2008.04.24 07:00 - Mutual Respect Takes Many Forms

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    When I arrived at the tea house, Maxine already had sat down inside.

    Pema Pera: Morning, Maxine!
    IM: Maxine Walden: having trouble with my texting it seems so IM you
    Pema Pera: Do you have the communicate window open?
    IM: Maxine Walden: lets see now it seems to be working ok, the texting
    Pema Pera: no, you are still in IM mode
    Maxine Walden: is this better?
    Pema Pera: yes!
    Pema Pera: now you’re visible
    Maxine Walden: it says local chat..oh good, seems I am getting my words a bit scrambled this morning, the letters turned around
    Maxine Walden: but I was just appreciating the window prior so it is puzzling
    Pema Pera: well, as long as it works :>).
    Pema Pera: I know there is a lot to get used to in SL
    Maxine Walden: yes, things seem to be working better…maybe at the threshold, such as the window or another SL session there is a bit of turbulence
    Pema Pera: yes

    Maxine was quicker than I in spotting Caledonia having just entered.

    Maxine Walden: oh, Cal is coming, hi, Cal
    Caledonia Heron: hey there :)
    Caledonia Heron: how’s it going over here today? :)
    Pema Pera: Hi Cal!
    Pema Pera: we just sat down, Cal
    Caledonia Heron: heya :)
    Pema Pera: Thanks for joining us!
    Caledonia Heron: my pleasure
    Maxine Walden: yes, nice to see you
    Caledonia Heron: yes, you too Maxine
    Caledonia Heron: sorry to interrupt
    Caledonia Heron: the flow
    Pema Pera: We just talked about learning to move around in SL
    Pema Pera: Maxine has mostly popped in and out of this tea house
    Caledonia Heron: ah…still learning, lol, not very good at flying in tight spaces
    Maxine Walden: and perhaps about the turbulence in learning
    Pema Pera: We really should take her on a tour, one of these days
    Caledonia Heron: sure, I know some places
    Pema Pera: Caledonia has her own place near the sea, Maxine
    Pema Pera: near an area with beautiful mathematical art
    Maxine Walden: how nice that must be
    Pema Pera: The time may come that you would want your own little place as well!
    Maxine Walden: perhaps, I am still finding SL a vehicle for new experience, and maybe that is where I am right now
    Pema Pera: oh, there is no rush at all!
    Pema Pera: Did you get a book, to read up on SL, by any chance?
    Maxine Walden: you had mentioned a book, Pema , and it is ‘on my list’ but with so many RL things tugging for attention I have not gotten that book yet
    Pema Pera: yeah, I know . . . . of course

    At that moment Cal evaporated, but returned soon afterward.

    Pema Pera: wb, Cal!
    Caledonia Heron: crashed, sorry
    Pema Pera: figured that, yeah
    Pema Pera: SL still seems unstable
    Maxine Walden: holding the other in mind over the crash is interesting…rather expecting them to be back soon, but then not so sure just what will happen
    Pema Pera: yup!
    Pema Pera: that’s part of the SL experience
    Pema Pera: it’s nice how you analyze those aspects, Maxine
    Pema Pera: and put them into words!
    Pema Pera: indeed that is part of the flow here
    Pema Pera: you never know . . .

    Even though it was early in the morning, SL time, visitors kept streaming in.

    Pema Pera: Hi Storm!
    Storm Nordwind: Hi everyone
    Maxine Walden: I have found the SL experience, oh, thanks, have found the SL experience to linger in mind even when I am back in RL, and am just observing the perhaps fluid boundaries
    Maxine Walden: oh, hi Storm
    Caledonia Heron: hey Storm :)
    Pema Pera: a sign you’re getting into SL, Max, and it’s getting under your skin :.)

