Silver Thread Dialogues (STD)
(0r) A Spiritually Transmitted Disorder
Silver Thread Dialogues are Facebook based dialogues designed to help you get free of your personal labyrinth. We are all in a labyrinth being devoured by our Minotaurs but it is not too late to find the silver thread given by Ariadne, who has compassion for you. The little play on the meaning of STD is not by accident, but by irony. The situation is that in our society today we think the labyrinth is normal. Our struggle to fix ourselves and the world, over and over, without success is the labyrinth— the world says just keep trying, you get it right soon enough. But that was ten thousand years ago and nothing has changed except our world gets worse.
Obviously, the Minotaur is getting satisfied, and we are growing desperate as the earth is being destroyed, our jobs are going, and our personal lives are devoid of meaning, hope, and nothing seems to work. We need a Silver Thread. But we don’t need someone to tell us how to get out of the labyrinth because each of us has a personal and unique labyrinth. One map or set of instructions will not fit all. This is where the ST Dialogue can come in as a radical and revolutionary approach to freedom. I will walk with you in your labyrinth and together we can discover the right turns to take.
Lets take a moment to look at why the labyrinth is confusing. We are trapped by the Catch 22, which is an impasse between two right but contradictory messages. We turn this way, and are guilty for not going the other way; we go the other way and are guilty for not choosing the first way. We are damned if we do and damned if we don’t. This is the labyrinth of the mind. If you notice, this is a conflict between mind and heart, thought and feeling, objective and subjective. The labyrinth is us!
The reason we are lost and can’t make a decision free from doubt is that these two messages have different frames of references; they are like two fingers that don’t meet when you close one eye. Subject vs objective is a lose/lose choice because they are of different dimensions or views. One see the world as in me (subjective or what I feel) the other sees me in the world (objective or what I should do). These two views create a puzzle out of which the intellect cannot get. The labyrinth is not logical! Thinking will not help you here. And that is what we are conditioned to do, think our way out of a fix. STD is not a new belief or method or technique or even a teaching: it is a discovery that you can make with a guide.
The dialogue of discovery can bring you out of your labyrinth. You have to create yourself with a new vision of who you are to escape the labyrinth. The Minotaur is you. Are you the brave heroic Theseus? Is your mind as pure as Ariadne? Do you want to make your world a friendly place for you and your family, where you are in harmony with others and circumstance? This is possible. This is your birthright.
Getting back to STD and the Labyrinth: if we are conditioned to believe the labyrinth is normal and that our disorder is order, then what is abnormal or totally different from what we think we should do would be the normal and the real order. To walk with STD is to give up what you know and open yourself to what you don’t know.
We need to make the labyrinth your home; we need to transmute disorder into order. We can transcend the conflicting message through discovering how to bring them together into a greater vision of who we are, a vision that includes yet transcends the pairs of opposites in which we are stuck. Message me if you are interested.
This post was written by ed on November 6, 2011