Thursday, November 30, 2017



We keep a focus
on what appears as the world:
the morning newspaper
checking email and 
Facebook and checkbook..
Perhaps we meditate
and notice the thoughts
interfering it seems
with meditating goals..
All of these outward
attractions and destinies
seem to claim somewhat
of what we are.. 
The question may assert:
What remains..?
The assertion arriving 
with fits of discomfort..
We might respond:
Nothing remains:
a frightening reply 
to some..calming to others..
This introduction
to what we are
is the real message
of this season...

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Being of help

Being of help

It takes courage
to assert ourselves
claiming an identity
that has found fraud
in the seeming separate ego..
Oftentimes the ego clamor
with its many stories and facts
seems as a barrier unassailable..
Perhaps what is needed
is to relax
recognizing the answers
are embedded in the questions...

Monday, November 27, 2017

Science and Religion


The only reconciliation comes
from the recognition of the
Truth which illumines their
It is the Perennial Truth
with a glow dimmed
as we immerse in 
either science or religion..
In religion is downloaded
an apparent separation
which is persistent 
in religious perception..
In science another download
and another separation..
These are prodigal journeys
and a return seems beaconing.. its quantum newness
seems slowly turning.. non-dual awakening
may yet turn toward home.. each of us
by our own experience
marking the path...



Downtown or on the roadway
zig-zag searching
always for something..
Stopping at a coffeeshop 
reaching a place
seemingly removed..
An interruption in
a zig-zag map
with map forgotten..
The coffeeshop was not
a zig stop..or a zag
just momentary..a respite..
Might zig-zag dissolve
right here and now
 in this cup of coffee...?


Not noticed 
yet most nearly near
hiding in plain sight..
A portal to what all are seeking..
Seeking by plan and by process
awaiting the day and the time
for that which is sought
to appear..
That has many names
reduced to finding our portal..

Many findings on many paths
flare in the moment
announcing the search's end..
But those findings
very soon confess:
not not..
It is close
much closer...

Saturday, November 25, 2017

The chameleon's lesson

The chameleon's lesson

It is a lesson on time
taught by changing colors..
The external coloration
never really changing the
whole chameleon..
It seems that creations within
a whole being
simply color that being
with the colors
made only of that being..
This is our own Reality:
the external world
our chameleon colors..

An experience of wholeness
here and now
outside of time...

Friday, November 24, 2017



Where is the point
where consciousness meets
our conventional self..?
Seems as depending
on our point-of-view..
From the conventional point
there is a shining experience
available to all:
simply..I am..
From the consciousness point
a veil is drawn
to allow for the
conventional point..!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The thought arises

The thought arrises
and will soon dissolve
unless the mind
keeps it around..
History seems to be
a pool of lingering
extending their stay
 casting their burden 
on many each day..

Bringing to mind 
 boundaries and rules
which seem idolatrous
in their staying power..

History as taught
seems to suggest
we are made of thought..
Our need now is to
expect quicker passage
of all our thoughts
great and small..
Celebrating their
absence: find only
freedom remaining...

Thanksgiving, 2017

Thanksgiving, 2017

Why state the year
when the true Thanksgiving
is timeless..
We give Thanks perhaps..for
 the turkey and dressing
or the new home
or a future brightening..
These passing Thanksgivings
outpour from the true Thanksgiving
which will remain true and near
when Black Friday dawns...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving...!

What do we mean when we repeat
this most common of words..?
Most of us would say
a multiplicity of things
many names of occupations
locations and the resume
most recently written..

This objectified I
accumulates memories
pleased with the good
fearing the bad
and so it goes over our years..
There are expressions of
Thank You
for material abundance
and for a good name..

This I is personal and close
but if we admit..not quite
the I we long to be..
And on occasion
a question asserts:
How might I be truly
Recognizing that I
good teachers will say
would mean that this
would be truly a
Happy Thanksgiving...!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Emerson on teaching...

"The spirit only can teach."
Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Divinity school address, 1838

This is the advice which our teachers
are waiting to hear and adhere..
Our teachers..of course, with exceptions..
teach from a belief in their finite existence
veiling that inner spirit which could make 
the teacher they would wish to be..
Our teachers are products of our culture
a culture immersed in material belief
and a tamping down of the subjective self..
As a result..mind limitations are not assumed
as would be evident with the spirit of truth..
Complexity and information reign over 
a simplicity of learning to learn..
A revolution must come:
a teacher joyously awakening to her
real self...CC

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Thank you, Margaret..

