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For 30 years, she has studied and worked with leading figures in the fields of emotional intelligence and healing—healing self and healing society. For much of that time, Lesser was a driving force at Omega, helping to lead the organization, create the curriculum, and spearhead many of its programs, including the Women and Power conferences, which offer a dialogue between women in leadership positions in a variety of areas—government, religion, media, the arts, and more. Today, she is an active board member and advisor to the organization.
Thich Nhat Hanh calls this "inter-being". I really like this analogy, and wanted to share it here with you all.
Thich Nhat Hanh sits on the ground and holds a piece of paper in one hand and a match in the other. He asks us to imagine all of the elements that make up the piece of paper: the pulp from the tree; the soil, the water, and the sunshine that fed the tree; the glue and dye and chemicals that were used to make the paper.
He explains how the piece of paper is the tree; it was in the tree all along; it was in the seed of the tree all along. It was in the soil and the sunlight that nourished the tree. You would see it in the glue and dye and chemicals that were mixed with the pulp to make the paper.
Is the paper soil? Is it the tree? Is it glue, or dye?
No, but without any one of these parts of the paper -- stretching all the way back to the seed, the rain, the clouds, the sky, the sun -- we would not have this sheet of paper. Even the man who ran the machine that mixed the pulp with the glue is in the piece of paper, and his parents, and his family, and his thoughts and feelings.
Then Thich Nhat Hanh lights the match and holds it to the paper. We watch it burn. He asks, "Where is the paper now? Where is the tree? Where is the sunlight? Where is the man? Have they become the smoke? Are they these few ashes?" We sit quietly for a while, pondering these questions. Then he asks,
"And now, where is the smoke?" We look around. The air is clear. "Is the smoke in those clouds? Is the paper the blue sky? Is the tree the air we are breathing?"
Originally posted by deckdel
reply to post by wildtimes
Ok, lets twist an angle into this.
How would the above read, if we add to it the fact, the world is a hologram, your brain and thoughts as well.
This means, ideas, thoughts, anything sensory - is not real, but a projection.
How would you approach then the reality?