2009.05.02 19:00 - Primeval

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Pema Pera. The comments are by Pema Pera.

    Eos Amaterasu: HI Pema
    Pema Pera: Hi Eos!
    Pema Pera: Unfortunately, I can't stay long :(
    Pema Pera: I'm in downtown Kyoto, where I got stuck much longer than I thought, for breakfast
    Eos Amaterasu: Ah...
    Pema Pera: it's the busiest holiday season in Japan, called "Golden Week"
    Eos Amaterasu: What's being celebrated?
    Pema Pera: and I just came in to claim the chat log, and to say hi :-)
    As I had just mentioned, I was planning to leave soon, but when I saw Sky joining us, I wanted to make sure to talk with her first, given that she had not been able to join PaB for a long time.
    Pema Pera: Hi Sky!
    Pema Pera: Wonderful to see you again, after all that time!
    Eos Amaterasu: Hi Sky
    Sky Szimmer: hi everyone
    Sky Szimmer: just found some time today and thought I'd drop by
    Pema Pera: Have you been here at this pavilion?
    Sky Szimmer: yes, i have been here once or twice
    Pema Pera: it seems like a long time that I saw you ar PaB
    Pema Pera: you told me you had trouble with your computer, right?
    Sky Szimmer: right. bought a new one. it has been a long while
    Pema Pera: glad to hear that!
    Sky Szimmer: marco my toddler always want to participate
    Sky Szimmer: when i am in
    Pema Pera: yes, I remember from the tea hut days
    Pema Pera: a year ago
    Sky Szimmer: can be distracting and hard to participate
    Pema Pera says hi to Marco
    Sky Szimmer: will do
    Sky Szimmer: are you hanging out a while or are you leaving shortly
    Sky Szimmer: 2 - 3 weeks or any day
    Pema Pera: I was about to say goodbye, but then you came in :-)
    Sky Szimmer: just had an interesting conversation with Lo
    Sky Szimmer: yes
    Pema Pera: haha, you are really mixing up IMs and local chat
    I had to laugh about Sky answering some of my IM questions in local chat; I know all too well how easy it is to mix those up.  So I also switched to local chat.  I had just asked her when her second child was due to be born; her answer already appeared a few lines above.
    Pema Pera: so your daughter will be born within a few weeks -- I wish you all well !
    Sky Szimmer: thanks.
    Pema Pera: are you able to get enough rest?
    Sky Szimmer: more or less
    Sky Szimmer: it is hard to sleep with a watermelon sticking out of you
    Eos Amaterasu: :-)
    Eos Amaterasu: :-))
    Pema Pera: :-)
    Pema Pera: Eos, Sky was one of our very first guardians, a year ago
    Eos Amaterasu: Ah!
    Pema Pera: Sky, Eos is one of our youngest guardians
    Pema Pera: youngest in terms of joining us
    Eos Amaterasu: Recent, yes
    Eos Amaterasu: I've found there can be very personal, moving connections/communications here
    Sky Szimmer: it is nice that all slots are filled
    Pema Pera: Sky and I met five years ago or so in RL, when Steven Tainer (Stim Morane in SL) was teaching in Berkeley
    Sky Szimmer: yes indeed
    Pema Pera: yes
    In addition, Sky was one of the participants in our RL gettogether in Princeton in October.  Since then, however, she had had difficulty accessing SL.
    Sky Szimmer: just had an interesting conversation with my sig other.
    Pema Pera: yes?
    Sky Szimmer: found out he lacks conventional conditioning, much of what i have ingrained as normal
    Sky Szimmer: interesting in terms of what that actually means
    Sky Szimmer: can be simple things like, what normal means to me v. him
    Pema Pera: can you give an example?
    Sky Szimmer: things like eating dinner together as a family is something i considered normal expectation, for him, he doesn't have that as something normal
    Pema Pera: Hi Eliza!
    Eliza Madrigal: Evening Pema :)
    Eos Amaterasu: HI Eliza!
    Eliza Madrigal: Hi Eos, Sky, nice to meet you :)
    Pema Pera: just finished breakfast here, Eliza
    Eliza Madrigal: Ah...hehe..of course
    Pema Pera: :)
    Pema Pera: good evening to you :)
    Eliza Madrigal: Mornin'!
    Sky Szimmer: hi eliza
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Pema Pera: I guess meal habits are different for different people and cultures, Sky
    Sky Szimmer: well, that is a simple example. let me see if I can explain better
    Sky Szimmer: our personal culture, societal expectations, social expectations, all this can be seen as conditioning
    Pema Pera: (Eliza, I mentioned earlier that I got stuck in downtown Kyoto -- will have to leave soon -- just hanging out a bit longer since it has been so long since I saw Sky here)
    Sky Szimmer: right?
