Walkabout Practice Week 5:

Notas musicales by Iglesia Tiempo de Dios - Flickr

Instruction: Look for the dynamic of the field communiqué within appearance. Put differently, envision substance as a message communicated forward by the mind in ongoing acts of naming. In doing this walkabout, give ‘substance’ an expansive definition. It includes anything we consider to be real, and thus includes our own thoughts and emotions and those of others.

On my Facebook page I wrote about using a Jazz piece to focus attention. The song was as follows, try playing it as you read this:

I live between the notes of this song, the silent spaces draw me into a luminous listening field that displays patterns of sound. The relationships between what is heard is where the deepest levels are found, is where clarity and the pristine are felt. From the darkened background comes the light, the non-thing of a melodic movement, a rhythmic changing in three-quarter time that sets waves of emotion crashing on the beaches of memories of old, between imaginings of what could and never be… Still crazy after all these years…

“And the current holds and takes
Him to where the still river flows…”
By Ken McKeon

A friend responded, concerned that I might be grieving over the past, or wishing for impossible things. My response was that I could see where one might get that impression, and even be concerned over what I wrote. But that really wasn’t what I was doing…..

So I said there can be a kind of joy while experiencing the play or flow of emotion as it washes over us, or perhaps better, as an undercurrent that moves our thoughts as they play, riding and bobbing like objects on the surface of a stream of consciousness. As it was with the music, and the spaces between the notes of the melody, those melodic spaces that seem to allow for other deeper memories and imaginings to surface, not in any wished-for way, but just as time playing with open possibilities. My training is to observe these objects without clinging or grasping. To just allow and feel them as transparencies, not weighted or frozen things… to appreciate those allowing, exquisite spaces between the notes, for they carry their own melody.

And so I remembered times past, loves and opportunities lost by taking positions and making choices, a kind of melody of my life. And it played like the song, its structure apparent, and so I understood the necessity for the treasured space for relationships between points and notes.

About David Filippone

David Filippone has been a student of Tarthang Tulku’s Time, Space, Knowledge (TSK) vision for over twenty-five years. For the past twelve years, he has studied TSK and Full Presence Mindfulness with Jack Petranker, director of the Center for Creative Inquiry (CCI). He also participated in programs offered by Carolyn Pasternak of the Odiyan Center. For the past several years, David has curated the CCI Facebook page, which is often TSK-focused, and he serves on the CCI Board of Directors. The CCI Facebook page can be found at the following link... https://www.facebook.com/CenterforCreativeInquiry/
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5 Responses to Walkabout Practice Week 5:

  1. Soudabeh says:

    Thank you David.

  2. michaelg says:


    Your way of weaving music, heartfelt reminiscence, and appreciation for the adventure that TSK opens is all wonderful.


  3. Eliana Kalaf says:


    Very touching. I can feel the silence of your words in the luminous listening field.
    Thank you.

  4. Caroline Sherwood says:

    David, thank you for sharing this rich melody of your life and the depth of the silence between the notes…Caroline

  5. haywardfox says:

    Thanks David and Ken.
    You enrich my life

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