Thank you Margaret..

for these photographs
the pictures
huge trees
earth's fibre
leaf networks
filaments of light
radiant suns
new planets
lost civilizations
the total universe..

paradise rivers

Your rivers
move and form
all within
the paradise
you are...CC

I Was Reading a Scientific Article
Margaret Atwood

They have photographed the brain
and here is the picture, it is full of
branches as I always suspected,

each time you arrive the electricity
of seeing you is a huge
tree lumbering through my skull, the roots waving.

It is an earth, its fibres wrap
things buried, your forgotten words
are graved in my head, an intricate

red blue and pink prehensile chemistry
veined like a leaf
network, or is it a seascape
with corals and shining tentacles.

I touch you, I am created in you
somewhere as a complex
filament of light

You rest on me and my shoulder holds

your heavy unbelievable
skull, crowded with radiant
suns, a new planet, the people
submerged in you, a lost civilization
I can never excavate:

my hands trace the contours of a total
universe, its different
colors, flowers, its undiscovered
animals, violent or serene

its other air
its claws

its paradise rivers



Life lived in content
without noticing that which
contains the content.. has always been..
Yet..many teachings lament
that our un-noticing
brings our suffering..
And..makes mysterious
our own name..
We seem anchored
in content with its
enjoyment and pain..
What can we notice
in the white border
of this page...? CC

Lament - Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke

Everything is far
and long gone by.
I think that the star
glittering above me
has been dead for a million years.
I think there were tears
in the car I heard pass
and something terrible was said.
A clock has stopped striking in the house
across the road...
When did it start?...
I would like to step out of my heart
and go walking beneath the enormous sky.
I would like to pray.
And surely of all the stars that perished
long ago,
one still exists.
I think that I know
which one it is--
which one, at the end of its beam in the sky,
stands like a white city... 

Friday, November 17, 2017

STRETCH Jan, 2018



Sponsored by:  the PILLAR Institute for Lifelong Learning
facilitated by:  Charlie Coon

Where/When:  The Myron Stratton Home
South Highway 115
Third Monday of each month, 3:30 to 5:00 PM

For Monday, March 19th the topic is:

"Consciousness and Nature"

"May the deep blessings of earth be with us.
May the fathomless soundings of seas surge in our soul.
May boundless stretches of the universe echo in our depths,
to open us to wonder..."
--John Philip Newell

‘Therefore the moon, the governess of floods,
Pale in her anger washes all the air,
That rheumatic diseases do abound;
And through this distemperature we see
The seasons alter: hoary-headed frosts
Fall in the fresh lap of the crimson rose.’
--William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

John Phillip Newell/Rob Bell Podcast


For Monday, January 15th, 2018 the topic is:

"The Hard Problem of Consciousness"

“How does the water of the brain turn into the wine of consciousness?” 
― David J. Chalmers

David Chalmers:  Hard Problem of Consciousness

Rupert Spira:  Consciousness is Not Produced by the Brain

Dr. Bernardo Kastrup:  Why Materialism is Baloney

Roger Castillo:  How to Stop Overthinking, Abide in I Am..Nisargadatta Maharaj


For Monday, December 18th, 2017 the topic was:

"I" ... What do we mean when we employ this common word?

The revelation of our true nature as it is puts an end to one chapter of our life, the chapter in which we believe ourselves to be separate selves born into a world, moving, changing, growing old and destined for death. But it is only the beginning of another chapter.
-Rupert Spira, Essay:  The True Nature of Experience
(for more see:

Gangaji:  How to Become Enlightened

Rupert Spira:  How to Experience Yourself as Awareness

Rupert Spira:  What Can We Say for Absolute Certain about Our Experience



What is it..?
Definitions refer to illusion
in what our senses report..
Einstein astounds us
of persistent illusion
in the world we see..
can that be..?
There are things out there
not to be denied..!
We must now turn
to that perennial truth
which leads us to
the subjective realm..
We need examine
the assumption of  I
in: I see the train
smoking and chugging
and soon departing
around the bend..
Does I also move
around that bend..?
An obvious question
which is never asked..!
That is assumed
smokes and chugs
unstrung from I..
But looking again
the truth arrives:
 I know only
a train appearing
passing through I..
A new I is born
arriving with joy...CC