    Pema Pera: well, sure
    Sky Szimmer: anyway, if that doesn't match up, then we've got communication problems.
    Sky Szimmer: : )
    Sky Szimmer: thanks for haning out Pema. It is nice to see you!
    Pema Pera: sorry to have so little time this time
    Eliza Madrigal: sorry was distracted for a moment... Sorry to hear that Pema
    Pema Pera: Hope to see you soon again, Sky, now that you have a new computer!
    Sky Szimmer: no prob. it was a very pleasant surprise to see you!
    Pema Pera: same here :-)
    Eliza Madrigal: :) Have a great day, Pema
    Pema Pera: be well, Sky!
    Eos Amaterasu: Ciao!
    Pema Pera: and Eliza and Eos
    At this time I left, so I won't add any further comments, below.
    Sky Szimmer: thanks. U 2
    Sky Szimmer: sorry to dominate conversation.
    Eliza Madrigal: I was popping in for a little while tonight...am attending what I think is a retreat tomorrow morning... but as I read it again might be a combo group meditation/teaching.... a first for me
    Sky Szimmer: retreat in sl or rl
    Eliza Madrigal: Not at all Sky! I've enjoyed reading your comments in the logs :0
    Eliza Madrigal: Rl
    Sky Szimmer: nice.
    Sky Szimmer: can't do retreats for awhile. too much life happenings
    Eliza Madrigal: I think it will be. I've wanted to for a while and have decided just to begin jumping in
    Eliza Madrigal: This is only a day, which is as much as I can manage now. :)
    Eliza Madrigal: Eos, how's the neighborhood?
    Eos Amaterasu: (there was fire in my neighborhood which destroyed a few homes) Seems calm now.... under control
    Sky Szimmer: sorry. must be scary
    Eliza Madrigal: Ah, good to hear that everything is settling
    Eos Amaterasu: Fires can be so quick, flare up hugely, 30 foot high flames going very fast!
    Eos Amaterasu: There were 8 homes destroyed, people literally running away....
    Sky Szimmer: was it close to your home
    Eos Amaterasu: About a mile or so, but the smoke clouds were huge, and at night you could see red fires
    Eos Amaterasu: primeval
    Eos Amaterasu: I suppose we're always in the world as an ever living fire, but usually it's much much slower :-)
    Eliza Madrigal: I wonder, in moments like that, whether you can see that your contemplative/meditative practice helps... I imagine that it does a great deal
    Eliza Madrigal: but I wonder how you might notice?
    Eos Amaterasu: I think moments of shock can create a gap
    Eos Amaterasu: which for a moment can be open mind
    Eos Amaterasu: but then you scramble to reach for something
    Eliza Madrigal: Ah... a suspension of faculties you mean?
    Eos Amaterasu: A suspension of faculties yes - normal perceptions
    Eos Amaterasu: of normality
    Eliza Madrigal nods. And then you reach for....? :)
    Pila Mulligan: hi Eliza, Eos and Sky
    Eos Amaterasu: Hi Pila
    Eliza Madrigal: Hey Pila!
    Sky Szimmer: hi there
    Eos Amaterasu: I think that getting kicked out of the normal just trucking along relates to whaty you were saying, Sky, about conventions
    Eos Amaterasu: ie, that you realize you or the other have conventions that aren't being shared, which makes them visible, but also leaves you somewhat nowhere
    Eliza Madrigal: Hey abomb
    abomb Silvercloud: ello
    Sky Szimmer: liked the dance. thxx
    Eos Amaterasu: :-)
    Eliza Madrigal: abomb have you been here before?
    abomb Silvercloud: nosiree
    abomb Silvercloud: dinner bbl
    Eliza Madrigal: Let me give you a notecard then. We record our conversations here...conversations about meditation/reality that sort of thing. Do you mind being included in the recording?
    abomb Silvercloud: oh sure :]
    Eliza Madrigal: Ah, there's the card for now. maybe see you again :)
    abomb Silvercloud: im gonna go eat. the girl will stay here though hahaha
    Eliza Madrigal: Hmmm...smoking and sleeping at the same time is usually not a good idea
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Eliza Madrigal: Sky, I read in the logs that you met Pema during discussions of 'Time Space and Knowledge' many years ago?
    Sky Szimmer: no. i just attending meditation classes with Stim in FL
    Sky Szimmer: no TSK
    Eliza Madrigal: Ah, in Florida? I'm in Miami
    Pila Mulligan: first life?
