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Quest is what we really care about. Quest is yearning for beauty, love, truth.
Quest is the exploration of who we are and who we must become.
Quest is aliveness. It is totality. It is revolutionary.
What should we do with our time, money, skills, talents? How can we maintain our integrity in a world where power, success and money are valued above all else?
What is real and what is false in your life? In what are you are insensitive? What issue do you find impossible to resolve?
It true friendship possible? Is relationship without betrayal, misunderstanding, forgetfulness, possible? Is love in society possible?
Can spirituality exist without superstition, dogma, authority, belief, and the expectation of rewards? Can spirituality reform the acquisitive spirit?
Does politcs have to depend on the use of force? Does it have to be adversarial?
Is it possible to respond to a political issue in a non-political way? What would it mean to develop exquisite sensitivity to the
of the community?
Is it possible to overcome our biases? Is it possible to find the truth of a perspective or person? What is truly important to know?
Can we combat mass culture? Are there objective standards for culture? What is the purpose of art? What is the difference between outer and inner beauty?
Can the use of money be a force for good?
Why do we fight our own brothers? Is force necessary? Is understanding possible? Can we resolve conflict before it starts? Can we put an end to war in ourselves?
What is your calling in life?sss
One hour meeting at a downtown cafe to review the topic 'What is your calling?' Each participant can select one Perspective to discuss, esp. with regard to their own position in life.
Action. Go downtown and spend thirty minutes handing out Visionary Society pamphlets on 'What is your calling?' Talk with each person briefly, explaining our purpose and how to get more involved.
War in the Ukrainesss
Let’s admit that we really don’t know what the objectives of either side are or what the real causes of the conflict are. But to be honest it doesn’t matter very much. The main thing is not to take a side just because we happen to be on that side. We owe it to ourselves not to be bamboozled.
Why are you suffering?sss
How should we respond to suffering? Can we respond without wallowing in self-pity? Or can we turn it into a song? Can suffering be used for self-transformation?
Suffering can help us find what’s at the very root of our life. Or it can be debilitating, destructive, impossible to endure. In this meeting we will explore several insights about suffering (from Abraham Heschel, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Buddhism). Then, we will engage in Practice (Visionary meditation), to see the place of suffering in our own life. Finally, we will see how we can use suffering for self-transformation.
How can we make night safe for women?sss
It’s easy to blame others for violence in society. But the roots of violence run deep, and we are all responsible to some extent. Let’s begin by meeting to explore the subtle, indirect (as well as obvious) ways we make violence possible. Then, let’s go onto the streets to ask others to join with us in self-transformation for the sake of the innocent victims.
Set up a Peace Brigade for a particular conflictsss
Peace is more than the cessation of fighting. Profound Peace means living in a way that the other person is as important as you. Let’s begin with one conflict, striving to understand the position of those we oppose. Then, we can begin to set up a Peace Brigade of people on both sides.
The Guide should select the conflict.
Ask police officers for exquisite sensitivitysss
Celebration of the Goodsss
Let's meet with friends and frenemies for an evening of readings on wonderful works. Focus this meeting: Quest.
To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go
If you like you may bring a work of art to share - any reading, video, etc. Participants may bring anything they like, no matter how recent, unknown, or unconventional, as long as it reminds us, somehow, of the potential grandeur of life. But there is no need to bring something - we have plenty of wonderful works available!
We will also have a talking circle, to check in and express our thoughts and feelings about what is truly important.
Visionary Society will provide light snacks and drinks. We'll gather at the apartment of an organizer (or other homey location).
Are true relationships possible?sss
The way we have been trained to think of relationships is static, limited, fatal. Normal relationships, whether they are casual friendships or romantic love, are the pursuit of beings who are essentially alone. We never reache the
, and therefore we remain isolated.
What is real relationship? Visionary relationship is a response to the mystery of loss, mortality, isolation. It is recognition that we are on parallel paths, building a common visionary world. Relationship means mutuality. It requires more than a simple exchange. It means that we
something about each other. Relationship means that we are no longer alone in the world.
In this meeting we will engage in Practice (Visionary meditation) to explore the quality of our existing relationships. We will review Martin Buber’s view of the I-you relationship, and Jiddu Krishnamurti view that an ambitious person cannot love.
Finally, we will discuss a possible action, Friendshape. Friendshape is for those you want to keep alive in your heart, including an alternative marriage contract.
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Quest is a holistic approach that brings together thought, feeling and action at one and the same time. It is the totality of a response to a mystery. It is yearning for good, truth, love.
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