2008.05.20 07:00 - Reset Mode

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    Pema was the Guardian for this session, the commnets are his.

    It was morning in Rieul, but for me in Tokyo it was late in the evening. I found Maxine in the tea house.

    Maxine Walden: hi, Pema
    Pema Pera: Good morning Maxine — late evening for me here
    Pema Pera: living on a round planet is confusing
    Maxine Walden: yes, morning here evening there, surely is a round planet…
    Maxine Walden: and many simultaneous views/perspectives…
    Pema Pera: yes indeed!
    Maxine Walden: you are probably rather tired at the end of your day
    Pema Pera: and yet, in a way, they can all be variations on one basic perspective . . . . that there is nothing at all to do whatsoever
    Pema Pera: well, yess, but that’s okay
    Pema Pera: if I’m tired so is my tendency to separate myself from Being

    Dakini stopped by briefly, and Maxine thanked her for the clothes Dakini had given her.

    Dakini Rhode: hi :-)
    Pema Pera: Hi Dakini!
    Dakini Rhode: I can’t stay, just want to say hi
    Pema Pera: Hi!
    Maxine Walden: yes variations re one basic perspective, hi Dakini, good to see you and thanks again for the outfit
    Pema Pera: good seeing you again :>)
    Dakini Rhode: hi Maxine, I hope you like it :-)
    Maxine Walden: very much
    Dakini Rhode: you’r losing your noobie look
    Dakini Rhode: i need to run - work
    Dakini Rhode: see you soon
    Pema Pera: see you Dakini!
    Maxine Walden: bye for now

    After Dakini left, I got into a somewhat more radical mood.

    Pema Pera: I don’t think we have talked so much yet
    Pema Pera: about the most radical attitude
    Pema Pera: which I associate with “Being”
    Pema Pera: that there is nothing whatsoever to do
    Pema Pera: have we?
    Maxine Walden: no, don’t think so
    Maxine Walden: please…
    Pema Pera: What would it mean, if anything, if I would suggest that all is well, that there is nothing to do :-)
    Pema Pera: (( I guess I am a bit tired, just shooting directly to the most radical attitude ))
    Pema Pera: (( I like Thorberg’s double parentheses ))
    Maxine Walden: It might suggest that all the worry etc and ‘what shall I do’ are artifacts of our inner lens of experience?
    Maxine Walden: but artifacts
    Pema Pera: well
    Pema Pera: the notion that there is a you and a me and time for us to interact with
    Pema Pera: all those are already artifacts, illusions, confusions
    Maxine Walden: right…
    Pema Pera: they appear for sure, but we don’t have to take them too seriously
    Pema Pera: we can totally relax in what IS . . . .
    Pema Pera: but that should not remain an idea
    Pema Pera: it should be what a Christian may call “walking with God”
    Pema Pera: or a Buddhist “realization” in some form
    Pema Pera: of a Daoist “being in tune with the Dao”
    Maxine Walden: a kind of being with Grace?
    Pema Pera: yes, indeed
    Maxine Walden: or at-one-ment?
    Pema Pera: yes
    Pema Pera: may I ask you to describe how such moments feel for you?
    Pema Pera: it would be nice to build up a vocabulary for these direct ways of touching base with Being
    Maxine Walden: yes, let me see:
    Maxine Walden: I think there is a sense of being at peace with all about/around me, even
    Maxine Walden: when there is the everyday strife, worry, undone things, pains
    Maxine Walden: but a kind of at-one-ment with the wider universe…a kind of union with the cosmos…
    Maxine Walden: and yet not feet off the ground, but very much on the ground

    Hotary stopped by, with the title “Eve Eden” as her group name.

    Pema Pera: hey, Hotaru!!!!
    Pema Pera: or Eve?
    Hotaru Myoo: Greetings!
    Maxine Walden: hi, Hotaru
    Hotaru Myoo: hiya!
    Pema Pera: nice title!
    Hotaru Myoo: catchin up
    Hotaru Myoo: how’s the world with you two?
    Hotaru Myoo: haha
    Hotaru Myoo: tyvm
    Pema Pera: we’re talking about radical notions: no time no you :>)
    Pema Pera: no Hotaru
    Hotaru Myoo: well
    Pema Pera: would you buy into that ?
    Hotaru Myoo: hmmm
    Hotaru Myoo: time links us all
    Hotaru Myoo: and in time we are nothing
    Hotaru Myoo: so ya…
    Hotaru Myoo: I’ll bite
    Pema Pera: time is the most mysterious aspect of our reality yes
    Hotaru Myoo: no time no you
    Hotaru Myoo: or me
    Pema Pera: we are all dealing with it
    Pema Pera: but not looking it straight in the face
    Hotaru Myoo: passing bits
    Hotaru Myoo: that is the physical tho
    Hotaru Myoo: what about the soul?
    Hotaru Myoo: do you think we need the physical to process the soul?