    And then Storm went poof

    Pema Pera: Storm disappeared too.
    Pema Pera: We may soon all be gone ;>)
    Maxine Walden: another white hole experience?
    Pema Pera: haha
    Caledonia Heron: :)
    Pema Pera: who knows!
    Maxine Walden: yes, we really don’t know what the next moment will bring and so it takes a bit of courage to just
    Maxine Walden: live in this moment
    Maxine Walden: to really live it in and take the unknown aspect of te next moment in stride…
    Maxine Walden: maybe some of the turbulence I was thinking about
    Pema Pera: wb Storm!
    Storm Nordwind nods
    Maxine Walden: May I ask what ‘wb’ means?
    Pema Pera: welcome back
    Maxine Walden: oh, yes, thanks
    Pema Pera: yw = you’re welcome
    Caledonia Heron: shorthand :)
    Pema Pera: tc = take care
    Pema Pera: brb = be right back
    Maxine Walden: oh, good, now I get some of the shorthand…
    Caledonia Heron: yes, many ways to shortcut text
    Pema Pera: google is a good way to lift the confusion — I often use it for a new acronym ;>)
    Maxine Walden: does google have a listing?
    Pema Pera: you just type “wb” say
    Pema Pera: oops, that wasn’t too helpful
    Pema Pera: Better use wikipedia
    Pema Pera: it says: Internet slang for “Welcome Back”.
    Pema Pera: as one of the disambiguations
    Maxine Walden: thanks
    Caledonia Heron: you can google texting phrases or something similar and get a list
    Pema Pera: ah, Cal, that’s the systematic approach — to get a list!!!
    Caledonia Heron: gr8 :)
    Storm Nordwind groans
    Pema Pera: haha, great indeed . . . .
    Caledonia Heron: might as well go whole hog
    Pema Pera: sure!

    Since Caledonia hadn’t been here for a while, untill yesterday, I was curious how things were going with her.

    Pema Pera: How has life been, Cal?
    Pema Pera: besides busy
    Caledonia Heron: good :)
    Pema Pera: any chance to play a little with the 9-sec idea, or just the “playing as Being” notion?
    Pema Pera: if I may ask?
    Caledonia Heron: yes, but I don’t seem to go at your suggested intervals….I am popping up randomly I’m afraid as my experience suggests to me
    Pema Pera: fine! my suggestions were just that — suggestions!
    Pema Pera: How was the popping up?
    Caledonia Heron: I figured - going for trying to notice my states observations on a more regular basis…to be more conscious regularly
    Caledonia Heron: sorry - huge lag
    Pema Pera: yeah, SL seems to be as sleepy as those of us here at the West Coast . . . ;>)
    Pema Pera: would you mind saying a bit more, Cal?
    Maxine Walden: I am finding a randomness creeping in at times as well, sort of like RL has grabbed attention and would no let it go at times
    Maxine Walden: yes, please say more Cal
    Pema Pera: btw (by the way), Max, you should feel totally free to interject your sentences — part of texting etiquette is that it is perfectly fine to jumble sentences!
    Caledonia Heron: ok, well I noticed a couple of days ago that I was given some information about something for which I had unbeknownst me I had given up on
    Caledonia Heron: and the resulting lightness was a revelation
    Maxine Walden: thanks, Pema, you are a mind reader…
    Caledonia Heron: in the way you take a fresh breath and say …okidokie, that’s good
    Maxine Walden: lightness?
    Caledonia Heron: lifting, lightness, unanchored from previous belief
    Maxine Walden: what a wonderful experience
    Caledonia Heron: yes, while driving in my car of all places
    Caledonia Heron: sorry for lag - man, it’s bad
    Pema Pera: we can follow you fine, Cal!
    Caledonia Heron: anyway, just something I noticed
    Pema Pera: part of play is to be unanchored, yes
    Caledonia Heron: so that’s how the 9sec game shows up for me - when it wants!!
    Caledonia Heron: but more regularly and that suits my style so gee, no wonder that’s how it works for me
    Caledonia Heron: lol
    Maxine Walden: I wonder if there was significance in your attention being called to another task, driving, which freed up some space for the new idea to creep in
    Types Sideways: hi everyone
    Caledonia Heron: no idea - I was riding shotgun
    Caledonia Heron: looking at flowers

    The door opened once more, and Types strode in, looking very stately again, with white long flowing hair, but this time more like an American Indian, plus half transparent large gossamer wings on his back to complete the somewhat curious mixture. He took one of the two remaining seats in the corner of the wooden plateau in the center of the tea house.

