2011.01.09 13:00 - Third theme session on current meanings of PaB

    The Guardian for this meeting was Maxine Walden. The comments are by Maxine Walden.

    This is the third theme session in which we are exploring what PaB means to each of us NOW.  Eden began  and then Pema had a session last evening.  Today, we followed the same format pioneered by Eden, proceeding in a circle to speak about PaB.  We had about 14 avs, and the sequencing of presentation seemed to offer both an order to thought but also a space for respect, and reverence but also the space for the expression of deep trust, which was rather movingly expressed by Arch at nearly the end of the session, just before the hour bell rang.  Nearly everyone seemed to appreciate this format, and to be inspired by others' comments.  Sitting in the hour, I felt a kind of momentum of appreciation build, moving to experience.  I will try to highlight, as did Eden the beginning of each speaker's contribution.

    Lugh Fehr: hey maxine
    Maxine Walden: hi, Lugh
    Maxine Walden: how are you?
    Lugh Fehr: im good apart from the fact i turned into a frog how are you?
    Maxine Walden: Lugh, I am not sure if you are aware that we will be having a theme session here today?

    Wondering if Lugh might be a familiar avi's alt I then add the following:

    Maxine Walden: Unless you are an av in disguise whom I might know by another name?

    Shortly thereafter avs pour in

    Maxine Walden: hi Eden
    Lugh Fehr: nope i dint know i just stumbled in :)
    Eden Haiku: Hello Maxine:) Hello Lugh.
    Maxine Walden: OH, let me see if I can send you a notecard...
    Lugh Fehr: hey eden
    Ewan Bonham: Hi everyone..
    Lugh Fehr: hey ewan
    Eden Haiku: Hi Ewan :)
    Maxine Walden: Eden, can you by chance give Lugh a PaB notecard? Seems I may be having trouble doing so...
    Eden Haiku: Sure, maxine. Will send hoim and talk to him in IM.
    Maxine Walden: Wanting to alert everyone that this is a theme session....ah, thanks Eden
    Maxine Walden: Hi, Yaku
    Lugh Fehr: hey yaku
    Ewan Bonham: Hi Yaku..
    Eden Haiku: hey yaku:)

    Referring to Lugh who appears as a green frog with a small gold crown on his head Yaku says:

    Yakuzza Lethecus: eden, you might consider try to kiss the avatar on ur left side :)
    Lugh Fehr: hehehe
    Eden Haiku: Sure, I love princes!

    Perhaps feeling a bit anxious about the format of the session I give little space for that lovely joke.

    Maxine Walden: Eden seemed to model a format for a PaB theme session beautifully last week...and Pema last evening followed that format, and I thought we would here today as well...when we have a gathering....

    Avs continue to join the group

    Yakuzza Lethecus: guten abend wol :)
    Wol Euler: afternoon everyone!
    Maxine Walden: hi Wol
    Lugh Fehr: hey wol
    Darren Islar: hey everyone :)
    Maxine Walden: hi, Darren

    Eden Haiku: Maxine, Lugh agrees to have his words recorded :)
    Maxine Walden: ah, excellent, Eden, thanks...
    Wol Euler: hello pema, darren
    Yakuzza Lethecus: hey darren,pema
    Maxine Walden: hi, Pema
    Pema Pera: hi everybody!
    Eden Haiku: hello Pema, Darren, Wol :))
    Ewan Bonham: Hi Pema..

    Now about 8 minute into the session

    Maxine Walden: Just gathering ourselves for another theme session, similar to what Eden held last Monday, I believe, and Pema last evening: an exploration and sharing of what Play as being means to each of us NOW...
    Yakuzza Lethecus: arch :)
    Ewan Bonham: Hi Calvino
    Maxine Walden: hi, Eos
    Darren Islar: hey Arch
    Maxine Walden: lovely, lots of PaBers
    Yakuzza Lethecus: full circle
    Archmage Atlantis: Hi, everyone :)
    Zon Kwan: heya
    Pema Pera: Hi Zon, good to see you again! And hi, all others who just came in :)
    Wol Euler: complete the circle, zon, you know you want to :)
    Darren Islar: chuckles
    Zon Kwan: as soon as i can see i dont sit on anyone
    Darren Islar: .
    Pema Pera: :-)

