A. Month of July

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     Doug, Gaya, Maxine, Pema and Adams on July 25 in the Pavilion


    In July the group settled into the new pavilion. A logo was created by Moon and re-made as a forehead tatoo.

    The group faced a big challenge as it tried to arrive at a consensus on what constituted disruption. The group faced an incident in which someone was repeatedly argumentative and dominated the chat log by pasting in large sections of text. The group explored numerous avenues to try to rectify the situation and finally laid down some ground rules for the person who accepted them and then drifted away.

    YSBS and ESBS exercises. The first is You See Being Sees and the second is Enlightened you Sees Being Sees.YSBS first came up in the July 19 01:00 session and then Pema sent the following message to the guardians:

    What bubbled up today is the following experiment,consisting of two parts.  Each part can be done injust a few seconds, or you can take a minute or longer,as you wish.

    1. Relax and become aware of your visual field.  Just  watch your normal, ordinary way of looking at what  you can see in front of you.  Nothing special.  There is a cone shaped space in front of you within  which you can see objects.  Just become aware of you  seeing whatever you see in your field of vision.

    2. Now instead of you seeing objects, switch to letting  Being "see".  This is not a physical seeing based on  the use of eyes.  Being doesn't have eyes the way we  do.  Just let Being "see" you and everything, from  outside you as well as from inside you, all your  thoughts, feelings, memories, your body and mind,  as well as the whole world around you.

     ESBS, the more radical form, was introduced on July 31 01:00:

    Pema Pera: you can imagine how it would be to do the YS part if you were fully enlightened
    Pema Pera: imagine that you had practiced for many lifetimes
    Gaya Ethaniel: if fully enlightened, surely there is no distinction between YS & BS?
    Pema Pera: and you had reached the best possible way of seeing, living, being as a person, but still as a person, with a you who would be a super-realized you
    Pema Pera: how would it be to see as that you, in YS?
    Pema Pera: And then you can contrast that with BS
    Pema Pera: letting Being see
    Pema Pera: most likely, initially, there is no difference
    Sky Szimmer: i agree with Gaya. Wouldn't that be the same, an enlightened one and Being
    Pema Pera: but after some practice, you might see some difference

    While some of us were a bit confused by the exercises many of us experiemented with the exercises during these few weeks. Storm reported his experiences on his blog. Here is one example: http://stormerne.blogspot.com/2008/08/esbs-1.html

    Avastu brought a taste of  Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj (I Am That) and Hindu philosophy into the sessions and for a while perplexed some of us with his hard edged insistence that we already ARE and nothing else was needed. Avastu was to remain with us until September. the following is from the July 30 13:00 log:

    Avastu Maruti: I AM is the only reality - yet the words "I AM" are only ever a thought, only ever a translation
    Avastu Maruti: a translation of that ever-present PRESENCE
    Avastu Maruti: IN WHICH thoughts happen
    Avastu Maruti: can you get behind the knowing?
    Sky Szimmer: there is no one to be affected, as my world is my dream, but this can be very poorly interpreted
    Avastu Maruti: interpreted by who?
    Avastu Maruti: "I am hearing a bell"
    Sky Szimmer: by those who don't see clearly
    Avastu Maruti: the "I" and the "bell" are creation of mind
    Avastu Maruti: language convention

    Sylectra started up the PaB Flickr page on July 20 and also made a video of Stevenaia and the nine-second experience.

    LOA and LOR: Pema introduced the language of the absolute and the language of the relative to the group:

    Pema Pera: there are two languages, two ways of dealing with the world
    Bertrum Quan: Inherent part of Being
    Pema Pera: the language of the relative and the language of the absolute
    Pema Pera: within the language of the relative (lor) there is no Being
    Pema Pera: there are only beings
    Pema Pera: within the language of the absolute (loa) there are no beings
    Pema Pera: there is only Being
    Pema Pera: so a sentence “we are all inherently part of Being” is almost correct
    Pema Pera: but perhaps better “we are all Being” or “each of us is all of Being”

    More Voices of July:

     Steve described an experience about Being on July 17 19:00

    Pia Iger: what is your defining moment? Curious...
    stevenaia Michinaga: in this moment I was underwater which represented Self to me

    stevenaia Michinaga: the I emerged above the surface , springing out of the water straight up... which represented Being
    stevenaia Michinaga: not flying, just head above water
    stevenaia Michinaga: an interested contrast

    Pia Iger: then how do you feel, in each case, under and above the water?
    stevenaia Michinaga: fresh air, clear sight of distance
    stevenaia Michinaga: under water was self reflective and somewhat contained.. defining self as somewhat introspective and contained
    stevenaia Michinaga: but head above water was externally focused
    stevenaia Michinaga: refreshing
    Adams Rubble: that sounds great Steve
    stevenaia Michinaga: worth the wait of not doing 9 second moments for that one

    Doug describes doing the nine seconds at a gathering on July 21 19:00:

    Thorberg Nordlicht: so, folks, pardon an abrupt change of subject, but has anyone been practicing the 9-second moment?
    Threedee Shepherd: yes

    doug Sosa: i've been trying it in strange circumstances, like this afternoon I had guests, and its amazing how, like a pill slipped into a drink, one can just slide the nine into a conversation.
    Prosper Telling: yeah, kinda crashed
    Thorberg Nordlicht: you "slid the nine into a conversation"?
    doug Sosa: right, just tried the 9sec without breaking the conversation.
    Pia Iger: ppl thought you were "musing" or thoughtful, :)
    doug Sosa: ppl?
    Pia Iger: people.
    doug Sosa: oh, them.
    doug Sosa: no. they didn't notice.
    Prosper Telling: interesting
    Pia Iger: so this practice is very doable in our modern life.
    doug Sosa: i felt warmer toward them, easier, becaue of 9 sec i didn't have to do anything.
    doug Sosa: Modern life remember the line" nobody knows you are a dog."

    New Guardians:

    In July there was a big jump in the number of guardians. Adelene Dawner, Avastu Maruti, Delani Gabardini, doug Sosa, Gaya Ethaniel,  Meesha Cuttita, Neela Blaisdale, Prosper Telling, Quilty Bookmite, and Wol Euler all joined the troop. There were 32 guardians by the end of July.

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