    In Being, for Being, as Being, there are no longer beings and time for beings to be in, so the notions of body and mind and soul also become more relative, or so I at least understand what Being stands for — but to address that in a few sentences is not easy.

    Pema Pera: well, there are different ways, levels, approximations to talk about reality
    Pema Pera: at the bottom, so to speak, what hits the eye — then at other levels mind and soul — then the most radical, only Being
    Hotaru Myoo: or …let’s say..the non-physical
    Hotaru Myoo: is being essence?
    Pema Pera: From Being’s perspective it is all one taste — whether we see it as matter or mind or soul
    Hotaru Myoo: a scent?
    Hotaru Myoo: poof?
    Pema Pera: haha
    Maxine Walden: currently I am thinking about the soul as resonant with harmony with being /Being
    Hotaru Myoo: hmmm
    Maxine Walden: our harmony with Being
    Hotaru Myoo: interesting thought Maxine
    Pema Pera: sorry, lots of lag in my connection today — computer freezing up for semi-ages . . . .
    Hotaru Myoo: but we have to be here to have that harmony
    Hotaru Myoo: haha
    Hotaru Myoo: sorry…I imagine it is driving you somewhat mad
    Pema Pera: from our perspective there are many levels, details; from Being’s perspective it is all Being
    Pema Pera: oh no, I am getting used to it
    Pema Pera: too sleepy to get mad
    Hotaru Myoo: haha
    Pema Pera: at 11:20 pm in Tokyo
    Hotaru Myoo: yes…11:20?
    Pema Pera: yes
    Hotaru Myoo: haha

    We had almsot simultaneously written down the Tokyo time, Hotaru by calculating, me by looking at my watch.

    Hotaru Myoo: well…at least I can add
    Pema Pera: ah, but subtract?
    Hotaru Myoo: I have an odd advantage
    Pema Pera: we’re not even?
    Hotaru Myoo: forward and back
    Hotaru Myoo: lol
    Pema Pera: the thing about Being is though that it is the most direct and practical
    Pema Pera: aspect of anything
    Pema Pera: we can use it right here and now
    Hotaru Myoo: I was just thinking the same thing
    Pema Pera: but I am struggling for ways to point that out
    Pema Pera: so we are even then?
    Pema Pera: How odd
    Hotaru Myoo: it is difficult to capture..
    Pema Pera: how would you try?
    Hotaru Myoo: I think this project makes a great attempt…
    Hotaru Myoo: oddly
    Pema Pera: I’m in awe of the project too . . . as I mentioned in my email, I feel we are all instruments .. . .
    Pema Pera: curious music coming out
    Hotaru Myoo: yes…conduits…vessels…
    Maxine Walden: resonating together in some ways like a string quartet/symphony
    Hotaru Myoo: hmmm
    Hotaru Myoo: yes…
    Hotaru Myoo: I like the analogy…nice metaphor for it…
    Hotaru Myoo: we are vibrating
    Pema Pera: strange magic
    Maxine Walden: each tuned slightly differently
    Hotaru Myoo: at various frequencies
    Pema Pera: yet jamming
    Hotaru Myoo: from time to time
    Maxine Walden: indeed…
    Hotaru Myoo: softly
    Hotaru Myoo: weakly
    Hotaru Myoo: and rhythmically with the universe
    Hotaru Myoo: like swarms
    Hotaru Myoo: or flocks

    I really enjoyed us coming up with such analogies together.

    Pema Pera: here is another attempt at conveying Being: the ability to stand up in the face of any problem, and smile, and know: there is no real problem — does that make any sense?
    Hotaru Myoo: flying together…
    Hotaru Myoo: the weak force?
    Pema Pera: or beyond force
    Maxine Walden: yes, Pema, that does make some sense
    Hotaru Myoo: I’m confused
    Maxine Walden: but maybe I have a slightly altered view…
    Pema Pera: the feeling that you are at the end of your tether, about to give up and then by giving up getting it all?
    Hotaru Myoo: oh yes
    Hotaru Myoo: that is cyclical
    Pema Pera: realizing that all striving has been misguided?
    Hotaru Myoo: or spiral

    Cal dropped in, ready to settle into the flow, as she would express it.

