Monday Aphorism: ESP

Some yearning to be beyond the whatever is; an abandonment of my being, of body, of life, to be outside to be the ideal of my own imagination; to take my seeing, hearing, feeling, that which I am and do, and wish them to be my imagination’s creation, that I can go beyond being…and still be. Wishing to be…my own God; that that God be me?

Instead, why not push my being, extend the senses of each sense, rather than abandoning  being to some imagination about it?  A musician’s discipline – each and every day – to begin the study again as if it were new, fresh. Start slowly. Try for an extended evenness beyond the suddenness of everyday life. Faster: see faster, hear faster, just beyond yesterday’s doing, just beyond what (I think) I can do. Softer:  less pressure, less tension, less… Hear: now, first, in my hearing imagination, the clearest, loveliest, fullest, most musical of all sounds; to be matched in the doing. Each sound beyond, above yesterday’s, yet within the senses of my senses.

More, because I am now more, my senses extended and extending the limits of being. What were fanciful wishes are extended and recreated in today’s doing. No longer abandoning doing to something extra-sensory, some wistful wishes that the world were something other; but becoming the self that creates more, in its own being.

  • Julia Benz

    Your image of the sculpted hand so precise, so lovingly applying tactile pressure just so on the strings of your violin tell me that you are ever more within your body as you begin this thought piece.

    Ironic, the sounds created (by imagination?) transport us energetically beyond – or could it be we are more fully within ourselves making music, overwhelming our habitual perception of ordinariness?

    Extra Sensory, Memory Sensory, Image Sensory? I feel that all our sensory perception is grounded in tactile perception – I do not know where or when in space or time – that gets a bit complicated. Returning to my ground substance allows me to “hear” and to feel grateful for this fleeting gift.

    I’m here in the Twin Cities for several days at a seminar at the Doubletree on La Salle and my window just happens to face south – felt your presence so strongly – I wanted to respond in kind.

  • Julia Benz

    Your image of the sculpted hand so precise, so lovingly applying tactile pressure just so on the strings of your violin tell me that you are ever more within your body as you begin this thought piece.

    Ironic, the sounds created (by imagination?) transport us energetically beyond – or could it be we are more fully within ourselves making music, overwhelming our habitual perception of ordinariness?

    Extra Sensory, Memory Sensory, Image Sensory? I feel that all our sensory perception is grounded in tactile perception – I do not know where or when in space or time – that gets a bit complicated. Returning to my ground substance allows me to “hear” and to feel grateful for this fleeting gift.

    I’m here in the Twin Cities for several days at a seminar at the Doubletree on La Salle and my window just happens to face south – felt your presence so strongly – I wanted to respond in kind.

  • The temptation to be, to live beyond is always present, it seems. To love, to appreciate the body is so lovely with the violin in hand. Just practiced this afternoon, trying to listen more “carefully,” to hear more precisely, to play “in tune” with the body and with the well-tuned instrument, requires renewed attention in every moment. Thanks for “listening in.”

  • The temptation to be, to live beyond is always present, it seems. To love, to appreciate the body is so lovely with the violin in hand. Just practiced this afternoon, trying to listen more “carefully,” to hear more precisely, to play “in tune” with the body and with the well-tuned instrument, requires renewed attention in every moment. Thanks for “listening in.”

  • April

    I love that you say ‘ESP.’ Very clever. :-)

    The last time I saw you we talked briefly about the moon landing. That one picture of the big blue Earth, you said, made globalism possible by offering up the world as something that can be sensed as a whole. Questions of faith (could the photo have been a hoax?) aside, I would submit to you that this global cosmology is an interested fiction. And the interested parties have names and addresses. When our understanding of the world loses all organic connection to our experience of the world, our consciousness (or, in academic parlance, our being/doing) is ripe for the picking. I have started to write down a series of notes to the future. I’d like to think I would’ve thought of this without having taken your class, but who knows. Nietzsche makes sense to me right now; record the available genealogy and pray that the future sees the future before its too late.

    Is this hopelessness? How do we take on the neocons and postmods yet take up neither their noble lies nor their insidious nothings? Monsters and battling them… Blech!

  • April

    I love that you say ‘ESP.’ Very clever. :-)

    The last time I saw you we talked briefly about the moon landing. That one picture of the big blue Earth, you said, made globalism possible by offering up the world as something that can be sensed as a whole. Questions of faith (could the photo have been a hoax?) aside, I would submit to you that this global cosmology is an interested fiction. And the interested parties have names and addresses. When our understanding of the world loses all organic connection to our experience of the world, our consciousness (or, in academic parlance, our being/doing) is ripe for the picking. I have started to write down a series of notes to the future. I’d like to think I would’ve thought of this without having taken your class, but who knows. Nietzsche makes sense to me right now; record the available genealogy and pray that the future sees the future before its too late.

    Is this hopelessness? How do we take on the neocons and postmods yet take up neither their noble lies nor their insidious nothings? Monsters and battling them… Blech!

  • I’m glad you liked my photo for your blog. Interesting articles around here. Will follow your blog.
    Greetings from Spain ;)

  • I’m glad you liked my photo for your blog. Interesting articles around here. Will follow your blog.
    Greetings from Spain ;)

  • april,

    These times are very “interesting.” Negative possibilities include the chance of a violent dictatorship (Hitler took over in a very similar moment!) or a theocracy of someone who seeks equally great power, or…

    In these contexts – noting the vast rise of “strong” religion – in America, and in much of the world – I’ve been thinking of new possibilities of thought. I’ve been thinking more about how to “create” or “inspire” meaning and the future (what my teaching-as-dialogue is toward, I hope): a Meaningful Life, Who Owns the World: different notions of history and of the future which I hope and try to “inspire” in “Next Places” and “Teaching as Dialogue” (the latter should be “up” on this website in the near future.

    So how to imagine a future “beyond” history, envisioning a sense of future without national boundaries (global warming implies this, I think), and create a sense of living a long-est life, while continuing to grow and expand?

    Harvey

  • april,

    These times are very “interesting.” Negative possibilities include the chance of a violent dictatorship (Hitler took over in a very similar moment!) or a theocracy of someone who seeks equally great power, or…

    In these contexts – noting the vast rise of “strong” religion – in America, and in much of the world – I’ve been thinking of new possibilities of thought. I’ve been thinking more about how to “create” or “inspire” meaning and the future (what my teaching-as-dialogue is toward, I hope): a Meaningful Life, Who Owns the World: different notions of history and of the future which I hope and try to “inspire” in “Next Places” and “Teaching as Dialogue” (the latter should be “up” on this website in the near future.

    So how to imagine a future “beyond” history, envisioning a sense of future without national boundaries (global warming implies this, I think), and create a sense of living a long-est life, while continuing to grow and expand?

    Harvey

  • Marcos,

    Thanks so much for you photo. I guess we are both violinists, and hope we seek to play some duets in the not-too-distant future. Mejor in Espana.

    Harvey

  • Marcos,

    Thanks so much for you photo. I guess we are both violinists, and hope we seek to play some duets in the not-too-distant future. Mejor in Espana.

    Harvey