SEEING AND SENSING SYSTEMS
DATE: SUNDAY JANUARY 29, 2017.
LOCATION: MONTARA STATE BEACH, MONTARA, CALIFORNIA.
WEATHER: COOL, WINDY, OVERCAST.
After reading How to Intervene in a System, I began to ask myself a few questions. The answers to these questions change over time, so although I may have asked myself these questions before in the past, it doesn't hurt to ask them again and see if I am still on track with my values, or if I am growing and adapting. The most effective place to intervene in a system is at the paradigm level. What forms my paradigms? What limits me? What leverage points do I have?
The sky is an integral part of our biome. Its components shield us from the sun's extreme heat, brightness and radiation and from any space debris that usually burns up in the atmosphere before it reaches the ground. The sky represents faith and religious systems, a thirst for knowledge and exploration, and infinite possibilities. It reminds us of our smallness, and our inter-connectedness. It reminds me of the future; the places I will go.
The sea represents the will and ingenuity of humanity. There was a time when it was very difficult to overcome this perceived boundary. The sea reminds me of perception - the ideas that way have can change by increasing our understanding. It reminds me of the past; the places rom which I came.
Sand has this incredible tactile quality. It represents how matter changes over time and we can feel it slipping through our fingers and under our feet. Sea shells, from years and years of processes are ground to tiny, shimmering bits. Any stage of life is visible in sand, from the very beginning to the very end. It reminds me of the present; where I am right now.