Sense of Something Coming

I am like a flag in the center of open space.

I sense ahead the wind which is coming, and must live it through,
while the things of the world still do not move; the doors still close softly, and the chimneys are full of silence.
The windows do not rattle yet, and the dust still lies down.
I already know the storm, and I am as troubled as the sea.
I leap out, and fall back,
and throw myself out, and am absolutely alone
in the great storm.
-- Rilke

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The important thing to understand
are the ways in which people together follow grammars, and how their own social worlds are created through this following.
Most forms of conflict are played out within some frame, a grammar that provides options and moves from which to choose. Following this path is fraught with complications.

One person’s moves are always governed by the grammatical rules that they’re governed by. But these moves only make sense, can only make sense, when the contingent responses of the other are created by and governed by the same grammar.
-- W. Barnett Pearce

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Traveler, your footprints
are the only road, nothing else.
Traveler, there is no road;
you make your own path as you walk.
As you walk, you make your own road,
and when you look back
you see the path
you will never travel again.
Traveler, there is no road
only a ship’s wake on the sea.

-- Rumi

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Walking Through a Wall

Unlike flying or astral projection, walking through walls is a totally earth-related craft, but a lot more interesting than pot making or driftwood lamps. I got started at a picnic up in Bowstring in the northern part of the state. A fellow walked through a brick wall right there in the park. I said, 'Say, I want to try that.'

Stone walls are best, then brick and wood. Wooden walls with fiberglass insulation and steel doors aren't so good. They won't hurt you. If your wall walking is done properly, both you and the wall are left intact. It is just that they aren't pleasant somehow. The worst things are wire fences, maybe it's the molecular structure of the alloy or just the amount of give in a fence, I don't know, but I've torn my jacket and lost my hat in a lot of fences.

The best approach to a wall is, first, two hands placed flat against the surface; it's a matter of concentration and just the right pressure. You will feel the dry, cool inner wall with your fingers, then there is a moment of total darkness before you step through on the other side.

-- Louis Jenkins

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