Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Oneness lens..


A Oneness lens

In its stories

Sees apparent separation..

Stories are Oneness

Stories fill volumes

Religious stories 

Political stories 

Personal stories are 

Oneness appearing

Empty and story-full..


With a resonance

A breakthrough 

I am..seeking..ends

Oneness seems ordinary...

Before and after sumptuous stories that seem to create a wow now.... but there is no one reading the story anymore as it writes itself... only in the story of oneness swallowing twoness swallowing oneness does it seem to appear that there is an awareness of aliveness, of awareness, of this underlying wow-ness... that seems to provide a backbeat to the symphony of all imaginary this and that. This rhythm of life dancing to a call and answer love song in the great divide, the Grand Canyon of early morning mists that seem to obscure colors but dissolve into a particular clarity of simply life doing itself looking and feeling like anything at all... all of this apparent happening marvelous beyond measure ...and although there are no selves or others or endless seas or vast undulating skies no you nor me nor love... this is not the end of love
...It is the beginning....Nancy Neithercut..

Saturday, December 25, 2021

What is happening...


The photo above

Seems as what is happening..

Memories arise

Of a decrepit truck

Left behind..but offering

Seasonal colors..

And a windstorm exposing

The grain of fallen trees..

Yet..what is happening is

My fingers flowing words

Appearing to contain what

Cannot be contained...


Friday, December 24, 2021

Beliefs, etc...Jed McKenna

 “All beliefs. All concepts. All thoughts. Yes, they’re all false; all bullshit. Of course they are. Not just religions and spiritual teachings, but all philosophies, all ideas, all opinions. If you’re going for the truth, you’re not taking any of them with you. Nothing that says two, not one, survives.”

- Jed McKenna

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

This is empty fullness...Jim Newman


“This is empty fullness. The “me” is felt as “special” when the me collapses there is “ordinariness”, no 'specialness'…there is more naturalness, more “evenness”. There is no right way or wrong way about anything…the me is constantly tortured by what should be. When the me falls away, it is recognized that nothing needs to be done, nothing needs to happen. When the dream collapses, it is recognized that there never was a “story” , a “life”, a “me”. It is recognized that there never was a beginning or an ending, The me is so thin and some people hear this message and it just falls away, like in The Wizard of Oz…it is realized that it is a big joke! It seems a crescendo is building and building, the me is building, nothing is working, looking for happiness, accumulating things, contentment won’t come, twenty years of meditation is for naught and the “path” seems to keep one buried in the me, goals, all of it, keeps the me alive because me does not want to die."

Jim Newman~

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Edges appear...

Edges appear

As what is happening..

Seeming as differences

Dividing no-thing..

Sharp and soft

As beauty displays..

And deceiving when

Edges assert

And seem to take leave

From what is happening...

Christmas lights..


Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Seekers..Miranda Warren..


Someone asked why seekers seem so desperate to find enlightenment.
Separation hurts. Seeking (not just spiritual, but for love, security, career, acceptance, beauty, all the idols of culture) hurts.
One day you hear someone who seems to have escaped that. Why would you not want it, even if what you imagine is not what it is?
Most of the happiest seeming people I've known in the culture, with great jobs, families, homes, still worry: they could lose their job, their kids could go astray, the spouse could have an affair. It's a life of contentment with a constant undercurrent of fear and anxiety.
No wonder people seek, and no wonder many would be willing to trade their life for the peace sages seem to possess.
I'm always surprised when sages say seekers wouldn't want this if they knew what it really was. Many seekers may not know what enlightenment really is, but yes, they do want it.
Many seekers would go through hell just to find a sense of ease and peace they have never experienced. Of course, there is the part where it won't be them that gets to experience it, but many are so desperate they love the idea of losing the self they already feel is unworthy and depressed and filled with pain.
Unfortunately for them, if this happens, that old self doesn't get replaced with a new, enlightened self. This is the loss no one can envision when they project an enlightened future of bliss and peace.

~~Miranda Warren

Accidental...Dag Hammarskjold...


"This accidental
meeting of possibilities
calls itself I.

I ask: what am I doing here?
And, at once, this I
becomes unreal."

Dag Hammarskjöld (1905 - 1961) 

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Man remains...Nikola Tesla...


