NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR Just imagine that it might be possible to experience life as an
unfolding of events indicating possibilities, an open system with permeable boundaries.
And then, imagine that each person could have the power and right to live within
this open system in a position of personal simplicity and direction, thinking and moving
according to individual design, and within a perspective of the whole. Choices made
would repeatedly re-define individual perception. Each person would achieve
relevance and relationship through action. And, then, imagine that individuals might
choose (or not choose) many of these possibilities for their investigations. Then
imagine further that there would be no system for this investigation, other than that
created from lifes experience. Priorities would be needed to select which
events one wished to investigate. Individuals would have to take charge of their
investigations, and reckon the results. They would have to examine their own systems
of belief through conscious enquiry and unconscious exploration. They would observe
and would be significantly influenced by events happening around them, and by choices
others were making. This would result in life within the boundlessness of the
Infinite. Consider, for a moment, the metaphor of air, trapped within a balloon.
When the balloon is full of air there is a certain magic about it, that is true.
And it is a fine thing, a balloon. It floats. But there is also, in this image of a
balloon, a confinement. If the balloon is burst, if you break your own balloon, the
air is set free and becomes part of Endlessness. Maybe its a poor metaphor.
A possible implication here is that, if the balloon bursts, there is nothing left
but an empty sagging balloon. The experience I wish to describe is other than this.
When the metaphoric balloon bursts there is a freeing of contents, but there is no
balloon skin left behind. The metaphor works only with the understanding that the
consideration itself is metaphor, and there is no actual balloon from the beginning.
Now the metaphor works. The boundary of ones life could be seen to
burst (without leaving anything behind other than the emptiness of a used up metaphor,)
letting in influences from diverse sources, and constantly re-establishing changing
boundaries. This would create endless possibilities for growth and development, an
endlessness of options.Experiencing this endlessness, one might discover that not only are
there many roads to Rome, but that there are many Romes. One
might teach oneself to continually evaluate self-learning, playing the part of both the
teacher and the student. Everywhere in life there could be opportunities to open and to
close; to engage and to disengage; to fill, to contain, and to empty. And one might
be able to choose which of these opportunities to use according to seriously constructed