"A university can provide you with a library, but what makes the book you are not looking for fall off the shelf into your hands to give you the material you need is not understood by any university." - William Irwin Thompson, Darkness and Scattered Light (kinda like this book jumped off the shelf, kaboom!, at Kaboom book shoppe in New Orleans)
My blogging bud, Colleen at Communicatrix tagged me with the What's Your Learning Edge meme (p.s. she'll be delving into hypnotism): "I invite you to pick something that you’ve always been curious about, and dive into it with all the passion of a two-year-old on a playground." Goodie!
"Feel free to mention any books you’re reading, classes you’re taking, people you’re learning from or collaborating with, etc. Tell us about the gems you’re picking up, the fun you’re having, etc., especially if they’re shifting the way you look at what you do." - Adam Kayce, Monk at Work, "What's Your Learning Edge?" (p.s. he'll be delving into the Law of Attraction)
"To know the pine, go to the pine. To know the bamboo, go to the bamboo," scribed the wandering hermit haiku poet Basho eons ago. (BTW, all who wander are not lost.)
I'd like to edge myself to draw forth my own innate sage and abide by that sage especially when it veers from convention. To swing when and where my hip feels the beat especially when I'm not on a dance floor. To rekindle the communication that transcends language, that expands the soul and speaks fluidly to Yours, especially when my brain clings to encylopedias. And trust the soul knows how to do this in the doing of it.
And when you come to the crossroads
And you're deciding in the dark
You've gotta listen to the whisper of your heart - Trisha Yearwood, Listen to The Whisper in Your Heart
In short, to learn how to commune directly, immediately, with higher self's Will to guide my soul's highest evolution.
1. plumb my own innate wisdom
So no searching out books, classes, workshops, websites, experts, etc. on how to be a soul pilgrim, and confirm that I'm on the right track. (If I'm supposed to be exposed to an outer teaching, it'll effortlessly drop in my lap.)
I'll be going to straight to the pine, touching the bark, smelling the needles, hearing the roots heave sighs, seeping pine bark tea with the spring water from the Well, for myself. Then sipping this tea with wise children and mischievious merlins for companions. I shall leave the comprehensive, illustrated field guide to North American pines at the library.
"When the living descendant of the lineage of Rumi - his name was Jelaluddin Chelabi - visited Atlanta, he sat me down and said "What religion are you?" I just threw up my hands. He says, "Good. Love is the religion, and the universe is the book."" - Coleman Barks, "Fall in Love the Rumi Way", Beliefnet.com
When I am a stranger in a strange land, without any maps, I want to be able to call spontaneously on higher guidance, be aligned with true north, follow the signs strewn through the universe, and sense my own way Home.
Ian Schrager, born in the Bronx and raised in Brooklyn, has always run his business – by instinct ["not market research or logistics"]. “I always work viscerally. I throw myself into new projects like a man who’s besotted with a woman. It’s completely emotional. When I want something, it’s a gut-reaction…” - "But Who Is Ian Schrager?" French Vogue
2. sway from the hip
"If someone has a reputation for "telling it like it is," he is often said to shoot "from the hip." For a cowboy, such an action would indicate impulsiveness, and perhaps a lack of self-control. For a martial artist, it could indicate total readiness at all times, acting instinctively without need for aim or preparation.
For a Star Child who is totally connected and operational, being "hip" is about living within a kind of FLOW. It is an alignment that happens between nature, circumstance, and one's deep inner self. When we live "from the hip," we are functioning at all times from this balance of spontaneity and Oneness with All That Is." - Daniel Jacobs, "The Star Children"
I twittered today, "i imagine schools where the tongues of color sound light geometry glyph & symbol are teacher, deepening conversation w/ sphinxes, scarab, ravens, river Niles, trees, trolls &"
"Little by little, the planet is developing a UNIVERSAL TONAL VOCABULARY -- consisting of physical symbols, sounds, colors, words, and phrases that immediately invoke virtually the same inner experiences, wherever they appear." - Daniel Jacobs, "The Living Language of Light"
4. just do it even if it's never been done before, learn by doing, the total immersion approach
"The residents of the Haight [pre-1967], remembers Richards, were mostly students and artists, drop-outs from various political movements. "San Francisco was a magnet for those kind of people," says Richards. "It attracted people who had been involved in social protests and were tired of preaching about it." They came to San Francisco, he said, "to be what they were talking about." - Dave Richards, Janis Joplin roadie and her Porsche artist
I'd love to tag Nick Smith, Siona van Dijk, Marilyn, Leah, and Eve to join What's Your Learning Edge? foray. No child needs an invite to explore and expand. It's an open call, eternally calling in sweet song.
p.s. The quote in the headline is from Jon Kabat-Zinn. Imagine I shall be practicing my fluency of the soul language of light, color, glyph, and myth more here. Perhaps a wee less D.J. remixing, and more of my own original live music? Yearning for immersive sensory multidimensional experience that's only possible in the world of matter, beyond bits and bytes. Love to collaborate with a few magical kids in San Francisco to weave together something hands-on in July if you're in the neighborhood (I'll be in the Mission, near 24th and Folsom).
p.p.s. Heeding the truth of my own soul guiding itSelf towards its highest evolution automatically is congruent with the law of One, law of love, law of creating (a.k.a. law of attraction), and glides one to fulfillment, grace, ease, love and abundance.
Art: Children painting mural photo via Rochester Art Center's "art in the classroom" program site; a Lineage II game character, a hip and ready elven; unknown painting of a bard via Druidry Information Pack, by David Smith.