The New Paradigm
vol. IV, Number 17

Sunday, November 11, 2001

J. Harmon Grahn, Editor

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Dear Friends,

I can't see into the future more than a minute or two, so what I'm about to say isn't necessarily graven in stone; however this is probably the Final Edition of The New Paradigm. I find I've said about all I have to say, and feel it's time to move into other dimensions of life exploration. If anything I've written over the past four years has been at all helpful or illuminating to anyone else, then I'm glad. If not, at least it has helped me sort out for myself some basic issues, and I thank you all for bearing with me and giving me this opportunity to attempt putting into words a few of the things I have felt compelled to explore.

What I have learned, mainly, is that it is vastly easier to talk the talk than to walk the walk of the "new paradigm."

Love & Light,

P.S.: In case that's a bit too abrupt, maybe I can squeeze out a few more words in essentially futile elaboration. Twenty-four centuries ago, the Chinese sage Lao-tzu put it this way:

"Those who know don't talk.
Those who talk don't know."1

Or again,

"True words aren't eloquent;
eloquent words aren't true.
Wise men don't need to prove their point;
men who need to prove their point aren't wise."2

It is widely believed that words are instruments of communication, and that it is possible to convey meaningful thought between minds by means of words and images. I think communication is possible, and when it occurs is entirely psychic in nature. That is, when a thought, emotion, or feeling is conveyed intact between one body / mind and another, this is a psychic phenomenon, and has nothing or very little to do with any words or images associated with it. On the contrary, words and images obstruct communication in all but the rarest of instances.

Consequently, it is fundamentally impossible to "teach" anything to anyone; it is only possible for individuals who want to, to learn. And every moment, and every place and circumstance, are the perfect "school" in which every-one is perpetually "enrolled," possibly for the purpose of learning, or possibly for entirely other purposes. Who am I, or anyone else, for that matter, to articulate what is "wrong" with the so-called "old paradigm world," or how a supposedly "superior" "new paradigm world" might be brought into manifestation?

"Trying to control the future
is like trying to take the master carpenter's place.
When you handle the master carpenter's tools,
chances are that you'll cut your hand."3

If one is dissatisfied with "things as they are," I think it best for the one who thinks so, to be as he or she thinks "things ought to be." It is futile, in other words, to talk the talk. Walk the walk. That is all.

Therefore, please pardon me for inflicting myself and my words upon you; and conversely, thank you again, and again, most profoundly, every one, for being so patient with me, and for encouraging me in my verbal explorations. If it's words you want, I'll leave mine up on the Net for at least awhile longer; but I can tell you right now they don't amount to a hill of beans, if what you're after is to be the fulfillment of your boundless, infinite potential. There is nothing either I or anyone else can say to help you with that. You can find it within yourself, however, and nowhere else ...if that is what you want. Thank you for your attention.

Love & Light,


1. Tao Te Ching: A New English Version, with Foreword and Notes, by Stephen Mitchell, Harper & Row, Publishers, New York, 1988, #56 (originally published, according to legend, in China ca. 4th century B.C.E.).

2. Ibid., #81.

3. Ibid., #74.

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