Wednesday, August 10, 2022

anima christi … cor hominis

 Suffer me

Not to be

Separated from you

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Monday, August 08, 2022

with gratitude — gassho

 Where is my mother

Where is my father —looking

Everywhere — they are

Sunday, August 07, 2022

mid-afternoon meditation

 sweet thunderstorm, dark

drops surround cabin porch, dog

goes inside to pray

asperges me

 Two dogs with women

Drive off to Erikson’s for

Morning communion

Saturday, August 06, 2022

when one becomes the other, coincidentia

Transfigured Christ or


Hiroshima blast— aw(e)ful 


Oppositorum

….  …   …



Coincidentia oppositorum

Coincidentia oppositorum is a Latin phrase meaning coincidence of opposites. It is a neoplatonic term attributed to 15th century German polymath Nicholas of Cusa in his essay, De Docta Ignorantia (1440).  Mircea Eliade, a 20th-century historian of religion, used the term extensively in his essays about myth and ritual, describing the coincidentia oppositorum as "the mythical pattern". Psychiatrist Carl Jung, the philosopher and Islamic Studies professor Henry Corbin as well as Jewish philosophers Gershom Scholem and Abraham Joshua Heschel also used the term. In alchemy, coincidentia oppositorum is a synonym for coniunctio. For example, Michael Maier stresses that the union of opposites is the aim of the alchemical work. Or, according to Paracelsus' pupil, Gerhard Dorn, the highest grade of the alchemical coniunctio consisted in the union of the total man with the unus mundus ("one world").

The term is also used in describing a revelation of the oneness of things previously believed to be different. Such insight into the unity of things is a kind of immanence, and is found in various non-dualist and dualist traditions. The idea occurs in the traditions of Tantric Hinduism and Buddhism, in German mysticism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism, Zen and Sufism, among others.[citation needed

— Wikipedia 

it can't be heard until we speak it

Death is not the cessation of biological functioning.

Death is the persistant unrealization and intentional ignorance of what and who one really is. 

Visiónem quam vidístis,  némini dixéritis,               

        Tell no one about the vision,  

 

donec a mórtuis resúrgat Fílius.                       

         until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead. 

 

(—6aug22, missa  -  communio, transfiguration)

We have not yet risen from the dead, even though, you might argue, we are still biologically alive and have not ceased breathing, heartbeat, or brain functioning -- and therefore, have not died.

Death is not at end of life. Death is that from which and through which we emerge as we become alive to the manifestation and revelation of what is being asked of us in this existence.

We will not see this, cannot be taught or told this, until we undergo this and emerge through this into this present moment, this unveiled illusion, this naked truth -- all we are is all this is -- completely and wholly integrated with love.

It is the feast of transfiguration.

We are invited to figure our way through this...

the thought never occurred

 thunderstorm  quick rain

pounding, lightning before dawn —

Life is not fleeting

Friday, August 05, 2022

would you, please

Circles within circles.

We step outside our individual galaxies each time we greet another being.

Is there any extraterrestrial life, we ask?

Perhaps, better asked, is there any extra-egoic life?

“She had studied the universe all her life, but had overlooked its clearest message: For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.”   ( ― Carl Sagan, Contact)

Webb’s First Deep Field, this image of galaxy cluster SMACS 0723


The image shows the galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 as it appeared 4.6 billion years ago. The combined mass of this galaxy cluster acts as a gravitational lens, magnifying much more distant galaxies behind it. Webb’s NIRCam has brought those distant galaxies into sharp focus – they have tiny, faint structures that have never been seen before, including star clusters and diffuse features. Researchers will soon begin to learn more about the galaxies’ masses, ages, histories, and compositions, as Webb seeks the earliest galaxies in the universe.

We are space-travellers each time we emerge into the vast expanse that is called "into the open."

We have been looking in the wrong place.

In prison this morning we ponder the meanings of facsimile and simulacrum.

