Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Friday, May 24, 2019
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Sunday, May 19, 2019
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Friday, May 17, 2019
All over the world, unimaginably huge amounts of natural stone are blasted out of our planet and busted up into chunks and dragged kicking and screaming to the cement factories to be made into cement.
Perfectly good stones for building with, are taken for their last ride up to the massive rock eating machines, that turn them into powder, to make endless manufactured concrete products
Tomorrow, let's look at some of the more natural, less destructive, less carbon-emitting, less fuel-consumptive, less mind-numbingly polluting things, that could have been done with these rocks.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Stone is the medium most able to experience us !
We are it’s ‘other’.
And yet the solid non-ego consciousness of stone remains impervious to the mindless barrier ‘other’ materials pose to our meeting.
It looks for us. It reaches out to touch us.
We are strangely mindful of this, and as we touch it and work with it, we say we ‘know’ the stone, and trust that it knows us.
Stone is only able to be known of us, because we have already been known of it.
If we experience it and are touched by its essence, it is because we are experienced by the stone.
And in time, some of that experience may be given to us.
The question ‘Are you experienced’ has less to do with any skill or knowledge we’ve acquired and much more to do with appreciating that wonderful something, beyond us, experiencing us.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Friday, May 10, 2019
To make Peace takes a lot of creativity , a lot of initiative,
A lot of new incentive,
It takes a lot of beginner stuff, pure hopeful unsullied enthusiasm and ...
It takes people who may not believe it can't be done.
It takes beginners .
Professional people often have only bad experiences to go on, they just seem to know how to make war .
They think to solve aggression they need to be professional.
The peacemakers- the bridge builders build a sense of connectedness between human beings, between us and nature between our small place in the cosmos and the rest of the cosmos.
These bridge builders are all beginners .
A bridge likes this gives me hope, and I hope it gives others hope .
Make bridges not WAR
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Removing the wooden form (the former) out from under the bridge is not unlike taking the training wheels off a child’s bicycle.
For a certain length of time, some sort of support is needed , but then, in a moment of time, that dependence suddenly disappears. That which was there has served its purpose.
The bridge, and the child, have discovered how to stay upright on their own.
The magic happens, and then it’s all just water under the bridge.
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Photo by Franklin Smith
The experience of the last five days felt a bit like the dry stone equivalent of a major musical performance. I had been invited to come to Asheville to conduct members of a guest orchestra . The stone/musicians had not seen the music before but sight read and performed the ‘bridge piece’ perfectly. Bravo orchestra !
Monday, May 6, 2019
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Saturday, May 4, 2019
Friday, May 3, 2019
We are all students, oft times, travelling over bridges we haven't made yet. The knowledge of what is known, and not known, passes both ways. We start from a place where we overlook the obvious and cross over to where we begin to understand the intuitive - all the time never, blocking the flow of continuity - but simply accommodating the course of nature . The stones are strong supporters of such multi-layered education. The universe is the place where all matter, and all that matters, is (are?) compressed into the arc of enlightenment .
Thursday, May 2, 2019
The dimensions for the centring, which will support our next dry stone bridge, have been carefully worked out, and the lines where it will be going, are shown here in green. It will be built by seven students in the next five days.
May 1st. What a lovely setting. You can just see Nels standing where we are going to be building the bridge this week.