2009.12.26 07:00 – We Are One

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Vendy Walpole. The comments are by Vendy Walpole.

    “As I look into my brother’s eyes

    Holiness is what I recognize

    I see the truth in everyone

    Let us stand and live as one

    United everywhere

    With love replacing fear

    We are one, we are one

    It’s the truth of who we are

    Everywhere let the flag of love unfurl

    In our hearts lies the truth 

    Of the unity of life 

    We are one and the truth of life is love

    As I look into my sister’s eyes

    Immortality is what I find

    From the eternal we have come

    Let us live in peace as one

    Coming together everywhere

    It’s time for love to vanquish fear”



    Vendy Walpole: Hello Arch
    Archmage Atlantis: Hello Vendy
    Vendy Walpole: Merry Christmas :-)
    Archmage Atlantis: Ugh, that day is passed, thank goodness.........
    Vendy Walpole: You do not like it, why?
    Archmage Atlantis: Tripped by my own expectations again :)
    Archmage Atlantis: I like the idea
    Vendy Walpole: Hm, not sure I understand you
    Vendy Walpole: what were the expectations?
    Archmage Atlantis: Peace on earth good will, etc
    Vendy Walpole: That is wonderful, and no personal expectations at all?
    Vendy Walpole: I do have them.
    Archmage Atlantis: Of course, the general idea when translated into the specific is more demanding *grins*
    Vendy Walpole: My expectations earlier were focused to some external goals
    Vendy Walpole: You know...life, work, success...no ending story
    Archmage Atlantis: Tell me of it, your sharing may help me
    Archmage Atlantis: If you choose
    Vendy Walpole: I will, ty
    Vendy Walpole: Lately, I have focused to my inner development
    Vendy Walpole: So, this is also never ending story but it is in progress, should be at least
    Vendy Walpole: while external expectations never satisfy us, these do, each small step makes me closer to the peace
    Vendy Walpole: I make baby steps Arch
    Vendy Walpole: can't say I have reached something spectacular yet :-) but see the things that could not see earlier
    Archmage Atlantis: I do understand, I believe......my giant leaps all turn into baby steps :)
    Vendy Walpole: Like...I am able to see me now
    Vendy Walpole: you know what I mean?
    Vendy Walpole: well, baby steps are good too
    Vendy Walpole: they prove we move, that we do not sleep
    Archmage Atlantis: Yes, I think I do, though I have learned I never know how another entity actually sees and feels
    Vendy Walpole: what you mean by another entity here?
    Archmage Atlantis: Another person, another mammal, another living being on this planet
    Vendy Walpole nods
    Vendy Walpole: You know, lately, I have realized, through the conversations here too, that we are not different so much as I had thought before
    Archmage Atlantis: I picked a good cushion today, I can see Storm's wisteria
    Archmage Atlantis: To me they have feet
    Vendy Walpole: yes, each cushion has another view, which is interesting analogy to seeing life from different perspectives
    Archmage Atlantis: Agree


    Vendy Walpole: The difference is at the external level, as we go deeper we are closer and closer to each other
    Vendy Walpole: Have you thought that the expectations could be obstacles too?
    Vendy Walpole: They take our freedom from us and narrow our views towards some goals
    Vendy Walpole: So, we miss a big part of life in meantime while we are focused to some point on the horizon
    Archmage Atlantis: Yes, I know that expectations are obstacles
    Vendy Walpole: yet, you, I, have them :-)
    Archmage Atlantis: But I fall for others who promise, then find reasons I am at fault that they do not follow through
    Vendy Walpole: it happens to me too
    Vendy Walpole: Someone wise said recently here in SL...”Give all and the best you can and do not expect to receive the same
    Vendy Walpole: and that way you will be happier."
    Archmage Atlantis: It is especially sad when I know it is happening, I tell myself this is a possibility (not always happens), but feel the feelings anyway and act out
    Archmage Atlantis: Yes, when I can be more wise, the best is as you have said
    Vendy Walpole: you react actually and then you regret cause that?
    Archmage Atlantis: Sometimes I am not wise
    Archmage Atlantis: The first question I often ask a teacher
    Archmage Atlantis: Is "Does suffering have meaning?"
    Vendy Walpole: Do you have the answer?
    Archmage Atlantis: Yes
    Vendy Walpole: Hello Yaku
    Archmage Atlantis: It has meaning for those who will learn from it
    Yakuzza Lethecus: hey vendy, arch
    Archmage Atlantis: Hello Yakuzzza
    Vendy Walpole: Happy Christmas :-)
    Vendy Walpole: Agree with you Arch
    Archmage Atlantis: Or Bah, Humbug as you prefer, Yak *grin*
    Archmage Atlantis: Said badly
    Vendy Walpole: We get over and over again the same problem until we do not learn the "lesson"
    Archmage Atlantis: I do not know your preference
    Vendy Walpole: We are talking about expectations Yaku
    Vendy Walpole: and of suffering as a possible consequence
    Archmage Atlantis: As centered around the holidays, as Christmas day has just passed
    Vendy Walpole: tell me Arch, have you noticed the same problem happens to you?
    Vendy Walpole: Like, you were disappointed by someone and it happens later again with another person and so on?
    Archmage Atlantis: Yes, my ex-partner of many years still can push my buttons
    Vendy Walpole smile
    Archmage Atlantis: Before him, I had no holiday buttons *smile*


