2008.06.22 07:00 - Reality, Reality

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    That morning, Rajah was the guardian. Fael later sent me the log. The comments are mine.

    Fael, Wol and Rajah meet in the pavilion, and Ramsey joins them as well.

    Fael Illyar: Hi Rajah
    Rajah Yalin: hello all
    Wol Euler: hello rajah
    Rajah Yalin: hi Ramsey
    Ramsey Randt: hi
    Fael Illyar: Hi Ramsey
    Wol Euler: hello ramsey
    Fangs [Thirst::Bloodlines]: Ramsey Randt would like to give you a Vampire bite. You’ll get a pair of free bite marks to wear. Say [Yes] to accept.
    Wol Euler: oh, sorry, the offer came before the IM explaining it :-)
    Wol Euler: try again?
    Ramsey Randt: you sure ;)
    Ramsey Randt: mmm thank you :)
    Wol Euler: heheheheh
    Faenik: why not?
    Wol Euler: I’m sure I can think of a way for you to return the favour someday…
    Ramsey Randt: sorry to interrupt
    Rajah Yalin turns head the other way.
    Rajah Yalin: are you familiar with PlayasBeing Ramsey
    Ramsey Randt: no
    Faenik: could be
    Ramsey Randt: is that a person?
    Ramsey Randt: place?
    Rajah Yalin: basically we are a group who meditate for 9 seconds daily every 15 minutes (or try) - the idea is to put lots of meditation into our daily lives
    Ramsey Randt: cool sorry to interrupt nice meeting you but i was starving lol
    Fael Illyar: We also meet everyday 4 times to discuss the meditation and often other things too.
    Rajah Yalin: you can join if you’d like
    Ramsey Randt: hmm do you have a card?
    Fael Illyar: card?
    Ramsey Randt: notecard or something?

    Moon, Bethany and Pia join the group, so there are seven by now, quite a group for an early Sunday morning, early in California at least.

    Fael Illyar: Hi Moon, Bethany
    Moon Fargis: hi everone
    Bethany Kaczor: Hello :)
    Fael Illyar: Hi Pia
    Rajah Yalin: we have a website
    Wol Euler: hello Moon, Bethany, Pia
    Rajah Yalin: hi Moon
    Fael Illyar: Looks like today’s meeting will be a bit bigger :)
    Moon Fargis: yes
    Ramsey Randt: ok called Playasbeing right?
    Rajah Yalin: yep
    Pia Iger: Hi, everyone.
    Rajah Yalin: http://playasbeing.wordpress.com/ is the site
    Pia Iger: Hi, Beth, want to join our meeting?
    Ramsey Randt: cool I’ll look into it
    Bethany Kaczor: What are you meeting about?
    Faenik loves wells!
    Pia Iger: explore the reality, I would say
    Fael Illyar: Hi Adams :)
    FX1-Black V1.0 (High Prim)_v4 whispers: Coffee type set to - Cappuccino
    Adams Rubble: Hi Fael
    Adams Rubble: Hi Moon
    Adams Rubble: Hi Rajah
    Ramsey Randt: i have to go y’all but Bethany might be interested my good friend
    Adams Rubble: Hi Ramsey

    Adams joins the group, and Ramsey leaves.

    Rajah Yalin: as I was explaining to Ramsey, this is play as being.. we are a group of people who meditate for 9seconds every 15 minutes everyday
    FX1-Black V1.0 (High Prim)_v4 whispers: Coffee Machine ready for use.
    Ramsey Randt: Hi
    Rajah Yalin: hi Adams
    Latte : French Vanilla coming up!
    Adams Rubble: Hi Betany…did I take your seat?
    Bethany Kaczor: So this is a meditation meeing?
    Rajah Yalin: we meet here 4 times a day.. 1AM SLT, 7AMSLT, 1PM SLT, and 7PM SLT
    Adams Rubble: Hi Pia
    Rajah Yalin: sort of, we discuss the meditaton here
    Bethany Kaczor: You don’t mind if I listen then?
    Wol Euler: hello adams
    Moon Fargis: yes
    Moon Fargis: hehe
    Fael Illyar: I think most of us do the meditation during the meetings too but it’s not really organized.
    Rajah Yalin: the idea is to get several hours of meditation into our daily lives through several short meditations around 9 seconds
    Latte : Delicious, isn’t it?
    Rajah Yalin: we don’t mind if you join at all
    Bethany Kaczor: :)
    Bethany Kaczor: I could use a little srenity :)
    Fael Illyar: Yes, you can join. If you have comments or questions, no need to feel the need to be silent :)
    Faenik: なるほど^^
    Bethany Kaczor: ok

    Rajah continues asking PaB questions.