    Sky Szimmer: sorry, typo. in SL
    Sky Szimmer: in RL
    Pila Mulligan: Stim seems like a very competent teacher
    Eliza Madrigal: Hmm..wonder where I got that idea from..maybe I added on. Apologies.
    Sky Szimmer: no prob. i would have loved to discuss TSK
    Eliza Madrigal: And yes, Stim is very clear-thinking...enjoy his manner of teaching very much.
    Sky Szimmer: it is over my head though. read the book and it is all beyond me : )
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Eliza Madrigal: I've just begun to read the book, and it is comforting that you say that!
    Eliza Madrigal: :)
    Eliza Madrigal: What I grasp of it is beautiful, but the excercizes I've only begun to work with a little
    Pila Mulligan: had you meditated before joing Stim's class, Sky, or is this you first time with meditation?
    Pila Mulligan: your*
    Sky Szimmer: did some prior.
    Pila Mulligan: is the meditation Buddhist, or Chiinese or anyhting named?
    Pila Mulligan: a style?
    Sky Szimmer: i guess buddhist
    Pila Mulligan: ahh, Stim seems to have a wide background and expereince in various schools
    Sky Szimmer: it is interesting what you were saying about leaving one no where Eos when one can't share conventions
    Sky Szimmer: yes. Stim has a wide background and can speak to many different schools of thought
    Eliza Madrigal: (Just read that comment Eos...think I missed it getting a note for abomb)
    Sky Szimmer: part of PAB is to loosen up some of our conditioning and wear them lightly on our sleeves, but in talking today, I realized that there is so much that I have ingrained that I don't even see the condition
    Eos Amaterasu: Sometimes we need a shock to see it, very ingrained
    Eliza Madrigal nods.
    Eos Amaterasu: but it's also interesting that we can also share the "no man's land"
    Sky Szimmer: yeah. stuff like what is a normal workday, or how one uses the weekend.
    Eos Amaterasu: Hmm, that can be a source of conflict, issues
    Sky Szimmer: but what is the characteristics of no man's land?
    Eos Amaterasu: partly, you're n ot "home" any more ,not in normal safety
    Eos Amaterasu: also, it doesn't belong to anybody
    Eos Amaterasu: maybe that's why meeting is possible there :-)
    Eos Amaterasu: but it's dangerous
    Sky Szimmer: so anything goes, everything is possible?
    Eos Amaterasu: hmm.... well, maybe that's a fear, that if I let go of what I know and have cherished, I'll go crazy
    Eos Amaterasu: but I think it you're vulnerable, or stay in touch with your own vulnerability, that's a saving grace
    Eos Amaterasu: if* you're vulnerable
    Sky Szimmer: i guess we are always vulnerable because one can't depend on anything to be permanent
    Eos Amaterasu: indeed, that's what the recent fire brought up vividly
    Sky Szimmer: to live in insecurity requires faith
    Sky Szimmer: i wonder if insecurity is the same as vulnerability
    Eos Amaterasu: I think they're close, but maybe with insecurity you're still trying to scramble out
    Sky Szimmer: yes Eos :) thanks for pointing that out.
    Eos Amaterasu: whereas with vulnerability you accept you you're funcamentally insecure
    Sky Szimmer: yes. i see with vulnerabtility, there is openness and acceptance
    Eos Amaterasu: but you can dig it :-)
    Eliza Madrigal: There may be overlaps, but in general vulnerability implies sensitivity but not necessarily grasping
    Eos Amaterasu: Yes.... and also leaves you more open to the other
    Eos Amaterasu: funkamentaly insecure :-)
    Eliza Madrigal: hhe
    Eliza Madrigal: I need to sign off now. Thanks for the discussion everyone
    Eos Amaterasu: Have a good day tomorrow, Eliza
    Pila Mulligan: bye ELiza
    abomb Silvercloud: byebye
    Eliza Madrigal: Thank you Eos. Bye Pila, Sky, abomb :)
    Sky Szimmer: Thanks for a nice chat. Must run too! It was nice meeting all of you!
    abomb Silvercloud: :[
    abomb Silvercloud: see you later
    Eos Amaterasu: Nice to meet you, Sky - bye!
    Pila Mulligan: bye Sky
    abomb Silvercloud: only 3 left :p
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    abomb Silvercloud: what kinda stuff do you guys like to discuss?
    Pila Mulligan: how was dinner?
    abomb Silvercloud: delicious :]
    Pila Mulligan: it is close ot dinner time here, still trying to decide what to make
    abomb Silvercloud: hmmm. what do you have?
