a distillation, half a century confronting Art and Practice. Drop your compulsions. Don’t wait. Act like you have all the time in the world while you just might still…. Put that time before what matters. Put your effort into patience and stamina. Develop one confidence: That you will suspend your desire for conclusions. Make effort…… Continue reading To those younger…
An essay by Jeppe Dyrendom Graugaard https://soundcloud.com/dramok/hope-and-truth
Illusion is a fiction. Fiction is illusion. A fiction is a story. All stories are fiction. Illusion, verisimilitude, the similarity to truth. A closeness to truth? Stories are fictions and stories can be true. And/or not true. The same story. Stories are dangerous. That is how they hold our attention. Danger met with curiosity? Leads…… Continue reading Illusion is a fiction
At the end of a ride on a great wave we find ourselves gasping and spitting, with the sharp tang of brine penetrating our sinuses, sand in our eyes. Our minds filled by a euphoric kaleidoscopic replaying of the ride’s thrills. Meanwhile, the next wave is about to land on us, pushing us down into…… Continue reading A Great Wave
Most days follow on from the day before and are followed by another in such a way that at any given moment, and certainly in retrospect, the salient sensation we’re left with is of partaking in continuity. This is an aspect of the workings of the mind and is related to; and it might be…… Continue reading An Event Horizon
The broken state of our world has become so obvious that further efforts to list and attempt to convince those who refuse to recognize it are beyond counterproductive. We are easily distracted by nightmare scenarios, psycho-dramas, playing-out alternative doomsdays, whose only purpose is as a mechanism to keep us stuck, helpless, and increasingly incapable of…… Continue reading On Coherence, A Manifesto
What dissolves obsessions and releases us from compulsion is a recognition – through the depths of Grief – that what what we had believed to be essential is futile and that what has made it futile is what allows us to be released from it: We are struck by the realization that to continue in this manner is incoherent.
The question of bad faith begs us to consider, What is good faith? Both of these questions hover around the big one, What is faith? It’s not the same as bad faith. But then, it’s probably not simply good faith either. If nothing else is reducible to a binary then how could this deepest question…… Continue reading On Faith
Delusion is completely convincing. This point can be difficult to acknowledge. When we suffer under a delusion we accept its rationalizations completely. We simply cannot see any incoherence in our outlook. We are certain. How then can we tell whether attending to coherence is not just another delusion? Living in delusion we find ourselves bound…… Continue reading How do we distinguish integration from delusion?
How do we settle-down into coherence? We are perturbed and react out of our displacement. Coming to terms with futility, finding an emotional ground by accepting Grief, discovering our interdependence, we come to trust. Following this path internally we integrate our selves. Following this path in company we develop community. Without a lived sense of…… Continue reading Interdependence
Whenever someone challenges our valid sense of urgency we are compelled to repeat a litany of real and imagined aspects of the Enormity we all face. It’s as if to hear things are dire and, that for this very reason, we need to slow down; is just too much to bear. Anyone making this claim…… Continue reading How do we change? part two…
Originally posted on The Chrysalis:
Recently, Antonio Dias employed a phrase that I quite like: “the Edifice of Thought”. The painstakingly constructed modern edifice of thought now rests upon some pretty wobbly foundations — the metaphysical assumptions of the Newtonian-Cartesian paradigm that have now become very dubious and uncertain. Chief among these dubious assumptions is…
In case you haven’t been paying attention… As I write this the Amazon is burning. How do we respond? I feel it is most likely that most of us, most of the time, just don’t know what to do with the question. Don’t know what to do with the accelerating litany of…, crises is too…… Continue reading The Amazon Is Burning
Change begins when we let go and stop defending our existing condition. We behave the way we do based on what we can see. We cannot see what we cannot see. These are our blind spots. Change comes when we find ways to see what had been hidden from our view. Resistance to change is…… Continue reading How Do We Change?
Ava Osbiston has added this conversation with Jeppe Graugaard on the Dark Mountain website with this introduction: How do we come together and connect, create, share and witness each other around the work of Dark Mountain? For the first in a series of “Find the Others” podcasts- Ava Osbiston from the Dark Mountain Project speaks…… Continue reading How do we find others?
This conversation, the most recent in a longstanding dialogue, led to my most recent post, The Edifice of Thought. https://soundcloud.com/antonio-dias-388507820/to-be-human-conversation-with-jeppe-graugaard
Thought shapes thinking. We cannot think differently unless we become aware of how thought shapes our thinking. There is a shape implicit in thought, forming a trajectory for our thinking, that is there as we gather a thought. Right there in the act of thinking itself. Technological thinking, institutionalized, taught thinking, what we call rational…… Continue reading The Edifice of Thought*
We are infatuated with the idea of The Future™. Breathlessly running through what appears to be a menu of options as if to be a Modern Human is to be able to sit in judgement, weighing our choices with delicate discernment, whether to accept a heaping helping of Techno Fantasy or dawdle over a tasting…… Continue reading Breathless
Everything comes back to the question of place. One of the fundamentals of Qi Gong, a practice that is all about fundamentals, is that we attend to where and how we are grounded. Not in some academic manner, parsing theoretical constructs or honing philosophical arguments; in Qi Gong the ground we attend to is this…… Continue reading Notes on Place
The title is a paraphrase of a native Brazilian proverb mentioned by Vanessa Andreotti in her presentation, ClimateExistence Day 1: Existence Beyond the House that Modernity Built The status-quo is defended since it is all there is for an alienated self within an alienating society to identify with. The alienated self has no awareness of…… Continue reading In a flood it’s impossible to swim until the water reaches your butt!