads and softens and we find without effort a new I..which all have sought..lifelong..but beneath habits and chores are darkly concealed...
a dream too wild* resistance is receding with clarity in bloom boundaries are softening rationality for a moment is brushed away and experience shines.. teachers..now and past are placed in our paths and heard with new eyes.. teachers within..at last are accepted with joy.. understandings of self stand in stark contrast with toxicities without.. new perceptive twists recognize real roots and burn the brush which for centuries has dimmed our view: a dream too wild... ~~CC *from The American Scholar Quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, The American Scholar: 8) Thus to him, to this school-boy under the bending dome of day, is suggested, that he and it proceed from one root; one is leaf and one is flower; relation, sympathy, stirring in every vein. And what is that Root? Is not that the soul of his soul?--A thought too bold,--a dream too wild. Yet when this spiritual light shall have revealed the law of more earthly natures,--when he has learned to worship the soul, and to see that the natural philosophy that now is, is only the first gropings of its gigantic hand, he shall look forward to an ever expanding knowledge as to a becoming creator. He shall see, that nature is the opposite of the soul, answering to it part for part. One is seal, and one is print. Its beauty is the beauty of his own mind. Its laws are the laws of his own mind. Nature then becomes to him the measure of his attainments. So much of nature as he is ignorant of, so much of his own mind does he not yet possess. And, in fine, the ancient precept, "Know thyself," and the modern precept, "Study nature," become at last one maxim. The ancient precept, “Know thyself,” and the modern precept, “Study nature,” become at last one maxim.
CC - As we have seen from some of Madisyn's Dailys, she is a spiritual person. But with this presentation she takes it all the way. What she says below is not exactly new, 'tho. What is your opinion with the substance of this??
Character Character or characters are the creation.. but our perceptions and thoughts conspire to deceive.. drawn and attached we are enamored with the momentary pleasures not recognizing that these pleasures are momentary simply colorations of the hidden aim of all journeys: discovering true Pleasure... ~~CC
"Let there be softness towards the character. When there is a reaction to who you think you are then the character is judging the character—this reinforces the mistaken identity/separation story. Being in observer mode replaces the habit of buying into the "me" story. It needs to become really clear when the observer is active so that there is an awareness of watching the character without any comment. And when that softness towards the character arises naturally, you can know that the observing position is becoming more familiar. This is really key as it trains your system to not plug into the "me" story. The personal story is seen with softness and this causes it to lose its potency as a story."
Gratitude is the aftermath of a recognition of that which we truly are.. it is a transformation of what heretofore seemed to attract but remained quite separate.. there is new illumination in our recognition that that also is made of what we truly are... CC
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Nothing? complexity abounds as we try to understand the heavens in old tried and true ways.. the universe accelerates its expansion so we must conclude there is something more than the matter we see pushing with extraordinary vigor.. naming that something as dark matter existing in universal darkness is apparently beyond our viewing.. we conclude: emptiness is not empty.. and nothing is no-thing..but..? these many thoughts..among many more promise only unending searches using science's outdated lenses.. enter a new lens: the consciousness-only Scope.. where it is discovered that everything lies within.. is known by..and is made of consciousness: consciousness is our reality..not all those things.. things are our fleeting thoughts and perceptions.. yet our scientists are reluctant to cast off their deep-seated learning..and in surrender discover..at last..the truth for which they are searching: emptiness and no-thing contain vast possibilities..many appearing many..not... CC, TS, et al - Here's more science based fodder for you deep thinkers. CP Q: Is empty space really the same as nothing? A: We know that the universe is very empty. The average density of space is about one atom in every ten cubic metres – far more rarefied than any vacuum we can achieve on Earth. But even if you take all the matter away, space has a kind of elasticity which (as was recently confirmed) allows gravitational waves – ripples in space itself – to propagate through it. Moreover, we’ve learned that there is an exotic kind of energy in empty space itself.... But of course this raises another question: how much of science is going to be accessible to the human brain? It could turn out, for instance, that the mathematics of string theory is in some sense a correct description of reality, but that we will never be able to understand it well enough to check it against any genuine observation. Then we may have to await the emergence of some kind of post-humans to get a fuller understanding. These are excerpts from:
a car approaches and passes.. sight and hearing pass into hearing and memory now fading and leaving behind only memory now fading and leaving behind an emptiness filled with possibility including another car approaching: these moments brought to you by your gift of fleeting perception...!!
Journeying is not one journey nor is it many.. it is the movement of your self within and as your Self.. ~~CC
How would you summarize your life journey?
What is the relation between journeying and searching?
How does self-identity apply to a journey?
Is travel significant to you?
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao Tzu Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe All I wanted was to live a life where I could be me, and be okay with that. I had no need for material possessions, money or even close friends with me on my journey. I never understood people very well anyway, and they never seemed to understand me very well either. All I wanted was my art and the chance to be the creator of my own world, my own reality. I wanted the open road and new beginnings every day. ― Charlotte Eriksson I am no longer afraid of becoming lost, because the journey back always reveals something new, and that is ultimately good for the artist. ― Billy Joel Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. ---Ralph Waldo Emerson A book is as dangerous as any journey you might take. The person who closes the back cover may not be the same one that opened the front one. Treat them with respect. ― Mark Lawrence The only journey is the one within. ― Rainer Maria Rilke The seeker embarks on a journey to find what he wants and discovers, along the way, what he needs. ― Wally Lamb The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday. ― Steve Maraboli End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien There are many journeys. There are those in which we are travelers observing the world from conventional windows of mind and body. There is another which entails a recognition that we are the openness of an awareness not confined to the conventional windows. Life's purpose resides in observing the various journeys in our life experience, recognizing that our way of "seeing" influences what we see. Journey examples reside in many places: travel journals, artwork, literature, science, scripture, and with modern teachers who appreciate the value of the Journey as an approach to self-realization. We have the advantage of the web in being exposed to these perennial teachings in a most powerful new way. --CharlesC
"And what is it that experiences our self? Only our self! There is only one substance in experience and it is pervaded by and made out of knowing or awareness. In the classical language of non-duality this is sometimes expressed in phrases such as, ‘Awareness only knows itself’, but this may seem abstract. It is simply an attempt to describe the seamless intimacy of experience in which there is no room for a self, object, other or world; no room to step back from experience and find it happy or unhappy, right or wrong, good or bad; no time in which to step out of the now into an imaginary past or into a future in which we may become, evolve or progress; no possibility of stepping out of the intimacy of love into relationship with an other; no possibility of knowing anything other than knowing, of being anything other than being, of loving anything other than loving; no possibility of a thought arising which would attempt to frame the intimacy of experience in the abstract forms of the mind; no possibility for our self to become a self, a fragment, a part; no possibility for the world to jump outside and for the self to contract inside; no possibility for time, distance or space to appear."
~Rupert Spira, "Presence: The Art of Peace and Happiness"