    Rajah Yalin: yep so Pia how has the PaB been going since last night?
    Rajah Yalin: and yep I do my meditation during the meetings as well, sometimes I announce it sometimes not you have to guess my time schedule hehe
    Fael Illyar: I do it on 0, 15, 30 and 45 minutes, according to the clock :)
    Rajah Yalin: you have me all figured out fael
    Fael Illyar: it’s short enough that it’s hard to notice it in a text chat :)
    Rajah Yalin: stealing my times.. :P
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Adams Rubble: It is interesting because I fond myself taking a break during sessions
    Adams Rubble: find
    Rajah Yalin: yeah?
    Adams Rubble: yep
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Rajah Yalin: what have you found in your PaB practice adams?
    Adams Rubble: A personal preference I guess
    Windchime Bronze 12: Fael Illyar picked the option ‘Sounds’.
    Windchime Bronze 12: Fael Illyar picked the option ‘Sound OFF’.
    Wol Euler: ah thank you :-)
    Adams Rubble: Well, as Pia knows, I reached a new level after yesterdays 7 pm meeting
    Pia Iger: :0
    Adams Rubble: We became more mindful of the larger entity
    Moon Fargis: ah ? something like a computer game? :)

    Lol, Moon!

    Rajah Yalin was sort of in LaLa Land then.
    Fael Illyar: new level?
    Rajah Yalin: how is this new level?
    Adams Rubble: I wrote a bit in my blog this morning
    Adams Rubble: I think it is in the way it applies to anger and compassion
    Moon Fargis: adams: hmm do you mean a level up or a level down ?
    Adams Rubble: Ah, Moon I don’t have the slightest idea—i’m bluffing this
    Moon Fargis: i am asking becasue i see pab more as a reduction then an addition like zen :9
    Adams Rubble: OK
    Moon Fargis: :)
    Pia Iger: May I ?
    Rajah Yalin: go ahead Pia
    Adams Rubble: Anyway this morning I felt a little crushed by the awesome responsibility of that knowledge
    Adams Rubble: yes Pia
    Faenik: なるほど^^
    Pia Iger: I think Adams says up a level, as we go up, we can see more, a wider view of reality.
    Adams Rubble: yes
    Moon Fargis: ah ok
    Adams Rubble: It is the answer to the question
    Adams Rubble: I have been working on the past few days
    Adams Rubble: What am I NOT seeing?
    Rajah Yalin: are we climbing a stairway to reality?
    Adams Rubble: St. Hon Climacitus
    Wol Euler: / sorry about that, and thanks Fael.
    Adams Rubble: John
    Adams Rubble: The Ladder to Haven
    Adams Rubble: Heaven
    Rajah Yalin: lol
    Moon Fargis: rajah: hm does a illusion got a stairway anyway ?:)
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Pia Iger: very good question, Moon!
    Rajah Yalin: depends.. is this a chemical illusion or not?
    Moon Fargis: you mean reality? its a body illusion. well we could call it chemical then i guess
    Pia Iger: My illusion takes elevators, sometimes:)
    Rajah Yalin: I guess in a sense each deck you lose a sense of the illusion
    Rajah Yalin: an elevator to reality, now that is an idea, but how do you suppose that is done?
    Moon Fargis: well the question is, what is reality?
    Adams Rubble: That is an interesting addition to the metaphor Rajah

    Adams returns to her koan.

    Adams Rubble: But I wasn;t talking about reality
    Bethany Kaczor: Elevator = Lots and lots of coffee :)
    Adams Rubble: I was talking about a larger entity than myself
    Rajah Yalin: oh?
    Moon Fargis: ah
    Pia Iger: (smile to Beth.)
    Bethany Kaczor: Sorry…this is a serious kind of meeting and I’m being silly:)
    Pia Iger: That is fine, Beth.
    Rajah Yalin: “play” as being, beth
    Rajah Yalin: we play a lot lol
    Adams Rubble has seen lots of silliness
    Moon Fargis: well we are everything but not serious :)
    Bethany Kaczor: Hehehe
    Adams Rubble and been silly herself
    Rajah Yalin: I’m always silly
    Adams Rubble messed that up
    Fael Illyar: Adams, in your blog, you’re wondering how to “LIVE compassion for all living beings”. I’d think that comes naturally as you start seeing this “larger entity”.
    Adams Rubble: In some ways I feel I am back to where I started but I know that is not true and think I can work that out myself
    Pia Iger: a larger entity is part of reality, we usually are not aware.

