2008.12.27 19:00 - There is a Field

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    This was the first of our four weekly guardian meetings, which we hold on Saturdays, 7 pm, Sundays, 1 pm, Mondays, 7 am, and Tuesdays, 1 am. I, Pema, was the guardian that night.

    I arrived simultaneously with Stevenaia, and soon afterwards Sidonia arrived.

    stevenaia Michinaga: hello pema
    Pema Pera: hi Steve!
    Pema Pera: How's life?
    stevenaia Michinaga: always interesting
    Pema Pera: hopefully some peace & quiet, away from work?
    stevenaia Michinaga: well I see a(n economic) storm on the horizon, expecting an impact
    stevenaia Michinaga: ponders that
    Pema Pera: in general, or for your work in particular?
    stevenaia Michinaga: work, things are getting flaky with work and clients
    stevenaia Michinaga: but I'm easily amused :)
    Pema Pera: Hi Sidona!
    Pema Pera: Nice meeting you here
    Sidona Donogal: Hi you two
    Sidona Donogal: I got your message
    stevenaia Michinaga: you know each other?
    Sidona Donogal: thank you
    Pema Pera: through the chat logs :)
    Pema Pera: I read about Sidona's visits here and sent an IM
    Pema Pera: have you two met before?
    stevenaia Michinaga: aww, so no need for introductory explanations...smile
    stevenaia Michinaga: no, I don;t belive so
    stevenaia Michinaga: Hello Adams
    Pema Pera: Hi Adams!
    Sidona Donogal: Hallo

    Adams joined us as well.

    Adams Rubble: Hello all. I can;t stay long and will slip silently away when it is time :)P
    Pema Pera: I was curious to hear from Sidona how it was to first read about PaB and then visit the group here -- was it anything like what you expected, Sidona?
    Sidona Donogal: A bit different, I first thought, people here where more to the point
    Sidona Donogal: But I guess the social is also important
    Pema Pera: both Play and Being, yes :-)
    Adams Rubble never gets to the pint :)
    Adams Rubble: point
    Pema Pera: and every session is quite different . . .
    Pema Pera: Adams like to drink, I see
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Pema Pera: typos are part of our inspiration . . .
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, a very intreging mix
    stevenaia Michinaga: :)
    Adams Rubble: It is true there is a great variation between the sessions
    Sidona Donogal: That is what I thought. I enjoy different people a lot.
    Sidona Donogal: Adams, are you carved of stone?
    Pema Pera: :)
    Adams Rubble: I hope not. I have a cold but...
    stevenaia Michinaga: Hardly, she types better than most
    Sidona Donogal: Your hair looks like it. Very niche.
    Pema Pera: Adams, the sand stone angel . . .
    Adams Rubble: I have on a scarf becuase I have been visiting mosques and my hair is too primmy
    Sidona Donogal: Oh, now I see!
    stevenaia Michinaga: seems we are missing that representation here Pema, where do they hide in SL?
    Pema Pera: Sufis would be perfect for this group . . .
    Adams Rubble: One can go through the hajj in SL
    stevenaia Michinaga: have you searched fr Sifi groups?
    stevenaia Michinaga: Sufi
    Adams Rubble: I haven;t seen any
    stevenaia Michinaga: Few active Tao groups as well
    Sidona Donogal: It wouI like Mevlana.
    Pema Pera: there are a few SL groups related to Sufis, have subscribed myself but never got a note
    Adams Rubble will have to look harder
    Pema Pera: ah, Rumi?
    Sidona Donogal: Yes
    Pema Pera: wonderful poet!
    Pema Pera: "guest house' (caravanserai I believe) is one of my favorite poems

    Sidona presented us a great quote by Mevlana, or Rumi as he is often known in the west.

    Sidona Donogal: Out beyond the ideas of rightdoing and wrongdoing, there is a field. I'll meet you there.
    Adams Rubble discovered a wondeful synagogue next door to the Al Andalus mosque toongiht
    Sidona Donogal: That is my favorite.
    Pema Pera: what a beautiful quote, Sidona
    Sidona Donogal: Not the mosque
    Pema Pera: from which poem?
    Adams Rubble: yes
    Sidona Donogal: Yes, the quote
    Sidona Donogal: Mevlana
    stevenaia Michinaga: interesting site: http://www.mevlana.net/
    Pema Pera: may I quote a whole poem (not wanting to spam . . . )?
    Adams Rubble: yes
    Sidona Donogal: sure
    Pema Pera: The Guest House

    This being human is a guest house.
    Every morning a new arrival.

    A joy, a depression, a meanness,
    some momentary awareness comes
    as an unexpected visitor.

