|08-07-2010, 12:13 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2008
What does it mean if I can't?
Hi Steve (and ofcourse anyone who reads this - Steve is just the only one I know by name ),
Reading your last article (that was great, once again), left me with a few questions. I hope you could answer a few of those, or perhaps take them with you in a future arcicle. If anyone else on the forums has insights to share on the subject, I'd ofcourse be delighted with that as well!
In your article (about the copyright) you mentioned how you weren't really writing the articles, but that you were merely letting the dreamer write, through you. I find that a great way to look at things and I'm genuinly impressed by your intentions surrounding copyright. But that's not what I have questions about.
You see, I used to write a lot, a while back. And although I wasn't anywhere near your level of skill, I was very happy with my writing. After not doing it for over 10 years, I recently started again a few months back. This time, however, it's been a battle. I'm struggeling to be happy with even one sentence of what I write and feel like I've lost the ability to clearly convey my thoughts and feelings in a way that other people can enjoy.
And so my questions:
What does this mean? What have I lost here, the ability to do the writing itself, or the ability to let the dreamer write through me? And if it's the latter, does this mean the dreamer is the perfect writer and as soon as I'm not writing really well, it's my doing of blocking him out (maybe because of ego or other mental noise)?
And if I would want to improve, where does the improvement lie? Do I practice the writing itself, or the ability to let the dreamer come through me?
And if we take this to other areas, how does that work? I can't sing in a way that anyone would want to hear it, they'd be more inclined to beg me to stop. But how does this work? Perhaps in this version of the world, I will never be able to sing really well, ever. Or maybe I need to put some dream hours in training my voice. Or maybe if I really believe it, I could sing like a real singer tomorrow.
As you can tell, I have no clue, and I would love for you, or anyone, to help me out here a bit.
What does it mean, when you can't? Where does the obstacles lie? Is it really possible to do the Matrix thing (I know kung-fu)?
I've read a few 'spiritual' books that claim enlightenment is an instant, now, kind-of-thing. In that area I guess I can kinda believe it (although I haven't been able to directly go there). But what about physical abilities?
I can see how there are limits put up by myself (?) (or the dreamer?) in the physical sense. But what about the ability? Is it something that lies within me that I just need to believe lies within me, or do I have to put time in learning the ability first?
You have thrown out such an interesting way of looking at the world, that has my mind racing all sorts of ways. The issue of being ablo to do/connect to dreamer, however, seem the most pressing.
Looking forward to my reply .
|08-07-2010, 02:33 PM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Torrance, CA
What "CAN'T" you do in a dream?
How's it going?
My first thought is "ME TOO!" I have this web site that I have just stopped working on and writing on...I just don't feel inspired to work on it...I have in the past, but for now, I'm not feeling it...so I just go with that.
I know I have not lost (if I even ever had any) skill in writing...I am just not connecting to that inspiration to write...
You could get into a discussion about creating inspiration vs. following it, but that is just the endless chicken/egg discussion that doesn't conclude , so let's not go there.
I think, if there is something you really want to dream that you CAN do, then you will not have to struggle TOO much with the building of that skill in your dream...
...I just starting playing the guitar...I am going at my own pace, and I don't struggle with practice, I just pick up the guitar and pluck for a while until my fingers hurts, then I put it down. I have no attachment whatsoever on an outcome on playing music, some day I might...or I might just get bored and quit...for now it's fun...if it stops being fun, there are always dream pawn shops
So, if you really want to sing...then SING! screw what it sounds like...if it makes you feel good, just sing for you...
I apply these rules from Deepak Chopra:
"To be happy at the soul level, three things are required:
You act without effort.
You feel joy in what you do.
Your actions bring results.
All three requirements must work together if you want to experience the happiness God intended."
Hope this points you toward some little truth!
|08-07-2010, 03:27 PM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Apr 2008
Thanks for your reply, there is wisdom in your words, to be sure!
As for the singing, I'm not wanting to sing that bad (and if I do, you'll hear it ), I'm using that example, however, as an example of a possible physical constraint that might keep me from ever ataining that skill.
With writing you could possibly argue that anyone who can type, can write. And that writing well (letting the readers go through your writing with ease, being able to convey ideas clearly and logically) is an issue of a mental state of mind, and so something you could practice (not that everyone can reach the same skill, there is talent here too (but what's that in subjective reality, anyway?)).
You could even say, that if you can't write right now, it would be possible to reach the state of "flow" in writing instantly.
While with singing, there is more than just mental issues. There is the physical. With singing, you'll need to be able to control your body in a certain way.
At least, that's what I'm wondering.
Does it matter if the skill you are trying to acquire is mental or physical? Is it in both cases something you already know, but that you are somehow blocking access to (and that a physical skill is something your mind needs to teach the body, not something your mind needs to learn)?
And that's the heart of my questions, what does it mean if you can't?
Is it lack of skill, or a lack of letting the dreaming operate through you?
And what does that mean for practice? Is practicing the acquiring of skill for the mind and/or body, or is it a training of believe and letting go, giving room for the dreamer to come through?
If you take the way Steve is looking at the world (or my understanding of it), you could say we are all lenses and the dreamer shines through us all. The lens will determine part of what we are and since we all have different dirt on our lenses (our beliefs, you might say, that come from upbringing, peers, etc.), we all have different skills/abilities/ideas, since we are all blocking different parts of the dreamer.
You could also say that the dreamer is the source of everything when you create. It's joy, love and fun. And so the most purest of these forms will shine through you when your lens is completely clean. Or polished the best. (Where being clean is a state of mind and polished something you can "practice".)
I don't know. My mind is racing with thoughts on this and I'm sure I'm not clearly conveying my thoughts here .
But what is skill and what is talent? Is it something to be practiced, or does it come with unlearning blockage? Letting go of ego, ideas about good and bad, and all that stuff? Not judging and not expecting. Just being/doing. Letting the dreamer come through (and does that mean we'd all write the same if all our lenses would be equally clean?).
Someone, please make sense of this, my head hurts!
|08-07-2010, 10:24 PM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Torrance, CA
Maybe you are asking if you CAN overcome somethings that seem set??? Like you can't choose to be a black man if you are currently a white woman?
Let's say there is a set of limits that are SOUL imposed for earth life...life my wife is from Japan, and she can't hear the difference between "la" and "ra" sounds...
Could she change that???? I suppose she COULD, but there it would require GREAT effort...
Just like a person that is a white woman, she COULD become a man, and maybe even black in skin color....with GREAT effort...
You CAN do anything, I just like doing things that come naturally with no effort.
Hope that helps!!!
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