"When we speak of man, we have a conception of humanity as a whole, and before applying scientific methods to the investigation of his movement we must accept this as a physical fact. But can anyone doubt to-day that all the millions of individuals and all the innumerable types and characters constitute an entity, a unit? Though free to think and act, we are held together, like the stars in the firmament, with ties inseparable. These ties cannot be seen, but we can feel them. I cut myself in the finger, and it pains me: this finger is a part of me. I see a friend hurt, and it hurts me, too: my friend and I are one. And now I see stricken down an enemy, a lump of matter which, of all the lumps of matter in the universe, I care least for, and it still grieves me. Does this not prove that each of us is only part of a whole?

For ages this idea has been proclaimed in the consummately wise teachings of religion, probably not alone as a means of insuring peace and harmony among men, but as a deeply founded truth. The Buddhist expresses it in one way, the Christian in another, but both say the same: We are all one. Metaphysical proofs are, however, not the only ones which we are able to bring forth in support of this idea. Science, too, recognizes this connectedness of separate individuals, though not quite in the same sense as it admits that the suns, planets, and moons of a constellation are one body, and there can be no doubt that it will be experimentally confirmed in times to come, when our means and methods for investigating psychical and other states and phenomena shall have been brought to great perfection. Still more: this one human being lives on and on. The individual is ephemeral, races and nations come and pass away, but man remains. Therein lies the profound difference between the individual and the whole."

- Nikola Tesla (1856 - 1943)

The Problem of Increasing Human Energy 

Friday, December 10, 2021

Reply to Paul...


Dear Paul..

Here is my response to your request for comments on the book you are preparing. First, I
am in admiration of your writing excellence.  I thoroughly enjoyed what you have to say,
and can only offer my own responses to some of your observations of your life, which are
not suggestions but just another indication of how we all are different.

OS Chapter, "Original Sin" is your personal story, and  obviously seems quite real
and beyond question.  I think it will have high interest for many readers. Reminds me of
accounts of near death experiences and a subsequent desire to tell the world.  Seemingly 
forgotten sometimes is the fact that only by having the experience can one really appreciate 
the significance.  Others can only observe these testimonies as stories, adding interpretations 
of their own.  Recognizing stories as stories seems to be a bridge not often crossed. 
A bridge to No-where?  (As in religions?)

OS Chapter, "What's it All About," I found most engaging personally.  "All the world
is a stage," Shakespeare says, and we are all actors or characters.  It seems that this 
discovery is fundamental to the human race.  Until we realize ourselves as characters,
appearances, the separate individual will seem to carry the day..not realizing that this
solid belief is an illusion.  And this so-called recognition is not teachable.  It is Nothing
(No-thing) being a character named Paul.  It is a paradox. Not understandable by rational
means.  That seems to me to  relate to 3. What is this all about?  Your discussion of the
Gary Renard book expands on this theme, as does modern science, as you say, in supporting
a growing consensus of an illusory world. Science seems to be leading the way.  But again,
I would say that realizing this from a paradoxical perspective is paramount..apparently. 
If this perspective is appreciated only from a story/thought perspective, it certainly is 
important, but seemingly lacks the necessary staying power...

The "throw away world" is another thread of your discussion.  The fundamentalist idea that
some life after this one is all important, and so what happens here is not relevant, although
making our life as sinless as possible, is a prerequisite for later.  That is all separation
thinking, which has been a heavy in fundamentalist Christianity.  Should Christianity
graduate to a more holistic model, modeling Jesus' real teachings, some say that is the path 
away from the throw away world.  Perhaps even that is a bit naive.  Such a new look could
be translated into church doctrine, and public policy, without addressing the 
fundamental assumption of separation.  So, how do we process this assumption?  Likely, 
we don't, because we can't. Hopeless?  Perhaps so.  Hopelessness may be the key by 
highlighting the reality of not-knowing.  Which would also highlight our limited capacity 
to rationalize our way out. Which may bring about the revolution in perspective which
would recognize that we are already home!  We already are what we are looking for...which
is told as the cosmic joke.  OK, enough already!