    Pila Mulligan: well, the first question for me is usually rice, noodles or potatoes?
    Pila Mulligan: and then the rest usually follows form there
    abomb Silvercloud: i had potatoes with my dinner tonight lol
    Pila Mulligan: baked?
    abomb Silvercloud: twice baked with cheese.
    Pila Mulligan: sounds yummy
    abomb Silvercloud: yesyes
    Eos Amaterasu: :-)
    Pila Mulligan: so if I do potatoes I'll probably steam them --easier
    Pila Mulligan: then tofu and veggies
    abomb Silvercloud: wheres the protein? tsktsk
    Pila Mulligan: tofu
    abomb Silvercloud: ah
    abomb Silvercloud: are you vegetarian?
    Pila Mulligan: yep
    abomb Silvercloud: i tried to do that, only lasted 2 weeks
    abomb Silvercloud: :[
    Pila Mulligan: mine has lasted about 35 years :)
    Eos Amaterasu: It may be the way of the future....
    Pila Mulligan: thirfty :)
    abomb Silvercloud: yes, since the production of meat takes up wayyy more resources than growing plants does
    Eos Amaterasu: Do you live alone, Pila?
    Pila Mulligan: seaweed is also a good source of protein
    Pila Mulligan: yes, I do Eos
    abomb Silvercloud: either that or they'll start making meat in petri dishes *cringe*
    Pila Mulligan: I cringe at where they make meat already
    abomb Silvercloud: yeah, seriously... =[ that's why i feel so bad. i try to get organic/free range when i can
    abomb Silvercloud: but it's hard when you have a "meal plan" at college. who knows where they get their stuff
    Pila Mulligan: meat factories suck
    Pila Mulligan: yep, being institutionalized amkes fewer choices
    Pila Mulligan: or tuition-alized :)
    abomb Silvercloud: oh god >.<
    abomb Silvercloud: tuition sucks
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    abomb Silvercloud: 14,000 a year
    Pila Mulligan: wow
    abomb Silvercloud: that's including room and board
    canono Pizzaro: hola
    abomb Silvercloud: hi canono
    canono Pizzaro: como estan
    abomb Silvercloud: bien y tu? :]
    canono Pizzaro: bien gracias ^^
    canono Pizzaro: de que hablan
    abomb Silvercloud: :[ hablo poquito espanol
    abomb Silvercloud: habla ingles?
    Pila Mulligan: yo no hablo espanol
    Eos Amaterasu: moi aussi
    canono Pizzaro: no se mucho inlges
    abomb Silvercloud: entiendo mucho pero no puedo hablar. =\
    abomb Silvercloud: spanish was my first language and now i don't even remember :[
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    abomb Silvercloud: espanol es mi lengua prima pero no recuerdo
    Pila Mulligan: Entiendo poco pero no puedo hablar
    abomb Silvercloud: nacio en costa rica
    Eos Amaterasu: canono, I can give you a notecard about what we do here, re "Play as Being"
    Pila Mulligan: Eos le dará un notecard sobre lo que hacemos aquí en el " Juego como Being"
    abomb Silvercloud: are you leaving canono?
    Eos Amaterasu: bye, ciao canono!
    Pila Mulligan: adiós canono
    abomb Silvercloud: adiosss
    Eos Amaterasu: (got a bug in Google translate....)
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    abomb Silvercloud: i'm trying to get my kayboard layout to change to spanish on here but i town't work
    Pila Mulligan: I hope the Lindens will someday build translation into the chat box
    abomb Silvercloud: i couldn't put accents over the letters :[
    abomb Silvercloud: that would be cool!
    abomb Silvercloud: i wish i grew up in switzerland, they teach them like 3-4 languages in school from the beginning
    Pila Mulligan: that would be cool also
    Eos Amaterasu: yes
    abomb Silvercloud: i couldve been bilingual but i lost my chance :[
    abomb Silvercloud: do either of you know any other languages?
    Eos Amaterasu: I can do almost 3.... bits of others
    abomb Silvercloud: wow
    Eos Amaterasu: Polish, English, French
    abomb Silvercloud: bonjour :D
    abomb Silvercloud: or actually bonsois? i don't know how to spell
    Eos Amaterasu: bonsoir, good evening
    Pila Mulligan: c'est jour ici
    Eos Amaterasu: (just saw the moon here, la lune, for the first time)
    Eos Amaterasu: (here in SL)
    abomb Silvercloud: ahh
    abomb Silvercloud: is there "time" in SL?