Monday, November 13, 2017

Your Reality Construct

Your Reality Construct

Interesting piece..Some of my preliminary impressions:   It seems that a solid
beginning..recognizing  that Consciousness is Reality..lapses into assumptions 
of separation..The experience of separation resides in Consciousness..and is 
made of Consciousness..The commonality that is found in collective experience 
belongs to Consciousness..not to separate individuals and things..
However...all words..including these.. are limitations of Consciousness..!!   CC

  (See RED markings below..)

"The experiences are REAL, but the props are IMAGINARY." (Yes!)

CC - This feature is interesting and much of it is right down your alley..... could be fodder for a blog.  I wonder how much of this you may agree with? At the bottom is a conclusion which is:

"Summing It All Up

You (Who are You?) are creating your reality with your thoughts, beliefs, desires, and more. The backdrop to your story, the collective reality and the stage that it plays out on, are just there to create a context within which to play out your story and create your personal reality.  You can create whatever you like in your life, and it is not limited to what’s out there in the collective reality, but it does provide a grab bag of options to select into your life.  But they are all truly optional — they can’t become a part of your direct experience unless you invite them in with your thoughts.  The collective reality is a distraction that lures you into focusing on what is (seems to be) and what was instead of what can be (the reality of Who I am)

Knowing this enables you to stop worrying about what you can’t change and start focusing on what you can (see previous paragraph) — namely where you put your focus and attention to, what beliefs you hold, what thoughts you entertain, and what you imagine and create for yourself (and in what do these beliefs, thoughts, and images appear).

  By deeply understanding how your reality construct is generated and that you are the one who controls the process you can experience a profound liberation from fear.  And once you transcend your fears, especially if you master the other skills of deliberate creation, you will find that your life experience will begin to improve dramatically.

Be fearless (Being is, by definition, fearless), dream big (Awaken and recognize your true Self) , and expect wonderful (recognize that it is already Wonderful) "

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Being/Seeming (Walt Whitman)

In a meditation from the late summer of 1876, Whitman writes:
How strong, vital, enduring! how dumbly eloquent! What suggestions of imperturbability and being, as against the human trait of mere seeming. Then the qualities, almost emotional, palpably artistic, heroic, of a tree; so innocent and harmless, yet so savage. It is, yet says nothing.

For more see:


Whitman is speaking of a Tree
in its silent imperturbability..
While the seeming we experience
in observing a tree
displays change..both calm and violent
the tree and we..remain silent unchanged
in one essence of who we are...CC

John Philip Newell

The Rebirthing of God

I Am Aware of Being Aware

I am Aware of Being Aware

Thanks to those teachers
for this ultimate statement
of spontaneous inclusion..
Finding at last
who we are..
It is a statement
of our only purpose:
satisfying the longing for
a peace and happiness
which is not fleeting and 
on attainment relying..
The purpose might be
satisfied in years of search
or in the flash moment
in which you are
reading these words...

Saturday, November 11, 2017

What is Reality?

The Test of Reality 
~ ~ ~
If something is real, it has to satisfy three qualities:
First of all, it can not disappear. If something disappears, it has to disappear into something. When we put a cube of ice in a glass of water. The ice disappears into water. So, the reality of ice is water. That's the first test.
The second test of reality, is that it can not change. So, the water is not real too because its made out of H2O. When the water is heated, it becomes the vapors. So, H2O is the same in the ice and in the water. But the names and its labels change. That's the second test.
The third test of reality that it can not be known by something, other than itself. If it is known by other than itself, then its reality is relative or dependent upon its knower. So, it can not be absolute reality.
So, these are the three qualities of the reality of our experience. What is it in our experience that satisfies all these three tests is awareness. All else is illusory, disappearing, changing and known by the awareness of it.
~ ~ ~
From the Rupert Spira audio 
entitled "The Test of Reality"