    Welcome and entertain them all!
    Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
    who violently sweep your house
    empty of its furniture,
    still, treat each guest honorably.
    He may be clearing you out
    for some new delight.

    The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
    meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

    Be grateful for whatever comes.
    because each has been sent
    as a guide from beyond.

    Pema Pera: from Mevlana (Rumi)

    Stim arrived, so there were now five of us.

    Adams Rubble: Hi Stim
    Pema Pera: Hi Stim!
    Stim Morane: Hi all!
    Sidona Donogal: Hi
    Adams Rubble: It could be a poem for here
    stevenaia Michinaga: Hello Stim
    Sidona Donogal: So true.
    Sidona Donogal: The poem.
    Pema Pera: indeed, Adams, that's much of what we're trying to do here
    Pema Pera: seeing beyond judging, beyond right and wrong, the field that Sidona mentioned
    Sidona Donogal: Thank you Pema
    Pema Pera: yw :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: much easier for some than others
    Adams Rubble: The PaB Caravanserai
    Adams Rubble: yes Steve
    Pema Pera: stopping helps -- and the 9 sec helps to stop -- and then to see
    Pema Pera: stopping -> dropping -> seeing
    Sidona Donogal: dreaming - flying - believing
    Pema Pera looking around for Adams' camel
    Pema Pera: :)
    Adams Rubble takes a puff
    Pema Pera: you have been workign with lucid dreaming, Sidona?
    Sidona Donogal: Yes, that's a priority of mine.
    stevenaia Michinaga: would make for interesting interaction... a war that stops 9 seconds ever 15 minutes.. to stop drop and see
    Adams Rubble: wow Steve!
    stevenaia Michinaga: the poem linked it nicely

    As was the case with the morning session that day, the evening session also showered a rich abundance of quotes.

    Sidona Donogal: Remember Leonard Cohen: There is a war between the ones who say there is a war and the ones who say that there isn't.
    Pema Pera: hadn't heard that, wonderful quote!
    Adams Rubble: yes, same here
    Adams Rubble: what is lucid dreaming?
    Sidona Donogal: It is a dream in which you realize that you are dreaming.
    Adams Rubble: ah...in the dream?
    Sidona Donogal: You are fully conscious.
    stevenaia Michinaga: like when you ask in a dream if you are dreaming?
    Adams Rubble: they can be powerful
    Sidona Donogal: And then know that you are dreaming.
    stevenaia Michinaga: do you write about them thereafter?
    Sidona Donogal: Yes. Also about normal dreams and everything in between.
    Sidona Donogal: Normal dreams are also very important to me.
    Adams Rubble: yes
    Sidona Donogal: Your soul talks to you directly.
    Sidona Donogal: Do you write down your dreams?
    Adams Rubble: I do
    Adams Rubble: but I don't remember them regualrly
    stevenaia Michinaga: I did once, most everynight...years ago when my nights were only my own
    Pema Pera: For Adams' dreams, see http://rubblebornthoughts.wordpress.com/
    Adams Rubble: only when I seem to be struggling with something
    Sidona Donogal: Adams dreams are on a website?
    Adams Rubble: It has been a good number of days since I have recorded one
    Adams Rubble is a bit crazy :)
    Adams Rubble: hehe
    stevenaia Michinaga: ..smiles
    Sidona Donogal: :)

    More about lucid dreaming, from Adams to Stim.

    Sidona Donogal: How about you Stim?
    Stim Morane: Yes, I have done a lot with lucid dreaming since the early 70's
    Sidona Donogal: Wow!
    Stim Morane: Did you mention writing dreams down because that was your own method?
    Sidona Donogal: It is a quite common method. And yes, I also use it.
    Stim Morane: Yes, it's very helpful for some people. I too recommend it.
    Sidona Donogal: Are you still into it?
    Stim Morane: Well, lucid dreaming changes at a certain point. It ceases to be dreams at all.
    Sidona Donogal: And then what? Could you describe it?
    Stim Morane: Uh ....
    Stim Morane: :)
    Stim Morane: I teach people to go through various sorts of training that can show it, but that may be all that's possible.
    Sidona Donogal: Is it like staying conscious all the time, also during the sleep, so that you do not have "normal " dreams anymore?
    Stim Morane: No.
    Stim Morane: Maybe I'll come up with something I can say later re this ... I'm always uncomfortable trying to say much in text chat. Sorry about that.
    stevenaia Michinaga: normal dreams... giggles
    Sidona Donogal: OK, sorry to be so inquisive. It is only my passion riding away with me.
    Stim Morane: Anyway, I'm glad you have such a capacity for lucid dreams. It will be revealing in many ways.
    Adams Rubble: inquisitiveness is good
    Pema Pera: (no, Sidona, please keep asking Stim! it takes a while, typically, to let him say more . . . :-)
    Adams Rubble: Hi Corvi :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: hi Corvi
    Stim Morane: Hi Corvi!
    Pema Pera: Hi there Corvi!
    Sidona Donogal: hi Corvi
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: Hi all! Stim...I think I haven't seen you in ages!
    Adams Rubble: Hi Claire :)
    Pema Pera: Hi Claire, good to see you!
    Stim Morane: That's true. Nice. to see you.
    stevenaia Michinaga: hello claire
    Stim Morane: Hi Claire!
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: Hi, Claire!
    Sidona Donogal: Hi Claire

