Transcendent Dialogues

 
 
    Light Form Films is now organizing a series of Transcendent Dialogues.  These dialogues will be conducted and, at times, recorded and/or filmed in Sedona, Arizona.  They are intended to promote truthful and authentic self-expression and self-understanding, by accessing, experiencing and expressing reality directly as a group, rather than through the filters of our systems of belief, preconception, ego, intention, emotional urge, and mental habit.  Silence is the canvas.  Consciousness is the palette.  Immediate perception (intuition) is the brush.  Reality is the painting.
    In order for these dialogues to be effective (i.e., for the painting to exhibit reality), the participants must be prepared to leave a number of things at the door, before entering.

Ego
Prepared or preconceived points of view
Conditional programming
Expectations
Thoughts of gaining or losing

    These dialogues will be initiated by a series of simple questions or suggestions, whose purpose is to direct the conscious attention towards an immediate experience of fundamental reality. Sample questions might be:

    "Is the universe perfect?"
    "Am I a noun or am I a verb?"
    "What is the relationship between information and being?"
    "How far down does consciousness go?  Are quantum particles conscious?"
    "How far up does consciousness go?  Is the entire universe a unified conscious being?"
    "Does the universe have intention, or is this something that beings initiate for themselves?"
    "Is quantum entanglement very subtle epiphenomena, or is it an integral aspect of all experience?"
    "Could there be matter without consciousness?"
    "Could there be consciousness without matter?"

    Some background experience in meditation is desirable, though not absolutely necessary.  The ability to reflect without personal judgment or antagonism is very important.  The mood should be open, inviting, lucid and yet non-judgmental.  The evolution of the group consciousness will be to observe and experience reality as one mind, without past or future.
    One might ask, "Must I give up my beliefs?"
    A belief system is a way of looking, a filter on the camera of the mind's eye.  It creates its own particular form of clarity by eliminating (filtering out) some of the raw data, and permitting only a particular band of frequencies to be considered or examined.  It necessarily reduces and simplifies the whole so that our limited minds can experience and comprehend consistent, essential and representative aspects of the whole.  Any reduction always distorts the whole in some way, in as much as the whole itself cannot in reality be reduced.  What often happens to an individual operating with a definite belief system is that he/she loses sight of the act of reduction (filtering) so as to reach a condition of rigid certainty.  Rigid certainty and opinions are like opiates... clouds that mingle in an otherwise clear and transparent mind.
    David Bohm, a highly regarded quantum physicist and philosopher of wholeness and the implicate order of reality, noted that, "The contents of our consciousness always, necessarily, distort our perception of reality."  In this spirit, the group will be encouraged to remove the preexisting contents and become the context of consciousness, that is,  become the immediate action of perception, itself, allowing free thought to arise as immediate experience.

    The following are intended to be a set of general guidelines for our dialogues, to help nurture an environment of open insight:
    Allow the opening silence and the initiating questions or suggestions to fully resonate until a definite insight takes form that speaks for itself.  Then share this without a sense of attachment to the idea itself.  Offer it as a possibility.
    After you have spoken to the group, let go of any attachment that you might have as the one who made a statement.  There is no need to support or defend your own statement, and there is no need to support or attack any other statement.  We are not attempting to assert the truth; we are not here to prove a point or to display how smart we can be.  We are attempting to uncover the truth as a living experience.  Defending ourselves and, by extension, defending what we have said... binds us to an artificial ego.
    We encourage the humorous, the joyous and even the quixotic.  It is all welcome.  There is a definite place for the court jester, who uncovers the fact that often we take ourselves too seriously.  And yet we are quite "serious" about changing the status quo of our conscious patterns.  We are gathering to practice an open awareness of truth and to practice being free in precisely the way that we are free.
    PBS produced a wonderful television series during the 1980's called, "Thinking Aloud."  The name itself was wonderful.  The word, Aloud, had an obvious double meaning.  It meant both "out loud" and "permitted."  We are encouraging the participants to enter freely into the process... the flow... of thinking.  What we are attempting to diminish is the habit of freezing thought.
    David Bohm said, "Thoughts, concepts, words are the dregs of experience.  They are the abstracted skeletons of living consciousness."
    In order that we might begin "on the same page," Chris and I have created a list of some suggested reading.  This is not to say that we will be able to fully prepare for these dialogues through reading, like we would prepare for an examination.  The suggested reading is not intended to fill us with specific thoughts and ideas, but rather it is intended as a practice to begin letting go of some of the habits of mind that bind ourselves up in frozen thoughts... to release us into a living reality.  What we hope to do is to drift off the "page" together, to float freely into a condition of deeper insight and freer, more joyous and inspired awareness.

Suggested reading:  Books and essays by any of the following authors and/or texts:
David Bohm, Gregory Bateson, Teilhard de Chardin, Arthur Lovejoy, Christian de Quincey, Francis Vaughn, Ken Wilber, Ervin Laszlo, Fritjof Capra, Stanislav Grof, Peter Russell, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, The Dalai Lama, Amit Goswami, Robert Nadeau, Menas Kafatos, John Gribbin, Jack Kornfield, Sri Aurobindo, William James, Roger Walsh, Dean Radin, Willis Harman, James O'Dea, The Upanishads, The Vedas, N.C. Panda, Roger Penrose, Albert Einstein, Erwin Schroedinger, Sir Arthur Eddington, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Ramamaharshi, Paramhansa Yogananda, Juddi Krishnamurti, Ram Dass, Sharon Salzberg, Walt Whitman

Suggested web sites:  IONS (The Institute of Noetic Sciences),
 
 

    Warm regards,
    Carl Schmidt
 
 
 
 
 

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