May 7th, 2020

speaker, coach, consultant

Quote of the day

Photo by Matt Hardy on Unsplash
Photo by Matt Hardy on Unsplash

“The tides are in our veins, we still mirror the stars, life is your child, but there is in me
Older and harder than life and more impartial, the eye that watched before there was an ocean.”
Robinson Jeffers

speaker, coach, consultant

What's real?

Photo by Zach Ahmajani on Unsplash
Photo by Zach Ahmajani on Unsplash

“Intelligence is dangerous. Intelligence means you will start thinking on your own; you will start looking around on your own. You will not believe in the scriptures; you will believe only in your own experience.”

Good morning.

Sorry for the slightly contentious title but what is real?

And everything in between?

To my mind, it's not an easy question, particularly given the way the mind concretises everything.

But then again, we're pattern makers and creatures who need a path to navigate.

If you dare, go back to when you born. You can't remember those first few glistening hours, but you'll perhaps appreciate the experience if you've ever been around a newborn. Everything appears to be a moving, shifting experience. Or you can only imagine that it might be. There is no duality — or that's what I believe. Only later, when names are suffused with identity, do they start to understand praise, reward, love, pain and anger — and everything else that starts to build a human persona. Of course, if you come from a non-English speaking part of the world, your labels are very different to mine and vice versa.  Imagine if someone wanted to be mischievous and gave us the wrong labels. Oh, dear...we'd be in trouble then.

And my point: do the labels describe the thing?

I don't think so.

In fact, J. Krishnamurti said as much:

“The day you teach the child the name of the bird, the child will never see that bird again.”

You might ask what any of this has to do with real life? 

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