    Vendy Walpole: To me, this happens often, to be disappointed by people so I came to conclusion the problem is in me definitely
    Vendy Walpole: I realize I had a pattern in my mind - How should people behave with me and response to me-
    Vendy Walpole: which I see now is totally absurd way of thinking
    Archmage Atlantis: Yes, I thought I had given that pattern up with him, but he seems to bring it out anyway......you are correct Vendy I will rise and repeat until I learn
    Vendy Walpole: :-)
    Vendy Walpole: The universe sends the same lesson until we overcome it.
    Vendy Walpole: Then, another one follows, for sure.
    Archmage Atlantis: Bitchy universe, I say
    Vendy Walpole: No rest in growing
    Vendy Walpole: Well, I will say a strict teacher
    Archmage Atlantis: My mom was a strict teacher
    Vendy Walpole: was it of help for you?
    Archmage Atlantis: 5th grade
    Archmage Atlantis: Well, she loved me, and made sure I was cared for........the universe is not my mom
    Vendy Walpole: Yes
    Vendy Walpole: But, if we grow through lessons, it can be like a mum too
    Vendy Walpole: Please, tell me how do you practice PaB in your life?
    Vendy Walpole: And does it help you?
    Archmage Atlantis: British, Vendy? mum? If I didn't edit my Southern roots, I would say Mama and Daddy *grin*
    Archmage Atlantis: PaB, interesting
    Vendy Walpole: Sorry, my English is bad
    Vendy Walpole: I am from ex Yugoslavia
    Archmage Atlantis: I practice listening to myself, to others, to the world around me
    Archmage Atlantis: Taking in all and letting it be
    Vendy Walpole: Interesting and do you analyze as you listen?
    Archmage Atlantis: No
    Archmage Atlantis: But later I do
    Vendy Walpole: You are like a neutral observer while you listen?
    Archmage Atlantis: I used to analyze and look at the same time
    Vendy Walpole: Ha, that was me too
    Archmage Atlantis: Now I just allow the data to flow in
    Vendy Walpole: That way I missed a lot
    Vendy Walpole: You watch yourself too?
    Archmage Atlantis: Sometimes I watch myself, not every time
    Vendy Walpole: I do not that regularly also Arch but should do, cause it is helpful each time
    Vendy Walpole: to me, it is a way to return into the peaceful oasis
    Vendy Walpole: no matter of the noise in which I am, nor the chaos
    Archmage Atlantis: Yes, to watch myself........it teaches me the limits of my observation
    Vendy Walpole: Do they change through the time?
    Archmage Atlantis: Coming here gives me a peaceful oasis
    Vendy Walpole: expand?
    Vendy Walpole nods
    Archmage Atlantis: They change, I do not know if they expand