    Types Sideways: is this a private meeting?
    Storm Nordwind: Hi Types
    Pema Pera: hi Types!
    Types Sideways: hi
    Maxine Walden: hello, Types
    Pema Pera: no, Types!
    Caledonia Heron: hey Types
    Pema Pera: you’re always welcome
    Types Sideways: ty
    Caledonia Heron: your name reminds me of someone named Trimming Hedges :)
    Types Sideways: me?
    Types Sideways: lol
    Types Sideways: hope your turning on the rain Storm
    Pema Pera: we may not be able to see rain very well with the rather massive lag we seem to have today . . . .
    Types Sideways: seems normal to me
    Pema Pera: on another topic . . . .
    Pema Pera: I’ve been wondering whether/when to say more about “Being”, the other part of the title that I choose for what we’re doing here, “playing as Being” . . . .
    Storm Nordwind: It will not rain inside here!
    Caledonia Heron: maybe that makes lag?
    Pema Pera: I was trying to look outside
    Maxine Walden: please say more about Being, Pema
    Pema Pera: well, we are playing, and we’ve had a lot of fun playing
    Types Sideways: nothing to say about being
    Pema Pera: far more, frankly, then I thought I could have hoped
    Pema Pera: haha, Types always goes directly for the jugular
    Pema Pera: but the question is whether to play just randomly or try to give it a bit of a direction
    Types Sideways: ah
    Pema Pera: Maxine, I’m curious, what are your associations with “Being”?
    Pema Pera: if I may ask?
    Caledonia Heron: direction would be fine - I have no idea what I’m doing
    Pema Pera: (and I agree with Types, there really is nothing that can be said directly about Being!)
    Pema Pera: haha, Cal, lol
    Pema Pera: happy to do so
    Caledonia Heron: lol
    Pema Pera: Sounded to me as if I heard your voice through the text ;-)
    Caledonia Heron: magic

    While Maxine responded to my invitation to say more about Being, a delightful tumble of sentences formed a spray of reactions from the fountain of the tea room atmosphere.

    Maxine Walden: Let me see, for me at the moment, at this moment I think of Being as daring to just allow this moment and then the next and the next
    Pema Pera: The problem with talking about Being is that whatever I say about it is wrong, so I have to choose which wrong thing to say ;-)
    Storm Nordwind: That is brilliant Maxine
    Caledonia Heron: LOL Pema
    Caledonia Heron: backwards day
    Pema Pera: yes, Maxine, that’s a wonderful wrong thing to start with!
    Types Sideways: and who is waiting for the next and next?
    Maxine Walden: moment …to just be open to experience these moments without controlling them…
    Pema Pera: right of course in what it is, as a good suggestion, even though not a definition of Being or a description of Being
    Caledonia Heron: how can you wait AND be? :)
    Storm Nordwind sees Types going for the jugular again!
    Maxine Walden: please tell me what was the brilliant wrong thing to say?
    Types Sideways: just a question
    Caledonia Heron: and another :)
    Pema Pera: haha, well, Maxine, what do you think, who is waiting?
    Pema Pera: and if I may, meanwhile, Cal, how can you not Be?
    Caledonia Heron: Be-ats me :)
    Pema Pera: hahaha
    Pema Pera: the Be-ats generation
    Caledonia Heron: beets me
    Storm Nordwind raises his eyes and groans
    Pema Pera: oh oh
    Caledonia Heron: the underground generation
    Pema Pera: beeting around the bush
    Caledonia Heron: Be-at feet
    Pema Pera: Be-at Inn?
    Pema Pera: Be-at Bar?
    Storm Nordwind: Be-atitude
    Pema Pera: ha!
    Pema Pera: Be-at-IT Bar?
    Pema Pera: Is Maxine waiting ;-)
    Caledonia Heron does MIchael Jackson dance
    Pema Pera: haha
    Types Sideways: dancing happens, but does Micheal do it?

    Maxine was clearly puzzled being surrounded by texting jaggernauts, probably a relatively new cultural experience for her.