    Lots of discussion about reality follows.

    Adams Rubble: ah back to reality
    Adams Rubble is not very good at philosophical questions
    Rajah Yalin: you’re as “good” as all of us
    Pia Iger: compassion, larger entity, reality are connected.
    Faenik: could be
    Moon Fargis: “the leaf recognice itself hanging on a tree”
    Pia Iger: yeah, poetic
    Fael Illyar: Adams, the more you know, the less you know you know. :)
    Bethany Kaczor: Isn’t reality completely relative you to where you are though? Or your perception of where you are
    Moon Fargis: yes reality just depends on you.. everyoe has his own reality
    Rajah Yalin has an alternative reality himself.
    Moon Fargis: the reality of blind people is totally different
    Bethany Kaczor: When I’m here….this is reality..when I’m not, is isn’t
    Adams Rubble: Moon that contradicts your leaf analogy
    Moon Fargis: adam: what do you mean?
    Adams Rubble: That reality depends on me
    Fael Illyar: I don’t think it contradicts. “reality” is a dualist expression.
    Moon Fargis: adams: ah no you misunderstood that
    Adams Rubble: If I am a leaf then the reality is the place on the tree
    Pia Iger: Beth, a good part of our perception of reality could be illusion, that why we are here to explore.
    Moon Fargis: adams: ehm how do i explain that better… the reality you actually feel.. is your reality depeig on what your body see,hear,feel aso…your verry own reality created by yourself
    Adams Rubble: Then if I am a leaf and think I am a groundhog, then that is part of my reality?
    Bethany Kaczor: This place, second l ife in genereal, is an illusion created by people somewhere, but when I’m here it becomes a kind of reality i n my mind. And you are all real people behind the avatars. But I guess I’m stating the obvious
    Rajah Yalin: lol beth :)
    Wol Euler: SL is a very good illusration, I think.
    Faenik: why not?
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Rajah Yalin: I’m a bunch of primitives who thinks he is a monk
    Moon Fargis: bit if you drop yourself like in meditation zazen,pab then you see that there is more then just this
    Moon Fargis: or even that there is less
    Moon Fargis: i would say its less and more :)
    Bethany Kaczor: I’m not at all like my avatar in appearance, but even in my “real” life I am affected by what happens here, and how I feel about myself in this environemnt

    From reality to gender.

    Rajah Yalin: do avatars actually have genders? food for thought
    Adams Rubble: I keep forgetting to subtract, Moon
    Wol Euler: definitely yes, rajah in my experience. But not necessarily the same as in RL.
    Bethany Kaczor: Explain the concept of subtracting to me please
    Pia Iger: Beth, the effects of SL on our mind is real.
    Fael Illyar: Avatars are dolls, do dolls have gender?
    Bethany Kaczor: Dolls only have gender if you give it to them
    Wol Euler: yes, if they want to :-)
    Fael Illyar: Yes, exactly
    Moon Fargis: beth: imagine. you done see anything, dont hear anything, smell,feel…taste anything. also imagine you have no thoughts or emotion
    Rajah Yalin: dolls don’t move around with a computing force though
    Bethany Kaczor: That’s a big stretch more me LOL
    Moon Fargis: MUHAHAHA
    Bethany Kaczor: for me
    Wol Euler reaches for the can of Raid.
    Bethany Kaczor: Hehehe
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Rajah Yalin: I was just about to spray ya with organic ‘monster-be-gone’, moon

    On to emotions.