    With Corvi and Claire, there were now seven of us.

    Pema Pera: Thanks for sending me your notes, earlier, Claire, I really enjoyed reading them
    Claire Beltran: Hi, everyone! ^-^/
    Pema Pera: (Claire and I talked about the 9-sec explorations, and Claire described various aspects, like breath moving through body and feeling lifted and such)
    Pema Pera: Sidona, like with dreams, writing down impressions after a 9-sec practice helps, I think
    Pema Pera: in both cases we need to find a bridge between different ways of knowing
    Sidona Donogal: Yes, I think it is very productive to write without the censor in your mind at work.
    Pema Pera: indeed!
    Pema Pera: interestingly, it seems that most of us here prefer just to do the 9-sec explorations, but without writing
    Pema Pera: it seems to much of a chore
    Pema Pera: and I keep suggesting to really try to do that
    Pema Pera: and I'm always glad to see how others are glad when they actually do it and see what difference it makes!
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Sidona Donogal: The only thing important is to not get frustrated with poor results at the beginning.
    Pema Pera: !!!
    Adams Rubble: or at the middle and at the end :)
    Sidona Donogal: ay yaaa
    stevenaia Michinaga: id does talk a while to see the relivance beyond just your own thoughts
    stevenaia Michinaga: it does take...rather

    About writing and difficulties to write.

    Pema Pera: Claire, did you find it difficult to write something?
    Adams Rubble: It helps to see patterns when one writes consistently
    Pema Pera: the gesture of writing can be a kind of ritual, an offering
    Pema Pera: from self (at large) to self (at large)
    Sidona Donogal: An invitation for messages also.
    Sidona Donogal: From spirit
    Pema Pera: inspiration can come equally during the 9-sec as during the writing afterwards, yes
    Claire Beltran: Yes, I do find it difficult.
    Pema Pera: What is the most difficult part of it, Claire?
    Claire Beltran: But that's partly because I've been in a state of perpetual distress for some time.
    Claire Beltran: I can't really dig deep... all i come up with is ferociously unhappy stuff.
    Sidona Donogal: What about turning it around afterwards?
    Sidona Donogal: So to see what you would like it to be?
    Adams Rubble: When I look back at my early notes, all I see is the beginning s of stopping, starting to look away from the world
    Adams Rubble: It is simple stuff
    Claire Beltran: ... Because it's ver difficult to see past a current uncharitable vision.
    Sidona Donogal: Mayby that is where the "playing" always helps. At least me.
    Pema Pera: can you say more about turning it around, Sidona?
    Sidona Donogal: Well, if the results on paper are all negative. Fine. Take them down and turn them into their opposite afterwards.
    Claire Beltran smiles faintly. "You can only put up with 'playing' alone all the time so for so long.
    Sidona Donogal: Make them positive so you know what you inspire and turn your attention on that.
    Sidona Donogal: Face the negative and then turn the attention away.
    Sidona Donogal: Does that make sence to anyone?
    Adams Rubble: the stopping itself can be a stop from the negative
    Sidona Donogal: Right. And then give it a new reference-point.
    Adams Rubble: yes

    And on to ravens and crows.

    Sidona Donogal: Corvi, is you "Nevermore" related to Poe's Raven?
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: /menods.
    Pema Pera: /methinks
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: It's a joke a friend did for me.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: /melaughs
    Sidona Donogal: Do you like ravens?
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: I like Crow's actually.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: I mean Raven's are nice, too.
    Sidona Donogal: Me too.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: but it's crows I was thikning about.
    Sidona Donogal: The blue-black feathers are so gourdious.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire nods. I like the way they think, too.
    Sidona Donogal: In which way?
    Pema Pera: Welcome back, Allan!
    Allan Whiteberry: Thanks
    Stim Morane: Hi Allan
    Sidona Donogal: Hi Allan, nice to see you again
    Adams Rubble: Hello Allan
    Allan Whiteberry: Hello everyone

    With Allan there were now eight of us.

