The Core of PaB

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    Pema Pera: I think the secret of PaB is that it works through subtraction, not addition in any way
    Pema Pera: we start with what we find we have -- drop that -- look for what we are
    Pema Pera: so the core of PaB is subtraction


    Pema Pera: I have been musing and chewing over the paradox --  of  wanting to keep PaB completely open
    Pema Pera: and yet wanting to also convey the core gem of what I've found -- the reason that I call it Play as Being rather than just Play
    Pema Pera: and some how a solution offered itself
    Pema Pera: In our group we could have an empty center, in which we talk about ways of subtracting
    Pema Pera: dropping having
    Pema Pera: finding Being
    Pema Pera: as we have done from the beginning
    Pema Pera: with the drawback that then there is nothing to hold on to
    Pema Pera: no traction
    Pema Pera: not leaping-off point
    Pema Pera: no friendly hand-holding
    Pema Pera: so in addition to that empty center
    Pema Pera: we can have many mansions grouped around that center
    Pema Pera: many ways to approach Being in somewhat more specific ways
    Pema Pera: suggestive, not mandatory in any way -- not beliefs, not systems, just friendly pointers
    Pema Pera: all of us could have our own "mansion"
    Pema Pera: and what I've been suggesting about YSBS and ESBS would be part of the furniture of my "mansion" then
    Pema Pera: an addition to the empty core of PaB
    Pema Pera: and others could provide their additions
    Wol Euler: now that you say that, I do feel that the Seeing exercises are "full", "filling"
    Pema Pera: funny how seeing that option suddenly resolved a kind of tension I had been feeling for a few weeks
    Pema Pera: complementary
    Pema Pera: too much "emptying" only is not balanced
    Pema Pera: we seem to need both
    Wol Euler: balance is all, I think; there must be a centre that can hold.
    Pema Pera: but it can be empty, if we have a strong enough group around it
    Wol Euler: yes, we balance each other around the circle :-)
    Wol Euler: like a loaded tray on a waiter’s fingertips
    Pema Pera: or a net to jump into from a burning building, held up by a group of firemen


    Pema Pera: watching everyone being so different yet sharing so much
    Pema Pera: bonding in all diversity
    Pema Pera: in respect yet also in assertiveness, great mix
    Wol Euler: the world is big enough for us all; but i think some people are frightened by the size of the world., want to reduce it, simplify it, codify it.
    Pema Pera: yes, because their picture of themselves is way too small . . . .

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