The Volcano Effect

First articulated (for me) by Peter Ralston in a contemplation intensive - the volcano effect is one of crusting over after a brilliant & somewhat explosive event.  The direct experience & ones of enlightenment experiences are subject to such an effect. A volcano that erupts first produces magma in an explosive & colorful display. After a while the magma begins to cool and eventually there is a surface of hard lava rock in the caldera. After a while experiences get elaborated on & fade, their juice no longer exciting & one has to go back to the living stream to encounter for the first time (paradox) the enlightenment. Some things , like being, you can only "experience" in the NOW! 

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  1. direct experience
  2. cheng hsin
  3. peter ralston
  4. volcano
  5. philosophy
  6. volcano effect

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Mark de LA says
Mark 2005-12-26 09:42:45 2344
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Note particularly the Art of Listening (item 2) in the above - it is almost profound.

Mark de LA says
An orgasm is subject to the volcano effect , but sometimes leaves some remnants behind in the memory & in the crib. 


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