Luminous

June 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

“We see what we want to see, not what is actually before our eyes. We look but we may not apprehend or comprehend. We may have to tune our seeing just as we tune an instrument, to increase its sensitivity, its range, its clarity, its empathy….if we wish to experience life fully, and take hold of it fully, we will need to train ourselves to see through or behind the appearances of things. We will need to cultivate intimacy with the stream of our thinking…”

– Kabat-Zinn, Jon. (2005). Coming to our senses: Healing ourselves and the world through mindfulness. New York: Hyperion.

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Camping at Bluewater Lake State Park NM

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/traveler-magazine/photo-contest/entries/64256/view/

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“as soon as we allow ourselves to think of the world as alive, we recognize that a part of us knew this all along….we can begin to reconnect to our mental life with our own direct intuitive experiences of nature. we can participate in the spirits of sacred places and times. we can see that we have much to learn from traditional societies who have never lost their sense of connection with the living world around them. we can acknowledge the animistic traditions of our ancestors. and we can begin to develop a richer understanding of human nature, shaped by tradition and collective memory, linked to the earth and the heavens, related to all forms of life, and consciously open to the creative power expressed in all evolution. we are reborn into a living world.”  – sheldrake, r. (1991). the rebirth of nature: the greening of science and god. new york: bantam.

http://www.earthregenerative.org/gaiamethods/healing.html#quotations

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bluewater lake state park sunset

http://www.thruhelenseyes.com/keyword/prewitt#!i=587614707&k=wTxSR

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“if we want people to see this crumbled worldview for what it is, we have to block the only myth that makes it bearable, namely, the belief that human knowledge is sufficient to get us out of the holes we’ve dug for ourselves and the world. and so we are left with this: if we don’t get an alternative for the current knowledge-based worldview, then the changes we make to the other systems won’t matter much; they’ll be more like tinkering with the engines of an airplane that has run out of fuel while in flight. we call this view an ignorance-based worldview, and we predicate it on the assumption that human ignorance will always exceed and outpace human knowledge and, therefore, that before we make any decision or take any action, we must consider who and how many are involved, the level of cultural change that will be involved, and the chances of backing out if things go sour.” –  vitek, w., & jackson, w. (2008). the virtues of ignorance: complexity, sustainability, and the limits of knowledge. lexington, ky: university press of kentucky.

http://www.earthregenerative.org/gaiamethods/complexity.html#complexityquotations

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North Altar, Zuni Mountain Sanctuary, NM

http://www.arthurdurkee.net/newmexico01.html

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“Some ancient native traditions believe that the world feels our seeing, and sees us right back, even the trees and the bushes, even the rocks. And certainly, if you have ever spent a night alone in the rain forest or the woods, you will know that the quality of your seeing and of your being are felt and known by more than the human world. You will sense that you are definitely being seen and known as you really are…you are an intimate part of this animate and sensuous world.” –

– Kabat-Zinn, Jon. (2005). Coming to our senses: Healing ourselves and the world through mindfulness. New York: Hyperion.

http://www.earthregenerative.org/gaiamethods/reviews.html#blanket

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El Morro National Monument by Adriel Heisey and Kjell Boersma

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“Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Reverence arises when faced with the incomprehensible. And by incomprehensible, I don’t mean that something cannot be understood. I mean that whatever it is that we are attending to can be understood in many different ways. And yet, when all is said and done and we have come to the end of our thoughts, no matter how brilliant, imaginative, and informed, all our logic no matter how grounded in reason, all our studies, there is a residue of feeling that goes beyond thought altogether, as when transported by some marvelous strains of music, or when struck by the artistry of a great painting. A feeling of awe arises that transcends mere explanation. The actuality—whatever it is—hovers in the mystery of its very phenomenological presence in relationship to our senses, including the non-conceptual, apprehending, knowing mind…. We don’t have words for such numinous and luminous feelings, and often forget how prevalent they are in our experience….” – Kabat-Zinn, Jon. (2005). Coming to our senses: Healing ourselves and the world through mindfulness. New York: Hyperion.

http://www.earthregenerative.org/gaiamethods/reviews.html#blanket

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