    Eos Amaterasu: I notice there's time here in this place when we do these sessions, along with weather changes
    abomb Silvercloud: interesting
    Eos Amaterasu: perhaps because someone named Storm has built a lot of this :-)
    Pila Mulligan: yes, and you can set the time perosnally of day using the SL contorls
    abomb Silvercloud: i noticed the sky seems to be the same as it is here
    abomb Silvercloud: before dinner it was light and after it was dark
    Pila Mulligan: under World -- enviornment settings
    Pila Mulligan: i kepe mine at midday -- easier to see
    abomb Silvercloud: mine is nighttime right now. i hear owls haha
    abomb Silvercloud: and crickets
    Eos Amaterasu: & crickets
    abomb Silvercloud: that would be cool if there were shooting stars too
    Pila Mulligan: what do you study ab?
    abomb Silvercloud: psychology
    Pila Mulligan: at the university
    Pila Mulligan: ahh
    Pila Mulligan: no wonder it costs so much :)
    abomb Silvercloud: for classes its only about 2000 a semester, the other 5000 is room and board from living int he dorms
    abomb Silvercloud: after next year i am getting my own place hopefully....
    abomb Silvercloud: or at least with roommates off campus
    Pila Mulligan: better food then
    abomb Silvercloud: yes, that as well
    abomb Silvercloud: althought next year the dorm i am living in has a full kitchen so i can cook :]
    Pila Mulligan: I suppose their are arguemnts for both options
    Pila Mulligan: dorm = mor epeople
    abomb Silvercloud: dorms makes things easier
    abomb Silvercloud: to get to class
    Pila Mulligan: closer
    Pila Mulligan: costs less, probably
    abomb Silvercloud: and you make more friends
    abomb Silvercloud: my roommates and the people down the hall are some of my very good friends
    Pila Mulligan: did someone give you the notecard ab?
    abomb Silvercloud: yes
    Pila Mulligan: did they tell you about the reciording?
    abomb Silvercloud: yeah they go on the website, correct?
    Pila Mulligan: chats here wind up at http://playasbeing.wik.is/Chat_Logs/2009
    Pila Mulligan: yes
    Pila Mulligan: sessions here four times a day
    Pila Mulligan: any subject
    abomb Silvercloud: who starts the sessions? anyone?
    Pila Mulligan: there is one person assigned to be the guardian, to post the chat, and sometimes elicit an idea
    Pila Mulligan: but it is open
    Pila Mulligan: as to subjects
    abomb Silvercloud: ah
    Pila Mulligan: Eos, are you the guardain tonite?
    Eos Amaterasu: No, Pema grabbed the log, so to speak - he was here briefly, after breakfast in Kyoto
    Pila Mulligan: ahh
    Eos Amaterasu: claimed the log
    Pila Mulligan: tomorrow there is a theme sessison on dreaming
    Eos Amaterasu: Well, I will go to bed (RL)
    Eos Amaterasu: Oh, what time tomorrow?
    Pila Mulligan: 1:00 SLT here
    abomb Silvercloud: nice, i have craaazy dreams.
    Pila Mulligan: Maxine's session
    Pila Mulligan: bye Eos, sleep well
    abomb Silvercloud: nightnight eos
    Eos Amaterasu: Good to meet you, abomb. Ciao, et tu as well, Pila!
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Pila Mulligan: mahalo
    abomb Silvercloud: sayonara
    Pila Mulligan: Maxine is good with her dream sessions
    Pila Mulligan: she also does a workshop on dreams on tuesdays at 2:00 at Kira Cafe in SL
    abomb Silvercloud: ooo
    Pila Mulligan: In RL Maxine Walden is a physician and a psychoanalyst, studying the psyche for nearly 4 decades. She has been training students in the field for over 20 years, both within the university setting and among several psychoanalytic institutes in North American and Britain. At the heart of her interest as a psychoanalyst is the Unconscious, that vast area out of awareness which may be considered an ‘inner cosmos’ so influential in all areas of life and from which our dreams and our dreads arise. Her writings include a number of psychoanalytic topics, such as dreams and dreaming, the psychic forces for and against knowing and growth, the importance of emotional experience, and most recently that what we term as ‘evil' derives from our everyday humanity.
    Pila Mulligan: http://www.kira.org/index.php?option...106&Itemid=136
    Pila Mulligan: well, i think I'll do some potatoes
    abomb Silvercloud: haha and tofu! get that protein
    Pila Mulligan: nice to meet you ab - hope to see you again sometime
    Pila Mulligan: :)
    Pila Mulligan: yep -- tofu
    abomb Silvercloud: see you around
    Pila Mulligan: sayonara
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