Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Dynamics vs. Objects

Archived from the former firedocs blog. 28 August 2005

Everything you see is faking you out. But what you don't see is faking you out even more.

I was inattentive just now. I was reading through PhP code, attempting to figure out how I could clone and hack a cool blog plugin someone else made, to make another thing out of it. In the back of my brain while I wasn't paying much attention, I was thinking of an Aikido master I once met, who in an introduction of his art to our Judo class, showed us how our ability to lift him ranged from physically impossible (the man was unmoveable stone) to easy (he was a little guy and light as a feather). This was running vaguely through my brain sponsored by a Swann quote (mentioning "Ahkido" as I think he wrote it) that had just flashed by earlier on the blog. The man had said if we were interested we might consider pursuing Aikido at some point. I never did learn much about that except one could 'imagine' themselves as lighter or heavier.

So as I was reading through code I was half-daydreaming, and then all the sudden I wasn't daydreaming any more; it wasn't "mine". It was more like a real dream except rather first-person. I was sitting on the ground, on a sort of mat which had sticks on each side, like in 3rd world countries or the old days, people might be carried on. Two young men were on each side of me, with others looking on, and I showed them this 'trick' of changing 'how heavy I was' to them picking up the thing I sat upon. I would have them go away for a few minutes between each attempt. Someone asked me, "Can you put it into simple words, to explain what you are doing with your mind? How do you change your body?"

And the me-in-the-daydream-that-I-was-not-running (go figure. Who was running it?!) was thinking to myself, "That is the wrong assumption. I did not really change my body. I changed their experience of my body. But how do I explain that?" And finally I settled on something, and heard myself saying (to translate),

We think of 'things' in our world. We think of objects, which have... properties. The floor is flat and solid; the body is heavy and weighs a certain number of pounds. We think of this as if they are all "things," standing alone without regard to all the other things in our reality. We think of their attributes as indisputable.

Yet the dynamics of how reality works are about relationships, not about things. It is not so important what I weigh. What changed was not the weight of my body, but my body's relationship to the ground, and to you, and to your attempt to lift me. All three of those relationships are involved in the process of your lifting me.

Just as that ended, my mind kicked in and realized all this had taken place like "someone else's life that I was sitting in on." I thought to myself, "What a wonderful insight!"

After this morning's meditations I was hoping that I might be more open to perceptions such as psi throughout my day. I suspect I was consciously thinking of precog for the most part. I wonder if "sudden insights" qualify.

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