    Maxine Walden: Well, maybe we can start: this is another theme session exploring PaB, and we will begin by going clockwise and sharing what PaB means to us right NOW...then we will open things up for more spontaneous discussion.
    Zon Kwan: hm there seems to be a break in chain here
    Maxine Walden: please complete the chain, zon

    Following what Eden and Pema had done, I begin the personal thoughts about PaB:


    Maxine Walden: maybe then I will begin:
    Maxine Walden: When I began, now nearly 3 years ago, I was interested in the nature of reality, and still am...and it seemed that Pema's offer to explore that via the playasbeing mode made sense;
    Maxine Walden: so over this time, not only has the PaB community come to be very meaningful, but the personal quiet explorations, compass point of the practise, grounding of such as well has helped me to explore inner realities in ways I had not envisioned.
    Maxine Walden: At different moments, PaB means different things....sort of kaleidoscopic I guess (will stop for now) Wol?


    Wol Euler: well, I came to it by chance, except that I tend to believe that there is no such thing as "by chance" :)
    Wol Euler: in retrospect I was looking for a way to get back into meditation, and certainly found that here.
    Wol Euler: the practices were a great help, and the discussion of mindfulness and appreciation and such were very interesting and ... mentally invigorating, can one say that?
    Wol Euler: PaB is three things, a community, a set of practices, and a place where people meet to talk. It seems to me that the talking is drifting from the others, and I know I'm not the only one who feels this.
    Wol Euler: (done)

    Bertram Jacobus: slips silently in - no hellos plz ... ty ! :-)

    Maxine Walden: (yes, we will go clockwise, so Cal is the next one to share)
    Calvino Rabeni: I expected counterclockwise .. ok
    Maxine Walden: :)
    Calvino Rabeni: I look at PaB as a social experiment in whether wisdom practices can be supported in a general population
    Calvino Rabeni: that is, one that is not closely tied to a tradition, a school, a teacher, and so on
    Calvino Rabeni: What attracted me to it was the idea of seeing whether people can create a form of contemplative community or "sangha"
    Calvino Rabeni: that is based on common knowledge as it has come to exist in our cultures as a whole
    Alfred Kelberry: hello, pablings :)
    Calvino Rabeni: I like seeing the way people bring their practices, knowledge and wisdom into this online community
    Alfred Kelberry: meep-meep!
    Calvino Rabeni: from wherever they live in RL
    Maxine Walden: :) Alf, we are having a theme meeting, come join us
    Calvino Rabeni: so I guess I'm saying, for me personally it is a place of merging and seeing what can be created
    Calvino Rabeni: I don't personally think of it as a "source" for things to learn, but as a place to see how people put what they know into practice
    Calvino Rabeni: And it's a good "attractor" of a lot of people I've enjoyed getting to know
    Calvino Rabeni: In my personal life it takes place along side other groups in RL also
    Calvino Rabeni: I hope in the future to have more overlap, to have more of my RL friends involved (I've gotten a few involved)
    Calvino Rabeni: (done for now)
    Calvino Rabeni: Zon is up next around the circle
    Maxine Walden: Zon, would you care to go next?


    Zon Kwan: Not been here regurlary and not involved in practises too much so all i can say it has been interesting to discuss hand hear ppls unique ways of seeing reality and expressing their ideas. A bit confusion has been always caused by that concepts r not defined and people mean different things with same words.
    Calvino Rabeni: "Pass" is OK too :)
    Zon Kwan: done


    Eos Amaterasu: I like Wol's 3-fold distinction of PaB as SL-place, as community (usually in SL, sometimes in RL) and practice
    Eos Amaterasu: Re pratice, one interesting question I find is how to be authentically, not so much coming from "I" or what I think I want, but from giving up into how being is effulging... ((( )))) :-)
    Eos Amaterasu: ((done))

    (Trying to remember what 'effulging' means I note that Pema is next)


    Pema Pera: yes, thank you Eos, that fits in perfectly with my experience with PaB too -- it has been a three-year learning ground for "wu-wei" for me, for "not-doing"
    Pema Pera: initially I had all kind of ideas of what PaB could be, could grow into, could mean to me and many others
    Pema Pera: but I had too many ideas to choose from, and there was simply too much diversity to come up with a plan of any kind
    Pema Pera: so I quickly learned to happily let PaB develop how it wanted by itself
    Pema Pera: if very much feels like an organic kind of evolution
    Pema Pera: something expressing itself
    Pema Pera: I guess we all have that experience, when we do something creative
    Pema Pera: whether painting, dancing, writing, playing music
    Pema Pera: but in this case what is remarkable, is that it is a collective form of creative inspiration, spread out over space and time, over geography and time zones, and continueing over many thousdans of sessions :-)
    Pema Pera: Eden?


