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Sep 8, 2023Liked by Adam Sommer

Paradise is a walled garden... I had no idea. You’ve got my gears turning, thanks. Interesting as you’re sitting with “paradise” I’ve been sitting with “paradox”. Paradox can be a gate to paradise, can’t it?

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I think so. Like 'walling' off nature to create a 'paradise' you mean? That seems paradoxical, for sure

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Sep 9, 2023Liked by Adam Sommer

It does seem that way, doesn’t it?

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it does indeed. Been thinking more about it actually...

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As a lifelong avid gardener and lover of wild spaces I can attest. There's something very paradoxical about trying to "improve on" nature to "create" paradise. And Virgoan as well. You two are getting at something uniquely human here. We were given paradise by landing here on planet earth and most of what we've done trying to improve upon our inheritance is mess it up, yet from time to time, we do create these human paradises. It gets at the notion of progress as an ideal as well. I feel like the answer to these mysteries is something about getting our training and trauma out of the way enough so that the uniquely human expression of divinity can move through our individuality and express itself in ways that we recognize as paradise. I guess that's what having an open mind really is about anyway, no?

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I would like to think so. And yes, it is quite human; There are many layers to this. One I've been thinking more about today is simply around predation and safety. Duh, but there is something profound in that....enter the snake, and the beginning of the story

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Sep 11, 2023Liked by Adam Sommer

Yes, safety, good one. Also: privacy. And a sense of containment. And maybe even just the concept of boundary. I’d say in paradise there must be solid boundaries :)

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All that...and then the need to break them, just like A & E =) Breaking rules and boundaries haha

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So many layers... The snake in the garden... Boy Melissa, quite a topic you opened up!

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"There are many ways to expand the mind, but first, we need to open it. Only then can the universe flood on in."

I loved this. The very first step ... then the rest can happen.

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not an easy one either

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Very true. Maybe having the willingness to be a bit curious? I find that really helps me.

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absolutely! Asking more questions than giving answers is a good metric

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Was listening to a podcast with Martin Shaw and a man named Mark Vernon last night. He described a quality in a person who “speaks from the Eden within”. He mentioned a man named Malcolm Guite as one who embodies this quality.

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