walking out barn door
looking into mirror there
The university and the monastery and the prison -- places of mind and heart and physical being --we share these.
In conversation, deep listening, loving speech, handshakes fist bumps elbow touch and sudden hugs --mornings pass in dizzying engagement.
Maybe it is Jung, maybe Pirsig, maybe Wendell or Thomas Berry, maybe Gebser or Wilber, maybe Ortega y Gassett -- we are ourselves and our circumstances.
Yeah, we're sitting in prison. Yeah, we're bodily manifestations (we say) present. And, yeah, there's no pretending that what is here is not here. But what about what we cannot identify as being here, being actually here?
We're not fools (knock on wood) but in the same way the thoughts passing through our minds might not be our thoughts, and the feelings passing through our bodies might not be our feelings, and the prayers passing through our souls might not be (just our) prayers -- we are part of the net of jewels, net of Indra.
We laugh to ourselves. We wander through fog of thought. We are fond of one another.
So goes Friday morning. behind eight secure doors and a dozen-plus greetings and well-wishes well-intended.
What does patior mean in Latin?
More meanings for patior
sustento, patio, accipio, recipio, succipio
sino, permitto, admitto, committo, conmitto
sustineo, persto, suffero, subfero, perfero
permitto, perpetior, do, concedo, indulgeo
gero, congero, regero, praefero, circumgesto
be passive verb
fungor, perfungor, fero, perfero, capio
tolero, suffero, subfero, sustineo, sustento
posthabeo, concedo, obsequor, opsequor, pareo
experior, facio, patio, utor, usurpo
maneo, patio, tolero, habito, stabulo
sino, intromitto, permitto, patio, loco
put up with verb
offero, conpeto, concurro, congredior, occurso
vado, badisso, badizo, digredior, discedo
relinquo, dimitto, egredior, regredior, destituo
What is beyond metaphysics?
In his text What Is Called Thinking? Heidegger refers to thinking as thanking and states that thinking is a gift to humankind from Being. Despite Heidegger's insistence that Being is not a being, the language he uses to describe Being appears to characterize Being as a being. Heidegger's insistence that Being is not a being is related to his attempt to step outside of metaphysics, since metaphysics is unable to see the difference between beings and Being, and thereby focuses on beings when it searches for Being. It is not simply that Heidegger's language appears to make Being into a being, but rather that it appears to make Being into God, which Heidegger thinks of as a being. Yet Heidegger's conception of God as a being is limited to the metaphysical conception of God, and, as I will present in my thesis, there is a difference between the metaphysical conception of God, and the God of faith. Thus, it is only the narrowness of Heidegger's conception of God which makes Being into a being. Therefore, if we step outside of the metaphysical understanding of God we see that Being can be thought of as analogous to God, without being thought of as a being. This is precisely what I shall argue in my thesis. -- Along with discussing the analogy between God and Being I will consider whether Heidegger is successful in his attempt to step outside of metaphysics, thereby avoiding the representational and subjectivist thinking metaphysics entails. It is the language Heidegger uses in describing man's relation to Being that suggest an analogy between God and Being. Yet this analogy presents the possibility that Heidegger is able to think Being through faith in much the same way that other thinkers within the metaphysical tradition think of God. Furthermore, Heidegger appears to be trapped by a language that is inherently metaphysical, yet he attempts to escape this language by resorting to a phenomenology based on faith and poetry. In this thesis I will explore Heidegger's conception of thinking as he presents it in What Is Called Thinking?, and argue that the language Heidegger uses to describe Being make Being analogous to God. Following from this I will examine the implication of this analogy on Heidegger's attempt to step outside of metaphysics.
(-- Heidegger's concept of thinking and its relation to concepts of thanking and the gift, Keppler, Amy (2001) Heidegger's concept of thinking and its relation to concepts of thanking and the gift. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.)
Ok, maybe "what is" is beyond metaphysics.
Our real work
It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,
and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.
( --Poem by Wendell Berry)
the origin of this instant arising
You and me
that which quality gives birth to
Subject and object
a convenience of duality for comparison and contrast
The art of maintaining original thinking
the willingness to return to origin
is alert readiness to see, hear, and appreciate what is this instant arising
is allowing what is here to turn with participants through language & gaze
about oneself is the invitation to engage what is emerging
is faith that what is presenting itself has quality beyond and below appearance
To become human
requires learning about suffering, learning to suffer,
learning to transcend
What if the earth were a living being giving birth to all known life?
Would we rethink our understanding of mothering, our behavior toward the planet, and our religious metaphors?
GAIA, named after the ancient Greek mother-goddess, is the notion that the Earth and the life on it form an active, self-maintaining whole. By its use of personification it attacks the view that the physical world is inert and lifeless. It has a scientific side, as shown by the new university departments of earth science which bring biology and geology together to study the continuity of the cycle. It also has a visionary or spiritual aspect. What the contributors to this book believe is needed is to bring these two angles together. With global warming now an accepted fact, the lessons of GAIA have never been more relevant and urgent.
(-- description on Scribd of book, Earthy Realism: The Meaning of Gaia, By Mary Midgley, c.2012)
What if Christ were creation?
Jesus, the human mature paradigm prototype?
God, Being Itself?
Christ Creation Fresco,
Our mythological narratives and imaging attempt to engage imagination and intuition in a journey of transcendence and diaphaneity toward integrality of intelligence and manifestation of beings, becoming and being itself.
It's an out-ing and in-ing we do not embark upon often enough.
Either way, it's a roundtrip.