    Eden Haiku: Thank you Pema :)
    Eden Haiku: Play as Being now is sitting in a circle of friendly people
    Eden Haiku: sharing the silence
    Eden Haiku: in a virtual world
    Eden Haiku: happy to be here with you all
    Eden Haiku: so far away in RL
    Eden Haiku: yet, I can feel your presence
    Eden Haiku: like invisible threads through the fountain
    Eden Haiku: and it's very nurturing
    Eden Haiku: sometimes exhilarating
    Eden Haiku: sometimes poetic
    Eden Haiku: sometimes deep
    Eden Haiku: always friendly :)
    Eden Haiku: Lugh, your turn?
    Alfred Kelberry: eden :)

    Lugh, in his first time at a PaB session is quiet for a bit, crashes but then returns in a bit to share some initial thoughts

    Maxine Walden: Lugh, you may share if you like or you may pass as well
    Maxine Walden: ah...
    Eden Haiku: Ewan?
    Wol Euler: we can count that as "pass" I think
    Maxine Walden: :)
    Eden Haiku: ;)
    Eos Amaterasu: pass or poof
    Ewan Bonham: Yes..
    Kiki Walpanheim: is lugh gone
    Ewan Bonham: I am glad to speak..
    Maxine Walden: (we can come back to Lugh perhaps...Ewan care to go ahead?)


    Ewan Bonham: PaB is of course an inspiration in a discipline of inner self discovery using the techniques often described in the Wikki
    Ewan Bonham: And...I can say for me..
    Ewan Bonham: I have experienced it as mostly a warm sense of Community.
    Ewan Bonham: I drop into te meetings often...
    Ewan Bonham: Feel a sense of communion..
    Ewan Bonham: And willingness for folks to listen to each other and reflect within themselves.
    Ewan Bonham: To feel and reflect first, then to talk...
    Ewan Bonham: That gives me a sense of feelign acceted here.
    Ewan Bonham: I wander in here often even when there are not groups and bump into folks..
    Ewan Bonham: Or chat in IMs...and they and I are always friendly...like we share an inner knowing...
    Ewan Bonham: This has helped me to feel like that inner guide is truly there and there are many like minded folks..
    Ewan Bonham: I have also attended some of the other events..
    Ewan Bonham: Again, the people and ambience are most important to me..
    Ewan Bonham: Kinda summarized....it feels like a sense of deep friendship..
    Ewan Bonham: Hmmm...the actual form of reflective discipline is still new to me even tho I also have a practice..
    Ewan Bonham: And as far as the group format...I really , really appreciate this cicle method we are using today...gives us all a chance to speak clearly..
    Ewan Bonham: Done for now...
    Ewan Bonham: Kikki?

    I had seen Lugh return and via IM learned that he would be pleased to offer a few words:

    Bertram Jacobus: [i´m really sorry, but i have to leave. must prepare a meditation class which starts at 2 pm slt. and it will be with voice , so the settings are to be done ... (no byes necessairy - tyvm) ]
    Maxine Walden: Lugh would like to share...


    Lugh Fehr: sorry i could right i had to relog well its a nice lied back place where people have a great time whitout gossiping or fighting hehe
    Kiki Walpanheim: i will speak after lugh
    Lugh Fehr: done
    Lugh Fehr: hehe
    Maxine Walden: :)


    Kiki Walpanheim: In the last session of being I attended, I covered what Pab meant to me. So this time just something in addition to that
    Kiki Walpanheim: Pab is a community of friendly people, like minded folks. We explore reality together, learn together, and grow together
    Kiki Walpanheim: Although we might be in different side of the earth, through here we still gather and connect and communicate
    Kiki Walpanheim: And the practice of Pab is very useful approach to explore reality , seeking truth about ourselves and the world around us
    Kiki Walpanheim: New perspectives always inspire new understanding and insights on our journey of exploration
    Kiki Walpanheim: And its great we can share this experience together
    Kiki Walpanheim: Finished


