Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Nonlinear iteration or repetition with a slight difference each time

Nonlinear iteration or repetition with a slight difference each time is something I've been thinking of quite a bit recently. The cumulative effect is like steering a boat one degree off course, which is not much at all, yet days later finding you're thousands of miles off-course to the left or the right of your target.

My point here is that any slight change in a repetitious thought pattern can bring about major changes, and so if everything is connected to everything else, as it appears, we can bring change to any situation!

So rambling on: often I'm reminded that it all comes down to awareness. On this score last evening I took a gentle walk from Lake Wanaka down the Outlet Track beside the Clutha river, and found I could walk slightly faster than kayakers, so I hastened to a high spot above rapids and made some photos.

The camera was desperately trying to focus when I clicked the shutter and I found I'd captured a reality a little different to what I'd anticipated...
clutha-1.jpg

This is what I had in mind...
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Both pictures are true and illustrate to myself at least that to make sense of the fact they are both pretty much of the same subject matter, we need a context that matches both.

So I walk through life of late wondering just where I can place a very small amount of energy in a way that draws events into a context of a higher order, like the first image. All events and situations have a critical point of balance too and once identified we can stop or start anything in our dynamic universe with very little effort, if we know the most effective place to direct our energy too.

We may have to look carefully to find, for example, how to bring plans to dam this river into a focus where people treasure nature, rather than attempting to spoil it in the name of progress and money. When we kill rivers we are indulging in violence against ourselves - if they die, so too will we simply through a lack of water quality [this already happening to thousands of kids world wide daily], not to mention the spiritual...
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This living entity with it's feet in the river knows this also , but we simply don't have the context yet to understand what it knows and what we don't know. Our egos need a little dissolution for starters...
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Blogger Bob McKerrow said...

Dear Donald

One man's focus, is a blurr to another, and if we're not flexible, like one or more degree off course, our perception blurrs too, and when we refocus, we can see the other persons perspective.
Simple. Thanks Donald.

Bob

March 16, 2010 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger Donald said...

Sage words Bob. Thanks. It's so important that we all observe and don't buy into most stuff - that way we see the perspectives of others and this tends to lead to more peace and Equanimity.

I hope the NZ trip went well and wonder if you got up the Tasman with Ablai?

Thanks for dropping by - I'm off now to read your latest post.

Cheers

Donald

March 16, 2010 at 11:20 PM  
Blogger Marg said...

Hi DOnald -

My thoughts are that it is recognising, finding knowing and then acting on those moments that take all the attention and energy. It kind of implies the graceless ease of the concert pianist which masks the many hours of practice and a life of unwavering committment to the purpose to which one is called.
It would be good to live life backwards so we could amke beeter use of the lessons learned earlier.

March 19, 2010 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Ruahines said...

Kia ora Donald,
Love the shades of blue in the photos contained in this post. I am feeling a bit blue myself with all this National disdain for our land, and the fact so many seem to support it. As you allude to, seeminly thinking we have got these approaches right will lead not us, but future generations far off course. Think I must just start a fire and sit in front of it with a wee dram. Great thoughts my friend, kia ora.
Cheers,
Robb

March 19, 2010 at 5:17 PM  

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