To anyone out there still reading this, I’ll be returning shortly (and at first probably a bit slowly then picking back up the pace) to blogging here at Indistinct Union. The time I have spent with the start-up at The League of Ordinary Gentlemen took more time/energy than I had initially anticipated. But it’s all good because that has turned out to be a very successful (so far, knock on e-wood) and very fulfilling experience for me.
So my political, economic, military, foreign policy blogging is all over there.
At the beginning of this year I began to experiment with a new form of writing-meditation based on the philosophical writings of Ken Wilber wrt his work on perspectives and what is termed integral post-metaphysics. For my initial post introducing that theme here. That bore some interesting fruit in a series of blog posts examining other writer’s pieces from this lens. (e.g. here). They are filled under the Integral Calculus Categories on the bar to the right for those foolish enough to desire to read all of them.
I found that a freeing, enlightening, moving, feelingful kind of experience. But I could tell since I was starting first with the views of others, it was still distanced from me. I was looking for a way to initiate the process more from within my own experience. It was then a few weeks later that a friend turned me onto the work of (sadly now deceased) David Grove called Clean Space. For my entry on that here.
I’ve been way too busy in since then (about 2 months ago), to really roll with this, but am now feeling the drive to come back to this set of practices, ideas, explorations which revolve strongly around the idea of each of us having our own unique understandings/creations of landscape through the use of metaphor.
Clean Space practice-feeling-thinking (it’s hard to call it any one thing) relies on the idea of imaginatively (and literally-concretely) locating/placing certain aspects of experience in certain spaces. And then speaking as if from each space.
This all connects very deeply with Wilber’s notion of the perspectives and links up perfectly with Wilber’s core metaphor (metaphor-scape) for his own work which is as a map. A map of consciousnesss–i.e. interior location.
I’m sensing that this blog will become the platform for me simply to share in some sense the experience of walking through this world of ideas, metaphor, practice, inner feeling and the like. [I’ve added a Clean Space category on the right to keep this series]. One of the central insights of Grove’s work was that the metaphor space creates a bit of healthy distance. He originally worked with people who suffered brutal traumas and found that traditional psychotherapy might bring people back into the pain thereby re-traumatizing them. The metaphor world (of their own creation) was somehow a place of more safety and clarity.
So to apply Wilber’s insights to the Clean Language/Clean Space/Metaphor Realm–the writings here are an interpretation of my experience (itself already an interpretation) being with the metaphor space. As Wilber says, it’s all an unending cascade of perspectives-choices-experiences. Also I should say that my way of doing all this will incorporate some other elements and is therefore probably not a precise version of all this. e.g. Some dipping on occasion into Eugene Gendlin’s work on Focusing.
My buddy Ian Johnson who turned me onto all the Grovian work–his application of the work here–led me once through a process growing out of these ideas. I’ll be working off that initial exploration with likely more to come in the future.