    Maxine Walden: Think I said something concrete and triggered something…
    Pema Pera: you said ” I think of Being as daring to just allow this moment andthen the next and the next”
    Pema Pera: and Storm said “brilliant”
    Pema Pera: and I second that!
    Pema Pera: totally right, Maxine!
    Caledonia Heron: or wrong :)
    Pema Pera: I also then said that anything we can say, no matter how right, does not capture Being — or wanted to say that
    Caledonia Heron: if it’s backwards being :)
    Pema Pera: gnieb
    Caledonia Heron: ?
    Pema Pera: backwards being
    Pema Pera: sorry
    Maxine Walden: but somehow, maybe I am being defensive, somehow I feel the party moved down the street,
    Caledonia Heron: we were just being, not talking about being :)
    Maxine Walden: I see,
    Pema Pera: we were playing . . . .
    Caledonia Heron: I think, yes, playing
    Maxine Walden: playing at being?
    Pema Pera: . . . and part of the texting culture, which some of us are more familiar with than others . . .
    Caledonia Heron: being at play
    Pema Pera: . . . is to mix quick jokes and sillinesses with very serious utterances
    Pema Pera: what you said, Maxine made total sense
    Types Sideways: :)
    Pema Pera: and Storm was totally serious in saying so
    Maxine Walden: may I ask why?
    Caledonia Heron: why play?
    Pema Pera: about each next moment?
    Pema Pera: why it made total sense?
    Pema Pera: or why we reacted as we did?
    Maxine Walden: why mix the seriousness with the silliness?

    I was really glad that Maxine asked so directly, because otherwise her puzzlement might not have been noticed by everyone which might have made it more difficult to respond in/as a group.

    Pema Pera: various reasons
    Maxine Walden: guess I may just come from another inner culture
    Pema Pera: one being the culture we landed in, but more importantly, to keep many meanings and aspects and associations open — not to pin ourselves down into definitions and categories
    Types Sideways: yes
    Caledonia Heron: it’s a way we be in the moment with each other, trading lines, riffing off each other, it’s alive
    Maxine Walden: because I feel a kind of reverence at the edge of Being, but that may not be everyone’s experience
    Caledonia Heron: not analyzed
    Pema Pera: we are trying to capture what is beyond words — and frankly, that is a hilarious thing to do! And yet at the same time about the most laudable thing to do — so there you have it: totally ridiculous and totally serious
    Storm Nordwind: I can share that feeling Maxine
    Caledonia Heron: agreed Maxine, different styles
    Types Sideways: things defined are unclear, things undefined are clear
    Caledonia Heron: it’s big enough to hold it all
    Pema Pera: there are many attitudes, Maxine, and I wouldn’t want to make fun of any of them — only of my own ineptitude of putting my own attitude into words
    Caledonia Heron: I don’t feel like I have to tiptoe around it, I want to swim in it
    Pema Pera: Perhaps a good image is that I feel toward Being like a child to its mother — not afraid to make fun knowing very well that that wouldn’t threaten my relationship with her in any way
    Storm Nordwind: It’s possible to do both
    Pema Pera: yes!
    Caledonia Heron: exactly, unconditional;
    Types Sideways: or neither
    Caledonia Heron: so ok, to be serious and not
    Pema Pera: Have you met Tara yet, Maxine? If you think some of us here in this room are irreverent . . . .
    Types Sideways: sounded like a judgment there
    Maxine Walden: I will have to go in a couple of minutes…yes, maybe I was detecting the delight in the irreverent, which then I need
    Caledonia Heron: maybe join us next time - it’s FUN
    Pema Pera: It’s like being able to speak different languages, being able to switch, delighting in the special expressions that are available in each one
    Caledonia Heron: agile minds playing with being in the moment
    Types Sideways: or not
    Maxine Walden: to hold respectfully and lightly along side of my experience of the reverent…room for both and all
    Caledonia Heron: or not
    Pema Pera: hahahahahaha
    Pema Pera: lol really
    Pema Pera: u c?
    Caledonia Heron: fun does not equal disrespect imo
    Types Sideways: respect is the space for all
    Caledonia Heron: yes, in fact fun might represent a healthy respect - thinking that it will be ok
    Caledonia Heron: or not
    Pema Pera: Socrates had some of his best dialogues in a drinking place
    Caledonia Heron: ha ha
    Caledonia Heron: I love the double back
    Caledonia Heron raises grog

    I really felt proud of my friends putting up a good show of texting skill giving Maxine a flavor of the free flow that it allows. And while I was not sure to what extent Maxine could get a taste for it at that moment, I was pretty sure that she would quickly get the hang of it. I realized that she had mostly come in the morning, with few others present, and thus had missed much of the more rowdy behavior that seems to occur at later times in SL . . .

