Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Our responses to existential threats

Anna says:
I found this map really helpful in organising thinking around feelings that come and go, and I take the overall intent to be supporting a resilience in the coming onslaught, a coping strategy. One element missing for me is fear. As recently expressed in conversation between Ken Wilbur and Diana Musho-Hamilton fearless implies including fear, not denying it.
In Carlos Castenada’s last book before he died, The Active Side of Infinity, he speaks about the emptiness of his teacher, an emptiness that reflects infinity rather than negation. It is undeniable that we are in the grip of forces that are beyond our control. Whatever our good intentions there is a movement happening towards an end/beginning that we cannot see. And it is scary, and thrilling.
I see the map as an attempt to ‘get a grip’, an anthropomorphic model, picturing us as being sucked back towards ‘normalcy’, the familiar, in an attempt to block infinity out of the picture. The understanding of ‘life’ as in life enhancing or life eroding needs to be exploded in order to allow in the uncertainty and ungraspable nature of our experience.

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