    Vendy Walpole: Lets try that now?
    Archmage Atlantis: sure
    Vendy Walpole: Who will be the first to share?
    Archmage Atlantis: I opened the window....I hear the birds
    Archmage Atlantis: Many different ones
    Archmage Atlantis: The migration path flows through here
    Vendy Walpole: how nice
    Archmage Atlantis: Now they are quiet
    Archmage Atlantis: And a Mockingbird or similar sings
    Archmage Atlantis: Not just chirps
    Archmage Atlantis: But a snippet of song
    Archmage Atlantis: They have flown past now
    Archmage Atlantis: But the singer remains
    Vendy Walpole: Your attention was focused and you were aware of the sounds much more, what about yourself?
    Archmage Atlantis: I am calmer
    Vendy Walpole: You see, my experience is very similar to yours ;-)
    Vendy Walpole: though we are thousands miles distanced
    Vendy Walpole: I was aware of the sounds in first seconds, the traffic, Celine Dion’s singing in the other room / radio
    Vendy Walpole: and more distanced sounds
    Vendy Walpole: then felt some tension in me
    Archmage Atlantis: Vendy, there was something you said earlier that sent a thought through my mind
    Vendy Walpole: Yes? please tell me?
    Archmage Atlantis: Let me read back a moment
    Vendy Walpole: sure
    Vendy Walpole: just want to add after being aware of the tension, it left.
    Vendy Walpole: I am always fascinated how much we experience in such short time.
    Archmage Atlantis: I cannot find the comment, but the thought is still with me.....
    Vendy Walpole: what was it about? I talk a lot hahahaha
    Archmage Atlantis: At the core of all being, we are all connected
    Archmage Atlantis: We hear each other, and all other entities
    Vendy Walpole: Ah, yes, I do believe in it very much Arch
    Vendy Walpole: As time passes I believe more and more even
    Vendy Walpole: All books, all teachers, classes, my personal experiences brought me to that
    Vendy Walpole: and when I see people that way, I feel the connection,
    Vendy Walpole: empathy, compassion are more and more present
    Vendy Walpole: we are a part of the same Being
    Vendy Walpole: just the" clothes" are different
    Vendy Walpole: :-)
    Archmage Atlantis: May I say that slightly differently?......We are Parts of a whole
    Vendy Walpole: Yes, agree with that too
    Vendy Walpole: or of the oneness?
    Vendy Walpole: You know, I am grateful to SL cause it helps me to see that too
    Archmage Atlantis: I do not choose to give up my individuality or my own journey......I do choose to recognize it is shared


    Vendy Walpole: I see us as each has own journey
    Archmage Atlantis: Agree
    Vendy Walpole: and we share here the experiences
    Vendy Walpole: it enriches me
    Vendy Walpole: Perhaps, we shall get closer as we travel :-)
    Archmage Atlantis: I must go to the one that is special to me now, thank you for your comforting Vendy
    Vendy Walpole: Thank you too Arch, I enjoyed so much
    Vendy Walpole: Hope talk soon again
    Vendy Walpole: Would you like to share Yaku your practice too?
    Vendy Walpole: Or some thoughts perhaps?
    Yakuzza Lethecus: I don’t know what to say today
    Yakuzza Lethecus: sorry, i just wanted to hear something different and come to different thoughts
    Vendy Walpole: I do understand
    Vendy Walpole: Have you heard something different?
    Vendy Walpole: Or you have similar experience?
    Yakuzza Lethecus: sure it´s often similar but similar in words, its kinda hard to make concrete experiences clear in simple terms
    Vendy Walpole: yes, we are faced with the limitation of the words often
    Yakuzza Lethecus: at which point are we truly capable to understand
    Vendy Walpole: I am happy if I move even a one baby step Yaku towards the understanding
    Yakuzza Lethecus: and we learn about the background of everyone here over time so we understand the same words in a different way when we know more about the individual context
    Vendy Walpole: Yes, we get more puzzles 
    Vendy Walpole: and the picture is clearer
    Yakuzza Lethecus: i try not to expect anything here but i feel it´s right to get into mindfulness and the explorations of other ppl see their world
    Yakuzza Lethecus: do you still live in yugoslavia by the way ?
    Yakuzza Lethecus: bosnia,serbia,croatia ?
    Vendy Walpole: Yes, I am in Macedonia
    Yakuzza Lethecus: lol
    Vendy Walpole: The neighbour of Greece
    Yakuzza Lethecus: jep, whom belongs the name of macedonia
    Vendy Walpole: I lived in Croatia too and have close relatives in Serbia
    Yakuzza Lethecus: haha :)
    Vendy Walpole: hahaha :-) you know the problem i see
    Vendy Walpole: You know of Mother Teresa?
    Yakuzza Lethecus: that she´s born in macedonia ?
    Vendy Walpole: Yes, in my town
    Yakuzza Lethecus: sure i know she died in 1997
    Vendy Walpole: I live very close to the house where she was born
    Vendy Walpole: about 5 minutes walking, distanced
    Yakuzza Lethecus: yep, i looked up her wiki entry last week after i heard a lecture without some timecode but ,,recently when mother teresa died" was included
    Vendy Walpole: not sure what lecture was it?
    Yakuzza Lethecus: i don´t even know in which one those were general issues on philosophy
    Yakuzza Lethecus: i guess on ethics and moral
    Vendy Walpole: I see… and from what piece of Earth are you yaku?
    Yakuzza Lethecus: germany
    Yakuzza Lethecus: ah, skopje
    Vendy Walpole: Ah, not sooo far then
    Vendy Walpole: :-)
    Yakuzza Lethecus: üsküb :)
    Yakuzza Lethecus: lol
    Vendy Walpole: what part of Germany is it?
    Yakuzza Lethecus: NRW, Balve
    Vendy Walpole: I was in Munchen only
    Yakuzza Lethecus: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balve
    Vendy Walpole: Thank you, you know,
    Vendy Walpole: I have watched on TV about Heidelberg