    Maxine Walden: I need to go; interesting discussion this morning for me, including a little tension, which I will just need metabolize. Appreciate everyone’s openness, will see how that impacts my next moment…
    Types Sideways: bye
    Pema Pera: The main reason I contacted Cal and we befriended here in SL is that her silly yet penetrating wit stood out among a crowd while we were visiting the space station, a while ago
    Maxine Walden: bye for now…
    Pema Pera: bye Maxine,
    Storm Nordwind: Blessings Maxine
    Pema Pera: thanks for being such a good sport!
    Caledonia Heron: ok, sorry re tension - none meant
    Pema Pera: we’ll follow this up
    Caledonia Heron: go with the flow grasshopper :)
    Maxine Walden: oh, thanks for your candor, no tension is not a bad thing, but adds to the complexity of experience…a good thing

    As I often do, I checked once again with Maxine for permission to write her words in this blog (I ask everyone at first, when they make their first appearance here, though I generally don’t include that exchange in the logs I quote here).

    Pema Pera: no reason to write this up in the blog if you don’t like me to do so!
    Pema Pera: also retroactively
    Caledonia Heron: had no idea there was tension at all
    Pema Pera: I can also take something out
    Pema Pera: no reason for completeness there
    Caledonia Heron: in fact the discussion to omit makes me wonder what the heck we’re talking about that’s so funky
    Maxine Walden: Pema, it is fine to write it. I am OK with it…please do not feel bad about my tension…that is my experience and I am very OK with it being ‘out there’…got to go, for real this time…bye
    Pema Pera: thanks, Maxine!!
    Caledonia Heron: bye :)
    Storm Nordwind bows to Maxine
    Pema Pera: c u !

    After Maxine left, there was clearly a bit of puzzlement still hanging in the air.

    Types Sideways: what tension?
    Caledonia Heron: OK, well apparently I’ve rocked the boat or something
    Pema Pera: May I describe how Maxine felt
    Pema Pera: as I see it?
    Types Sideways: bewildered
    Types Sideways: sure
    Caledonia Heron: no idea …no tension here - I thought it was a cool exchange
    Pema Pera: Okay let me try
    Pema Pera: Here I am, having found a beautiful little treasure
    Pema Pera: being awed my it
    Pema Pera: cupping it in my hands
    Pema Pera: it could be a little bird
    Pema Pera: bringing it back home
    Pema Pera: only to see my older brother laughing at me and making fun and me feeling shy and shocked and not appreciated — wishing I had not come home —- of course, I am exaggerating, just to make the point!
    Storm Nordwind: it is well put
    Storm Nordwind: Not everyone has the confidence in all things some of us have
    Pema Pera: and we all learn from each other!
    Pema Pera: to become more all round in our reactions and appreciations
    Pema Pera: Storm, this may be a good moment to reflect on your interactions with Tara, I think
    Storm Nordwind: I am not the reflecting sort. I am the doing sort :)
    Types Sideways: Im glad you helped the bird stay in her hands
    Storm Nordwind: To reflect diminishes my experience of Now
    Pema Pera: Thanks, Types; it helped that I feel I have been in that situations many times in my life myself . . . . . so I know the feeling very very well . . . .
    Pema Pera: well, Storm, may I make another attempt?
    Pema Pera: then?
    Pema Pera: summarizing myself?
    Storm Nordwind: You are always more than welcome

    This was the perfect opportunity for me to fill in some of what I had left out in this blog over the last week and a bit. It felt more honest and open to add those parts no, retroactively, to honor both Maxine and Tara and all who were involved in these sometimes somewhat puzzling exchanges.

    Pema Pera: A week or so ago, Tara met Storm, here in the tea house
    Pema Pera: It was not exactly Bambi met Gozilla
    Pema Pera: I mean the other way around
    Pema Pera: but there was a bit of that, hahaha
    Pema Pera: and Storm said a few things that ticked Tara the wrong way
    Pema Pera: then Tara bolted and disappeared in a poof
    Pema Pera: but then later, was it only yesterday? amazing
    Pema Pera: Tara and Storm met again
    Pema Pera: Tara apologized, Storm made it abundantly clear that there were no hard feelings,
    Pema Pera: and somehow Storm and Tara got into this energetic exchange
    Pema Pera: and I was totally amazed
    Pema Pera: since I could see a part of myself being judgmental
    Pema Pera: discarding this part
    Pema Pera: or not accepting that part
    Pema Pera: but when I just listened
    Pema Pera: (most of it is on the blog of yesterday afternoon, trip to Itsari)
    Pema Pera: more and more
    Pema Pera: I just felt a sense of respect
    Pema Pera: for Tara
    Pema Pera: for Storm
    Pema Pera: for each of us, the way we express ourselves
    Pema Pera: it was amazing how peaceful that felt
    Pema Pera: Well, Storm . . . . does that come (a bit) close to what you felt happened?
    Storm Nordwind: It tells me quite a bit about you ;))
    Pema Pera: haha
    Storm Nordwind: In fact you came close to seeing an expression of how a healer’s mind works
    Storm Nordwind: The potential for the exchange was always there
    Storm Nordwind: And it was wonderful
    Storm Nordwind: A barrier was lifted and it flowed
    Pema Pera: yes!
    Pema Pera: no canals, only a big wild river

