Sunday, March 8, 2015

Banyan tree: Loving Bliss, Harbin warm pool, and Quaker "Faith and Practice" book language updates?, As I wait to hear back from Duke University Press about publishing my actual / virtual Harbin Hot Springs' ethnographic book, In what ways might F/friends add language to F&P that queries and possibly teaches (in the manner of Friends' schools) about eliciting loving bliss far-reachingly and as Quakers?


I recently received an email that {Quaker} Pacific Yearly Meeting and San Francisco Friends Meeting are revising their "Faith and Practice" which is all about Quaker Meeting process, and includes queries, for example, for reflection and discernment, but much more. I appreciate the flexibility of Quaker language, - and its respect for the truth of both individuals and the group in words - and for the language itself to become very inclusive through careful consideration of this by Friends as a corporate whole (and for me as an atheist Friend, or nontheist Quaker).

So in Quaker Meeting earlier today I shared that I would like to see more in "Faith and Practice" about eliciting Loving Bliss neurophysiology - e.g. http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Loving_Bliss_(eliciting_this_neurophysiology) - (and the existing F&P book already offers a corporate decision-making process which is fairly caring and loving {http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Caring_and_Loving}, impressively - and includes characterizing process for consensus decision making, or discerning the sense of the Meeting, as a kind of far-reaching democracy).

The loving bliss I have in mind, as I shared in QMeeting with F/friends, is very much informed by, for example, the effects of music of the Grateful Dead, and the communitas and the bliss that was generated at Dead concerts (from 1965-1995), almost naturally, thanks to the GD's music, - but, possibly in a more Friendly manner, these days (not many Quakers quake when sharing their leadings these days, for example), the loving bliss I have in mind which might be included in the revised F&P, could have more to do with a kind of releasing action or relaxation response meditation, and related l.b. for, that emerge in the Harbin Hot Springs' warm pool due to the warm waters, and the sense of serenity from soaking together.

As I shared further in words with Friends in Western Shore Meeting, I said that as I wait to hear back from Duke University Press about publishing my actual / virtual Harbin Hot Springs' ethnographic book with them, I see parallels between "Faith and Practice" as text - http://www.pacificyearlymeeting.org/faith-and-practice/ - which characterizes Friendly process and how Quakers make decisions together as a group, {and Quaker Meeting} and much more, and my Harbin anthropological manuscript which characterizes Harbin, {and the Harbin warm pool} - and especially in terms of kinds of sharing and connecting.

In what ways might F/friends add language to F&P that queries and possibly teach (in the manner of Friends' schools) about eliciting loving bliss far-reachingly and as Quakers?





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