Saturday, August 06, 2022

when one becomes the other, coincidentia

Transfigured Christ or

Hiroshima blast— aw(e)ful 


….  …   …

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.


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

Names are but noise and smoke 

Obscuring heavenly light.


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



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.   



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, 





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: 


come; go; visit: 

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


amount to: 



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, 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...


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]


 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