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What works…

What works…

What helps, for me, is to think about what works and what doesn’t work. Not speaking, in the face of what is happening in this country and in the world, does not work. Speaking in a way that increases misinformation, fear, anger, and alienation also doesn’t work…

Wildness, Wilderness & David Whyte

Wildness, Wilderness & David Whyte

Wilderness and wildness can be beautiful ways to recognize source made manifest, and to describe an enlivened earth as the larger terrain we and all of life are co-participants in.  In this view or metaphor, wildness is understood to be the activity of wilderness, while wilderness is understood to be the manifest expression of awareness…

God does not “see” sin

God does not “see” sin

True (radical) forgiveness and the mercy it seems to entail, at their deepest and most sublime levels, is not about what others are doing or not doing. Real forgiveness is meant first and foremost for ourselves.

We forgive ourselves for seeing others through (and as) our own judgements, our own alienation, and all the many ways we have learned to project our learned and conditioned beliefs in separation onto a seeming world of “others.”

An Open Message Regarding Bernardo Kastrup

An Open Message
Regarding Bernardo Kastrup

Bernardo Kastrup  doesn’t seem yet to fully realize the degree to which he is still trying to think his way to what is in essence the end of thought, a sort of destination, phenomenon or quality he and his colleagues most often label “consciousness.”  In a sense (because it is not actually possible) they continue their attempts to objectify, or make into a “thing” what precedes all thought, all language, all imaginings, all perceptions, and all concepts…

In the Face of What Is Happening

In the Face of What Is Happening

Language, speech and imagery is a collectively held and expressed human creative force, in some ways not different from the air, water and sunlight all life on earth depends upon. All language and all communication arises out of Silence.

Yet the very words, symbols, images, felt beliefs and concepts by which most people think and communicate, with themselves and with each other (or not), are now for the most part fenced off, owned, manipulated and controlled by a few at the expense of the many, a many that includes all of life, because it is all of life that speaks (arises) out of that silence.

Melj, and Grace

Melj, and Grace

It is Grace that brings about final cessation of an identity of separation, or ego, to reveal all of Existence as this Truth of Love that we Are. Ego cannot orchestrate this dissolution, nor can an illusion of separation unite with what has never in any way been apart.

In Truth there is neither an ego to kill nor something other to unite with…

Seeing

Seeing

Seeing (awareness) knows itself, “sees” that it sees, sees its own seeing, without any need of another. This seeing is not of the eyes.

Metaphor, we must “move” with words such as these, allow them to carry us past (or prior) to words, and then “further,” past and prior to thought, emotion, memory, imagination.

In such a movement we may begin to discover what is real that we also are, here and now, source and destination

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