    Caledonia Heron: morning
    Hotaru Myoo: Hi Cal!
    Maxine Walden: yes, giving up the ‘grief, exhaustion, whatever’…no disagree that all the striving is misguided
    Pema Pera: Hi Caledonia!
    Caledonia Heron: hey there :)
    Maxine Walden: rather that there is something in the striving including pain and exhaustion which more finely tunes our string
    Pema Pera: Evening :>)
    Maxine Walden: Hi Cal
    Hotaru Myoo: imagining, embracing, claiming and releasing
    Hotaru Myoo: the cycle
    Pema Pera: stopping ;>)
    Pema Pera: Cal, we’re grooving about Being
    Pema Pera: (^_^)
    Caledonia Heron: I figured Pema :)
    Maxine Walden: yes, honing our string theory as it were
    Hotaru Myoo: lol
    Caledonia Heron: I’ll settle into the flow…don’t let me interrupt
    Hotaru Myoo: flowing it is
    Pema Pera: hehehe
    Pema Pera: my computer freezes up for faaaar more than 9 seconds these days, every minute or so . . . .
    Pema Pera: so if I seem out of sync, I can blame it on my laptop
    Hotaru Myoo: how is that for Being?
    Maxine Walden: its trying its own kind of practice, your computer
    Caledonia Heron: lol Maxine

    Thorberg joined us, and then there were five of us.

    Pema Pera: Hi Thorberg!
    Hotaru Myoo: Hi Thor!
    Thorberg Nordlicht: morning
    Caledonia Heron: hey thor
    Maxine Walden: hi Thor
    Thorberg Nordlicht: no need to catch me up on conversation; carry on and i’ll listen till i wake up
    Maxine Walden: we all are in a sort of dream probably Thor
    Hotaru Myoo: I think we are in the releasing phase
    Hotaru Myoo: working on the imagining
    Thorberg Nordlicht: dreaming mind and waking mind are the same mind
    Hotaru Myoo: hit rewind
    Maxine Walden: interesting thought, isn’t it
    Hotaru Myoo: yes
    Maxine Walden: (during the pause I notice the water sounds all around here is SL right now; peaceul and flowing)
    Maxine Walden: peaceful
    Thorberg Nordlicht: were you taking your 9-second break?
    Thorberg Nordlicht: :-)
    Maxine Walden: suppose so!
    Thorberg Nordlicht: that’s what happens for me in the 9 seconds; i notice environmental details i overlooked while immersed in whatever every-day activity i ws up to
    Hotaru Myoo: hmmm
    Maxine Walden: me to at times…
    Hotaru Myoo: an outward glance
    Thorberg Nordlicht: yes, “an outward glance”
    Thorberg Nordlicht: and surprise that “i’ve been here the whole time, just didn’t notice”

    I was still in my radical mood :-)

    Pema Pera: Yes, Thorberg, and I suddenly rememer a scene from a movie, where somebody is about to be executed — probably has 9 seconds or so left to live — and he hears the birds singing, in deafening ways
    Caledonia Heron: interesting to think ourselves a separate compartment from our surroundings
    Hotaru Myoo: separated?
    Maxine Walden: the surprise about what we notice….I recall that film, I think, Pema, rather electric for the audience
    Caledonia Heron: the phrase “outward glance” indicates separateness to me Hotaru
    Maxine Walden: and levels of attention, reality, wish unfold and fold up again
    Hotaru Myoo: hmm
    Hotaru Myoo: I find it so difficult to disconnect
    Hotaru Myoo: kind of the opposite
    Thorberg Nordlicht: i usually don’t find the 9 seconds to be long enough to return to the holistic view, so in the 9 seconds i’m still immersed in the illusion of separateness, but at least it’s time enough to reset my point of view and notice my environment instead of being totally lost in the task at hand
    Hotaru Myoo: I hear my heart racing with the computer fan
    Hotaru Myoo: ot the heater…or the cricket in the corner
    Hotaru Myoo: and it is the same rate at which I think
    Thorberg Nordlicht: or the constant buzzzz of being alive in my head
    Caledonia Heron: yes Hotaru, the same sound track intertwined
    Hotaru Myoo: yaya
    Hotaru Myoo: the symphony you were talking about earlier Pema
    Hotaru Myoo: at one with…
    Pema Pera: yes, not us doing anything, really . . .
    Pema Pera: but being conduits
    Hotaru Myoo: the essence of Being
    Pema Pera: yet not passive
    Caledonia Heron: I agree with the “reset” notion Thor, getting synched back up
    Hotaru Myoo: well…it has to flow through something!
    Hotaru Myoo: in order to resonate
    Thorberg Nordlicht: yes, seems like resetting to me — resetting back to some base state from which we again immerse into some paritcular demand on my attention
    Pema Pera: stopping, dropping, resetting, subtracting
    Pema Pera: the opposite of what our whole environment tells us
    Pema Pera: no strive, no gain
    Pema Pera: no power play

    Caledonia asked a really intriguing question.

