Pole Dancing

Posted by Phillip Gordon on Sunday, April 11, 2010
It has been a long pause between drinks.  I have not felt the urge to pen on these pages.  The reason being is that I have not had anything that I have wanted to share besides my mad ramblings, and for me that is not enough.  I want the words here to be more than just my experience, for them to unfold into ideas that will make pith and potency for others to drink upon.  We all have experience, that is never in question, the matter of it, the idea contained within that experience is the gem. 

One of the most extraordinary conditions that the human being faces is contradiction.  What we tend to do is settle on one end of the opposing forces in order to orientate ourselves and feel that we have a grasp on reality, that we are firm in our convictions or master of our destiny.  Even the choice to give ones life over is an expression of control.  Yet always if one aspect in your life is so, then the other will be equally true as well.  This experience we find difficult to deal with, as our brains function on one point at a time.  We stand in a room and turn our heads toward one wall, and the opposite wall disappears from sight.  The wall does not go away, yet it no longer plays a part for us, it is no longer in focus.  To hold two points in ones mind at the same time, to see the two sides to an argument, to allow two opposing emotional states to exist in ones consciousness at the once, this for me is one of the most important understandings in life.  It is something I am currently attempting to allow and practice in my life.  To extend my awareness that I am able to bring attention to the wall in front of me as well as include the wall behind me.  To allow myself to experience the range of emotions I am having at one given time and not determine my life by any one feeling, yet find the idea that is found in them all.

One of the most frequent questions that has entered this current era courtesy of New Age pop ideology, is whether we create our own reality or not.  Some put all the resources they have into this idea and make mockery of any who do not grasp the subtle principles of this practice.  And on the opposing spectrum others are handing it over like crazy to the idea that we are but expressions of a force that is determining all.  Two ends of the same idea.  Both extremes seem to be the height of human arrogance.  On the one argument, to think that we are capable of shaping our lives entirely solo, through pure expression of our wills and mastery over our environment.  This does not take into account all the givens, family history, genetic impulses, other people in your life, cultural background, and current worldly trends. It can lean toward separation from life, no inclusion of the broad spectrum of influences and actions from other people and nature itself.  Even to the point where if something destructive occurs in ones life, it is their fault for not being the great creator.  The other side is equally arrogant, as ones life becomes based upon the favour of nature’s force.  My life is so blessed because I am such a good person in the eyes of the deity, or idea that one prescribes to, that is creating it all.  I am taking this action because that deity wants me to, because it is the will of that being or idea.  Be it a God or Goddess, nature or science. 

It would seem to me that both ideas are true, that I am responsible for the world I inhabit and my actions and attention, the way I am and what I do with that is my creation.  The way I wield all the human capacity that is mine and every other human beings, that brings about the experiences I care for.  Yet also there is a force of nature, an intelligence in all things that is beyond me, that shifts and plays to its own rhythm, that I must learn to listen to and allow.  A tempest is not my creation, yet the way I respond to it, the way I walk through it is. 

This is a constant dance of observation and action, allowing oneself the eye that can recognise the difference, and taking the steps that you can take.  Life will always have obscurity; there will always be a mysterious force working, one that will never be uncovered no matter what we learn to reconcile it.  There will always be vagueness, a place for dreams and imagination to exist, a dimension just beyond our grasp.  Just as there will always be conscious participation, entering the dance with eyes open and considering from ones heart and head, from ones soul, the true path in that very moment we stand in.  Where that path leads, well there is the Mystery. 



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Phillip C Gordon I am an Alchemist, falling into the fires of transformation over and over as I realise the gold that I am. I choose to serve all humanity to that end, to raise the consciousness of humanity, one by one if that be the case. I am a writer, a speaker, an actor and fool.

Pole Dancing

Posted by Phillip Gordon on Sunday, April 11, 2010
It has been a long pause between drinks.  I have not felt the urge to pen on these pages.  The reason being is that I have not had anything that I have wanted to share besides my mad ramblings, and for me that is not enough.  I want the words here to be more than just my experience, for them to unfold into ideas that will make pith and potency for others to drink upon.  We all have experience, that is never in question, the matter of it, the idea contained within that experience is the gem. 

One of the most extraordinary conditions that the human being faces is contradiction.  What we tend to do is settle on one end of the opposing forces in order to orientate ourselves and feel that we have a grasp on reality, that we are firm in our convictions or master of our destiny.  Even the choice to give ones life over is an expression of control.  Yet always if one aspect in your life is so, then the other will be equally true as well.  This experience we find difficult to deal with, as our brains function on one point at a time.  We stand in a room and turn our heads toward one wall, and the opposite wall disappears from sight.  The wall does not go away, yet it no longer plays a part for us, it is no longer in focus.  To hold two points in ones mind at the same time, to see the two sides to an argument, to allow two opposing emotional states to exist in ones consciousness at the once, this for me is one of the most important understandings in life.  It is something I am currently attempting to allow and practice in my life.  To extend my awareness that I am able to bring attention to the wall in front of me as well as include the wall behind me.  To allow myself to experience the range of emotions I am having at one given time and not determine my life by any one feeling, yet find the idea that is found in them all.

One of the most frequent questions that has entered this current era courtesy of New Age pop ideology, is whether we create our own reality or not.  Some put all the resources they have into this idea and make mockery of any who do not grasp the subtle principles of this practice.  And on the opposing spectrum others are handing it over like crazy to the idea that we are but expressions of a force that is determining all.  Two ends of the same idea.  Both extremes seem to be the height of human arrogance.  On the one argument, to think that we are capable of shaping our lives entirely solo, through pure expression of our wills and mastery over our environment.  This does not take into account all the givens, family history, genetic impulses, other people in your life, cultural background, and current worldly trends. It can lean toward separation from life, no inclusion of the broad spectrum of influences and actions from other people and nature itself.  Even to the point where if something destructive occurs in ones life, it is their fault for not being the great creator.  The other side is equally arrogant, as ones life becomes based upon the favour of nature’s force.  My life is so blessed because I am such a good person in the eyes of the deity, or idea that one prescribes to, that is creating it all.  I am taking this action because that deity wants me to, because it is the will of that being or idea.  Be it a God or Goddess, nature or science. 

It would seem to me that both ideas are true, that I am responsible for the world I inhabit and my actions and attention, the way I am and what I do with that is my creation.  The way I wield all the human capacity that is mine and every other human beings, that brings about the experiences I care for.  Yet also there is a force of nature, an intelligence in all things that is beyond me, that shifts and plays to its own rhythm, that I must learn to listen to and allow.  A tempest is not my creation, yet the way I respond to it, the way I walk through it is. 

This is a constant dance of observation and action, allowing oneself the eye that can recognise the difference, and taking the steps that you can take.  Life will always have obscurity; there will always be a mysterious force working, one that will never be uncovered no matter what we learn to reconcile it.  There will always be vagueness, a place for dreams and imagination to exist, a dimension just beyond our grasp.  Just as there will always be conscious participation, entering the dance with eyes open and considering from ones heart and head, from ones soul, the true path in that very moment we stand in.  Where that path leads, well there is the Mystery. 



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