Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
clear morning sky
sun rising fast overhead-
still cool in the shade.
watching people walk by-
warm sun on my back.
tall red rose
alight in the afternoon-
still beneath a tree
wind blowing through it's leaves-
time does not exist.
pink evening glow
clouds stretching across my view-
nighttime once again
waning moon high in the sky-
the hum of traffic.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
head resting on arm-
warm breeze blows my hair.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The emergence of dynamically different human beings, human beings capable of living in harmony with the marvelous movement of life, the Earth, each other, and themselves. Is it possible?
In fact, this blossoming is not possible without you and I, together, cooperating today. For it is through our willingness to expose our hidden process of individuality to the light of a collectively passive awareness that opens the door to the possibility of this blossoming taking place.
If you think this is religious work, you're mistaken. If you think this is spiritual work, from long ago or recently discovered, you're mistaken. If you think we are following some authority, living or dead, you're mistaken. If you think this is political, social, environmental, Western, or Eastern, you're once again mistaken, for seeing a fact is timeless and without ownership.
This interest is a human interest, plain and simple. Not yesterday’s interest, or last millennium's, but today’s ever-burning interest. So please ask yourself, as a human being, living in the world today, with the pettiness of our narrow human-to-human existence, the self-centeredness, waste, squander, ignorance and escapes, sorrow and suffering, can an entirely different human being non-violently emerge?
Is that possible? Not tomorrow, not after 20 more years of this or that, but today, with you and I, right now? Are you willing to be this human being? The one that bares the exposure, vulnerability, pain, honesty, compassion and responsibility necessary to free life from the grip of delusion? If you are, then you provide all of us the space to distinguish, together, that which is fundamentally true from that which is not and our relationship takes on an entirely different significance. We co-create a mirror where each of us can observe the movement of individuality operating collectively, as well as, internally, for ourselves, directly. This mirror objectively reveals a unified field of common, shared phenomena, a process. And when that process is entirely perceived there is the possibility of welcoming what lies beyond it into our lives. And since our discovery occurs through the mirror of relationship, we will naturally create a different world with each other, and be a different human being within it. So what is it that you see when you look in the mirror?
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Have you noticed how broken apart our day to day existence as human beings has become? Everything, from the largest galaxy to the smallest quark has been isolated, named and remembered by one human or another. And then we put these named parts back together to form relationships. All these named parts seem to have a relationship with each other to some extent. Everything is connected is what religion, science, economics, politics, and commercials keep telling us. And we except this as fact because we experience it in our everyday lives. Even those we thought had no relationship, over time, end up having one we never expected. Whether symbiotic or resistant, everything seems to relate in one way or another. There is, in fact, nothing experienced that doesn’t have a name and a relationship to something else. It would take but a moment, right now, to see how true this statement really is for everyone, everywhere. Every child born onto this Earth is taught to name, identify and recognize objects around them and over time, objects within them. Not one child escapes this indoctrination. I’m not suggesting it is wrong, that would be silly, just that it is taking place, all the time, everywhere. And yet when you take a closer look you may begin to see more at play then just the natural laws of the universe working.
The first thing that comes to mind when ‘taking a look’ at this subject is the individual, you and me. You are at the center of your life, your experience, your circumstance, your thoughts, feelings, you name it, and you do always, there you are at the center of it. And I am at the center of mine. Again, in a somewhat different dimension, there is this separation, naming, recognizing, and bringing back together to form a relationship. And we take this to be natural, the way things are. So it should be obvious that the individual is intimately wrapped up in this phenomena we are speaking about. The next thing that comes to mind is thought. Now thought is more than you think it is, or at least I would like to suggest for the sake of our investigation, that it is more than you think it is.
Thought is the word, the naming, but also the recognition of the word, the image of the object named, the feeling, the physical sensation, the neuro-chemical functioning. The remembered word recognizes itself the next time it experiences the object the word was attached to in the first place. And even at this level you can begin to see the individual and thought begin to blur together, merge. Most would say that I, the individual recognize an object when I see it, but when you look closely you can see the naming of it playing a decisive role in the recalling of the memory and therefore the recognition of the object a split second later. And there, of course, is the third factor we bring into this investigation, time. It takes time to think, it takes time for the individual to change, to improve, time to compare oneself with another, time to measure one object against another. And so now, hopefully, through this rather tedious description, you can begin to see how these three are so interrelated as to maybe not be separate at all. And yet, to not separate these three would be revolutionary to the psyche of the one not separating them.