DECEMBER 2011

 

 

Nguyen Thanh – Hanoi / Vietnam

 

You obtain your main life lessons through your travels. How to you become more receptive to obtaining these lessons?


We achieve our greatest receptiveness when we let our intuitive observation take over our fixed thinking patterns. When I visit new places in search of new cultures, I try to remain attentive and objective in all situations. My only desire is to wholly absorb the knowledge and wisdom revealed to me in a nonjudgmental and non-fragmented way.

 


 

Sylvia Writers – San Francisco / California

 

“All is One” is a statement that we hear with increasing frequency. Can you explain that further?


This statement refers to the eternal substance from which everything originates and to which everything returns. This substance consists of endless aspects of spirit and matter, which in turn manifests itself in numerous temporary appearances. This applies to us as well. In short, everything in existence consists of a single source which is then perceived through the eyes of different observers. This goes for thoughts too. A thought can never reflect more than only a fragment of this reality. When we really reflect on this, we realize that everything is connected and, therefore, is one and the same.

 


 

Szymon Konieczny – Wrocław / Poland

 

Many people have an ethnocentric view on the world. How dangerous is it, and how can it be changed?

 

Ethnocentrism is without a doubt, one of the primary causes of racism, sectarianism, and other forms of discrimination, which engenders hostile attitudes towards other cultures. An ethnocentric person considers their beliefs, values and customs as being the only correct ones. An unfortunate consequence of this regrettable socio-cultural conditioning, is that ignorance and fear is passed to, and even imposed upon, future generations. There is only one solution to ending ethnocentrism, and that is to rid all doctrinal concepts in order to permit free thought.

 


 

Maryori Vivas – Bogota / Colombia

 

How do you proceed in writing universal literature?

 

Universal literature is an experience between form and formlessness. The writer’s mind wanders into a mysterious dimension where form does not exist. The author has to, first and foremost, be receptive enough to recognize the messages that are universally valid. Then he has to find the appropriate words to convey the pure nature or universality of these messages. And finally, the writer has to strip these messages of any cultural characteristics and other trivialities.