2010.03.30 01:00 - Why I continue to return

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Wester Kiranov. The comments are by Wester Kiranov.

    I was joined by Archmage Atlantis. Zon Quar joined us for a while as well, but the conversation was basically between me and Archmage. It started of with some misunderstandings.

    Archmage Atlantis: Hi
    Archmage Atlantis: You claimed the session
    Wester Kiranov: yes I did
    Archmage Atlantis: May I ask what that means to you?
    Wester Kiranov: of course you may ask. but it does not have any special meaning, it just means it's my turn to post the log
    Archmage Atlantis: Ok
    Archmage Atlantis: I do not believe that is a complete answer, but I have no right to ask
    Wester Kiranov: I don't know what kind of answer you would find complete. I'm not hiding anything there
    Wester Kiranov: what kind of meaning are you looking for?
    Archmage Atlantis: In my mind
    Archmage Atlantis: and only there
    Archmage Atlantis: one does not commit without deeper meaing
    Archmage Atlantis: Perhaps I am misguided in my mind
    Archmage Atlantis: I am getting old
    Wester Kiranov: Oh, of course I have reasons to come here, and to commit to this group. Do you mean that?
    Archmage Atlantis: I thought that was what I asked, but yes, that is what I mean
    Wester Kiranov: ok
    But we did find something to actually talk about. Even then, I was not always very comfortable with the style, but the content was fine.
    Wester Kiranov: So you want to know what PaB means to me? Why it's important to me?
    Archmage Atlantis: That would be a good start......I often wonder why I continue to return
    Wester Kiranov: It is hard to explain. There is openness here, a willingness to talk about anything including sensitive subjects, and a willingness to really listen.
    Wester Kiranov: I'm not saying we always succeed, but we are all willing to try and to listen if people think it's not going right.
    Wester Kiranov: And there is the base of the 9-second practice, which I think touches on a truth I don't have words for.
    Archmage Atlantis: If I say to you, there is no "right", what would you say
    Wester Kiranov: I do agree there is no absolute right, completely separated from wrong. However, some of these sessions go better than others, in some sessions we opening up more, going deeper, listening better.
    Wester Kiranov: And in that sense correction is possible.
    Archmage Atlantis: ok
    Archmage Atlantis: I welcome that deep thought
    Wester Kiranov: ty
    Wester Kiranov: Another reason I come here is that I feel there's a real sense of community
    Archmage Atlantis: Life's a difficult thing
    Archmage Atlantis: Yes, somehow there is community in dfference'
    Wester Kiranov: I also like having a place where I can be silent together with others
    Archmage Atlantis: Pema and Storm have done much in philosophy, tho neither is a philosopher
    Wester Kiranov: yes
    Wester Kiranov: I think many 'real' philosophers get lost in all the words and details and forget what's behind it
    Archmage Atlantis: That is an excellent point
    Wester Kiranov: ty
    Archmage Atlantis: Well, we have been her 1/2 hour.......it seem no others will come
    Wester Kiranov: probably
    Archmage Atlantis: You I assure accepted the riole of guardain
    Wester Kiranov: Sure. It's a good way to have some regularity about this group.
    Archmage Atlantis: In spite of my bad typing, I think you know what I meant
    Archmage Atlantis: My partner in SL is also a guardian
    Wester Kiranov: How do you feel about that?
    And of course, right after we had speculated no one else would turn up...
    Wester Kiranov: Hi Zon
    Archmage Atlantis: I feel that this place is important to him
    And we moved on to a discussion of gender.
    Archmage Atlantis: Tho he prefers to be a he here
    Archmage Atlantis: Umm ..... a her
    Wester Kiranov: subtle difference ;-P
    Archmage Atlantis: that is why I usually use "e"....sexes are all mixed up here
    Wester Kiranov: Still most avs have a well-defined gender. Hardly any in-betweenies
    Zon Quar: heheh
    Zon Quar: some furries
    Zon Quar: i dont know the gender
    Archmage Atlantis: Geez, I must find the inbetweens by bein me
    Wester Kiranov: :-)
    Archmage Atlantis: When I read about intersexed people, I though damn, just being gay wasn't so bad
    Wester Kiranov: The weird thing is that it happens pretty often that they can't decide the sex of a baby, I think about 1% or so, and still they pretend everyone is either a he or a she
    Archmage Atlantis: I know
    Archmage Atlantis: We are more complex than that
    Archmage Atlantis: And life on this planet is more comples
    Wester Kiranov: so is life in SL ;-)
    Archmage Atlantis: And if we are to go forth to the galaxy, we'd damn sure better be more than we are today
    Wester Kiranov: (shh)
    (Second bell is here). Somehow, the silence period seemed to trigger something in Archmage.
    Archmage Atlantis: Wester. there are times to follow the rules.......and times to spit on them.
    Archmage Atlantis: The only requirement is that one accepts the consequences.
    Wester Kiranov: I'm happy with this rule, I did not see any reason to break it just now
    Wester Kiranov: and the consequences of a lack of silence and reflection are not always that easy to see
    Archmage Atlantis: And I did......and I accept that consequence.... that you may dicount what I said
    Archmage Atlantis: I also know you own the log......so you will decide if it is worth publishing
    (In case you wonder, this is the full text.)
    Wester Kiranov: Whether I discount any particular utterance does not have much to do with when you say it.
    Wester Kiranov: And I don't 'own' the log, I just handle it, today.
    Archmage Atlantis: In life, as in death, what is said, and what is done is a statement
    Wester Kiranov: I think the silence periods are a good way to stay focused. Especially if you're getting emotional.
    Archmage Atlantis: ok
    Back to business as usual then.
    Wester Kiranov: Can I ask, arch, do you meditate?
    Archmage Atlantis: I never meditate....and I live in meditation
    Archmage Atlantis: Life is
    Archmage Atlantis: My cat is
    Archmage Atlantis: My birds are
    Archmage Atlantis: My fish are
    Archmage Atlantis: The Everglades around my home are
    Archmage Atlantis: Was that an answer for you?
    Wester Kiranov: It was. I was hoping for something that could help me explain why PaB is structured like it is, but instead I learned more about you. Also good.
    Archmage Atlantis: PaB is structured to give people who are being overwhelmed by life a place in a few seconds to reconnect with life...........I am always connected with life..........I am that.
    Time to say goodbye, for now.
    Wester Kiranov: I would like to discuss that some more some other time, but I have to go now. I did enjoy this conversation, though, even when it was sometimes hard work.
    Wester Kiranov: namaste
    Archmage Atlantis: Blessings and Namaste, bro
    Wester Kiranov: feel free to stay here a bit. bye.
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