WITHOUT IMAGES WE ARE CAPABLE OF LISTENING TO EACH OTHER
Four discussions with young people, Saanen, 1968
Summary of Contents:
1. Why do I want to fulfil myself? - 17 July 1968
Duration: 72 minutes
What are psychological needs?
Why do we want to express ourselves?
Is there such thing as fulfilment?
If I am not seeking contentment, what happens to the energy I have called discontent?
What is the right use of energy?
How is the centre brought into being and what gives it continuity?
Is there a way of ending thought?
When there is complete attention there is no thought.
2.When are we aware of the image-making process?- 19 July 1968
Duration: 71 minutes
When you look, are you aware that you are the observer, or are you merely looking?
The observer is the whole sum of thought.
The mind must be extraordinarily alert all the time.
The observer becomes established through habit which is through inattention.
My mind refuses to function without images and formulas because that seems the easiest way to live.
The old brain responds according to its conditioning. Can there be an interval between the challenge and the response?
Is there a way of keeping awake without any challenge?
Freedom means the ending of the observer.
When you have leisure you begin to see.
3. Non-fragmentary action in a fragmented world - 24 July 1968
Duration: 76 minutes
Is total revolution possible, psychologically, socially and politically, without falling back into reactions?
We are social, political, religious entities, torn-up and drawn in different directions.
What is the action that answers every demand totally?
We are fragmented and have created a society of fragments.
Is it possible to change myself instantly?
Why don’t we see the danger of belonging to a group or religious body?
Your mind is fragmented and acting fragmentarily.
Be aware of one fragment, don’t say ‘I must be aware of all fragments.’
I don’t belong. I am an outsider. From the outside I act or don’t act.
4. Do we build images to protect ourselves? - 26 July 1968
Duration: 74 minutes
Is it a biological necessity to have inward and outward images?
Is there expression without the self, or is all expression self-expression?
Is it possible to live at such intensity and vulnerability with no defence?
Is it possible not to create images at all?
Can I wipe out the tremendous experience of agony?
Is it possible to live with no resistance at all, without yielding to everything?
Can the mind always be concerned with fact?
I am not asking you to do anything – what is important is to keep the mind extraordinarily alive.