It’s always a risk when you are opening yourself up to queer happenings. I agree that we can skip over this episode and I have decided to delete the post, after realizing the direction that the thread went, the post really didn’t have a home here. But that is not something you can know ahead of time, unless you take the risk. And if there is no one to sponsor the impulse it becomes an orphan. I have learned that the hard way and that is a good thing. It was a safe to fail experiment. The tension is something I don’t want to carry anymore. I find that opening up to the unknown is uncomfortable. That’s why I expect I will be cutting back my time in these forums. I hope others will come forward and develop an interesting direction.
Our response to Evolving Language Consciously will vary from person to person. For me, the course was a call to go deeper into what is beneath the language habit into the phenomenological continuum, into what is happening back stage, in the twilight zone. When you work with Trickster there’s lots of unpredictability. And so I am not surprised no one had anything much to say about the post. Who knows which seed will grow in the womb of time? Especially when attention is so thin. I can press the pause button and re-direct attention to adjacent possibilities. No harm done.
I’m planning to do something live with Lisa in the near future. Hopefully, we can create an integrative phase in that space. I feel writing, as much as I enjoy it, may not be the best medium for the weird messages that are pressing upon me. Thanks for the chance to reflect upon this in public. I am perfectly happy to let it go.
And transition back…and what happens right before transition?
I resonate with your beliefs about the silent witness and I need words, communications, gestures, voices, and bodies . I can’t do one without the other. Sri Aurobindo, for example, had certain insights in meditation, about reality, while he was held in prison, for terrorism, and was awaiting trial. We know that because he also wrote many thick tomes to communicate a speculative philosophy. He discovered/ created a meta-Code.
As we are in an era with much more noise than Sri Aurobindo had to deal with, those who wish to have any impact, will have to move through different kinds of neuro-semantic spaces, in much more artful ways, if any signal is going to happen. Social dreaming can’t happen if no one else is making any effort to work with the ratios between signal and noise. My third ear is resting on the chest of my younger brother, Craig, who died last year. I found him lying in a bed, near an open window that was filled with light. As I placed my weary head upon his chest ( he died of heart attack) I felt the love between us was immense. I am using language to convey that subtle experience in this forum. But who else is doing this?
A great literary critic, who lived in Hitler’s Germany spoke of the death of the German language, which happened a little bit more, each day, on the streets, in the newspapers, in the cafes, over the radio. Hitler was a genius with the radio. This literary critic reported that he heard the language around him turn into meaningless gibberish. In Trump’s world I feel the death of English. Soon, the language will be as dead a language as Latin. And then what happens? All of the bible and the poets and the historians will be swept out to sea. That has already happened. And there will be a tearing of hair and a gnashing of teeth.
Steiner has communicated his insights about cultural transmission in many books and lectures. I think his lectures which were live are the most effective. He made a heroic effort and he died younger than he expected, dying from what he called a psychic attack. He was up against the same forces of deception that Sri Aurobindo was dealing with. The cultural climate that we are dealing with is even more deceptive.
Silence is great if you have a sanctuary. But James Baldwin, my favorite social music maker, said sanctuaries are expensive, and not everyone can afford one. By the way, Goethe, who was Steiner’s hero, loved the appearances.