Monthly Archives: September 2014

Get in on the joke now!

Have you ever laughed at stories about the beliefs that were held in the past?  For most people who lived five hundred years ago the earth was flat and didn’t move.  In the eighteenth century people thought tomatoes were poison.  It’s said everyone who ate tomatoes before 1790 is now dead.  Looking at that, maybe that’s funny.  In the seventeenth century Sir Isaac Newton, the leading scientific thinker, following the begats in the Bible believed that that the earth was 4,000 years old.  We could enjoy some humor in that.  How far do we have to go back to when they thought the sun revolved around the earth.  We look back on these beliefs now and they’re laughable to us.  Remember, they didn’t have much of a sense of humor about it.  Look how they reacted to new information and how society treated the messengers who brought it; Socrates, Jesus, Galileo.  We still do the same thing within our thought systems as well as with others.

About 150 years or so from now they’re going to look back on our behaviors and the beliefs that we hold.  Our prevalent attitudes are going to look just as funny to them as these examples look to us.  Okay?  So, let’s get in on the joke, now!

Get in on the joke now, means, hold our descriptions a little less tightly.  When we see the limitations of thought we can allow for a more open learning relationship, to what we think and in many cases are sure we know, to how we perceive the world and each other.

Makes me wonder how much people know what they want, how clear we are about it. aren’t there things that we all want and understanding each other’s values might enable the design of the system with an architecture that served those values instead we are outgrowing lines drawn on a map in the 19th century or 18th we are outgrowing them way too slowly and fighting over things that don’t affect what really to our lives the vertical growth in population means learning how to live together could have high-value in creating a beautiful world there is an implication here that we could make the whole thing work. imagine listening to each other in a way so that we put our energy into making it better instead of into being right. if all the energy and resources that went into all the wars throughout time had been put into education art and commerce, imagine the world would be living in. if we invested in seeing the truth beyond our belief and belief systems, we could create a beautiful world.

if we don’t the next world will look a lot like this one

Finer Dimensions of Listening

“Where the mind goes the body follows.” O Sensei

We are moving as a collective awareness from a Newtonian matter based machine image of the world, to a quantum world of energy and consciousness, though our understanding of either has probably only begun.
I believe the founder of Aikido was showing us a process to make that transition. To those who caught it, who ‘saw’ the energy, he taught us a process to perceive reality in finer and finer dimensions, from matter and action to energy and spirit.

“The devil mind will go down in defeat and the spirit will rise up in victory, then aikido will bear fruit in the world.”

Aikido teaches us to connect with the spirit or energy that sources any action. In doing so we learn to connect with the origin of spirit. We become one with the universe.
In daily life, our interactions tend to be more verbal than physical. Steven Covey did a nice translation of Aikido with his, “seek first to understand, then to be understood.” If you want to lead, don’t you have to first connect? Accurate and complete understanding makes a path to resolution.
When you are sincerely interested in why someone feels the way they do, it changes the world.