Saturday, September 10, 2022

mild surprise

 walking out barn door

looking into mirror there

nothing reflected 

after you, if you don't mind

 Is there a light down here?

The dream is the small hidden door in the deepest and most intimate sanctum of the soul.
..--Carl Gustave Jung

Leave the door at top of stairs ajar, ok? 

Friday, September 09, 2022

something lovely

Photo by Pete Sousa

well-wishes well-intended

 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.

Thursday, September 08, 2022

long lived, long echo

 Queen Elizabeth II


(Balmoral Castle, 6sept2022)

Quietly she goes

off to places we can't guess --

rest echoing "Yes" 

Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Tuesday, September 06, 2022

it means more than suffering

What does patior mean in Latin?

English Translation 


More meanings for patior

suffer verb

sustento, patio, accipio, recipio, succipio

allow verb

sino, permitto, admitto, committo, conmitto

endure verb

sustineo, persto, suffero, subfero, perfero

permit verb

permitto, perpetior, do, concedo, indulgeo

bear verb

gero, congero, regero, praefero, circumgesto

be passive verb


undergo verb

fungor, perfungor, fero, perfero, capio

tolerate verb 

tolero, suffero, subfero, sustineo, sustento

submit verb

posthabeo, concedo, obsequor, opsequor, pareo

brook verb

patio, tolero

experience verb

experior, facio, patio, utor, usurpo

abide verb

maneo, patio, tolero, habito, stabulo

let verb

sino, intromitto, permitto, patio, loco

put up with verb


meet verb

offero, conpeto, concurro, congredior, occurso

go verb

vado, badisso, badizo, digredior, discedo

leave verb

relinquo, dimitto, egredior, regredior, destituo

It might be that the most important suffering is going-beyond suffering.

Is that what the four noble truths of Buddhism is pointing toward?

Is that what the archetype crucifix of Christianity points toward? 

Are we ready to see this now?

Monday, September 05, 2022

if we step outside of the metaphysical understanding

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 elder sends poem germane to the day

 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)

meeting with resident/inmate/prisoner on labor day morning



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

To think

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     



Sunday, September 04, 2022

an active, self-maintaining whole

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?

Mary, earth?

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.