In hospice room last evening, where end-care occurs, my new sister-friend opens her eyes and says, "Would you, please..." then drifts back into quiet. When next she opens eyes, I ask, "What is it you'd like? You began to ask." She looks at me and says, "Did I?" Then, "Oh dear!" And closed her eyes again.

Contact.

There's no evidence that names or proves anything beyond the fact of immediate experience.

Names are but noise and smoke 

Obscuring heavenly light.

                            --Goethe  

Thursday, August 04, 2022

the wistful gold of our solitudes

The night sky seems bereft of political shenanigans.


As a naive civilian non-scientist, I might be projecting an opinion torn from a childhood treatise about play together, share toys, don't hit, and be sure to take naps. (I've held tightly on to that last recommendation.)

I love silence and stillness. 

Nevertheless, I read. And understand the obfuscations thrown in our way by hucksters, charlatans, and grifters high on their narcotics of greed, power, and illusion.

I understand there's an inch for everybody.

The construction of a world based on lies is a key component of authoritarians’ takeover of democratic societies. George Orwell’s 1984 explored a world in which those in power use language to replace reality, shaping the past and people’s daily experiences to cement their control. They are constantly reconstructing the past to justify their actions in the present. In Orwell’s dystopian fantasy, Winston Smith’s job is to rewrite history for the Ministry of Truth to reflect the changing interests of a mysterious cult leader, Big Brother, who wants power for its own sake and enforces loyalty through The Party’s propaganda and destruction of those who do not conform. 

Political philosopher Hannah Arendt went further, saying that the lies of an authoritarian were designed not to persuade people, but to organize them into a mass movement. Followers would “believe everything and nothing,” Arendt wrote, “think that everything was possible and that nothing was true.” “The ideal subject” for such a dictator, Arendt wrote, was not those who were committed to an ideology, but rather “people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction…and the distinction between true and false…no longer exist.”

(--In, Letters from an AmericanAugust 3, 2022  )

 I hear from friend out of the blue. He sends this:

Dwellers at the Hermitage


                     by Denise Levertov 


Grief sinks and sinks

into the old mineshaft

under their house,

how deep, who knows.

When they have need

for it, it’s there.


Their joys 

refused to share themselves,

fed from the hand

of one alone, browsed

for days in dappled

pathless woods

untamed.


Sorrow

is what one shares,

they say;

and happiness, the wistful gold

of our solitudes, is what

our dearest lovers, our wingéd friends,

leave with us, in trust.   

 

What a joy to hear from him! And Levertov!


He added:

Dear (dear) hermits:


This came across my desk this morning and I thought immediately of, guess who?


St Francis loves you.  I love you.   

Billy  

 

I respond with comment on the koan of surprise delight:

 

Cat's Tail Hits Thermos Handle Jumping After Rubbing Hand   

                                                                                        (for b.s.) 

 

 When friends

        through time and distance

                make of them a thing

 

so insubstantial

            light and breath

                    smile in wraithful dancing, 

                

Christ-

        through-

                    walls, 


wavering appearance, 

        fluttering green jewelweed pink-

                         flowered transitus for Hummingbirds


of a Thursday morning!

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

walking snow bowl

 We greet each other

In passing, say word or two

Praise the day, our lives

it can be safely exchanged … (origin-al*)

 If we learned to read, to really read, would we be able to discern what is true even in the midst of the most blatant partisan propaganda?

If we learned to listen, to really listen, would we become capable of hearing the submerged truth hidden below surface of every comment, description, or argument?

We believe, falsely, that we know how to read, how to listen. We search, in vain, for political views similar to ours. Or, more impossibly, we long for some mythic equivalence in news broadcasts that somehow presents (as if possible) an equitable scale of proportionate right/left ideology, good/bad news, optimistic/depressive offerings.

It is a fruitless desire.