    Caledonia Heron: what would it be like to never have to reset but always be in a reset mode
    Maxine Walden: interesting wondering, Cal
    Thorberg Nordlicht: good question, Caledonia
    Hotaru Myoo: purgatory
    Caledonia Heron: would I get anything done
    Pema Pera: sure!
    Caledonia Heron: or would I get everything done
    Caledonia Heron: ha
    Pema Pera: more and better
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: yes
    Thorberg Nordlicht: seems like immersing in the task at hand is a necessary skill since our tiny brains can only hold about 7 +/- 2 things at once
    Caledonia Heron: anything and everything would all be the same
    Caledonia Heron: ha
    Pema Pera: I don’t think so Cal
    Pema Pera: yes the same in the basic taste
    Pema Pera: but not a blur
    Pema Pera: actually very fine distinctinos
    Thorberg Nordlicht: so it seems to me we must alternate between the holistic view and getting lost in the details
    Pema Pera: like a movie — the same in all light from the same projector
    Pema Pera: but very fine detail nonetheless
    Thorberg Nordlicht: as long as we come back to the holistic view occasionally, like 9 seconds every 15 minutes
    Hotaru Myoo: lol
    Caledonia Heron: that’s my question Thor, does it have to be one or the other and what does it look like
    Pema Pera: I think what Cal described as her vision is perfectly possible
    Pema Pera: and the 9 second exploration is a first 1% step
    Caledonia Heron: just questions Pema, musings, not a vision by any means
    Pema Pera: which we can let grow to 2%
    Pema Pera: 5%
    Thorberg Nordlicht: i think the essential distinction is whether we “forget” the holstic view while we’re immersed in a mental task
    Pema Pera: 10%
    Pema Pera: and why not 100% ?
    Thorberg Nordlicht: when I’m asleep and in a dream, I “forget” that i’m really dreaming

    I refered back to Caledonia’s label of musings.

    Pema Pera: don’t shortchange yourself, Cal :>)
    Caledonia Heron: lol
    Caledonia Heron: ok
    Caledonia Heron: feel full changed :)
    Pema Pera: haha
    Pema Pera: full tank?
    Thorberg Nordlicht: but when i carry “being present” into a daily task, it’s like i’m immersed in the task, but still see the big picture at the same time, if that makes any sense
    Caledonia Heron: just wandering around the garden so to speak
    Hotaru Myoo: gotta run!
    Caledonia Heron: bye :)
    Pema Pera: bye Hotaru!
    Hotaru Myoo: sorry to jump off…
    Pema Pera: Thanks for stopping by!
    Pema Pera: np at all
    Maxine Walden: bye Hotaru
    Thorberg Nordlicht: come back soon Hotaru
    Hotaru Myoo: Good day/night to all!
    Caledonia Heron: yes you can certainly hold more than 1 view
    Hotaru Myoo: Get some sleep!
    Pema Pera: thanks, yes, almost midnight

    Hotaru left, and soon afterward Putty joined us. Meanwhile, I mentioned one of my favorite notions, in science as well as contemplation, namely that of a working hypothesis.

    Pema Pera: Caledonia, you know, you brought up such an interesting idea
    Maxine Walden: I will have to go in about 5 min or so
    Pema Pera: “what would it be like to never have to reset but always be in a reset mode”
    Pema Pera: for me that is the epitomy of scientific research
    Pema Pera: called a working hypothesis
    Caledonia Heron: perhaps this is the experiment, yes?
    Pema Pera: yes, a thought experiment within an experiment
    Pema Pera: to imagine what something *could* be, that by itself can help to overcome your unstated blocks
    Pema Pera: Hi Putty
    Pema Pera: come join us!
    Thorberg Nordlicht: i’ve heard that some Tibetan monks can stay present even as they drift off to sleep, never forgetting that they’re really a monk sleeping
    Pema Pera: wanna take a seat?
    Putty Broome: hi am i interupting
    Caledonia Heron: take someone we presume to be pretty darned enlightned like say the Dalai Lama, do you think he’s always feeling “reset”, no, I would be surprised
    Pema Pera: not at all, Putty!
    Thorberg Nordlicht: no, not interrupting at all
    Putty Broome: cool what are you all talking about
    Thorberg Nordlicht: welcome

    I thought I might as well throw out some ideas, rather than trying to start from scratch.

