Yes, I also have an extensive phenomenological practice. One can walk theory and chew the gum of experience at the same time.
No dichotomies anywhere!
FB is a different kind of social media culture than has been nurtured here. It’s a very different style. I haven’t posted anything on FB in a couple of years. Kind of jarring.
Indeed. I love Cosmos Coop precisely because it’s so much UNlike FB and all its clones, almost an opposite kind of “place” and philosophical atmosphere.
I agree and I really like that about Cosmos. We run parallel to FB. As we move into another phase, which will probably include a mass extinction, it’s nice to know that we have co-created an island of sanity in the vast nihilism of social media. Liminal gestures are welcomed here. We encourage each other to share our communiques from the field, and give this intimate mystery, a size and a shape. We listen to each other carefully, like good musicians, who love the music within, rather than generate competitive, shrill, sharp, feelings, as they do on FB.
A beautiful reply, thank you!
The immediate impression I got when I saw the labyrinth was that of the largest in Europe located on the floor of the central nave of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Chartres, France (and yes, there are a number of Notre Dame Cathedrals in France, the most famous of which, of course, is the one in Paris which burned just a few days ago … and – fun fact – if you plot them out on a map, and connect the dots, the form the constellation of Virgo … go figure).
Anyhow, it’s not precisely the same, but here’s a graphic approximation:
When I went to visit, the chairs had been removed from the nave so visitors could walk it. That, I can assure you, is a very moving experience.
I awoke this morning within a social dream field to the epiphany that this field-moment in timelessness is a Gift & I am Cracked Open!
That’s wild. I’m sure there’s a life lesson involved in moving steadily toward a destination by being alternately closer to and farther from it.
This thread is soul nourishment to me. It feels like the perfect dollop of textual and visual pleasure, like a chocolate dipped bon bon, to wrap up a Cosmos & Coevolve focused workday. I love seeing the co-creative dimension of our coming together in full play and display.
Multiplicitous metaphors and similies abound… I love how my exposure and engagement in this space and betwixt the colorful contributions of each of you, has encouraged me to be unreasonably free and liberal with my play with metaphors, jumping around like a child bounding on so many stumps and logs in a forest, intuitively feeling the shape of the thing to be described and finding a parallel image from experiential existence. Sometimes when I do this I feel like the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, puckishly associating things with a insouciant attitude to perceptually congruent “fixtures” like time and space–a bewilderment and wonderment of references.
Metaphors and similies are the ultimate expression of both the power and limitations of our symbolic dimension of consciousness–the ability to work with language and symbols to model reality, cognitively, and pass those models around, culturally. They exemplify the brilliance AND the gaps in our human capacities to articulate and meaning-make, which is why I love them… a kind of paradox incarnate. By weaving a lush web of “it’s like…” we eke closer to “what is.”
This free play unlocks doors to adjacent freedoms, like more spaciousness in how I conceive of and relate to myself, to the movements I’m a part of, to my ancestors and my dreams. I don’t know how we all tie together, but we’re all here in this dynamic voluptuous play, and it’s all quite stimulating and curious if nothing else! As an adult who’s pursued disciplined mind-body practices, I’ve progressively tapped into the ability to exist as a child–simply open, inquisitive, unburdened by hardened assumptions, and full of life, and eager to play.
Mind jazz, mind romp indeed!!!
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