Rather it is up to us, to each one of us, to deepen our intelligence, widen our capacity, cultivate a wisdom heart and compassionate mind, one that sees into and sees through what is presented with clear alacrity and full-feeling awareness of what truth, concealed, seeks unconcealment, what suffering, obscured, seeks reconciling manifestation.

“Scepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness.” ― George Santayana

 Our education, like our chastity, is always beginning, where each time is the first time. Each person the first person. Each moment of encounter, of reading, of listening — is our first experience with what seems to be other, but is more intimately interior that we initially realize.

There is an emancipation from illusion connected to autogenerated autodidactic learning.

No one gives it to us.

It is constructed out of the material of the moment appearing in front of us.

In summary, it doesn’t matter if your formal education is primary school, secondary school, a GED, an associates or bachelor's degree, or some graduate or professional course of studies. 

What matters is readiness for “the ripeness of instinct and discretion” that accompanies each situation and circumstance, yielding it’s own intelligence, presenting itself to our attending inquiry and curiosity, revealing its own schematic blueprint for our direct, personal, and immediate assessment and action.

Education has little to do with schooling.

Pragmatic, utilitarian, and intelligent learning arises from direct and immediate experience of the really real revealing itself in our presence without barrier or boundary — as the really real does, and is always doing.

This, this intersection of time and history, this coincidence of seeming opposites, this crossroad of all possible directions, this radical emergence of the already and the not yet…

This cruciform compassionate consciousness, this reflexive synchrony of undifferentiated awareness and act — is our learning curriculum of each present moment.

What would you give up in exchange for origin-al learning?


…   …   … 

*al- (1)

Proto-Indo-European root meaning "beyond."


*al- (2)

Proto-Indo-European root meaning "to grow, nourish." 

— Online Etymology Dictionary

Tuesday, August 02, 2022

logos (to make manifest) and phainesthai (to show oneself)

 I'm still in the late sixties studying with John Macquarrie at Union Theological, (translator of Sein und Seit by Martin Heidegger), and William Richardson at Fordham, (author of Heidegger -- Through Phenomenology to Thought.)

I'm still curious about (Sein) Being, and (Da-Sein) There-Being. 

How All-That-Is might find resonance and replication in Here-I-am. (With apologies to Herr MH.) 

How each being might be a distinctive dimensional development of the Being-Beyond-Being that entirely transcends the ability of conscious understanding and practical manipulation.

How the enactment of ordinary and everyday being-and-becoming in particular and distinct occasions of current expressions of beings-in-this-world are ipso facto occasions of isomorphic congruence, correspondence, conversation, and contemplation of What-Is in all its manifestations.

Thus, this/that elides into is/at.  (Or, as Apple might suggest, "be/at" {Could this be what the "beat" movement was on to?})

  • be | bē | 

verb (singular present am | am | ; are | är | ; is | iz | ; plural present are; first and third singular past was | wəz, wäz | ; second singular past and plural past were | wər | ; present subjunctive be; past subjunctive were; present participle being | ˈbēiNG | ; past participle been | bin | )  

1 (usually there is/are) exist:  

be present:  

2 [with adverbial] occur; take place: 

occupy a position in space: 

stay in the same place or condition: 

attend: 

come; go; visit: 

3 [as copular verb] having the state, quality, identity, nature, role, etc., specified: 

cost: 

amount to: 

represent:  

signify:  

consist of; constitute:   

4 informal say: .

...   ...   ... 

  • atatət | 
preposition expressing location or arrival in a particular place or position• used in speech to indicate the sign @ in email addresses, separating the address holder's name from their locationexpressing the time when an event takes place:• [without adjectivedenoting a particular period of timethe sea is cooler at night• [without adjectivedenoting the time spent by someone attending an educational institution, a workplace, or their homedenoting a particular point or segment on a scale• referring to someone's ageexpressing a particular state or condition• expressing a relationship between an individual and a skillexpressing the object of a look, gesture, thought, action, or plan• expressing the target of a shot from a weapon• emphasizing the directing of an action toward a specified objectexpressing the means by which something is done

..        (Apple dictionary) 

Listening to Carl Sagan's novel "Contact." The chapter eleven discussion between Ellie Arroway and the two religious representatives made me wonder whether there might be a new catagory to place alongside the many religious denominational designations in our world, namely, that of 'non-theist christian.'

