CURRENT TOPIC: Between & Betwixt

Last update 10th February 2018

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

— Victor Frankl

This month I found it really hard to find resources on the topic.  From what I can gather most people say that 'God' or 'love' is the substance between all things and don't extrapolate beyond that. So my offerings for this month are a little sparse!

What I expected to find were people talking about how the betwixt is a doorway into a more magical reality of ourselves:  one where we are more aware of our fluid, changing nature.  We experience ourselves as solid and separate beings when there reality is not this at all.

For me ....

the mist blurring the boundary between my garden and the outside world 

the place between sleeping and waking

the end of one year and the starting of the new

the 11 year old who is both child and adult

the 10 mins of golden light at the very end of the day

the rainbow holding both the rain and sunlight ....

all these fleeting moments unlock me from that rock solid default perception of myself (and my life) as a fixed and bound by time and space.  

In the between and betwixt things are different than how they appear and nothing fits into it's prescribed box - our perception isn't enough.  For me the between and betwixt place is a fleeting glimpse of a much bigger, more expansive 'imaginal' perception;  the world of "yes and" where "this is true also this is true".  In my Celtic culture it is also the place where the stories, songs and faeries emerge from.    

So my resources this month are aimed to help us think about ourselves with a between betwixt lens.  Enjoy!

We are not solid, static & separate: we are WATER, a flowing boundless energy

An expansion beyond language

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It is through language that we describe and therefore create the world we live in, and it is through language that we describe and therefore create ourselves. If the world is difficult and life is difficult, it may not be that there is something wrong with life or the world—it may be that there is something wrong with our descriptions…........

So language is, on the one hand, a prison: we are literally locked inside language, created by, defined by language, and can only see as far as we can say. On the other hand, language can also free us: it can open our imagination and allow us to reach out to the world—and fly beyond it..............

 

We hold onto objects we have created with our language, objects that don’t exist as we imagine that they do, and we suffer. If we could experience language as it really is for us, we could be free from the suffering language creates. This doesn’t mean that we would be free from pain or sorrow. Only that we would be free from the special sort of anguish that human beings feel when they are lonely and estranged from themselves, others, and the world. This thought lies at the heart of Buddhism. The first three practices of the eightfold path are right view, right intention, and right speech.....

 

People sometimes ask me, what is the Buddhist view of this or that? But there is no Buddhist view of this or that. The Buddhist view is a non-view, but not a non-view that is the opposite of a view, a wishy-washy noncommittalism. Non-view includes various views that arise in response to conditions. Non-view is an attitude, a spirit of openness, kindness, and flexibility with regard to language. Non-view is a way to stand within language, to make use of language, to connect without being caught by—and separated from the world by—language.