From podcasts by Ken McLeod, Unfettered Mind
Helen: Well I'm interested in the page on karma, page 8, and there's a Sufi saying at the bottom of it that I don't quite understand.
Ken: Well, I may not be much help because George put this together. Oh, We have as much room to move as a violin in a violin case, but it's enough.
Helen: But that's enough.
Helen: It must be a small space
Ken: Yeah. Okay. How much are you run by conditioning?
Helen: Oh, quite a bit.
Ken: Percentagewise, how much free attention do you experience? Percentagewise.
Helen: From conditioning? Free attention separate from conditioning?
Ken: Yeah, well, percentagewise.
Helen: That would be about one percent. Or maybe a half!
Ken: A half! Given the percentage of space in the violin case how much space does a violin have to move?
Helen: Within that case?
Helen: Not much. I'd say five percent, eight percent.
Ken: It's more like half a percent too. That's what it's referring to.
Helen: Oh. You mean now that we have actual free attention--
Ken: That's the only time we can actually change anything about our lives.
Helen: Oh I see. Mmmm.
Ken: The rest of it, we're just running.
Helen: Okay. Our conditioning.
Ken: Yeah, we're being run by it.
Helen: Sure. Okay. Thank you.
We have as much room to move as a violin in a violin case, but it's enough.