Participation – The Bare Bones

Picture by Moebius
Picture by Moebius

Those that have been following my shenanigans may have noticed that my view on reality has turned. I’ll abbreviate the conclusions here in 4 points, and leave explanations to some future post:

  • We are “coming from” the One, from unity; we’re not going towards it
  • Every being and thing, all moves towards greater diversity and complexity; the consequence for humans beings: we’re becoming more and more individuated and unique, and different
  • The prior unity shows up as participation; every being and thing participates in reality
  • The ‘new’ spirituality of the 21st century is conscious, or rather lucid participation, meaning that one is aware of participating (rather than, for instance enacting a ‘neutral observer’ or witness-consciousness) with every movement, however transcendent that movement may be…
  • So participation, in the way I’ve started to understand it, is an expression of the prior unity across all diversity, and it seems like it’s basic process in living beings is one of receiving > transforming > giving.

When lucidly participating in reality it seems there is no more category that would tell you how to measure matters across any kind of good-bad spectrum or true-false gradient. All matters of concern, and even those of no concern to us, are rather constellated in patterns of participation. If a choice happens within that frame it is one of fitness, “How well does this fit with what we’re constellating here, the carpet I am weaving, the poem I’m writing, the arrangement that I’m in favor of? How well does this strengthen the constellation’s connective sinews, their flexibility and strength to hold this together in the space I prefer?”

There are really no rules in lucid participation; there are just patterns and constellations, which means that the usual moral canon doesn’t work. They’re not adequate to this understanding.  What is generative needs to be determined, if indeed it does, every moment afresh. What gives other beings and things greater degrees of freedom needs to be discovered anew every single time.

4 Replies to “Participation – The Bare Bones”

  1. Like the fours bullet-conclusions. The fifth – without a bullet – no rules. I experience a power beyond human interaction and participation…

    1. Yes, rules are the ways in which people try to replicate realities hoping that the result will be the same. Rules also are great in games of a certain kind. And then there are games where you find out that there are rules after a while.

      The way I understand the participatory nature of reality: experiencing is one of the major participatory phenomena of all. But that may be because I see a difference between influence and participation; so we may participate in realities that we do not, possibly cannot have influence on — except, of course, that even presence to xxx could be regarded as an influence.

    1. Thank you Chris, I will surely take a in depth look. Interesting. I also find it encouraging that an indigenous view would resonate with what comes up here…

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