The christic manifestation, with help from wiktionary, points out: 

From Middle English Crist, from Old English Crist, from Latin Christus, from Ancient Greek Χρῑστός (Khrīstós), proper noun use of χρῑστός (khrīstós, “[the] anointed [one]”), a calque of Hebrew מָשִׁיחַ‎ (māšīaḥ, “anointed”) (whence English messiah). 

We've come through the waters of our planet's womb, we've come through the waters of our mothers' uterus, we move through the waters of our physical bodies. The anointing urges us to continue to move through the ocean of Being toward the ever-present and ever-continuing origin of what is unfolding and manifesting itself.

Perhaps the thinking expressed over the course of two centuries, that "God" or what we've thought of as "God", is, indeed, dead. This thought has angered some. Perhaps it is time to enter the feeling present. It is time to allow the felt presence of what is revealing itself to be what it is, within and without, no longer making it other, or separate, or not-us. 

"Us" excludes no one or no thing. "Us" includes the increasingly obvious truth that our interconnective isomorphism is of a piece, one without two, one within one. 

I've begun to suspect such an unfolding is not what our classical theism has suggested to us in the past. Rather, going forward in a non-theistic christic pilgrimage, we might be the emergence of christ as active compassion, inclusive caring, and isomorphic revelation of what we once thought was above and beyond as now within and without. 

By beholding what is within/without, by beholding what is without/within, we reside, in and with, the here and the now as the perennial, beginningless and endless, Origin-Al, Being-Itself.

Which brings me back to Heidegger and Richardson:   

I take him to mean that if the later Heidegger has any relevance for Christians at all, it will extend beyond the field of exegesis. The relation

between revelation and faith, between faith and speculative thought,

between the ministerial function of theological speculation and the

magisterial character of the Church- all these matters would deserve

to be rethought in the light of Heidegger's thought, if, indeed, it offers

any light at all.

But whether it offers any light or not, the ecumenical importance

of Heidegger's influence, especially for us in America, is unquestion-

able. This would be the second reason for discussing it. The New

Frontiers in Theology series already includes such titles as The Later

Heidegger and Theology (1963) and The New Hermeneutic (1964).

Another volume (now in preparation) will contain the proceedings of

a consultation of Protestant theologians held at Drew University,

Madison, N.J., in April, 1964, on the theme "The Problem of Non-

objectifying Thinking and Speaking in Theology"-Heideggerian

terminology of the purest water.


Let us, then, formulate the question for ourselves: Does the later

Heidegger have any relevance for the Catholic exegete or theologian?

Are his spectacles worth trying on? Heidegger himself, when he ad-

dressed a group of Bultmann's former students at Marburg in 1960,

suggested that if his effort had any relevance at all, it might be con-

sidered in terms of an analogy: as philosophical thinking is to Being,

so theological thinking (the thinking of faith) is to the self-revealing

God." To be sure, this covers a multitude of sins. In the narrow com-

pass of these pages, let us simply try to understand the relationship

between Being and thinking for the later Heidegger, and then restrict

our attention to only one way in which its application, by analogy,

might be suggestive to the Catholic thinker.


