It is a mystery. How do we talk about the ineffable, about things we can’t talk about?
Most importantly what is the conversation we have with ourselves under the conscious radar?
We are always making meaning from events and, without realizing it, designing our life strategies based on the meaning we make.
One of the people I studied dialogue with used to say that, “people make meaning like they make carbon dioxide.”
I think it’s very important paying attention to our inner dialogue. It is one of the most accessible and mutable plays in the game. However, it is most commonly done wholly unconsciously. And yet it is a ‘not doing’ if that makes sense, or even if it doesn’t. ‘Quieting the mind’ whatever that means, allows us to create, rather than operate on habituation or known patterns of synaptic connections.
From Carlos Castaneda’s Don Juan, this quote is from one of the earlier books, “When the inner dialogue stops the world collapses and extraordinary facets of ourselves surface”
O sensei said ,”If you do not blend with the emptiness of the pure void, you will never know the path of Aiki.”
And there is a line in enter the Dragon where Bruce Lee is teaching a student in the garden and he taps him on the head and says, “Don’t think, feel!”
Thinking draws attention from feeling as looking usually dominates the other senses. However my study in aikido is unifying the field, so all the known senses, and those coming into being, produce the most holistic perception of the creation, naturally designing the most creative strategy to complete my bestowed mission.
The koans in Zen, were to help the mind transcend its limitations. Lots of tools have been used. The dervishes whirled, monks and yogis chanted and fasted. Obviously and more commonly known are meditation and the most commonly misunderstood and perhaps misused, mind altering drugs, have been part of the exploration of human consciousness, perception and beyond.
I’ll give you mine.
Find something to enjoy this instant. And then to quote O sensei, “You’ve got to put it in your body!”
When you feel your body tension or muscle tone and your mental attitude changing even the littlest bit, you’re on the path.
Please, send me a postcard. Hey, write if you get work.
And I’ll leave it there for now.
Don’t think about not thinking.
No, let me correct that, actually go ahead, think about it. It will be curious to see what you think about not thinking! Don’t you think?