I didn’t enjoy Charles Eisenstein’s talk at TEDxWhiteChapel – not because of its content … something with the energy wasn’t working. I wasn’t surprised. For a long time I have felt that TED events have drifted away from thought leading towards mediocre entertainment … so it made sense that Charles’ energy would be out of alignment with it.
However this “mix” video built on his voice from that talk takes his energy to a much better place:
A New Story of the People from Sustainable Man on Vimeo.
Is there is a kind of paradoxical relationship between knowledge and experience?
Something along the lines of spirit & matter?
My experiences bring me knowledge.
My experiences also bring me knowledge that all knowledge from experience is tainted.
This knowledge-by-experience may be close (and moving closer) towards true knowledge.
Yet this knowledge-by-experience also seems to be forever temporary … forever removed from true knowledge.
The more I learn from experience the less I feel I know.
I feel I need to detach from what I’ve learned through experience to arrive at knowledge.
I depend on experience to move towards knowledge. I depend on relinquishing experience to arrive.
I was sick yet again. I am usually sick once every 3 or 4 years. Now I’ve been sick twice in 5 months. That’s too frequent. It confirms my general feeling that my reserves have been used up and its time to focus once again on collecting myself … on establishing myself firmly (once again) in energetic health (of the kind that supported me throughout these recent years of intense transition). Fortunately spring seems to have come early, the temperatures are quickly rising (and its becoming easier to supplment the room quickly with comfortable heat) and I now have a decent enough floor space to actually get to work (with some Cikitsa practice leading into Raksana). I am looking forward to it.
This illness originated with Andreea – she caught some kind of cold and it seemed I picked it up from her. My symptomes started in my throat but quickly dissipated and became an overall tension in my body. For a short while it threatened to compromise my breathing … but it didn’t. It seemed to settle in my mind and in my lower back.
My mind was an amazing experience … I went through a distinct process over 4 or 5 sleepless nights. During the first night my mind seemed to be grasping at … trouble. I could not and cannot recall what occupied it, I can say that every thought unraveled into a sense of confusion, everything seemed complicated, unpleasant and insurmountable. Yet my mind was jumping from one such situation to another as if addicted … unreleneting. It only stopped when the night passed and I moved back into conscious waking. The second night was similar but felt less violent, less obsessive. The third night my mind was still jumpy as hell but it was closer to my waking consciousness … it was preoccupied with small things that are actually … on my mind. It did so of its own accord and did not want to stop (these are not critical problems, but issues that I am patiently carrying with me and deliberating as solutions come to me). During the fourth night I experienced a few islands of rest and by the fifth night those islands had grown to … continents.
On an almost parallel track a strain developed in my lower back. It isn’t in my spine, it is in the ligaments that stretch from the spine to the pelvic bowl. Generally it seems that stretching creates a tension, that tension can quickly be aggrevated into pain if I demand any weight-bearing effort from it. Folding my legs and lying on my side generally seemed to bring comfort. Lifting my head too high (on more then one thin pillow) hurt, lying on back and arching my back was impossible. It hurt more in the evenings. Andreea treated it once with magnesium salts … and it seemes to bring some relief. There is still discomfort in the area … walking too much aggrevated it, but it is getting better.
I am not experiencing any kind of learning this time. It is a clearl reminder that I am spent … and its time to change that.
Initially it was difficult for me to consider mentioning this video because it’s a TED talk … and they have been winding down for many years. However this one is a good talk which touches on an important subject: desertification – the transformation of fertile earth into sandy desert. The following image presented during the video took even me (=someone who is involved in reversing desertification) by surprise:
I was “used” to the idea of desertification from living in Israel and I knew it was common throughout the middle-east. I did not imagine that it described over two-thirds of the planet. I particulary noted that even our still-green part of the world (Romania) is fading into a brownish color … which coincides with what we see on the ground here too.
I was very amused that it took a scientist 40 years (and by his admission 40,000 dead elephants) to reach conclusions which to me sound very much in line with Permaculture’s rotational grazing (which is so deeply ingrained in its teachings that it is duh!-obvious [= a high level of obviousness] to me … even though I haven’t yet grazed a single animal … which is, despite having plenty of space, because I haven’t yet been able to provide a proper rotational grazing system!). Anyways, it’s great that academics are catching up and spreading the word:
“The stark realities that persist mean that millions of families will be facing the holidays in temporary homes, or homes under threat, and far too many children will be wishing for an end to the uncertainty and distress their family is facing rather than an Xbox or Barbie doll.”
I actually think that 2nd part has potential to be a good thing. Here is a generation of kids who are being forced to change their world view from aspiring to gross consumerism to a secure and sustainable (the flipside of the uncertainty coin) lifestyle. Is America leading the way in reframing childhood?