    Bethany Kaczor: I could probably imagine taking away everything except the emotion
    Moon Fargis: doesnt help.. just polygons :)
    Rajah Yalin: it helps a prim each spray
    Moon Fargis: bet: without thoughts also all of your emotions are gone
    Bethany Kaczor: Then what are you if its all gone?
    Moon Fargis: there is no you anymore
    Wol Euler: I wonder, moon, what is left if all that is subtracted?
    Fael Illyar: That’s what we are trying to figure out
    Moon Fargis: i call it awareness
    Moon Fargis: or being
    Fael Illyar: Being
    Bethany Kaczor: Adn why would I desire that? Well, I have to admit there are times when I want it all to stop
    Wol Euler: is there awareness without organs of perception?
    Adams Rubble: Question: still part of the larger entity
    Bethany Kaczor: I suppose th at’s what meditation is for then?
    Adams Rubble: ?
    Faenik is a hairy black ball with eyes and ears.
    Moon Fargis: bat: noone said you souls want this:) you just asked what substraction means :)
    Moon Fargis: should
    Bethany Kaczor: I get it…just asking questions :)
    Bethany Kaczor: Part of discussing and all
    Fael Illyar: As for why should you want it … do you ever have emotions you’d rather not have? If you can throw it all away, you can also do it selectively.
    Moon Fargis: well i gues…complacent is a good word when everything is gone
    Bethany Kaczor: Many I’d like to not have
    Moon Fargis: but its still a feeling so it doesnt describt it 100%
    Bethany Kaczor: but Ive always accepted th em as part of the human experience
    Rajah Yalin: are emotionless people on the right path? or is the “right” path only positive emotions?
    Rajah Yalin: emotionless people are rather boring you have to admit
    Adams Rubble: good question Rajah
    Wol Euler: mu
    Wol Euler: :-)

    Fael brings up an interesting point concerning emotions, triggering other angles to be expressed.

    Fael Illyar: it doesn’t mean being emotionless, it means wearing them like clothes. You can take them off and wear them as “convenient”
    Bethany Kaczor: The positive can’t exist without the negative…isn’t that the whole concept of Yin and Yang?
    Wol Euler: My feeling s that both are wrong, to be emotionless is to be lesss than fully human
    Bethany Kaczor: Requires balance
    Wol Euler: exactly
    Moon Fargis: no emotions are always there.. you cant get them away
    Moon Fargis: you can just lower the volume and you can practise not to be attached to them
    Fael Illyar: but you can be unaffected by them.
    Rajah Yalin: thats the Western Yin Yang
    Rajah Yalin: Beth
    Wol Euler: the rightness or wrongness is in how you let yourself be affected by them.
    Bethany Kaczor: Then wat is the Eastern?
    Rajah Yalin: almost the same with more philosophical stuff put in it
    Faenik: indeed?
    Adams Rubble: A new level for Faenik?
    Rajah Yalin: the Chinese were vague enough to be complicated (some ying and yang for ya hehe)
    Fael Illyar: Beth, also, about ying and yang, to properly see what is ying and what is yang is difficult.
    Bethany Kaczor: I can see that well enough
    Bethany Kaczor: sometimes very difficult to differentiate

    Moon brings up the tomoye symbol

    Moon Fargis: the imagine the japanese got the Tomoye wich adds another state to ying and yang :)
    Rajah Yalin: basically everywhere in philosophy its an addition to another philosophy
    Fael Illyar: think about the ying/yang symbol. it’s got the small circles at the center of both colors of the other color.
    Fael Illyar: I think that symbolizes the difficulty of separating them.
    Rajah Yalin: when I was in tibet I had seen a yin yang in Lhasa where instead of two circles, it was a circle that met in the center of light and dark sides
    Rajah Yalin: i’m just saying though
    Bethany Kaczor: I t hink we’re not meant to separate them but balance them….but I haven’t really studied it
    Wol Euler nonds
    Bethany Kaczor: Just going on instinct
    Rajah Yalin just thinks it looks cool.
    Fael Illyar: I’d be very hesitant to say I know what is ying and what is yang, even if I had spent a lot of time contemplating on it.
    Bethany Kaczor: I sure don’t know which is which
    Rajah Yalin: I think it’s all in the middle of both like the symbol I saw in Tibet
    Rajah Yalin: or else it couldn’t be balanced could it
    Moon Fargis: yes it doesnt really matter who is who
    Moon Fargis: becasue everyone got something of the other inisde of it
    Fael Illyar: Yes, the words don’t matter :)
    Bethany Kaczor: what I’m certain of is that one is trying to take over the other all the time
    Rajah Yalin nods.
    Pia Iger: Ppl tend to run for the bright side.
    Rajah Yalin: like Simon and Garfunkel, Beth?
    Moon Fargis: btw alot of dharma wheels got the tomoye symbol inside of it
    Adams Rubble thinks that is a low blow
    Moon Fargis: wich is also intresting
    Bethany Kaczor: Hmmmm….LOL
    Wol Euler looks up “toomoye”
    Moon Fargis: tomoye
    Bethany Kaczor: been along time since I’ve heard those names :)
    Faenik: ah :)
    Fael Illyar: hmmh, 3 colors with white in center.
    Rajah Yalin: they’re not popular in my country so no one here would get that joke
    Moon Fargis: the 3 colored symbol was the symbol of a kingdom
    Rajah Yalin: tomoye kind o looks like a hazardous waste symbol to me
    Moon Fargis: i mostly saw it one coloured
    Wol Euler: lol @ rajah
    Moon Fargis: rajah: o you have to see the black and not the white:)
    Bethany Kaczor: Pia said that people tend to run to the bright side..