Friday, November 10, 2017

the time for the Direct Path

the time for the Direct Path

is Now..
The teachers are here
with their translations
of perennial wisdom..
Unembellished words in
their simplicity
leading to an experience
of knowing..
Knowing of our
true Identity..
Questions arise:
Why so simple..?
Where is the process..?
Where is the effort..?
Is religion upended..?
Simple recognition
it seems
comes unannounced
without preparation..
The truth expresses
where it will... 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Invitation

The Invitation

in progress

 "In this point of view we become very sensible of the first defect of historical Christianity. Historical Christianity has fallen into the error that corrupts all attempts to communicate religion. As it appears to us, and as it has appeared for ages, it is not the doctrine of the soul, but an exaggeration of the personal, the positive, the ritual. It has dwelt, it dwells, with noxious exaggeration about the person of Jesus. The soul knows no persons. It invites every man to expand to the full circle of the universe, and will have no preferences but those of spontaneous love." 
 (Ralph Waldo Emerson, Divinity School Address, 1838)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Life as Appendage

"Once man was all; now he is an appendage, a nuisance. And because the indwelling Supreme Spirit cannot wholly be got rid of, the doctrine of it suffers this perversion, that the divine nature is attributed to one or two persons, and denied to all the rest, and denied with fury."  Excerpt...Ralph Waldo Emerson's Divinity School Address, 1838...

Life as Appendage

We seem as dwindled from All to appendage 

as we stand among many appendages..
The All is deeply hidden..buried in struggle..
Who are we..?
A question seldom asked..
Yet we intuit and long to dissolve
the constricted appendage we have come to be..
Each appendage intuits a divine nature yet
is often denied with egoistic fury..
Let us stand in awe with those words
he spoke in that refulgent summer..1838..

In this refulgent autumn

let us bring his words forward
as we witness:
The fall of
The labeling as fake of disagreeable information
Religion reduced to belief without grounding..
Grounding..which provides the acceptable
certainty of Truth..hides behind many facades..
Appendage is separation..That which Appends lies
in darkness..
An awakening dawn awaits...CC



He dug into his life experience
finding a Holy and broken Hallelujah..
For Leonard..Grace abounds
there is no acceptance or rejection
but a recognition:
Grace encompasses all
and composes all
Holy or broken..
Grace is the Masterpiece
we can all find

        One year ago today Leonard Cohen passed into the Afterlife.  He wrote and sang Hallelujah, a favorite for many.  The first two links below take you to Hallelujah.  The third link offers info on Leonard's life and other songs he wrote.  The fourth link is one explanation of the lyrics.  Leonard's life journey was rather complete...... he was an artist, poet, song writer, author, philosopher, Buddhist, friend to the down trodden and lastly, a golden hearted philanderer.  What a life!!  Enjoy!!
CP  (Thanks for this, CP...CC)  (Notice the huge number of views)  (version with lyrics)  (lyrics explained)

I am..

This universal message
the experience which resonates
throughout the world..
Available for everyone
and..BTW.. it may help 
to insert an "is"
after each
I am...

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Robotic Citizenship

Robotic Citizenship

It has happened
citizenship granted to a robot..
What is your assessment..?

The robot resulted from science's processes
and was based on the assumption of
an objective reality..
Objectivity is about separation
an observer and an observed..
The new consciousness of science
merges observer and observed
with an experience available to all
of nonobjective reality..
Is this experience available to a robot..?
Likely not..!
So..this grant of citizenship
seems as a reach of ignorance...

( interesting video..!)

Sophia, an intelligent humanoid robot, has been granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia. It’s the first country in the world to give a bot the same status reserved for humans.
Sophia was awarded the citizenship while on stage at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh.

For more see:

Saturday, November 4, 2017



Between this thought and the next
this note and the next
lies a gap..
A gap which seems no-thing..
However..if the mind relaxes
from the stretch to things
it might fall into
the gap of I am..
This silence then renders
the following note 
to rise with a 
restful and luminous



A new movie
(Careful!..spoiler below!)
These are not what
we have thought they are..
The reality of a universal
A language which 
recognizes time as
a construct of mind..
Future and past
reside as thoughts
in a circled yet
unbounded Now..
A universal language
enables recognition of
our essential Self...

Benjamin Lee Whorf quotes

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