BEING AND THINKING

Being and thinking, indeed! This is the whole of Heidegger. It is now a commonplace that the express intention of Sein und Zeit, his masterwork of 1927, was to interrogate the sense, or meaning, of Being. He has told us since then that the question first occurred to him in 1907 when, during his last year at the Gymnasium in Constance, a priest-friend gave him the doctoral dissertation of the Neo-Scholastic thinker Franz Brentano, entitled The Manifold Sense of Being in Aristotle (where "being" translates the Greek on and the German Seiendes). Writing of the experience in 1962, he says:

. . . On the title page of his work, Brentano quotes Aristotle's phrase to on legetai

pollachôs. I translate: "A being becomes manifest (seil., with regard to its Being) in

many ways." Latent in this phrase is the question that determined the way of my

thought: What is the pervasive, simple, unified determination of Being that per-

meates all of its multiple meanings? This question raised another: What, then, does 7

This, then, was his initial question. But it is important for us to understand that the Being whose sense he sought entered his experience as a process of revelation. There are several reasons, I think, for this. The first was his early experience of theology. After leaving the Gymnasium, he spent three semesters as a seminarian (with a brief interlude as a Jesuit novice). In the courses on exegesis he first heard the word "hermeneutic," and this suggested to him a relationship between language (the language of Sacred Scripture) and Being. We shall return to the problem of language later. Here let us remark simply that Being in this experience is the Being of God, to be sure, but of God insofar as He reveals Himself.

After leaving the seminary, Heidegger fell under the influence of Husserl. From the philosophical point of view this was decisive. He writes (1962): "Dialogues with Husserl provided the immediate experience of the phenomenological method In this evolution a normative role was played by the reference back to fundamental words of Greek thought which I interpreted accordingly: logos (to make manifest) and phainesthai (to show oneself)."The beings, there­fore, whose Being Heidegger wanted to legein (make manifest) were phainomena, i.e., were beings only insofar as they appear. For Heideg­ger, beings are only to the extent that they are revealed.

(--from, Heidegger and Theology, by William Richardson S.J., Theological Studies, February, 1965)

 The question arises: What is being revealed at this time? Or, put differently: What is Being revealing in, with, and through us as this time?

The urge to meaning, wholeness, and identity is felt through and through.

I urge you...

to

Feel well!

the plain meaning

There are those who hold we are dreaming. The world, they say, is the dream. 

If we were to awaken, where would we be? What would we see? Who would we be?

 Is anything ever what we think it is?

 

Pesher (/ˈpɛʃər/ (listen)Hebrewפשר, pl. pesharim), from the Hebrew root meaning "interpretation," is a group of interpretive commentaries on scripture. The pesharim commentaries became known from the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The pesharim give a theory of scriptural interpretation of a number of biblical texts from the Hebrew Bible, such as Habakkuk and Psalms.

The authors of pesharim believe that scripture is written in two levels; the surface level for ordinary readers with limited knowledge, and the concealed level for specialists with higher knowledge. This is most clearly spelled out in the Habakkuk Pesher (1QpHab), where the author of the text asserts that God has made known to the Teacher of Righteousness, a prominent figure in the history of the Essene community, "all the mysteries of his servants the prophets" (1QpHab VII:4–5). By contrast, the prophets, and other readers of the texts, only had a partial interpretation revealed to them.[1] The result of this pesher method creates a fixed-literary structure, which is seen most in the continuous Pesharim, with the goal of giving the plain meaning of the prophets' words.[2]

(--wikipedia)

 A skeptic agnostic is someone who says 'I don't know' -- and is willing to dwell there in hypothetical inquiry for as long as necessary.

Meanwhile, the earth continues to turn. Stars and galaxies continue to dazzle the night sky. Poets continue to word evanescent stories onto disappearing tableaus along a field of consciousness slowly transmogrifying into obscure patterns of barely discernible affirmation stating, 'Yes, I see.'

Even if we don't. 

Monday, August 01, 2022

no repetition, no me, just as you are

 for no life of me

I cannot see you again

only for first time

no next place, always just this place

 new arrival, zen

poet looks right, looks left, bows

respectfully, leaves

Saturday, July 30, 2022

it's hard for thee to kick against the pricks

Animals live in the wild. Let them.

