As you may know, I haven’t been doing my Martini Time live talks for some months now, as I ran out of gin. I served about 410 talkes. But now my inspiration is back with a new Series: WHAT SHAPE ARE YOU IN?
We will be exploring our “shape” in the morning around 10 AM after I have fleshed out my Seed Idea for the talk on FB. All my inspirations come from FB dialogues and the News.
For those of you who follow my meanderings, you will have picked up the thread that untangles the knot, the golden thread of Ariadne that will guide you out of the labyrinth of our modern chaotic culture that is full of twists and turns that just keep us going in circles.
https://youtu.be/UO3NTMNV7QQIf there was one IDEA is would like to light up, it’s the IDEA of Culture. We are not outside of our culture; we are inside of it believing we are outside of it. The metaphor I use is the Russian Nesting Dolls as the layers and layers of Culture that condition and imprison us. When we think we are free of one doll, we find we are just in another one. We are all playing with dolls in a doll house that we believe is a common external reality that exists separate from us.
So let’ s explore this Doll House together.
Transparent to the Transcendent….and the ultimate Transcendent is God, yes…however, if God is a thing, a ritual, a book, an idea, a thought even…that is still in the fishbowl of the mind/culture and is not the Transcendent. The transcendent means outside of the known. So God is the absolute unknnown…and where it that since God must be something….
So that gets us back to the final fish bowl of culture which is my own mind. What is outside, or transcendent of my own mind? I am the ultimate unknown..which means, in a way, that I am not something known, or defined, which means in culture, but I am pure potential. I am the act of creation, I am the act of the Cosmos creating me…and since I am the center of the world, just as you are the center of the world, from this view we are like fountains, but I am not standing outside the fountain like in a Mall, I am the fountain and at the same time I’m outside of the fountain observing it. I am both the observer of the fountain (a thing) and I am the fountain as the ACT of creation…and what is this ACT…The act of SEEING something for the first time. When I see something for the first time it’s like WOW! That is the act of creation. This Black Hole is the center of our cosmos as YOU at the center. But at the same time, you see, you are also outside the center looking at yourself as something, a known thing in culture, defined and put in a book of time.
But, again, at the same time, you are the ACT of Seeing yourself, and this aspect of yourself cannot be seen. And this…this is the Transcendent..and you can say God if you want, of the Self..or the Buddha nature, or Soul, or whatever name culture gives it…but you are not That.