Friday, July 20, 2007

soaker seats If you've ever been to Sea World, you know that when you go to see the performance of the killer whales (a spectacular display of leaping majesty), the lower down in the amphitheater you sit--the closer to the so-called soaker seats--the more likely it is you'll get wet. When you sit in the upper part of the amphitheater, you have an entirely different perspective of the proceedings. You aren't directly involved, and you can see the whale beneath the surface before it launches itself miraculously into the air. You can see the moment when the body of this enormous creature floats for a split second in the air before the laws of gravity return it to its natural habitat. And you can watch the disturbance in the crowd below as soaked humans shriek, leap up, grimace, and shake themselves off. It is possible from the upper levels to observe the full dynamic of the process--and not get the least bit wet. This is what the watcher allows too. You observe and you understand what's happening, but you don't get lost in the emotional reaction. When you engage the watcher, it's as though you are split into two characters. The part of you that's seated in the soaker section--we'll call him Hey!--is getting totally drenched by the whale as it hits the water. Hey! is experiencing the shock, the fear, the frustration, and the discomfort of the soaking, but he is also not doing what he would normally do: jumping up out of his seat and yelling at the top of his lungs. Meanwhile, the other part of you, whom we'll call Be, is seated high up in the amphitheater, looking down and watching the soaking as it happens. Both parts are communicating with each other throughout the proceedings. From time...

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