This application for the Parallel Perception Scholarship was submitted by Jerry Lee. If you would like to offer your support for Jerry Lee please leave a comment at the end of this blog post.
For last year’s contest entry I shared a few visions. One was a mandate to become more involved in the Parallel Perception blog. I did this, spending the better part of a year engaged in conversations on the site. It was a remarkable experience with a couple of points I’d like to share.
I posted many notes over the year. My impression is that somewhere around 90% of them received no response. Of the ones that did, virtually all were critical. I mention this to be clear that my very positive experience was not about personal gratification. Even in moments when I wished it might have been. Rather what I encountered was a number of individuals precisely dedicated to celebrating and expanding lessons learned from personal interactions with Lujan. A primary number of the blog participants have taken workshops with Lujan. A few of us, including myself, had and (in my case) still have not.
Focusing almost exclusively on the specific lessons learned from Lujan took time for me to appreciate. Focusing on the material was why I was there, of course; the challenge was to recognize my intended contributions for what they were. I found that the line between relevance and distraction was not always where I thought it was.
It was a learning process. Sometimes painful. Always resonant.
In the end, my perseverance with the forum and its focus allowed me to appreciate some of the profound revelations directly provided by Lujan and others. We covered material that I would characterize was equivalent to an entirely new book by Lujan. And of most profound implication, I became instilled with an improved ability to maintain my raised awareness as an ongoing capacity in my daily work. My life has been transformed in this sense ever since.
I highly recommend a visit to the site, and a bit of fortitude to find your place there.
In honor of the blog participants who, like me, have yet to take a workshop from Lujan, I’d like to salute you for your commitment to the community by dedicating my contest entry this year to recommending that Lujan pick one of you as one of his winners.
Best of luck to you and everyone else.