Reminder notice

November 4, 2017

It is not a problem of good and evil,

or of love and hate. Or of power and money.

It is a problem of values:

of what’s worth our time,

what’s worth our lives. And what our life is worth.

I believe that life is sacred, and that all has a common source.

I believe that everyone is unique,

and that in that singularity lies the link.

It is my objective to facilitate self-discovery and communion

by overcoming all malleable obstacles.

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Breathing and movement

November 4, 2017

… en d’innombrables movements, nous devons amener dans notre conscience éprouvante un souffle d’abords empêtré dans l’inconscient pour faire connaissance avec sa façon d’être.

Des difficultés surgissent souvent à ce stade: “mes mouvements sont beaucoup plus long que  mon souffle”; “je suis obligé de respirer plus lentement pour adapter mon souffle au mouvement”; “je me sense trop fortement rempli pas le souffle”. Telles sont les remarques des débutants. Tout cela traduit la transition  d’un mode de vie a un autre. Il faut du temps pour éveiller la capacité d’éprouver et le rendre flexible. Ce qu’il faut, c’est de la patience et non pas la fixation sur un mode respiratoire gouverné par la volonté. Grande est l’intelligence du corps, et bientôt le mouvement et le souffle réagirons suivant leurs lois naturelles, des lois que nous avons soit oubliées, soit jamais connues, pour des raisons culturelles ou qui tiennent à l’époque.

La respiration sous la forme du “souffle vécu” est une acquisition progressive, mais qui ne manque pas de précision. Tandis que la respiration deviens peu a peu “mon souffle”, le mouvement primitif est de plus en plus rempli par ce souffle, de plus en plus vivant, de plus en plus expressif. Par conséquent, c’est d’abord le mouvement qui régit le souffle, lequel s’adapte, s’y fond, se manifeste en fin de compte comme un contenu déterminé de ce movement. Tout cela n’intervient, bien entendu, que si je suis présent et si j’éprouve. Or, la respiration a aussi son mouvement propre, par lequel elle se manifeste comme “souffle”. Comme le mouvement lui-même, la respiration monte du tréfonds élémentaire de la vie. Ici, ce n’est plus le mouvement qui est rempli par la respiration, mais la respiration qui est aussi mouvement. 

Le mouvement respiratoire sourd d’après ses propres lois de l’intérieur de notre être – de la totalité du corps-âme-esprit. Nous ne pouvons pas prononcer une seule parole sans respirer, et il faut bien en tirer les conséquences. Le souffle – sourd de l’intérieure, qui n’est ni inconscient ni gouverné par la volonté – engendre pour ainsi dire le mouvement. Un tel mouvement, suscité et alimenté par le souffle, a un rayonnement essentiel, porte le discours de celui qui le produit et est une expression authentique de son âme, sans déformation conventionnelles.

Business

May 25, 2017

What we are doing is taking on the responsibility of buying out a landlord and continuing to make profit from tenants for only as long as it takes to be paid back. And meanwhile, without any more money to spare, we are trying to justify the wait, to make it about more than money.

We are slowly putting an end to the extortion of people who do not have money by people who have a lot, and we are doing it with the money of people of have some.

The biggest challenge is to transform a living space, a community, from one founded and managed by a landlord, to one owned and operated by tenants indebted to people who feel kinship with them while still living entirely different and far more sheltered lives. For debtors to understand creditors, we must reassure them that the struggle is ultimately within, and for creditors we must show the meaning of risk.

http://www.focusing.org/fot/friedman_other_body_interventions.html

is:

  1. thoroughly knowing yourself, what you feel, and what you want
  2. deciding
  3. defending your decision
  4. having support for your decision
  5. understanding the implications of your decision and understanding that your feeling, desire, and decision might be wrong
  6. committing to facing the outcomes of your decision and reassessing ongoing changes in your feelings, desires, and strategies.

and, by extension:

  1. building trust and thoroughly knowing each other, what we feel, and what we want
  2. somehow deciding together
  3. somehow defending our decision
  4. having support for our decision
  5. understanding the implications of our decision and understanding that our feelings, desires, and decision might be wrong
  6. committing to facing the outcomes of our decision, fairly, and reassessing ongoing changes in our feelings, desires, and strategies.

On teaching

January 18, 2015

In order to be a good teacher, you don’t have to know shit, about math, history, physics, or anything. You just have to be able to help someone figure out what it is that they want to know.

If they don’t understand something, it’s because it is not coherent with what they already know. Assuming there is some truth to something that doesn’t seem to make sense, one has to change what is already known. For you to be able to help someone dealing with this they have to be able to explain what they know to you (or someone you can refer them to). Your first task is to facilitate this.

No matter how much they must change in order to accommodate the potential new truth, they must do so at whatever length insofar as fundamental truths remain true to their purpose. Fundamental truths must be recognised and proclaimed (assumés). Helping with this is a teacher’s second task. Of course, if what is not understood cannot be accommodated because certain fundamental truths forbid it with good reason, then teacher becomes student and vice versa, although the question eventually may have to be left aside to await higher stakes.

So simply put:

1) Students must be able to teach (they must be able to explain what they know to others)

2) Certain questions will always be asked, even if they are answered.

Guilty as charged

December 18, 2012

Someone here said that during work there was no time for discussion. Oh, yes! That I understand: To get all the pleasure out of appearances, you still need to be granted the honor of participating in an intellectual exchange of opinions, concepts, and so on. Stanislavsky analyzed this kind of need in the actor. During the rehearsals of Tartuffe, his last performance, he said: “Notice during the second or third rehearsal that the actor who had expressed the most brilliant concept will be then the most paralyzed, most barren, and laziest in the work.” Why? Because he verbalized this whole concept just in order to avoid work.