3. Stop 5 – Naming the Name

Journal Questions

Journal Reflections represent an interior dialogue with your deepest essential reality. While your responses are for you alone, the relational practice of objectifying a response in written form can be helpful in achieving clarity and determining what may or may not have value to share with others.

  1. What objective realities stuck in my memory from the encounter with Naming the Name: images, pictures, objects, sounds, lines of text, etc.? (Quickly re-create a surface-level recall of the experience).

  2. When you hear the words, ?when I give something a name, I choose my relationship to it? what are these words saying about naming something?

  3. Why bother giving a name to the unknowable unknown; to your primary relationship?

  4. Why give a name when the mystery cannot be named; when God cannot be named?

  5. Given the context of Naming the Name, what does it mean to say that, ?God is dead?? What does it mean to say, ?the universe next door is dead??

  6. What name do you give to this unnamable Mystery? What relationship are you choosing with this name?

  7. As a result of the encounter with Naming the Name life practices, postures, or next steps I am inclined to consider include:

  8. Other questions that are raised for me by the encounter with Naming the Name, and that I wish to explore more deeply, include:

  9. * Please star one of your reflections to the questions above and write it in the ?Comments? section below. This contribution is your seed in nurturing a needed conversation among the human family and Village Earth.

  10. What is Joseph Campbell pointing to when he says: ??God? is a word referring us past anything that can be conceived of or named??

  11. How would your relationship to Ultimate Reality change if you were to adopt Al Lingo?s posture that ?God is a verb??

*Please star your response to one or more of the questions above to write it in the “Comments” section at the end of the module. This contribution is your personal “seed” in nurturing a depth conversation with others.

Group Questions

  1. What images or pictures caught your attention in this module? What sounds did you hear? What lines of text do you remember? What else connected with your awareness; what else do you remember? (Recreate a group verbal montage of the cinematic art form without reflection on specific elements but simply bringing the material back to mind).

  2. When you hear the words, ?when I give something a name, I choose my relationship to it? what are these words saying about naming something?

  3. Why bother giving a name to the unknowable unknown; to your primary relationship?

  4. How does it feel to address the one who puts us here and takes us away without our permission?

  5. What is it that allows you to take that which has just broken you open and given you a situation that in many ways you would prefer not to have, and then to embrace your life?

  6. How is one able to see things without the resistance and without the confusion of your inner struggle? Yes, how might it change you to give a name to the giver and taker of all of life?

  7. Why give a name when the mystery cannot be named; when God cannot be named?

  8. Given the context of Naming the Name, what does it mean to say that, ?God is dead?? What does it mean to say, ?the universe next door is dead??

  9. What name do you give to this unnamable Mystery? What relationship are you choosing with this name?

  10. How might your life be different moving forward as a result of engaging Naming the Name? What new life practices or postures are you inclined to consider?

  11. What other questions are raised for you by this encounter with Naming the Name that you wish for the group to discuss?

  12. What is the conversation Nikos Kazantzakis is inviting us to engage when he says, ?Let us stoop down to our hearts and confront the Abyss valiantly. Let us try to mold once more, with our flesh and blood, the new, contemporary face of Ultimate Reality??

    Why is this conversation worthy of our attention or necessary?

  13. What does it mean for Gene Marshall to say, ?There is no escape from the one Infinite Reality??

  14. How would your relationship to Ultimate Reality change if you were to adopt Al Lingo?s posture that ?God is a verb??

2 thoughts on “3. Stop 5 – Naming the Name”

  1. Richard E MacKay says:

    This video about ?naming the name? touched an area I am wrestling with right now. It seems to me that I?m not wrestling so much with my own clarity of this, but in communicating this to others around me. There are many pitfalls that people embrace, each a little bit different, but each surely a seemingly safe path of escape. There are so many choices and distractions with which to escape from reality into unreality. The choice before me is to clarify my own means of escape and breakthrough to authentic communication to others.

  2. Michael D. May says:

    Rich, Thanks for these comments. The issue you mention of ?communicating this to others? is certainly the challenge; which is precisely the origin of these new cinematic art form modules (which we knew in a previous experience as ?imaginal education?). We have found that this module, ?Naming the Name,? can be powerful communication tool for group discussion especially when paired with the previous module ?My Primary Relationship.? In combination, one is guided through an interior journey that is almost inescapable (acknowledging that self-delusion is always an option)!

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