    We then came back to this morning’s situation.

    Types Sideways: and the tension today?
    Pema Pera: similar
    Storm Nordwind: No not similar
    Pema Pera: still moving toward flowing further together
    Caledonia Heron: what tension?
    Pema Pera: not there yet
    Pema Pera: and of course also dissimilar in many ways — both, right Storm
    Storm Nordwind: I got the feeling that maxine felt that she was being forcibly educated. And at that time she felt she wanted to explore and develop what she had already discovered rather than make another very different step
    Caledonia Heron: hmmm, ok
    Pema Pera: yes, and the tension, Cal, was the tension that Maxine felt — and some of us who have gotten to know Maxine well, also felt indirectly through her
    Caledonia Heron: ok
    Pema Pera: no reason that you should have guessed that
    Pema Pera: we get to know each other step by step
    Pema Pera: meeting by meeting
    Pema Pera: and when I meant “similar”
    Pema Pera: in response to Types
    Pema Pera: I meant that the flowing together process
    Pema Pera: what Storm called healing
    Pema Pera: is similar in the sense that wat seemed not to be able to flow together
    Pema Pera: really can
    Pema Pera: or dance together
    Pema Pera: whatever image
    Types Sideways: Types created the tension
    Pema Pera: and what Storm said,
    Pema Pera: dissimilar
    Pema Pera: or I think he implied that
    Pema Pera: may point to the uniqueness of all of us
    Caledonia Heron: lol, I was wondering if it was me Types :)
    Pema Pera: and even more the uniqueness of each combination of us!
    Types Sideways: my directness
    Pema Pera: Types and Cal, you’re sometimes exchangeable in your delightful directness!
    Pema Pera: fair enough, Storm?
    Storm Nordwind: indeed

    We continued, and I really had to laugh out loud after a while, when I was tripped up by Types’ reference to a song, first responding seriously to his first line. It is so much fun, this switching, this turning on a dime, between silly and deep!

    Caledonia Heron: hmmm, just call em like I see em
    Pema Pera: not everyone can return that compliment . . . .
    Pema Pera: but that’s okay!
    Pema Pera: That’s why we’re talking about it
    Pema Pera: Have you met Tara, yet, Cal?
    Types Sideways: very interesting discussion
    Caledonia Heron: funny, I did not read a compliment read a declarative
    Caledonia Heron: yes, I know Tara
    Pema Pera: switching to more joking terms, Caledonia ;>)
    Pema Pera: but serious too
    Caledonia Heron: oki
    Pema Pera: for you it is really a compliment
    Pema Pera: to be straight
    Pema Pera: telling as you see it
    Pema Pera: giving people your most honest opinion
    Pema Pera: as a sign of respect
    Pema Pera: but it is not what leaves your mouth but what enters their ears what counts
    Pema Pera: and we are all so different in our backgrounds
    Storm Nordwind while listening to the discussion, would also like to hear the gentle morning rainfall
    Pema Pera: not always easy to know what comes across how
    Caledonia Heron: two ears, one mouth….
    Storm Nordwind: rain on
    Caledonia Heron: the beauty and fallability of text
    Types Sideways: but I have to be me, what else can I be?
    Types Sideways: singing
    Caledonia Heron: no kidding Types
    Pema Pera: any interaction between two or more people is a give and take .. . .
    Pema Pera: haha, Types, only now saw your second line, haha
    Pema Pera: yes

    Storm returned to the wonderful image of healing that he had introduced earlier.

