Principle 12 Accumulating Actions 4 and more

This week we continue our reflections on principle #12, “The Principle of Accumulating Actions” which says: “If you repeat your acts of internal unity then nothing can detain you.” 

I was thinking about that principle when I received an email. The email questioned the wisdom of countries allowing in a flood of refugees which might harbour some individuals bearing ill will, and even some willing to use violence against random strangers to advance their cause.

With both of those things going around in my head I found myself reflecting on the big problems in the world (and sometimes in my life) and how my small actions — even if they were positive or felt unitive— weren’t even close to being on the same scale as the these destructive events all around.  


But I kept coming back to the idea that, while a drop of water has no impact on a block of granite, over time many such drops wear away at even the strongest rock. In this way the relentless drips of water produce what is at first the slightest of grooves but which eventually might become a great canyon. 


Apocrypha - or The Official Version Part II

The Official Version”

Here’s the second section of that letter I wrote to regarding “old materials”. As I mentioned in the first instalment when it first circulated a number of people seemed to feel I was objecting to the study of these remnants of an earlier stage. I hope that you understand that this is not what I intended, nor was it what I wrote. But judge for yourself.


Apocrypha - or The Official Version Part I

“The Official Version”

That follows is drawn from a letter I wrote to an old friend who had been examining, and encouraging the examination of some “old materials”. I
hope you will find it of interest as I think similar issues arise around the questions of the T-Cards, the Method and a number of other issues.

And how could it be otherwise given the range and number of papers, books, exercises, practices etc that were generated by Silo, his school and followers, in the first 4 decades or so of his teaching. Contrast that to the sober two volumes that compose his self-declared “Obras Completas”. Note the name as it is in Spanish not the possibly open-ended “Collected Works” as it was rendered in English but the more definitive, “Complete Works”.

I’m not inferring that this larger corpus should not be attributed to Silo, in an ample sense at least. Nor of course, am I saying one shouldn’t be interested in these semi-orphaned works – after all, I for one am. And any way aren’t we advised to “learn without limits”. Nonetheless, I think it is also important that we understand how, and perhaps even why, Negro distinguished between the works he recognized as part of his official ouvre and all these other works.

Anyway here is the relevant part of the letter I sent. I hope that it proves useful and doesn’t add to any confusion. When it first circulated beyond the person it was originally addressed to a number of people wrote me somewhat incensed that I had “objected” to the study of old materials. I hope that you understand that this is not what I intended, nor was it what I wrote. But judge for yourself.