Men in war are forced into the wild. Pity them 

Hear the trumpets hear the pipers

One hundred million angels singin'

Multitudes are marchin' to the big kettledrum

Voices callin', voices cryin'

Some are born and some are dyin'

It's alpha and omega's kingdom come

And the whirlwind is in the thorn tree

The virgins are all trimming their wicks

The whirlwind is in the thorn tree

It's hard for thee to kick against the pricks 

Till armageddon no shalam, no shalom

Then the father hen will call his chickens home

The wise man will bow down before the throne

And at his feet they'll cast their golden crowns

When the man comes around 

Whoever is unjust let him be unjust still

Whoever is righteous let him be righteous still

Whoever is filthy let him be filthy still

Listen to the words long written down.                                                                                When the man comes around             

(--from song, The Man Comes Around, by Johnny Cash)

 Wilderness is a thin demarcation from civilized society. It's hard to discern the line.


This side and that side are indecipherable.


Inside and outside have no boundary.

Heaven and earth were once a comfortable distinction.

We're not so sure of any of the previous dualities anymore.

That is both a blessing and a curse.

ne le dis à personne

 tell no one

not one


what you tell 

would not be all


be content

(faire taire)

l'histoire d'aujourd'hui

 narrative

is the 


story we tell

as if true


and call it

our life

as if

 nothing but

christ

who is nothing

but


the void

beyond

what seems

to be


behind

appearance

without

shape


invisible

presence itself

as if, as is

completely there

on any given day

 Should I like? Or dislike? This?

It is tempting to postulate technological determinism as the answer to this question: Why are extremism, irrationality, fear and censoriousness especially rampant where they should be next to nonexistent? However, to blame social media for the anti-social behaviors that today characterize academia misses a larger, darker truth. 

What is still referred to, reflexively and anachronistically, as higher education is supposedly run by and for persons who are products of, and devoted to, learning. Today, this supposition is false. 

The Chronicle of Higher Education, the reading of which is in equal measures fascinating and depressing, recently published Joseph M. Keegin’s bracing essay“The Hysterical Style in the American Humanities: On the ideological posturing and moral nitpicking of the very online.” Keegin, a philosophy student at Tulane University, argues that, confronted with “the slow slide of academe into oblivion,” scholars — especially in humanities departments, which are losing undergraduates, prestige, jobs and funding — “desperately grasp for relevance.” They seek it by becoming “professors of ‘academic Twitter.’” 

They have, Keegin says, “by and large subordinated their work as professional intellectuals and historians to the news cycle, yoking their reputations to the delirious churn of outrage media.” Succumbing to “Twitter-induced presentism,” academics are “captured by” and “shackled to” — Keegin’s terms — social media, and they treat the past as “not of interest either for its own sake or as a means of illuminating the complexity of the present. It is, rather, little more than a wellspring of justifications for liking and disliking things in the world today.” 

(Opinion, Blaming social media for academia’s ruin misses a larger, darker truth, by. George F. Will,Washington Post, 29july2022)

In prison yesterday, a resident gave a tour-de-force spontaneous whiteboard lecture about yoga philosophy and a variety of intellectual concepts and constructs that would have fit in Oxford and Cambridge on any given day. 

He said about his return to prison, “I’ll be out in six years.”

faith goes beyond god

 No

Ellie Arroway could not prove or provide evidence of her 18 hours journey to and from Vega.

No, experienced reality is not always obvious.

Friday, July 29, 2022

projective return

 Yes

Even with no

Yes

Thursday, July 28, 2022

at once his own physical and metaphysical path or way.

  Sometimes, all one can do is look at what is or what is worded and wonder.

The Tradition of Han Shan

In his introduction to Chinese Poems, Arthur Waley sums up the qualities that made Han Shan so valuable as a visual icon.

In his poems Cold Mountain is often the name of a state of mind rather than a locality. It is on this conception, as well as on that of the “hidden treasure”, the Buddha who is to be sought not somewhere outside us, but “at home” in the heart, that the mysticism of the poems is based.