    Storm Nordwind: There is the possibility - and this is what I meant by the healer’s mind - of transferring yourself to within another, and seeing and feeling as they see
    Pema Pera: yes!
    Caledonia Heron: empathy, yes?
    Storm Nordwind: What people often mean by empathy is not really what I meant, but the effects can be be similar, so it will do as a word
    Pema Pera: perhaps more than empathy
    Pema Pera: Empathy seems to imply still a distance
    Storm Nordwind: yes
    Pema Pera: Here I stand and I am trying to resonate with you
    Pema Pera: What Storm meant, I think, is taking on the role of the other, really stepping into the shoes of the other, as far as possible
    Storm Nordwind: Resonance is a start
    Types Sideways: Storm is a strong name
    Caledonia Heron: ah, the Vulcan mind meld :)
    Storm Nordwind: If you like Cal!
    Storm Nordwind: It can and does happen
    Caledonia Heron: good grief, it’s a joke
    Storm Nordwind: Oh no, no joke. It’s real
    Pema Pera: but as so often, you had a great point, Cal, in that joke!
    Pema Pera: yes, I second Storm
    Caledonia Heron: understood Storm, thanks
    Pema Pera: u c mind meld with Storm and me 2
    Types Sideways: and the no me
    Caledonia Heron: yes, that was the point Pema, words can be used and rearranged and reparsed to make the same meaning
    Pema Pera: I have very big ears and they are pretty pointed, in RL
    Storm Nordwind smiles
    Pema Pera: mind evap for Types
    Caledonia Heron: so another way to get at the same thing….merely a cultural reference as a touchpoint
    Pema Pera: yeah, powerful shorthands!!!
    Caledonia Heron: it is a way to align thoughts while not getting all “how do you feel about that”
    Pema Pera: we grok, Cal

    Meanwhile, the sound of chuckles occasionally punctuated our typing.

    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: I heard that!
    Caledonia Heron: grok back atcha :)
    Storm Nordwind chuckles
    Pema Pera: we should do a squizzle dance, Cal
    Types Sideways: ?
    Pema Pera: u explain Cal
    Storm Nordwind: rain thunder on
    Types Sideways: wonderful
    Pema Pera: wow, Storm!
    Caledonia Heron: ACK!
    Pema Pera: powerful indeed!
    Types Sideways: well, I cant let this rain go to waste
    Caledonia Heron: Squizzle Lore is deep and complex
    Types Sideways: bye
    Pema Pera: thanks, Types for dropping by!
    Caledonia Heron: bye :)
    Storm Nordwind: ripples on
    Pema Pera: don’t get your wings toooo wet!
    Caledonia Heron: ok, well, this was certainly confusing
    Pema Pera: and clarifying
    Pema Pera: I learned a lot . . . again . . . .
    Pema Pera: Thanks, Cal!
    Caledonia Heron: sure, see y’all
    Pema Pera: I very much appreciated our exchange, all of it
    Storm Nordwind: Great to be here as always
    Pema Pera: c u Cal!
    Pema Pera: watch out for the thunder out there!
    Storm Nordwind: I will go and study

    It was clear that given the late time, further explanations about squizzledom would have to await another occasion . . .
    Storm and I lingered for just another minute or two.

    Pema Pera: candor and thunder . . . .
    Pema Pera: what a morning!
    Storm Nordwind: or afternoon :)
    Pema Pera: hahaha
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: keep forgetting
    Pema Pera: but in SL time it’s morning, Storm, that’s the law here!
    Pema Pera: time for coffee
    Storm Nordwind: If that is the law you choose to obey, so be it - for you!
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: well, we can be timeless
    Pema Pera: and if we’re not careful, sleepless
    Storm Nordwind: now let’s not get started on THAT discussion!
    Pema Pera: I hope you got some sleep after you stayed up so late with us last night?
    Pema Pera: what was it, 4 am?
    Storm Nordwind: 7 hours
    Pema Pera: ah
    Pema Pera: I got 4 . . . . .
    Pema Pera: finished my blog backlog
    Storm Nordwind: I saw
    Pema Pera: thanks
    Storm Nordwind: And I added more for today
    Pema Pera: I’ll look at it!
    Storm Nordwind shrugs
    Pema Pera: can’t allow myself to fall behind
    Pema Pera: will never catch up . . . .
    Pema Pera: well, I’ll let you go!
    Pema Pera: _/!\_
    Storm Nordwind: Types is enjoying the rain and thunder. Perpahs I’ll leave it on for a while
    Pema Pera: sure, why not!
    Storm Nordwind: Namaste
    Pema Pera: Namaste

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