    Pema Pera: we’re talking about dropping it all, Putty :>)
    Pema Pera: resetting
    Pema Pera: freedom
    Caledonia Heron: bye the wayside, like a rock
    Putty Broome: oh your hippies
    Pema Pera: hahaha
    Caledonia Heron: nah
    Caledonia Heron: there are no more hippies :)
    Caledonia Heron: we all got jobs
    Caledonia Heron: ha ha
    Maxine Walden: but we do hang out as it were around the edges of conventional thought…
    Putty Broome: well that makes getting more pot affordable huh lol just joking

    It seemed Putty fell in step with the mood right away, and I encouraged the other three to give a stab at summarizing our conversations so far, before I give a quick PaB overview.

    Pema Pera: well, we can all try to explain what we are doing :>) How would you phrase it, Cal, Thor, Max?
    Maxine Walden: right now I am trying to value the views/experience of the moment while also being open to/appreciative of the wider view…sort of like looking out the window Dakini provided in this teahouse and appreciating each little pane of view is part of the wider ‘whole’ view…note the detail but as part of the wider whole
    Caledonia Heron: discussing the idea of how to be, how to be is to play, and that be is
    Putty Broome: hmm
    Maxine Walden: (need to go in about a minute)
    Putty Broome: interesting how do you deal with powerful energies while being in the moment its a challenge that comes up
    Pema Pera: and the background is an exploration of reality, summarized in http://playasbeing.wordpress.com/ — with many snippets of our dialogues — which reminds me, do you mind if we include some parts of these dialogues too? Just want to make sure, since I want to respect privacy where needed
    Pema Pera: our practice is a meditation of 9 seconds at a time
    Pema Pera: every 15 minutes
    Maxine Walden: gotto go, bye all. See you again soon
    Caledonia Heron: bye Maxine
    Putty Broome: take care maxine
    Thorberg Nordlicht: see you again soon, Max

    Maxine left, and I was just too late too say goodbye, with my computer freezing up occasionally.

    Pema Pera: rather unusual
    Putty Broome: what is
    Pema Pera: yes, dealing with powerful energies right when they come up is one of the greatest challenges
    Putty Broome: i just had the hardest one of my life yesterday
    Pema Pera: to greet our own emotions and become friends with them
    Putty Broome: was attacked with magick by four people
    Thorberg Nordlicht: seems to me that’s part of the benefit of a regular/formal meditation practice; by practicing “staying present” in a quiet setting of the meditation room, we can better carry it into more challanging situations like when we’re confronted with “powerful energies”
    Putty Broome: was a lesson to me not to be overly open when i get vibes telling me someone is dangerous
    Thorberg Nordlicht: like lifting weights in the controlled environment of the gymnasium, so we’re better prepared to call upon our strength in other environemnets
    Caledonia Heron: interesting, sound like work to me :)
    Thorberg Nordlicht: ((don’t know why I’m levitating))
    Caledonia Heron: high conscious state Thor :)
    Thorberg Nordlicht: ((can’t spell this time of morning))
    Pema Pera: ((dropped the weights, Thor?))
    Putty Broome: lol
    Thorberg Nordlicht: mostly “high” on my first morning jolt of caffein :-)
    Pema Pera: I’m afraid I don’t know about magic, Putty
    Putty Broome: is there soul travel in zen?
    Thorberg Nordlicht: ((dropping the weights)) ooh, aren’t you clever this morning
    Thorberg Nordlicht: especially for someone who never sleeps, Pema
    Putty Broome: me either im spiritual more then that type of stuff was a challenge
    Thorberg Nordlicht: seems to me I talked to you here only 6 hours ago
    Caledonia Heron: your gym with weights is what I call choosing, just a choice at a moment when your instinct is not to choose
    Pema Pera: yeah, it’s past midnight, I think I’ll sign off and let my soul travel to dream realms. . . .
    Pema Pera: hahaha, must be another dream, Thor
    Putty Broome: take care pema
    Caledonia Heron: bye Pema :)
    Pema Pera: Thanks, Putty!
    Pema Pera: enjoy your day, all of you!
    Caledonia Heron: and your dreams :)
    Pema Pera: bye all
    Putty Broome: thanks

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