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Old man teeters

The old man teeters, and the old woman steadies them both. Ahh.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on January 30th, 2023 | No Comments »

60-second writings

Write a distinct piece, beginning, middle, and end, in 60 seconds. Find each word’s weight, texture, color.

I am not sure there is much value to me in sixty-second writings: I do not like the pressure element. On the other hand, it is a chute that can pinpoint my mind. Will it convince others? That may not be its purpose or main worth—which may lie in wait for me.

Story was the easiest way to do that. What of description or persuasion? What of haiku?

:- Doug.

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Would not yield to me

That piece (on betweens) would not yield to me, to my pen. Could it be that if I gave myself a game with a restraining rule or two, it would give up its profundity and vigor? Write it like a roadmap, or a cartoon? Make it a pair of reading glasses? Pick a book title from a list? Throw an obstacle, a maze.

Second rule: tell it slant. Never use the word between.

:- Doug.

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Steep awhile

This is important. Steep awhile here.

:- Doug.

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Dream time Finnegans

What are the rules of dream time as in Finnegans Wake?

:- Doug.

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The hearer of moire

The teller draws out, educes, from the hearer something she knows. But also more, for our hearer assimilates what the teller wishes, and accommodates herself to the outside pattern coming from him, shifts the pattern to say music. Making speaks to sensing, sensing bends speaking in response. From whence the patterns of a moiré?

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on January 29th, 2023 | No Comments »

Gate of silence

Let us enter a space set aside through the gate of silence.

:- Doug.

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Temenos: two clear glasses

What might we do to create a bounded sacred space for our conversation, a temenos? Here exceptional events might freely happen. Light a candle, turn down the outside light? Remove the cell phones? Clear the space? Remove the table or sit back from it? Set out two plain clear glasses of water and see into them? Call in the sacred, the set apart, the silent? Tune attention? Attend body and breath, stomach, legs and fingers?

:- Doug.

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Try nonsense conversations

Try nonsense conversations: speak in sing-song gibberish. A child learning his toes, play with your verbal instrument for tone, volume, speed, rhythm, percussion, intent, friendliness, animosity, anger, calm, enunciation, impeccability. . . .

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on January 29th, 2023 | No Comments »

Focus on pathology?

Why is the focus of focusing on pathology? Can it be applied to expand imagination or spirituality? Could it develop conversations and meetings?

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on January 29th, 2023 | No Comments »

What are your moves?

What are the physical and spiritual moves of good conversation? What gestures of face and stomach and wayward feet steel your talking, steal your hearing?

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on January 28th, 2023 | No Comments »

Stopped and stared

In Nachmanovitch’s Free Play last evening I ran across the notion that the purpose of literature is not to prove nor sell but to invite thinking. I stopped running and stared. Yes! That is what I have been about in this book. To vex people into thinking. Together.

Thus, having written it is enough. It is play, and that is its purpose.

Is it to be lasting? What lasts? Nothing forever. What did the cave painters communicate? But they do speak to us. There is a thread.

Threads are pregnant. We are their children. Gestating.

Play with me. Think.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on January 28th, 2023 | No Comments »

Not teaching:

We’re not teaching. We’re calling forth.

:- Doug.

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Useless sieve

Conversing, like play, is useless. Only after, we might sieve its use, that is when our conversing becomes an It.

:- Doug.

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That I play

I play that I play. I play there in converse that I play there.

:- Doug.

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Unmindful

Canst thou converse unmindful of past or future, unmindful of gain or loss, unmindful? Then thou canst enter converse.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on January 27th, 2023 | No Comments »

Must disappear

For meaningful conversation to emerge I and Thou must disappear.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on January 27th, 2023 | No Comments »

To tease

Conversation’s task: to tease two Thous from a state of not being able to play to a state of play.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on January 27th, 2023 | No Comments »

Primal function

The primal function of conversation is not information transfer: rather the growing of community, between you and I, between you and a larger group. More so, converse seems to grow spirit, and not just in individuals nor groups of people alive now, but among people alive across times, perhaps beyond time. Spirit grows. Conversing grows. These may be the same thing.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on January 27th, 2023 | No Comments »

Enacting your fields

Gravity is a field; electromagnetism is a field; waves are fields. We each have a field, perhaps one of personality, perhaps one of the energy we elicit from others. We each are a field. We each enact a field, multiple fields.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on January 27th, 2023 | No Comments »

Overspill

Coming from a place of joy, presence, discovery of other and together and worlds, conversation has this capacity to cause life to overspill its bounds.

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on January 26th, 2023 | No Comments »

P2x3

P2X3: To open up the requisite variety for our conversations means practice, play, exploration, exercise, experiment. So how? When?

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on January 26th, 2023 | No Comments »

Hearing out

How does hearing out work and with what results?

:- Doug.

Published in: Conversations | on January 26th, 2023 | No Comments »
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