Words That Change

Diary of an Unborn Writer #54 – Weightlessly Whiskey

In diary on 22 April, 2010 at 22:18

Learning involves a side to side and an up and down.

Horizontal learning is conducted within a certain paradigm, vertical learning breaks paradigms.

Another way of putting it is that that new knowledge that does not fit in with my current paradigm is simply ignored.

Paradigmatic transformation brings with it the potential to absorb new knowledge, to frame it in a different way or apply it to a greater variety of situations.

The beauty of paradigmatic transformation is that as it matures it is more and more able to accomodate pre-existing and yet-to-be realised paradigms – the latter manifesting as an open mindedness that “my way” is not “the high-way”.

Vertical or paradigmatic learning is thus of far more value than factual or horizontal learning. Wider schemes of understanding can accomodate greater expanses of thought and greater still, suppose that there may be no circumstances of thought.

Something a more paradigm-closeted person will find it hard to comprehend. There may be a space of no-thought for such a being, but this is because they are mainly resting in their paradigm. Meditation as a result will only be marginally useful as an exercise. It’s clearing a limited bathtub instead of racing for freedom of the sea.

Notice how our commentary has evolved. We began by describing a succession of expansive paradigms that are involved in vertical learning, whereas now we are aspiring to a state of no paradigm existing at all.
This is curious and cannot really be understood.

It is akin to a tree after a life of growing taller finding its branches not touching the sky but somewhere by its roots. At that point the tree will experience a systemic/existential collapse. The process by which it understood itself has been so expanded, so intrinsically opposed that its new found understanding – rushing towards its roots – cannot be accomodated in the old framework. Not only does the understanding collapse, but its whole life-experience collapses too.

Like a barrel full of Jim Beam aged 50 years beyond the recommended eight. Its contents is no longer whiskey, its housing rotten and obsolete.

This gives a clue to paradigmatic learning and once its value has been realised – being not the filling of the cask but the breaking open into the free flow of space – now being weightlessly whisky – we can take a look at how to encourage paradigmatic as opposed to virtual learning.

It exists in becoming a paradox hunter – no longer seeking to explain but putting pressure on the edges of where your current understanding falls down. Seeing what ties you down and what areas frustrate you.

As paradigms break down, the mental and emotional will increasingly appear one – thus your reaction to being dumped is equivalent to being told that your finger is no longer an accomplice to your arsehole but has been free-wired to government intelligence-gathering orchestras. You thought you were a freedom fighter. In fact, you are a mole.

Both cases are examples of where paradox detection can be applied.
This is not to endorse a life of toxic frustration but to engage, through increasing gradations of understanding, in an arrival at unmitigated peace.

Others would remark that the peace comes first, then paradigms melt like diffusions of miscorrection.

Buddha said:

Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Sva

Go! Go! Go Beyond! Go beyond the highest degrees of awakening! Oh…..yeeeeesss!

So that seems a good place to rest.

  1. Okay, then, explain to me …I have been back to the same place so many times before where Ibelieved that I made a mistake, but to undo that mistake now would greaty undo me– and those who are the source of my happiness. Yes, my mental and emotional states are clearly one- I feel like crying in frustration and still I mentally choose peace, and get the feeling I am choosing a surface happiness. I don’t know if this makes any sense…

  2. Did you read my post the other day about paradox leading to revelation? http://alexandracoulter.wordpress.com/2010/04/21/principle-7-releasing-old-beliefs-brings-miracles/ Not nearly as poetic as your version, but reaffirming (I think) what you said. I love this notion of vertical learning! And I believe it’s true that we need to break down the walls of our paradigms and see new vistas. Glad to have found your blog. I will read it often. Thanks for your insights and sharing them.

    • Hi Alexandra,

      I did see your blog – I found the link at the bottom of this post in the related posts generated by WordPress. Clever WP! And yes! weren’t we talking about the same thing!
      Breaking vistas. Yes!

      It’s so nice to have an insight into a concept and walk around it as far as it goes. This began as a piece on dimensional learning. I said horizontal and vertical to make it clear but when each paradigm (that word!) breaks down it opens up a new dimension – so three goes to four and then to five and so on. And this is what is happening on our planet now. We are finding ways to break free and break free. Exist in the same space but with an entire deck of realisations. Seeing things inside out and through and back whereas before we would have seen inside and outside. This alarmingly uplifting for me. I like communicating with you Alexandra.

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