2009.07.01 07:00 - Competing with Stillness

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Fefonz Quan. The comments are by Fefonz Quan.

    Fefonz Quan: Good morning Nymf :)
    Nymf Hathaway: Good day Fefonz, didn't know you could be here this hour of the day :) how are you?
    Nymf Hathaway: Hello Eos
    Fefonz Quan: i am great, thanks, and this is also my GoC slot :)
    Nymf Hathaway: aha :)
    Eos Amaterasu: Hi Nymf, Fef
    Fefonz Quan: Hey Eos
    Fefonz Quan: I see we are in a very contemplative mood today :)
    Nymf Hathaway: Here, yes :)
    Eos Amaterasu: (( ______))
    Fefonz Quan: (translation, Eos?)
    Eos Amaterasu: (letting being just be between parentheses :-)
    Fefonz Quan had an emoticontionary link once, but lost it
    Eos Amaterasu: I was reading a paper by Piet Hut on A Search for the Where, the When and the How
    Fefonz Quan: yes, which? do you have a link?
    Eos Amaterasu: He talks about adding another fundatmental dimension to Space and to Time
    Eos Amaterasu: (will dig up the link - may be in the Monday 1900 log)
    Eos Amaterasu: which is "knowledge", or "sense", or, to make it one syllable, "mind"
    Eos Amaterasu: and gives the example of watching a hand move
    Eos Amaterasu: through space
    Eos Amaterasu: through time
    Eos Amaterasu: through knowing
    Eos Amaterasu: (my paraphrase)
    Eos Amaterasu: I think the 9 secs, the 90 secs, or whenever :-), can by playing/resting in that triple dimension
    Fefonz Quan: interesting. is it a new article?
    Eos Amaterasu: No, it's from 1997, (just a min)
    Fefonz Quan: BTW - guess you know Piet is a part of PaB, needless to say
    Eos Amaterasu: http://www.ids.ias.edu/~piet/publ/wwh/wwh.html
    Eos Amaterasu: Piet is playing as Pema :-)
    Fefonz Quan: sure. thanks for the link.
    Fefonz Quan: i will read it later.
    Fefonz Quan: what did you think about that idea?
    Eos Amaterasu: I think this is an emerging paradigm: that awareness is as fundamtental and irreducible as space, time, energy
    Nymf Hathaway: agrees on that
    Eos Amaterasu: and that that is more evident in biology and human systems than in physics or chemistry, but no less already there (just as quantum effects are always there, but not necessarily visible)
    Eos Amaterasu: it's a major mind shift.... we're just beginning to explore, play with that, such as here
    Fefonz Quan: yes it is.
    Nymf Hathaway: Never understood why it would be a mindshift though... to me its logic
    Fefonz Quan: (thought about that too_
    Fefonz Quan: )
    Fefonz Quan: there are some ancient traditions that take awareness as fundamental too i think
    Nymf Hathaway: indeed
    Nymf Hathaway: But I think Eos refers to western society
    Fefonz Quan: sure. it never stops to amaze me how the western culture find ideas that are thousands of years old, and celebrate them as new and inginious
    Fefonz Quan: finds*
    Eos Amaterasu: Also the general memetic structure of society, media, education
    Eos Amaterasu: What if the actual powers-that-be (tm) did 9 sec gaps?
    Fefonz Quan: ?
    Nymf Hathaway: was at a lecture yesterday from a cambridge professor...she was telling us about the history of science and how old it really is.... this fits in it perfectly as to; what was called alchemy.... was acknowledged as science
    Eos Amaterasu: It, that kind of awareness was woven into the fabric of economics, etc. Right now that is tolerated but not taken seriously
    Nymf Hathaway: I think civilization could find its roots back again....by your example Eos
    Nymf Hathaway: roots as in its own nature
    Eos Amaterasu: Yes.... and how do we find our root / nature?
    Fefonz Quan: in order to fit in economics teh financial people have first to loose so much of what they know, i wonder what will be left
    Eos Amaterasu: The financial people are already losing much of what they have (had)
    Nymf Hathaway: By listening to once inner voice...if people are honest to themselfs... all answers are within....as for all answers lay in nature
    Eos Amaterasu: Some are questioning basic assumptions
    Eos Amaterasu: In the 9 secs, 90 secs, we can find our root nature, or play in it, right where we are
    Fefonz Quan: yes, they are questioning basic 'economical' assumptions
    Nymf Hathaway: Quenstions and thiking critically is perfect...but you can listen to yourself and ask critical questions at the same time
    Fefonz Quan: i hope so too Eos!
    Eos Amaterasu: Re that hand moving through space....
    Fefonz Quan: yes?
    Eos Amaterasu: I used to do an exercise where you slowly moved your arm in an arc over your head
    Eos Amaterasu: in one , slow motion
    Eos Amaterasu: over 18 minutes....
    Eos Amaterasu: :-)
    Fefonz Quan: very slow motion :) how did it felt? (besides hurt for teh muscles)
    Fefonz Quan: feel*
    Eos Amaterasu: It was called, "competing with stillness"
    Eos Amaterasu: like here, interplay of solid and open, dense/tight and space
    Fefonz Quan: and time, i guess. may invoke another way to look at time and movement
    Fefonz Quan: i practice a similar exercise with very slow walking. it makes the 'destination' notion of walking dissolve
    Fefonz Quan: practiced*
    Eos Amaterasu: you don't just go through time, you sepnd time in time :-)
    Eos Amaterasu: *spend
    Fefonz Quan: yes, exactly.
    Fefonz Quan: and this time is earned rather than spent
    Eos Amaterasu: by just resting attention :-)
    Nymf Hathaway: nicely put :)
    Fefonz Quan: TI was taken from the 'Time, Space, Knowledge' book.are you familiar with it Eos?
    Eos Amaterasu: I know the book, but haven't read it... Pema was referring to it this past Monday
    Fefonz Quan: http://www.amazon.com/Time-Space-Kno.../dp/0913546089
    Fefonz Quan: yes, one of his favorite recommendations :)
    Nymf Hathaway: needs to log off, wishing you both a nice conversation :)
    Eos Amaterasu: By Nymf!
    Fefonz Quan: bye Nymf, have a great day
    Nymf Hathaway: Thanks bye bye :)
    Eos Amaterasu: Transition times are good times to catch time
    Eos Amaterasu: You can be in the kitchen, putting a dish away, and then there's a little gap
    Eos Amaterasu: before the n ext dish
    Fefonz Quan: yes, like the end of an exhale
    Eos Amaterasu: going out
    Eos Amaterasu: & things happen, appear, including yourself
    Fefonz Quan: yes. i always find bringing it into the motion minutes and life is a major challenge
    Eos Amaterasu: finding the slow walk in the fast walk?
    Fefonz Quan: mmhmm
    Fefonz Quan: finding the stillnes within the motion
    Eos Amaterasu: finding openness within appearance
    Eos Amaterasu: and play in the interdependence of perceiver / perception : that's tunable, so playable
    Eos Amaterasu: you can create forms for openness, that open the perceiver
    Fefonz Quan: yes, and very hard to perceive sometimes
    Eos Amaterasu: yes, it can be life and death, so we take seriously
    Eos Amaterasu: but when death is inevitble, which it is, we can let go (?) - nothing to lose
    Fefonz Quan: even then, i guess it is so common to grasp with the remains of force
    Eos Amaterasu: but also lots of respect to the details - every detail is also that openness
    Eos Amaterasu: even in the 9 secs I grasp and grasp :-)
    Fefonz Quan: right :)
    Eos Amaterasu: Back to RL, thank you, Fefonz!
    Fefonz Quan: bye Eos!
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