Meaning: The Stuff of the Mind
We are conscious of ourselves and our worlds
according to what they mean to us.
The aim of this seminar is –
To involve you in what is sometimes a hopeless and hapless adventure – trying to fix your own mind, with your own mind. Things like love and work and ziplines mean something to particular persons. If how they get so screwed up is beyond you because their perspectives differ from yours, may raise the question: but which one of you is a nut case?
People are made of meanings. Some will get you where you want to go but more will take you someplace else – particularly if you depend upon the meaning of things provided to you by the pop culture. There are folks for whom the meaning of life begins to dissipate at mid-life or age three. What you want things to mean can only be accomplished by making them mean that. What you do or don’t do means something to other people. If their something and your something don’t jibe, you have a problem.
What does it mean to do what you are about to do? What does it mean to fail to do what you should be doing? If your life is enriched or impoverished by the meanings of things you can impose, what part does meaning play in your life? Is it possible that some people misinterpret you sometimes? If so, what part of that problem are you?
Obviously, meanings are the building blocks of life. If the building blocks that you use can’t support the life that you choose then you may want to change the building blocks you use. This seminar is a wide-open exploration of all of the issues surrounding the notion of MEANING.
The mantra for this seminar is –
Nothing arrives at your senses with its meaning inscribed on its back.
The how of this seminar centers on –
Offering the perspective that meanings are not things. They are the stuff of our minds and we go where our minds go.
If you change the meanings you impose on the world, you change. You change because when you do, the world you know changes. It lives only in what it means to you, and what you mean to it. Whether meanings are made for you, or you make them, either way they will make your life what it turns out to be.