Right. But there’s a lot to be said about the dynamic of having a meeting or getting together with people, who just want to keep it very informal; there’s a real bonus to actual presence.
In this day and age of Facebook and phone calls, texting and emails, there’s a vibrating dynamic energy when meeting people face-to-face. If nothing else, it is quite fascinating and interesting; it’s a little bit more of substance than writing something on a blog or in a book.
You know, I always think to myself am I keeping everything in good balance? No matter what goes on, it all seems to be about living life, with all the same tools you had before but maybe used in a slightly different way, with a little bit more acceptance and a little less resistance. Even though that’s not necessarily the goal, it can often feel that way.
‘Everything that seems to arise is seeking. Working, raising a family, going to church, attending satsangs, going to therapy, writing a musical, dating, getting married, donating to charity, volunteering for a worthy cause, breaking and entering to fund the heroin habit, drinking to oblivion, lashing out in anger, trying to be a better friend/spouse/parent, saving the planet, trying to scrape through the credit crunch, devoting all your time and energy to caring for an elderly parent, getting through the chemo, grieving for your lost child; it is all the same thing. There is some nebulous goal at the end of it: this life of mine will work, it will mean something, I will feel good about it, I will achieve it with some modicum of grace…
‘The goal has been met, it is always being met. Whatever the story seems to be, however difficult life’s circumstances, or blessed, the goal is met. This is the goal’ [The Ultimate Twist, p.60].
[Interview conducted Spring 2011]