Gene - breathing the crucible of fire, stream and space
I spent the day in direct relationship with the
precision of your words... entrained through the various portals you hold open.
Pulsations of lightfire, wateressence and spaceheart. Crucible and
As I read your commentary on the 'diehold',
its holography as an archetypal mold, as well as it's relationship with
suffering, I was moved by the homonym... dye. For the dye to 'hold',
salt is used, and the fabric is colored forever as such; unless, of
course, other 'agents' intervene. I then thought about salt, and the salt
produced by the tears of suffering. As if on 'cue' your last lines
To identity, reality tastes like salt-water;
but for the realizer,
it is the purest spring
to saltless tears from the font of pure beauty... to relaxing and being
absorbed by the space 'outside'..
Your post brought me to my knees. I am actively
that is the only true space many of us know to go. Our
impotence seems wedded to witnesses our collective heart being
open. We can sign or march or speak out (as you've done), but I think
the forces at work are beyond our control.
If you, or others, think
otherwise, do please speak. So much energy
is being released as 'force'. The
only small part I know is to open
to the interstice of power in each moment.
To witness the temptations
to squander. To abide as though our lives
depended upon it.
Still chewing on the notion of 'nondual
A terrorist willingly dies, God opens another can of virgins.
Something other than the current war is needed to handle this.
Those willing to die need to see that the cupboard is empty except for
can of creamed corn that God is going to eat when we're all
> It's scary how often I use the expression "I" when I write.
ah don't be scared - halloween is coming
and you can use the 'I' for
a really scary costume!
Yah, all kinds of
systems and religions are available - to explore and
contemplating and defend, even.
However - the whole thing is really
There is nothing to believe in. Well, there is a lot of
believe in, if a person wants to. Still it is just stuff to believe
all there is, is god - god is all there is
Well, there is really nothing wrong with being an 'I'
or an 'i'
You could be and I for and i or and i for an I.
loveya - michael
I've created a Michael Read Web Page, which includes links to several
his articles scattered throughout the website, as well a bunch
Michael's recent writings, which has been very 'alive' and
I long for days when I'd drive out to the Bodhi Tree
Melrose in Los Angeles, look for that 'certain' book, find it,
go to a
favorite coffee shop (they've all been torn down) and read, looking
something that would bring me to the next level. Then home and to
beach where I'd run five or ten miles and maybe gain an insight or
But I can't do it anymore. In other words, I hope you're getting
joy out of what you're doing and 'going through', because it won't
Of course I'm a nostalgia freak. I long for the old
days of this list,
which will never come back either. We've matured too much.
Call me the Neal Cassady of nonduality. Dont I wish...?
lookin for new thrills,
People still hold the view that what is handed down to us
by tradition is
what in reality lies behind us - while in fact it comes
toward us because we
are its captives and destined to it. The purely
historical view of
tradition and the course of history is one of those vast
which we must remain entangled as long as we are still not
That self-deception about history prevents us from hearing
the language of
the thinkers. We do not hear it rightly, because we
take that language to
be mere expression, setting forth philosophers'
view. But the thinkers'
language tells what is. To hear it is in
no case easy. Hearing it
presupposes that we meet a certain
requirement, and we do so only on rare
occasions. We must acknowledge
and respect it. To acknowledge and respect
consists in letting every
thinker's thought come to us as something in each
case unique, never to be
repeated, inexhaustible - and being shaken to the
depths by what is unthought
in his thought. What is unthought in a
thinker's thought is not a lack
inherent in his thought. What is un-thought
is there in each case only
as the un-thought. The more original the
thinking, the richer will be
what is unthought in it. The unthought is the
greatest gift that
thinking can bestow. But to the commonplaces of sound
what is unthought in any thinking always remains merely
incomprehensible. And to the common comprehension, the
never an occasion to stop and look at its own powers of
"This silence is language; it may speak more eloquently than
is the primordial attunement of one existence to another, out
of which all
language comes. It is only because man is capable of such
silence that he
is capable of authentic speech. If he ceases to be
rooted in that silence
all his talk becomes chatter."
.......By Martin Heidegger
Great quote Gloria!
I like Heidegger's
phrase that the more original the thought is, the richer will be the unthought
Also, as the region of thought grows, the border to the unthought
grows along with it. This shows the futility of achieving omniscience and
eradicating ignorance simply by accumulating knowledge. Imagine the region of
what is thought as the inside of a circle, the "thinker's" vantage point at the
center. The border or circumference is the interface with the unknown, the
unthought. The unknown, unthought lies beyond. As the circle grows, the border
grows. As the thinker in the center looks upon the edge of the known, the region
of ignorance is ever-growing.
In other words, the more ya know, the more
ya don't know!
Hello friends, Reading through,
trying to fathom some of Gene's stuff is a real trip, enjoyable. In
bracketing this pass from Merton I attempt to get a handle on a process
which Gene says is "open-ended." The "terrible breaking and burning of idols"
seems maybe to refer to one's evolution from mainstream theism onward
to/thru various psychic, subtle, nondual realms?? I don't know, just a
thought. What think ye?
Gene, your recent posts lead me to
ask; Are there limits, or not, to that which can be made intelligible?
Haven't you said before, maybe it was Dan, that truth is in language, and only
in language? Is there any alternative for one lacking the power of
Let no one hope to find in contemplation[nonduality] an escape from
anguish or from doubt. On the contrary,the deep,
inexpressible certitude of
the contemplative[nondual] experience awakens a
tragic anguish and opens any questions
in the depths of the heart like
wounds that cannot stop bleeding... The worst of it is that
apparently holy conceptions are consumed along with all the rest.
It is a
terrible breaking and burning of idols, a purification of the
that no graven thing may occupy that place that God[the
commanded to be left empty: the center, the
existential altar which
"is." T. Merton
You risked your life, but what else have you ever
Have you ever risked disapproval? Have you ever risked
security? Have you ever risked a belief? I see
courageous in risking one's life. So
you lose it, you go to your hero's
heaven and everything
is milk and honey 'til the end of time. Right? You get
reward and suffer no earthly consequences. That's not
courage is risking something you have to
keep on living with, real courage is
risking something that
might force you to rethink your thoughts and
change and stretch consciousness. Real courage is risking
Tom Robbins, Another Roadside Attraction