Colleen Steen

Fairfax, VT, United States

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A friend who knows about my near death experience sent me the link to Jill Bolte Taylor's talk because he percieves similarities in our experiences. I continue to enjoy the educational presentations and insightful comments. Thank you TED for providing the opportunity to connect the world with this forum.

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Colleen Steen
Posted about 3 hours ago
Do humans have an inherent sub-conscious need to follow? (a religion, a nationality, a club, a sport, etc)
Hi Mikel, Since most creatures in the animal kingdom travel in groups of their own kind, I would guess that it is instinctive. As already mentioned....it may feel more safe, comforting, and familiar. Within groups of species, there is a hierarchy, with leaders and followers....that also seems instinctive. I do not think all humans have a need to follow. That being said, simply following a leader without question, sometimes relieves the follower of responsibility and accountability for choices. In the animal kingdom, it is usually the strongest dominant male that is the leader, and other members of the group fall into line behind the dominant male. Hopefully, as intelligent humans, we may have moved beyond the natural instinctive practice of most other creatures?
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Colleen Steen
Posted about 18 hours ago
Is our human language the most intelligent tool to communicate? Do you trust your intuition more than the words?
I agree with you Vera....if I quote someone, it is my responsibility to quote accurately. If I do not agree with the quote, it is my responsibility to clarify my interpretation, as my own interpretation. It is NOT helpful to miss-interpret, as if it is the meaning to everyone. I agree..."twisting or "correcting" someone's words may easily twist the original meaning".....which is a misrepresentation of the original statement. The list of people using this tactic may be endless Vera, and I believe anyone who adopts that behavior wants to justify and reinforce their own personal beliefs.
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Colleen Steen
Posted 1 day ago
Is our human language the most intelligent tool to communicate? Do you trust your intuition more than the words?
Yes, of course it's ok Vera....I am honored that you think a statement of mine is worth repeating.....thanks:>) Sometimes, people mis-quote me, use a statement out of context, twist the statement to try to support their own agenda, etc., That is NOT ok with me, and it is not a very good reflection of the person doing that either. It tells us a LOT about them.....just thought I'd throw that in since we are talking about communication. That is NOT at all about you Vera, it is for some others in the audience:>)
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Colleen Steen
Posted 1 day ago
Is our human language the most intelligent tool to communicate? Do you trust your intuition more than the words?
Lejan, I'm pretty sure you know this, and I am simply reinforcing the idea:>) Some folks believe that whatever s/he thinks, feels or believes is fact. Some folks have done a lot of exploration in their lives (as you and I have as well), and believe that what they have discovered is the one and only truth. If that is their underlying belief, any questioning may disrupt that belief and feel like an attack. That is why, unless I have verifiable evidence, I preface most comments with....I believe...my feeling....my thought.....my perception, perspective etc. is.....bla....bla....bla........ Then sometimes, I'm accused of making it "all about me"!!! LOL If some folks want to be argumentative, s/he will do so, and whatever we say, might feel like "spoiling" their experience when we are not agreeing. That is one very interesting dynamic with communications:>)
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Colleen Steen
Posted 1 day ago
Is our human language the most intelligent tool to communicate? Do you trust your intuition more than the words?
Lejan and Carl, Since Carl mentions my name in the previous comment, I feel I can pop in here:>) Yes Carl, I think/feel your comment about the birds waking up to the new day is beautiful, and that is what I clearly expressed. Based on my intuitive and logical observations while reading all the comments, I would not say that Lejan is the one "attacking" in your shared conversation. My perception is that he is adding to the conversation by questioning for further clarification and understanding. He cannot "spoil" anything for you, and you COULD follow your own advice...."...the first step towards that, is re-questioning all you have been taught." You have the choice to continue the conversation, quit the conversation, perceive the questions differently than you are apparently perceiving, respond differently, etc. etc. etc....the choices are unlimited. No one has the ability to "spoil" a conversation for you, unless you expect him/her to agree with you all the time?
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Colleen Steen
Posted 1 day ago
Is our human language the most intelligent tool to communicate? Do you trust your intuition more than the words?
Lejan and Carl, For what it is worth Lejan, based on reading lots of your comments over the years, I think you are very intuitive:>) I do not interpret your comment above as trying to explain intuition. It appears to me that you are offering different possibilities regarding why birds sing? Carl writes..."if you were (intuitive) you would know that intuition, is not something that you can coldly and clinically analyze and explain; no more so than you can explain what is the soul." And he continues to try to explain it....based on his personal interpretation....??? I agree with Carl's insightful statement in another comment.... "but the first step towards that, is re-questioning all you have been taught." For Carl to decide that you "are not intuitive", seems rather harsh and not very logical, intuitive or realistic.....and also.....not following his own advice to- "re-question"
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Colleen Steen
Posted 1 day ago
Is our human language the most intelligent tool to communicate? Do you trust your intuition more than the words?
P.S. I was a professional actor for part of my life experience MR T, and I can tell you that when I was expressing something as a character on stage, it was very real for me in that moment, because I connected with the emotions in my self, which connected with the character to be able to genuinely feel what the character might be experiencing. That is how actors connect with the character to produce a good performance:>) We can also say that we "walk in another person's shoes"....feel compassion and empathy.
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Colleen Steen
Posted 1 day ago
Is our human language the most intelligent tool to communicate? Do you trust your intuition more than the words?
MR T, I believe it IS real, and the one communicating has intent and interpretation, just as the one who listens and watches has intent and interpretation. No one knows for sure what is going on in the mind and heart of another person.....whether s/he is acting....or not. That is why it helps to pay attention to ALL parts of a communication....including words, intonation, facial expressions, eye contact and all other body language, and in the case of an on-line conversation.....how something is written and expressed. I believe there is value in non-verbal communication, and it is part of the whole experience of communication. Sometimes, if a person tries to tell us what is real and what is not real for us, s/he is projecting his/her personal interpretation, which may not be the same as our personal interpretation.
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Colleen Steen
Posted 2 days ago
WHEN YOU SEE A BIG MAN-MADE PROBLEM ARE YOU FALLING ASLEEP, FEELING HELPLESS?
When we consider the big picture Vera, sometimes it may feel overwhelming, and that may cause a feeling of helplessness in some folks. My practice, is to focus on one thing at a time, that is doable. I am not going to change the world, and to even contemplate that seems mind boggling. There are, however, things I can help change in my little corner of our world, and that is what I focus on. If everyone takes small steps toward change, we create the ripple effect, and we experience change on a larger scale.