    Julian enters.

    Moon Fargis: hi julian
    Julian Paean: hi moon
    Rajah Yalin: hi Julian
    Julian Paean: hi rajah
    Bethany Kaczor: Hello :)
    Julian Paean: how r u guys
    Adams Rubble: Hi Julian
    Fael Illyar: Hi Julian
    Julian Paean: hello all :))))
    Rajah Yalin: good :)
    Rajah Yalin: you?
    Julian Paean: i am great.
    Julian Paean: what are you guys doing here?
    Moon Fargis: babbling :)
    Julian Paean: did i disturb you?
    Rajah Yalin: no not at all
    Fael Illyar: yes, babble party
    Bethany Kaczor: Hehehe
    Faenik is a hairy black ball with eyes and ears.
    Julian Paean: :)
    Julian Paean: what ’s your topic??
    Pia Iger: Julian ’s title is very Yin/Yan,by the way.
    Rajah Yalin: were babbling but you can babble with us
    Wol Euler raises an eyebrow
    Rajah Yalin can’t read Japanese.
    Bethany Kaczor: I can’t read it either :)
    Pia Iger: Juian, can you explain your title?
    Julian Paean: it is not japanese
    Julian Paean: it is simplifed chinese
    Rajah Yalin: see
    Rajah Yalin: I can’t read it lol
    Fael Illyar: ah, no wonder I I can only recognise one of those
    Wol Euler: what does it mean, Julian?
    Julian Paean: the first part means never break up with life
    Julian Paean: the second part means never give up

    Solobill enters.

    Fael Illyar: Hi Solo
    Solobill Laville: Hi all
    Rajah Yalin: actually usually I can tell the difference in asian languages by their looks but I only skimmed it
    Rajah Yalin: hi Solo
    Julian Paean: :))))
    Julian Paean: so quiet
    Wol Euler: ty
    Bethany Kaczor: NEVER SURRENDER!!!
    Wol Euler hands you a cigar
    Rajah Yalin: are you Chinese or German Julian?
    Bethany Kaczor: But on that note… have to leave now :)
    Moon Fargis: well dear guardians its nearly 8 am :)
    Bethany Kaczor: Thanks for letting me in your discussion
    Rajah Yalin: okay Beth it was good having you here
    Faenik loves wells!
    Rajah Yalin: join anytime
    Julian Paean: :)))), i am from china rajah :)
    Fael Illyar: Ah, yes, weekly guardian meeting in 3 minutes :)
    Moon Fargis: ok see you later bat
    Bethany Kaczor: It was nice to meet you all :)
    Moon Fargis: bet

    Lots of goodbyes.

    Fael Illyar: Bye Beth
    Julian Paean: see you bethany
    Wol Euler: bye bethany, take care
    Pia Iger: bye, Jian and Wol.
    Pia Iger: We have to go to next meeting.
    Wol Euler: bye pia
    Wol Euler: actually, I have to go too. RL is calling :-(
    Fael Illyar: I have to go too, bye Julian, Wol.
    Rajah Yalin: you came as our guardian meeting is starting Julian
    Wol Euler: bye everynoe, enjoy the evening.
    Julian Paean: okey guys
    Moon Fargis: bye bye wol
    Julian Paean: nice to meet you
    Rajah Yalin: you could join but it might not be interesting.. kind of like business talk
    Wol Euler: /namaste
    Rajah Yalin: Namaste
    Julian Paean: sorry if i disturbed you
    Faenik: なるほど^^
    Rajah Yalin: no not at all
    Julian Paean: thx rajah
    Moon Fargis: nope this talk was openpublic
    Julian Paean: business is good
    Julian Paean: hope you all have good luck
    Rajah Yalin: you too
    Pia Iger: Julian, you can check our website http://playasbeing.wordpress.com/
    Pia Iger: I have to run. bye.
    Julian Paean: sure , i will
    Fael Illyar: Bye :)
    Julian Paean: bye pia
    Moon Fargis: bye bye

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