    Darren Islar: thanks :)
    Darren Islar: besides all the lovely, friendly people I've met and the great friends I made........
    Darren Islar: when I came to PaB, I already had a practice
    Darren Islar: and since it is hard for me to get out the door.......
    Darren Islar: PaB was more then interesting to me
    Darren Islar: but it didn't challenge me all the way, so I drifted away from PaB
    Darren Islar: and did some exploration on my realtionship to sl in the different avatars, and also different part of personalities of my avatars
    Darren Islar: I got into very warming places
    Darren Islar: where I can connect on deeper levels
    Darren Islar: in a way that gives me essential energy (whatever that means)
    Darren Islar: but I also got into disturbing environments
    Darren Islar: with hard confrontations
    Darren Islar: all that to me is 'playing'
    Darren Islar: because every situation challenges my personality
    Darren Islar: and the sl-fromat intensifies the experience
    Zon Kwan: waves ... slips quietly away
    Darren Islar: now I'm looking for some roots, of which I realized, they are also here
    Darren Islar: so getting back....... but in a different way :)
    Darren Islar: done


    Yakuzza Lethecus: yes, for me play as being also means to have a friendly community of new friends
    Yakuzza Lethecus: to see changes concrete appear for myself, especially when it comes to contemplation
    Yakuzza Lethecus: 2 years back i would have never believed to sit in a ,,contemplative circle" to see how stereotyping brought myself here
    Yakuzza Lethecus: i made jokes about contemplative ppl and the only facination was when i saw what ppl were doing in rl on the kira website :P
    Yakuzza Lethecus: what i found was a nice place with many friends on all social and many problem levels
    Yakuzza Lethecus: it´s truely a place and a community to grow together and see changes to appear, like even going on a contemplative reatreat and especially even fly for that which i never did before
    Yakuzza Lethecus: i hardly socialize or go to party´s but with pab i found a very healthy feeling community in an augmented reality
    Yakuzza Lethecus: thx everyone :)
    Eden Haiku: ;)

    Having finished the inner circle we then go to a few who were sitting in the outer circle:

    Maxine Walden: (Now we will go to those in the second row, maybe after alfred, then Bruce and then Arch and Zen )
    Maxine Walden: oh, sorry, Yaku, maybe you are not finished?
    Pema Pera: (sorry, I have to leave -- will read the remaining contributions in the log later!)
    Maxine Walden: :)
    Bruce Mowbray: Good night, Pema.
    Maxine Walden: Maybe alfred would like to share?
    Alfred Kelberry: some other time, maxine :)
    Maxine Walden: Fine, alf. maybe then Bruce would like to go?


    Bruce Mowbray: Well, last night and this morning I expressed my thoughts. . .
    Bruce Mowbray: last night I said womething like . . .
    Bruce Mowbray: PaBis a campfire around which we gather, dance, and share our diverse tales.
    Bruce Mowbray: This sort of sharing is simply no available to me anywhere else in life.
    Bruce Mowbray: Blub and I will continue to listen to others' express themselves now -- with admiration and respect.
    Bruce Mowbray: [done]

    Maxine Walden: :) Arch?
    Archmage Atlantis: Would you go first Zen?
    Calvino Rabeni: (Thanks everyone - I'm off to Bertram's meditation - a PaB spinoff of sorts) Bye


    Zen Arado: ok
    Zen Arado: I find Pab a place to discuss ideas about life and being, and ways of knowing and thinking about that by drawing on our collective experiences. I'm learning to open to all of life and not just little parts that fit my assumptions and preconceptions. I'm learning to be creative by facing my fears. And learning by creating with others and enjoying the richness and broadness of that, and feeling it opening and transforming my ideas and thoughts about life and allowing me to drop them.
    Zen Arado: done
    Eden Haiku: ;)
    Maxine Walden: :)
    Archmage Atlantis: K *grins*
    Eden Haiku: Less than a minute. You win :) Zen
    Zen Arado: :)
    Wol Euler: :)
    Alfred Kelberry: (thank you the company) *slips away quietly*

