Sunday, October 28, 2007

what can help?

We are playing a little catch-up here. Neal arrived in Bangkok Thursday night (well, actually, it was Friday morning very early) and we spent the last two days touring around Bangkok. Today we got to Cambodia, and went out on one of the many lakes in the immediate vicinity.

This evening over dinner, we began to talk about what it is we think can help people in their work.


What is it that can help us? What is it that can help other people?

A number of things got discussed. One thing that I certainly think can help each individual in their own work is to discover their own authority. Having an authority in ordinary life is different than discovering an inner authority. The inner authority grows out of a new kind of connection between the centers. It leads us in the direction of what would be real self-confidence, that is, something that springs from the organism and not from the psychology of our life.

Another thing we talked about was the idea about making the work organic. In taking it into the organism and truly seeing that the centers are not connected, truly seeing the parts and sensing what a real connection might mean.

A third thing that was discussed was the issue of keeping it personal. The sharing of our work in the most real and open-hearted manner possible between people is essential to our growth and the growth of those around us.

These seem to be pretty simple things. They certainly can't be compared to the massive scale of Buddhism we have experienced over the past few days, and which is about to become ever more massive as we tour through Angkor. I think perhaps this is part of the difficulty. Religious ideas, work ideas, ideas in general become this gargantuan edifice, overwhelming in scale, that looms over everything that we think we are and everything we think we are doing. The ideas themselves eventually cause us to forget that the work itself is not just about the ideas. The work is about something much more direct. The ideas are not enough anymore a certain point.

A good friend of mine from Arkansas sent me a quote from Madame de Salzmann today which I received courtesy of that miraculous little device, my Blackberry. The quote was taken from Ravi Ravindra's "Heart Without Measure"-- a book I heartily recommend for those of you who have not read it yet -- and it was to the same effect. Eventually the ideas are not enough.

We have to truly see that we are not connected inside.

Of course, that is just the beginning. Ultimately, we must go much deeper. But that is where we start.

By the way--- given our trip to Angkor, it’s quite possible I will wait to wrap up the last two divisions of the Society of Akhldanns until next week, and instead report on impressions from here in Cambodia.

We’ll see…

May your trees bear fruit, and your wells yield water.

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