So the Cold Mountain name suggests Buddhist images of spiritual ascension and the image of a ragged but determined monk evokes the run-down hermitages of Taoist immortals.  Han Shan presents this combination of person, place and state-of-mind. 

From within these hagiographic and iconic conventions, however, the poems themselves perform a different task.  While talking about a Han Shan poem, Paul Kahn marks the change in this fashion.

The presentation of ideas . . . is different from the poetic conventions of its period. Han Shan is not describing a vision he has had of an immortal while traveling in the mountains, nor is he describing his own personal enlightenment while journeying to a remote holy place, both common themes in Tang poetry. The poet here is stepping right into the landscape, climbing a path that is at once his own physical and metaphysical path or way. He tells us this is the “way” to his home as well as his enlightenment. He directs his voice to the reader, challenging (or inviting) him to follow.   https://thenewblackbartpoetrysociety.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/snyders-cold-mountain/

It is no longer clear what is mind what is not-mind.  Nor what is here what is not.

Dreamscape Haiku

sits hermit porch, breeze

old sailor looks up checks sail —

Just waving green leaves 

                           (wfh/nunc) 

After zazen, deer does not disappoint — crosses up by yurt, sun-speckled.

without hindrance of desire or fear,

Years ago Peter S. spelled it out to me. It hangs next to the pictures of Robert Lowell and Thomas Merton 


Commenting today on a review of "Memoirs" by Robert Lowell, I post to NYTimes: 

There are two pictures on my wall, one of Thomas Merton, one of Robert Lowell. These two men were inspired intellects and knew troubled times. It was, perhaps, within those warrens their creativity sought and found expression. Lowell wrote in his poem Epilogue: "All's misalliance. / Yet why not say what happened?"


 

A further reflection: 

Ji-ji-mu-ge  

DESCRIPTION: 

The experience of the world as it is, without hindrance of desire or fear, and the realization that this is [nirvana]. This is the aim of the [jiriki] approach described in Zen Buddhism. http://encyclopedia.uia.org/en/development/12320340

  Elsewhere:

“I can have the feeling ‘self’ only in relations to, and by contrast with, the feeling ‘other.’  In the same way, I am what I am only in relation to what everything else is.  The Japanese call this ji-ji-mu-ge, which means that between every thing-event (ji) and every other thing-event there is no (mu) barrier (ge).  Each implies all, and all implies each.” https://quotesfromtheunderground.wordpress.com/tag/ji-ji-mu-ge/

Unseen dimensions, yes, but no barriers. Yes, no barriers.

The implications of which suggest that, while undetectable, different realms, both of materiality and of consciousness, co-exist without barrier or separation, except, perhaps, to our distinct awareness. our physical perception.

Poets and thinkers, perhaps, weave themselves through such warrens without obvious recollection or trace logs accurately notating the bumper ride taken. Rather, imagination has travelled the turns and travails through the seen-unseen and the unseen-seen in the realms of mind and soul so as to carry in deep unconscious repository the stuff of contemplative rumination for later expression.

All is misalliance.

So...

Why not say what happened?

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

a stranger and afraid

“This is already it. This is already what we are looking for.” That’s what the guy talking about non-duality began with. 

Elsewhere, Professor John Lennox spoke in favor of God at the Oxford Union in 2012.

Thus, This and God, a meditation of a Wednesday morning.

“I, a stranger and afraid
In a world I never made.”

― A.E. Housman, Last Poems

 Lapsing into my retiro, I shelter in place, reluctant and reticent, not feeling well, nor knowing why.

And so, there and thus, with nescience and oblique intransigence, I remain.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

being-in-front-of-another

We sat together in the correctional center’s library during a thunder storm downpour talking about personas, masks, chameleons, truth’s revealing and concealing, preceded by one saying the important person, the reason I’m tolerated, was missing, but we’d go on anyway. (The big fellow, cringing and holding his head, says ”That’s cold man.”)  We all laugh.