The remaining part of this chapter seems familiar, scenarios with seemingly informed
possibilities.  From both science and spiritual writings, and a seeming convergence.  I would
just say that, for me, the use of language seems foremost in considering all of this.
Languages are based on the separation of subject/object, and knowing that, good writers
recognize that they are simply doing the best they can.  Perhaps what is not mentioned
often enough is the encountering of paradox at almost every turn.  The paradox seems to
put an end to the rational story, and cause the reader or writer to either search for another
path (which may be most common) or to dwell there and perhaps find a resonance with the 
not-knowing and mystery.  What may also end at that point is the notion of the individual
as a separate entity.  May be frightening!  No more "me?"  The separate entity (me, or
the ego if you like) may become desperate pulling one back from this precipice.  You
allude to this removal of the Me from being the doer in your examples of the Taos sculptor
and Philip Glass.  This orientation seems quite radical to some, but to others who have
resonated with the truth of it, it seems very ordinary.  

So, with reference to the three questions you pose at the beginning of this chapter, and 
considering how the questions are usually asked with the assumption of a reality based on
separation, there likely will never be satisfactory answers for anyone.  We apparently await
a shift in perception which shows the illusion of separation.  If and when that happens
the questions dissolve in the perspective called variously Oneness, No-thing, Awareness,
Consciousness, Wholeness, all of which are inadequate names.

OS Chapter, "Your Move," seems as a rant from time immemorial.  I feel that much of 
what I have said above relates here.  The key issue, for me, is the issue of separation.  
This issue is mythically storied in the Garden of Eden, in which the snake entices the
woman entices the man, and they are expelled to the East. The Prodigal Son expels 
himself from Home, and also goes out to the east of Eden.  Separation is generally not
questioned, and a search is undertaken, in a grand variety of forms, to restore the
wholeness of the home we left behind. This search, which is likely not even recognized 
as a search, seems synonymous with suffering.  And so, most people live lives of quiet 
desperation, as said Henry David Thoreau.  Separation is an illusion, but how can we
know?  Maybe the suffering is there to inform us we are already home.  Now there
is a paradox that makes no sense!  But it seems the crux of an unteachable solution,
for some.  It is probably most often called non duality, and the simplicity of it is found
in statements, such as No-thing being everything, or No-thing appearing as everything.
These statements, and others, point to the reality of oneness..the unity declaration
seems stark.  But intellectual processing is not resonance. Thus, the un-teachability.
And, the loss of the assumption of a separate individual can be frightening.  Susanne
Segal experienced a sudden recognition of her illusory separate self, and treated it
as a pathological condition for several years.  (Collision with the Infinite is the name
of her book).   I think it is an extreme example, but illustrative.  I find it interesting
that  young people these days are resonating with this message, which may be
an encouraging sign.  

So, I will end up by saying that all I have said in all of this rambling are responses 
(thoughts) triggered by various things you say in your writing. Thoughts are 
limited, so don't take anything seriously!

I will be first in line to buy your book, unless Robin elbows me out...😄


Thursday, December 9, 2021

simply this brilliant immediacy...(Nancy Neithercut)


Nancy Neithercut
simply this brilliant immediacy
this obvious aliveness
un fettered
un knowable
edgeless aliveness
without an outside or inside
'this' is not an it
all there is, is this
yet there is no this or that
nor more or other or better or next...
what can be said when every word seems to create separate things, like time dimension distinction causality
'this' does not arise from something like emptiness or nothingness or boundless energy... and does not go anywhere
there are no where's to go...
nor anyone to go there
yet this painted dreamscape of everything and nothing seems to appear, simultaneously self arising and self erasing, never actually existing as a thing
you can hold it or capture it or enter or escape....
you are an enchantment of words as are all things...

Slowly...Nancy Neithercut...





Without moving

Or standing still

Love opens its wings

And swallows you 

She is rough and tender

Her teeth are beautiful slender knives

Eviscerating all ideas of life 

Of love...

She sings 

Without words 

Or melody 

Or silence...

When you look in the mirror

You can see her empty eyes

When I look at you 

I recognize her beauty

Our eyes are filled with each other’s tears 

And we waltz her shinning shadow

Light into light 

Dark into dark

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

This season..


This season..

The season may shade

The freedom of equality..

Old stories are celebrated

And not told as stories..

Beliefs are emboldened

Midst the decorations and

Glaring gatherings..

The believed extraordinary

Seems to shine in triumph

Over the already free 


Thursday, December 2, 2021

Radical equality..


Radical equality..

Called radical

Because of acculturated

And seemingly solid 

Assumptions of difference..


Difference of appearance

Seems indisputable

Emptiness is intuited

Of each difference..

If so

Everything is empty..

That feels like