B3. Time Sessions for February

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    The Friday morning 6:00 am Time sessions continued through February as Pema added Chapter 11: Space to the Book, Exploring the Magic of Time.

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    February 4: Chapter 11 had not yet been written in time for session 27, so the group gathered as they did in January without any weekly reports on exercises. Vector had emailed the group two articles. The first was about Haiku as anti-story in which "kire" is a cut across the story of the poem; Vector offered that the "kire" was equivalent to the nine seconds. He sent a second article on Discernment in which he uses a haiku to open each section. After discussing the artiicle the group began to play with making up haikus together.

    February 11: The group read the first three sections of the chapter for this session. Pema used an example of a fork to show how it would be useless if not surrounded by "physical" space. The exercise was to look for ways that space plays a supporting role. As the session title suggests the discussion gravatated to a discussion about "edges"...of space...of countries...coastlines,..awareness.

    cybersufi Resident: rumi said 'Beyond yes and no, good and bad, there is a feild, I will meet you there?

    February 18: For the next session the readings were section 4 (An Open Inquiry) and section 5 (Oher Kinds of Space) of chapter 11. The topics for investigation were twofold: looking at one's own self image but then:

    "Here is a more challenging exploration.  When you talk with others, try to see their positions, their angles, their use of space.  Try to give them a bit more room than you habitually tend to do.  Also try to give your own reactions a bit more room, relying less on your convictions, and more on your intuitions at the moment.  How does this change the nature and feel of a conversation?"

    At the Friday morning session Pema added some underlying goals for the book:

    Pema Pera: that's the core aim of my book -- insofar as it has an aim
    Pema Pera: to question AND to sidestep questions
    Pema Pera: to question enough to crank up the engine of exploration
    Pema Pera: and then to drop the questions that get you back into a safe dark dungeon
    Bruce Mowbray: Oh yes -- over and over and over -- to step outside one's own "eyes."
    Pema Pera: where we can use questions as excuses to not further explore

    February 25: Sections 11.6. Space and You in which Pema introduces the idea of space around "our story" and also 11.7. The Role of Focusing were next. In the latter we were encouraged to look at edges of objects and our thoughts as a way to understand more about space. Reading the "voices" of the session I became more aware of how we limiting it is to see the world only in terms of our own experiences. As Riddle said in the previous session, "yes,but"; it takes an effort to see fromt he perspective of others.

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    Note: If this poor summary of complex ideas is beginning to sound intriguing, there is an index page to the Time session material (chapters, reports and sessions) here.

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