    Pema Pera: (crows must think without words, I guess Corvi is telling us, Sidona :-)
    Sidona Donogal: :)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: oops
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: sorry.
    Pema Pera: :)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: Crows..are curious, problem solvers.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: they look at stuff, peer closely...figure it out, experiment.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: eat carrion.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: though I don't know that I particularly like that part.
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: it has it's uses.
    Adams Rubble: :)
    Corvuscorva Nightfire laughs.
    Sidona Donogal: They also use tooles like twiggs. I ones saw a documentery about that.
    Sidona Donogal: Amazing!
    Sidona Donogal: Allan, do you have animals that are closer to you than others?
    Allan Whiteberry: Just one animal, a cat
    Adams Rubble: Good night everyone :)
    Pema Pera: nite, Adams!
    Sidona Donogal: buy
    Stim Morane: Good night Adams
    Stim Morane: I must leave too. Bye everyone!
    Pema Pera: bye Stim!
    Sidona Donogal: bye
    Sidona Donogal: How about big cats, do you like them too`
    Allan Whiteberry: Not if they want to eat me.
    Sidona Donogal: I see.
    stevenaia Michinaga: we often have big cats at our meetings here, don;t think we ever lost anyone...yet
    Allan Whiteberry: Last time I was here, you did have one such.
    Sidona Donogal: All I know is that they like to purrr while here.
    Allan Whiteberry: But she was friendly
    Sidona Donogal: loveley sound!
    Allan Whiteberry: We were the last to leave
    Sidona Donogal: I remember
    Sidona Donogal: being the third but last that time

    What is Play as Being?

    Allan Whiteberry: I hadn't quite figured out what this place is about, inspite of the written description
    stevenaia Michinaga: it;s to keep you coming back so you can figure it out.......jokes
    stevenaia Michinaga: but you can ask
    Allan Whiteberry: My first was totally accidental. I was flying around, hit the stop flying button, and landed right here
    Allan Whiteberry: So I figured it was an OMen that I should come back
    Sidona Donogal: On the spot you can say.
    Pema Pera: :)
    Sidona Donogal: Right in the middle.
    Sidona Donogal: That should be a sign.
    Allan Whiteberry: You seem to be much more intellectual that most SL citizens
    Allan Whiteberry: than
    Sidona Donogal: Is that what you are looking for?
    Allan Whiteberry: Sometimes
    Allan Whiteberry: Pema has an interesting profile, an astrophysicist.
    Pema Pera: since I'm in SL also for my work, I don't bother to hide my identity, at least not in this avatar :-)
    stevenaia Michinaga: yes, we try to keep him grounded
    Pema Pera: :)

    On to astronomy.

    Allan Whiteberry: So is the big bang theory true?
    Pema Pera: as true as anything I know is true
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: details may vary.
    Pema Pera: :>)
    Allan Whiteberry: I used to be interested in the steady state theory of Fred Hoyle
    Allan Whiteberry: Now I think the expansion of the universe will reverse, everything will collapse, and there will be a new big bang, on the rebound, as they say.
    Pema Pera: if you're patient, you may see, Allan :)
    Sidona Donogal: I heard that other planets in our solar system are doing strange things, like speading up, increasing their electro-magnetic energy and alike. Is that a matter of fact?
    Allan Whiteberry: I don't have 35 bilion years to find out, do I?
    Pema Pera: not that I know of, apart from small effects perhaps, Sidona
    Pema Pera: you tell me, Allan :)
    Sidona Donogal: Increasing sun acivities may be an exception?
    Allan Whiteberry: That is so long, it may as well be infinity
    Pema Pera: Fortunately, the sun does not change its activity that much . . .
    stevenaia Michinaga: from lucid dreaming to infinity (and beyond) a lovely evening, but I must go
    stevenaia Michinaga: always a pleasure
    Sidona Donogal: More eruptions causing solar winds in more cycles like before?
    Pema Pera: bye Steve
    Sidona Donogal: bye Steve
    Corvuscorva Nightfire: bye Steve.
    Pema Pera: maybe, Sidona, haven't checked :)
    stevenaia Michinaga: nice meeting you Sidona
    Sidona Donogal: nice meeting you too
    Pema Pera: For me, it's getting time to take off as well
    Claire Beltran looks around nervously at the remaining people.
    Pema Pera: Good seeing you all here!
    Sidona Donogal: Have a good time then!
    Pema Pera: ciao, and see you all soon again!
    Sidona Donogal: see you!
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