January 19th, 2009

alan - morning glory center

for those who see with visionary eyes -

Psalms 15
Lord, who can be trusted with power,
and who may act in your place?
Those with a passion for justice,
who speak the truth from their hearts;
who have let go of selfish interests
and grown beyond their own lives;
who see the wretched as their family
and the poor as their flesh and blood.
They alone are impartial
and worthy of the people's trust.
Their compassion lights up the whole earth,
and their kindness endures forever.
(A Book of Psalms, translations by Stephen Mitchell)

Utah Natural Bridges - a starry night sk

Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton -

The inner self is not a part of our being, like a motor in a car. It is our entire substantial reality itself, on its highest and most personal and most existential level. It is like life, and it is life: it our spiritual life when it is most alive. It is the life by which everything else in us lives and moves. It is in and through and beyond everything that we are. If it is awakened, it communicates a new life to the intelligence in which it lives, so that it becomes a living awareness of itself: and this awareness is not so much something that we ourselves have, as something that we are. It is a new and indefinable quality of our living being.
Thomas Merton. The Inner Experience: Notes on Contemplation. William H. Shannon, editor (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2003): 6.

deep sea turtle

Diversity -

There is an old saying that if both of us are just alike, one of us is superfluous.  

We may agree in many ways, or not, but there are infinitesimal ways that each of us will see things differently, ingest and mull in our own way and come to different or the same, conclusions.  We may have similar upbringings, or not, but we each process differently, cultivate a unique lens.

I continue to marvel at what a miracle life is.   It is absolutely amazing, this pulse of blood within us, nourished by leaves, who pump chlorophyll, so similar to our own blood, only with magnesium to make it green as we are filled with iron for red.

I think we are here to rub each other, massage.   "This is what I see.  What do you see?"    We are also taught how to see, and that may bind or block us, so opening to an expanse of just seeing is also a wonderful trick, and why we are here, to experience as much and in as many ways as we can.

In that, we are whole. 

Book Cover

2001: A Space Odyssey!

I was reminded of this movie today and found this interpretation. I first saw this movie at a preview. I was a student at UCLA and we were given a free presentation if we would fill out a questionnaire with our response. The entire audience was students. It ended. We sat stunned. I remember being dumb-founded, clearly affected, but unsure how to put what I felt onto a piece of paper.

Perhaps this explains why.

alan - morning glory center

Hmmmm -

Carl Jung:

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

Mary Oliver:

Today I am altogether without ambition.  Where did I get such wisdom?