etc: presence, balance, change

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"When you begin to recognize awareness as a primary causative reality (Rodger Sperry, from his address upon receiving the Nobel Prize), change does not require a secondary act of will. Attention is the key to this recognition. When attention is fragmented you have observer and observed... thought needs a way to impose its purpose on the object (body, emotion, thought). ... an act of will seems neccesary. ... Once you recognize that change does not come from tensing toward some accomplishment in some projected future (linear Timescape) you drop the future oriented tensing, and find yourself effortlessly present - opening the possibility for transformation."

"You can play off each other with this lightness like a dance. If you're not grabbing in your breath and identifying yourself as having an object-level body, you can push one another... without tensing as your whole [structure] moves and reorganizes itself so that you don't feel increased presssure... stay connected with your partner as well as the ground. ... If you arbitrarily move, without waiting to be pushed, then you're anticipating, not present. This would cost you in a fight."

Let's take an example... I'm sitting in the circle and I see myself and become self-conscious and I have an insight that I've been protecting the false-self, or I'm frightened of not being accepted, and so I've abandoned mself. If I have that insight, and then I tell myself, "Next time I'm going to do this or that," I've fallen prey to the Pac Man activity of self-perpetuation. The self eats up the insight creating more of itself, rather than the insight changing me, where no act of will is neccessary."

Risa Kaparo in ETC: Vol.54, No.1 Spring 1997

ETC: A Review of General Semantics