If you are such a person, could you please step up to the plate? Because I believe we've got some talking (and reckoning) to do.
First off, I'd like to collect wish-lists. Yes, that's right: WISH-LISTS. You get to say what you wish for! Be careful now. You have to deal with getting what you wish for - no matter what it is. If your wishes come in twos, then that's how they come. Deal with it, it plays just as well as you do. Stay AWARE of it. No need to ascribe BLAME. It's all a symptom of CHANGE.
No need to worry about there being significant danger that what you wish for will immediately materialize. That's not likely but it's really OK to get every bit as wild with this WISHING for what you want as you will allow yourself to get.
"The improbable, we can do. The impossible may take a little longer!" So there is every reason for you to Please To Get Wild.
My prediction is: You'll be better off if you go for it even if you feel unprepared. No one is ever prepared, despite their belief. I'm not talking about the obstacles, even though they are always there. For now, forget the obstacles. For now, let them go for we who wish for a "free-fall zone for wishes."
Hit me with 'em, PLEASE? Whether or not you think I'm ready? Whether or not you think you are ready? We're all a part of some experiment, some evolutionary experiment of the Divine Consciousness, whatever the Ephemeral Teachers can/will divulge. If you're comfortable with the understanding of how a BeeHive operates for the benefit of the bees - humans are inconveniences to bees despite the antiquity of their relationship.
[Side bar: I was introduced to this approach to wisdom by followers of a materialist-oriented branch of Buddhism called Nichiren. I appreciate the sly irony of Nichiren, have friends who can chant Nam Myo Ho Renge Kyo to the Gohonzon as an emanated, scrolled copy of the Fourth Lotus Sutra for an altar honoring the ritual ceremony of chanting. My contacts with them have not been close Sakku Gakai encounters, I've been exploring other paths - and in all cases, understand that they all lead to the same Light.
So - NO BLAME, as the I Ching says. Implacable good advice, that is, that: "No blame."
"Letting go" may not mean "never ever reflecting back upon it". How else can it become your meditation?.
Back to The Wish-Lists: Here's my up-to-the-minute-take-on Some New Post-Paolo Developments Happening at Arcosanti.
From wherever I stand/sit/lay me down, those developments look to be Useful & Interesting.
Whatever it takes for for Useful and Interesting New Developments to materialize will be interesting, eh what? Well it can't be irresponsible to charge them conscientiously, faithful to the interdependence of all beings, the ideals of all our teachers, ith good agenc. Even Paolo, once we accept the value of Cause and Effect.
"Be it ever so humble, there's no place like Home?" [Mid pleasures and palaces, wherever we may roam, be it ever so humble, there's no place like home?]
"Remember the good, gay Times, dear," J's granny advised.
I do, dear Granny, I DO. I DO, I DO, I DO. And the way I do my I DO is: I do my best to not forget:that "Change" is the linguistic equivalent of "Likely To Happen."
Repeat: CHANGE IS likely to happen.
Drowning in the waters through which we all must travel on the way to death from birth isn't how I'd prefer to celebrate the trip. But that how it happens, gentle readers, that I ask you:
WHAT IS IT WE WISH TO SEE? WHAT DO WE WISH FOR OURSELVES HERE? HOW DO WE WISH TO BE PERCEIVED?
For example: ARE ALL THE WATER-SITES ON THE SITE OF ARCOSANTI CONNECTED? IF SO, HOW? IF NOT, HOW NOT? WHY NOT?
WHAT DOES THE INTEGRATION OF THE WATER SYSTEM HAVE TO DO WITH IT?
Stay tuned. That question is A Big One. It was brought up by Karen Cartwright of Accurate Backflow in Tucson, who knows and understands water systems, plumbing wise. Pinwheeled me back to the assertion made by Paolo Soleri that he was "merely the plumber."
It was the self-deprecation - intended or not (I think it was) - that got to me. Had he meant to make a statement of humility? It seemed so to me, But how close was he to the movement of water at home? I don't know that for sure. How close was he to the movement of water coming from somewhere, needed elsewhere, where plumbing is essential? It didn't seem his forte, quite frankly. But I'm certain that he was concerned enough about the movement of water at Arcosanti (it was, after all, meant for himself with his wife); to acknowledge its dependence upon its plumbing.
Too bad he didn't get to meet Karen in his lifetime. She's his kind of plumber, if ever there has been one. Yes, indeed.
We'll leave that with the Higher Power for now, Safe enough there for that. Let's get on with "Triple Bottom Line Accounting" for the emerging ArCooperative.
I like this! And I wager you will, too:
Yes, come to think of it, thinking of my crew of staging hands at Arcosanti, on my own Wish List is a proposal for undertaking a new Theatrical Production of Anouilh's ANTIGONE as a fund raiser for the new acoustic baffle that is needed for the Colly Soleri Music Center's sound stage, to provide quality performance space for the Spoken Word.
Welcome, Improvisational Drama, Poetry Slams, Shakespeare, Flamenco - what you dare!
LET THE DREAM BEGIN TO PLAY AS WELL AS IT CAN DANCE ON STILTS!