    Arch: (sharing something which illustrates great trust in the PaB community)
    Archmage Atlantis: I had been to 2 earlier sessions, and I had no intention to come this session......yet during the interval I was listening to the television news
    Archmage Atlantis: And at 3:59 something was said that brought me back for this session, almost without volition
    Archmage Atlantis: Of course I had been listening to the events in Arizona.....but those were paused for a presentation on middle school :bullying"
    Archmage Atlantis: And the word the study discovered caused the most damage to children who are bullied, was to be called gay
    Archmage Atlantis: I do not intend a polemic here
    Archmage Atlantis: Only that, I lived that, and that this is the safe place I came to
    Archmage Atlantis: That said, I have a menage I would like to share of this meeting and how I heard it
    Archmage Atlantis: With apologies to Zen's lightening presentation :)
    Archmage Atlantis: sharing what PaB means to us right NOW...a community, a set of practices, and a place where people meet to talk...an organic kind of evolution something expressing itself...feel your presence...like invisible threads through the fountain...pass or poof...a sense of deep friendship...a great time whitout gossiping or fighting...might be in different side of the earth...exploration on my realtionship to...different part of personalities of my avatars...see changes concrete appear for myself, especially when it comes to contemplation...another time...a campfire around which we gather, dance, and share...earning to open to all of life and not just little parts that fit my assumptions and preconception
    Archmage Atlantis: Ty all for being here
    Archmage Atlantis: (d0ne)
    Wol Euler smiles.
    Eden Haiku: Wow!
    Bruce Mowbray: TY, Arch -- wonderfully said. . .
    Bruce Mowbray: and so glad you are here.
    Eden Haiku: Thanks for sharing this Arch :)
    Darren Islar: :)
    Maxine Walden: :) very impressive!! Arch, but also everyone!
    Kiki Walpanheim: summerize of what we sid,
    Kiki Walpanheim: *said
    Maxine Walden: So much authentic sharing...so much said...so much trust and acceptance

    It is now a bit past the hour and I have to go

    Maxine Walden: I must go, and will with pleasure post the log...
    Maxine Walden: bye for now
    Eden Haiku: Also what you shared about bullying, that you heard just now on news and came here as to a safe place. :)) Arch
    Yakuzza Lethecus: thx maxine, thx everyone, good night
    Zen Arado: bye Maxine
    Eden Haiku: Thank you so much Maxine@

    Eden has a realization

    Eden Haiku: I realize something I never realized before these special sessions on Being.
    Eden Haiku: I realize I can hear better the different "voices".
    Zen Arado: Eos bye
    Archmage Atlantis: Blessings, shalom & namate...
    Zen Arado: bye Arch
    Eden Haiku: Bye all leaving!
    Zen Arado: bye all
    Darren Islar: bye Arch, Zen :)
    Darren Islar: Kiki
    Eden Haiku: Bye!
    Lugh Fehr: byebye peoplle tnx for company
    Darren Islar: bye Lugh
    Eden Haiku: Thanks Lugh:) see you around !
    Eden Haiku: Bye for now!
    Bruce Mowbray: Good night, Eden.
    Darren Islar: bye Eden

    And as many avs are leaving Darren and Bruce share some thoughts:

    Darren Islar: and how is Blub feeling about it?
    Bruce Mowbray: Blub and I are enjoying the stillness.
    Bruce Mowbray: I am going to try to come to the meditation at the Shift tomorrow.
    Darren Islar: great :)
    Bruce Mowbray: It's been a long while since I was there - and I miss it.
    Bruce Mowbray: 11:15 slt - right?
    Darren Islar: yes
    Darren Islar: yes, Aph needs to go earlier, and we need to set up the voice
    Bruce Mowbray: OK. Well, that will become the centerpoint to my day, then.
    Bruce Mowbray: i won't have voice, of course, but that's no matter.
    Darren Islar: :)
    Darren Islar: as long as you can hear it
    Bruce Mowbray: I wish you a good night -- and thanks for being here today, Darren.
    Bruce Mowbray: yes, I can hear fine.
    Bruce Mowbray: Thank you.
    Darren Islar: thank you too, and have a good day :)

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    Eden Haiku: "I realize something I never realized before these special sessions on Being.I realize I can hear better the different "voices".
    Eliza Madrigal: Absolutely.
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