    Vendy Walpole: Would love to visit that town so much
    Yakuzza Lethecus: i love our countryside
    Yakuzza Lethecus: but i haven’t travelled much
    Vendy Walpole: What type of city is yours?
    Yakuzza Lethecus: type ?
    Vendy Walpole: yes, what is typical
    Yakuzza Lethecus: i might should travel more in order to say whats typical for us
    Vendy Walpole: :-)
    Yakuzza Lethecus: thats something only somebody who know the difference might tell
    Vendy Walpole: hm, ok, will try this way
    Vendy Walpole: what do you like there?
    Vendy Walpole: :-)
    Yakuzza Lethecus: oh, our nature is pretty much it
    Yakuzza Lethecus: you need a car, public transportation totally sucks
    Vendy Walpole: sounds familiar...sighs
    Yakuzza Lethecus: there isn’t that much to do, no university or anything close by
    Vendy Walpole: is there a river, lake?
    Yakuzza Lethecus: so new thoughts got high opportunity costs
    Yakuzza Lethecus: 10km
    Yakuzza Lethecus: The ,,Sorpe"
    Vendy Walpole: a river?
    Yakuzza Lethecus: It´s a lake, and sure there is the hÃnne but it´s only a small river.
    Vendy Walpole: I like Berlin
    Vendy Walpole: though never been there
    Vendy Walpole: never
    Yakuzza Lethecus: i don´t like it, i have an aunt there
    Yakuzza Lethecus: i visited her a couple of times, she doesn’t live in the centre so it’s ok where she lives
    Vendy Walpole: Hm, I know about the separate buildings designed by famous architects only
    Vendy Walpole: Like Sony Center
    Yakuzza Lethecus: i heard a couple of times that Berlin is gaining the status of a ,,new London"
    Yakuzza Lethecus: for artists...
    Vendy Walpole: Artists will make its soul richer
    Yakuzza Lethecus: but i simply don´t share that experience so far, and i even don't know what kind of cultural London the media was talking about since I’ve never been there either :)
    Yakuzza Lethecus: so since my experience isn’t universal i might be wrong but thats my exp so far
    Vendy Walpole nods
    Yakuzza Lethecus: are you working in the arts `
    Vendy Walpole: I am an architect
    Yakuzza Lethecus: ah, like wol
    Vendy Walpole: Oh, isn't she a programmer?
    Yakuzza Lethecus: hmm, already 4 i know here :)
    Yakuzza Lethecus: no she’s an architect :)
    Vendy Walpole: Interesting!
    Vendy Walpole: I was wrong then
    Vendy Walpole: But, we are not our professions
    Yakuzza Lethecus: but that might feed our sense for stereotypes :)
    Vendy Walpole: yes
    Yakuzza Lethecus: now i already opened my ,,architect" box preset for you :)
    Vendy Walpole: oh!!!???
    Yakuzza Lethecus: and that i have no clue about architecture at all :D
    Yakuzza Lethecus: it’s not very elaborated
    Vendy Walpole: you are surrounded by it in your ever day life
    Yakuzza Lethecus: and i don’t know much about gothic cathedrals’ so my image for architects is far different from what architects do in real life :)
    Vendy Walpole: even here, in this pavilion
    Vendy Walpole: I am sure you have a sense for the architecture of which you are not aware maybe
    Vendy Walpole: each of us experiences our homes, surroundings, cities in some unique way
    Yakuzza Lethecus: nods, but i can’t express it very well
    Vendy Walpole: you feel it, right?
    Yakuzza Lethecus: i believe so
    Vendy Walpole: me too :-)


    Vendy Walpole: I should go, lunch time for me Yaku
    Yakuzza Lethecus: jep, dinnertime :)
    Vendy Walpole: Thank you for sharing your time with me
    Yakuzza Lethecus: take care!
    Vendy Walpole: yes, we have late lunch today
    Vendy Walpole: You too, see you soon
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