We wobble through Monday morning with the white service dog in training nibbling at my handheld meditation beads as we spoke about the appearances and disappearances of who we are, have been, and moving through the revelations that each choice augurs.

It’s not an either/or, either you stand with, or you stand alone.

Rather, one stands with by standing alone, one stands alone by standing with.

There is being alone-with-others, as in never am I so alone as when I am with others. Or, never am I so with others as when I am alone.

Solitude is where one is. Community is where others are.

The eremite and the cenobite walk into a bar. One says, “I’ll have one.” The other says, “I’ll have another.”

Ein Witz ist die Art und Weise, wie sich Wahrheiten offenbaren. (A joke is the way truths reveal themselves.)

This chapter has described the difficulty that awaits us in our attempt to articulate philosophically an experience of God, a difficulty that oscillates between the either/or of the following metaphysical dilemma: either an unknowable, imperceptible, wholly other God, or a conceptual, and therefore equally fleshless, Idol; either Gott or Götze. In the modern past, metaphysics was content with the latter, that is, with the idea of God (see, for example, Descartes’s Third Meditation). It is that contentment that has been called ontotheology. Phenomenology, on the other hand, all too often rushes toward the former, mesmerized by the lure of the otherness of the Other like a but- terfly bedazzled by fire. Between the two positions, a third one is opened up in the paradox of the Pauline “icon of the invisible God.” That icon is par excellence Christ, “begotten in our image and likeness” but, by extension, every person “created in the image and likeness” of God. It was an iconic feature, namely, that of inverted perspective, that helped us to sketch out a phenomenological analysis of inverted intentionality, of a “vision,” in other words, that does not objectify God but allows Him to give Himself in the experience of myself as seen. Alongside our filled intentions (of presence and perception) and empty intentionality (of absence and imagination), a third kind of intention needs to be recognized. That third kind is the inverted intentionality of reflexive sensibility (and, as we shall see in the third part of this work, all sensibility is reflexive), where the intuition “yielded” is precisely me, that is, the self-experience of myself as experienced. Strictly speaking, in the “experience of God,” as given through the inverted intentionality, the phenomenon is not God but rather me (my inability to comprehend God, my lack of knowledge or intuition that becomes knowledge and intuition, etc).

The second half of this chapter addressed the phenomenological merit of prosopon, the Greek definition of the person as being-in-front-of-another, that is, as fundamentally a relational being. In the chapter that follows, we shall examine whether the prosopic understanding of myself and others, as well as the inverse intentionality through which such an understanding is gained, supple- ments the phenomenological reductions to the things themselves (Husserl), to being (Heidegger), and to givenness (Marion), and by doing so, whether it safeguards the person’s particularity.

(—from, p.34: God after Metaphysics A Theological Aesthetic! By John Panteleimon Manoussakis, 2007)

Then comes Kearney 

Richard Kearney is one of the phenomenologists of the new generation who follows the lead of Husserl, Heidegger, Marion and Lévinas. This Catholic and Irish philosopher proposes a fourth phenomenological reduction, i.e., going back to the eschaton which is entrenched in everyday existence: finding the voice and the face of the higher within the lower. It is like the realization of the following heideggerian idea which is found in "The Thing": "Only what conjoins itself out of the world becomes a thing". In everyday language and life a possibility is found to overcome skepticism, indifference and the boredom resulting from the world being into turned [being turned into] consumption and man into a marketing piece. In the face-to-face meeting the possibility of a revelation is presented, which makes the relation with the other, and especially with the foreigner, a wonder; and not a doubt, suspicion or distrust.

(Abstract for, Richard Kearney and the fourth phenomenological reduction! July 2014 Escritos22(49):313-335! Project: Fenomenología y teología! Author: Carlos Arboleda, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana 

Have you heard the one about the three eggs?

No?

Two bad! 

(Ha — now

the yoke’s

on us!)